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NOVEMBER 2020 news

Defense Aviation and Aerospace Industry


 

US Air Force selects Kaney to improve flight surface control technologies

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UAE Air Force to get U.S. ammunition and support worth USD 10 billion

On November 10, the U.S. State Department announced it has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of the United Arab Emirates of Munitions, Sustainment and Support, and related equipment for an estimated cost of $10.0 billion. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale.

Airbus signs a contract with Germany for the delivery of 38 Eurofighter Typhoon fighter aircraft

According to information published on November 11, 2020, Airbus has signed a contract to deliver 38 new Eurofighter Typhoon fighter aircraft to the German Air Force. This makes Germany the largest ordering nation in Europe's biggest defense program.

 

Ilyushin Il-76MD-90A airlifter gets increased capacity to 60 tons and cockpit upgrade

The carrying capacity of the new Ilyushin Il-76MD-90A airlifter was increased from 48 to 60 tons. The range increased 18 percent and fuel consumption dropped 12-15 percent, Il-76 and Il-78 Chief Designer Andrey Yurasov told the Zvezda TV channel.

United States approves the sale of 50 F-35 stealth fighter aircraft to UAE

According to information published by the U.S. Department of Defense on November 10, 2020, the U.S. State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of the United Arab Emirates of 50 F-35 Joint Strike Fighters stealth aircraft and related equipment for an estimated cost of $10.4 billion.

Elbit Systems of America selected by U.S. Air Force to compete for Joint All Domain Command and Control task orders

The U.S. Air Force has selected Elbit Systems of America to compete for future task orders within the service’s Joint All-Domain Command and Control (JADC2) Indefinite-Delivery/Indefinite-Quantity (ID/IQ) contract.

Boeing and Raytheon awarded contracts for Qatar Air Force F-15QAs and Air Operation Center

On November 9, the U.S. DoD announced that Boeing has been awarded a $657,200,000 undefinitized contract action modification to contract FA8634-18-C-2701 for the F-15Q Qatar program.

Kazakhstan Air Force deploys new Sukhoi Su-30SM fighters from Karaganda Air Base

Karaganda Air Base in Kazakhstan, named after the Hero of the Soviet Union Nurken Abdirov, has received new Su-30SM fighter jets.

Ukrainian Luch design bureau unveils model of Sokol-300 attack UAV

According to the Ukrainian portal Depo.ua, a presentation of the model of the Sokol-300 strike UAV, developed by the Luch design bureau, took place at the Ukrainian state enterprise Zhulyanskiy Machine-Building Plant Vizar, BMPD Live Journal reports. It was to be premiered during the Arms and Security 2020 exhibition in Kiev, which was canceled due to the pandemic. The prototype flight is planned in about 8-9 months, provided financing of the project is secured.

Vietnam works on turning old MiG-21s into drones

After dueling against American pilots decades ago, the legendary MiG-21s of Vietnam War fame may fly again as unmanned aerial vehicles, Viet Defense reports.

Israeli officials deny the sale of American F-22 Raptor fighter to Israel

According to information published by Israel, officials of the country denies reports of the sale of F-22 Raptor to Israel. On November 3, 2020, Air Recognition had reported that U.S. has given the green light for the sale of F-22 Raptor to Israel according to information released by the Saudi-owned Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper citing senior sources in Tel Aviv.

Russian Tu-160M strategic bomber conducts first flight with new NK-32-02 engines

According to information published by the Russian press agency TASS on November 6, 2020, an upgraded Russian Air Force Tu-160M strategic bomber with new NK-32-02 engines, made the first flight from the airfield of the Gorbunov KAZ plant, the UAC (United Aircraft Corporation) said.

Germany approves the purchase of new fighter jets Eurofighter and F-18s

According to news published by the Deutsche Welle website on November 5, 2020, Germany has approved the purchase of new fighter jets including Eurofighter and F-18s for an amount of €5.4 billion. The German parliament's budget committee on November 5, 2020, approved a €5.4 billion contract to buy 38 Eurofighter jets.

BAE Systems offers its collaboration for Japanese F-X next generation fighter program

According to information published on November 5, 2020, BAE Systems has responded to a Request for Information (RFI) from the Japanese Ministry of Defence (JMOD), proposing a package of integration support to Japan’s F-X next-generation fighter development program.

Romanian F-16 Block 15 fighters to be modernized

On November 3, the U.S. State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Romania of F-16 Modernization and Logistics Support and related equipment for an estimated cost of $175.4 million. The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale.

Diamond Dart-550 among competitors to replace Belgian Air Force SIAI-Marchetti SF-260 basic trainer

In late October, Belgium sent a delegation of three personnel to the Wiener Neustadt headquarters of Austria’s Diamond Aircraf to receive a presentation of the Dart-550 tandem two-seater turboprop aircraft, David Donald reports on AirOnLine. The Dart-550 is one of the basic trainers being considered to replace the old SIAI-Marchetti SF-260.

U.S. approves sale of Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor fighters to Israel

After the acceptation to sell F-35 Lightning IIs to the United Arab Emirates, the U.S. has now given the green light for the sale of some 50 F-22 Raptors to Israel for roughly $10.4 billion, an unprecedeted decision, as this advanced fighter jet has never been sold to a foreign country. By doing so, the U.S. is implementing its commitment to guarantee a military superiority to Israel.

Guyana buys Bell 412EPI and 429 helicopters

On October 30, 2020, the U.S. State Department made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Guyana of Bell 412EPi and 429 Helicopters and related equipment for an estimated cost of $256 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today.

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