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.