October 2021 news

Defense Aviation and Aerospace Industry


B-1B Lancers deploy in support of Pacific Air Forces Bomber Task Force mission

U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancers and approximately 200 Airmen deployed from the 28th Bomb Wing, Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., to Naval Support Facility Diego Garcia to support Pacific Air Forces’ Bomber Task Force missions, recently.

F-15EX undergoes first operational test mission at Nellis AFB

The F-15EX is undergoing its first-ever operational test mission paired with F-15Cs and F-15Es at Nellis Air Force Base Oct. 18-25.

Scorpius T AESA EW threat simulator debuts at exercise Blue Flag 2021

Israel Aerospace Industries' (IAI) subsidiary, ELTA, unveils the Training Scorpius (Scorpius T) system participating in the Blue Flag 2021 military exercise- the first use of the system in an international military exercise.

US Air Force names Leonardo DRS for range IDIQ support effort contract

Leonardo DRS announced on October 22 that it has been awarded a position on a U.S. Air Force contract to build range electronic warfare threat systems for combat training, under the Range Indefinite-delivery/Indefinite-quantity Support Effort (RISE). The contract is worth up to $950 million over five years.

Israel Aerospace Industries unveils new communication satellite capabilities

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), in the days leading up to the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) which will be held in Dubai between October 25-29 (IAI will be at Booth HB50), has unveiled a new concept for a communication satellite by introducing the MCS – a Mini Communication Satellite.

US Air Force Materiel Command reaches IOC as servicing major command for US Space Force

The Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC) declared Initial Operational Capability for its support to the U.S. Space Force (USSF) on Oct. 1, 2021. The IOC milestone means AFMC is well on its way to fully supporting the Space Force as its Servicing Major Command for Space Force-assigned Airmen.

Kyrgyzstan buys Turkish Bayraktar TB2 UCAVs

Kamchybek Tashiev, the deputy prime minister of Kyrgyzstan and chairperson of the State Committee for National Security, said that they placed an order to buy Turkish Bayraktar TB2 UCAVs.

Bell completes first Bahrain AH-1Z Viper attack helicopter

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. company, celebrated the completion of the first AH-1Z Viper attack helicopter for the Kingdom of Bahrain on Sept. 30. Bell delivered the first of 12 production aircraft to Naval Air Systems Command as part of the 2019 foreign military sales (FMS) contract. Foreign military sales of the AH-1Z bring the advanced, dedicated capabilities of the aircraft directly to international operators and help increase interoperability and amplify effectiveness of allied forces. The helicopter will be prepared for shipment to Bahrain with the Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) before being transported to Bahrain in 2022.

Kongsberg awarded MNOK 3 950 contract to supply Joint Strike Missile to Norway fleet of F-35A

Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace AS (KONGSBERG) was awarded a contract with the Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency (NDMA) to supply the Joint Strike Missile (JSM) for Norway’s fleet of F-35A Lightning II fighter aircrafts.

Leonardo AWHero achieves world first military certification for a Rotary UAS in its category

Leonardo’s leading-edge AWHero RUAS (Rotary Uncrewed Aerial System) has received basic military certification from Italy’s DAAA (Direzione degli Armamenti Aeronautici e per l’Aeronavigabilità), the Directorate for Air Armaments and Airworthiness. This achievement marks the world’s first military certification for a RUAS in the 200kg class.

Israel Aerospace Industries ADA system integrated into advanced IAF airborne platforms

Israel Aerospace Industries’ (IAI) innovative ADA Anti-Jam GPS System, designed to protect GPS/GNSS navigation from jamming, has been integrated into advanced platforms used by the Israeli Air Force (IAF), including into F-16 fighter jets and various types of UAS. The ADA System has demonstrated operational maturity and is in use by a number of international customers on various airborne, land, and marine platforms. ADA is combat-proven in providing immunity against GPS jammers, most recently demonstrating its effectiveness in ‘Operation Guardian of the Walls’ last May.

UK: Royal Air Force's Typhoons jets join Israeli Exercise Blue Flag 21

According to information published by the Royal Air Force on October 21, 2021, an RAF detachment of Typhoon jets has joined units from several countries for a complex multi-national flying exercise designed to test aircrew skills to their limits.

Mil and Kamov modify Mi-8/17 helicopters - Part 2

Russia has designed another modification of the famous Mil Mi-8/17: the Mi-8AMTSh-VN. It was developed from Mi-8AMTSh. The prototype was for the first time demonstrated to the public at MAKS-2017 airshow. Mi-8AMTSh is equipped with two sliding doors and additional hatches to facilitate the landing of assault.

General Atomics delivers two MQ-9A Reapers to US Marine Corps

According to a press release published by General Atomics on October 20, 2021, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI) completed the transfer of two MQ-9A Reaper Block 5 Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) to the U.S. Marine Corps.

Turkish Aerospace Industries delivers first Aksungur UAV to Turkish navy

According to Daily Sabah, the Turkish military on Wednesday, October 20, received the first Aksungur, a domestically produced medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), the top defense body head said.

Mil and Kamov modify Mi-8/17 helicopters - Part 1

The Mil and Kamov helicopter center completed the R&D to upgrade Mi-8MTV-5-1 helicopter. The Russian Helicopters Holding said the upgraded rotorcraft meets all modern requirements of the army aviation, TASS reports. Close to 100 Mi-8 modifications have been produced since the 1960s. The helicopter is exported to over 80 countries. The mi-8 design was so successful that its production and upgrade did not stop.

HENSOLDT will be present at the International Astronautical Congress 2021 in Dubai

According to a press release published by Hensoldt on October 20, 2021, the European cutting-edge technology centre with regards to designing, developing, producing, and testing space optronics and radar electronics solutions, will be present at The International Astronautical Congress 2021, in Dubai.For more information, please visit HENSOLDT at Dubai World Trade Centre, booth No. H8-12, from October 25-29.

ADEX 2021: Northrop Grumman to cooperate with Korean firms for JSTARS-K

According to a press release published by Northrop Grumman on October 19, 2021, Northrop Grumman Corporation signed cooperative agreements with LIG Nex1 and Huneed as the company develops its Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System – Korea (JSTARS-K) solution for the Republic of Korea’s Joint Moving Target Surveillance and Control Aircraft (JMTSCA) requirement.

BAE Systems and Sierra Nevada Corporation open architecture signals intelligence technology selected for first phase of US Air Force GHOST program

The U.S. Air Force has awarded the BAE Systems-Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) team a contract to provide a prototype design for the next-generation open architecture signals intelligence (SIGINT) technology under its Global High-altitude Open-system Sensor Technology (GHOST) program. The award continues BAE Systems, Inc.’s development efforts to provide full-spectrum awareness and actionable intelligence with a SIGINT sensor design.

ADEX 2021: Korea Aerospace Industries showcases Korea Aerospace Industries showcases KAI KF-21 Boramae fighter aircraft

Korea Aerospace Industries has showcased its future KAI KF-21 Boramae fighter aircraft at ADEX 2021, Seoul Aerospace defense Exhibition that held in South Korea.

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