AUGUST 2020 news

Air Forces - Aerospace and Defense Industry


U.S. Air Force 5th Bomb Wing Airmen in support of a long-planned bomber training mission, arrived at RAF Fairford, England, on Aug. 24, 2020. The 5th BW enables the demonstration of the U.S. capability to command, control and conduct bomber missions across the globe.

On Aug. 26, the U.S. State Department announced it has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of the United Kingdom 395 AGM-114R2 Hellfire missiles with support for an estimated cost of $46 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale.

The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) has unveiled its latest type of transport helicopter, the Z-8L, the first in the 15 ton-class in China, Liu Xuanzun reports on Global Times. The new helicopter is capable of transporting an all-terrain assault vehicle and other heavy equipment. It is expected to enter service with aerial assault troops and to play a major role in multiple scenarios including amphibious assault missions.

Serbia has requested the purchase of 20 fighter bombers, according to an announcement made by the Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic in June 2020. The International Defense magazine Janes reported that Serbia has shown interest to acquire 20 T-7A jets, an American/Swedish advanced jet trainer developed by Boeing in partnership with Saab AB.

The German Air Force’s Lufttransportgeschwader (LTG) 62 (62 Transport Squadron) not only flies : as reported by Sandra Suessmut (Bundeswehr), it develops, tests and improves. More specifically, the technique, tactics, and procedures group does it. In the Cargo Hold Trainer, an image of the Airbus A400M hold, tests are carried out to determine whether a Boxer armored vehicle can be loaded and lashed.

The Navy has started discussing with contractors about a next-generation manned fighter, its first new carrier aircraft in almost 20 years. There is now a program office for the Next Generation Air Dominance (NGAD) initiative, the service’s top acquisitions official, James Geurts, said last week, according to USNI News.

Paramount Aerospace Industries Proprietary Limited ("Paramount Aerospace Industries"), part of the Paramount Aerospace and Technology Group from South Africa, announced on August 18, 2020, that the Business Rescue Plans of the Aerospace Development Corporation Proprietary Limited (ADC), the manufacturer of the AHRLAC aircraft and its subsidiaries* are in the final phase of implementation.

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