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JUNE 2021 news

Defense Aviation and Aerospace Industry


Modernized Northrop Grumman electronic warfare for global F-16 Fleet

Northrop Grumman’s F-16 electronic warfare suite for international operators draws upon the technologies developed for the U.S. F-16 fleet. Known as the ALQ-131C, this fully modernized, digital system is ready to defend against current and future threats.

J-20 stealth fighters and new helicopters to perform at Communist Party of China centenary celebrations

According to Global Times, Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) warplanes are expected to deliver an aerial performance for the celebration activities of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China (CPC), with a large number of the country’s most advanced stealth fighter jets, the J-20, and a type of newly developed helicopter, informally known as the Z-8L, participating, a rehearsal of the event on Sunday indicated.

Indonesia reported to have signed contract to buy 36 Rafale fighter jets

According to information published by Defense Studies on June 13, 2021, Indonesia is reported to have signed a contract to buy 36 French Dassault Rafale fighter jets.

Northrop Grumman launches Pegasus XL rocket for US Space Force

Northrop Grumman announced on June 13 that successfully launched the Tactically Responsive Launch-2 (TacRL-2) payload into orbit for the U.S. Space Force (USSF), using the company’s Pegasus XL rocket. TacRL-2 was launched from Vandenberg Space Force Base.

Bronco II enters final phase of USSOCOM Armed Overwatch competition

Leidos, a science and technology leader, announced on June 11 its team was selected to enter the final phase of the U.S. Special Operations Command’s (USSOCOM) Armed Overwatch aircraft prototype program. Leidos, Paramount USA, and Vertex were among five teams awarded a total of $19.3 million for prototype demonstrations and will advance Bronco II to the Phase III Operational Prototype Demonstration later this month.

Russian Western District to receive MiG-31K with Kinzhal ALBM missiles

The Russian Defense Ministry decided to deploy aircraft with air ballistic Kinzhal missiles in the Western Military District, the Izvestia daily writes quoting Defense Ministry sources. They said the deployment places are being specified. The sources did not disclose the exact deployment time. The deliveries will depend on the implementation of the arms procurement order and the time required to train the crews, they said.

NORAD conducts Arctic air defence exercise Amalgam Dart

North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) is conducting Exercise Amalgam Dart, an arctic air defense exercise, from June 10 to 18, 2021. The exercise is featuring a variety of military aircraft from the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) and U.S. Air Force (USAF) operating out of Alaska U.S. and other northern locations including Inuvik, N.W.T., Yellowknife, N.W.T, 4 Wing Cold Lake, Alta., 5 Wing Goose Bay, N.L, Iqaluit, Nun, CFS Alert, Nun, and Thule Air Base, Greenland.

Boeing awarded US Navy contract to supply 36 SLAM ER data link pods and containers to Saudi Arabia

The U.S. Department of Defense announced on June 10 that Boeing is awarded a $78,355,686 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N0001920C0003). This modification exercises an option to procure various material associated with a quantity of 36 Stand-Off Land Attack Missile Expanded Response (SLAM ER) data link pods and containers in support of the SLAM ER obsolescence redesign program for the government of Saudi Arabia.

Bangladesh confirms purchase of 24 Grob G 120TP trainer aircraft

According to Md Badaruddin, the Bangladesh Air Force will get 24 Grob G 120TPs, a two-seat turboprop training and aerobatic low-wing aircraft with a composite airframe, built by Grob Aircraft. It is based on the Grob G 120A training aircraft and has been developed for military and civil pilots training.

Northrop Grumman awarded US Air Force contract for Minuteman III ICBM sustainment

Northrop Grumman has been awarded a $287 million base contract by the U.S. Air Force to provide engineering services to assist in sustaining the Minuteman III missile system. The Propulsion Subsystem Support Contract (PSSC) 2.0, awarded last month, with options, has a contract ceiling of $2.3 billion over 18.5 years and supports the Air Force’s Minuteman III Systems Directorate, located at Hill Air Force Base, Utah.

Ecaro V-150 UAV flight trials ready to go

European provider of Rotary Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) platforms, UMS Skeldar, arrived this week at the Grottaglie Airport in Italy with its V-150 Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) air vehicle ahead of a three-week flight test campaign with the Distretto Technologico Aerospaziale (DTA).

Raytheon awarded contract for F-15E APG-82 radar system

The U.S. Department of Defense announced on June 9 that Raytheon has been awarded a $3,120,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for F-15 Radar Eagle Vision. This contract provides for the production, modernization and support of the F-15E APG-82 radar system to rapidly deliver and stay aligned with the F-15 Strike Eagle weapon system program. Work will be performed in El Segundo, California, and is expected to be completed on June 8, 2036.

Philippine Air Force receives 5 more S-70i Black Hawk helicopters

According to ti AirForceTechnology, Lockheed Martin company's PZL Mielec has delivered five additional S-70i Black Hawk combat utility helicopters (CUH) to the Philippine Air Force which will receive the third - and last - batch of five S-70i Black Hawk helicopters later in 2021.

Ten NATO Allies start new era in pilot training

Defense Ministers from 10 NATO countries on 9 June 2021 agreed to bolster the training of their nation’s military pilots, taking advantage of new technologies such as virtual reality.

Latvia to become second NATO member to buy Bayraktar TB2 armed drones

According to Daily Sabah, Latvia has indicated it could be the second European Union and NATO member state to acquire Turkish armed unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that have scored high-profile successes in the field, following last month's purchase by Poland.

Vietnam Air Force cleared to get Beechcraft T-6 Texan II trainer aircraft

According to Asian Defence, the U.S. has agreed to sell Beechcraft T-6 Texan II trainer aircraft to Vietnam, U.S. Pacific Air Forces Commander Kenneth Wilsbach said on June 4 : "We're committed to helping that aircraft to be delivered and then operationalizing and improving the Vietnamese Air Force's pilot training," he said at a teleconference hosted by the U.S. Department of State Asia Pacific Media Hub on June 4.

Saab and Varjo bring virtual reality to flight simulators

Saab and Varjo Technologies work together to revolutionize flight simulators. The Finnish company Varjo has developed a human eye resolution mixed reality (XR) technology that will be integrated into all Saab Gripen E/F simulators. In addition to the highest resolution and widest field of view in the industry, the collaboration will also offer numerous new training opportunities at a fraction of the cost.

US Navy and Boeing make aviation history with MQ-25 becoming first UAV to refuel another aircraft

For the first time in history, the U.S. Navy and Boeing have demonstrated air-to-air refueling using an unmanned aircraft – the Boeing-owned MQ-25 T1 test asset – to refuel another aircraft.

Bell and Northrop Grumman integrate new data link into AH-1Z Viper attack helicopter

The U.S. Marine Corps has successfully demonstrated in flight testing a two-way connection between the Bell AH-1Z Viper attack helicopter and a ground station using new Link-16 hardware and software. Bell Textron manufactures the AH-1Z Viper and Northrop Grumman has developed the Link-16 system. Link-16 is part of a defined road map of planned improvements designed to ensure the H-1 platform maintains its technological edge and combat capability throughout its service life.

Turkish armed forces to receive 118 T129 Atak helicopters

According to a tweet posted by DefenceHubLive, as part of the Atak Program, a total of 91 T129 Atak Helicopters will be delivered to the Turkish Land Forces (59 are confirmed and 32 are optional) and 27 will be delivered to the Ministry of Interior (24 are confirmed and 3 are optional). Let's notice that 30 Atak helicopters have already been purchased for the Pakistan Air Force and 6 for the Philippine Air Force.

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