JULY 2022 news

Defense Aviation and Aerospace Industry


Elbit Systems to provide DIRCM and Airborne EW self protection system for Netherlands Air Force

Elbit Systems was selected to supply a Direct Infrared Counter Measures (DIRCM) system and an airborne Electronic Warfare (EW) system for a Gulfstream G650 aircraft of The Netherlands Ministry of Defense.

Rafael unveils Ice Breaker precision-guided missile system

According to a PR published by Rafael on July 13, 2022, the company. is participating at the Farnborough International Airshow 2022 in the UK where it will introduce the Ice Breaker: a 5th generation long-range, autonomous, precision-guided missile system, enabling significant attack performance against a variety of high-value land, and sea targets. Ice Breaker is a multi-service solution, across air, land, and sea domains.

Royal Thai Army to fit weather radar on six more UH-60L Black Hawk helicopters

The Army Transportation Department of the Royal Thai Army announced on July 5 that the winner of the bidding to procure weather radars to be fitted on 6 more of its Sikorsky UH-60L utility helicopters is the Thai company Krin Aviation and Technology. The market is worth $ 4,183,869 (150,000,000 Thai baht), Defense Studies reports.

Elbit Systems launches innovative helicopter vision suite

Elbit Systems unveils an innovative technological vision suite for military helicopters (a 5th generation aircraft technology). The new suite integrates a sophisticated sensor array, an Artificial Intelligence (AI) powered mission computer and a unique Helmet Mounted Display (HMD) system. The new suite enables helicopter pilots to see through the body of the aircraft and provides them with a real-time, clear, colored wide field of view, day and night, in challenging weather and visibility conditions.

Turkey successfully tests its future air-to-air missile Gokdogan

According to information published by TRT World on July 11, 2022, the head of Türkiye's Defence Industries Presidency (SSB) Ismail Demir has announced that the country has successfully tested its homegrown beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM), Gokdogan. The missile is expected to be delivered to the Turkish Armed Forces this year.

Royal Thai Air Force receives second batch of Airbus H135 training helicopters

As reported by Defense Studies on July 8, Airbus Helicopters has handed over the second batch of H135 military training helicopters to the Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) in a ceremony held at its Wing 2 base in Lopburi, Thailand. The latest deliveries saw RTAF receiving all six H135 helicopters, becoming the first in Southeast Asia to utilize the H135 for military training.

Boeing delivers 150th P-8 Maritime Patrol Aircraft with first deliveries to New Zealand, Korea and Germany scheduled for 2022, 2023 and 2024 respectively

The newest Boeing P-8 maritime patrol, reconnaissance aircraft took to the skies over Puget Sound bringing the total number of P-8s delivered to 150. The 150th multi-mission P-8 will be operated by Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) One based at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland.

Sweden to possibly donate Saab JAS 39 Gripen fighters to Ukraine from 2027

According to Boyko Nikolov in BulgarianMilitary.com, in 2027, the Czech Republic will cease operating the JAS 39C Gripen fighters and intends to arm its air force with F-35s (at least such are the Czech intention, Boyko Nikolov writes]. Then, Sweden could agree with the Czech Republic to provide 14 ‘’obsolete’’ JAS 39 Gripen fighters to Ukraine free of charge: 12 single-seat JAS 39C and 2 two-seat JAS 39D.

Royal Thai Navy to buy seven Hermes 900 UAVs from Elbit Systems

According to The Bangkok Post and The Nation, Vice Adm Pokkrong Monthatphalin, Royal Thai Navy spokesman, revealed that the navy had chosen seven Hermes 900 UAVs from Elbit Systems. The Israeli firm offered the non-tariff price of US$120 million. The UAVs will be equipped with hardware and software defence technology which are applicable for prospective attack missions, said a navy source.

Myanmar Air Force receives first two Su-30 fighter jets from Russia

As reported by the Myanmar/Burmese newspaper The Irrawaddy on July 4, Russia delivered the first two of six new Su-30 jet fighters to Myanmar in March, according to several informed sources who formerly served with the Myanmar Air Force.

