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SEPTEMBER 2019 news

Air Forces - Aerospace and Aviation Defense Industry


U.S. Navy MQ-25A Stingray refueler UAV makes first test flight

The prototype for U.S. Navy’s first unmanned aerial refueler made its first test flight from an airfield in Illinois, Boeing announced on Thursday, as Sam LaGorne reports on USNI News.

Boeing awarded contract for Saudi Arabia F-15SA training program

Boeing has been awarded a $156,911,600 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity bilateral contract modification (P00020) to previously awarded contract FA3002-13-D-0012 for the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) F-15SA Original Equipment Manufacturer Training Program.

MBDA working on new SPEAR-EW electronic warfare weapon

SPEAR-EW is being developed by MBDA in partnership with Leonardo to complete a wide range of Suppression of Enemy Air Defence (SEAD) missions, under a Technical Demonstration Programme (TDP) contract awarded by Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S). SPEAR-EW will integrate a cutting-edge miniaturised EW payload from Leonardo, which will act as a stand-in jammer to greatly increase the survivability of RAF aircraft and suppress enemy air defences, acting as a significant force multiplier

Romanian Ministry of Interior orders 3 Airbus H135s for air medical services

Airbus Helicopters and the Romanian Ministry of Interior have signed a contract for the purchase of three H135 helicopters and associated support and services for air medical services and search and rescue (SAR) missions in the country, following a four-year framework agreement signed at the end of July 2019 that foresees the procurement of up to ten H135s.

MBDA and BDL agree to assemble missiles in India

MBDA has signed an agreement with Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) of India for the final assembly, integration and test (FAIT) of Mistral and ASRAAM missiles in India.

Lockheed Martin continues Advanced EOTS development

Lockheed Martin has continued development of its Advanced Electro-Optical Targeting System (EOTS), which offers crystal clear resolution, unmatched multi-spectral range and significant cost savings for the F-35 Lightning II.

BAE Systems and Marshall collaborate on next generation aerospace technology

BAE Systems and Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate on advanced technologies for various next generation air platforms.

Successful test flight for Tellumat ASTUS UAV

South African provider of defence and security technology provider Tellumat successfully completed flight trials with its ASTUS unmanned aerial system (UAS).

General Atomics to demonstrate Agile Condor capability for US Air Force

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) has been awarded a contract from the U.S. Air Force (USAF) to demonstrate the Air Force Research Lab’s “Agile Condor” capability using a MQ-9 Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) owned by GA-ASI. Agile Condor is a high-performance computing architecture that will be used to demonstrate artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies.

New secure communication system tested for Russia’s Su-57 fifth-generation fighter jet

The newest version of Russia’s combined system of communications, data exchange, navigation and identification (OSNOD) with enhanced encryption protection and anti-jamming features is now being tested for Russia’s Su-57 fifth-generation multirole fighter jet.

HENSOLDT develops mission computer for Airbus Helicopters

HENSOLDT has been commissioned by Airbus Helicopters to provide the EuroGrid Tactical Mission Computer (ETMC) for helicopters with new functions. The two-year further development contract includes a guarantee for the acquisition of 200 production units in the subsequent years.

Be-12 amphibian to lay self-learning minefields

Upgraded Be-12 amphibious aircraft will carry self-learning minefields. The flying boat can drop them in any part of the sea and artificial intellect will set up a minefield. The high-tech munitions can identify warships, submarines and even low-flying helicopters by the sound, magnetic field and acoustic portrait. The new weapon considerably increases the capabilities of the Russian Navy, the Izvestia daily writes.

Raytheon's F-35 precision landing system can be set up anywhere in less than 1.5 hours

 A Raytheon Company team recently conducted a rapid set up demonstration of a land-based expeditionary version of its Joint Precision Approach and Landing System to a group of global military officials at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, MD. JPALS is a GPS-based precision landing system that guides aircraft to precision landings in all weather and surfaces conditions. 

MBDA offers insight into ongoing results of Team Tempest work

At DSEI 2019 MBDA showed an insight into some of its ongoing work as the coordinator of effects within Team Tempest, further highlighting the benefits of this new approach to designing a future combat air system.

MDHI awarded CLS & training contract to support Kenyan MD 530F Cayuse Warrior Fleet

D Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) is proud to announce it has been awarded a Firm Fixed-Price contract for the provision of Contractor Logistics Support (CLS), Contractor Field Service Representatives (CFSR), and both CONUS and OCONUS training. The contract – issued through Army Contracting Command-Redstone Arsenal on behalf of the Multinational Aviation Special Project Office (MASPO) – will provide support for the six (6) MD 530F Cayuse Warrior helicopters ordered for the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) via MD Helicopters’ 5-year $1.4B IDIQ Contract.

Lockheed Martin Skunk Works Project Riot demonstrates multi-domain operations

Lockheed Martin Skunk Works, the Missile Defense Agency and the U.S. Air Force successfully connected an F-35, U-2 and a multi-domain ground station in a ground-breaking test demonstrating multi-domain operations and the secure distribution of sensitive information across multiple platforms.

Elbit Systems to supply mission critical products, Vital Training Systems to Boeing’s T-X Aircraft

Elbit Systems of America will supply a number of products – including cockpit displays, datalinks and embedded training capabilities – to Boeing’s T-X advanced pilot training aircraft for the United States Air Force.

Schiebel Camcopter S-100 completes succesful flight trials in Finland

After chosen for one of the companies for test trials by the Border and Coast Guard Division of the Finnish Border Guard, Schiebel’s proven CAMCOPTER S-100 Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL) Unmanned Air System (UAS) performed a five-day maritime surveillance demonstration aboard Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) Turva.

Raytheon unveils Peregrine advanced air-to-air missile

Raytheon Company is developing a new medium-range, air-launched weapon called the Peregrine missile that is half the size and cost of today's air-to-air missiles, yet delivers greater range and effect.

B-21 bomber manufacturing and testing locations

Acting Secretary of the Air Force Matthew Donovan announced Sept. 16 that the B-21 Raider is being produced in Northrop Grumman’s Palmdale, California, facility - the same location as the B-2 Spirit. In addition, the 420th Flight Test Squadron at Edwards Air Force Base, California, will be reactivated to support testing of the B-21 Raider, as it did for the B-2.

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