September 2023 news

Defense Aviation and Aerospace Industry


Airbus and Korea Aerospace Industries forge EUR 4 Bn partnership to initiate mass production of helicopters for South Korean army

Airbus, the Franco-German-Spanish aerospace giant, has entered into a strategic partnership with Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI). The two companies have agreed to initiate the mass production of Light Armed Helicopters (LAH) for the South Korean military, a project valued at over €4 billion.

Morocco set to acquire Türkiye's Akinci drone

Morocco is reportedly in advanced negotiations with Turkey for the acquisition of the Akinci armed drone, manufactured by Turkish company Baykar. If this deal materializes, it will signify a major step in bolstering Morocco's military capabilities, particularly in aerial warfare.

US Approves Sale of JASSM-ER Air-to-Surface Missiles to Japan in a $104 Million Deal

Washington, United States, August 28, 2023 - The U.S. State Department has given its nod for a potential Foreign Military Sale to Japan. The deal encompasses the Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missiles with Extended Range (JASSM-ER) and associated equipment, with an estimated value of $104 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency, responsible for formalizing defense trade agreements, has informed Congress about this prospective sale.

Lockheed Martin unveils plan for European F-16 Training Center in Romania

Lockheed Martin, in collaboration with the governments of Romania and the Netherlands, has officially disclosed on August 31 its intention to establish the European F-16 Training Center within Romania.

US Government awards Raytheon USD192 Mn contract to supply Ukraine with AMRAAM missiles

On August 31, 2023, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) granted Raytheon Missiles and Defense a $192 million indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the acquisition of Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM). This contract marks a pivotal moment in the U.S.' ongoing military support for Ukraine, particularly in light of the forthcoming deployment of F-16 fighter jets to the Ukrainian Air Force.

India Tejas aircraft successfully tests Astra air-to-air missile

As reported by India Today on August 23, 2023, India's defense sector achieved a successful test launch of the long-range air-to-air missile Astra from the indigenous Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas, off the coast of Goa. This successful test underscores India's advancements in defense technology and its ongoing efforts to enhance self-sufficiency in defense systems.

Portugal enhances maritime defense with second-hand P-3C Orions from Germany

On August 30, 2023, Portugal has authorized the acquisition of the entire fleet of P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft from the German Navy. The deal, valued at €45 million, encompasses six aircraft along with associated components such as Mid-Life Upgrade (MLU) sets, spare parts, support equipment, test benches, flight simulators, and tactical procedures.

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