KC-46A delivered to the operator

Jan 25th, 2019 after a delay of more than two years, US Air Force received its first KC-46A Pegasus aerial refueling tankers. This delivery was done at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas. US Air Force planned thirty-six total KC-46A aircraft, despite the reported remote vision system defects for the refueling operator. KC-46A is originated from the B767 jet airliner. In 201, aircraft was selected by US Air Force in the “KC-X Tanker” Competition as the winner. It will be a replacement for KC-135 Startotanker.

Operation Swift Retort

February 27th, 2019 Indian Air Force (IAF) lost three aircraft and one rotorcraft in one on one dog fight with Pakistan Air Force (PAF). A Russian Su-30 MKI, state of the art fighter was also in the list of shot downed aircraft. The rotorcraft, Mi-171 of Indian Army Aviation was shot down by Indian Air Defense. The clash occurred in a response of PAF to the previous day intrusion of Pakistani airspace.

Spain joined the Future Combat Air System (FCAS) Project

February 2019 Spain joined the development of Future Combat Air System (FCAS). France and Germany are already allies in this project. Spain signed a memorandum of understanding followed in June 2019. A famous defense electronics company Indra was nominated to represent Spain in the industrial involvement of FCAS. Airbus and Dassault are also allies over this consortium.

The first flight of IL-112V

IL-112V developed by Ilyushin Aviation Complex made its first flight on April 1st, 2019. This flight was conducted at VASO a Voronezh-based manufacturer and subsidiary of United Aircraft Corp. IL-112V is a high-wing light military transporter, powered by two Klimov TV7-117ST turboprop engines. Aircraft will enter service in 2021 as planned.

Team Tempest

July 2019 Sweden and September 2019 Italy joined Team Tempest of the United Kingdom. For a future fighter both the countries joint the development program as scheduled. Memorandums are signed and by 2020 both countries aerospace industries will be actively paving the way for the new arrival. BAE Systems Tempest is a sixth-generation stealth fighter aircraft. It was designed in the United Kingdom for the British Royal Air Force and the Italian Aeronautica Militare. The estimated value of this stealth fighter development program is 2 billion pounds. Leonardo S.p.A and MBDA Missile Systems are also key players of this project. This aircraft is expected to be in service by 2035.

Canada’s FWSAR Program

July 4th, 2019 especially modified Airbus C295 aircraft made its first flight. These aircraft are total 16 and part of Canada’s Fixed-Wing Search and Rescue (FWSAR) Program. The aircraft got improved aerodynamics to increase its operational time. Aircraft is painted in a yellowish-orange scheme to match the SAR operational requirements. Onboard search radar and electro-optical sensors will help the team in quick SAR operations.

Taiwan’s AJT

September 24th, 2019 Aerospace Industrial Development Corp. (AIDC) of Taiwan unveiled the prototype of Advanced Jet Trainer (AJT). As per the development schedule, first flight of the aircraft is planned in mid-2020. AJT is a subsonic trainer aircraft originated from AIDC’s own F-CK-1 supersonic fighter. Almost 80% of parts installed in AJT don’t match F-CK-1 parts. Honeywell F124 engines will be used to power AJT. This engine is derived from TFE-1042-7s of F-CK-1.

From T-X to Red Hawk

September 2019 Boeing named T-X as T-7A Red Hawk. T-7A is a light jet trainer aircraft planned for US Air Force. The name of the aircraft is too selected to tribute World War II Tuskegee Airmen. Saab Group of Sweden is also a partner of this venture. Red Hawk will be powered by the General Electric F404 engine. Two of them are ready after the first flight in December 2016.

Airbus’s secret LOUT

November 2019 Airbus revealed a very-low-observable technology research program. This program is funded by the German government solely. The Low-Observer UAV Testbed (LOUT) is actually an 8,800 lbs scale model of a 44,000 lbs class twin-engine a diamond-shaped aerial vehicle. It is designed to test the combat capabilities of subsonic unmanned combat aircraft. Testing was begun in 2014.

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