JANUARY 2022 news

Defense Aviation and Aerospace Industry


Rostec handed over Kadet-100 parachute system for state tests

The Technodinamika holding of the Rostec State Corporation has submitted prototypes of the Kadet-100 parachute system for state testing. The development is intended to replace the main landing parachute of the Russian army D-10, which has been used by airborne units for more than 20 years.

Austria signs for 18 AW169M Light Utility Helicopters

Leonardo and the Directorate for Air Armaments and Airworthiness of the Italian Secretariat General of Defence/National Armaments Directorate signed on January 12 the Acquisition Contract for the supply of AW169M Light Utility Helicopters (LUH) to the Austrian Ministry of Defence. The contract, valued at 346 million EUR, was signed in the framework of the Italy-Austria Government-to-Government (G2G) Agreement. It is aimed at reinforcing the bilateral collaboration between the two countries and establishing a strategic partnership in the rotorcraft sector, with Austria looking at Italy and the AW169M LUH programme for the replacement of its ageing fleet of Alouette III aircraft, which have been in service since the 1960s. 

Danish F-16 Fighting Falcons to reinforce NATO forces

Denmark is adding the frigate Peter Willemoes to NATO's standing naval force and four F-16 fighter jets for air surveillance and protection of the air space in the Baltics. This is done to help ensure that NATO has the necessary capabilities at its disposal in the current security situation in Ukraine.

Raytheon Intelligence & Space demonstrates drone swarm control solution in DARPA field exercise

Raytheon Intelligence & Space, a Raytheon Technologies business, recently supported the fifth OFFensive Swarm-Enabled Tactics, or OFFSET, DARPA program field exercise. Using integrated swarm technology developed by a Raytheon BBN-led team, a single operator successfully controlled a swarm—composed of 130 physical drone platforms and 30 simulated drone platforms—both indoors and outdoors in an urban setting.

French Directorate General of Armaments carries out a major test to prefigure the next FCAS engine

At the end of 2021, the French Directorate General of Armaments (French: Direction Générale de l'Armement; DGA ) carried out a major test for the development of the next fighter engine of the Future Combat Air System (FCAS) (French: Système de combat aérien du futur; SCAF) As part of the DGA-led Turenne defense technology project, a prototype derived from the Rafale fighter jet engine was tested on the test bench. A unique, highly technical test, which required 5 years of preparation in order to develop the technologies useful for the future engine of the FCAS combat aircraft.

US approves foreign military sale for F-16 engine maintenance to Greece

On January 12, the US State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Greece of Follow-on Support for F100-PW-229 Engine Maintenance and related equipment for an estimated cost of $233 million.

Rafael RecceLite XR completes development of 3rd generation model and successful live test

Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. has completed development of its RecceLite XR, the third and latest model of the advanced, state-of-the-art reconnaissance system. This newest version is supported by artificial intelligence (AI) and enhanced sensors which were put to the test in a live test in late 2021.

Latest Tu-160M bomber performed its maiden flight

On January 12, the first newly manufactured strategic missile carrier Tu-160M performed its maiden flight from the airfield of the Kazan Aviation Plant.

UK: Royal Air Force receives its ninth and final P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft

On January 11, UK received its final Boeing P-8A Poseidon MRA1 maritime multimission aircraft (MMA), with ZP809 arriving at RAF Lossiemouth in Scotland, bringing the total number of Poseidons to 9 for the Royal Air Force 

General Atomics awarded task order for French Block 30 Mobile Ground Control Station procurement

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc., Poway, California, has been awarded a $14,582,450 task order (FA8689-22-F-2800) to previously awarded, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract FA8689-20-D-2020 for the France Block 30 Mobile Ground Control Station procurement.

UK: New Royal Air Force Air Traffic Management system operational

A state-of-the-art solution has been installed at RAF Shawbury under a £1.5-billion contract placed by DE&S that is transforming air traffic management for the UK military.

Boeing expands partnerships with German industry on F/A-18 Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler

On January 12, Boeing announced the expansion of its industrial partnership strategy in Germany in support of the F/A-18 Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler offering to the Bundeswehr. A Request for Information (RFI) was issued to more than 10 German companies to solicit bids.

New V2 version of Leonardo Mirach 100/5 target drone secures first customer

A contract for 10 drones is the first for the Mirach 100/5 V2, which features new engines, advanced new avionics and enhanced reliability. The Mirach 100/5 V2 will accurately simulate hostile aircraft and incoming missiles during training exercises, allowing Armed Forces to train with radars and weapon systems in realistic scenarios. Leonardo’s Mirach family also includes the M-40, which provides medium-to-high performance at a price comparable with competitors’ entry-level drones.

Rostec develops VR simulators for Su-57 and Su-35 aircraft

The United Aircraft Corporation of the State Corporation Rostec is creating a VR simulator for training technical personnel. The equipment will increase the efficiency of servicing the Su-57 and Su-35 aircraft systems. System tests are scheduled to be completed in 2022.

Saab to deliver upgrade for Hungarian Air Force Gripen fleet

The Hungarian Government Commissioner Office responsible for defence development and the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) have successfully completed the negotiations for the MS20 Block 2 capability upgrade to the Hungarian fleet of Gripen fighter aircraft. Saab will deliver the upgrade.

Boeing selects Collins Aerospace electric power generation system for B-52

As part of the US Air Force’s ongoing modernization efforts to keep the B-52 bomber flying into the 2050s, Boeing has selected Collins Aerospace, a Raytheon Technologies company, to upgrade the aircraft with a new electric power generation system (EPGS).

US Air Force trains passing targeting information from A-10 Thunderbolts to F-35Bs

The Idaho Air National Guard welcomed U.S. Marines from Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 225, who fly the F-35B Lightning II, to Gowen Field Jan. 7-9

Modernized Ka-226T Climber helicopter made its first circular flight

The modernized Ka-226T light helicopter, as part of the flight test program, made its first circular flight on the basis of the flight test complex of the Mil and Kamov National Helicopter Engineering Center of the Russian Helicopters holding.

Upgraded Apache helicopters arrive in South Korea

The 4th Battalion (Attack), 2nd Aviation Regiment (4-2 AB) at Camp Humphreys, South Korea, is being outfitted with newest AH-64 Version 6 (V6) helicopter. This is the first OCONUS (Outside Continental United States) unit to receive the V6 aircraft. Fielding began in November, and the unit has since received 12 of 24 aircraft.

Volansi and Sierra Nevada Corporation partner to jointly pursue US Army Future Tactical Unmanned Aircraft Systems Program

Volansi, a Silicon Valley-based autonomous drone logistics company and Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC),  global aerospace national security company, announced a teaming agreement and partnership in support of the Army Future Tactical Unmanned Systems Increment 2 (FTUAS) Program.

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