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November 2018 news

Air Forces - Aerospace and Defense Industry


F-35A drops GBU-49 bomb for the first time in combat training

US Air Force's 388th Fighter Wing’s 34th Fighter Squadron recently returned from a weapons evaluation exercise at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, where they employed the GBU-49 for the first time in F-35A Lightning II combat training.

Patria wins follow-on order for Norway NH90 fleet support

Patria Helicopters AS has received an order for NH90 helicopters heavy maintenance taking place in Bardufoss, Norway as the Norwegian Defence Logistics Organisation (NDLO) has released the first option of one year from April 2019 onwards.

Barhain signs for 12 AH-1Z attack helicopters

Bahrain signed an agreement with a Bell Helicopter to buy 12 AH-1Z attack helicopters under a $912 million contract, the country announced at the Barhain International Airshow.

Royal Bahraini Air Force receives first C-130J airlifter

Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group has delivered the first Royal Bahraini Air Force C-130J aircraft.Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group has delivered the first Royal Bahraini Air Force C-130J aircraft, the company said on November 13, 2018.

GA-ASI selected for Australia Project Air 7003

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc., the world’s leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS), has been advised that, following consideration by the Australian Government, it has been selected to provide the Armed Remotely Piloted Aircraft System under Project Air 7003 for the Australian Defence Force (ADF).

QinetiQ to develop LIDAR payload for Airbus Zephyr HAPS

A team led by QinetiQ has won a contract to develop its unique Software Defined Multifunction LIDAR (SDML) technology from a bench-top demonstrator through to a flight ready payload, the British company announced on November 12, 2018.

TsAGI testing amphibious variant of L-410UVP-E20 aircraft

The Zhukovsky Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute (TsAGI) completed the creation of the hydrodynamic component and tests of the float-type landing gear for the light L-410UVP-E20 aircraft, the institute said.

UK to double its F-35B fleet by 2022

The UK is set to double its number of world-beating F-35 stealth jets after ordering 17 more aircraft, the British Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has announced on November 15, 2018.

China's J-20 fighter jet now aerial refueling-capable

China's most advanced stealth fighter jet, the J-20, is now ready for aerial refueling operations that will help the jet reach farther targets, as national television showcased the aircraft's embedded refueling probe on Tuesday.

Northrop Grumman to support South Korea RQ-4 Global Hawk fleet

Northrop Grumman Corporation has signed a contract with the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) to provide contractor logistics support (CLS) to the Republic of Korea’s high-altitude unmanned aerial vehicle (HUAV) fleet.

Lockheed Martin lands $22.7Bn order for F-35 production

On November 14, the F-35 Joint Program Office awarded Lockheed Martin a $22.7 billion Undefintiized Contract Action to fund more than 250 F-35 aircraft. This is a significant milestone for the program that reduces costs and demonstrates increased program maturity.

Mi-171A2 chopper starts demo tour in Southeast Asia

Potential customers from Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand and Malaysia can learn about functionality of brand new Мi-171A2 and Ansat helicopters during their demonstration tour through Southeast Asia. The first demonstration of the new products by Russian Helicopters (part of Rostec State Corporation) will be held on November 16 in Vietnam.

GKN Aerospace signs new contract for F135 parts production

GKN Aerospace Norway today announced that it has signed an eight-year agreement with Pratt & Whitney for the production of diffuser cases, low pressure turbine cases and shafts for the F135 engine, which powers the fifth generation F-35 Lightning II fighter aircraft. The agreement also includes an extension for the supply of several shafts for Pratt & Whitney's F100, JT8D and FT8 engines.

HAL HTT 40 basic trainer enters new flight test phase

The HAL HTT 40 (Basic Trainer Aircraft) began the most awaited phase of the `spin test’ by successfully entering in to two turn spin and subsequently recovering with the appropriate controls.  Two test pilots undertook the first ever spin entry testing today at around 1.30 pm. The aircraft was piloted by Gp Capt (Retd) KK Venugopal, DGM-Test Pilot (FW) from front cock pit and Gp Capt S Chaki (Retd), Sr. Test Pilot (FW) from rear. The stall testing was already completed and the project galloped its way to spin tests.

P&W delivers first PW127G engines for Canadian Fixed-Wing SAR program

Pratt & Whitney Canada, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp., yesterday announced that it recently started delivering PW127G engines to Airbus Defence and Space in support of Canada's Fixed-Wing Search and Rescue Aircraft Replacement Project.

Airbus' H145 selected to enhance New Zealand emergency medical services

The Helicopter Emergency Medical Services New Zealand Limited has selected Airbus’ H145, in response to New Zealand’s Health Ministry’s call to enhance its helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) industry, the aircraft manufacturer announced today.

Russia, Kazakhstan to jointly produce Il-103M utility aircraft

Russia`s Ilyushin Company (a subsidiary of the United Aircraft Corporation (UAC)) and Kazakhstan`s Kazakh Aviation Plant (KAZ) are planning to establish in Kazakhstan a manufacturing facility to build upgraded Ilyushin Il-103M light utility aircraft under license, according to the press department of the UAC.

European MALE UAV program enters next phase

Shortly before the end of the definition study, launched in September 2016, the Programme Participating States of the European MALE RPAS programme, France, Germany, Italy and Spain, have taken a major decision on the way ahead. After an intense period of preparation, OCCAR-EA launched the invitation to tender to the potential future prime contractor Airbus Defence & Space GmbH on 31 October.

Italian Financial Guard expands helicopter fleet with 22 AW169Ms

Leonardo announced on November 12 the signing of a contract with Italy’s Guardia di Finanza for 22 new generation AW169M twin engine helicopters. The contract, valued at 280 million euro, includes a comprehensive support and training package which could be further extended with optional services valued at an additional 100 million euro. Deliveries are expected to start in summer 2019 and to be completed by 2024.

RoKAF first A330 MRTT landed in South Korea

The RoKAF's first aerial refueling tanker arrived in South Korea on Monday, military officials said, raising hope that it will drastically increase the operational radius of fighters.

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