JANUARY 2022 news

Defense Aviation and Aerospace Industry


South Korea launches a military space branch

The Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said on January 3 that it has created a new branch of the military dedicated to developing the country's space security capabilities.

Inzpire Limited awarded contract to deliver ISR training to the Latvian Air Force

Inzpire Limited has been awarded a contract to deliver a five-week-long unmanned air systems (UAS) and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) course to personnel from the Latvian Air Force in support of the nation’s procurement of a new ISR platform.

Qatar Emiri Air Force receives first NH90 helicopter

The Qatar Emiri Air Force's first TTH and NFH helicopters had a joint public premiere during Qatar National Day. The first TTH overland variant was delivered on 11 December, in accordance with contractual commitments, and will be followed by the first NFH naval helicopter soon after its qualification in the next coming months. Deliveries will continue through to 2025.

Elbit Systems awarded a follow-on contract to supply Hermes 900 UAS to Brazilian Air Force

Elbit Systems Ltd. announced on January 5 that its Brazilian subsidiary, AEL Sistemas S.A., was awarded a contract to supply additional Hermes 900 UAS (Unmanned Aerial Systems) to the Brazilian Air Force (Força Aérea Brasileira “FAB”). The contract is in an amount that is not material to Elbit Systems and will be performed over a period of 16 months.

Two new modernized Tu-160M strategic bombers will reinforce Russian long range aviation in 2022

According to the Russian Ministry of Defense, two new modernized stratigic missile carriers Tu-160m will reinforce the long range aviation in 2022

US Army selects Northrop Grumman to deliver IBCS, a Key Enabler for JADC2

Northrop Grumman Corporation was awarded a five-year contract valued at more than $1 billion from the U.S. Army for low-rate initial production and full-rate production of the Integrated Battle Command System (IBCS) on December 23.

Switzerland may replace its Super Puma with Chinook helicopters

According to information published by the Radio Télévision Suisse on December 29, 2021, the Swiss Air Force may replace its Eurocopter AS332 Super Puma helicopters with Boeing CH-47 Chinook helicopters.

F-35 Lightning II stealth fighter expands global presence in 2021

Lockheed Martin completed another successful year as the F-35 program continued to expand its global footprint and enhance operational capabilities: in 2021, two new countries – Switzerland and Finland – selected the F-35 for their new fighter jet programs. Additionally, Denmark received its first F-35 and the Royal Netherlands Air Force became the ninth nation to declare their F-35 fleet ready for Initial Operational Capability.

Taiwanese Teng Yun drone begins flight tests

According to information published by Taipei Times on December 25, 2021, the Teng Yun Male Unmanned Aerial Vehicle developed by the Chungshan Institute of Science and Technology (NCSIST) is undergoing initial flight tests before it enters combat testing in June.

Elbit Systems Emirates to supply DIRCM and airborne EW self protection systems to UAE

Elbit Systems announced today that its subsidiary in the UAE, Elbit Systems Emirates Limited, was awarded an approximately $53 million contract to supply Direct Infrared Countermeasures (DIRCM) and airborne Electronic Warfare (EW) systems for the Airbus A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport aircraft of the UAE Air Force. The contract will be performed over a five-year period.

Boeing to provide design and development for F-15MJ fighter of Japanese Air Force

According to a contract published by the United States Department of Defense on December 30, 2021, the company Boeing Co., St. Louis, Missouri, has been awarded a not-to-exceed $471,313,000 undefinitized contract action for the F-15 Japan Super Interceptor Program.

Thailand plans to procure eight American F-35 fighter aircraft to replace F-16

According to information published by the "Bangkok Post" on December 31, 2021, the Air Force of Thailand plans to procure eight American F-35 fighter aircraft produced by Lockheed Martin in the fiscal year 2023.

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