February 2022 news

Defense Aviation and Aerospace Industry


UK MoD orders two Dassault Falcon 900LX aircraft to be upgraded with missile jamming systems and military communications

Under a new £80 million contract with Bristol-based Centreline, four BAe146 aircraft will be replaced by two more sustainable aircraft to continue the UK’s global engagement.

Valkyrie Systems Aerospace advances on AFWERX High Speed VTOL Challenge

Valkyrie Systems Aerospace (VSA) announced advancing 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). The company 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.

Black Hawk helicopter completes first unmanned flight

The DARPA Aircrew Labor In-Cockpit Automation System (ALIAS) program completed a first ever flight of a UH-60A Black Hawk helicopter without anyone onboard. Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company, completed 30-minutes of uninhabited flight with the optionally piloted vehicle (OPV) over the U.S. Army installation at Fort Campbell, Kentucky on February 5th. An additional uninhabited flight was also conducted on February 7th.

Teledyne FLIR defense awarded $43.9 Million contract to service US Navy and coast guard sensor systems

Teledyne FLIR Defense, part of Teledyne Technologies Incorporated, announced that the U.S. Naval Surface Warfare Center has awarded the company an indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract worth up to $43.9 million to service electro-optical sensor systems used for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR). The contract will provide replacement parts and technical support for several land- and sea-based systems used by the United States Navy and Coast Guard, including the BRITE Star II, the Sea Star SAFIRE III, and the Star SAFIRE 380-HD.

Northrop Grumman and Kratos demonstration brings JADC2 connectivity to life

Northrop Grumman Corporation demonstrated open architecture communications capabilities that will help the Department of Defense (DOD) realize its vision of information advantage and decision superiority for Joint All Domain Command and Control (JADC2).

Thales to equip French military tanker aircraft with secure satcom solution

As part of France’s SYRACUSE IV military satellite telecommunication programme, the French defence procurement agency (DGA) has awarded Thales and its partners the 17-year MELISSA contract for the development, integration and support of aircraft satcom stations.

Hensoldt supports next-generation European datalink

Sensor solution provider Hensoldt brings its experience in the area of Tactical Data Links, IFF and sensor fusion develop an independent next-generation Tactical Data Link through a European project called ‘ESSOR MIDS’ (MIDS= Multifunctional Information Distribution System).

Steadicopter unveils the Black Eagle 50H RUAV

Steadicopter, a leader in the Rotary Unmanned Aerial Systems (RUAS) industry, has unveiled the Black Eagle 50H - the first hybrid-powered unmanned helicopter and the newest model in its RUAV family - designed for a wide range of law enforcement, maritime, civilian and covert missions.

Russia deploys MiG-31K equipped with Kinzhal hypersonic missile in Baltic

According to a short video published on Telegram, Russia seems to deploy hypersonic missile to Baltic.

Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile Extended Range completes second successful missile live fire

Northrop Grumman Corporation announced the successful completion of the second flight test of its AGM-88G Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile Extended Range (AARGM-ER). The U.S. Navy launched the missile from an F/A-18 Super Hornet aircraft on Jan. 21 at the Point Mugu Sea Range off the coast of southern California. The missile performed an extended range profile, engaging a land-based, emitter target staged at the range on San Nicholas Island.

Lockheed Martin Australia achieves final acceptance for AIR5428 pilot training system acquisition contract

Lockheed Martin Australia has delivered the AIR5428 Pilot Training System, combining simulators and aircraft, to prepare Navy, Army, and Air Force pilots for today’s complex mission requirements.

Mi-8AMTSh-VN helicopters supplied to Russian Army

The Western Military District will receive new Mi-8AMTSh-VN helicopters to support commandos and strikes in hostile rear, the Izvestia daily writes.

Two Russian Tu-22M3 bombers patrol Belarus airspace

Two Russian Tu-22M3 long-range bombers completed a patrol mission in Belarus’ airspace, which lasted about four hours, the Russian Defense Ministry told reporters on February 5.

Shield AI and VSK Tactical to provide V-BAT 128 UAS to Brazil

Shield AI, the defense-technology company using self-driving software to enable collaborative teams of unmanned aircraft to operate in GPS- and RF-denied environments, announced it has signed a contract with VSK Tactical, through reseller and facilitator Contingent Global, to provide Brazil with V-BAT 128 unmanned aircraft systems.

Ukraine completes overhaul and modernization of Pakistan Air Force Il-78 tanker aircraft

According to Ukrspetsexport, specialists of the State Enterprise "Mykolaiv Aircraft Repair Plant" NARP, which is part of Ukroboronprom, have completed the overhaul and modernization of the refueling aircraft IL-78 of the Pakistan Air Force.

Bayraktar TB2 UCAV delivered to Turkish Armed Forces

According to a tweet by Ismail Demir, Presidency of Defense Industries (SSB) Chairperson, the Turkish defense industry has made new deliveries of Bayraktar TB2 unmanned combat aerial vehicles (UCAV) to the Turkish Land Forces Command.

Russian Defense Ministry to receive first newly-built Tu-160M strategic bomber

Russia’s Defense Ministry will receive the first newly-built Tu-160M strategic missile-carrying bomber until the end of the second quarter of this year for subsequent state trials and operational service, Industry and Trade Minister Denis Manturov said on February 4.

Silent Arrow cargo drone conducts first oversea deployment in Middle East

Silent Arrow announced that the Air Force of a U.S. allied government in the Middle East has conducted the first overseas deployments of the Silent Arrow GD-2000 cargo delivery drone under a $1.5M operational evaluation contract.

Royal Brunei Air Force retires its entire fleet of MBB Bolkow 105 helicopters

The Royal Brunei Air Force (RBAirF) has retired its entire fleet of MBB Bolkow 105 helicopters after 41 years of service in a ceremony held at the Air Movement Centre (AMC), Rimba Air Force Base. The ceremony of the retirement of the fleet, which had been operated under No. 1 Wing, Operations Group, was attended by officers and personnel of RBAirF, most of whom has served with Bolkow 105.

US delivers UH-60M Black Hawk Helicopters to Croatia

On February 3, the United States delivered two UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters at Zagreb Airport. The arrival of the U.S. Black Hawk weapon system, valued at 360 million Kuna, will contribute to Croatia’s growing defense capabilities and military preparedness in support of NATO. The Black Hawk provides capabilities across a range of possible missions, from special operations to tactical troop transport to aeromedical evacuation.

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