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October 2019 news

Air Forces - Aerospace and Aviation Defense Industry


Brazil gets 25th modernized Fennec helicopter

Airbus Helicopter's Brazilian subsidiary, Helibras, announced Oct. 7 that it was preparing to deliver the 25th modernized AS550A2 Fennec helicopter to the 1st Aviation Battalion of the Brazilian Army's aviation branch.

Micro UAS ATLAS C4EYE in benchmark trials with NATO forces

C-Astral (Slovenia), a member of the Terra Drone group, has been successfully fielding its new micro UAS ATLAS C4EYE (Advanced Technology Light Acquisition/ATAK System) in a series of closed trials, involving the cooperation of manned, unmanned, and NATO JTAC assets.

Airbus A400M completes paratrooper simultaneous dispatch

The Airbus A400M new generation airlifter has completed the certification flight test for the simultaneous dispatch of 80 (40+40) equipped paratroopers from both side doors on a single pass. Tests were performed in coordination with the French Armament General Directorate (DGA) together with French and Belgian Armed Forces.

Russian hi-tech firm develops radar to detect miniature drones

Ruselectronics Group (part of the state hi-tech corporation Rostec) has developed a radar station capable of detecting miniature unmanned aerial vehicles at a distance of up to 7.5 km, the Rostec press office reported on October 10.

Sypaq gets AU $3.5M UAS development contract from Australian Government

Sypaq, a Melbourne company,  has received a $3.5 million contract to develop an unmanned aerial system with potential future applications for the Royal Australian Navy.

First Royal Canadian Air Force C295 shows off its final livery

The first Airbus C295, purchased by the Government of Canada for the Royal Canadian Air Force’s (RCAF) Fixed Wing Search and Rescue Aircraft Replacement (FWSAR) programme, rolled out of the paint shop showing off its final livery at Airbus facility in Seville, Spain. The aircraft will now go through the final preparation phase before its delivery to the customer, planned to take place in Spain before the end of the year.

Leonardo awarded contract to supply Italy with ATR 72MP maritime patrol aircraft

Leonardo has signed a contract with Guardia di Finanza valued at over 150 million euros for the supply of three ATR 72MPs and related technical-logistic support services. This contract completes the acquisition of four aircraft, the first order was placed in July 2018, awarded under a European tender. The first aircraft will be delivered by the end of 2019, with the remaining three units expected to be supplied by 2022.

The Netherlands to buy more F-35s

The Dutch government announced plans to purchase nine more of Lockheed Martin's F-35 jets, a move that would bring the country's inventory to 46.

IL-112V to make new test flight in early 2020

Speaking on a conference call on October 8, 2019, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu provided an update on the Il-112V program.

First Indian Air Force Rafale handover to the Government of India

On October 8, Eric Trappier, Dassault Aviation Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, hosted the handover ceremony of the first Indian Air Force Rafale in Mérignac, Dassault Aviation’s Rafale final assembly facility. The event was placed under the high patronage of the Honourable Shri Rajnath Singh, Minister of Defence of India and the Honourable Ms. Florence Parly, Minister of the Armed Forces of France.

US Air Force unveils HH-60W Whiskey helicopters to replace Pave Hawks

A new combat rescue helicopter, the HH-60W "Whiskey" model of the Pave Hawk, was on display during a ceremony at the Sikorsky Development Flight Center in Jupiter on Monday, Oct. 7, 2019.

Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey fleet surpasses 500,000 flight hours

The V-22 fleet of tiltrotor aircraft built by Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc.  company, and Boeing has topped the 500,000 flight hour milestone. More than 375 Ospreys logged the hours, including the U.S. Air Force CV-22 and the U.S. Marine Corps MV-22.

Russian military to perform observation flights over Switzerland, Czech Republic, Slovakia

A team of Russian inspectors will perform observation flights over Switzerland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia in a period from October 7 to 10, and a joint German-US mission will make a flight over Russia, the Krasnaya Zvezda newspaper reported on Sunday citing Sergei Ryzhkov, the head of Russia’s Nuclear Risk Reduction Center.

Elbit systems awarded contract to supply a country in Southeast Asia with UAS

Elbit Systems announced today that it was awarded a contract valued at approximately $153 million to supply an Army of a country in Southeast Asia with a comprehensive, multi-layered array of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS).

Schiebel Camcopter S-100 successfully concludes SAR flight trials in Norway

Schiebel successfully demonstrated the shipboard integration of its CAMCOPTER S-100 as well as its impressive search and rescue (SAR) capabilities to the Norwegian Coast Guard on board of the KV Svalbard from 16 to 27 September 2019.

Invisio wins communications order from Belgium

INVISIO has, in partnership with Thales in Belgium, received an order for a communication and hearing protection system from the Belgian Defense. The order value for INVISIO is about SEK 30 million and deliveries are planned for the fourth quarter of 2019 and mid-2020. INVISIO expects a first follow-up order shortly of SEK 20 million and considers that the long-term potential for further orders from the new customer is considerable.  

Russia and Malaysia discuss MiG-35, Yak-130 supplies

Russia and Malaysia continue to discuss the supplies of MiG-35 and Yak-130 aircraft, Russian Industry and Trade Minister Denis Manturov said after a meeting of the bilateral commission on economic, scientific and cultural cooperation.

Air Greenland selects Airbus H225 helicopter for SAR

Air Greenland has ordered two Airbus H225 heavy helicopters to support its bid to win its home country’s search and rescue (SAR) contract.

MicroLink Devices delivers solar arrays for PHASA-35 demonstration aircraft

MicroLink Devices, a leader in the production of high-efficiency, flexible solar arrays for satellite and aircraft, announced today that it has completed delivery of its first production contract of solar arrays to Prismatic Ltd. for integration into their PHASA-35 high-altitude, long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicle (HALE UAV). These lightweight, flexible solar arrays have the highest specific power of any solar technology and enable the PHASA-35 to fly for months at a time powered by sunlight alone.  

Kratos awarded $5M contract for tactical jet drone mission system integration and test work

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. announced that its Unmanned Systems Division has received a $5 million prime contract for mission system integration and test work associated with its high performance tactical jet drone systems.

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