MARCH 2020 news

Air Forces - Aerospace and Defense Industry


The U.S. Department of Defense successfully tested a hypersonic glide body in a flight experiment conducted from the Pacific Missile Range Facility, Kauai, Hawaii, March 19 at approximately 10:30 p.m. local time (HST). The U.S. Navy and U.S. Army jointly executed the launch of a common hypersonic glide body (C-HGB), which flew at hypersonic speed to a designated impact point.

Orbital Corporation Ltd (Ausralia) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (“MoU”) with one of Singapore’s largest defence companies, for the design, development and initial low rate production of multi-fuel engines for unmanned air vehicles

The replacement of the Austraian Army’s Shadow 200 Tactical Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) through project LAND 129 Phase 3 has progressed to the tendering process. Four companies have been selected through an abbreviated Invitation To Register process and will be provided a detailed Request for Tender, to further explore plans and conceptual integration designs.

The naval version of the JL-9 Mountain Eagle trainer jet is being modified to enable it to train Chinese aircraft carrier jet pilots on an actual aircraft carrier at a time when China is in urgent need of training more aircraft carrier jet pilots, as its second carrier was just commissioned last year, reports said on Tuesday, March 17, 2020.

A Roadmap for Defence Industries Cooperation between the Republic of India and the Republic of Korea (ROK) was exchanged in Ministry of Defence during the bilateral meeting between Shri Rajnath Singh, Defence Minister, Republic of India and Mr. Jeong Kyeong-Doo, Defence Minister, Republic of Korea on 4th February, 2020.

Engaged in the Foch mission of the Carrier Strike Group, the European Air Group has been implementing, since February 28, 2020, the new TALIOS (Targeting Long-range Identification Optronic System) as part of ground-support training missions and maritime surveillance. This ramp-up phase will soon be followed by operational commissioning on Rafale Marine version which will authorize its use in a wide range of operations.

BAE Systems has been awarded a contract from Lockheed Martin to design and manufacture next-generation infrared seekers for the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) weapon system, providing critical targeting technology that helps protect the U.S. and its allies from ballistic missiles. The sensor design work will improve the missile defense system's ability to neutralize more threats and improve its manufacturability.

Raytheon Company completed the first round of testing of the first partially populated radar antenna array for the U.S. Army's Lower Tier Air and Missile Defense Sensor, or LTAMDS. The milestone comes less than five months after the U.S. Army selected Raytheon to build LTAMDS, a next-generation radar that will defeat advanced threats like hypersonic weapons.

Edgybees, leading provider of collaborative visual intelligence technology, announced that it has been awarded its largest contract yet by AFWERX, an innovation program within the US Air Force. The contract will see Edgybees' innovative computer vision technology, in the form of its augmented reality (AR) software solution Argus, integrated with the US Air Force's systems to bolster situational awareness in complex operational scenarios.

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