JUNE 2020 news

Air Forces - Aerospace and Defense Industry


According to information released by the U.S. Department of Defense on June 11, 2020, Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded a $368,194,942 not-to-exceed, undefinitized contract modification (P00036) to previously awarded fixed-price-incentive-firm-target, firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract N00019-17-C-0001. This modification provides for the procurement of five F-35A Lightning II lot 14 aircraft and associated red gear for the government of Italy.

Hensoldt’s newly developed airborne multi-mission surveillance radar PrecISR 1000 has successfully completed its maiden flight. In a one-week flight campaign together with H3 Mission Systems GmbH based in Tussenhausen-Mattsies, Germany, the radar proved its value in terms of simple integration and performance.

AeroVironment, Inc., a global leader in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), announced its receipt of two firm-fixed-price orders totaling $9,804,448 from the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA). The orders, received on March 5, 2020 and April 16, 2020, encompass the procurement of Raven and Puma3 AE tactical UAS and spares. Delivery for the first order is anticipated by August 2020 and the second order by October 2020.

Russia’s industrial conglomerate Rostec has detailed the D-14 parachute of the Ratnik (Warrior) combat outfit. According to Designer General of Parachute-Building Scientific-and-Research Institute (NII Parashutostroyenia, a subsidiary of Rostec’s holding Tekhnodinamika) Vladimir Kachalov, Russian Airborne Troops (Vozdushno-Desantniye Voyska, VDV) will soon switch to the D-14 parachute that has been specifically designed for the Ratnik soldier ensemble.

As reported by Defense News Nigeria, Africa's most powerful army - the Egyptian one - is amassing tanks and helicopter gunships at the Libyan border: M1A2 Abrams main battle tanks and AH-64E Apache attack helicopters appear more and more numerous, ready to retaliate to “provocations” from Marshal Khalifa Haftar’s Tobruk-based Libyan National Army (LNA).

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. company, announced that the Montenegro Air Force has signed a purchase agreement for two Bell 505 Jet Ranger X’s. These new aircraft will be used to train the Montenegrin military pilots. The agreement also provides that Bell will provide training for three pilots in France and eight technicians at its Bell Training Academy Fort Worth, TX. The helicopters will be delivered out of our Bell-owned service center in Prague.

GE Aviation delivered the first F414-GE-400K engine in May to Korea Aerospace Industries Ltd (KAI) for South Korea’s next-generation indigenous fighter, known as the KF-X. Developed for the Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF), the F414-powered KF-X will deliver significantly greater mission capability, extended combat radius and longer lifespan compared to current aircraft.

Honeywell has entered into an agreement with the U.S. Army to demonstrate and fly its upgraded T55 engine on the heavy-lift, twin-engine Chinook helicopter. The new 6,000-horespower engine is 25% more powerful and consumes 10% less fuel than the current T55. New modifications also make the next-generation T55 easier to maintain with lower operating costs and increased readiness for the warfighter.

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI), a global leader in Remotely Piloted Aircraft, announced on June 4 that it has acquired a majority of the assets of IJK Controls, including facilities and all Intellectual Property. The corresponding work force will join GA-ASI.

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc.company, has announced agreements with nine premier aerospace industry leaders to form Team Invictus. The companies are producing the Bell 360 Invictus prototype submission as part of the U.S. Army’s Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) program. Each industry partner brings unique experience and technological expertise to provide a low-risk path for the Army’s acquisition of a lethal, affordable rotorcraft with advanced mission systems to modernize aviation for multi-domain operations (MDO).

The Russian Defense Ministry agreed the details of a contract for a new batch of Su-34 frontline bombers. At least 76 aircraft have to be delivered by 2027. Su-34 will be built in an upgraded option with modern arms and a set of reconnaissance equipment. Experts believe the bombers will reinforce the Aerospace Forces, the Izvestia daily writes.

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