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May 2017 Air Force Military Aviation Defence Industry News
 

Russian Eastern Military District receives new batch of Mi-8AMTSh choppers

Russian Eastern Military District receives new batch of Mi-8AMTSh choppers
 
Russia’s Eastern Military District has received the first batch of Mil Mi-8AMTSh helicopters in 2017, the district’s press office said on May 30. "The advanced helicopters have arrived for an Eastern Military District army aviation large unit based in the Trans-Baikal Territory [in East Siberia]," the press office said.
 

Lockheed's HH-60W helicopter achieves Air Vehicle Critical Design Review

Lockheed's HH-60W helicopter achieves Air Vehicle Critical Design Review
 
Lockheed Martin today announced it successfully reached a key milestone – the Air Vehicle Critical Design Review (CDR) – for the U.S. Air Force's Combat Rescue Helicopter (CRH) program. This event prepares the program to proceed to assembly, test, and evaluation of the HH-60W helicopter.
 

Russia testing new helmet-mounted targeting sight for the Mi-28NM helicopter

Russia testing new helmet-mounted targeting sight for the Mi-28NM helicopter
 
A helmet-mounted targeting and indication system with stereo imaging is undergoing test trials within the onboard equipment of the new Mi-28NM helicopter, a source in the russian defense industry told Lenta.ru online publication.
 

HAL's Light Utility Helicopter second prototype makes maiden flight

HAL's Light Utility Helicopter second prototype makes maiden flight
 
India-based aircraft manufacturer HAL carried out first flight of Light Utility Helicopter (LUH)-PT-2 on May 22, 2017 at its facility in Bengaluru. The chopper was flown by Chief Test Pilot Wing Cdr(Retd) Unni K Pillai and Test Pilot Wing Cdr (Retd) Anil Bhambhani. The flight duration was about 22 minutes and pilots reported nil snag.
 

Russian Helicopters' Ka-62 chopper successfully completes maiden flight

Russian Helicopters' Ka-62 chopper successfully completes maiden flight
 
The flying demonstrator of the newest Ka-62 helicopter has made its maiden flight at the range of the Progress Arseniev Aviation Company named after N. I. Sazykin (a subsidiary of Rostec`s Russian Helicopter holding). The flight lasted for 15 minutes and confirmed that the required refinements of the helicopter had been successfully done, Russian Helicopters` press department said.
 

GA-ASI's MQ-9B Skyguardian RPAS achieves 48-hour-long flight

GA-ASI's MQ-9B Skyguardian RPAS achieves 48-hour-long flight
 
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. yesterday announced that its new MQ-9B SkyGuardian Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) system, a “Certifiable” (STANAG 4671) version of its Predator B product line, has set a company record with the longest endurance flight of any Predator-series aircraft.
 

MD Helicopters lands $76 mn contract for Aghanistan's MD 530F helicopters support

MD Helicopters lands $76 mn contract for Aghanistan's MD 530F helicopters support
 
The US Department of Defense has awarded MD Helicopters Inc a $76,7 mn foreign military sales contract for contractor logistics support for the MD 530F light attack and reconnaissance helicopters in support of the Afghanistan Air Force.
 

DARPA picks Boeing for XS-1 Experimental Spaceplane program

DARPA picks Boeing for XS-1 Experimental Spaceplane program
 
DARPA has selected The Boeing Company to complete advanced design work for the Agency’s Experimental Spaceplane (XS-1) program, which aims to build and fly the first of an entirely new class of hypersonic aircraft that would bolster national security by providing short-notice, low-cost access to space, the DARPA said on May 24.
 

MILEX 2017: BSVT unveils modernized R-73BM & R-60BM air-to-air missiles

MILEX 2017: BSVT unveils modernized R-73BM & R-60BM air-to-air missiles
 
At this 8th edition of MILEX international defense industry exhibition held in Minsk, Belarus, the state owned company Belspetsvneshtechnika (BSVT) unveiled upgraded versions of the Soviet-era R-60 and R-73 short-range air-to-air missiles.
 

Elbit to provide undisclosed international organization with J-MUSIC self-protection systems

Elbit to provide undisclosed international organization with J-MUSIC self-protection systems
 
Elbit Systems Ltd. announced today that it was awarded a $25 million contract for the supply of J-Music DIRCM (Direct Infrared Countermeasures) self-protection systems to an International organization. The contract will be performed over a three-year period.
 

