JULY 2021 news

Defense Aviation and Aerospace Industry


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.

British 1st Combat Aviation Brigade enabled to be rapidly deployable

Under Future Soldier, combat aviation will form a key part of how the British Army will fight. The newly-formed Brigade brings together reconnaissance and attack aircraft for the first time, as reported on British Army’s website.

AeroVironment presents new ground control solution Crysalis

According to a press release published by AeroVironment, Inc. on July 7, 2021, the global leader in intelligent, multi-domain robotic systems, today introduced Crysalis™, the company’s next-generation ground control solution. Crysalis is an integrated hardware and software-based ground control system (GCS) that provides command and control of compatible AeroVironment unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and their payloads, through an intuitive user experience (UX).

Thales completes successful first flight of long-range UAS 100

Thales has successfully completed the first flight of a half-scale prototype of its UAS 100 long-range unmanned air system. Developed in partnership with Issoire Aviation and Hionos, and with the support of the French Ministry of the Armed Forces via the Defence Innovation Agency (AID), UAS100 will help meet the demand for more cost-effective drone missions with a lower environmental impact.

Indra develops SIMCUI virtual reality-based simulation system to train pilots

Spanish company Indra has developed the SIMCUI, a new multi-purpose and inter-operable simulation system that’s easy to transport and install anywhere. It can halve the time required to train a civilian or military pilot of any type of plane, whether it be a fixed-wing, rotary-wing or remotely-piloted aircraft.

US Air Force releases new B-21 Raider artist rendering

The U.S. Air Force released a new B-21 Raider artist rendering graphic with an accompanying fact sheet on July 6. As with past renderings, this rendering is an artist’s interpretation of the B-21 design.

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