USAF Ordered 15 SA-PGBs | Egypt Unveils Homegrown Drones | Airbus To Finalize Eurodrone Contract
Aechelon Technology won a $7.8 million order, which provides for the production, delivery and integration of four P8 Advanced Airborne Sensor (AAS) next generation databases on to four AAS Weapons Tactic Trainers. Work will take place in California. Estimated completion date will be in October 2022.
The US Air Force has ordered 15 Silent Arrow Precision Guided Bundle (SA-PGB) for testing. They will be shipped to Pendleton UAS Test Range for flight testing in 2022. The SA-PGB is based on the Silver Arrow’s GD-2000 cargo delivery unmanned air system (UAS). It has been scaled down to deliver a 350-pound payload after being dropped from an aircraft, that could range from the Cessna Caravan to the C-17.
Middle East & Africa
Egypt showcased its first two homegrown drones – Neuth drone and EJune-30 SW. The unveiling took plate at EDEX-2021 exhibition in Cairo. The Neuth drone is named after Egyptian goddess of the sky. It is produced jointly by the Arab Organization for Industrialization and the Military Technical College. Designed for reconnaissance missions, it can reportedly carry up to a 50kg payload. The drone has an endurance of 10 hours and satellite integration capabilities, local media reported.
Airbus revealed for the first time the upgrade of the Tiger Mk III upgrade it plans to roll out to France, Germany, and Spain. France is expected to finalize a deal for up to 180 H160M helicopters for its army, navy and air force by the end of the year. Beyond that, Airbus expects to sell as many as 400 helicopters through 2030, according to Matthieu Louvot, executive vice president of Airbus Helicopters programs.
Airbus also announced that it expects to finalize the contract to build the Eurodrone in the next couple of months. The Eurodrone is powered by two turboprop engines. The manufacturer of the engines has not yet been revealed. The Eurodrone is set to be huge, with a wingspan of 16 meters (52 feet) and a payload capacity of 2,300 kilograms. Its weight should reach approximately 11 tons when fully armed (against 4 for the Reaper).
A US Air Force F-16 made an emergency landing at Aomori Airport in northeastern Japan on Nov. 30 after the pilot reported experiencing technical issues with the jet. During the emergency landing, the pilot jettisoned two drop tanks, at least one landed near a residential area. The incident forced the airport to shutdown the runway, canceling domestic flights.
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