MARCH 2018 news

Air Forces - Aerospace and Defense Industry

Turkey's first home-made air-to-air missiles successfully test-fired

Turkey successfully test fired two indigenous air-to-air missiles in the Black Sea province of Sinop, the Anadolou news agency reported. The short- and medium-range Gokdogan (Peregrine) and the long-range Bozgodan (Merlin) were both introduced during IDEF 2017 defense exhibition in Istanbul, Turkey.

Belgian MoD confirms Predator B choice, or does it?

The Belgian defense minister Steven Vandeput for the first time confirmed the General Atomics Predator B RPAS has been selected for the Belgian Air Component’s medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aircraft system (UAS) requirement.

GE Aviation to upgrade UAE F-16E/F fighter jets data transfer system

Lockheed Martin recently awarded GE Aviation a multi-million-dollar contract to upgrade the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Air Force’s F-16 data transfer system, the US company said on March 22, 2018.

Belarus' Grif-100Eh UAV offered to global market

Belarusian JSC Agat-Control Systems company has started the promotion of its newest Grif-100Eh unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) on the global UAV market, according to the company`s portfolio.

Airbus Helicopters lands new US Army order for 16 more UH-72A helicopters

Airbus Helicopters, Inc. has received a contract modification valued at approximately $116 million to deliver 16 additional UH-72A Lakotas for the United States Army. The contract is the company’s second this year, highlighting the U.S. Army’s confidence and growth capability of the Lakota program.

Harris Corp. to protect US, Australian F/A-18s with EW jamming system

Harris Corporation has been awarded a $161 million contract modification to supply the next production lot of electronic jammers to protect U.S. Navy and Australian F/A-18 Hornet and Super Hornet aircraft against electronic threats, the US company announced on March 22, 2018.

India successfully test fires Brahmos missile with home-made seeker

The Russian-Indian BrahMos Aerospace joint venture (JV) has successfully test-fired a BRAHMOS missile fitted with a seeker developed by Indian industry, according to the press office of the company.The Russian-Indian BrahMos Aerospace joint venture (JV) has successfully test-fired a BRAHMOS missile fitted with a seeker developed by Indian industry, according to the press office of the company.

Luxembourg moving towards first military helicopter unit

The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg signed a 145M€ (US$178.5M) contract with Airbus Helicopters for five rotary wing platforms, the Finance Minister announced yesterday, without specifying the models.

Serbia to receive two An-26 airlifters from Russia

Russia will hand over two An-26 transport planes to Serbia as part of military and technical cooperation, Serbian Defense Minister Aleksandar Vulin said.

Boeing to set up New Research Center in South Korea

Boeing announced on March 20 the company’s intention to establish a new research center in the Republic of Korea; the company is currently in discussion with the Korean government regarding the center opening. The research center will focus on accelerating autonomy, artificial intelligence, avionics, analytics, smart cabin, smart factory and other technologies for future aerospace products.

Raytheon wins $17.4M contract for GBU-48/50 integration on Mirage 2000D fighter jet

Raytheon Systems France was recently awarded a 14.2M€ (USD17.4M) contract for integration of new weapons on the French Air Force Mirage 2000D fighter jets, the European Tenders electronic daily (Ted) announced on March 17, 2018.

Russia to receive first Mi-38T helicopter by year end

The Russian Defense Ministry is to receive the first multirole Mi-38T helicopter in the fourth quarter of the year, the Russian Helicopters Holding said.

Bulgaria selects RSK MiG for MiG-29 fighter jets maintenance

Bulgaria`s Ministry of Defense (MoD) has selected Russia`s RSK MiG (Russian Aircraft Corporation MiG, a subsidiary of the United Aircraft Corporation) company as a provider of maintenance for the MiG-29 multirole fighter jets of the Bulgarian Air Force (BuAF), it was announced on March 15, 2018.

Elbit Systems to supply SAR solution to an Asian-Pacific country

Elbit Systems announced on 14 February that it was awarded a $65 million contract by an Asian-Pacific country to provide a comprehensive Search and Rescue (SAR) solution. The project will be performed over a three-year period.

Chile takes delivery of two Embraer Super Tucanos

Chile has taken delivery of two new Embraer A-29B Super Tucanos. The aircraft were first spotted on March 6 and were being supported by Chilean KC-130R refueling aircraft.

Saab's new GlobalEye AEW&C aircraft completes maiden flight

A few weeks after having been officially presented to the press, the Saab GlobalEye AEW&C aircraft completed today its maiden flight, the Swedish aerospace and defense company announced on Twitter.

Terma and Scandinavian Avionics team up to form F-35 Avionics Test Center in Denmark

With the F-35 fighter aircraft being introduced in Europe these years, there is a growing need for establishing European regional maintenance capabilities, the Danish aerospace and defense company said on March 12.

Qatar finally inks contract for 28 NH90 helicopters

Qatar has signed a contract for the purchase of 28 NH90 military helicopters, during DIMDEX, Qatar’s biennial defence exhibition. The agreement, which includes 16 NH90s in tactical transport (TTH) configuration and 12 NH90s in naval (NFH) configuration, will support the country’s plan to modernise their military helicopter fleet.

US delivers ScanEagle UAS to the Philippines

U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Y. Kim turned over a Scan Eagle Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) to Secretary of National Defense Delfin N. Lorenzana during a transfer ceremony at Villamor Air Base, Pasay City, on March 13.

Qatar reportedly signed for six Bayraktar TB2 UCAVs

Qatar reportedly signed contract for the acquisition of six Baykar Makina's Bayraktar TB2 armed unmanned aerial vehicle, EHA News reports today at DIMDEX 2018 defense show held in Doha.

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