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DECEMBER 2019 news

Air Forces - Aerospace and Aviation Defense Industry


South Korean Air Force acquired its first Global Hawk high-altitude unmanned aircraft

The South Korean Air Force acquired its first Global Hawk high-altitude unmanned aircraft on Dec. 23.

Russian naval aviation to be armed with Kinzhal

The Russian naval aviation will be armed with Kinzhal with air ballistic hypersonic missiles. It will help MiG-31 control the Arctic and Pacific coast. The weapon can destroy adversary warships and aircraft at a distance of 2 thousand km, the Izvestia daily writes.

General Atomic awarded for French MQ-9 Reaper logistics support

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc., Poway, California, has been awarded a not-to-exceed $43,650,760 undefinitized contract action for France contractor logistics support MQ-9 Block 5 and Block 1 aircraft.

Canadian Commercial Corp awarded contract for MX series turrets in support of Special Operation Forces AC-130 aircraft

Canadian Commercial Corp., Ottawa, Canada, has been awarded an estimated $9,926,752 modification (P00010) to previously awarded contract FA8509-17-C-0001 for contractor logistics support for MX series turrets in support of Special Operation Forces AC-130 Aircraft.

Philippine Air Force evaluating two aircraft types for multi-role fighter project

The Philippine Air Force (PAF) is currently evaluating two aircraft for its multi-role fighter (MRF) project, Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said on December 16.

Boeing to provide weapons support for Navy and Kuwaiti aircraft

Boeing Aerospace Operations Inc., St. Louis, Missouri, is awarded a not-to-exceed value of $92,280,378 undefinitized contract action. This cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-quantity contract provides engineering technical services in support of Naval Aviation weapon systems and all associated systems and equipment throughout their sustainment life-cycle, to include contractor field services in support of the AV-8B, EA-18G, F/A-18, C-40, and P-8A aircraft for the Navy and the government of Kuwait.

Aerojet Rocketdyne selected to provide Solid Rocket Motor for Lockheed Martin Hypersonic Conventional Strike Weapon

Building upon its pioneering work in hypersonics, Aerojet Rocketdyne is supporting a Lockheed Martin effort to develop a hypersonic conventional missile for the U.S. Air Force under a subcontract valued at $81.5 million.

General Atomics has been awarded contract for MQ-9 Reaper UAS logistic support

General Atomics, Aeronautical Systems, Inc., Poway, California, has been awarded a $327,192,501 cost-plus, fixed-fee contract for MQ-9 Reaper Unmanned Aircraft System contractor logistics support. Work will be performed at Poway, California, and is expected to be completed by Dec. 31, 2021.

Lockheed Martin awarded contract for F-22 stealth fighter sustainment

American Company Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, has been awarded a $7,000,000,000 modification (P00009) to a previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract FA8205-18-D-0001 for F-22 Raptor stealth fighter sustainment. This modification provides for the exercise of an option for an additional five year ordering period for comprehensive F-22 stealth fighter sustainment.

MBDA has received an order to build Meteor air-to-air missiles for German Air Force

MBDA, a world leader in the development and manufacturing of missile systems has received an order to build further Meteor beyond visual range air-to-air missiles for the German Air Force.

USA approves P-3C Orion anti-submarine aircraft sale to Argentina

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Argentina of equipment, support and services in support of Argentina’s EDA purchase of four P-3C aircraft and related equipment for an estimated cost of $78.032 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on December 19.

French Air Force Reaper drones test laser-guided bombs

French Air Force’s Reaper drones are now able to drop laser-guided bombs and, soon, to launch air-to-ground missiles. They carried out their first experimental fire as part of Operation Barkhane in Niger.

Embraer and Brazilian Air Force to study joint development of a new light military transport aircraft

Embraer and the Brazilian Air Force (FAB) signed on December 19 a memorandum of understanding which enables the study of the potential development of a new light military transport aircraft.

Leonardo new, larger Osprey 50 AESA radar takes flight for first trials

Leonardo has announced the first flight trials of its Osprey 50 Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar, the new, larger-aperture variant of the Company’s successful Osprey surveillance radar. The flight trials were carried out in support of production for a Strategic ISR platform and Collins Aerospace's Tactical Synthetic Aperture Radar (TacSAR) reconnaissance system.

BAE Systems wins US Navy contract for laser-guided rockets

The American Navy has signed a $2.68 billion IDIQ contract for thousands of combat-proven, low-cost APKWS Laser-Guided Rockets manufactured by BAE Systems.

US Air Force names newest helicopter Grey Wolf

Air Force Global Strike Command named the MH-139A helicopter, the “Grey Wolf” during a naming ceremony here, Dec. 19, 2019. Gen. Timothy Ray, AFGSC commander, made the announcement, comparing it to the wild animal that bears the same name.

Saab receives order for Gripen support and maintenance operations

Saab has received an order from the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) on behalf of the Swedish Armed Forces to provide support and maintenance services for Gripen during the first half of 2020. The order's total value amounts to approximately SEK 450 million.

Leonardo unveils new radar sensing technology for Tempest aircraft

Leonardo UK has demonstrated the performance of a new radar receiver/warner technology as part of its on-going development work for Tempest, the next generation combat air project which will see the UK, Italy and Sweden working closely together.

Elroy Air launches autonomous cargo UAV

Elroy Air on Dec. 16 announced the release of the Chaparral, an unmanned hybrid electric aircraft capable of carrying up to 300 pounds of cargo over 300 miles without the need for airports. Founded in 2016 by David Merrill and Clint Cope, Elroy Air has worked to create system applications for air cargo delivery for commercial, humanitarian, and military purposes.

Lockheed Martin hosts Bahrain ambassador at F-16 production line

Lockheed Martin -hosted Shaikh Abdullah bin Rashed Al Khalifa, ambassador of the Kingdom of Bahrain to the United States, at the company's F-16 production line, where production is underway on the first F-16 Block 70 ‒ for the Royal Bahraini Air Force.

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