MAY 2023 news

Defense Aviation and Aerospace Industry


Northrop Grumman equipping more US Air Force aircraft with infrared countermeasure systems

Northrop Grumman continues its work for the U.S. Air Force for additional Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasure (LAIRCM) systems. The company received the work as part of an existing indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract.

Nigerian Air Force discreetly receives 5 Chinese-made Wing Loong II drones

The Nigerian Air Force has taken delivery of at least five Wing Loong II combat drones from China albeit discreetly, Military Africa writes. This acquisition marks a significant step forward for Nigeria’s military capabilities and further strengthens the country’s ability to combat insurgency and terrorism in the region.

US State Department clears sale of 6 modernized AH-1Z and UH-1Y helicopters to Czech Republic

The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency on May 3 announced that the U.S. State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of the Czech Republic of AH-1Z and UH-1Y Refurbishment/Modernization and related equipment for an estimated value of up to $650 million.

Lockheed Martin awarded USD1.4 Bn contract to keep developing F-35 for USAF USN USMC and Foreign Military Sales

The US. Department of Defense on May 2 announced that Lockheed Martin is awarded a cost-plus-incentive-fee, cost-plus-fixed-fee not-to-exceed $1,439,135,764 undefinitized contract. This contract provides for the continued development of critical F-35 warfighting capabilities, including Electronic Warfare Band 2/5 Radar Warning Receiver, Modernized Countermeasure Controller, Multi-ship Infrared Search and Track Increment 2, and Beyond Line of Sight communications, as well as supports required training and combat data systems development for Lots 16 and 17 production aircraft for the Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customers, and non-Department of Defense (DOD) participants.

US State Department clears sale of 768 APKWS Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System-II to UK

The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency on April 28 announced that the State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of the United Kingdom of Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System-II (APKWS-II) for an estimated cost of $31.2 million.

Ukrainian Su-25 Frogfoot attack aircraft fire American Zuni air-to-ground rockets

The commander of the Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Lieutenant General Mykola Oleschuk, showed a photo of the Su-25 Frogfoot attack aircraft armed with this type of rocket, website reports. Another photo was also published on social networks. These aviation rockets are designed to hit ground targets, fortifications, other objects and columns of enemy equipment on the march.

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems to supply Taiwan with MQ-9B SkyGuardian RPAS

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc., Poway, California, has been awarded a not-to-exceed $217,615,343 undefinitized contract action for Taiwan MQ-9B SkyGuardian procurement. This contract provides for four MQ-9B unmanned air vehicles, two Certifiable Ground Control Stations, spares and support equipment.

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