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JULY 2021 news

Defense Aviation and Aerospace Industry


Lockheed Martin rolls out first C-130J Super Hercules for German Air Force

According to Defence Blog, Lockheed Martin has rolled out the first C-130J Super Hercules ordered by Germany for its Luftwaffe (German Air Force). This C-130J, with five other ones also purchased by Germany, will become part of a joint Franco-German squadron based at Evreux, France.

Nigerian Air Force receives first batch of Embraer A-29 Super Tucano aircraft

According to ChannelsTV, The aircraft arrived in Kano State on Thursday 22 July afternoon, the Nigerian Air Force said: “On hand to receive the aircraft were the Honourable Minister of Defence, Major General Bashir Magashi (Rtd), Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya and Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Oladayo Amao,” a statement signed by NAF spokesman, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, noted. Gabkwet said the second batch of the A-29 Super Tucano is expected to arrive in the country before the end of the year.

Sikorsky-Boeing SB>1 Defiant lifts 5,300 lbs to demonstrate ability to carry troops and sling-load cargo simultaneously

The Sikorsky-Boeing SB>1 Defiant helicopter has demonstrated mission-relevant lifting capacity that will deliver troops and cargo in future combat at twice the range of the current fleet. The flight, carrying a 5,300-pound Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System training load, took place last week at the Sikorsky Development Flight Center in West Palm Beach, Florida.

United Kingdom signs a contract to acquire 13 Protector remotely-piloted aircraft

According to information released by the British Ministry of Defense on July 22, 2021, United Kingdom has signed a contract to acquire 13 cutting-edge Protector also called MQ-9B, remotely piloted medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE) aircraft from the American company General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI).

Thales wins contract with Dassault to provide new avionics equipment

According to a press release published by Thales on July 22, 2021, the firm has received an order from the French defence procurement agency (DGA) for 350 Scorpion® helmet-mounted sight and display systems and 400 digital multi-function displays.

US Army researchers examine solutions for improving aircraft engines

Military aircraft operate in demanding environments, such as sand, dust clouds, runway debris and even volcanic ash. Micro-particles from these hazards can wreak havoc on gas turbine engines. A team of U.S. Army and academic researchers reviewed a decade worth of studies examining fundamental physics in order to improve aircraft engine performance under extreme conditions. U.S. Army DEVCOM Army Research Laboratory Public Affairs, reports.

Russia set to export Sukhoi Su-35 jets to Indonesia

Russia is set to supply to Indonesia a batch of Su-35 multirole jets despite the pressure exerted on the country, Spokeswoman of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSVTS) Valeria Reshetnikova told TASS at MAKS-2021 airshow.

Hindustan Aeronautics set to deliver first batch of 3 Light Combat Helicopters to IAF

According to Dinakar Peri in The Hindu, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is gearing up to deliver the first batch of three Light Combat Helicopters (LCH) to the Indian Air Force (IAF) once acceptance tests are completed. These are part of the 15 Limited Series Production (LSP) helicopters approved for the Army and the IAF.

Russian Helicopters BAS-200 becomes first UAV in MAKS 2021 flight program

JSC Russian Helicopters, part of State Corporation Rostec, has presented its new project, the BAS-200, at MAKS-2021 International Aviation and Space show. BAS-200 became the first UAV that took part in MAKS 2021 flight program.

Greece receives first Rafale fighter jet from France

According to information published by Greek Reporter on July 21, 2021, the Greek Minister of Defense Nikos Panagiotopoulos was in France to attend the handover ceremony of the first Rafale fighter jet.

BAE Systems to support new UK-Qatar Hawk training squadron

BAE Systems has been awarded a six-year contract to deliver support and training to a new joint UK-Qatar Hawk squadron based at RAF Leeming, UK. BAE Systems will provide Qualified Flying Instructors as part of this contract, delivering both live and synthetic training to Qatar Emiri Air Force (QEAF) and Royal Air Force (RAF) pilots.

Bell begins manufacturing UH-1Y Venom helicopter for Czech Republic.

Bell Textron has restarted UH-1Y Venom helicopter production for the first foreign operator. Crestview Aerospace has completed manufacturing the first of eight cabins at the Crestview Florida facility. The aircraft will complete the final assembly at the Bell Amarillo Assembly Center.

Evreux Air Base receives its first C-130J Super Hercules

According to information published by the French Ministry of Armed Forces on July 16, 2021, Evreux Air Base received its first Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules military transport aircraft.

US Marine Corps HMLA-169 Light Attack Helicopter Squadron breaks distance record

Marines with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 169 executed one of the longest maritime HMLA self-deployment flights in 1st Marine Aircraft Wing history during exercise Tiltrotor/Rotary Wing 2107. TR/RW 2107 is a unilateral exercise at Misawa Air Base, Japan, that demonstrates 1st MAW’s capabilities to maintain combat readiness in a maritime environment. 1st Lt. John Hardin and 1st Lt. Tess LaBossiere, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, report.

Russian exercise for air refueling of MiG-31BM aircraft starts

According to information published by the Russian Ministry of Defense on July 16, 2021, the flight-tactical exercise of the crews of MiG-31BM interceptor fighters, Su-34 fighter-bombers and Su-24MR reconnaissance aircraft of the aviation division of the Central Military District has started in Eastern Siberia.

French Air and Space Force orders 9 additional Pilatus PC-21s

As Laurent Lagneau reports in Opex360, the Swiss aircraft manufacturer Pilatus announced that France, via the General Directorate of Armament (DGA), has just ordered nine additional PC-21 turboprop trainer aircraft for the French Air and Space Force.

US soldiers bring new life to battle-damaged helicopters

The Connecticut National Guard’s 1109th Theater Aviation Support Maintenance Group (TASMG) has a unique mission as one of only four Army units designated for large-scale rotary-wing maintenance. Timothy Koster, Connecticut National Guard, reports.

Bharat Dynamics Limited supplys Indian Air Force with Akash missiles

According to a press release published by Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) on July 8, 2021, the firm has signed a contract worth about Rs.499 Crore with Ministry of Defence for manufacture and supply of Akash Missiles to the Indian Air Force.

Australian Army gets two additional Boeing CH-47F Chinooks

Australia’s current fleet of CH-47F Chinook helicopters will grow from 10 to 14 under this acquisition program, with the third and fourth Chinooks expected to arrive in Australia in mid-2022.

PLA Air Force FC-31 stealth fighter jet prototype showcased at Shenyang Aircraft Corporation Aviation Expo Park

The prototype of China's FC-31 stealth fighter jet that went on public display at its manufacturer's expo park since late June has completed static testing, a development procedure experts said on Wednesday is crucial to examining the aircraft's structural integrity under extreme conditions. Liu Xuanzun reports in Global Times.

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