September 2021 news

Defense Aviation and Aerospace Industry


France: a call for projects for the automation of aircraft inspection

Following the call for projects, around twenty applications were received. The initiative aims to provide innovative solutions to improve maintenance. Aircraft maintenance requires regular inspection of its coatings as well as regular checks on the integrity of the internal structure of certain critical points by means of so-called "non-destructive testing" operations. These are time-consuming and potentially dangerous tasks for operators.

Northrop Grumman Australia delivers Triton NITE capability ahead of schedule

Northrop Grumman Australia has successfully delivered the Triton Network Integration Test Environment (NITE) to the Commonwealth of Australia ahead of schedule, marking another milestone in the Australian MQ-4C Triton program.

Belgian Air Component familiarizes with MQ-9B SkyGuardian UAS

From 2023, four MQ-9B SkyGuardians will be stationed at Florennes Air Base, in Belgium. Some Air Component technicians were able to familiarize themselves with these new unmanned aircraft in Waddington.

Russia to boost range of Orion-E drone with satellite link

The latest Orion-E reconnaissance drone will be capable of operating at a far greater range after it gets satellite communications, Kronshtadt Company CEO Sergei Bogatikov told TASS on September 2.

Leonardo new MAIR threat warning system for aircraft goes into series production

Leonardo’s new MAIR (Multi Aperture InfraRed) threat warning system has gone into series production, with manufacturing underway on an initial batch of dozens of units for installation on helicopters including the Italian Army’s LUH (Light Utility Helicopter), based on the AW169M.

Hensoldt PrecISR airborne surveillance radar ordered by CAE Aviation

Sensor solutions specialist Hensoldt will supply its new airborne multi-mission surveillance radar PrecISR to one of the biggest airborne surveillance providers, CAE-Aviation, Luxembourg. Hensoldt was awarded a contract to deliver one PrecISR 1000 until year-end to CAE Aviation for installation underneath a King Air Beechcraft B350 aircraft for an undisclosed customer. 

Kazan Helicopter Plant completion development of Mi-8MTV-5M helicopter

The Kazan Helicopter Plant (KVZ, a subsidiary of Rostec’s Russian Helicopters) has completed a research-and-development (R&D) work to design the upgraded Mil-Mi-8MTV-5M utility helicopter, according to the press department of the Russian Helicopters.

Russian MoD to reconfigure Tu-214ON aircraft after Open Skies treaty withdrawal

The Russian Ministry of Defense (MoD) is planning to reconfigure its Tu-214ON ('ON' for Open Skies), which were previously operated under the Open Skies Treaty, will be reconfigured at the Kazan Aviation Plant (KAZ, a subsidiary of the United Aircraft Corporation), according to Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu.

L3Harris awarded contract for AN/ALQ-172 Countermeasures Program and modernization

L3 Harris, Clifton, New Jersey, has been awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract in the amount of $947,292,440 for the AN/ALQ-172 Countermeasures Program and modernization.

US Army carried out flight tests with new HMD for AH-64E Apache helicopter

PEO Aviation’s Apache Sensors Product Office in coordination with Redstone Test Center (RTC), the Future Vertical Lift- Cross Functional Team (FVL CFT), and a commercial vendor, successfully executed flight demonstrations July 13 through August 4 at Redstone Army Airfield, to display the next possible generation of helicopter cockpit technology.

Northrop Grumman and Martin UAV conduct successful flight test for Future Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System

Northrop Grumman Corporation and Martin UAV (a Shield AI company) have completed successful flight testing of a V-BAT unmanned aircraft system (UAS) with new features including GPS-denied navigation and target designation capabilities.

M1 Support Services awarded contract for T‐38 Aircraft Maintenance Program

M1 Support Services, Denton, Texas, was awarded a $26,417,252 modification to contract (FA4890-16-C-0012) for the T‐38 Aircraft Maintenance Program.

Kazakhstan orders two Airbus A400M airlifters

On September 1st, Airbus Defence announced that the Republic of Kazakhstan has ordered two Airbus A400M.

Russian defense contractor working on upgrading Tor air defense missile system

The Izhevsk-based Kupol Electromechanical Plant (part of the Almaz-Antey aerospace defense conglomerate) is working on upgrading and improving the basic combat properties of the Tor air defense missile system, Company CEO Fanil Ziyatdinov told TASS.

Russian R-27 air-to-air missiles to rejoin global market

Russia’s largest manufacturer of air-launched weapons, Tactical Missiles Corporation (KTRV), has commenced modernizing the R-27 family of air-to-air missiles (AAMs), according to the portfolio of the corporation.

New agreement on FCAS, Future Combat Air System

On the 30th of August 2021, the French Minister of Defense, Mrs. Florence PARLY met with the German Minister of Defense, Mrs. Annegret KRAMP-KARRENBAUER and the Spanish State Secretary for Defense, Mrs. Esperanza CASTELEIRO LLAMAZARES. On this occasion, they have signed the third implementing arrangement of the NGWS/FCAS (Next Generation Weapon System within a Future Combat Air System) programme, which frames its activities over the period 2021-2027.

US-made A-29 Super Tucano aircraft officially inducted into Nigerian Air Force

U.S. Department of Defense leaders attended the A-29 Super Tucano induction ceremony, hosted by Nigerian Minister of Defence Bashir Salihi Magashi and the Nigerian Air Force, on August 31.

Sentient Vision Systems and Airborne Technologies GmbH to produce ViDAR SCAR-Pods

Australian company Sentient Vision Systems and Austrian company Airborne Technologies GmbH are designing and building new search and surveillance pods to carry Sentient’s ViDAR (Visual Detection and Ranging) optical radar.

US and Australian Forces strengthen coalition air dominance in Red Flag-Alaska 21-3

Red Flag-Alaska 21-3 concluded at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson Aug. 27, strengthening interoperability and showcasing air dominance in the Indo-Pacific region.

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