Saab bids for Canada’s future fighter
Saab offers Gripen E to Canada’s request for proposal for the country’s future fighter requirement of 88 new aircraft.
The Store: the new Dassault Aviation online shop
Whole range of Dassault dedicated and exclusive products: the famous ‘Remove Before Flight’ keyrings, patches, apparel, airplane models …
FCAS: partnerships settled and launch of demonstrator phase
The governments of France and Germany award the initial framework contract for the Future Combat Air System (FCAS) and Airbus further strengthens its partnership with Thales and MBDA.
India: creation of a joint venture for loitering munitions
UVision announced the creation of a joint venture in India with Aditya Precitech. The new AVision company will be dedicated to the manufacturing and marketing of loitering munitions.
Tupolev conducts first Tu-160M test flight
The first Tupolev Tu-160M, M as modernized, flew on February 2, 2020. The four-jet engine took off from the Kazan aeronautical plant airport for a flight lasting 34 minutes.
Space defense: France joins Combined Space Operations
France decides to join the Allied Combined Space Operations initiative. The objective of this initiative is to coordinate the efforts of the seven participating nations in the area of space defense.
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Singapore collaborates with Airbus on Automatic Air-to-Air refueling solutions
The Republic of Singapore Air Force will carry out a flight test campaign to take part in Airbus Automatic Air-to-Air refueling program of the A330 SMART MRTT, which includes the enhancement of maintenance solutions.
Report: Iraq moving closer into Iran’s orbit
Iraq risks becoming a battlefield in a major proxy war, pitting the United States and Iran against each other.
PAK DA: production contract signed
The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation signed every contract necessary for Tupolev to start the production of the Perspektivni Aviatsionni Kompleks Dalneï Aviatsii or PAK DA, to replace the Tu-95 Bear.
The Airbus C295 becomes a tanker aircraft
Airbus and the Spanish Air Force conducted a series a wet contact tests this month with Airbus AC295s. First dry contacts were performed in December, 2019.
Poland’s choice of F-35
Poland has formalized its choice of the F-35 fighter. One more step on the European market for U.S. combat aircraft.
Portuguese Air Force entrusts Safran with EH101 Merlins' engines maintenance
Safran Helicopter Engines will provide Portuguese Air Force with Global Support Package services for its RTM322-powered EH101 Merlin fleet.
Raytheon-UTC merger interests BAE Systems
BAE Systems intends to buy Collins Aerospace’s military Global Positioning System business for $1.9 billion and Raytheon’s Airborne Tactical Radios division for $275 million, to be sold for antitrust clearances.
Successful maiden flight for Leonardo’s Falco Xplorer
Leonardo carried out the first test flight of the new member of the Falco family, unveiled at Paris Air Show latest edition.
Saab starts production of T-7A’s aft
Saab starts to produce the aft fuselage section of the T-7A Red Hawk aircraft, the advanced trainer developed and produced together with Boeing for the United States Air Force.
Switzerland: new step for the Air2030 program
Switzerland has sent four manufacturers, including Dassault Aviation, a second request for proposals for the renewal of its fleet of combat aircraft.
NATO: Indra participates in the modernization of the AWACS
Indra will work on the modernization of NATO’s AWACS, the early warning, surveillance, command and control aircraft.
50 C-130Js ordered to Lockheed Martin
Lockheed Martin received an order to deliver 50 C-130Js to the U.S. armed forces.
Tempest: Rolls-Royce manufactures electrical starter generator
The future sixth-generation British combat aircraft, Tempest, intended to replace the Eurofighter Typhoon within the RAF, will benefit from additional electrical systems, including an embedded turbine engine starting device developed by Rolls-Royce.
Burkina Faso selects Airbus C295
December was a successful month for the C295. Alongside Ireland and the Czech Republic, Burkina Faso also selected the Airbus aircraft.
MiG-27 retires in India
The 29th Indian MiG-27 Squadron, “Scorpions”, exits its last MiG-27M on December 27, 2019. The Indian Air Force received a total of 165 MiG-27ML aircraft between 1985 and 1994 and had until to seven MiG-27 squadrons.
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Italy boosts Piaggio Aerospace activity with several orders
Piaggio Aerospace ends 2019 with three new contracts worth €246 million. The Italian Ministry of Defense signs contract for nine copies of Avanti EVO turboprop aircraft as well as the modernization of the 18 copies in service within the Italian Armed Forces and technical-logistic support for Chinook.
