October 2021 news

Defense Aviation and Aerospace Industry


Saab opens new T-7A Red Hawk facility in US

Saab announced the grand opening of its new facility located in West Lafayette, Indiana on October 13, 2021. This purpose-built facility represents a major step in both Saab’s global expansion strategy and growth and investment in the U.S.

US Military delivers advanced UAS to Philippine Air Force

The U.S. military turned over four ScanEagle Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) worth Php200 million ($4 million) to the Philippine Air Force (PAF) during a ceremony at the Clark Air Base in Mabalacat City, Pampanga on October 13. These platforms will provide additional capabilities in unmanned Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance (ISR), and in support of counterterrorism, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief efforts.

Numerica Spyglass radar selected to support US Army C-sUAS High Energy Laser prototype program

Numerica Corporation, a market leader in air and missile technologies, has been selected as a strategic partner by Liteye Systems to support the development of the U.S. Army Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies Office’s (RCCTO) new counter small unmanned aircraft systems (C-sUAS) High Energy Laser (HEL) program.

GA-ASI completes demos of MQ-9B SeaGuardian RPA in Europe

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. (GA-ASI) completed a series of flight demonstrations that featured a company-owned MQ-9B SeaGuardian Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) in partnership with the Royal Air Force (RAF). The demonstration series began Aug. 25 and ended with the completion of the UK’s Exercise Joint Warrior on Sept. 30.

Northrop Grumman announces expansion in Huntsville to support US Air Force Ground Based Strategic Deterrent program

Northrop Grumman Corporation has opened a new facility in Huntsville to support the U.S. Air Force’s Ground Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD) program, adding new jobs to the region and expanding its role supporting critical national security and civil space programs in the state.

US Air Force awards Exosonic contract for supersonic UAV concept with adversary air mission potential

Low boom supersonic transport company Exosonic, Inc. is proud to announce a Direct to Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract award from the US Air Force (USAF). The contract will fund the development of a low boom supersonic uncrewed aerial vehicle (UAV) demonstrator. Awarded by the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center’s AFWERX, the contract is in partnership with Air Combat Command and the Air Force Research Laboratory, and the Presidential and Executive Airlift Directorate.

Citadel Defense expands counter drone capabilities

Citadel Defense has expanded their intelligence and counter-unmanned aircraft systems offering with a suite of new solutions under the Titan brand. The Titan family of CUAS solutions are designed to keep the U.S. military ahead of the threat curve through industry-leading autonomy, artificial intelligence and machine learning.

US Navy and JMSDF helicopter squadrons conduct bi-lateral exercises

Aircrews from the “Warlords” of sHelicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 51 and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) “Mighty 59” of Air Development Squadron (VX) 51 conducted bi-lateral exercises, Sept. 14.

Eglin test squadron releases GBU-72 for first time

While cruising over the Eglin Air Force Base range, a 96th Test Wing F-15E Strike Eagle released a GBU-72 Advanced 5K Penetrator at 35,000 feet Oct. 7.

Royal Air Force conducts exercise in Egypt for first time in twenty years

Royal Air Force (RAF) 's Typhoons currently deployed in the Eastern Mediterranean have taken part in the first exercise for 20 years with the Egyptian Air Force flying over Egypt.

Telos Corporation awarded $19.4M task order by the US Air Force for Xacta cyber risk management solution

Telos Corporation, a leading provider of cyber, cloud and enterprise security solutions for the world’s most security-conscious organizations, announced on October 11 that it was awarded a $19.4 million expansion task order by the U.S. Air Force for the cyber risk management solution, Xacta.

Kronstadt Group developing control post for Okhotnik attack UAV

The Kronstadt Group is developing a ground-based control post for the advanced S-70 Okhotnik unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), Director of the Ground-Based Control Post Department and Chief Designer of the group Denis Yevstafyev said in an interview with the Zvezda TV channel.

BAE Systems successfully tests APKWS laser-guided rockets against UAS

BAE Systems, Inc. has successfully tested APKWS laser-guided rockets in precision strike tests against Class 2 Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) at Yuma Proving Grounds. The 2.75” test rockets combined standard M151 warheads and Mk66 motors with APKWS precision guidance kits and a newly developed proximity fuze – enabling them to engage and destroy airborne drones at a fraction of the cost of traditional counter-UAS (C-UAS) strike capabilities.

Boeing showcases arctic drone technology in Denmark during ArcticX2021

In mid-October, UAS Denmark Test Center, one of Northern Europe’s leading hubs for drone technology development, is hosting ArcticX2021 – a large-scale international demonstration of a new high-tech surveillance system for remote monitoring of the Arctic. The system has been developed by the IDG consortium with participation from, amongst others, Boeing’s drone company, Insitu.

Airbus Zephyr solar High Altitude Platform System reaches new heights in successful flights

The Airbus Zephyr S completes a successful 2021 test flight campaign in the United States. The final Airbus solar-powered High Altitude Platform System (HAPS) flight touched down on 13th September in Arizona, USA, ending the most ambitious and successful Zephyr flight campaign to date.

F-35B Lightnings conduct air-to-air refuelling from a US Navy Super Hornet for the first time

F-35B Lightnings from 617 Squadron have conducted Air-to-Air Refuelling from a US Navy F/A-18E Super Hornet for the first time. The 617 Squadron jets are currently embarked aboard the Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth as part of the Carrier Strike Group 21 deployment to the Indo-Pacific Region. The refuelling occurred during exercises with the US Navy aircraft carriers USS Ronald Reagan and USS Carl Vinson in the Pacific region.

Orion UAV can perform ice reconnaissance in the Arctic

The cutting-edge Orion unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) developed by Kronshtadt will be able to perform ice reconnaissance in the Arctic and the Antarctic, CEO of the drone developer Sergei Bogatikov told TASS in an interview.

US approves foreign military sale of MH-60R multi-mission helicopters and related defense services to Australia

The US State Department has made a determination approving a possibleForeign Military Sale to the Government of Australia of MH-60R Multi-Mission Helicopters, Related Defense Services, and related equipment for an estimated cost of $985 million. 

GA-ASI Implementing MOSA for Gray Eagle ER Inc. 2

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) is working with the U.S. Army to develop a Modular Open Systems Approach (MOSA) for the Multi-Domain Operations (MDO)-capable Gray Eagle Extended Range (GE-ER) Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS). Incorporating MOSA on GE-ER Increment 2 spans the entire system, including the aircraft and the Command and Control (C2) software suite. The implementation of MOSA will provide multiple new standards for C2, Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE), Open Mission Systems (OMS), Universal Armament Interface (UAI), as well as further segregating the Flight/Mission systems’ hardware and software.

Hensoldt develops Kalaetron Attack, multifunctional jammer to counter new threats

Sensor solutions provider Hensoldt has achieved a far-reaching technological leap in the advancement of technologies to control the electromagnetic spectrum. Combining artificial intelligence, digitisation, Active Electronically Scanning Array (AESA) and 3D printing technologies, Hensoldt has developed a multi-function jamming system ('jammer') called 'Kalaetron Attack' that can actively jam enemy radars in an extremely wide frequency band, but can also be used passively as a reconnaissance sensor.


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