JUNE 2020 news

Air Forces - Aerospace and Defense Industry


The USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) and USS Nimitz (CVN 68) strike groups commenced dual carrier flight operations in the Philippine Sea on June 21. The ships and aircraft assigned to both strike groups began coordinated operations in international waters demonstrating the United States’ unique capability to operate multiple carrier strike groups in close proximity.

Indra, Spanish company,  will lead three of the main projects financed by the European Commission within the European Defence Industrial Development Program (EDIDP) and will participate as a partner in two more, strengthening its position as one of the large companies leading the construction of “European Defence”. The company has been awarded the contracts for the three proposals that it submitted as leader and it is the company coordinating the most projects of this call.

The Russian Defense Ministry is considering the modernization of the fleet of frontline Su-34 fighter bomber aircraft NATO code-named Fullback. The aircraft produced at the threshold of 2010s may be the candidates. The upgrade has to include the experience obtained in Syria and in everyday activities. Experts believe Su-34 will replace previous-generation Su-24 and will serve for several decades, the Izvestia daily writes.

British and Qatar Emiri Air Forces No.12 Typhoon Squadron have started flying as a Joint Squadron. Based at Coningsby in the United Kingdom, No.12 Squadron is a unique initiative between the UK and Qatar and will provide the QEAF (Qatar Emiri Air Force) with valuable experience operating the Eurofighter Typhoon fighter aircraft as they prepare to receive their first aircraft.

Airbus Helicopters’ five-bladed H145 has been certified by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), clearing the way for customer deliveries towards the end of summer 2020. The certification covers the full range of capabilities, including single-pilot and instrument flight rules (IFR) and single engine operations (Cat.A/VTOL), along with night vision goggles capability.

Northrop Grumman Corporation recently completed its Critical Design Review (CDR) following successful design verification tests of key components for the U.S. Navy’s Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile-Extended Range (AARGM-ER) program, a program aimed at developing a new generation anti-radiation missile for stealth aircraft. The AARGM-ER program is leveraging the AARGM program currently in Full Rate Production. Design verification tests of the AARGM-ER rocket motor and warhead along with the CDR verified subsystem and system-level performance.

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