Airbus Restarts Manufacture of Aircraft Wings in Europe

March 26, 2020 @ 07:33 AM

Airbus has announced resumption of production and assembly activities at wing plants located in Spain, France and other European countries amid COVID-19 pandemic. “Airbus partially resumed production and assembly work in France and Spain on 23 March following a four-day pause

COVID-19: F-35’s Initial Operational Test and Evaluation Put on Hold

March 26, 2020 @ 06:35 AM

The F-35 Lightning II stealth jets Initial Operational Test and Evaluation (IOT&E) has been put on hold as the hosting Californias Edwards Air Force Base (EAFB) records four cases of COVID-19 novel coronavirus infection. The tests, if conducted, would have certified the Lockheed F-35 for full production

Russia Loses L-39 Trainer, Su-27 Fighter in Crashes

March 26, 2020 @ 04:48 AM

The Russian military lost two aircraft in crashes on Wednesday- an L-39 light attack aircraft and a Sukhoi Su-27 fighter. The L-39 trainer crashed at the Dmitrievskaya settlement in the Krasnodar Region on Wednesday morning, killing the pilot

New High Strength Glass Developed for Russian Su-35 jets, MC-21 Airliner

March 25, 2020 @ 08:35 AM

Russian firm RT-Chemcomposite, a part of Rostec has developed high-tech glass for fighter jets, airliners and spacecraft cockpit windshields and windows which can withstand temperatures up to 160 degrees Celsius. The new materials are based on polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) and have high strength characteristics and thermal stability

Rheinmetall NIOA Munitions, Australia to Manufacture Ammunition for US F-35

March 25, 2020 @ 06:33 AM

Australian based Rheinmetall NIOA Munitions (RNM) has secured a contract to produce and export ammunition for the US F-35 Joint Strike Fighter programme. RNM will begin production of 25mm Frangible Armoured Piercing (FAP) projectiles at the federal government-owned Benalla plant in Victoria

Production at Airbus, Dassault, Leonardo Hit due to COVID-19 Pandemic

March 23, 2020 @ 06:25 PM

Production at facilities of Aviation and defence firms such as Airbus, Dassault Aviation, MBDA and Leonardo has been hit due to COVID-19 pandemic now sweeping across Europe. Dassault Aviations plants that manufacture the Rafale fighter jet and Falcon business aircraft have been working at below par since last week

Boeing Suspends Airplane Production in Puget Sound, Washington State over COVID-19

March 23, 2020 @ 05:03 PM

Boeing announced a temporary suspension of production at its Puget Sound area facilities in Washington state, its largest plant worldwide, over the accelerating spread of the coronavirus in the region. “Boeing is working to minimize this suspension's impact on the company's ability to deliver and support its defense and space programs, and ensure the readiness of our defense customers to perform their vital missions,” a company statement said Boeing plans to begin reducing production activity today and projects the suspension of such operations to begin on Wednesday, March 25, at sites across the Puget Sound area

Russia to Offer MiG-35 Jet with Auto Landing, G-Force Protection for Indian...

March 23, 2020 @ 10:47 AM

Russia will offer an upgraded MiG-35 fighter jet equipped with an automatic landing and G-force protection systems as its entry for the Indian light fighter jet competition, sources told Russia had received a request for information in 2019 and is awaiting a request for proposal from the Indian MoD to build over 100 jets in India, Director of the Russian Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSVTS) of Russia Dmitry Shugaev had told Interfax news agency last week

Su-35 Still In Indonesia’s Jet Race Against F-35

March 19, 2020 @ 09:08 AM

Indonesia is still mulling over its procurement project in which Russias Su-35 is being pitted against US F-35, and has not yet rejected the former as reported in the media. “Russia has not received official notification of termination of Indonesian contract where it was to supply 11 Su-35 fighters to the country,” sources ffrom Russias aviation industry were quoted as saying by

China Modifying JL-9 Trainer for Aircraft Carrier Pilot Training

March 19, 2020 @ 07:23 AM

The Chinese Navy is modifying the JL-9 Mountain Eagle trainer jet to train aircraft carrier jet pilots on an actual in-service aircraft carrier, one of two that the Chinese Navy has. The JL-9's developer, Guizhou Aviation Industry Corporation released images involved the JL-9 and an aircraft carrier operating together in edited pictures, leading to speculation that the JL-9 could eventually be modified into a carrier-based jet trainer, reported Weihutang, a column on military affairs affiliated with China Central Television, on Tuesday

First Flight of Mitsubishi SpaceJet M90 Airliner in final, certifiable configuration

March 19, 2020 @ 07:14 AM

Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation has announced the maiden flight of its first SpaceJet M90 plane in final, certifiable configuration. “Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation, a MHI Group company, announced today that it has completed the maiden flight of Flight Test Vehicle 10 (FTV10), the first Mitsubishi SpaceJet M90 in final, certifiable baseline configuration,” the company said in a statement Wednesday

India to buy Aerial Fuses, Twin-Dome Simulators for Hawk Mk32 Jets

March 19, 2020 @ 05:40 AM

Indias Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) on Wednesday greenlighted the Indian Air Force (IAF)s plan to buy Aerial Fuses and Twin-Dome Simulators for its Hawk Mk32 jet trainers. “The DAC has accorded approval for acquisition of indigenous Defence equipment for about INR 1,300 crore ($174 million)