MILEX 2017: BSVT introduces new Veresk airborne active jamming pod

MILEX 2017: BSVT introduces new Veresk airborne active jamming pod
 
Belarus’ state-owned company Belspetsvneshtecnika (BSVT) unveiled a new active jamming pod during the 8th edition of MILEX 2017 defense exhibition, held from 20-22 May in Minsk. According to BSVT, the Veresk jamming system is capable of detection delay by an enemy aircraft, create false targets, breaklock of protected aircraft, retargeting of tracking systems of protected systems.
 

South Korea eyes upgraded IFF system for ROKAF aircraft fleet

South Korea eyes upgraded IFF system for ROKAF aircraft fleet
 
According to the local newspaper Yonhap, South Korea's defense authorities on Wednesday, May 24, approved a procurement project to improve the military's system to identify aircraft and determine whether it's an enemy or a friendly force.
 

ATOS to use Airbus DS Lygarion datalink for aeronautical R&D study

ATOS to use Airbus DS Lygarion datalink for aeronautical R&D study
 
The French company ATOS, based Paris, has awarded Airbus DS Electronics and Border Security (EBS) a contract to provide its Lygarion datalink for an aeronautical R&D study, Airbus' EBS division recently announced.
 

Boeing completes upgrade of Saudi E-3A AWACS fleet

Boeing completes upgrade of Saudi E-3A AWACS fleet
 
Boeing has completed a series of upgrades that substantially enhance the technological capabilities of Saudi Arabia’s E-3A Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft, the US-based defense giant announced on May 23, 2017.
 

Russia's Kursk Air Regiment starts receiving new Su-30SM fighter jets

Russia's Kursk Air Regiment starts receiving new Su-30SM fighter jets
 
The Russian Western MD’s Kursk Air Regiment started recieving the first batch of Su-30SM fighters, the district’s press service reported. "Aviation engineers of the Western MD’s Kursk Air Regiment, stationed in the Kursk Region, have begun accepting the first batch of Su-30SM fighters," the report said.
 

Helibras hands over two more H225M helicopters to Brazilian Armed Forces

Helibras hands over two more H225M helicopters to Brazilian Armed Forces
 
The Brazilian rotorcraft manufacturer Helibras, a subsidiary of Airbus Helicopters, delivered two more H225M multirole platorms, the company announced on May 23, 2017. With these two H225M deliveries, the Armed Forces’ fleet totals 28 H225Ms: 12 for the Air Force, 9 for the Army and 7 for the Navy. Deliveries for the remaining helicopters foreseen by the contract - a total of 50 H225M - are expected to be completed by 2022.
 

Sikorsky lands $55 mn contract for CH-53K initial production work

Sikorsky lands $55 mn contract for CH-53K initial production work
 
Sikorsky, a subsidiary of Lockheed Martin, landed a $55 million US Navy contract to support of low-rate initial production Lot II for four CH-53K King Stallion heavy-lift helicopters, the US Department of Defense announced on May 22.
 

South Korea turns to Elta for KF-X fighter jet radar system

South Korea turns to Elta for KF-X fighter jet radar system
 
South Korea has formally abandoned a plan to develop a radar system with its own technology for its KF-X fighter jet program, a government source said Tuesday. As an alternative, the state-run Agency for Defense Development (ADD) recently signed a technology support contract with an Israeli defense firm, according to the source who requested anonymity.
 

Boeing inks deal with Saudi Arabia for CH-47F Chinook helicopters supply

Boeing inks deal with Saudi Arabia for CH-47F Chinook helicopters supply
 
Several defense and commercial agreements announced on May 20 will further strengthen Boeing’s partnership with Saudi Arabia, create or sustain thousands of jobs in both the United States and Saudi Arabia, and enhance national security in the region, the US-based giant announced yesterday.
 

Sukhoi hands over new batch of Su-34 strike fighters to Russian Air Force

Sukhoi hands over new batch of Su-34 strike fighters to Russian Air Force
 
 
The Sukhoi Company, part of Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation (UAC), has delivered the first batch of Sukhoi Su-34 (NATO reporting name: Fullback) frontline bombers to the Defense Ministry as part of the 2017 state defense order, the company’s press office said. "The planes took off from the airfield of the Chkalov Aircraft Plant in Novosibirsk [in West Siberia] and headed for their home station," the press office said.
 

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