FEBRUARY 2021 news

Defense Aviation and Aerospace Industry


Northrop Grumman collaborates with Ultra to demonstrate anti-submarine warfare capability from UAS

Northrop Grumman Corporation and UK-based Ultra equipped a modified, manned Bell 407 (acting as an MQ-8C Fire Scout surrogate) platform with Ultra sonobuoys, receiver and processor to complete an unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) anti-submarine warfare (ASW) capability demonstration.

Aero India 2021: BAE Systems to showcase Air, Land and Sea capabilities

The global defence, aerospace and security company, BAE Systems, will exhibit a number of its world-leading capabilities, alongside its commitment to Make in India, at Aero India, taking place from 3-5 February in Bengaluru.

Aero India 2021: Rafael to showcase missiles, air defense systems and more

Rafael is deeply committed to India and is sending a significant delegation to Aero India 2021 which is taking place in Bengaluru, Karnataka, from 3-5 February 2021.

US Navy completes first flight of next-gen air combat training system on F/A-18 Super Hornet

The Naval Aviation Training System and Ranges program office (PMA-205) recently completed the first flight test of its next-generation air combat training system, the Tactical Combat Training System Increment II (TCTS II), on an F/A-18F at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md. The second flight test, the first for this system involving two aircraft, followed in quick succession using two F/A-18E aircraft.

US Air Force B-52H Stratofortress arrive at Andersen AFB for bomber task force deployment

Four U.S. Air Force B-52H Stratofortress returned to the Indo-Pacific region Jan. 28 for a Bomber Task Force deployment, conducting operations out of Andersen Air Force Base, Guam.

Aero India 2021: Elbit Systems to showcase an array of capabilities and solutions

Elbit Systems display at the Aero India 2021 exhibition will include a range of solutions presented at the Company’s stand and a variety of capabilities that will be showcased at its Indian partner’s stands, among them munitions, Electronic Warfare (EW), Signal Intelligent (SIGINT), airborne self-protection systems, solutions for rotary and fixed wing aircraft, training and simulation systems as well as communication solutions.

Philippine Air Force receives two Lockheed C-130H from the US

The Philippine Air Force (PAF) on Friday formally welcomed one of the two Lockheed C-130H aircraft it has acquired through a grant from the United States government.

Northrop Grumman to provide DevSecOps capabilities to US Air Force

The U.S. Air Force has selected Northrop Grumman as one of multiple companies competing for task orders under the five year Software Development Security Operations (DevSecOps) Basic Ordering Agreement (BOA) contract.

Aerovel Flexrotor announced strong reliability results through demonstrations for US Special Operations Command

Aerovel, makers of Flexrotor, the most advanced Group 2 unmanned aerial system (UAS) with vertical take-off and landing (VTOL), announced strong reliability results for its latest Flexrotor variant. In demonstrations conducted for SOCOM (United States Special Operations Command) missions, Aerovel demonstrated over 150 cycles on the latest Flexrotor variant. One Flexrotor aircraft has 102 cycles, most of them logged on only six flying days.

Nordic Unmanned acquires two Camcopter S-100 UAS

Nordic Unmanned has acquired two CAMCOPTER S-100 systems. The first was delivered last week and the remaining will be delivered in Q2 2021.

Russian MoD receives three Ilyushin Il-76MD-90A airlifters

The Russian Ministry of Defense (MoD) received three Ilyushin IL-76MD-90A heavy airlifters in 2020, according to the press department of the MoD. “In 2020, the Military Transport Aviation [MTA] command received three Il-76MD-90A heavy transport aircraft. Being a deeply upgraded variant of Ilyushin Il-76 [NATO reporting name: Candid] airlifter, the new air platform has some advantages provided by the new PS-90A engines, improved chassis and wing, and enhanced avionics,” said MTA Commander Lieutenant General Vladimir Benediktov.

Russia to supply Orlan-10E UAVs to Myanmar

According to the Russsian Ministry of Defense, Russia will supply Myanmar with Pantsir-S1 anti-aircraft missile and cannon systems, Orlan-10E unmanned aerial vehicles, and radar stations. The document was signed on January 22 in the presence of the Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation, General of the Army Sergei Shoigu, who is on an official visit to the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, and the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Myanmar, Senior General Min Aung Hline.  On behalf of the Russian side, the agreement was signed by the deputy head of the Russian military department, Colonel-General Alexander Fomin.

Northrop Grumman awarded contract for continued Battlefield Airborne Communications Node support

The U.S. Air Force recently awarded Northrop Grumman Corporation a $3.6 billion indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (ID/IQ) contract for continued Battlefield Airborne Communications Node (BACN) operations, sustainment and support.

IAI signs sale and lease contract with Asian country for Heron Mk II UAVs

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) signed a sale and lease contract for two Heron Mk II unmanned aerial vehicles with an undisclosed country in Asia, the company announced last week, echoed by The Jerusalem Post. Each system, including the UAVs, ground systems and sensors for collecting intelligence, costs tens of millions of dollars.

Eurofighter receives final offer request from Finland for F-18 replacement

On January 29, Eurofighter received a formal request from the Finnish Defence Forces to submit its Best and Final Offer (BAFO) to the HX fighter acquisition to replace the Finnish Air Force's F-18 Hornet aircraft.

Logos Technologies selected by US Army to develop low-signature airdrop system

Logos Technologies LLC, a leader in wide-area sensors and airborne processing systems, announced that it was awarded a Phase I development contract from the U.S. Army’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program to develop new approaches to significantly reduce the signature and increase the range of airdropped systems.

Aero India 2021: Rosoboronexport to present new Russia’s aviation, AD and EW products

JSC Rosoboronexport (part of Rostec State Corporation) is organizing a joint display of Russian industrial enterprises at the Aero India 2021 international aerospace exhibition, which will be held at the Air Force Station in Yelahanka, Bengaluru, the Republic of India, on February 3-5.

Lockheed Martin awarded Foreign Military Sales contract for large F-16 foreign fleets

The U.S. Department of Defense announced on January 29 that Lockheed Martin has been awarded a $64,266,809 supply contract for F-16 Foreign Military Sales (FMS) mission planning. This contract provides for the development, integration, test and delivery of the Joint Mission Planning System Unique Planning Component/Mission Planning Environment software updates. Work will be performed in Owego, New York, and is expected to be completed by January 2029.

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