AUGUST 2021 news

Defense Aviation and Aerospace Industry


IDEF 2021: LAÇIN Guidance Kit is being prepared to enter the inventory

The LAÇİN Guidance Kit, an innovative solution by Roketsan, allows bombs to be directed towards the target via a data link and Imaging Infrared seeker (IIR). The LAÇİN Guidance Kit, which will soon be delivered to the Turkish Air Force, was presented to visitors for the first time at IDEF’21.

Boeing KC-46A tanker for Japan completes first refueling flight

The first Boeing KC-46A tanker built for the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) recently refueled another KC-46A aircraft in the skies over Washington state. The Japan-bound tanker also successfully received fuel in return.

Leonardo signs agreement with Northrop Grumman for CIRCM pointer trackers

Leonardo has signed a long-term pricing agreement with Northrop Grumman Corporation to provide pointer/trackers for the United States Army’s Common Infrared Countermeasures (CIRCM) programme as it enters full-rate production.

Red 6 awarded US Air Force contract worth up to $70 million for augmented reality system

Red 6, a revolutionary technology firm at the forefront of synthetic air combat training, announced it has been awarded a contract with the U.S. Air Force worth up to $70 million over 5 years. The SBIR Phase III sole source award will enable Red 6 to pursue the commercialization of Red 6’s augmented reality platform. “This award is indicative of Red 6’s commitment to deliver training solutions for the defense community,” said Daniel Robinson, Founder and CEO of Red 6. “We are excited to continue to grow our presence within the U.S. Air Force as we harness the power of our one-of-a-kind technology in support of the warfighter,” continued Robinson.

Swift Tactical Systems expands the capabilities of its Swift021 VTOL UAS

Swift Tactical Systems recently completed over two dozen flights at Leach Field, 1V8, Alamosa County, CO, to collect data on the high-altitude density performance of the Swift021 VTOL UAS to validate real-world capabilities.

Finnish Air Force to host Arctic Fighter Meet 21 exercise

The Finnish Air Force will organise the Arctic Fighter Meet 21 (AFM 21) live air exercise at Rovaniemi Air Base on 30 August–3 September 2021. The exercise will involve fighters from the Finnish, Swedish and Norwegian Air Forces.

IDEF 2021: Multirole Heavy Combat Helicopter on display

Turkish Aerospace Industries showcased the Multirole Heavy Combat Helicopter during the International Defense Industry Fair, IDEF 2021, held in Istanbul from August 16 to 20.

IDEF 2021: T625 Göbkey helicopter showcased

Turkish Aerospace Industries showcased the T625 Göbkey General-Purpose Helicopter during the International Defense Industry Fair, IDEF 2021, held in Istanbul from August 16 to 20.

IDEF 2021: Turkish Aerospace Industries displays Hürjet fighter

Turkish Aerospace Industries exhibited its Hürjet single-engine fighter aircraft during International Defense Industry Fair, IDEF 2021, held in Istanbul from August 16 to 20.

IDEF 2021: TF-X fighter to roll out in 2023

The first prototype of the TFX is planned to roll out of hangar on 18 March 2023. The first flight is planned for two years later after ground tests have been completed. The date of 18 March is important for Turkey because it symbolizes Turkey’s independence and victory in the Gallipoli War, the year 2023 is also highly symbolic because it is the centennial of the Turkish Republic.

UAV Factory releases Penguin C-Mil Mk2 VTOL UAS

The VTOL version of the Penguin C Mk2 UAS by UAV Factory is perfect for demanding operations such as takeoff and landing in variable terrains and even in 30-knot winds. Its flight endurance of 14+ hours (payload dependent) and 180 km range meets the requirements of various military defense missions. Moreover, the Penguin C VTOL excels as a multi-mission surveillance system.

US Air Force Research Lab showcases new precision effects capability

The Air Force Research Laboratory concluded its Dialable Effects Munition demonstration program during a test of the experimental weapon July 28.

Skyborg Vanguard takes next steps toward Program of Record

The Fighters and Advanced Aircraft program executive office recently awarded contract options valued up to $13.2 million to KRATOS (XQ-58A) and up to $7 million to General Atomics (MQ-20) to further the development of the Skyborg Vanguard.

Bharat Dynamics and MBDA Missiles sign contract to help indigenous programs in India

According to Manufacturing Today, Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) has signed a contract with European multinational arms manufacturer MBDA for setting up a final assembly, integration and test facility in India for the Advanced Short Range Air-to-Air Missiles (ASRAAM). The new facility is expected to start its operations by 2022-23 and will also have the capability to conduct periodic maintenance, repair, and overhaul operations.

US Air Force Rapid Dragon Program conducts first system-level demonstration of palletized munitions

The US Air Force Rapid Dragon Program, a fast-paced experimentation campaign led by the Air Force Strategic Development Planning and Experimentation office, has completed two more successful demonstrations during its first system-level flight tests of this potential new capability at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico in July 2021.

UK: Defence Science and Technology Laboratory awards £9.5 million contract to In-Space Missions for military satellite

The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) have awarded a £9.5 million contract to In-Space Missions Ltd for the build of the Titania satellite, which will undertake vital research on the next-generation of communications technology.

US Department of Defense awards Citadel Defense $6M contract for integrated counter drone system

Citadel Defense has been awarded a sole source contract for $6M from a Classified U.S. Department of Defense customer to build and deploy an AI-powered counter drone solution. The system will be deployed at sensitive government locations and effectively operated by non-specialist military personnel and first responders.

Progress on Bell 360 Invictus build

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. company, has released new data on the build and testing for the Bell 360 Invictus competitive prototype. The Bell 360 program is rapidly progressing through manufacturing, assembly, components testing, and systems integration work for the U.S. Army’s Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) program. The team has completed multiple design and risk reviews with the Army and is on schedule for all program requirements. The Bell 360, a low-risk, high-speed platform with proven technology and inherently reliable designs, will deliver soldiers transformational operational capabilities at an affordable cost.

US DoD and Robotican complete autonomous C-sUAS interceptor demo

Robotican has successfully conducted an autonomous drone interception demonstration for the U.S. Department of Defense Irregular Warfare Technical Support Directorate (IWTSD).

RE2 develops autonomous helicopter refueling system for the US Army

RE2 Robotics, a leader in intelligent mobile manipulation systems, has announced that it has received $1 million in funding from the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Aviation & Missile Center (AvMC) to develop a robotic system that can autonomously refuel AH-64 Apache helicopters in the field. The project, called Remote Robotic Refueling for Extended Missions (R3EM), is being developed in support of the Autonomous and Robotic Remote Refueling Point (AR3P) program, and being managed by Naval Facilities Engineering and Expeditionary Warfare Center, located in Port Hueneme, California.

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