MARCH 2020 news

Air Forces - Aerospace and Defense Industry


The latest Mi-38 helicopter will be developed into an air command post. It will be protected by the upgraded Vitebsk onboard defense complex. It detects a projectile launch or radar operation and provides jamming, fires heat traps and blinds missiles with a laser, the Izvestia daily writes.

Textron Aviation Defense LLC, a Textron Inc.  company, announced the finalization of a $70.2 million Other Transaction Authority (OTA) with the U.S. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center to equip the U.S. Air Force with two Beechcraft AT-6 Wolverine aircraft, pilot training, engineering services and up to four years of contractor support for maintenance and spares. The work in support of this OTA, which includes activities in support of military type certification, will take place in Wichita, Kansas.

Czech Deputy Director for Armaments and Acquisitions Lubor Koudelka today signed a contract to supply seven tank cars and two tanker semi-trailers. The army will receive them no later than November next year. The supplier is the state-owned enterprise VOP CZ, sp, the total purchase price will not exceed CZK 252.2 million including VAT.

Russia’s Arseniev Aviation Company (AAK) Progress (a subsidiary of the Russian Helicopters of state corporation Rostec’s), has launched the manufacturing of a low-rate initial production (LRIP) batch of Kamov Ka-62 transport helicopters, according to the press department of the administration of Primorsky Krai.

A Bomber Task Force deployment of B-2 Spirit stealth bomber aircraft, Airmen and support equipment from the 509th Bomb Wing and the 131st Bomb Wing, Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, have arrived to RAF Fairford, England, for a deployment to conduct theater integration and flying training.

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) is proud to work with Belgium-based Sociétés Anonyme Belge de Constructions Aéronautiques, SABCA to supply Satellite Communications (SATCOM) radomes for the MQ-9B SkyGuardian and SeaGuardian Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA). SABCA is one of GA-ASI’s team of Belgian suppliers – known as Team SkyGuardian Belgium – that will be providing content for all MQ-9B aircraft. The Government of Belgium has approved Belgian Defense to negotiate the acquisition of MQ-9B to meet the nation’s RPA requirements.

The Indian Air Force (IAF) is inducting the new Astra Beyond Visual Range (BVR) air-to-air missile. India is also integrating the Israeli I-Derby Extended Range missile on its Su-30MKI combat aircraft. These new missiles will help to enhance the IAF's air-to-air engagement capability.

Pilots from Kazakhstan trained operating Mi-171A2 helicopters at Ulan-Ude Aircraft Plant (U-UAZ) of the Russian Helicopters Holding. The training was conducted in the framework of the contract to supply the first Mi-171A2 to Kazakhstan, the Russian Helicopters said.

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