NOVEMBER 2021 news

Defense Aviation and Aerospace Industry


USA delivers six MD-530F attack helicopters to the Lebanese Armed Forces

A ceremony was held at Hamat Air Base in Lebanon to receive 6 MD-530F military helicopters as a donation from the United States of America to the Lebanese Army, in the presence of the Army Commander in Chief General Joseph Aoun, the American Ambassador to Lebanon Ms. Dorothy SHEA, in addition to a number of military attachés and officers.

EDGE signs MoU with Raytheon Emirates in support of multiple military technology programs

EDGE Group, the advanced technology group for defence and beyond, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Raytheon Emirates, to explore strategic partnership opportunities across several critical defence programs. The agreement was signed by His Excellency Faisal Al Bannai, CEO & Managing Director of EDGE, and Alan Davis, CEO of Raytheon Emirates at the Dubai Airshow, held at Dubai World Central until 18 November.

Russia destroys defunct satellite in orbit

The Russian Defense Ministry reported that a defunct Soviet-era satellite was successfully destroyed in orbit during tests.

AeroVironment new Mantis i45 N multi-sensor imaging payload delivers advanced ISR for nighttime operations

AeroVironment, Inc., a global leader in intelligent, multi-domain robotic systems, introduced the Mantis i45 N, a multi-sensor nighttime imaging payload compatible with Puma 2 AE, Puma 3 AE and Puma LE small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). Lightweight (905 g) and compact, the new Mantis i45 N joins AeroVironment’s expansive Mantis product line of micro-gimbals delivering high-quality video and imagery downlink to UAS operators.


EDGE unveils new additions to its portfolio of reconnaissance and combat unmanned aerial vehicles at Dubai Airshow 2021

EDGE Group, an advanced technology group for defence and beyond, today launched a series of new additions to its product portfolio of advanced unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). QX-5 and QX-6, modern vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) drones, and Rash 2H, a high-precision guided munition system – all designed and manufactured in the UAE – were unveiled on the first day of Dubai Airshow 2021, which is underway at Dubai World Central until 18 November.

Near Earth Autonomy and L3Harris demonstrate drone system that delivers life-saving blood to medics in the field

Near Earth Autonomy and L3Harris Technologies have successfully demonstrated an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) capable of autonomously delivering life-saving blood and other medical supplies hundreds of miles from operational bases to medics in the field.

EDGE signs AED3.2 Billion contract for supply of precision guided munitions to the UAE Armed Forces

EDGE Group entity, HALCON, a regional leader in the production and supply of precision-guided weapons, has won an AED3.2 billion (US$880 million) contract from the UAE Armed Forces for its Thunder and Desert Sting range of precision guided munitions.

Mi-28NE helicopter makes first demonstration flight abroad at Dubai Airshow 2021

As part of the flight program of the Dubai Airshow 2021 international exhibition, the Mi-28NE attack helicopter manufactured by the Russian Helicopters holding made its first demonstration flight. Guests and participants could see the complex aerobatics of a combat helicopter with unique maneuverability.

Pilatus unveils PC-7 MKX basic trainer at Dubai Airshow 2021

With a new glass cockpit, new avionics, improvements in the area of crew comfort and other technical innovations, the PC-7 MKX offers smart state-of-the-art training capability in the Basic Training segment at unrivalled cost, with outstanding robustness and unmatched reliability. The smart Basic Trainer is now available to take on a new generation of student pilots and turn them into first class military aviators.

Rohde & Schwarz awarded contract to deliver airborne radios for Royal Thai Air Force T-6C Texan II trainer aircraft

Rohde & Schwarz was awarded a contract by RV Connex to deliver R&S M3AR software defined, multiband-capable airborne radios for the Royal Thai Air Force’s (RTAF) new Textron Aviation T-6C Texan II training aircraft, to be called the T-6TH within the RTAF.

EDGE completes successful integration programmes, adding enhanced modularity and mission flexibility to munitions range

EDGE Group entity, AL TARIQ, a company involved in the design and manufacturing of precision guided munitions (PGM), announces at Dubai Airshow 2021 a series of milestone developments within its product range, including the successful integration of the AL TARIQ kit onto a 1,000 lb HSLD 450/Mk 83 bomb. The company has also integrated a range of latest technology operational features that significantly enhance the mission capability of the AL TARIQ family of long range (LR) precision guided munitions.

EDGE to support Embraer to expand A-29 Super Tucano advanced weapon system

EDGE Group, and advanced technology company for defence and beyond, through its subsidiary HALCON, a regional leader in the production and supply of precision-guided weapons, is exploring with Embraer, the global Brazilian aircraft manufacturer, opportunities to integrate its weapon systems onto the Embraer A-29 Super Tucano aircraft.

Northrop Grumman completes Hypersonic and Ballistic Tracking Space Sensor critical design review

Northrop Grumman Corporation recently completed the critical design review of the Hypersonic and Ballistic Tracking Space Sensor (HBTSS) prototype for the U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA). The review establishes the company’s technical approach for precise, timely sensor coverage to defeat ballistic and hypersonic missiles.

EDGE and Lockheed Martin sign MoU to enhance capabilities for Apache pilots

EDGE, the region’s leading advanced technology group for defense and beyond, announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between EARTH, an entity within EDGE Group, and Lockheed Martin, that has the potential to modernise aviation capabilities for UAE Apache pilots.

Leonardo showcases AW609 tiltrotor aircraft at Dubai Airshow 2021

Leonardo, the Italian-headquartered global aerospace and defence company, is presenting its revolutionary AW609 tiltrotor for the first time in the region at the 2021 Dubai Airshow (14-18 November). 

EDGE launches first UAE-made anti-jam GPS system for resilient navigation

EDGE, an advanced technology company for defence and beyond, announced the launch of GPS-Protect, an anti-jam system that covers air, land and sea applications. Developed by SIGN4L, a leading developer of electronic warfare and intelligence solutions (EW&I) and entity within EDGE Group, the UAE-made system provides significant immunity to jamming, thereby protecting mission critical systems that require assured position, navigation and timing information from GPS.

EDGE pioneering SkyKnight air defence missile system details major programme milestones

EDGE Group entity, HALCON, a regional leader in the production and supply of precision-guided weapons, has announced the successful achievement of a series of major developments for its SkyKnight air defence missile system, which include the completion of the system’s naval missile concept design.

UAE orders two additional Airbus A330 MRTT

The United Arab Emirates Air Force & Air Defence has formally ordered two additional Airbus A330 Multirole Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft increasing the country’s MRTT fleet up to five aircraft.

CAE debuts VTOL desktop simulator for unmanned systems at Dubai Airshow 2021

CAE demonstrates a new Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) desktop simulator based on the company’s Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) Mission Trainer at the Dubai Airshow from 14-18 November 2021, along with a host of other digital innovations.

UVision display its next generation aerial strike capabilities at Dubai Airshow 2021

UVision Air a global leader in aerial loitering munition systems of all sizes for a variety of missions - for the first time presents its Hero Series of high-precision, combat-proven loitering munitions with air-launch capabilities for increased range, for any mission requirement, at the Dubai Airshow 2021.

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