AUGUST 2022 news

Defense Aviation and Aerospace Industry


The Finnish and Danish air forces build interoperability

Karelia Air Command (Finland) hosts a step out visit of two Royal Danish Air Force F-16 fighters at Rissala Air Base on 3‒4 August 2022.

US Air Force units support Navy Valiant Shield exercise

U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 505th Command and Control Wing at Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico, and Beale AFB, California, supported the U.S. Navy’s ninth iteration of exercise Valiant Shield 22.

Finnish Air Force to participate in the Finnish Navy exercise activity with the USS Kearsarge

The Finnish Navy will train together with the United States Navy’s amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge in the northern Baltic Sea on 8‒19 August 2022. The Finnish Air Force will take part in the exercise activity with F/A-18 Hornet multi-role fighters.

F-15EX missile shots examined to verify combat capability

Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center Detachment 6 team members recently analyzed two of the first developmental and operational test missile shots for the F-15EX Eagle II.

Italian Air Force extends relationship with Boeing to continue tanker sustainment and training

Boeing and the Directorate for Air Armaments and Airworthiness (DAAA) have signed an order for the company to continue providing full Performance Based Logistics (PBL) support to the Italian Air Force (ItAF) four KC-767A tankers through December 2025.

Northrop Grumman celebrates 15th anniversary of E-2D Advanced Hawkeye first flight

Northrop Grumman Corporation is celebrating the 15-year anniversary of the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye’s first flight that occurred on this day in 2007. The Navy’s “digital quarterback” gives the warfighter expanded battlespace awareness, especially in the area of information operations delivering battle management, theater air and missile defense, and multiple sensor fusion capabilities in an airborne system. The Northrop Grumman built Advanced Hawkeye is the cornerstone of the U.S. Navy’s theater air and missile defense architecture in the littorals, overland, and open sea.

Philippines decides to not buy Russian Mi-17 helicopters fearing US sanctions

BANGKOK, August 3. /TASS-DEFENSE/. The Philippine authorities decided in June that they would scrap a deal on purchasing 16 Russian Mil Mi-17 transport helicopters in fear of possible US sanctions, the Associated Press reported, citing Philippine Former Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, whose terms in office ended on June 30.

US Army Aviation and National Institute for Aviation Research to develop an Apache Digital Twin

The U.S. Army Aviation enterprise is collaborating with Wichita State University’s National Institute for Aviation Research to develop an Apache Digital Twin in a contract that kicked off with an event on July 29, 2022.

Aero Vodochody L-39NG jet trainer receives full certification and can enter global markets

The latest aircraft developed by Czech manufacturer Aero Vodochody (Aero) can now be operated worldwide. The newly obtained unrestricted type certification for the Aero L-39NG trainer jet, which took more than 5 years, is the main requirement for aircraft registration by customers. The first production L-39NG is expected to fly by the end of 2022. Negotiations with more potential customers began at the recent Farnborough Airshow.

US Marines provide aviation delivered ground refueling to US Air Force MQ-9 Reaper drone

U.S. Marines with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 764 provided aviation delivered ground refueling to a remotely piloted MQ-9 Reaper drone from the 163rd Attack Wing of the California Air National Guard during Integrated Training Exercise 4-22 at Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, Calif., July 20 and 21, 2022.

New US combat pod system Angry Kitten wakes up with software updates during test

The operational assessment of the Angry Kitten Combat Pod electronic attack system in April demonstrated rapid reprogramming between flights. This combat pod, an updated version of the Georgia Tech Research Institute Angry Kitten pod, simulates enemy electronic attack signals during Air Force test and training missions. The Air Force Research Laboratory’s Strategic Development Planning and Experimentation Office funded this operational assessment as part of the App-Enabled Rapidly Reprogrammable Electronic warfare/electromagnetic Systems experiment campaign, or AERRES.

Construction begins for the first Belgian F-35 fighters

The construction of the first two F-35A fighter jets for the Belgian Air Force has begun in Italy.

UK: Royal Air Force Chinook support to exercise Vigilant Fox in Finland

Alongside CH-47F Chinooks and UH-60 Blackhawks from the United States and NH90s from Finland, the helicopters conducted mixed formation training to enable multi-aircraft aviation support to the Heli-borne Assault Force.

Germany, Hungary, Italy take up NATO Baltic air policing

German, Hungarian and Italian fighter aircraft will take up air patrols over the Baltic region as part of NATO's air policing mission starting on  August 1st.

UK: Royal Air Force newest aircraft fleet reaches full-service capability

The Royal Air Force’s newest aircraft fleet has reached full-service capability with the delivery of a second Envoy IV CC Mk1 jet transport.

L3 Communications Integrated Systems awarded USD 3 Bn contract in support of Armed Overwatch of US Special Operations Command

The U.S. Department of Defense on August 1 announced that L3 Communications Integrated Systems, Greenville, Texas, was awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract in the amount of $3,000,000,000 (maximum ceiling value) in support of Armed Overwatch. Research, development, test, and evaluation; and procurement funds in the amount of $170,000,000 were obligated at the time of the award.

Senegalese Air Force receives first of two C295 transport aircraft

The Senegalese Air Force received an Airbus C295 transport aircraft in a ceremony held at its base in Dakar on 28 July. A second C295 aircraft will be delivered in 2023.

Bangladesh to buy Bayraktar TB2 UCAVs

According to the Daily Sabah, Bangladesh will purchase the popular Turkish Bayraktar TB2 unmanned combat aerial vehicles (UCAVs), which became one of the highlights of Ukraine’s fight in the face of the Russian invasion. Turkey’s Ambassador to Bangladesh Mustafa Osman Tufan confirmed that an agreement has been signed.

Poland signs procurement contract for FA-50 light attack aircraft with Korea Aerospace Industries

Korea Aerospace Industries Co. (KAI) announced on July 27th that it had signed a basic contract with Poland for 48 FA-50 light attack aircraft worth 3 billion dollars. The basic contract is a legal contract concluded before the execution contract in the Polish acquisition process.

Hungarian Gripen aircraft continue NATO mission in Baltic Sea region

On July 29, in an official ceremony at Šiauliai Air Base, Lithuania, the responsibility of NATO's Baltic Air Policing (BAP) mission was handed over from Spain and Czech Republic, to Hungary who will be leading the 60th rotation in the next four months.

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