OCTOBER 2018 news

Air Forces - Aerospace and Defense Industry

Hellenic Air Force receives first P2002JF trainer aircraft

The Hellenic Air Force (HAF) today received the first of 12 P2002JF basic trainer aicraft it ordered on July 5th, the service spokesperson said on Twitter. Delivery of the remaining aicraft and equipment is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

TsAGI starts wind tunnel tests with HCA-LB heavy cargo aircraft project

Russia's Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute (TsAGI) started wind tunnel tests with models of a heavy transport aircraft featuring an unconventional layout, the Institute's press service said on October 11, 2018.

GE submits final proposal for US Army's ITEP program

After investing $10 billion in their supply chain and $9 billion in maturing technologies over the past decade, GE Aviation stands ready to answer the U.S. Army's call for an improved turbine engine with their new XT901 turboshaft helicopter engine. GE submitted its final Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD) proposal to the U.S. Army, offering its XT901-GE-900 engine for the Improved Turbine Engine Program (ITEP), the U.S. Army's endeavor to re-engine its Boeing AH-64 Apaches and Sikorsky H-60 Black Hawks. The U.S. Army is also expecting the ITEP engine to meet Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft requirements for Future Vertical Lift (FVL).

PLA Z-10 attack helicopter receives extra armor

The Chinese Z-10 attack helicopter is now equipped with extra armor involving graphene, a material that is strong and light, a Chinese military expert said on Wednesday after the State broadcaster featured the helicopter. Video released by China Central Television last week showed the Z-10 landing in an airfield. Extra armor modules could be seen on the side of the helicopter near the cockpit.

Leonardo details Typhoon offer for Bulgaria MiG-29 replacement program

On 1st October Italy and Leonardo submitted their offer to the Bulgarian Ministry of Defence in response to the recent Request for Proposal for the acquisition of eight fighter aircraft to replace their ageing Mig fleet.

First KC-390 series production airlifter takes to the skies

Embraer achieved another important milestone today with the completion of the maiden flight of the first series production multi-mission medium airlift KC-390. As agreed with the Brazilian Air Force, the aircraft will now join the flight test campaign, in which more than 1,900 flight hours have already been logged. Civil certification of the basic aircraft will be granted by Brazilian aviation authority ANAC (Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil) and is expected to be achieved very soon.

China's Hong-20 stealth bomber trial flight expected very soon

The trial flight of China's new-generation stealth bomber Hong-20 may take place soon, military experts said on Tuesday after China's official television station confirmed the name of the bomber. Disclosing the new bomber is a potential deterrence, Song Zhongping, a military expert and TV commentator, told the Global Times on Tuesday.

Thales and Leonardo successfully demonstrate aircraft protection systems for UK MoD

Leonardo and Thales have announced on October 9 that their end-to-end missile warning and protection system has been proven highly effective in live-fire scenarios, demonstrating the system’s ability to very quickly defend against incoming missiles.

Belgium issues RFP for A400M ground support equipment

A Belgium is waiting for its first A400M Atlas strategic airlifter, the Defense Ministry's Directorate General Material Resources (DGMR) on October 5 issued a Request for Participation (RFP) for the procurement of ground equipment for the A400M initial support.

US Army one step closer to fielding GA-ASI MQ-1C ER UAS

Partnered with the U.S. Army, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) recently completed Follow-On Test & Evaluation (FOT&E) for its MQ-1C ER Gray Eagle Extended Range. Testing of the Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) began in early June and spanned 644 flight hours during the testing period.

Patria lands follow-on order for Swedish Black Hawk helicopters support

Patria Helicopters AB has received an order for Hkp16 (UH-60M Black Hawk) maintenance taking place in Linköping, Sweden as the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration FMV was realising their option, the Finnish company said today.

Pakistan reportedly clinched deal for 48 Wing Loong II UAVs

Pakistan will reportedly import 48 Chinese drones, said official sources. Announcing the deal on its official Facebook account on Sunday, the Pakistan Air Force's Sherdils Aerobatic Team did not reveal how much it was worth, when it was struck or when the Wing Loong IIs will be delivered.

Avicopter AC311A light helicopter completes plateau flight tests

China's newly-developed AC311A light utility helicopter has completed its plateau flight tests, according to its developer Saturday, Oct. 6 The two-tonne light helicopter model has conducted 41 hours of tests in 91 flights at three plateau airports, said Avicopter under the state-owned Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC).

First Su-35 delivery to Indonesia postponed to 2019

Russia is to start delivering Su-35 fighter jets to Indonesia no earlier than 2019, a military diplomatic source told TASS. Russian daily newspaper Kommersant said earlier with reference to sources that Russia had to delay the dispatch of the first shipment of Su-35 fighter jets to Indonesia because of the U.S. pressure on Jakarta.

BAE Systems unveils Smart D2 threat management system

BAE Systems, a leader in optical electronic warfare systems, today unveiled its Smart D2 system, a next-generation threat management technology named for its ability to dispense countermeasures and defend military aircraft. The system efficiently manages and deploys smart, expendable countermeasures – including multi-shot flares, active radio-frequency (RF) decoys, and kinetic interceptors – that are designed to protect aircraft and aircrews from existing and emerging threats.

Spanish Air Force Taurus KEPD 350 missiles to be upgraded

The Spanish Ministry of Defence (MOD) and TAURUS Systems GmbH (TSG) signed a contract on 26th of September in Madrid for an upgrade and maintenance of the operational capability of the TAURUS KEPD 350 Weapon System used by the Spanish Air Force. The contract value is just below 30 million Euros (USD34 million).

Lockheed Martin lands $390M order for lot 16 JASSM-ER production

Lockheed Martin has been awarded a US$390 million contract for AGM-158 Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM) production, the US Department of Defense announced on October 5, 2018.

Belgian Air Force Alpha Jet trainers officially for sale

The Belgian Air Force is officially selling its fleet of ageing Alpha Jet 1B advanced trainer aircraft, says an announcement released in late September on the European online tenders platform Ted.

USAF B-2 bombers complete first ever deployment in Hawaii

Three B-2 Spirits and approximately 200 Airmen from the US Air Force completed their first deployment to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, in support of the U.S. Strategic Command’s Bomber Task Force deployment, Aug. 15 through Sept. 27, 2018.

ACCaP Program: Belgium to ask US for more time

The Belgian F-16s replacement project is moving forward “for sure”, the country's Ministers confirmed this morning to the Belgian french-speaking broadcat service RTBF. But they also recognized that the current schedule will not allow them to meet the deadlines. The Lockheed Martin F-35 offer is to expire on October 14, and the Belgian government is about to ask the giant U.S. company for some extra time.

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