JUNE 2020 news

Air Forces - Aerospace and Defense Industry


Spartan Air Academy Iraq LLC, Irving, Texas, has been awarded a $14,769,952 firm-fixed-price modification to contract for the Iraq T-6A contractor logistics support and training maintenance program. The modification provides for the exercise of an option to extend the term of the contract for the continued services needed in order to effectively maintain and operate a fleet of 15 T-6A training aircraft.

According to a statement published by Airbus on June 29, 2020, Airbus has formally delivered the first of eight Airbus A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft ordered by the NATO Multinational MRTT Fleet (MMF) after a ceremony held at the Airbus Getafe site in Spain. The official acceptance of this first aircraft marks a decisive milestone towards the entry into service of this multinational unit formed by the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Norway, Germany, Belgium and the Czech Republic.

On June 25, the Belgian government voted the return, for a 12-month period of time, of four F-16s of the Air Component (Air Force) to Iraq. Starting on October 1, they will contribute to protecting the 13-member Allied force deployed in the framework of Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR) to fight Daesh in Iraq and northeastern Syria.

According to the Irish Equipment Development Plan 2020-24 published on June 26, the Government of Ireland is considering the purchase of military jet aircraft that would have the capacity to intercept high-altitude planes and fully police Irish skies

The latest Ka-52M helicopter gunships will be able to interact with drones due to special onboard communication equipment and controls. Pilots will see images from drones in real time and control drone flight in future. The new hardware will help pilots find targets in enemy rear and deliver surprise strikes, the Izvestia daily writes.

According to contract published by the U.S. DoD (Department of Defense) on June 23, 2020, The Boeing Co., Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; San Antonio, Texas; and Hamamatsu, Japan, has been awarded an $8,471,689 firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee and cost-plus-incentive-fee modification (P00005) to contract FA8730-18-C-0001 for the Japan Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) mission computing upgrade (MCU) installation and checkout (I&CO) and Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast Out (ADS-B Out).

Airbus has been awarded a contract for the development, supply and integration of 115 Eurofighter ESCAN Radars for the German and Spanish Eurofighter fleet. It marks the so far largest order for the world’s most modern electronically scanned array radar, Captor-E. The contract signature followed the approval by both governments in recent weeks.

A Royal Air Force A400M Atlas airlifter has been damaged following a bird strike while operating at Getafe Air Base, Spain. The aircraft suffered substantial damage to the fuselage under the cockpit. A similar incident already happened to a Spanish air force A400M on May 7, also in Spain but at Zaragoza.

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