AUGUST 2021 news

Defense Aviation and Aerospace Industry


US approves foreign military sale of 18 CH-53K heavy lift helicopters with support to Israel

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Israel of CH-53K Heavy Lift Helicopters with Support and related equipment for an estimated cost of $3.4 billion. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on July 30.

High Mobility Artillery Rocket System first for Australian and US Air Force

A Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) C-17A Globemaster III is the first non-US aircraft to provide rapid air mobility to a High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS).

Hensoldt investigates modernisation of Eurofighter self-protection system

Sensor solution provider Hensoldt has been commissioned by the German procurement authority BAAINBw to investigate the modernisation and performance enhancement of the Eurofighter self-protection system in a multi-year study.

Russia reinforces air defense division in Arctic

The Russian Defense Ministry continues reinforcing the air defense of the Northern fleet in the Arctic. The Izvestia daily said the final third stage of the construction of the base for the 3rd air defense division of the 45th air force and defense army of the fleet will cost one billion rubles and has to be completed in 2023.

US Air Force Research Laboratory seeks to build Mjolnir, a new counter electronics for THOR family

The US Air Force Research Laboratory’s Directed Energy Directorate is seeking partners to build a new counter electronics weapon system, to defend against the ever increasing threat of adversarial drone activity.

Raytheon Coyote Block 3 non-kinetic effector defeats swarm of drones in US Army tests

Raytheon Missiles & Defense, a Raytheon Technologies business, successfully defeated a swarm of drones with its reusable Coyote Block 3 non-kinetic effector during a U.S. Army test. The demonstration moves the variant closer to deployment.

F-16 receives in-flight software update during recent flight test

For the first time, an F-16 Fighting Falcon’s Electronic Warfare System received an in-flight software update as part of an Advanced Battle Management System (ABMS) demonstration during a recent test sortie at Nellis Air Force Base.

General Atomics has developed the Sparrowhawk new Small Unmanned Aircraft System SUAS

According to information released by the American company, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI), the company plans to develop the Sparrowhawk, a new generation of Small Unmanned Aircraft System (SUAS). The Sparrowhawk is one of many GA-ASI investments in SUAS.

United States delivers two CH-47F Chinook transport helicopters to Australian Air Force

According to information published by the United States Air Force on July 29, 2021, As part of the U.S. Defense Department’s Foreign Military Sales program, 9th Airlift Squadron aircrew from Dover Air Force Base, Delaware transports two CH-47F Chinook transport helicopters aboard a C-5M Super Galaxy from Dover AFB to Royal Australian Air Force Base Townsville, Australia in early July, further reinforcing the alliance between the two countries.

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