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JANUARY 2021 news

Defense Aviation and Aerospace Industry


 

Changhe Z-11WB attack and reconnaissance helicopter to enter PLA service

China's domestically developed 2-ton-class Z-11WB attack/reconnaissance helicopter is expected to enter service with the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) and play a key role in ground attack, reconnaissance and antiterrorism.

Chinese AVIC company delivers 50th Wing Loong II MALE drone

Chengdu-based AVIC UAS, a drone branch of the State-owned Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC), has delivered the 50th Wing Loong II drone, the company said in a statement released on its WeChat account last week. It did not give further details about the delivery, or the identity of the client. Liu Xuanzun reports on Global Times.

Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group wins new seven-year contract to maintain Norwegian and Danish C-130J fleets

Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group (MADG) has underlined its position as the leading global C-130 support specialist by winning a seven-year contract with the Norwegian Defence Logistic Organisation and the Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organisation that will see it continue to maintain the nations’ combined fleet of eight C-130J aircraft.

United Arab Emirates orders two additional SAAB GlobalEye airborne surveillance aircraft

According to a press release published on January 4, 2020, Saab has today received a follow-on contract with the United Arab Emirates regarding the sale of two GlobalEye systems, Saab’s advanced airborne surveillance system. The order value is USD 1.018 billion and the contract period is 2020-2025.

Elbit Systems to establish and operate Flight Training Program of Greek Air Force

Elbit Systems announced on January 5 that following a competitive process, and as part of an agreement between the Israeli Ministry of Defense and the Hellenic (Greek) Ministry of National Defense, the company was selected to establish and operate the International Flight Training Center of the Hellenic Air Force.

Second Russian upgraded Tu-160M strategic bomber undergoes ground testing

According to news published by the Russian press agency TASS on December 30, 2020, the second prototype of the upgraded Tu-160M strategic bomber is undergoing ground tests at the flight test center of the Gorbunov aircraft plant in Kazan.

J-10C and J-11B Chinese fighter jets involved in China-Pakistan air exercises

The recently concluded China-Pakistan air exercises benefited both sides, as Chinese pilots could learn from their Pakistani counterparts' maneuvers and experiences, and China's J-10C and J-11B fighter jets could be used to simulate India's Rafale and Su-30MKI fighter jets in mock battles, Liu Xuanzun reports on Global Times.

Vietnamese L-39 jet trainer performs flight test after upgrade

On December 24, 2020 the A41 Factory, the Vietnamese Air Defense-Air Force Technical Department held a test flight for L-39 Albatros trainer aircraft after repair, Asian Defence News reports.

Russia expects first maiden flight of its new MiG-41 PAK DP long-range bomber aircraft by 2023

According to information published by the Russian press agency Sputnik on January 3, 2021, Russia could conduct the first flight test with the MiG-41 long-range bomber aircraft also called PAK DP by 2023 and the inaugural flight in 2025.

Pakistan launches production of its JF-17 Block III fighter aircraft for Pakistani Air Force

According to a Tweet released by the Pakistani Air Force (PAF) on December 30, 2020, the production of the Pakistani-made JF-17 Block III fighter aircraft was formally launched by the Pakistani Air Chief Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan, Chief of the Air Staff, PAF at Pakistan Aeronautical Complex Kamra on December 30, 2020.

Russian Ansat-M light helicopter manufactured by Kazan Helicopters made its maiden flight

According to a press release published by the Russian state corporation ROSTEC on December 30, 2020, the upgraded Russian-made Ansat-M light helicopter manufactured by Kazan Helicopters made its maiden flight 

Pakistani Air Force takes delivery of 14 dual-seat JF-17 fighter aircraft

According to information published by the Arab News website on December 30, 2020, the Pakistani Air Force has officially taken the delivery of 14 dual-seat JF-17 multirole fighter aircraft.

Our very best wishes and Happy New Year 2021 from Air Recognition Team

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for the faithful cooperation during 2020 and your support despite the COVID-19. Our very best wishes and Happy New Year 2021 to you and your family.

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