The US Air Force awarded Rockwell Collins a $99.6 million contract for avionics support engineering services. The agreement provides for propitiatory engineering services and assistance for recurring and non-recurring requirements related to the E-3 airborne warning and control system. The E-3 Sentry aircraft enables the Joint Air Operations Center to gain real-time battlespace awareness through the system’s command, control, surveillance, sensing and tracking capabilities. The work will take place in Iowa. The expected completion date is February 11, 2032.
Bell Textron has announced its move to the next phase of the AFWERX High-Speed Vertical Take-Off and Landing (HSVTOL) Challenge, a crowdsourcing effort for the United States Air Force and United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM). Bell’s HSVTOL vehicles combine the hover capability of a helicopter with the speed, range and survivability characteristics of combat aircraft. This family of scalable aircraft concepts is designed to support a range of missions, including personnel recovery, autonomous ISR/Strike and tactical mobility, with low hover capability and jet-like speeds over 400 knots.
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Iran has begun mass production of the Aras-3 High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWV) in addition to unveiling a number of locally upgraded missile defense systems. According to Iran’s state-run Press TV, the military achievements were presented on February 13 at a ceremony attended by Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Mohammad Reza Ashtiani, a number of other senior military officials and experts from the Defense Industries Organization.
The French Ministry of Defense has put in place a strategy aimed at expanding the anticipation and action capabilities of the French Navy down to 6,000 m depth. The French Navy already has mine warfare and hydro-oceanography capabilities contributing to the control of the seabed. But to extend its investigation and action capabilities down to 6,000 meters deep, France will rely on military exploration capabilities in the high seas, made up of underwater drones and remote-controlled vehicles.
China showcased several fighter trainer models at the Singapore Air Show, including the JF-17, L-15, FTC-2000G and K-8 trainer jets. The Aviation Industries Corporation of China (AVIC) booth at the Singapore Airshow displayed the light fighter trainer models with an eye on upcoming procurement in Malaysia which has launched a tender for fighter trainers light aircraft in which the Chinese light fighter L-15- trainer participates.
The Indian Air Force (IAF) is displaying its Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) in Singapore for the first time as part of efforts to position the platform for the needs of the region. The service has deployed three airframes to the country as part of the aircraft’s debut at the Singapore Airshow 2022, which runs from February 15-18. One of the cells took part in a static display alongside a delegation of Indian government officials who were there to explain the various features of the ACV.
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