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OCTOBER 2020 news

Defense Aviation and Aerospace Industry


 

France to get upgraded NH90 TTH Caiman helicopters for its Special Forces

NHIndustries and its partner companies (Airbus Helicopters, Leonardo and Fokker), have signed with the NATO Helicopter Management Agency (NAHEMA) a firm contract for the development of an upgraded version of the NH90 Tactical Transport Helicopter (TTH) for the French Special Forces (TFRA Standard 2).

Finland to possibly order F/A-18E/F Super Hornets and EA-18G Growlers with associated weapons

The U.S. State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Finland of F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler aircraft and weapons and related equipment for an estimated cost of $14.7 billion. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on Oct. 9, 2020. The proposed sale will replace Finland's retiring F/A-18C/D Hornets and enhance its air-to-air and air-to-ground self-defense capability.

United States approves foreign military sale of F-35 and F/A-18E/F fighter aircraft to Finland

According to information released by the United States State Department of Defense on October 9, 2020, United States has approved a foreign military sale of F-35 Joint Strike and Fighter and F/A-18E/F Super Hornet aircraft to Finland.

Arrival of first A400M of binational Luxembourg-Belgium unit at 15 Wing

On Friday, October 9, 2020, the first of 8 Airbus A400M Atlas that will be operated by a joint unit formed by the Luxembourg Armed Forces and the Belgian Air Component landed for the first time at Melsbroek Air Base (military side of Brussels Airport), home of the Belgian 15th Wing.

US Transportation Command to explore rapid transportation through space

According to information released by the United States Transportation Command on October 7, 2020, while speaking at the National Defense Transportation Association's Fall Meeting on Oct. 7, U.S. Army Gen. Stephen R. Lyons, commander, U.S. Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM), announced USTRANSCOM is looking to space to quickly move critical logistics during time-sensitive contingencies or to deliver humanitarian assistance, helping to project and sustain the Joint Force in support of national objectives.

PKL Services to continue maintenance and operations training of F-15SG of Singapore Air Force

According to a contract released by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) on October 7, 2020, PKL Services Inc., Poway, California, has been awarded a $13,757,191 firm-fixed-price modification (P00008) to contract FA4897-18-C-2002 to continue providing military aircraft F-15SG maintenance and operations training.

Elbit Systems to provide Aviators’ Night Vision Imaging System Head-Up Display to U.S. Army helicopter pilots

Elbit Systems announced on Oct.7 that its U.S. subsidiary, Elbit Systems of America was awarded an Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite-Quantity (ID/IQ) contract with a maximum value of approximately $50 million to produce spare parts in support of the Aviators’ Night Vision Imaging System Head-Up Display system (“ANVIS HUD”) of the U.S. Army.

U.S. Air Force performs first flight of MQ-9A Reaper with 8 Hellfire missiles

The US Air Force announced that on September 10, a General Atomics MQ-9A Reaper flew for the first time with 8 Hellfire missiles. In its standard configuration the drone can carry 4 Hellfires.

B-1B Lancers cross Arctic Circle to train with Nordic allies

B-1B Lancer bombers assigned to the 345th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron conducted training with the Norwegian air force on Sept. 25, in a 16-hour sortie that crossed directly over the North Pole as part of a Bomber Task Force mission. Senior Master Sgt. Ted Daigle , 307th Bomb Wing, reports.

Royal Malaysian Air Force operates Rheinmetall A400M cargo hold simulator

Rheinmetall and Airbus Defense & Space continue their successful cooperation in training systems for the A400M transport aircraft. The new turnkey A400M Cargo Hold Part Task Trainer (CPTT) for the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) has been used for training since February 2020.

Elbit Systems of America to provide support for U.S. Navy V-22 Ospreys

Elbit Systems announced on Oct. 5 that its U.S. subsidiary, Elbit Systems of America, was awarded an approximately $35 million five-year firm-fixed-priced contract by the U.S. Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) for repair of line-replaceable units in support of the V-22 aircraft. The repairs will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas and Talladega, Alabama, and the contract will be performed until October 2025.

First Australian-designed Boeing Loyal Wingman UAV to be assembled in Queensland

Queensland is poised to take another bold step in aerospace and advanced manufacturing with an historic opportunity to be the final production home for unmanned defence aircraft – the first military aircraft to be designed, engineered and manufactured in Australia in more than 50 years.

Raytheon to supply AIM-9X Block II Sidewinder missiles to South Korea

The U.S. State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Republic of Korea of AIM-9X Block II Tactical Sidewinder Missiles and related equipment for an estimated cost of $158.1 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on Oct. 1.

Paramount Aerospace to expand support to U.S. Air Force adversary air training

Paramount Aerospace Systems USA (PAS USA), a subsidiary of Africa based, global aerospace and technology company Paramount Group, will expand its maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services and training support for the Mirage F1 fighter fleet operated by the Airborne Tactical Advantage Company, LLC (ATAC), as ATAC has been awarded new contracts to provide adversary air (‘ADAIR’) pilot training to the U.S. Air Force over the course of the next 4.5 years.

U.S. clears possible sale of 40 F-35A or F/A-18E/F fighters and weapons to Switzerland

As Switzerland has recently opened the competition to replace its aging fleet of F/A-18C/D Hornets, the U.S. State Department has cleared the possible Foreign Military Sale of 40 Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning IIs or Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornets.

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