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June 2019 news

Air Forces - Aerospace and Aviation Defense Industry


Royal Air Force first P-8A Poseidon painted and undergoing pre-flight preparation

The first P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft of the Royal Air Force (RAF) has been painted in RAF colours and is now undergoing pre-flight preparations before it can take-off.

China apparently deployed J-10 jets to disputed Woody Island in South China Sea

CNN recently reported, after discovering satellite images supplied by ImageSat International, that China had deployed at least four J-10 fighter jets to the disputed Woody Island in the South China Sea.

Pakistani JF-17 Block III fighter development advances

The Pakistani JF-17 Block III fighter jet will make its first flight by the end of 2019, according to Flight Global.

Leonardo and PWNE extend their Training Service Agreement in Malaysia to include a new AW189 helicopter FFS Simulator

Leonardo and PWN Excellence Sdn Bhd (PWNE) are expanding their established partnership in Malaysia for the provision of advanced training services announcing the extension of the Authorised Synthetic Training Centre (ASTC) agreement, currently for the AW139 helicopter, to include AW189 Full Flight Simulator (FFS) services. 

Russia to upgrade Kondor-FKA satellite

Russia`s MIC NPO Mashinostroyenia (a subsidiary of the Tactical Missiles Corporation (KTRV)) is upgrading its Kondor-FKA space vehicle, a source from the company told TASS.

Raytheon and Northrop Grumman sign teaming agreement on scramjet-powered tactical missile systems

Building on years of collaboration, Raytheon Company and Northrop Grumman Corporation  have signed a teaming agreement to develop, produce and integrate Northrop Grumman’s scramjet combustors to power Raytheon’s air-breathing hypersonic weapons. The teaming agreement uses the combined capabilities of both companies to accelerate development and demonstrate readiness to produce the next generation of tactical missile systems.

Raytheon StormBreaker smart weapon completes operational testing

Raytheon Company's StormBreaker weapon has completed all operational test drops, moving it closer to initial operational capability. The StormBreaker tri-mode seeker uses imaging infrared and millimeter wave radar in its normal mode to give pilots the ability to destroy moving targets, even in adverse weather, from standoff ranges. Additionally, the weapon can use its semi-active laser guidance to hit targets.

Indian Air Force test fired Russian air-to-air missile

The Indian Air Force (IAF) successfully test fired a Russian beyond visual range air-to-air missile on June 19, destroying a Banshee target Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV).

Japan National Police Agency places world’s first order for Subaru Bell 412EPX

At a ceremony held this week, Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, and SUBARU CORPORATION announced that the Japan National Police Agency (JPNA) has placed the first order for a SUBARU BELL 412EPX.

Israel moving closer to order KC-46A tanker aircraft for its Air Force

The Israeli armed forces are moving closer to placing an order for new KC-46 tanker aircraft in order to renew the Air Force's fleet.

BAE Systems joins Boeing MQ-25 UAV industry team

BAE Systems has been awarded contracts by Boeing to supply the Vehicle Management Control System and Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) System for the MQ-25.

New antimissiles expand Russian defense capability

Air and missile defense units of the Russian Aerospace Forces have recently launched a new antimissile at Sary-Shagan range in Kazakhstan. The official statement said the missile fully confirmed its capabilities and hit the target with assigned precision. The Defense Ministry aired the footage of the launch of the new close-range antimissile 53T6, the Izvestia daily writes.

French Air Force bolsters its fleet of H225Ms

The French Defence Procurement Agency DGA has signed an order to purchase an additional H225M which will be operated by the French Air Force. The aircraft will be delivered in a configuration that allows it to be interoperable with the existing fleet of 10 H225Ms in the French Air Force and in particular it will be capable of inflight refuelling, an essential operational advantage that this helicopter offers. The aircraft will be based in Cazaux and will be used for Special Forces and Search and Rescue missions.

Aircraft carrier-based LCA Tejas-N program may be aborted

In the coming months, the Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) will be evaluating whether it should, or shouldn't, continue to invest in the development programme of the aircraft carrier-based variant of the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas, which is dubbed Tejas-N (for Naval).

Airbus Helicopters and DGA select Thales’s new FlytX avionics suite for latest-generation helicopter programmes

The FlytX avionics suite will equip the future H160M Guépard, the military version of the H160 from Airbus Helicopters. FlytX is based on the Avionics 2020 concept unveiled at the 2013 Paris Air Show and comprises an intuitive touchscreen interface designed by pilots for pilots.

AeroVironment acquires VTOL UAS developer Pulse Aerospace LLC for $25.7 million

AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVAV), a global leader in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for both defense and commercial applications, today announced it has acquired Pulse Aerospace, LLC, a developer and supplier of small VTOL UAS, for $25.7 million in cash, including milestone-based earn-out payments of $5 million. AeroVironment financed the transaction entirely from available cash on hand.

Elbit Systems launches CONDOR MS, introducing multi-spectral imaging and AI capabilities to strategic recon missions

Elbit Systems launches CONDOR MS, a new Long Range Oblique Photography (LOROP) system that introduces Multi-Spectral (MS) sensing capability and Artificial Intelligence (AI) analytics to stand-off strategic intelligence gathering missions.

Rafael unveils a unique SAR feature for its Litening and Reccelite EO pods

Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. is unveiling it has upgraded its fifth generation Litening and Reccelite systems, effectively transforming them from traditional EO pods into EO+, with the addition of a unique SAR feature and the optional application of additional EO+ features, such as (EW, Comm, IRST). This constitutes a revolutionary quantum leap in all-weather, stand-off targeting and reconnaissance pods.

Russian Aerospace Forces receive upgraded Su-25SM3 jets

A batch of upgraded Su-25SM3 attack jets has been recently supplied to the Aerospace Forces. They resemble the usual S-25, but are actually a new aircraft with higher capabilities, the Army Standard said.

Russia: Mi-28NM helicopters to be armed with new weapons

President Vladimir Putin said in May at a meeting on defense industry in Sochi that it was necessary to supply a hundred Mi-28NM helicopter gunships by 2028. The Army Standard writes how Mi-28NM is distinguished from predecessors and which upgrades are in store.

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