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JANUARY 2020 news

Air Forces - Aerospace and Defense Industry


Rosoboronexport has signed the first foreign contract for the supply of a Mi-38T medium-range multi-purpose helicopter manufactured by the Kazan Helicopter Plant. The international customer is not mentioned.

Northrop Grumman Corporation’s MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft system deployed for the first time Jan. 26, to provide military commanders in the Pacific greater maritime intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) data to inform critical decision-making in one of the most strategically important regions in the world.

The latest multirole Ka-62 helicopter began certification trials in the National Center of the Russian Helicopters Holding. They are to end in 2020 and provide a possibility to supply the helicopter to customers, the holding said.

Robotic Research LLC introduced the Pegasus Mini, at CES 2020 (Las Vegas).  The Mini is a smaller version of the original Pegasus, introduced in August, which established a new category of transformable unmanned autonomous vehicles (hybrid unmanned aircraft system/unmanned ground vehicle) that both drive on land and fly. This patented combination of features provides a new range of capabilities to support commercial industry, first responders, law enforcement and military customers that previously had not been possible with autonomous drones or land vehicles.

Telephonics Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Griffon Corporation, announced on January 21 that it has successfully demonstrated its MOSAIC Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar system aboard a U.S. Navy MH-60S helicopter, accumulating over 10 hours of operational time during a two-week period in November. The flight demonstrations, which took place over the Mid-Atlantic region, showcased for the first time the system’s discriminating capabilities including Autonomous Anti-Surface Warfare radar operations and true dual beam technology.

The Afghan Air Force (AAF) continues using Mil Mi-17V-5 (NATO reporting name: Hip-H) utility rotorcraft during a wide range of missions, despite the fact that Sikorsky UH-60A+ Black Hawk rotorcraft, which are intended for their replacement, have already been fielded, says the United States of America’s Department of Defense’s (DoD) annual report ‘Enhancing Stability and Security in Afghanistan’.

On 14th January 2020, Airbus Helicopters delivered the last Spanish HAD Helicopter to the Spanish Army. Originally, this helicopter was used as a prototype for the development of the Spanish HAD fleet and was finally retrofitted into the serial configuration Block 2 (B2).

Batch production of upgraded Su-34 frontline bombers will begin in 2020. The aircraft was assigned the "new capabilities" index (NVO). It will be armed with modern weapons, improved electronic warfare and reconnaissance containers. It is upgraded according to the Syrian experience, the Izvestia daily writes.

US Air Force's MQ-9 Reaper Remotely Piloted Aircraft, personnel and support equipment with the 52nd Expeditionary Operations Group Detachment 2 at Miroslawiec Air Base, Poland, have temporarily relocated to 71st Air Base at Campia Turzii Air Base, Romania, in support of a range of operations on the continent that support our NATO allies. This includes cold weather operations and participation in various exercises in the region.

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) on November 19, 2019 completed the first in a series of internally-funded Multi-Domain Operations (MDO) demonstrations using a company-owned Gray Eagle Extended Range (GE-ER) Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS). The flight series will continue in 2020 and show that a GE-ER equipped with long-range sensors and Air Launched Effects (ALE) is able to Detect, Identify, Locate and Report (DILR) targetable data to support Long Range Precision Fires (LRPF) systems.

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