Iran launches ballistic missiles against U.S. forces in Iraq
The United States Department of Defense announced on the night of January 7-8 that Iran had launched more than a dozen ballistic missiles against U.S. bases in Iraq.
Poland polices the Baltic airspace
Poland takes part in the air police mission in the Baltic states with its F-16 aircraft.
MBDA provides Germany with additional Meteor missiles
The German Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) awards a new contract to MBDA for additional Meteor missiles.
Tempest: Leonardo unveils new radar sensing technology
Leonardo UK has demonstrated the performance of a new radar receiver/warner technology as part of its on-going development work for Tempest program.
Crash of a Su-57
A Sukhoi Su-57 crashed into the taiga, in Khabarovsk Krai territory. The pilot managed to eject. According to the preliminary investigation, the cause is due to a malfunction of the tail flight controls.
Aeronautics: a growing industry for Europe
An ASD Communication study shows the crucial place of the aeronautical and defense industry in Europe.
First test fire for French UAVs
French Reaper drones stationed in Niamey conducted their first test firing.
Saab delivers Deployable Maintenance Facility to Hungary
Saab delivers first complete Deployable Aircraft Maintenance Facility to Hungary.
Israel sells radars to the Czech Republic
The Israeli Ministry of Defense announces the sale of radars to the Czech Republic.
Ireland and Czech Republic order Airbus C295 airlifters
Ireland joins Airbus C295’s customers for patrol operations while Czech Republic confirms its confidence in the medium airlifter acquiring two more.
C-130Js for New Zealand
The U.S. State Department approves the sale of C-130J aircraft to New Zealand.
Safran inaugurates Dassault Rafale's M88 maintenance training center
Safran Aircraft Engines inaugurated a maintenance training center at the Istres air force base for the M88 engine, which powers the Dassault Rafale.
The SLON blown at TsAGI
The future strategic transport aircraft to succeed the Antonov An-124 Ruslan is currently undergoing a wind tunnel testing campaign at the Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute (TsAGI) in Zhukovsky, Russia.
Airbus secures availability of the Tiger, Cougar and Caracal helicopters
Airbus Helicopters signs two global support contract for the Tigers in service in the French, German, and Spanish Armies as well as the Cougar and Caracal helicopters in service in the French Army and Air Force to boost their availability rate.
Russian Helicopters expects to sign a big contract in 2020
Russian Helicopters is moving towards the signature of a contract with Moscow for its Kamov Ka-52M attack helicopter project, according to Andrei Boginsky, General Director of the company.
The first modernized Tu-160M starts testing
Russia has assembled its first Tupolev Tu-160M, a strategic missile transport bomber that began its ground tests, preliminary to flight tests.
FCAS: Safran and MTU Aero Engines define partnership
Safran Aircraft Engines and MTU Aero Engines finally settled the details concerning their partnership to develop the engine of the next-generation European fighter aircraft NGF.
South Korea's future combat aircraft KF-X integrates MBDA Meteor
MBDA is selected by Korea Aerospace Industries to integrate its Meteor long-range air-to-air missile into the future South Korean KF-X combat aircraft.
Saab tests a jammer on a Gripen
Saab conducted tests to evaluate its EAJP system.
Bangladesh and Thailand get more Leonardo-manufactured radars
Leonardo will provide Bangladesh Air Force with KRONOS LAND while Thailand gets NATO’s primary air defense sensor RAT31 DL.
MBDA’s Mistral 3 missile intercepts a drone
In front of 15 foreign delegations, MBDA’s teams carried out a demonstration of the Mistral 3 missile which destroyed its Mirach 40 mobile drone target located over 7 km away.
NATO welcomes its first RQ-4D
NATO has taken delivery of its first RQ-4D drone, to strengthen its surveillance capabilities.
Electronic warfare: ARCHANGE is launched
The French Minister of the Armies is launching the ARCHANGE program which is based on three Dassault Aviation Falcon 8X platforms that will replace the Transall C-160 Gabriel aircraft.
Dubai Airshow 2019: Elettronica, SteelRock and Invisible Interdiction focus on counter-UAV systems
During the Dubai Airshow, several companies presented their anti-drone vision and solutions. Whilst Invisible Interdiction focused on neutralization, Elettronica and SteelRock also displayed detection systems.
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Dubai Airshow 2019: partnership between Leonardo and IGG
Leonardo has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with IGG to analyse and explore the development of joined business activities in the UAE.