JUNE 2020 news

Air Forces - Aerospace and Defense Industry


The British Government has announced on June 12, 2020, that the Royal Air Force (RAF) deployment in Mali has been extended. The ongoing mission is to support the French counter-terrorism operation in the Sahel region of West Africa. Currently, the RAF has three Chinook CH-47 Helicopters and 100 personnel based in Gao, Mali and they will be continuing to work with the French Armed Forces.

GE Aviation was selected by Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. company, to provide the Aircraft Health Awareness System as part of Team Invictus for the Bell 360 Invictus competitive prototype, a part of the U.S. Army’s Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) program. The health awareness system integrates decades of GE’s proven health management technologies on rotorcraft with their vehicle management system on fixed wing to drive increased operational safety and availability of the fleet.

The US State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Canada of fifty (50) Sidewinder AIM-9X Block II Tactical missiles and related equipment for an estimated cost of $862.3 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on June 15, 2020.

The SB-1 Defiant from Sikorsky-Boeing,  a next-generation helicopter being developed under the US Army’s joint multi-role technology demonstrator program — has achieved a key milestone by reaching speeds greater than 200 knots, industry executives announced June 16.

Raytheon Intelligence and Space, a Raytheon Technologies business, was awarded a multiple award IDIQ to participate in the US Air Force's development of the Advanced Battle Management System, a future command and control network that will connect military platforms across the globe, giving military commanders the ability to make decisions faster.

The United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) began to dock the first fuselage sections of the Il-114-300 aircraft. The work is done by the MiG Corporation at Lukhovitsy Aircraft Plant. The docking is done by the automatic bench designed for the project, the UAC said.

BAE Systems, Information and Electronic Systems Integration Inc., Greenlawn, New York, is awarded a $58,738,453 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract. This contract provides for the manufacture, test and delivery of 239 Mode 5 capable RT-1763C/D AN/APX-111(V) combined interrogator transponders and 397 spare shop replaceable assemblies for the F/A-18 Super Hornet series and Boeing EA-18G Growler warfare aircraft for the Navy and the government of Canada.

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