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CHINA’S Z-20 MEDIUM-LIFT UTIL­ITY HE­LI­COPTER

The Z-20 is the in­for­mal name of China’s medium-lift (9-10 tonnes) util­ity he­li­copter, sim­i­lar to the Siko­rsky UH-60 Black Hawk, de­vel­oped in­de­pen­dently by China. The of­fi­cial name of this he­li­copter will be an­nounced when it is com­mis­sioned. In re­cent years, a large num­ber of Z-10, Z-19 and other armed he­li­copters have joined the Chi­nese Peo­ple’s Lib­er­a­tion Army, mak­ing up for China’s lack of re­con­nais­sance and at­tack he­li­copters. How­ever, China has been lack­ing a 10-ton gen­eral tac­ti­cal he­li­copter to carry out as­sault trans­port, air­lift and lo­gis­tic sup­port tasks. China ac­quired 24 US Black Hawk he­li­copters in the 1980s.

SUC­CESS­FUL HOT RE­FU­EL­ING TRIAL-CUMSORTIE OF LCA-TE­JAS

Inch­ing close to Final Op­er­a­tional Clear­ance (FOC), Hin­dus­tan Aero­nau­tics Lim­ited (HAL) car­ried out a hot re­fu­el­ing on indige­nous Light Com­bat Air­craft (LCA) Te­jas fol­lowed by a sor­tie at HAL air­port, Bengaluru. The sys­tem per­for­mance dur­ing the re­fu­el­ing ses­sion was in-line with de­sign re­quire­ments and was sat­is­fac­tory.

In the his­tory of IAF air­craft, LCA Te­jas will be the first air­craft to fly with this unique ca­pa­bil­ity of hot re­fu­el­ing. Hot Re­fu­el­ing is a sin­gle point pres­sure re­fu­el­ing of the air­craft with the en­gine in oper­a­tion.

PAF’S SEARCH AND RES­CUE SQUADRON

No 88 Search & Res­cue(S&R) squadron of the Pak­istan Air Force (PAF) has been equipped with AW-139 Agusta West­land he­li­copters. With the in­duc­tion of this state-of-the-art he­li­copter on its in­ven­tory, the S&R squadron has been re­named as No 88 Com­bat Sup­port Squadron and Ad­vanced He­li­copter Train­ing School.

IN­DIA DE­NIES IN­TER­EST IN F-35

In­dian Air Force (IAF) of­fi­cials have de­nied re­ports that the ser­vive had re­quested a clas­si­fied brief­ing on the F-35. Speak­ing to the me­dia, Air Chief Mar­shal BS Dhanoa, Chief of the Air Staff said that they had “not of­fi­cially asked for a brief­ing on the F-35 nor has any re­quest been made to the Amer­i­cans.” News that the IAF had ap­proached the man­u­fac­turer Lock­heed Martin for a clas­si­fied brief­ing on the F-35, came amid news that the govern­ment had de­cided to scrap the pro­posal to make a sin­gle-en­gine fighter air­craft in In­dia.

MOD­ERNI­SA­TION OF CHINA’S J-20

The fighter’s de­sign­ers are plan­ning on de­vel­op­ing vari­ants of the radar-evad­ing J-20, even­tu­ally open­ing re­search on its suc­ces­sor, a sixth-gen­er­a­tion fighter jet. “We will de­velop the J-20 into a large fam­ily and keep strength­en­ing its in­for­ma­tion-pro­cess­ing and in­tel­li­gent ca­pac­i­ties. At the same time, we will think about our next-gen­er­a­tion com­bat plane to meet the na­tion’s fu­ture re­quire­ments,” Yang said. How­ever the Peo­ple’s Lib­er­a­tion Army Air Force has made clear that it will not al­low ex­ports of the J-20.

REPUB­LIC OF KOREA’S FIRST F-35A

Repub­lic of Korea and US govern­ment lead­ers cel­e­brated the public de­but or ‘roll out’ of the first Repub­lic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) F-35A Lightning II at the Lock­heed Martin Fort Worth pro­duc­tion fa­cil­ity to­day. The event marks a ma­jor F-35 pro­gram mile­stone, strength­en­ing na­tional de­fense and global part­ner­ships.

The Repub­lic of Korea’s F-35 pro­gram of record calls for 40 F-35A air­craft ac­quired through the US govern­ment’s For­eign Military Sales pro­gram and will ar­rive in coun­try in 2019 to the Repub­lic of Korea’s main op­er­a­tional base at Cheongju.

SAUDI ARA­BIA, BOE­ING FORM JOINT VEN­TURE

In line with Saudi Ara­bia’s Vi­sion 2030 Saudi Ara­bian Military In­dus­tries (SAMI) and Boe­ing to­day signed a Mem­o­ran­dum of Agree­ment (MoA) to de­velop a new joint ven­ture (JV) aim­ing to lo­cal­ize more than 55 per cent of the MRO ser­vices for fixed and ro­tary-wing military air­craft in Saudi Ara­bia. The agree­ment will also

trans­fer tech­nol­ogy to in­stall weaponry on these air­craft as well as lo­cal­ize the sup­ply chain for spare parts in the King­dom. The joint ven­ture agree­ment will pro­vide sus­tain­ment ser­vices for fixed- and ro­tary-wing military air­craft of the KSA military fleet and will be the sole provider of these ser­vices for all military avi­a­tion plat­forms of the KSA military fleet, strength­en­ing the King­dom’s de­fense ca­pa­bil­i­ties and en­hanc­ing its de­ter­rent po­ten­tial.

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