February 2022 news

Defense Aviation and Aerospace Industry


Royal Danish Air Force Challenger aircraft contribution off to the Mediterranean

A Royal Danish Air Force challenger plane took off from Aalborg Airport on February 22 morning on its way to Spain. The aircraft and crew will be based in Malaga next month, where it will solve tasks for the EU's border agency Frontex.


US B-52 bombers flew over Europe to conduct theater familiarization

The 5th Bomb Wing’s B-52 Stratofortress aircraft operating out of RAF Fairford, United Kingdom, flew over Europe on an integration mission to conduct bilateral and theater familiarization, February 21, 2022.

UK Space Command personnel joined Exercise RED FLAG in the US

Personnel from the UK Space Command have taken part in Exercise RED FLAG, a major military exercise run by the United States Air Force in Nevada.

Belgium delivers satellite communications research facility to NATO

On 17 February 2022, the Belgian Ministry of Defence formally handed over to the NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCI Agency) a facility which will serve as the technical test and research facility for NATO's satellite communications (SATCOM).

Hawk upgrade programme to prepare Australian frontline fighter pilots

Hawk, one of the world’s most successful and proven military aircraft trainer, will continue to train Australia’s frontline fighter pilots through to 2031 after a A$1.5 billion (£794m) commitment by the Australian Government.

A400M clears the first hurdle as a Remote Carrier launcher

Airbus A400M, the world’s most advanced multi-role airlifter utilised by military forces around the globe, has demonstrated an airborne launch of a drone fulfilling a vital function for the Future Combat Air System.

Swedish and US air forces in joint exercise in south Sweden

The Swedish Armed Forces and the US Air Force are currently conducting a joint exercise. On 18 February, Swedish fighters are escorting US B-52 Stratofortress of the Bomber Task Force in the airspace over the southern parts of Sweden.

General Atomics completes final design review for US Space Force weather system satellite program

General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) announced on February 18 that it has successfully completed the Final Design Review (FDR) of its spacecraft design for the U.S. Space Force (USSF) Space Systems Command Electro-Optical Infrared (EO/IR) Weather System (EWS) satellite program. GA-EMS has developed a prototype EWS spacecraft utilizing a reliable, redundant bus with a high performance EO/IR weather sensor payload to support the USSF as it looks to transition from aging on-orbit systems to next generation weather satellites.

Kenya eying more MD 530 helicopters

According to a US Army spokesman, Kenya is among three countries that have shown interest in procuring new MD 530s.

US CMV-22B Osprey titltrotor aircraft passes IOC milestone

The US Navy announced initial operational capability (IOC) for the CMV-22B Osprey, confirming the platform’s operational readiness following the successful completion of its maiden deployment, on Feb. 18, 2022.

Thailand to receive AH-6 light helicopters

The Boeing Co., Mesa, Arizona, was awarded a $103,774,884 modification (PZ0007) to contract W58RGZ-20-C-0037 for an undisclosed number of AH-6i (international) aircraft destined forThailand.

L3 Technologies awarded $74M US Army RQ-7Bv2 Shadow production and maintenance contract

L3 Technologies Inc. Communication Systems-West Subsidiary, Salt Lake City, Utah, was awarded a $74,441,282 hybrid (cost-plus-fixed-fee and firm-fixed-price) contract for production, depot maintenance and sustainment for software and hardware to produce and deliver components for the RQ-7Bv2 Shadow UAS.

Bangladesh receives its fourth C-130J transport aircraft

The fourth C-130J transport aircraft of Bangladesh Air Force (BAF) arrived on February 20 at BAF Base Bangabandhu at Kurmitola in Dhaka after a successful ferry flight from the United Kingdom.

German fighter jets join NATO air policing mission in Romania

Three German Air Force Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft landed on Thursday, February 17, at Mihail Kogălniceanu's 57th Air Base (Romania).

Royal Air Force supports Norwegian submarine exercise with NATO partners

This week a Poseidon MRA1 (P-8A) aircraft from Royal Air Force (RAF) Lossiemouth has been participating in a multinational anti-submarine warfare exercise off the coast of Norway.

Hensoldt delivers latest IFF technology to South Korean Forces

Sensor solutions specialist Hensoldt will bring its latest-technology capabilities in Identification-Friend-or-Foe (IFF) into the upcoming IFF modernization programme of the South Korean armed forces. 

Sikorsky awarded $99M contract in support of the VH-92A Presidential helicopter program

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a Lockheed Martin Co., Stratford, Connecticut, is awarded a $99,250,000 cost-plus-fixed-fee, cost reimbursable, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract in support of the Presidential helicopter program.

Korea Aerospace Industries tests Light Armed Helicopter in Canadian cold

Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI), South Korea, conducted cold-weather testing on their Light Armed Helicopter (LAH) at the Yellowknife Airport (YZF). Testing started on December 6, 2021 continued until early February 2022.

GA-ASI executes joint training with US Army 7th Special Forces Group Airborne

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) supported a Military Free Fall (MFF) High-Altitude Training exercise for the U.S. Army’s 7th Special Forces Group (SFG) (Airborne) on January 20-21 and 27-28, 2022 during a joint training exercise in which a GA-ASI-owned MQ-9 Remotely Piloted Aircraft monitored the jumps and provided critical overwatch capabilities. The MQ-9 was deployed from Yuma Proving Ground in Yuma, Ariz. and GA-ASI provided a live video stream from the MQ-9 to soldiers and airmen at Eglin Air Force Base, FL, which allowed remote monitoring of the exercise.

DEFIANT helicopter slaloms, lifts external loads and demos single-engine capability

In three demonstrations during the same flight, the Lockheed Martin Sikorsky-Boeing SB>1 DEFIANT helicopter demonstrated it is not only maneuverable, survivable and fast, but also provides the critical external lift capability of traditional rotorcraft. With DEFIANT X, the team’s offering for the U.S. Army’s Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft (FLRAA), crews will deliver troops and cargo to the objective (also known as the “X”) in future combat at twice the speed and range of the current fleet.

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