Northrop Grumman to build new missile integration facility

Northrop Grumman on July 6 announced the construction of a new 113,000-square-foot facility in West Virginia that will increase the company’s capacity within the defense industrial base to ensure delivery of current and future missiles to meet warfighter needs.

Malaysian Navy receives third AW139 naval helicopter and activates new Squadron 503

As reported by Asia Pacific Defense Journal and several other media, The Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) has formally received and inducted the first two AgustaWestland AW139 maritime utility helicopters. One more helicopter is expected to be delivered to Malaysia by September 2022.

Indian DRDO conducts flight test of Abhyas high-speed expendable aerial target

As reported by Air Force Technology, the Indian Ministry of Defence announced a second successful flight test of the indigenously developed high-speed expendable aerial target (HEAT), called Abhyas, already tested in December 2021. The flight test was conducted at Integrated Test Range (ITR) off the coast of Odisha in Chandipur, India, on 29 June. Abhyas is designed and developed by India’s Defence Research & Development Organisation’s (DRDO) Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE).

Fire Blade 2022 helicopter exercice promotes European interoperability and multinational deployments

Fire Blade 2022 (FB22), the 16th Blade exercise performed under the frame of the European Defence Agency’s Helicopter Exercise Programme (HEP), was hosted at Pápa Airbase, Hungary, from 7-24 June 2022. The exercise, which marked the 10th anniversary of the creation of the Agency’s HEP, achieved all expected national and multinational objectives, including the preparation of aircrews and units for the challenges of modern military operations.

Indian DRDO indigenous stealth UCAV makes maiden flight

As reported by Ajai Shukla on ajaishukla.com, the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully conducted the maiden flight of its “Autonomous Flying Wing Technology Demonstrator” from the Aeronautical Test Range, Chitradurga, Karnataka on July 1: “Operating in a fully autonomous mode, the aircraft performed a perfect flight, including take-off, waypoint navigation and a smooth touchdown”, the DRDO announced in a press release.

Russian Air Force receives first Su-34M front-line bombers

As the press service of the Russian Eastern Military District reported on July 4, 2022, the bomber component of the Air Force and Air Defense Army of the Eastern Military District, stationed in the Khabarovsk Territory, received several new modernized Su-34M multipurpose bombers at the end of June. At present, the aircraft have been put into operation and are used by pilots for their intended purpose of training flights.

Elbit Systems to supply DIRCM and airborne EW Self Protection Systems for Asia-Pacific country

Elbit Systems announced on July 5 that it was awarded an $80 million contract to supply Direct Infrared Counter Measures (DIRCM) and airborne Electronic Warfare (EW) systems for a country in Asia-Pacific. The contract will be performed over a two-year period.

Frenh DGA receives first renovated MICA combat and self-defense interception missiles

In a tweet sent on 30 June, the DGA (Direction Générale de l'Armement) announced that it had received, on the previous June 7, a first batch of 14 renovated MICA air-to-air missiles, which were taken care of by the Joint Ammunition Service (SIMu). This renovation is part of the contract notified in November 2018 by the DGA to the industrialist MBDA, covering both the pyrotechnic renovation of 300 Mica already delivered to the forces and the acquisition of 567 new-generation Mica missiles (Mica NG).

Rheinmetall showcases LUNA Next Generation airsupported reconnaissance system at ILA 2022

Under the motto “Providing friendly forces with the best-possible protection”, Rheinmetall was spotlighting numerous innovations and further developments of its division's Vehicle Systems, Weapon and Ammunition und Electronic Solutions at the ILA 2022, the trade fair for the aerospace industry.

Saab to supply Swedish Air Force with two GlobalEye AEW&C aircraft

On June 30, Saab signed a contract with and received an order from the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) for the GlobalEye Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) aircraft. The order includes two GlobalEye aircraft with deliveries planned during 2027. The contract period is 2022-2027. The contract also includes options that enable FMV to order up to two additional GlobalEye.

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