MAY 2020 news

Air Forces - Aerospace and Defense Industry


As part of the modernization of all NATO's IFF identification systems (IFF = Identification-friend-or-foe) to the new "Mode 5" standard, sensor solution provider HENSOLDT is equipping the Air Force's 90 Tornado fighter aircraft with its Mode 5-capable LTR 400 transponder. An initial order for the delivery of 42 devices worth several million euros has been placed by Panavia Aircraft GmbH - the industrial consortium for the development of the Tornado; the conversion of over one hundred further platforms of the German Armed Forces is planned.

Waymon Armstrong, CEO/president, announced that Engineering & Computer Simulations (ECS) has been awarded a contract extension by the U.S Army Program Executive Office – Aviation (PEO Aviation) in its Project Manager Cargo (PM Cargo) office for additional maintenance training and modernization upgrade programs. ECS has been developing a modernized desktop cockpit and interactive maintenance training programs and upgrades for about two years; this award has now been extended to provide additional coursework and training. Jeff Huber, Vice President of Operations, Huntsville, will continue overseeing this project from the ECS Huntsville office.

The Ministry of Defence has awarded Indra the tender for the IFF (identification, friend or foe) systems modernization for Lanza 3D radars used by the Aerial Surveillance Squadrons of the Spanish Air Force.

Antonov Company has started the general assembly of the fuselage of the AN-178 transport intended for delivery to the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Peru.

The Russian Aerospace Forces will receive two A-50U Airborne Early Warning (AEW) aircraft in 2021. It properly performed in Syria and will have an upgraded radar, communications and controls. Experts believe the aircraft will effectively detect cruise missiles and control fighter jets, the Izvestia daily writes.

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