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September 2021 news

Defense Aviation and Aerospace Industry


Italy joins UK development of next-generation Eurofighter Typhoon radar

Italy has joined the UK’s development of the new European Common Radar System Mark 2 (ECRS Mk2) radar for the Eurofighter Typhoon. The first stage of collaboration, to take place this Autumn, will see a team of engineers from Leonardo’s Nerviano, Milan-based radar site join the Mk2 development team at Leonardo’s Edinburgh site.

Collins Aerospace MS-177 ISR sensor now supporting RQ-4B Global Hawk operational missions

The United States Air Force (USAF) recently completed its first RQ-4B Global Hawk Block 30 unmanned aerial system (UAS) operational mission carrying Collins Aerospace’s MS-177 multi-spectral imaging (MSI) sensor. The MS-177 long range wide area multi-spectral imaging (MSI) sensor enhances the Global Hawk’s ISR mission capabilities by providing greater standoff range and more actionable intelligence to address challenges and achieve overmatch on the battlefield.

Finnish Air Force to start Ruska 21 exercise in October

The Finnish Air Force will organize the Ruska 21 air operation exercise from October 4 to October 9. 50 aircraft and about 3,300 people from all over Finland will take part in the year's main war exercise in the defense branch. The Swedish Air Force is also involved in the exercise.

US Navy upgrades adversary tactical fighter improving safety, readiness

The Navy’s Specialized and Proven Aircraft program office (PMA-226) recently delivered the first F-5N aircraft to Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md. to begin ground and flight test of the F-5 block upgrade prototype project. Aligned with the Navy’s strategic imperative of increasing capability and enhancing lethality, the newly redesigned tactical fighters will include features found on modern aircraft that improve both safety and readiness.

MQ-25 conducts first air-to-air refueling with F-35C

The Navy’s Unmanned Carrier Aviation (PMA-268) program completed its first aerial refueling of an F-35C Lightning II aircraft by the Boeing-owned MQ-25 test asset, known as T1, as part of the Navy’s broader initiative to field unmanned systems that transform and enhance the fleet’s capability, capacity and lethality.

Lockheed Martin unveils LMXT strategic tanker

Lockheed Martin introduces the LMXT as America's next strategic tanker. Offered in response to the U.S. Air Force's KC-Y Program, the LMXT represents the newest chapter in Lockheed Martin's 60+ year history of producing and delivering tanker and cargo aircraft for the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Navy and multiple operators around the world.

GA-ASI flies MQ-9A UAS in the Canadian Arctic

In a flight that originated from its Flight Test and Training Center (FTTC) near Grand Forks, N.D., General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) flew a company-owned MQ-9A “Big Wing” configured Unmanned Aircraft System north through Canadian airspace past the 78th parallel.

Russian Defense Ministry may consider purchase of Checkmate fighter

Russia’s Defense Ministry may consider the purchase of single-engine Checkmate fighters under a future state program for armaments, Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov told the media on the sidelines of the Tyumen Oil and Gas Forum.

ZALA 421-16E5G hybrid UAV performs 12 hours flight

Hybrid UAV ZALA 421-16E5G performed flight, which lasted more than 12 hours and covered a distance of more than 1,130 kilometers.

BriteCloud test programme with US Air National Guard races towards final stages

Upcoming flight trials set to pave the way for a procurement decision on Leonardo’s expendable active decoy by the United States Government. BriteCloud is a world-first countermeasure technology which uses miniaturized jamming to protect combat aircraft from incoming missiles. Designed and built in the UK, BriteCloud has seen service with the Royal Air Force.

£400m investment for the Royal Air Force

The UK's Chinook helicopters will be enhanced with state-of-the-art defensive systems, while the RAF's C-17 Globemaster fleet will receive a software and hardware upgrade.

BAE Systems and Malloy Aeronautics to explore the development of an all-electric heavy lift UAS

BAE Systems and Malloy Aeronautics have announced plans to explore the development of an all-electric ‘heavy lift’ uncrewed air system (UAS) as a potential new solution to deliver cost-effective, sustainable rapid response capability to military, security and civilian customers.

Leonardo contracts next stage of Tempest flight test aircraft Excalibur

Leonardo has placed the latest in a series of contracts with UK-based aviation services company 2Excel to commence the next stage of the Tempest flight test aircraft (FTA) programme.

Belarus tests new radars during exercise at Ashuluk range

The Belarusian military has tested new radars during an exercise at the Ashuluk range in the Astrakhan Region, Russia, according to State Military-Industrial Committee (Goskomvoenprom).

UAV Corp announces successful pre-flight testing of DATT MA 600 hybrid electric airship prototype under US Air Force AFWERX

UAV Corp’s Skyborne Technology (STI), Research in Flight (RIF) as Prime contractor, Auburn University and Gulf Coast State College have successfully tested the pre-flight systems of the U.S. Air Force AFWERX program prototype the DATT MA 600 (Detachable Airship from a Tether Technology) Hybrid Electric Extended Range Airship with Modular Payload (e2RAMP) under the 1St phase of the Air Force AFWERX contract. With initial buoyancy modifications, multiple test flights are planned for later this month.

USA: CH-53K King Stallion logs first successful fleet mission

The US Marine Cops CH-53K King Stallion successfully recovered a US Navy MH-60S Knighthawk helicopter from Mount Hogue in the White Mountains of California on Sunday, September 5. The two-day operation was the first official fleet mission for the US Marine Corps’ new heavy lift capability, which is in the midst of Initial Operational Test and Evaluation with Marine Operational Test and Evaluation Squadron One (VMX-1) at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Ca.

Royal Air Force next-generation Remotely Piloted Aircraft takes to UK skies

A pre-production example of the UK’s new Protector aircraft has taken to the UK skies as part of preparations for the arrival of Protector to RAF Waddington. The air station has been selected as the home of the Protector International Training Centre, as part of a £94 million investment into infrastructure improvements to assist with housing the aircraft ahead of its entry into service in 2024.

Northrop Grumman demonstrates Next Generation Electronic Warfare and radar interoperability at Northern Lightning

Making its first test flight, the Northrop Grumman Corporation Next Generation Electronic Warfare (NGEW) system joined the AN/APG-83 Scalable Agile Beam Radar (SABR) at Exercise Northern Lightning. NGEW and SABR demonstrated full interoperability in a realistic and contested electromagnetic spectrum environment.

BAE Systems to provide Identification Friend-or-Foe Technology for E-2D Hawkeye

The U.S. Navy has awarded BAE Systems a $26 million contract for Identification Friend-or-Foe (IFF) spares for the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft. Under the contract, BAE Systems will provide Beamforming Networks (BFNs), an integral part of antenna control for the AN/APX-122A IFF Interrogator system, onboard the carrier-capable tactical aircraft.

Bulgaria and USA practice low-level tactical flights and airdrop drills in exercise Thracian Summer 21

Bulgarian and American service members participated in the air exercise Thracian Summer 2021, August 17 – September 7. The exercise allowed both Allies to test their interoperability and demonstrate their capability.

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