AUGUST 2021 news

Defense Aviation and Aerospace Industry


Russia to deliver four Su-30SM to Kazakhstan by late 2022

Russia will deliver four Su-30SM multirole fighters to Kazakhstan, Director of Russia’s Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation Dmitry Shugayev told a briefing on August 25.

Green light for US Army lab supercomputing project

The U.S. Department of Defense High Performance Computing Modernization Program announced its selection of an Army supercomputing project for fiscal 2022.

General Atomics gets $50M support contract for Royal Air Force MQ-9 Reapers

General Atomics - Aeronautical Systems Inc., Poway, California, was awarded a $42,555,776 option (P00014) to previously awarded contract FA8620-19-C-2003 for MQ-9 Reaper contractor logistics support.

Russia to begin deliveries of latest strike drones to troops from 2023

The latest Inokhodets-RU strike drones (also known as Sirius unmanned combat aerial vehicles) will start arriving for the Russian troops from 2023, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Alexei Krivoruchko said at the Army-2021 International Military-Technical Forum on August 24.

Russia: Resonans-N radar to be deployed in Sakhalin

A decision has been made to deploy several Resonans-N radars in the Far East to detect and provide guidance at hypersonic and stealth targets. The first one will be deployed in Sakhalin region, a defense industry source told TASS at Army-2021 forum.

Advanced Tactical Aircraft Protection Systems Program awards contracts and wins NAVAIR award

A windfall of good news has come to the Advanced Tactical Aircraft Protection Systems Program Office in recent months, with their award of a production contract for one of their defense systems and receipt of a Naval Air System Command (NAVAIR) Commander’s Award for another.

Collins Aerospace demonstrates multi-domain battlespace connectivity for Utah Air National Guard

Collins Aerospace successfully demonstrated advanced communication, mission computing and sensor technologies to support CJADC2 (Combined Joint All Domain Command and Control) and ABMS (Advanced Battle Management) initiatives for the Utah Air National Guard at the Roland R. Wright Air National Guard Base.  At Salt Lake City, Utah Air National Guard's primary mission is providing in-flight refueling to all US armed forces and allied nations' aircraft, extending their flying range with the capability of transporting cargo, personel and medevac operations. Additional missions include Intelligence, Command and Control, Engineering and Installation and Explosive Ordnance Disposal.

US Navy Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile - Extended Range to enter production

The US Navy’s Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile – Extended Range (AARGM-ER) received Milestone C (MS-C) approval Aug. 23, allowing the program to move into its first phase of production.

US approves foreign military sale of Precision Guided Munitions to South Korea

On August 25, 2021, the U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced that the State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Republic of Korea of Precision Guided Munitions and related equipment for an estimated cost of $258 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on August 25.

Russia and Turkey holding consultations on creating TF-X fifth-generation fighter

Russia and Turkey are holding consultations among specialized groups on interaction in creating the Turkish TF-X fifth-generation fighter, Director of Russia’s Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation Dmitry Shugayev told a briefing on August 25.

Boeing unveils F-15QA Ababil, Qatar Emiri Air Force advanced jet

Boeing, in collaboration with the U.S. Air Force and Qatar Emiri Air Force (QEAF), celebrated the naming and rollout of Qatar’s advanced F-15, the F-15QA.

CAE Australia to upgrade Royal Australian Air Force Hawk full-mission simulators with eye-tracking technology

CAE today announced on August 24 that CAE Australia Pty Ltd has been awarded a contract by Australia’s Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group to upgrade the Royal Australian Air Force’s (RAAF) three Hawk Mk127 full-mission simulators with the innovative Crew Training System developed by Seeing Machines.

Germany orders € 21 million tethered balloon-based surveillance system to Rheinmetall

The German Bundeswehr has ordered a tethered balloon-based area reconnaissance system for protecting a forward operating base in Niger. For Rheinmetall, the order represents sales of over €21 million net.

French Reaper Block 5 reaches full operational capacity

On August 17, French Reaper Block 5 delivered for the first time a laser-guided GBU12 ammunition in an operational setting. The block 5 system has thus just taken a new step towards its full operational capacity. It offers more powerful Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) sensors and paves the way for improved kinetic capabilities.

Lockheed Martin awarded contract to support Indian Air Force C-130J Super Hercules airlifter fleet

Lockheed Martin has been awarded a $328.8 million, five-year contract from the Indian Air Force (IAF), to provide dedicated and comprehensive support for the IAF’s fleet of 12 C-130J-30 Super Hercules Aircraft. Lockheed Martin is the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) of the C-130Js, which is the tactical airlifter of choice for 26 operators in 22 nations. Through this Follow On Support II (FOS) contract, Lockheed Martin teams manage the program, logistics and engineering support elements necessary to sustain the IAF’s C-130J fleet. The contract spans a five-year-period, is a Direct Commercial Sale, and is a continuation of a prior five-year FOS I contract where Lockheed Martin provided similar support for the IAF’s C-130J fleet.

Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 211 conducts first cross-deck aviation mission in modern naval history

Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 211 conducted a first-of-its-kind operation which saw F-35B aircraft launched from HMS Queen Elizabeth land on the amphibious assault ship USS America to load ordnance, refuel, and strike follow-on objectives on August 20th, 2021. The operation highlighted the interoperability of the F-35B and the strategic importance of the joint integration between the United Kingdom Carrier Strike Group and the U.S. Navy Amphibious Ready Group / Marine Expeditionary Unit.

IDEF 2021: Anka UAV on display

Turkish Aerospace Industries exhibited its ANKA UAV during International Defense Industry Fair, IDEF 2021, held in Istanbul from August 16 to 20.

IDEF 2021: Turkish Aerospace Industries displays Aksungur MALE UAV

Turkish Aerospace Industries showcased the Aksungur MALE UAV during the International Defense Industry Fair, IDEF 2021, held in Istanbul from August 16 to 20.

Optus primes for an all Australian defence program tender with Raytheon Australia and Thales Australia

Optus, Australia’s largest and most experienced satellite owner and operator will lead a joint bid with Raytheon Australia and Thales Australia for the JP9102 Australia Defence Communication System program – delivering the next generation of satellite technology to the Australian Defence Force.

IDEF 2021: Roketsan displays Smart Micro Munition Family MAM-T

Roketsan is expanding its Smart Micro Munition product family, which has proven success in the field, with MAM-T. MAM-T has been developed to address a need for greater warhead efficiency and longer range, in the light of the experience gained with MAM-L and MAM-C. MAM-T, which has received full marks from the user with its successful first test firing, is exhibited for the first time at IDEF’21.

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