NOVEMBER 2021 news

Defense Aviation and Aerospace Industry


Chinese L-15 advanced jet trainer showcased at Dubai Airshow 2021

China displayed its L-15 advanced jet trainer at the Dubai Airshow in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on November 14 along with other Chinese arms products, the first time that the Chinese military aviation sector has systematically exhibited its products in a large comprehensive international airshow outside the country since the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rostec unveils unmanned Checkmate in video

Rostec State Corporation unveiled the unmanned modification of the Checkmate 5th generation light tactical aircraft developed by Sukhoi Company of the United Aircraft Corporation.

Spanish MoD signs order for three Airbus A330 MRTT

The Spanish Ministry of Defence has signed the formal order for the acquisition of three Airbus A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport aircraft (MRTT).

ZALA Aero Company successfully tests KUB-BLA kamikaze drone

According to information published by Tass on November 11, 2021, Russia’s ZALA Aero Company integrated into the Kalashnikov Group has tested the KUB-BLA seaborne loitering munition, the group’s press office told.

Rosoboronexport to showcase record number of products at Dubai Airshow 2021

JSC Rosoboronexport (part of the Rostec State Corporation) will showcase the latest Russian-made Air Force, Air Defense, and Electronic Warfare equipment at the Dubai Airshow 2021, which will be held from November 14 to 18 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Philippines receive 5 Sikorsky S-70i Black Hawk helicopters from Poland

According to information published by Asia Pacific Defense Journal on November 9, 2021, Lockheed Martin's Polish subsidiary PZL Mielec has delivered the last batch of five Sikorsky S-70i Black Hawk helicopters to the Philippines.

Hensoldt to showcase sensor solutions at Dubai Airshow 2021

At the Dubai Airshow 2021, Hensoldt will focus on its broad range of sensor technologies in the airborne solutions domain. The sensor solutions are deployed on various platforms, including helicopters, aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicles.

First flight of upgraded Russian Ka-226T light helicopter

According to information published by Tass on November 10, 2021, the upgraded Kamov Ka-226T (Hoodlum) helicopter has performed its maiden flight, and its serial production is planned to begin in 2022, the Russian Helicopters Group’s press office said.

Royal Thai Army developping D-Eyes 04 MALE UAV

As reported by Defense Studies, images and information were released on November 3, showing the D-eyes 04 medium-sized unmanned aerial vehicle system research and development project carried on jointly between the Office of Military Research and Development of the Royal Thai Army, and the National Defense Technology Institute of Thailand that is part of the Royal Thai Army News, No.3, November 3, 2021.

German Air Force's C-130J Hercules aircraft makes it's first flight

According to a tweet published by liiTango on November 9, 2021, the first Lockheed Martin C-130J Hercules aircraft for Germany made its maiden flight, the Bundeswehr announced.

US Air Force B-1B Lancers participate in Australian Top End exercise

Two USAF Rockwell B-1B Lancer bombers have swept over the Top End for training with the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). After travelling over 6,000 kilometres from Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean, the B-1B crews flew emergency diversion familiarisation training at RAAF Base Darwin. Their mission included training with RAAF aviators flying P-8A Poseidon and KC-30A Multi-Role Tanker Transport.

Danish F-35 aircraft achieve new milestone in the USA

Work is underway at high pressure at the base in the USA, where the Danish detachment has now operated with Danish F-35 aircraft for more than six months. Recently, both aircraft and employees rounded a significant milestone: all Danish aircraft have now flown 100 flight hours.

Skyborne Cerberus UAV completes first of type aerial firing demonstration

Skyborne Technologies, a Defence Tech company specialising in smart aerial robotic platforms, have performed a "first of type" aerial firing demonstration of the company's weaponised 5-shot 40mm UAV, the Cerberus GLH. The demonstration was performed in Australia under Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) approvals. The approval/testing site is on a Queensland rural property, on which Skyborne has partially leased, to support ongoing testing and development.  

Korea Aerospace Industries wins $360M maintenance deal with Iraq for T-50IQ trainer jets

Korea Aerospace Industries signed a 360 million U.S. dollar maintenance deal with Iraq. Under the three-year deal, KAI will provide repair and maintenance services for T-50IQ advanced trainer jets operated by the Iraqi air force, as well as training programs for pilots and engineers.

Su-57 radar design to be used in new onboard equipment

Fifth-generation fighter jets are distinguished by a radar with an active phased or active electronically scanned array (AESA). Only several countries in the world can produce such radars. The latest Russian Su-57 fighter jet carries Belka radar with several active phased antenna arrays to provide a maximum view of the airspace, Rostec said.

BlueHalo acquires Citadel Defense

Arlington Capital Partners announced that its portfolio company, BlueHalo, a leading provider of advanced engineering solutions and technology to the national security community, has acquired Citadel Defense Company.

Rostec lifted the upgraded Ka-226T into the air for the first time

The deeply modernized Ka-226T light helicopter, which is being developed by the Russian Helicopters holding of the State Corporation Rostec, has begun flight tests and made its maiden flight at the Mil and Kamov flight test complex of the National Helicopter Engineering Center. This is the first Russian rotorcraft, the design documentation of which was fully digitalized.

Airbus and Northrop Grumman lead team seeking to shape NATO Future Surveillance and Control

Northrop Grumman Corporation and Airbus Defence and Space, together with seven industrial players, have established ASPAARO, the Atlantic Strategic Partnership for Advanced All-domain Resilient Operations. ASPAARO will bid to undertake the Risk Reduction and Feasibility Studies (RRFS) for the NATO Support and Procurement Agency as part of the Alliance Future Surveillance and Control (AFSC) programme.

Steadicopter unveils its latest RUAV: Black Eagle 50 Electric

Steadicopter, a leader in the Rotary Unmanned Aerial Systems (RUAS) industry, has unveiled the Black Eagle 50 Electric - the newest model in its RUAV family - powered by electric motors, and designed for a wide range of law enforcement, maritime, civilian and covert missions.

Lockheed Martin awards $10.9B US Air Force F-22 modernization contract

Lockheed Martin Corp., Fort Worth, Texas, has been awarded a $10,863,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for Advanced Raptor Enhancement & Sustainment (ARES) for the F-22 Program Office.

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