October 2021 news

Defense Aviation and Aerospace Industry


Six contenders for Royal Malaysian Air Force light combat aircraft tender

The Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) is looking to purchase new Fighter Lead‐In Trainer/Light Combat Aircraft (FLIT/LCA) within the next three years, according to Air Force Chief General Ackbal Abdul Samad. Samad said that under the RMAF Capability Development Plan 2055 (CAP55), the service plans to procure 36 FLIT/LCA aircraft in two steps. The new LCA will provide support to the current Boeing F/A-18D Hornet and Sukhoi Su-30MKM fighter aircraft.

Indian Navy receives 11th Boeing P-8I Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft

Boeing is continuing to expand the Indian Navy’s long-range maritime reconnaissance anti-submarine warfare capabilities with the delivery of the country’s 11th P-8I. The patrol aircraft is an integral part of the Indian Navy’s fleet and has surpassed 30,000 flight hours since it was inducted in 2013.

Angola may be interested by Turkish Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

According to information published by The Toys Matrix on October 19, 2021, Angola has requested to acquire Turkish-made Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), which could be the Bayraktar TB2, sales success already sold at Morocco, Poland, or Ukraine.

Collins Aerospace offers upgrades to keep C-130 flying for decades to come

From cargo to refueling, troop transport to aerial firefighting, the venerable Lockheed Martin C-130 Hercules has been the workhorse of the military aviation world for decades. After entering service with the U.S. Air Force in 1956, the C-130 was quickly adopted by other nations around the world. With approximately 1,000 C-130’s in service with U.S. operators and 1,100 internationally, it’s the longest continuously produced military aircraft at over 65 years and counting.

Finnish Air Force to participate in Luftförsvarsövning 21 in Sweden

The Finnish Air Force will deploy F/A-18 Hornet multi-role fighters and Hawk jet trainers to the Swedish Air Force's Luftförsvarsövning 21 (LFÖ 21) exercise on 21–27 October 2021.

US Air Force looking for a new Advanced Tactical Trainer aircraft

On October 12, the US Air Force posted a request for information (RFI) for a new Advanced Tactical Trainer. The RFI concerns at least 100 aircraft. 

Hensoldt to showcase sensor solutions at ADEX 2021

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

Turkey may buy Russian latest military aircraft if US refuses to sell F-16 fighters

Turkey is still ready to consider purchasing Russian-made Su-35 and Su-57 fighter jets, if Ankara fails to reach agreement with Washington on the delivery of US F-16 fighters, Head of Turkey’s Defense Industry Ismail Demir said on October 18.

US Air Mobility Command approves F-15, F-16 receivers as third KC-46 ICR milestone

Gen. Mike Minihan, commander of US Air Mobility Command, approved a third Interim Capability Release (ICR) mission set for the KC-46A Pegasus on Oct. 13, 2021.  

Boeing delivers the 11th P-8I maritime patrol aircraft to Indian Navy

Boeing is continuing to expand the Indian Navy’s long-range maritime reconnaissance anti-submarine warfare capabilities with the delivery of the country’s 11th P-8I. The patrol aircraft is an integral part of the Indian Navy’s fleet and has surpassed 30,000 flight hours since it was inducted in 2013.

Indian Air Force receives three Rafale fighter jets

Three more Indian Air Force's  Rafale fihter jets arrived in India on October 13, taking total deliveries to 29. With 17 Squadron in Ambala topped up with its 18 airframes, 101 Squadron now has 11 airframes, with 7 left to be delivered to complete the total order for 36.

Royal Air Force Typhoons conduct expeditionary combat air operations in Middle East

RAF Typhoons based in the Eastern Mediterranean conducted Expeditionary Combat air operations from a temporary base in the Middle East as a proof of concept.

Russian Su-25 crews relocate from Kyrgyzstan to Tajikistan to participate in Interaction 2021 exercise

Unit of Su-25 attack aircraft of the Russian joint military base Kant, located in Kyrgyzstan, relocated to Tajikistan to participate in a joint exercise of the Collective Rapid Reaction Force (CRRF) of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) Interaction 2021.

MIG Corporation completed MiG-29 components delivery to Bulgaria

Russian Aircraft Corporation “MiG” (as part of PJSC”UAC” of “ROSTEC” State Corporation) completed the implementation of contracts for the supply of component parts required to maintain the serviceability of MiG-29 aircraft fleet of Bulgarian Air Force ahead of schedule

Over 70 Su-57 fighters to enter operational service with Russian troops by 2027

Over 70 Su-57 fifth-generation fighter jets will be delivered to Russian troops by 2027, including several aircraft this year, the state tech corporation Rostec announced on October 14.

Pakistan Army Air Defence commissions chinese HQ-9/P air defense missile system

On October 14, HQ-9/P HIMADS (High to Medium Air Defence System) were commissioned into Pakistan Army Air Defence.

Boeing accredited to maintain Chinooks for Royal Netherlands Air Force

Boeing recently obtained maintenance accreditation in the Netherlands to provide Chinook phase maintenance, which includes regular scheduled inspections and maintenance, for the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) fleet of CH-47D Chinooks. Boeing also has Netherlands accreditation for the AH-64D Apache helicopter.

Russian and Serbian pilots holding joint drills in Serbia

The Russian-Serbian Bars 2021 joint tactical exercise has started in Serbia [on October 13], the press office of Russia’s Defense Ministry said.

Archytas, Greek VTOL UAV presented during Parmenion exercise

A prototype of Archytas, the first Greek VTOL fixed drone wings with the name was presented to deputy minister of national defense Nikolaos Chardalias during the interdisciplinary exercise "Parmenion 2021".

Echodyne announces EchoShield new longer-range 4D radar

Echodyne, the radar platform company, announced the newest addition to its market-leading portfolio of radars - EchoShield. Designed from the ground-up to set a new price-performance standard for mid-range radars, EchoShield is an advanced software-defined multi-mission radar for a wide variety of commercial, defense, and government use cases.

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