AUGUST 2022 news

Defense Aviation and Aerospace Industry


Colorado Guard first to receive modernized helicopter capability

The Colorado National Guard Army Aviation Support Facility received the first two of 18 UH-72B Lakota helicopters purchased by the Department of Defense exclusively for the U.S. Army National Guard Aug. 4.

French Air and Space Force starts Pegase 2022 mission in Asia-Pacific

The intrinsic qualities of air power are responsiveness, power and reach. It is indeed the combination of the performance of the aircraft and the potential for movement offered by its environment of evolution which make the air force this military tool with a strategic character so marked. Beyond the use of force from  the air, it makes it possible to carry out actions of cooperation and representation abroad, which falls within the framework of air diplomacy. In a broad sense, air power makes it possible to signify the will or even the determination of political decision-makers. For the second consecutive year the French army of Air and Space will demonstrate this singularity in August 2022 during the PEGASE mission.

GA-ASI tests PT6 E-Series engine from Pratt & Whitney on MQ-9B RPA

On July 29, 2022, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) tested a PT6 E-Series model turboprop engine from Pratt & Whitney Canada on GA-ASI’s MQ-9B Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA). Multiple full-power engine tests were performed at GA-ASI’s Desert Horizon flight operations facility in El Mirage, Calif.

Korean Air to develop stealth UAV squadron

Korean Air was selected on August 12 as the preferred bidder for the Korean Agency for Defense Development’s (ADD) “stealth UAV squadron development” project. Korean Air has received high scores for its technology in the first stage of the bidding process.

US Army Future Vertical Lift eyes future skies

Future conflict is likely to occur over wide areas and across multiple domains, according to recent US Army assessments of the future operational environment. To prepare for this probability and the rigors associated with it, the US Army is moving quickly to modernize legacy equipment and systems, including in the aviation space.

Switzerland could set up a popular vote on US fighter jets purchase

Opponents of the purchase of American F-35A fighter jets by Switzerland filed an initiative on August 16 with the authorities to organize a popular vote on the subject. The left-wing Stop-F35 alliance has filed the signatures with the Federal Chancellery in Bern, which will now verify that there are indeed 100,000 valid ones, as required by law. The Federal Council (government) will then have to set the date for the vote.

Russian company UAC to build four prototypes of Su-75 Checkmate fighter

PATRIOT PARK /Moscow Region/, August 16. /TASS/. The United Aircraft Corporation (part of the state tech corporation Rostec) intends to build four prototypes of the Su-75 Checkmate single-engine lightweight fighter, Company CEO Yury Slyusar told TASS at the Army 2022 international military-technical forum on August 16.

Rostec presents BAS-750 rotary drone for the first time

The Russian Helicopters holding company of the Rostec State Corporation showed a universal unmanned aerial system of the BAS-750 helicopter type. It consists of two helicopters with a maximum takeoff weight of 750 kg, as well as two ground control and flight support stations. The autonomous mobile system ensures continuous flight of the rotary-wing drones included in it for up to 6 hours.

Minuteman III test launch showcases readiness of US nuclear force's safe, effective deterrent

US Air Force Global Strike Command Airmen launched an unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile equipped with a test re-entry vehicle from Vandenberg Space Force Base, California, Aug. 16 at 12:49 a.m. Pacific Time to demonstrate the readiness of U.S. nuclear forces and provide confidence in the lethality and effectiveness of the nation’s nuclear deterrent.

Rostec completes flight tests of BAS-200 drone

The Russian Helicopters holding company of the Rostec State Corporation is completing a set of flight tests of helicopter-type multi-purpose unmanned aerial systems, following which it proceeds to certification tests of the BAS-200. Rotary-winged drones will be assembled at the Kumertau Aviation Production Enterprise of the holding.

US 461st Flight Test Squadron receives brand new F-35A

The newest F-35A, straight out of the factory, found its new home here at Edwards Air Force Base, California, Aug. 1. The aircraft, Air Force serial number 338, is the first of six F-35s the 461st Flight Test Squadron and F-35 Lightning II Integrated Test Force will receive in the next few years. The upgraded fleet will be used to test the Technical Refresh 3 and Block 4 configurations of the Air Force’s newest fighter that will create tactical and operational advantages over peer competitors.

German Eurofighter Australian debut

The German Air Force, known as the Luftwaffe, will participate in Exercise Pitch Black for the first time. Travelling to Australia as part of the Rapid Pacific deployment, the Luftwaffe will arrive in mid-August with more than 200 personnel, six Eurofighter Typhoons, three A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transports and an A400M transport aircraft.

Latvia has delivered Mi-17 and Mi-2 helicopters to the Ukrainian army

On August 15, the Latvian Ministry of Defense informed that the Ukrainian Air Force has received four helicopters donated by Latvia, which will soon be fully included in the aviation fleet of the Ukrainian Army.

Northrop Grumman G/ATOR demonstrates advanced fire control radar capability for US Marine Corps

Northrop Grumman Corporation’s AN/TPS-80 Ground/Air Task Oriented Radar (G/ATOR) multifunction sensor successfully detected and tracked multiple cruise missile threats simultaneously during a recent live-fire test at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico. G/ATOR successfully tracked each target immediately after launch and passed relevant information in real time to intercept numerous cruise missile targets from multiple angles.

Qatar receives its first Eurofighter Typhoon at official ceremony in the UK

On Monday, 15 August 2022, the first Typhoon aircraft was delivered to the Qatar Armed Forces at a roll-out ceremony hosted by Cliff Robson, BAE Systems Group, Managing Director Air.

QinetiQ makes successful demonstration of flight model interaction with an airflow disturbance field

Simulating the response of aircraft to complex wind flows when operating in urban environments is an area of increasing interest for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) and Urban and Regional Air Mobility (UAM/RAM) vehicles. Predicting the response of these vehicles to particular wind conditions in close proximity to buildings, such as airports and heliports, is vital for safe operation.

Kalashnikov Group plans to further develop loitering munitions

MOSCOW, August 11. /TASS-DEFENSE/. The Kalashnikov Group intends to further develop loitering munitions and reconnaissance unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), with the main focus on future production of fire-and-forget projectiles, Group’s President Alan Lushnikov told the Kommersant daily.

Turkish mini UAV BOYGA with mortar payload enters the inventory

STM continues its activities under the leadership of the Presidency of Defence Industries (SSB), and has delivered yet another mini UAV that will support Turkish soldiers in the field.

RAF Atlas C1 Transport aircraft refuelled over the South Atlantic for first time

The Air-to-Air Tanking operation was conducted from a RAF (Royal Air Force) Voyager aircraft flying from the Falklands Islands. The Atlas was flown from RAF Brize Norton to the Ascension Island, before then flying on to the Falklands. During the flight the transport aircraft was met by a RAF Voyager over the South Atlantic, that had earlier taken off from Mount Pleasant Complex, the principal military base on the Falkland Islands.

US F-22s forward deployed to 32nd Tactical Air Base, Łask, Poland

Twelve U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor aircraft assigned to the 90th Fighter Squadron, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, forward deployed, Aug. 4, 2022 to the 32nd Tactical Air Base, Łask, Poland, to support NATO Air Shielding.

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