September 2021 news

Defense Aviation and Aerospace Industry


Airbus delivers first UH-72B Lakota helicopter to US Army National Guard

Airbus Helicopters, Inc. has delivered the first UH-72B, the latest variant of its Lakota helicopter, to the U.S. Army National Guard from its production facility in Columbus, Mississippi. This delivery is the first of 18 UH-72B Lakota helicopters currently on order to support the National Guard’s critical missions.

Sikorsky-Boeing delivers Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft proposal early to US Army

On September 7, the Sikorsky-Boeing team released the following statement on the early submittal of the proposal for DEFIANT X for the U.S. Army’s Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft (FLRAA).

Finnish Air Force practices air-to-air refueling exercise with US Air Force

Finnish Air Force F/A-18 Hornets will train with a United States Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker aerial refueling aircraft on 7–9 September 2021.

Argentine Air Force receives first Beechcraft TC-12B Huron

The Argentine Air Force has received its first Beechcraft TC-12B/UC-12B HURONs, which arrived at I Air Brigade in El Palomar on 25 August. A total of ten aircraft is planned for this acquisition which is valued around 16.6 millon dollars.

BAE Systems selected by DARPA to design a full scale demonstrator concept with Active Flow Control at its core

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) awarded the contract to BAE Systems to design a full scale demonstrator concept with Active Flow Control at its core. The aircraft’s ability to maneuver in flight without conventional flight control surfaces will enable improved performance, maintainability, and survivability.

Turkish Air Force receives first KC-135R upgraded to Block 45 standard

The Turkish Ministry of  Defense announced that the first KC-135R Block 45 aircraft, whose modernization has been completed, has been delivered.

Belarus ramps up modernization of R-27 air-to-air missiles

The Belarussian defense industry is ramping up modernization and refurbishment of Vympel R-27 (NATO reporting name: AA-10 Alamo) air-to-air missiles, the country’s State Military-Industrial Committee (Goskomvoenprom) reported on September 7.

Multiple test objectives accomplished during Northern Lightning 2021 exercise

F-16s from the 85th Test and Evaluation Squadron and Operational Flight Program Combined Test Force returned to Eglin AFB August 20, 2021, after completing a successful capstone exercise in Wisconsin. The two squadrons worked hand-in-hand during Northern Lightning 2021 where the team introduced the latest F-16 software in a Large Force Exercise, and accomplished multiple test objectives including the integration of Lockheed Martin’s Legion Pod equipped with Infrared Search and Tracking System technology.

F-15E completes first successful maritime JDAM test

An 85th Test and Evaluation Squadron F-15E Strike Eagle demonstrated maritime GBU-31 Joint Direct Attack Munition release over the Gulf of Mexico Aug. 26.

No foreign applications for Checkmate yet

No foreign applications for the Russian light tactical Checkmate fighter jet have arrived so far, Director of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSVTS) Dmitry Shugaev told reporters.

Russia ready to supply China with new Su-35 fighters

Russia is ready to partner with China in the supply of Sukhoi Su-35 multipurpose combat aircraft, Director of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation Dmitry Shugaev told reporters at the Eastern Economic Forum (EEF-2021).

Kratos Air Wolf Tactical Drone System completes successful flight

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. announced that its Air Wolf Tactical Drone System completed a 100 percent successful flight at the recently approved Burns Flat, Oklahoma Range Facility. The Kratos Air Wolf Mission, which was the inaugural flight at the Burns Flat Range location, included multiple new payloads carried by the Air Wolf Drone, including a proprietary Kratos artificial intelligence/autonomy system, which has been developed by Kratos specifically for high performance, jet drone aircraft.

Thales begins flight test campaign for FlytX avionics suite

The latest generation FlytX avionics suite made its first test flight on board a Cabri helicopter this summer. The test campaign will continue until 2022 to test and optimise the suite's functionality.

Atkins and Siemens to support Aeralis in implementation of its digital enterprise to deliver modular aircraft

AERALIS, the transformational British Military jet developer, has today marked another key milestone in the development of its pioneering modular military aircraft, entering into strategic agreements with Atkins, a Member of the SNC-Lavalin Group, and Siemens Digital Industries Software. These agreements have been put in place to provide unmatched access to established UK aerospace resources, as well as accelerate digital transformation to become a fully integrated digital enterprise. Together these partnerships will provide AERALIS with the people and processes to develop its aircraft at pace.

A fifth A330 Phenix for French Air and Space Army

Thursday, September 2, 2021 marks the reception of a new A330 Phénix by the French Air and Space Army at the "Charles Monier" Air Base 125 in Istres.

India and US sign project agreement for air-launched UAV

Under the auspices of the U.S.-India Defense Technology and Trade, the U.S. Air Force has signed an agreement for joint development of Air Launched UAVs with India’s Defence Research and Development Organization. The milestone agreement is the first such technical project agreement under the DTTI for joint cooperative research and co-development activities. The DTTI, which began in in 2012, aims to utilize both countries’ top-tier capabilities, talent and resources to jointly develop defense technology as part of a growing bilateral defense partnership.

GA-ASI demonstrates Airborne Manned-Unmanned Teaming using MQ-20 Avenger

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI) continues to advance new levels of autonomous control for unmanned aircraft, successfully completing an airborne Manned-Unmanned Teaming (MUM-T) demonstration on Aug. 25, 2021 pairing a company-owned MQ-20 Avenger with a modified King Air 200 as a surrogate for 4th- and 5th-generation tactical fighters.

Rostec will supply four Arctic Mi-8AMTSh-VA to the Emergencies Ministry

Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant (U-UAZ) of the Russian Helicopters holding and the Ministry of the Russian Federation for Civil Defense, Emergencies and Elimination of Consequences of Natural Disasters, within the framework of the Eastern Economic Forum, signed an agreement for the supply of four Mi-8AMTSh-VA Arctic helicopters.

Israel Aerospace Industries to produce F-16 wings for Lockheed Martin

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has resumed the production of F-16 wings for Lockheed Martin, using the assembly line established in the 1980s. IAI recently reopened the production line following increased worldwide demand for the F-16 Block 70/72. IAI will produce F-16 wings that will be shipped to the F-16 final assembly line in Greenville, South Carolina, USA.

India adapts Astra missile to Su-30MKI fighter jet

India has adapted the latest Astra guided air-to-air missile to Su-30MKI fighter jet, spokesman of the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) Narendra Kumar Aria told TASS.

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