February 2022 news

Defense Aviation and Aerospace Industry


Fleet Readiness Center Western Pacific inducts first US Marine Corps V-22 Osprey for maintenance

Fleet Readiness Center Western Pacific (FRC WESTPAC) is inducting its first United States Marine Corps V-22 Osprey with Japanese industrial partner, NIPPI Corporation, for maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services at their facility in Yamato, Japan.

US Air National Guard retires first of 16 E-8C JSTARS aircraft

The Georgia Air National Guard’s 116th Air Control Wing, in cooperation with the 461st Air Control Wing, officially retired the first E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System aircraft  on February 17.

Royal Air Force Typhoons escort Bomber Task Force in Middle East mission

In the early morning of 14th February 2022, Typhoons from Royal Air Force (RAF) Akrotiri, Cyprus joined with a United States Air Force B-52 bomber over the Eastern Mediterranean after they deployed from RAF Fairford to conduct a presence patrol mission across Central Europe and the Middle East.

Russia missile attack early warning system to get new-generation radars by 2030

New-generation radars will make up the mainstay of Russia’s missile attack early warning system by 2030, Head of the Russian Aerospace Force’s Missile Attack Early Warning Center Colonel Sergei Suchkov told the Krasnaya Zvezda newspaper.

Bell receives market research investment to advance US DoD High-Speed VTOL capabilities

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. company, announced its advancement to the next phase of the AFWERX High-Speed Vertical Take-Off and Landing (HSVTOL) Concept Challenge, a crowdsourcing effort for the United States Air Force (USAF) and United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM). Bell is one of 11 companies from more than 200 challenge entrants selected to receive market research investments aimed at advancing solutions that enable optimal agility in austere environments.

Tu-160M demonstrated to Russian Minister of Industry and Trade

The newly manufactured Tu-160M was demonstrated to the Minister of Industry and Trade of Russia.

Cockpit avionics upgrade for Peruvian Air Force L-100 transport aircraft

Astronautics Corporation of America’s full cockpit avionics modernization of a second L-100 transport aircraft for the Peruvian Air Force (FAP) has completed flight testing and the aircraft has been accepted by the FAP for entry into service as part of its Avionics Modernization Program (AMP).

Russian Tu-22M3 bombers and MiG-31K fighters deploy to Syria for Mediterranean drills

Tu-22M3 bombers and MiG-31K fighters carrying Kinzhal hypersonic missiles have deployed to Russia’s Hmeymim air base in Syria to participate in the Russian Navy’s Mediterranean maneuvers, Russia’s Defense Ministry reported on February 15.

Chinese UAV WZ-7 Soar Dragon conducts live combat training

According to information published by the Chinese Ministry of Defense last November, the new Chinese-made WZ-7 "Soar Dragon", High-Altitude Long Endurance (HALE) drone type was deployed for the first time by the Chinese armed forces to conduct live combat training. 

US Air Force grants F-16 operational clearance for BriteCloud 218 decoy

The United States Air Force (USAF) Seek Eagle Office have cleared Leonardo’s BriteCloud 218 expendable active decoy for operational testing on-board the F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft. The authorisation is one of the final stages of the U.S. Department of Defense’s Foreign Comparative Testing (FCT) programme for the product, which is due to complete this year. The FCT, which is being conducted by the US Air National Guard, will open the door to U.S. procurement.

Aircraft plant in Siberia to upgrade Okhotnik UAV production facilities

The Novosibirsk-based Aircraft Plant named after V. Chkalov (an affiliate of the Sukhoi Company) will upgrade Okhotnik UAV production sites and build a new facility within five years, a source close to the authorities told TASS.

Finnish Air Force to fly training missions with Belgian Air Component

The Finnish Air Force will fly training missions with the Belgian Air Force on 16‒17 February 2022. The missions will involve two Finnish and two Belgian fighters.

Philippine Army welcomes back the return of Cessna 421B Golden Eagle

In Philippines, the Aviation “Hiraya” Regiment welcomed back the return of the Cessna 421B Golden Eagle , 09 February 2022 at its Headquarters in Fort Magsaysay.

Silent Arrow GD-2000 cargo drone awarded US DoD Warfighter Lab Incentive Fund contract

On February 14, Silent Arrow announced that the company’s GD-2000 UAS platform was selected for a U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), Warfighter Lab Incentive Fund (WLIF) contract with a 12-month period of performance beginning in Q1 2022.

US and UK armies agree to share Future Vertical Lift program info

Army leaders from the United States and United Kingdom signed a Future Vertical Lift Cooperative Program Feasibility Assessment project arrangement on behalf of their respective countries’ services on Feb. 14, 2022, pledging to work together to ensure interoperability between the two nations’ future rotorcraft aviation forces.

South Korea selects Boeing to support readiness for F-15K, CH-47 and AEW&C fleets

Boeing has received three performance based logistics (PBL) contracts from the Republic of Korea's Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) to manage sustainment of Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) F-15K fighter jets and Airborne Early Warning & Control (AEW&C) aircraft, and Republic of Korea Army (ROKA) CH-47 Chinook helicopters. The five-year contracts will improve aircraft availability by using performance data to inform logistics and supply chain management activities.

A330 SMART MRTT auto refuelling system completes development phase

The Airbus A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft has completed its automatic refuelling system (A3R) development phase after a successful flight trial campaign.

UK and Japan start research on JAGUAR Universal Advanced RF system

Japanese MOD and UK MOD have started a cooperative research on the technology demonstrator of a Japan and Great Britain Universal Advanced RF system (JAGUAR). 

Japan to upgrade 68 F-15J Eagle fighter aircraft

The Japanese MoD plans to upgrade 68 Boeing-Mitsubishi F-15J Eagle fighter aircraft via the Japan Super Interceptor (JSI) programme.

Philippines receives four Cessna 172 Skylark trainers

On February 10, the United States turned over four Cessna 172 Skylark planes to the Philippine Naval Air Wing based in Sangley Point, Cavite as part of a Php298.1 million ($5.8 million) grant under the Foreign Military Financing (FMF) program.

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