Hungary seeks approval for $1B Raytheon missile deal | GE keeps Army helicopter engine program on track | Arrow-2 passes test in Israel
August 13, 2020
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Hungary will seek $1 billion in Raytheon missiles under the Foreign Military Sales program as the country increases its overall investment in defense. "We see that the peace that we live in is an extremely vulnerable situation," Defense Minister Tibor Benko said.
Full Story: Reuters (8/12) 
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Defense
The Army's Improved Engine Turbine Program with General Electric Aviation has stayed on schedule in spite of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and recently completed design validation. The program is developing a replacement engine for UH-60 Black Hawk and AH-64 Apache attack helicopters.
Full Story: Defense News (8/12) 
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The US Missile Defense Agency says the Israeli Arrow-2 missile interceptor system has passed its latest test. "MDA remains committed to assisting the government of Israel as it upgrades its national missile defense capability against current and emerging threats," said the Agency's Director Vice Adm. Jon Hill.
Full Story: Reuters (8/12) 
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India plans to invest $1.17 billion in domestically produced weapons systems and military equipment, including 70 Hindustan Turbo Trainer-40 aircraft.
Full Story: Jane's Information Group (8/12) 
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Civil Aviation
Honeywell will supply avionics to the Vertical Aerospace urban air taxi demonstrator aircraft. "We are excited at the prospect of broadening our partnership with Honeywell, enabling our vehicles to leverage not only Honeywell's state-of-the-art flight-control systems, but also to marry these with the very latest in intuitive and safe flight deck technologies," Vertical's CEO Michael Cervenda said.
Full Story: Aviation Week & Space Technology (tiered subscription model) (8/11) 
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AirBridgeCargo, Russia's largest cargo airline, recently tested the cargo capabilities of its Boeing 747-8F in preparation for distributing a future coronavirus vaccine.
Full Story: Simple Flying (8/12) 
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Cathay Dragon is expected to debut its first Airbus A321neo in October, which includes new business class seats.
Full Story: Simple Flying (8/12) 
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