The Russian Ministry of Defence took delivery of a first Mi-8AMTSh-VA transport helicopter from the local aerospace firm Russian Helicopters. The type which is based on the company’s Mi-8AMTSh-V model is configured for operation in the arctic region.
Several helicopters were ordered in February 2015 to the company owned by Russian ROSTEC conglomerate.
This new configuration of Mi-8AMTSh-V model includes Klimov VK-2500-03 engines, TA-14 auxiliary power unit, and additional external fuel tanks.
(Russian Ministry of Defence).
Airbus Defense and Space Inc. and its affiliate, Airbus Defence and Space completed factory acceptance testing of the TRS-4D naval radar scheduled to go aboard the U.S. Navy’s Freedom-class variant of Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) starting with LCS-17 combat ship being built by Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training Fincantieri, Marinette Marine and Gibbs & Cox.
The TRS-4D radar for LCS is a rotating version of the Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) fixed panel TRS-4D radar currently going aboard the German Navy F-125 combat frigates. The TRS 4D will be the first AESA rotating radar aboard a US Navy ship.
This new radar combines mechanical and electronic azimuth scanning to achieve fast generation of target tracks.
The TRS-4D radar has been chosen for the four Freedom-class based multi-mission ships the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is to procure from the U.S. via the foreign military sales program.
(Airbus Defense and Space Inc.).
The final Boeing Defense, Space & Security C-17 Globemaster III military airlifter at the company’s plant in Long Beach, California departed on November 29, marking the official end of aircraft production in Long Beach.
The airlifter flew over a crowd and the facility before heading to the company’s San Antonio location, where it will remain until delivery to the Qatar Emiri Air Force early in 2016.
The decision to end production of the C-17 Globemaster III aircraft production program was announced in 2013.
Thales announced the completion of a test firing campaign with the 70 mm laser-guided rocket, being developed by its subsidiary Forges de Zeebrugge (FZ).
The test firings of the new FZ275LGR rocket were conducted in South Africa in late October from a Rooivalk attack helicopter in service with the South African Air Force (SAAF).
With precision to within 1m, this new guided air-ground rocket improves target engagement capabilities while reducing platform vulnerability.
SCS, a Cohort company has been awarded a contract by the European Defence Agency (EDA) to undertake a study inform strategy on C-SAFIRE ( Counter Surface-to-Air Fire) systems in EU-led military operations.
The objective of the study is to enable potential contributors to EU-led military operations to understand the C-SAFIRE capabilities required prior to joining an operation. The study, which will deliver its final report in September 2016, will produce comprehensive technical, organizational and procedural guidelines on C-SAFIRE and will contribute to the development of a comprehensive future C-SAFIRE strategy for EU-led military operations.
Following this year’s 410th flight on 16 November 2015, the Heron 1 Unmanned aircraft System (UAS), which is jointly operated by the German Air Force (Luftwaffe) and Airbus Defence and Space Airborne Solutions, landed in Mazar-e-Sharif in northern Afghanistan, bringing the total number of flight hours it has completed in the country up to 25,000.
The unmanned aircraft’s satellite data link makes it possible to monitor the entire northern half of the country.
Manufactured by the Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), Heron 1 is a medium altitude long endurance unmanned aircraft system. The aircraft has a wingspan of 17m and a typical mission endurance of over 24h. The Heron 1’s tasks include detecting booby traps from the air, accompanying convoys and patrols, assisting forces in combat situations, reconnaissance and surveilling routes, establishing movement profiles, long-term monitoring, supporting situational assessments, and protecting property and military camps.
Airbus Defence and Space is responsible for operating the systems and guarantees the operational readiness of Heron 1 in Afghanistan as agreed on the basis of an operator model.
Elbit Systems Ltd was awarded an approximately USD200 million contract from the Swiss Federal Department of Defense, Civil Protection and Sport (DDPS), for the supply of Hermes 900 HFE unmanned aircraft systems and a command, control and communications ground station to the Swiss Air Force.
The contract, to be performed over a four-year period, follows the DDPS June 2014 announcement about Elbit Systems Ltd selection as the preferred supplier for the UAS 15 reconnaissance drone program.
(Elbit Systems Ltd).
(Elbit Systems Ltd).