February 2022 news

Defense Aviation and Aerospace Industry


President of the Republic of Kosovo visits Baykar, Turkish UAV manufacturer

President of the Republic of Kosovo, Mrs Vjosa Osmani,  and the accompanying delegation visited Baykar Technologies.

China takes delivery of Harbin Y-12 transport aircraft

The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) airborne troops recently took delivery of new Y-12 transport aircraft.

Finnish Air Force starts Vihuri 22 flight exercise

The Fighter Squadron 31 of the Karelian Air Force organizes the Vihuri 22 flight exercise at the bases of Rissala and Oulunsalo on February 28 ‒ 3.3.2022.

Aerovehicles Paraguay unveils Berkut UAV

Aerovehicles Paraguay S.A made the presentation of the Berkut MBOPY - Unmanned Aircraft (UAV Class III), at the Silvio Pettirossi Air Base of the Paraguayan Air Force.

GA-ASI pairs Avenger with virtual UAS to demo autonomous Search and Follow

As part of the company’s commitment to develop advanced unmanned autonomy, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) used a company-owned Avenger Unmanned Aircraft System and five hardware-in-the-loop synthetic Avengers to autonomously search and follow an artificially-generated adversary. The live-virtual swarm utilized a simulated Infrared Search and Track (IRST) sensor network in addition to the government-furnished CODE autonomy engine to accomplish the mission.

UK Voyagers refuel US Navy Growlers during Red Flag-Nellis 22-1

During Red Flag-Nellis 22-1, a Royal Air Force (UK) Voyager tanker refueled U.S. Navy EA-18G Growlers, emphasizing the interoperability conducted during this iteration.

Airbus and OCCAR sign Eurodrone contract

Airbus and the Organisation for Joint Armament Co-operation (OCCAR) have signed the Eurodrone global contract, which includes the development and manufacturing of 20 systems and 5 years of initial in-service support. Industry prime Airbus Defence and Space GmbH signed in representation of the three Major Sub-Contractors (MSC) Airbus Defence and Space S.A.U in Spain, Dassault Aviation in France and Leonardo S.p.A. in Italy, while OCCAR has signed on behalf of the four launch nations Germany, France, Italy and Spain.

US Air Force Research Laboratory awards contract for Mjölnir drone killer

The US Air Force Research Laboratory has awarded a contract for Mjölnir, a next-generation counter electronics weapon system, to defend against adversarial drone activity, to Leidos Inc.

First operational flight for Royal Canadian Air Force  Block IV CP-140 Aurora

The first operational flight of a Royal Canadian Air Force  Block IV CP-140 Aurora was completed in February out of 14 Wing Greenwood to exercise upgraded capabilities and start full aircrew training.

F-35C brings advanced strike capabilities to Jungle Warfare Exercise 2022

As 3rd Marine Division commences Jungle Warfare Exercise 22, a large-scale, joint force exercise, US Marine Wing Fighter Attack Squadron 314 is integrating the capabilities of the F-35C Lightning II. VMFA-314 will be supporting ground operations from their position deployed onboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln, displaying their ability to deliver long-range strike capabilities and close air support from an aircraft carrier.

Bell HSVTOL technology development hits new milestone with a full-scale demonstration of its folding rotor technology and digital flight control systems

After its unveiling in August 2021, Bell’s High-Speed Vertical Take-off and Landing (HSVTOL) concepts hit a new development milestone with a full-scale demonstration of its folding rotor technology and digital flight control systems in December.

BlueHalo awarded US Army RCCTO HIVE contract for the development of offensive swarming UAS

BlueHalo was recently awarded an initial $14M contract for the development of a HIVE small Unmanned Aircraft System (sUAS) architecture by the US Army Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies Office (RCCTO). BlueHalo will provide the Army with a transformational sUAS autonomous swarming capability not currently available to the warfighter. BlueHalo will leverage resources and expertise across the company to deliver unmatched Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning (AI/ML) swarm logic capabilities, communications systems, and evolving technologies within an operationally driven system-of-systems framework. This integrated "HIVE" of proprietary, U.S.-made and manufactured sUAS platforms will provide the warfighter with improved mission efficiency, sensor performance, and a reduction in cognitive workload.

Bell begins production on Czech Republic AH-1Z helicopter

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. company, has started production of the first AH-1Z Viper for the Czech Republic at Bell’s Amarillo Assembly Center. The production of the Viper joins UH-1Y production as part of the Czech Republic Foreign Military Sale (FMS) of mixed fleet aircraft.

Serbian Air Force and Air Defence becomes new C295 operator

The Serbian Ministry of Defence has ordered two Airbus C295s and therefore the Serbian Air Force and Air Defence joins the family of C295 becoming the 36th operator worldwide.

Northrop Grumman to develop digital twin of company testbed for digital mission systems

Northrop Grumman Corporation is developing a digital replica of its flying CRJ testbed airframe and subsystems to take full advantage of digital engineering capabilities in the development of new product lines of mission systems.

French and Egyptian naval and air forces train in Ramses 2022 joint drills

According to a statement from Egyptian Military Spokesperson Gharib Abdel Hafez, the Egyptian and French naval and air forces have launched the joint “Ramses 2022” drill, which will last for several days in Egypt.

Royal Australian Air Force trains ASW tactics during international exercise

Operating alongside the Republic of Korea, Japan, India, Canada, and the United States, the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) team worked together to advance its anti-submarine warfare (ASW) tactics from January 5 to 20.

US approves foreign military sale of LAIRCM line replaceable Units to Australia

The US State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Australia of LAIRCM Line Replaceable Units (LRUs) and related equipment for an estimated cost of $122 million.

Philippines signs $624M contract to purchase 32 additional S70i Black Hawk helicopters

The Philippines Department of National Defense signed the contract for the purchase of 32 additional S70i Black Hawk helicopters from PZL Mielic of Poland in a ceremony held on  February 22 , at the DND Building in Camp Aguinaldo.

Brazilian Air Force to decommission its Mi-35M AH-2 Sabre helicopters

The Brazilian Air Force (FAB) will retire its Russian-made Mi-35M attack helicopters, designated AH-2 Sabre, operated by the 2nd 8th CLA, Poti Squadron.

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