FEBRUARY 2021 news

Defense Aviation and Aerospace Industry


UK: Royal Air Force selects Aeralis to deliver research and development of Advanced Modular Aircraft

Aeralis, the transformational British military jet developer has agreed a three-year contract with the Royal Air Force’s Rapid Capabilities Office (RCO) for research and development into a new modular approach to the design and development of future aircraft. The RCO will support the requirements and design review process to gain an understanding of how Aeralis defines the ways in which agile, modular, commercially-driven aircraft design can develop and certify a broad range of future aircraft systems that could support the RAF’s ambition to rationalise its future fleet.

Successful first live launch of Leonardo BriteCloud 218 decoy from Airbus target drone

A recent trial, which saw the German Armed Forces launching a Leonardo BriteCloud 218 decoy from an Airbus RPATS test platform, to evaluate its potential in protecting flying weapon systems from radar-guided missiles, has been heralded as a success.

Finland: Lapland Air Command to conduct Talvinorva 21 exercise

Lapland Air Command (the peace-time Finnish Air Force unit responsible for the protection of the airspace of northern Finland) will conduct the Talvinorva 21 exercise in Rovaniemi from 24 to 25 February 2021. During the exercise, road 9523 (Norvatie) will be closed to traffic and used as a launch strip for F/A-18 Hornet multi-role fighters. 

Anavia unveils HT-100 VTOL cargo drone

Anavia, a Swiss company, has developed a UAV they claimed to be "the most advanced unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) system in the world”. An unmanned helicopter for up to 65 kg of payload and 240 minutes of flight time.

Kaman announces new order for the K-MAX helicopter

Kaman Air Vehicles, a division of Kaman Corporation, announced the receipt of a signed purchase agreement for a K-MAX medium-to-heavy lift helicopter. Delivery of this aircraft is expected in the first quarter of 2021 and follows the delivery of two aircraft in the fourth quarter of 2020. We continue to see demand and interest in the capabilities of the K-MAX across multiple markets.

Orolia to provide Galileo PRS enabled solutions for European Defense

Orolia, through its France-based entity Orolia Systèmes & Solutions (O2S), has been selected for the GEODE project to develop European standardized and sovereign Galileo PRS Positioning, Navigation and Timing (PNT) receiver capabilities for military applications. The GEODE (Galileo for EU Defence) program aims at promoting the competitiveness and innovation of the Defense PNT industry in the European Union.

Azerbaijan: Air Force of the Combined Arms Army conducted tactical-special exercises

According to a video released by the Azerbaijan MoD on February 15, the Air Force of the Combined Arms Army conducted tactical-special exercises. 

Novadem to deliver about 50 more micro-drones NX70 to the French Army

Novadem received a new order from the DGA, to reinforce its fleet of micro-drones NX70 already used by French soldiers. Since 2018, the number of NX70 owned by the French Ministry of Army has continuously increased to reach more than 150 NOVADEM drones ordered today.

Peruvian Air Force receives two KC-130H Hercules transport aircraft

The Peruvian Air Force has taken delivery of the two KC-130H Hercules transport aircraft it bought from Spain.

Denmark: new political agreement on Arctic capabilities

The Danish Government (the Social Democratic Party) and Venstre (The Liberal Party), the Danish People’s Party, the Social Liberal Party, the Conservative Party and the Liberal Alliance have entered into a framework agreement on the strengthening of the Danish Defence capabilities in the Arctic and the North Atlantic. The agreement translates the 1.5 billion DKK from the 2019 Supplemental Agreement to the Danish Defence Agreement 2018-2023 into concrete actions.

Avio and Politecnico di Milano to work on new training system for the Italian Armed Forces

The Politecnico di Milano’s Department of Aerospace Science and Technology and AVIO S.p.A. (Colleferro, Rome) have signed a contract with the Naval Armaments Directorate (NAVARM) of the General Secretariat of Defence and National Armaments Directorate to develop a new training system for the Italian Armed Forces.

Japan Ground Self-Defense Force V-22 Ospreys arrive at MCAS Iwakuni

V-22 Ospreys destined for Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) units arrived at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS), Iwakuni, Japan, Feb. 14, 2021.

German Tornado fighter jets will fly until 2030

The Luftwaffe in collaboration with Airbus DS carried out the flight of the first Panavia Tornado fighter aircraft with an extended service life.

Russian Mi-8AMTSh-VA helicopters flight record exceeds 2500 hours

 The total flight time of Mi-8AMTSh-VA helicopters produced by Ulan-Ude Aircraft Plant (U-UAZ) has exceeded 2500 hours, Russian Helicopters Holding said.

Ivory Coast receives second replacement Mi-24 attack helicopter

The Ivory Coast has taken delivery of a second Mi-24 to replace those that previously crashed in 2019 and 2020.

Sikorsky to build 23 VH-92A presidential helicopters

Continuing its 63-year legacy of providing safe and reliable transportation for the president of the United States, Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company, is under contract to manufacture a total of 23 VH-92A Presidential Helicopters for the U.S. Marine Corps. Sikorsky is on schedule to deliver the next generation presidential helicopter later this year.

Latest Voronezh radars to replace all Russian existing airspace control systems

The latest Voronezh-type radars will replace all the Russian existing airspace control systems, Chief of the Space Troops’ Main Center for Missile Attack Warning within Russia’s Aerospace Force Colonel Andrei Revenok said on February 15.

Uzbek Air Force receives six upgraded L-39C Albatros trainer aircraft

On February 7, 2021, the Uzbek Air Force took over the last of the six L-39 Albatros aircraft, which underwent general overhaul in Aero Vodochody. Part of the overhaul of Uzbek aircraft is also a partial modernization of their on-board equipment.

Brazilian Air Force and Embraer test KC-390 Millennium in extreme cold

The Brazilian Air Force (FAB) and Embraer started, on February 8, the tests of extreme cold, Cold Soak , of the aircraft KC-390 Millennium in the United States (USA). The mission focuses on verifying the integration of all subsystems and the robustness of the new FAB freighter in a hostile environment, with extremely low temperature conditions.

MiG Corporation improves its integrated aircraft control system

Engineers of the MiG Corporation, which is part of the United Aircraft Corporation, received a patent for a nonlinear correcting device for automatic aircraft control systems.

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