MAY 2020 news

Air Forces - Aerospace and Defense Industry


The US has announced it will withdraw from Open Skies Treaty,  a major accord that permits unarmed aerial surveillance flights over dozens of participating countries.

The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) will upgrade to Leonardo’s latest Osprey radar to support missions such as search and rescue, border protection, fishery and pollution patrols. The Osprey 30 radar will be installed on-board the two customised Beechcraft King Air aircraft provided to the UK MCA by UK-based aviation services company 2Excel.

The U.S. Air Force has issued a broad agency announcement to seek technical proposals for a potential $400M program that aims to advance prototyping and experimentation work on Skyborg unmanned air vehicles. The US Air Force’s (USAF) project Skyborg aims to address this cost risk by replacing some of these expensive fighter jets with more affordable unmanned combat aerial vehicles (UCAVs) acting as unmanned wingmen.

 Saab has extended its support and maintenance agreement with the Swedish Armed Forces regarding the SK60 trainer aircraft, which is used for pilot training. The contract is valid from 1 July 2020 up to 2025, with 2026 as an optional year. The initial order value amounts to MSEK 875.

Waymon Armstrong, CEO/president, announced that the U.S Army Program Executive Office – Aviation (PEO Aviation) Project Manager Apache (PM Apache) office has awarded Engineering & Computer Simulations (ECS) a contract extension for additional upgrades to its aviation maintenance training and modernization programs. Jeff Huber, Vice President of Operations, Huntsville, will continue leading this project from the ECS Huntsville office.

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