NOVEMBER 2020 news

Defense Aviation and Aerospace Industry


Canadian company Top Aces to buy Israeli F-16s

According to the Israeli newspaper Globe that published the information on November 30, Israel’s Ministry of Defense is in talks with Canada’s Top Aces for the purchase of 29 surplus F-16A/B fighters. Israel is asking for between $3 million and $4 million for each jet, according to Globe The Ministry of Defense’s International Defense Cooperation Directorate (SIBAT) is responsible for the talks.

US Air Force completes test drop of B61-12 nuclear bomb mockup from F-35 fighter aircraft

According to a statement published on November 23, 2020, A mockup B61-12’s strike in the dusty Nevada desert successfully completed the first in a series of flight tests with the U.S. Air Force’s newest fighter jet F-35, demonstrating the B61-12 nuclear bomb’s mockup first release from an internal bomb bay at greater than the speed of sound.

Australian Air Force C-17A performs first season Antarctic flight to Wilkins Aerodome

According to a tweet ôsted by the Royal Australian Air Force on November 30, the first flight of the season for Op Southern Discovery has delivered supplies, equipment, vehicles and personnel to Wilkins Aerodrome in Antarctica. It's a 7,000km round trip for the 36 Sqn C-17As.

Elbit Systems to supply rotary-wing mission training center to European customer

Elbit Systems announced on November 29 that it was awarded a contract valued at approximately $96 million to supply an undisclosed European country with a Rotary-Wing Mission Training Center (“Rotary-Wing MTC”) and support services to train its Air Force, Army and Navy helicopter pilots and crews. The contract will be performed over a nine-year period, with an option to extend the maintenance services for an additional 10-year period.

Embraer delivers first modernized E99 Airborne early warning and control aircraft to Brazilian Air Force

According to a press release published on November 27, 20020, during a ceremony held on November 27, 2020, at the Embraer facility in Gavião Peixoto (São Paulo, Brazil), Embraer delivered the first modernized EMB 145 AEW&C (Airborne Early Warning and Control), designated E-99, to the Brazilian Air Force (FAB). Four additional E-99 aircraft will be modernized as part of the contract.

French Air and Space Force receives its first A330-200 Phenix

Florence Parly, French Minister of Defense, announced in June 2020 the military component of the aeronautics support plan. Three A330-200 planes were included in these advance orders: the first of these three planes has just been delivered to the Air and Space Force.

Malmstrom Air Force Base first to receive new MH-139 Grey Wolf helicopters

U.S. Air Force officials said Cascade County, Montana-based Malmstrom Air Force Base will be the first site to receive new MH-139 Grey Wolf helicopters to replace the Vietnam-era Bell UH-1N Huey fleet. Douglas Clark reports in Homeland Preparedness News.

KnAAZ fulfils Sukhoi Su-35S fighter jet contract

The aircraft plant in Komsomolsk-on-Amur (KnAAZ) handed over multirole Su-35S fighter jets to the Defense Ministry, the UAC said. “We have completed another contract for 50 Su-35S for the Defense Ministry,” UAC CEO Yuri Slyusar said. “KNAAZ is one of the latest industrial facilities of the UAC. Major funds were invested into its modernization to fulfil commitments in full volume and on time. The plant continues to fulfil the arms procurement order and has load for the future,” he said.

Japan Air Force retires its last F-4EJ Phantoms

Japan’s Air Force officially retired its last Phantom fighter jets on November 20 with a live broadcast ceremony. The McDonnell F-4 flew for the Japanese for almost half a century, now giving room to the F-35 Lightning II.

101 Airborne soldiers help with design of Army V-280 Valor Future Assault Aircraft

Soldiers from the famed 2-506th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) descended on the Bell Helicopter Flight Research Center to take a look at the Bell V-280 Valor. Designed and built under the Army’s Joint Multi-Role Technology Demonstrator (JMR-TD) program, the Valor has flown more than 190 hours demonstrating the advanced tilt-rotor technology needed to achieve the reach, agility, and speed the Army is looking for in its next generation air assault aircraft.

European Air Chiefs hold virtual meeting

This week, General Aviator Thierry Dupont, chief of the Belgian Air Component, chaired a meeting with the seven partner countries of the European Air Group (EAG). Due to Europe-wide restrictions to prevent the spread of COVID-19, this meeting between the Air Chiefs was held via VideoTeleConferencing. W / O Jozef Vanden Broeck, Belgian Air Force, reports.

Lockheed Martin awarded contract to integrate AARGM-ER into F-35 programme

On the 23rd of November, the U.S. Department of Defense announced that Lockheed Martin Aeronautics has been awarded a $9,326,062 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the Long Range Systems Division seeking to integrate the Navy Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile-Extended Range (AARGM-ER) into the F-35A fighter jet.

Northrop Grumman awarded contract for A-10 Aircraft Structural Integrity Program

Northrop Grumman has been awarded a $185,700,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the A-10 Aircraft Structural Integrity Program Legacy VII. This contract provides for sustaining engineering services of A-10 aircraft.

European MALE RPAS programme completes negotiations between Airbus and OCCAR

After several months of intensive negotiations between Airbus Defence and Space and OCCAR, the European Medium Altitude Long Endurance Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (MALE RPAS) Programme has taken a decisive step forward with the completion of the negotiation phase for the Stage 2 Contract.

FCMS, Indra and Thales start designing sensors that will contribute to NGWS-FCAS superiority

Germany, Spain and France the three driving forces of the NGWS/FCAS program, have entrusted FCMS, Indra and Thales with the development of the innovative suite of sensors that will equip the Future European Combat Air System.

Royal Air Force remembers arrival of first CH-47 Chinook in 1980

The arrival at RAF Odiham on 22nd November 1980 of the first Royal Air Force CH-47 Chinook helicopter has been remembered. This significant milestone of 40 years of RAF service is being recognised by the stations and squadrons that operate the iconic Chinook ahead of celebrations expected in May 2021.

Russian military aviation exports reach 800 combat aircraft

Russia has exported more than 800 combat aircraft since late 2000, a spokesperson for JSC Rosoboronexport (a subsidiary of state corporation Rostec) told the TASS news agency on November 23.

Five NATO countries sign multinational project on Next-Generation Rotorcraft Capabilities

According to information published by the NATO website on November 20, 2020, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, and the United Kingdom announced the launch of a multinational project on Next-Generation Rotorcraft Capabilities on 19 November 2020.

Multinational Multirole Tanker Transport Unit receives third Airbus A330 MRTT

The third Airbus A330 MRTT for the Multinational Multirole Tanker Transport Unit arrived at Eindhoven Air Base in the Netherlands on Thursday 19 November 2020 at around 7 p.m. The plane had taken off two hours earlier from Airbus’ plant in Getafe, Spain.

US 109th Airlift Wing deploys LC-130 Super Hercules to New Zealand for emergency missions to Antarctica

Airmen and Aircraft from the New York Air National Guard's 109th Airlift Wing will not be flying to Antarctica this year to provide logistics support to the National Science Foundation's U.S. Antarctic Program. The change in mission is being made because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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