NOVEMBER 2021 news

Defense Aviation and Aerospace Industry


Saab launches a new mobile high-mast solution for the Giraffe 4A radar

Saab launches a new mobile high-mast solution with the Finnish partner Conlog Oy, for fast and efficient deployment in order to meet modern threats of low altitude such as cruise missiles and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) in the battlefield of today.

Niger could acquire Turkish made TAI Hürkuş-C aircraft

According to information published by Daily Sabbah on November 18, 2021, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan discussed Turkey-Niger relations with President Mohamed Bazoum in a phone call and in particular defense purchases, including a possible purchase of Hürkuş-C armed close air support and training aircraft.

Northrop Grumman to provide dynamic inflight rerouting for RQ-4B Global Hawk UAS

According to a press release published by Northrop Grumman on November 22, 2021, the firm has been awarded a contract by the United States Air Force to provide dynamic inflight rerouting for RQ-4B Global Hawk. The software update, known as Dynamic Mission Operations (DYNAMO), will enhance Global Hawk’s ability to provide critical intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance data to geographic combatant commanders.

Bangladesh to receive 2 Mi-171A2 multirole helicopters from Russia

According to information published by Tass on November 19, 2021, Russia will deliver two cutting-edge Mi-171A2 heavy multirole helicopters to Bangladesh in 2023, the press office of the Russian Helicopters Group within the state tech corporation Rostec announced.

Embraer begins production of the first KC-390 Millennium for Hungary

Embraer successfully concluded the Hungary Critical Design Review (CDR) and began the structural assembly of its first KC-390 Millennium.

Hensoldt delivers latest Identification-Friend-or-Foe technology to Bulgarian Forces

Sensor solutions specialist Hensoldt will bring its latest-technology capabilities in Identification-Friend-or-Foe (IFF) into the upcoming IFF modernization programme of the Bulgarian armed forces.

UAE shows interest in Russian new Checkmate fighter

Representatives of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have shown interest in Russia’s advanced Checkmate single-engine light tactical fighter and want to have a closer look at it, Head of Russia’s Rostec state hi-tech corporation Sergei Chemezov said at the Dubai Airshow 2021.

Crew Training International to provide pilot and maintainer training for Bahrain AH-1Z helicopter program

Crew Training International Inc., Memphis, Tennessee, is awarded a not-to-exceed $9,704,317 firm-fixed-price undefinitized contract. This contract provides in-country pilot and maintainer training, as well as aircraft maintenance for the AH-1Z program in support of the government of Bahrain.

Slovenia to purchase C-27J Spartan from Italy

Slovenia will purchase a C27J Spartan fixed-wing aircraft from Italy. Italy will also provide the assistance and maintenance service. Flight crew training is also provided.

EDGE signs C-130 programmed depot maintenance and upgrades contract with Tunisian Air Force

EDGE Group entity, AMMROC, a leading provider of military maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services in the region and part of the EDGE Group, announced they have signed a contract with the Tunisian Air Force (TAF) to perform Programmed Depot Maintenance (PDM) and upgrades on a C-130 aircraft. The aircraft was recently delivered by TAF personnel to AMMROC’s MRO facility in Al Ain, UAE, with work now well underway following aircraft induction. 

Northrop Grumman platform-agnostic AN/ASQ-236 Dragon’s Eye pod achieves first flight on an operational F-16

The Air National Guard has flown the Northrop Grumman Corporation AN/ASQ-236 Dragon’s Eye Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar pod on an operational F-16 for the first time. The Air Force intends to deploy the pod operationally to both its Guard and Reserve F-16 fleets.

Boeing delivers first P-8A Poseidon to Norway

On November 18, the Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency (NDMA) accepted the first of five Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft that will be operated by the Royal Norwegian Air Force (RNoAF).

EDGE awarded AED11 Billion exclusive contract to service UAE Air Force and Air Defence aircraft

EDGE Group entity, GAL, a leading regional provider of integrated aircraft sustainment solutions for military and civilian customers, has been awarded an exclusive Performance-Based Logistics (PBL) contract to supply the UAE Air Force and Air Defence (AFAD) with maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO), and specialised support services.

CERES reconnaissance space system designed by Airbus and Thales successfully launched

The CERES space system (Capacité de Renseignement Electromagnétique Spatiale, or Space-based Signal Intelligence Capability) satellites designed and built by Airbus Defence and Space and Thales for the French Armament General Directorate (DGA) have been successfully launched from the European spaceport in French Guiana, on-board a Vega launcher.

UK: Royal Air Force tests synthetic fuel-powered flight

In a world-first, an Ikarus C42 microlight aircraft flown by Group Captain Peter Hackett, completed a short flight powered by synthetic gasoline at Cotswold Airport earlier this month.

Lockheed Martin PAC-3 MSE reaches major milestones during successful flight tests

In flight tests on Nov. 4, Lockheed Martin demonstrated significant milestones for the PAC-3 program, including the first integration of the PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) with the U.S. Army Integrated Air and Missile Defense Battle Command System (IBCS).

Kalashnikov delivers latest missiles for Strela air defense system to Russian troops

The Kalashnikov weapons maker delivered a batch of 9M333 missiles for the Strela-10M3 mobile short-range surface-to-air missile system to the Defense Ministry of Russia, the Kalashnikov press office reported on November 18.

Indonesia Ministry of Defence orders two Airbus A400Ms

 The Indonesia Ministry of Defence has placed an order for two Airbus A400M aircraft in multirole tanker and transport configuration.

Russian Ka-52 helicopter performs advanced flying at Dubai Airshow 2021

Russia’s Kamov Ka-52 (NATO reporting name: Hokum-B) attack helicopter shown for the first time at the Dubai Airshow 2021 has performed advanced flying and maneuvering, a TASS correspondent reported.

US Air Force Rapid Dragon Program conducts palletized munition demonstration using production long range cruise missile separation test vehicle

The Air Force Rapid Dragon Program, a fast-paced experimentation campaign led by the Air Force Strategic Development Planning and Experimentation (SDPE) office, completed another successful flight demonstration November 3.

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