JANUARY 2022 news

Defense Aviation and Aerospace Industry


Raytheon Missiles & Defense is developing high-power microwaves as part of layered air defenses

They’re two of the biggest threats to U.S. and allied military power, and they could hardly be more different. One is the hypersonic missile, which travels at more than five times the speed of sound and can strike targets at great distances. The other is the UAV, or unmanned aerial vehicle – particularly off-the-shelf drones modified into cheap weapons that are prohibitively expensive to defeat.

Tekever raises €20M for global expansion

Tekever,  leading drone-based maritime surveillance provider in Europe, announced that it has raised 20 million Euros to accelerate its global expansion. The round was led by Ventura Capital, a global growth fund specializing in pre-IPO technology leaders, and joined by financial investors including Iberis Capital, and strategic investors including leading Maritime Industry and Shipping OEMs. The Growth Stage acted as Placement Agent for this funding round.

US: Red Flag exercise kicks off with allied forces

Nearly 100 aircraft and 3,000 personnel have arrived at Nellis Air Force Base to participate in the first Red Flag exercise of 2022. Aimed at providing realistic training and increasing combat effectiveness, the exercise will run from Jan. 24 to Feb. 11.

Russia sends Su-35s to Belarus for exercise

The crews of Su-35S multirole fighters of the Eastern Military District (VVO), involved in checking the response forces of the Union State, have started flying to the territory of the Republic of Belarus.

Russian and Syrian pilots conduct joint air patrol mission along Golan Heights

Russian and Syrian military pilots have conducted the first joint air patrol mission along the Golan Heights and the Euphrates River, the Russian Defense Ministry’s press office said.

NATO Allies send more ships and jets to enhance deterrence and defence in eastern Europe

NATO Allies are putting forces on standby and sending additional ships and fighter jets to NATO deployments in eastern Europe, reinforcing Allied deterrence and defence as Russia continues its military build-up in and around Ukraine.

Royal Air Force arrive in the US in large scale RED FLAG exercise

A large Royal Air Force (RAF) detachment of over 300 personnel have arrived in the United States to take part in Exercise RED FLAG, a major exercise that will test the RAF detachment in complex Combat Air Operations.

Algeria receives its first C-130J Super Hercules

Algeria took delivery of its first C-130J “Super Hercules” transport plane, which arrived on January 23 from a factory in South Carolina. Algeria signed a contract with American company Lockheed Martin in 2018 for the delivery of four planes, with an option for four more.

First export customer for Turkish Akinci UCAV

The Turkish defense industry, which has increased its export performance in recent years and aims to be among the top 10 in the world within five years, has recently signed the first export contract for the state-of-the-art unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV) Bayraktar Akıncı, one of the company's newest products.

Finnish Air Force Hornets practice aerial refueling with US KC-135 Stratotanker

Finnish Air Force F/A-18 Hornets will train with a United States Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker aerial refueling aircraft on 24–26 January 2022.

Northrop Grumman-built space sensor satellites launch in support of US Space Force-8 mission

Two Northrop Grumman Corporation Geosynchronous Space Situational Awareness Program (GSSAP) satellites were successfully launched into orbit on a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket on January 21 from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station as part of the U.S. Space Force (USSF)-8 mission.

Hensoldt equips Bundeswehr NH90 helicopter with protection systems

Sensor solutions provider HENSOLDT equips 82 Bundeswehr helicopters of the type NH90 TTH (Tactical Transport Helicopter) with state-of-the-art self-protection technology. With its AMPS (Airborne Missile Protection System), HENSOLDT is supplying its latest generation of self-protection systems for these helicopters. For the first time, the HENSOLDT Radar Warning Receiver Kalaetron is a component of AMPS. After the integration phase, the helicopters are to be equipped within the framework of the THOR project (TTH Operational Revision Programme) from 2025.

US Air Force to demonstrate new data link called AERONet with AT-6E Wolverine aircraft

The 23rd Wing received two AT-6E Wolverine aircraft at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia, Jan. 12, 2022.  81st Fighter Squadron pilots, who are on loan to the 23rd Wing, will be flying the AT-6 aircraft alongside partner nation personnel. Air Combat Command invited the partner nations to come to the United States to further mature and co-develop tactics, techniques, and procedures to counter violent extremist organizations while simultaneously demonstrating the capabilities of the Airborne Extensible Relay Over-Horizon Network (AERONet), an exportable and affordable data link.

UK: New Apache attack helicopter enters service

Fifty Apache AH-64E Version 6 aircraft have been purchased from the United States to provide a state-of-the-art attack aviation capability that will be a key element of how the British Army fights in the coming decades, as set out in the Future Soldier programme.


Russian Naval Aviation received first four modernized Su-30SM2 fighters

Russian Aircraft manufacturer, UAC began deliveries of the latest multifunctional Su-30SM2 fighters to the Russian Armed Forces as part of the state defense order.

US: Idaho Army National Guard completes Black Hawk transition

With the arrival of its final two new UH-60M Black Hawks Jan. 17, the Idaho Army National Guard’s 1-183rd Assault Helicopter Battalion has completely modernized its fleet to the Army’s most technologically advanced multirole helicopter.

Defiant helicopter executes FLRAA mission profile test flights

The Lockheed Martin Sikorsky-Boeing SB>1 DEFIANT successfully completed Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft (FLRAA) mission profile test flights, including confined area landings and low-level flight operations. These flights validate DEFIANT’s relevancy to the Army’s mission, providing agility at the objective (also known as the “X”), and increased survivability, all while reducing pilot workload.

Northrop Grumman demonstrates JADC2 enabling capabilities in US Army Project Convergence

Northrop Grumman Corporation programs recently completed successful testing and demonstrations as part of U.S. Army’s Project Convergence. The testing demonstrated Northrop Grumman’s architectural capability to integrate networks, sensors, and effectors across domains for joint operations.

BAE Systems awarded contract for Australian F-35A maintenance and supply

Defence recently signed a five-year contract with BAE Systems Australia for the provision of support to Royal Australian Air Force F-35A Lightning II operations.

Rafale fighters arrive in Hellenic Air Force

On January 19, six Rafale of the Hellenic Air Force (HAF), operated by its pilots, took off from the Dassault Aviation site in Istres to the Tanagra Air Base, where they were welcomed in a ceremony by the Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, accompanied by the Minister of National Defense Nikolaos Panagiotopoulos and Senior Greek authorities. Éric Trappier, Chairman and CEO of Dassault Aviation, was also present to welcome their arrival.

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