AUGUST 2022 news

Defense Aviation and Aerospace Industry


Iran displays drones at Army forum in Russia

MOSCOW, August 31. /TASS-DEFENSE/. Iran displayed attack drones at Army-2022 forum, which the United States claims Russia wants to buy and engage in Ukraine. US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said Russia planned to procure several hundred Iranian combat drones. Tehran will train Russian operators and the first classes had to begin in July.

Kalaetron Integral - Hensoldt’s solution for high-performance SIGINT capabilities

In modern conflicts, the importance of signal intelligence has risen. It is recognized that signals intelligence plays a key role in predicting and countering enemy actions. SIGINT (signals intelligence) had been essential to connect the dots between a variety of often misleading or contradicting data. It is important to know for example, the difference between a military exercise in a border region and a build-up of forces designated for an invasion.

T-38 Talon Repair Inspection and Maintenance program launches

The T-38 Talon will undergo Talon Repair Inspection and Maintenance, or TRIM, modification to perform localized, depot-level maintenance to replace or repair key parts to keep these valuable training platforms mission ready.

Embraer C-390 Millennium gravel runway tests

Embraer C-390 Millennium completed the test to operate on semi-prepared gravel pavements runaway. 

AeroVironment introduces new Mantis I23 D multi-sensor imaging payload

AeroVironment, Inc., a global leader in intelligent, multi-domain robotic systems, introduced Mantis i23 D, a multi-sensor daytime imaging payload compatible with the Raven B small unmanned aircraft systems (SUAS). An enhanced daylight variant of its predecessor, the Mantis i23, Mantis i23 D maintains its ruggedized design and utilizes the same modular interface to allow for quick and simple swapping between payloads with no software updates required to the avionics or ground control systems.

Northrop Grumman Australia Team demonstrates Joint Air Battle Management Systems stewardship

Northrop Grumman Australia successfully completed a demonstration of a sovereign, fifth-generation Joint Air Battle Management System (JABMS) proposed solution supporting the Australian Defence Force.

Finnish Air Force retires L-70 Vinka trainer aircraft

The Valmet L-70 Vinka elementary school aircraft will retire from the Fnnish Air Force on September 1, 2022 after more than 40 years of service. The use of Vinka in the Air Force began in 1980.

Three more Akinci UCAVs enter Turkish inventory

Three more Akıncı UAVs, whose acceptance activities were carried out at Çorlu Airport Command, entered Tukish inventory.

B-52s dropped live bombs in northern Sweden during exercise

On 18 August, the Swedish Armed Forces (SwAF) conducted a combined joint exercise with the US Bomber Task Force and the Norwegian Air Force. Swedish JAS Gripen aircraft escorted a number of US B-52 Stratofortress across Swedish airspace. Ground units then indicated targets in the Vidsel exercise area in northern Sweden that were neutralised with live bombs, dropped by the B-52s.

Steadicopter and Viking Drone Packaging launch new capability for transporting critical equipment by air

Steadicopter - a leader in the Rotary Unmanned Aerial Systems (RUAS) industry - has announced its collaboration with UK-based Viking Drone Packaging - leading experts in the fields of packaging, UAS operations and the transport of dangerous goods - with the launch of a new capability for transporting critical equipment, including hazardous materials, by air. The multi-function payload container will be installed on the Black Eagle 50 E platform.

Togo acquires Bayraktar TB2 UCAV

Togo has acquired Bayraktar TB2 drones manufactured by Turkey, announces the 'Military Africa' website. The number of devices ordered is unknown, but the site explains that they will be used to combat jihadist infiltration from Burkina Faso. ‘Togo plans to use Turkish-made Bayraktar TB2s to monitor its northern part and support its fighting forces’.

Lockheed Martin Australia tests LVC training system

Lockheed Martin Australia’s Research and Development team, STELaRLab, in collaboration with the RAAF and the Defence Science Technology Group (DSTG), successfully tested Integrated Air and Missile Defence (IAMD) decision support capabilities using a live, virtual, constructive (LVC) training system.

AFRL partners with NASA, academia, industry on spacecraft flight experiment

The Air Force Research Laboratory Space Vehicles Directorate in collaboration with the Georgia Tech Research Institute, or GTRI, NASA and DuPont de Nemours, Inc., has a brand-new spacecraft materials experiment flying on the International Space Station.

Successful Meteor live firing with Gripen E

Saab recently conducted the first test firing with the advanced Meteor Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air Missile (BVRAAM) on Gripen E with a successful end-to-end result on the target.

An international exercise led by Belgian F-16s

On August 24, a "BOMBER TASK FORCE" exercise took place above Ramstein Air Base in Germany. This type of operation is carried out regularly in Europe to demonstrate NATO's unique ability to rapidly deploy its strategic forces at all times.

STARCOM executes first JNTC-accredited, largest SPACE FLAG exercise ever

Space Training and Readiness Command completed its first exercise iteration of SPACE FLAG (SPACE FLAG 22-3) since being accredited by the Joint Staff as a Joint National Training Capability.

Twenty-seven African nations come together for LNO Working Group

U.S. Air Forces Africa, along with the Botswana Defence Force, co-hosted the 5th annual Liaison Officer Working Group in Kasane, Botswana, August 22-26, 2022.

Brazil: AFA inaugurates T-4000 simulator for the instruction of aviator cadets

In Brazil, the Air Force Academy (AFA), located in Pirassununga (SP), inaugurated August 24 the modernized T-4000 simulator. The ceremony was presided over by the Air Force Information Technology Director (DTI), Air Brigadier Luiz Guilherme da Silva Magarão, accompanied by the AFA Commander, Air Brigadier Marcelo Gobett Cardoso. Also participating in the ceremony were the Chief of the Aeronautical Computing Center of São José dos Campos (CCA – SJ), Aviator Colonel Piterson Marques Lisboa, Commanders, Division Chiefs and other Military personnel from the Academy and the CCA-SJ.

Top Aces announces Military Flight Release for F-16 Advanced Aggressor Fighter

Top Aces Corp., a leading provider of advanced adversary training and the only company in the world to own and operate the F-16 commercially, today announced receipt of Military Flight Release (MFR) from the United States Air Force (USAF) for its F-16 Advanced Aggressor Fighter (AAF) aircraft.

Northrop Grumman and Terma to collaborate on Electronic Warfare simulation capabilities in Europe

Northrop Grumman Corporation signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Danish company, Terma to cooperate on electronic warfare (EW) simulation and training opportunities in Northern Europe. Northrop Grumman’s simulation and training capabilities will be a key EW element in providing realistic air combat training for fourth and fifth generation aircraft.

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