JANUARY 2020 news

Air Forces - Aerospace and Defense Industry


Russian industry is planning to upgrade the Kamov Ka-52 (NATO reporting name: Hokum-B) ‘Alligator’ combat-reconnaissance helicopter, according to Executive Director of the Arseniev-based Progress Aviation Company (a subsidiary of Rostec’s holding Russian Helicopters) Yuri Denisenko.

The Armed Forces of the Croatian Republic have intensified their efforts to replace ageing Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 (NATO reporting name: Fishbed) fighter jets with new aerial platforms. To this end, Zagreb has sent request for proposals (RfPs) to seven countries, the press office the Croatian government announced on January 16.

Russian commandos will receive Mi-8AMTSh helicopter gunships in 2020. The trials are scheduled in autumn. The craft can carry commandos and support them with fire. The heaviest option of the helicopter will carry guided air-to-surface missiles and bombs. The payload will destroy ground, sea and air targets at a distance of 20 km. Modern avionics, electronic systems, radars and heat imagers provide for all-weather and round-the-clock engagement. Such hardware has been long necessary for commandos, the Izvestia daily writes.

For the first time, Boeing and the U.S. Navy flew an F/A-18 Super Hornet equipped with an Infrared Search & Track (IRST) Block II pod in late 2019. IRST Block II is a critical component of the Block III Super Hornet. The Block III conversion will include enhanced network capability, longer range with conformal fuel tanks, an advanced cockpit system, signature improvements and an enhanced communication system. The updates are expected to keep the F/A-18 in active service for decades to come.

The Russian Helicopters holding (a subsidiary of state corporation Rostec) has detailed the upgraded variant of its Kamov Ka-32 utility helicopter. The modernized rotorcraft was unveiled at the Seoul ADEX 2019 aerospace show held in Seoul, South Korea on October 15-20, according to the company’s magazine Vertolety Rossii (Russian Helicopters).

Batch production of the Russian Prospective Airborne Complex of Long-Range Aviation (PAK DA) is to begin in 2027. Preliminary trials are scheduled in April 2023 and acceptance trials in February 2026, according to the contract of the Tupolev Design Bureau for the R&D of rescue means for the new aircraft. The Izvestia daily obtained a copy.

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