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JuLY 2019 news

Air Forces - Aerospace and Aviation Defense Industry

Drone Aviation delivers on $1.1 million WASP lite contract for US Army

Drone Aviation Holding Corp. (OTCQB: DRNE) (“Drone Aviation” or the “Company”), a developer of specialized, tethered aerial monitoring and communications platforms serving national defense and homeland security customers, today announced that it has completed a U.S. Army safety and performance review and delivered multiple WASP Lite aerostat systems to the customer under the $1.1 million award announced in May 2019.

Rolls-Royce to develop hypersonic technology with UK MOD

Rolls-Royce has been awarded a contract to develop hypersonic propulsion systems for increased aircraft performance and capability.

Japan could arm its upgraded F-15Js with AAM-4B air-to-air missiles

Japan’s Ministry of Defense has not discounted the possibility of arming the upgraded F-15Js with the indigenous AAM-4B air-to-air missile.

UK: Dstl to develop conceptual unmanned aircraft for RAF

A new project to develop a novel unmanned combat aircraft has been announced by the RAF Rapid Capabilities Office (RCO) and the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl).

Brazil: KC-390 enters final phase tests

The Brazilian Air Force (FAB) announced that it is in the final stages of testing the KC-390, the largest military aircraft ever produced in Brazil.

UK and Sweden partner on future combat air

Defence Secretary Penny Mordaunt and her Swedish counterpart Peter Hultqvist have signed a landmark agreement to partner on future combat air.

Leonardo single engine TH-119 helicopter obtains FAA IFR certification

Leonardo announced that its TH-119 helicopter received IFR supplemental type certification by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The TH-119 is the only single engine helicopter in decades to meet current IFR requirements, allowing pilots to operate the aircraft safely in low visibility and challenging weather conditions, thanks to advanced avionics by Genesys Aerosystems and redundant helicopter flight systems.

India asks Russia for proposals on Su-30MKI modernization

India plans to modernize its fleet of Su-30MKI fighter jets and has asked Russia for relevant proposals, Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa, the Chief of the Air Staff of the Indian Air Force, said in an interview with the Russian military daily Krasnaya Zvezda after his working visit to Russia.

China FC-31 multi-role aircraft continues its development

China's development of the FC-31, the country's second stealth fighter jet, is proceeding smoothly and on schedule, according to its chief designer. Sun Cong, president of the Chinese Aeronautical Establishment under Aviation Industry Corporation of China, said at a news conference in Shenyang, Liaoning province, that people should be patient and wait for good news from the project.

Northrop Grumman announces new orders for its Optionally Piloted Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance System

Marking its European debut, Northrop Grumman Corporation’s Firebird product line is showcased at the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford, in the United Kingdom, July 19-21. The company is also announcing signed agreements with Tenax Aerospace and Grand Sky Development Company, LLC ("Grand Sky") for rights to purchase Firebird, the company’s new, optionally piloted intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft system.

US Air Force tested the new HH-60W combat rescue helicopter

The 413th Flight Test Squadron successfully conducted the first Air Force-piloted flight of the HH-60W Combat Rescue Helicopter. The test took place at Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation Development Flight Center in West Palm Beach. The unit embedded Air Force personnel with the contractor, Sikorsky, to provide early warfighter involvement and operationally relevant developmental testing.

Russia continues to negotiate delivery of Su-57 PAK FA fighter to India

Russia continues to negotiate the delivery of fifth-generation Su-57 PAK FA fighter jets to India but supplying the aircraft to the Russian Air Force remains a priority.

Boeing awarded $96.9M for Apache helicopter and trainer support for UAE

The Boeing Co., Mesa, Arizona, was awarded a $96,873,221 modification to foreign military sales (United Arab Emirates) contract for Apache aircraft integrated logistics support, product assurance and Longbow Crew Trainers.

US approves sale of 7 MH-60R helicopters to Greece

The US State Department has cleared Greece to buy MH-60R multi-mission helicopters with support equipment under a deal estimated to be worth $600 million.

UK: Aeralis signs MoU with Thales training and simulation

AERALIS Ltd, the British firm developing the UK’s first home-grown fast jet training aircraft since the Hawk, signs an MoU with THALES to develop concepts for a ground-based training and simulation system aimed at complementing the UK’s Tempest future fighter programme, bolster the UK aerospace & defence sector and strengthen prospects for UK defence exports.

First Boeing P-8A Poseidon for United Kingdom takes flight

The first Boeing P-8A Poseidon for the United Kingdom Royal Air Force (RAF) took off from Renton on July 12, marking the first flight of this inaugural UK P-8A. During the 90 minute flight key testing took place before the aircraft touched down and moved to the next phase of preparation before customer delivery, installation of military systems.

French special forces may get CH-47 Chinook helicopters

In a paragraph devoted to the presence of two heavy British CH-47 Chinook helicopters in the July 14 parade, the Special Operations Command (COS) press kit says that "the Air Force is currently studying its acquisition for the French special forces". The device, says the press kit, "would usefully complement the range of current helicopters" such as Caracal or NH-90.

Russian Helicopters to start additive manufacturing of parts in 2020

In 2019, Russian Helicopters Holding Company (part of Rostec) is planning to re-engineer approximately 30 different helicopter parts to be manufactured using 3D printing technology and integrate them to serial production starting from 2020.

Israel Air Force receives 2 new F-35 Adir fighter jets

The Israel Defense Forces announced that on 14 July the Israeli Air Force has received two new F-35 “Adir” fighter jets, bringing the number of fifth-generation stealth aircraft that the military says it has in its arsenal up to 16.

Skyworks to offer US Army new combat gyrodyne aircraft

US high-performance gyroplanes maker Skyworks in collaboration with Scaled Composites to build a high-speed rotorcraft demonstrator of future combat gyrodyne aircraft.

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