AUguST 2018 news

Air Forces - Aerospace and Defense Industry

Upgraded Mi-28NE combat chopper makes public appearance at Army-2018

Russian Helicopters has presented a new version of the Mi-28NE attack helicopter at the International Military-Technical Forum ARMY-2018 which is being held from August 21 through August 26 in Kubinka in the Moscow Region.  The attack helicopter can interact with drones and operate them remotely.

Leidos wins $620M USAF contract for F-16 avionics support

Leidos was awarded a prime contract by the U.S. Air Force Sustainment Center to provide single-point integration services for F-16 fighter jet avionics shops. The single-award, indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract has a three-year base period, two one-year option periods, and a total contract ceiling of $620 million. Work will take place at Hill Air Force base in Utah.

US Air Force's second GPS III satellite approved for launch

As the first Lockheed Martin-built GPS III satellite prepares to ship to the launch pad, the U.S. Air Force has declared that the second GPS III satellite is complete, fully tested and ready to launch.

Bell comments Bell 429 delivery to Jamaica Defence Force

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company, confirmed on August 14 the delivery of two Bell 429s to the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF). A third Bell 429 is scheduled for delivery to the JDF next year. The three aircraft will be used to complete a range of missions including, search and rescue, medical evacuations, natural disaster relief, national security and military training.

Lockheed Martin-KAI submitted final offer for the USAF T-X program

According to the Korea Times, the Lockheed Martin-KAI Consortium sumbitted a final offer for the US Air Force's USD16 billion T-X competition. "Lockheed Martin submitted its final proposal at 3:35 p.m. on Wednesday (local time) to the U.S. Air Force. Nothing specific has been confirmed over the upcoming schedules regarding the bid," the Korean aircraft manufacturer said to the South Korean newspaper.

NH90 Qatar contract now effective says Leonardo

Leonardo announced yesterday that it has made effective the contract, signed on March 14, 2018,  for the supply of 28 NH90 medium twin-engine multirole military helicopters to the Ministry of Defense of Qatar and has therefore booked the order in its backlog and received the advance payment relating to the contract.

Ansat light utility chopper demonstrates high-altitude capabilities

Russian Helicopters Holding Company (part of Rostec State Corporation) has successfully completed high mountain tests of Ansat light utility helicopter, proving its capability to operate in mountainous area at the altitudes of up to 3500 meters.

Upgraded Mi-26T2V heavy lift helicopter completes maiden flight

The upgraded heavy Mi-26T2V helicopter developed for the Russian Aerospace Forces has performed its first flight, Russian Helicopters affiliated with Russia's Rostec said Sunday.

Indian Army successfully test fired Helina anti-tank guided missile

India successfully flight tested its indigenously developed helicopter launched anti-tank guided missile and guided bombs -- smart anti-airfield weapons (SAAW) in western state of Rajasthan, officials said Monday, August 20.

Belgium and Germany to take over NATO's Baltic Air Policing mission in September

The 48th rotation of detachments contributing to NATO’s Baltic Air Policing mission is imminent. From September 2018, the Belgian Air Force will take the lead over the mission at Šiauliai, Lithuania, while the German Air Force will augment out of Ämari, Estonia.

RAF Chinook helicopters start supporting French troops in Mali

Three Royal Air Force Chinook helicopters, supported by around 90 British personnel are now fully operational and are supporting French counter-terrorism operations in Mali, the UK Minister of Defence said on August 16, 2018.

Lockheed secures $2.9Bn USAF order for new missile warning satellites

Lockheed Martin has been awarded a $2,935,545,188 from the US Air Force contract for the production of three Next Generation Overhed Persistent Infrared Geosynchronous Earth Orbit Space Vehicles (OPIR), the US Defense Department announced on August 14, 2018.

Russia likely to order first batch of six MiG-35 fighter jets

The Russian Defense Ministry will initially receive six MiG-35 fighter jets according to advanced delivery schedule, President of the United Aircraft Corporation Yuri Slyusar told the Vedomosti newspaper.

Tupolev rolls out first Tu-22M3M strategic bomber

Tupolev rolled out the first modernized Tu-22M3M strategic bomber, United Aircraft Corporation said in a statement. The Tu-22M3M is a modernized version of a long-range supersonic missile carrying Tu-22M3 bomber with a variable sweep wing. The aircraft will get new avionics and an opportunity to carry new missiles after modernization.

TAI ANKA offered for Indonesian MoD UAV Tender

Turkish Aerospace, Turkey’s center of excellence in defence and aerospace industries held a workshop on August 14th, 2018 in Jakarta with an extensive participation of Indonesian Defence and Aviation Industry companies, regarding the possible cooperation on upcoming several bilateral opportunities such as Unmaned Aerial Vehicle System Tender of the Indonesian Ministry of Defence.

Lockheed Martin contracted to design ARRW hypersonic weapon prototype

The US Air Force yesterday awarded a contract not to exceed US$480 million to Lockheed Martin Missiles & Fire Control to begin designing a second hypersonic weapon prototype. This contract will provide the critical design review, test and production readiness support for the Air-Launched Rapid Response Weapon (ARRW).

Northrop completes successful APG-83 SABR Fit-Check on USMC F/A-18C Fighter

Northrop Grumman has successfully installed a production APG-83 Scalable Agile Beam Radar (SABR) on a U.S. Marine Corps F/A-18C Hornet at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, California, the US company stated on August 13, 2018.

Ilyushin details plans for An-124-100M heavy airlifter development

The Ilyushin Aviation Complex (UAC) plans to spend almost 3.5 billion rubles (USD51 million) to create an upgraded version of the Ruslan heavy airlifter by 2022. Under Ilyushin’s 2018 procurement plan, the An-124-100 airlifter is going to be refitted into a new An-124-100M aircraft, which will undergo trials. Adequate aerodrome equipment and infrastructure should also be created.

LOTN completes overhaul of first Mi-17V-5 for the AAF

Slovak aviation repair plant LOTN (Trencin) has overhauled the first Mil Mi-17V-5 (NATO reporting name: Hip-H) utility rotary-wing aircraft of the Afghan Air Force (AAF), according to the Slovak Ministry of Defense (MoD).

First L-159T2 for the Czech Air Force took to the skies

The first L-159T2 for the Czech Air Force made its first flight on August 2, 2018, at Aero Vodochody Airport. Czech Air Force ordered three L-159T2 twin seat aircraft with several upgrades on board in 2016 to fulfil operational missions and advanced jet training. The L-159T2s are supposed to be delivered to the 21. Tactical Air Force Base in Čáslav till the end of this year.

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