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October 2019 news

Air Forces - Aerospace and Aviation Defense Industry


Honeywell’s T55 engine upgrade to provide more power and better fuel efficiency for US Army’s CH-47 Chinook

Honeywell is finalizing a new and improved T55 engine to power the U.S. Army’s Chinook helicopters. The newest upgrade for the legendary T55 will offer over 20% more power at sea level, a nearly 10% power increase at high and hot altitudes, and use 9% less fuel than before. This new variant of the T55 will also greatly reduce ownership costs, improving the overall value of what is already one of the most battle-tested engines in the history of warfare.

Flight testing begins for the first H225Ms for Kuwait

The first H225Ms to be delivered to Kuwait later this year have started flight testing

USA approves sale to South Korea of 120 AMRAAM air-to-air-missiles

The US State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Korea of (120) AIM-120C-7/C-8 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM) with support for an estimated cost of $253 million.

Korea Aerospace Industries unveils a full-sized mock-up of KF-X fighter

Iranian jet trainer Yasin made its first flight

The Iranian Air Force has conducted a test-flight of the Yasin jet trainer, a locally-produced aircraft.

Karem Aircraft unveils its design for US Army's Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA)

Karem Aircraft unveiled its vision for the U.S. Army’s Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) program:  a rigid main rotor helicopter with a rotating wing and a rotating tail rotor, named  AR40.

Altius and Okhotnik drones to enter state aviation register

Heavy Altius and Okhotnik drones will be included into the state aviation register to get their unique numbers and onboard identification marks. The operators will be equaled to aircraft captains. After the registration, drones will become fully-fledged air traffic participants and will be able to fly along general and international air routes, the Izvestia daily writes.

Galaxy Unmanned Systems selected for US Army Airship SBIR

Galaxy Unmanned Systems LLC’s proposal for an aerostat/airship hybrid has been competitively selected for a potential Phase I Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract with the U.S. Army.

Russia’s latest attack drone Okhotnik to fire weapons during trials in 2020

Russia’s latest heavy attack drone Okhotnik (Hunter) will fire weapons for the first time during trials at a military aerodrome in southern Russia in 2020, a source in the domestic defense industry told TASS on October 16.

Turkey and USA fly over Russia

A joint Turkish-US mission is staging a monitoring flight over Russia on October 14-18 according to the Open Sky Treaty on a Turkish CN-235 surveillance aircraft from Kubinka airfield, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

India hands over two Mi-35 attack helicopters to Afghanistan

On October 15, Indian government officials at a ceremony in Kabul donated two Mi-35 helicopters to Afghan forces.

USSOCOM increases value of MALET contract for GA-ASI aircraft

The U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) has increased the ceiling on its contract to support modifications and capability enhancements to its Medium-altitude, Long-endurance Tactical (MALET) aircraft.

Lockheed Martin awarded contract to produce Modernized Turrets for US Army's AH-64E Apache helicopters

The U.S. Army recently awarded Lockheed Martin  a $40.6 million contract to produce Modernized Turrets (M-TUR) for the AH-64E Apache helicopter, an upgrade to the Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight and Pilot Night Vision Sensor (M-TADS/PNVS) system with enhanced operational and performance capabilities.

Sniper Advanced Targeting Pod marks critical milestone for FA-50 integration

Lockheed Martin’s Sniper Advanced Targeting Pod (ATP) successfully completed its fit check on the FA-50 platform, marking a significant step in the pod’s aircraft integration. The FA-50 is a light combat aircraft manufactured by Korea Aerospace Industries, LTD., in partnership with Lockheed Martin.

Sikorsky introduces its RAIDER X light-attack reconnaissance helicopter

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company introduced RAIDER X, its concept for an agile, lethal and survivable compound coaxial helicopter, specifically designed for securing vertical lift dominance against evolving peer and near-peer threats on the future battlefield. Through the U.S. Army's Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) program, RAIDER X is the out-front platform in the Service's revolutionary approach for rapid development and delivery of game changing technology and warfighter capabilities, equipped for the most demanding and contested environments. RAIDER X enables the reach, protection and lethality required to remain victorious in future conflicts.

Hoverfly Technologies gets $10M US Government tethered drone contract

Hoverfly Technologies Inc. (“Hoverfly”), the manufacturer of the LiveSky tethered drone, announced today that it has been awarded a $10 million sole-source contract by a U.S. government agency. LiveSky provides aerial monitoring and communications relay solutions for national defense, intelligence, and homeland security customers.

AeroVironment launches new Puma LE small UAS

AeroVironment, Inc., a global leader in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), announced the launch of Puma LE (Long Endurance), the next generation in its Puma All Environment small UAS product line. Puma LE builds on the combat-proven Puma AE legacy with new capabilities, increased range, and expanded payload capacity. With the integrated Mantis i45 gimbaled EO/IR sensor and NVG-visible laser illuminator, Puma LE provides the warfighter with superior imagery for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) during day, night and low-light operations on land and in maritime environments.

Turkish Aerospace Industries Delivers 3 ANKA UAVs to the Turkish Navy

Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) delivered 3 ANKA armed drones to the Turkish Navy on October 12.

Raytheon and Korean Air partner on Multiple-Intelligence Aircraft for Republic of Korea Air Force

Raytheon Company and Korean Air signed an exclusive collaboration agreement at the Seoul International Aerospace and Defense Exhibition to pursue the Republic of Korea's Air Force's Intelligence Surveillance Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance program.

Pakistan's indigenous fifth-generation fighter aircraft completes initial conceptual design phase

Pakistan’s “Project Azm” whose centrepiece involves development of its own fifth generation fighter has accelerated, with first of the four “conceptual design phase” cycles being concluded.

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