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JULY 2018 news

Air Forces - Aerospace and Defense Industry

BAE Systems to provide UAE with new F-16 flight controls

BAE Systems has been selected by Lockheed Martin to provide flight controls to upgrade next-generation F-16 aircraft for the United Arab Emirates.BAE Systems has been selected by Lockheed Martin to provide flight controls to upgrade next-generation F-16 aircraft for the United Arab Emirates.

IAI and Aero jointly unveil F/A-259 multirole fighter jet

Aero, the biggest Czech aircraft manufacturer, and Israeli Aerospace Industries, world leader in defense systems technologies, introduced cost-effective, combat proven fighter attack aircraft. The F/A-259 Striker is a multirole aircraft for close air support, counter-insurgency operations and border patrolling with interception capabilities.

Qinetiq hands over first PC-21 to Empire Test Pilots’ School

Qinetiq handed over the first PC-21 Pilatus trainer to the to the Empire Test Pilots’ School (ETPS), the company announced on July 18, 2018. Under the contract concluded in 2016, Pilatus is to provide two PC-21s to the ETPS based in Wiltshire, England.

Airbus opens first Zephyr HAPS serial assembly line

Airbus Defence and Space has unveiled the new Zephyr S HAPS (High Altitude Pseudo-Satellite) to the world at Farnborough Air Show yesterday morning. The Zephyr S is the first production aircraft of the Zephyr programme, previous Zephyr units being Research and Development prototypes.

Russia Karelia Air Regiment reinforced with new Su-35S fighter jets

The air regiment of the Russian Western Military District deployed in Karelia has been reinforced with three multirole Su-35S fighter jets, district spokesman Igor Muginov said.

Longbow Fire Control Radar hardware for US Army and foreign customers

LONGBOW LLC and the U.S. Army have definitized contracts valued at $170.5 million to provide LONGBOW Fire Control Radar (FCR) hardware for Apache AH-64E helicopters supporting U.S. Army lots 7 and 8 plus three international customers. LONGBOW LLC is a joint venture of Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman Corporation.

GA-ASI Predator B selected by the Royal Netherlands Air Force

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI) has been selected to provide UAS to the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF). This decision follows consideration by the Ministry of Defence for the Netherlands, the US leading manufacturer of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) announced today.

GKN Aerospace contracted to extend F-35 bulkheads production

GKN Aerospace and Lockheed Martin are expanding a longtime customer partnership by signing a contract to increase production of bulkheads for the F-35 Lightning II program through 2023. The bulkheads are a critical structure for the conventional takeoff and landing (CTOL) and carrier variants (CV). They require among the longest lead time of any F-35 part and are made from some of the largest titanium forgings of any aircraft.

BIRD Aerosystems unveils advanced configuration of ASIO ISR solution

BIRD Aerosystems, the leading developer of Special Mission Aircraft Solutions (ASIO) and Airborne Missile Protection Systems (AMPS), is showcasing an advanced configuration of its ASIO solution for the first time in the Farnborough airshow. The new configuration of the ASIO integrates pre-mission intelligence planning toolsalong with unique mission sensors configuration and sophisticated analysis algorithms, providing unique alerts of various suspicious activities.

PLAAF H-6Ks to compete at Russian International Army Games

The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) air force will send H-6K bombers, J-10A fighters, JH-7A fighter-bombers, IL-76 and Y-9 transport aircraft, and a team of airborne troops to Russia to participate in the International Army Games.

Russia pulled out 35 military aircraft from Syria

Russia has so far withdrawn from Syria a total of 35 military aircraft, including warplanes and helicopters, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Monday. The ministry said in a statement that two Mi-8AMTSh helicopters have returned to their permanent deployment base in Russia's Novosibirsk region in southwestern Siberia.

Boeing and RNLAF sign contract for Apache and Chinook support

Boeing and the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) signed a Combined Helicopter Support services agreement at the Royal International Air Tattoo on Saturday, July 14 that will provide maintenance, services and spare parts to the RNLAF’s fleet of AH-64 Apache and CH-47 Chinook helicopters.

Raytheon enters UAE F-16 fighter jets upgrade program

Raytheon Company will design, develop and manufacture the projector for BAE Systems' Digital Light Engine head-up display on the F-16 Fighting Falcon for the United Arab Emirates armed forces. The digital HUD upgrade will integrate seamlessly into the F-16's existing HUD space, requiring no changes to the aircraft, cabling or computing.

UK introduces new Combat Air Strategy at Farnborough Air Show 2018

Announcing the publication of the new Combat Air Strategy at the Farnborough International Airshow, the British Defence Secretary said he had taken action to strengthen the UK’s role as a global leader in the sector and to protect key skills across the UK industrial base. He outlined the Strategy in front of the combat aircraft concept model which has been developed by UK industry in collaboration with the Ministry of Defence – being publicly unveiled for the first time, it acts as a powerful demonstration of the UK’s world leading technical capability and industrial expertise.

AT-802L Longsword now compatible with BAE Systems COBRA sensors

Air Tractor and L3 Technologies announced today that their AT-802L Longsword ISR and light-attack system now supports compatibility with BAE Systems’ multi-function signals intelligence and electronic warfare sensor family of systems, presently referred to as “COBRA.”

Leonardo launches new Grifo-E AESA radar

Leonardo unveiled the latest in its portfolio of electronically-scanning (E-Scan) radars, the Grifo-E at the Farnborough Air Show 2018. The new radar is now on show to visitors in Leonardo’s static area. The Grifo-E is the evolution of the well-received Grifo (M-scan) fire control radar for fighter aircraft, which has seen more than 450 units flying with six air forces.

Operational testing starts for Raytheon Small Diameter Bomb II

Raytheon Company's StormBreaker bomb, formerly called the Small Diameter Bomb II, or SDB II bomb, has entered operational testing, a step closer to providing U.S. Air Force pilots the capability to strike maneuvering targets in adverse weather. Operational testing follows completion of a successful Operational Test Readiness Review in Spring 2018.

USMC MV-22B performs first ever forward air-refuelling point

U.S. Marines and Coast Guardsmen conducted the first forward air-refueling point between two helicopters during the 2018 Marine Aircraft Group 49 Combined Arms Exercise, the Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst Public Affairs announced on June 20, 2018.

Lockheed and Rafael to jointly market SPICE missile guidance kit

Lockheed Martin and Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd., of Israel, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to evaluate potential markets and customer requirements for Rafael's Smart, Precise Impact and Cost-Effective (SPICE) missile guidance kits.

Ukraine clinched deal with Airbus for 55 helicopters

Following the Intergovernmental Agreement signed between France and Ukraine on 8 June, Airbus Helicopters has signed a contract with the Ukrainian Ministry of Interior for the purchase of 55 civil helicopters destined for search and rescue (SAR), public services, and emergency medical service (EMS) missions in the country.

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