JUNE 2022 news

Defense Aviation and Aerospace Industry


Chinese PLA Navy transport aircraft hold simulated landing on 3rd carrier to be equipped with cargo planes

As reported by Liu Xuanzun reports in Global Times, the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy recently held simulation training for transport aircraft to land on aircraft carriers, with military analysts saying on June 29 that the move indicated that China is now developing fixed-wing transport aircraft and special mission aircraft including early warning aircraft for its third aircraft carrier, thanks to the latter's electromagnetic catapults.

European Defence Agency launches call for papers on integration of military air capabilities in changing aviation sector

European Defence Agency (EDA) has launched a second call for papers from the defence industry, academia and research institutes on the topic of Integration of military air capabilities in a changing context of the civil aviation sector in the framework of EDA’s upcoming Single European Sky Workshops.

Hensoldt jamming system proves effectiveness against radars of various types

Sensor solution provider Hensoldt has completed extensive ground and field tests with its "Kalaetron Attack" jamming system, confirming its effectiveness against enemy air defence radars of various types.

Sikorsky to supply US Army with 120 additional H-60M Black Hawk helicopters

The U.S. Department of Defense on June 27 announced that Sikorsky Aircraft was awarded a $2,278,598,185 firm-fixed-price contract for the procurement of 120 UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters and related support for fiscal years 2022-2026, including options for an additional 135 aircraft.

Teledyne FLIR to deliver Black Hornet nano UAVs to Norway

According to a PR published by Teledyne FLIR Defense on June 24, 2022, the firm announced that it has entered into a framework agreement worth up to NOK 475 million with the Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency to deliver advanced Black Hornet® nano unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The agreement is valid for four years but can be extended a year at a time for up to three additional years.

Spain orders 20 more Eurofighter Typhoon fighter jets

According to a PR published by Airbus on June 23, 2022, the NATO Eurofighter and Tornado Management Agency (NETMA) has signed a landmark contract for the acquisition of 20 latest-generation Eurofighter jets.

Eurosatory 2022: Eurenco and Aresia sign strategic partnership for high-power airborne bomb markets

On the occasion of Eurosatory 2022, Eurenco, a European leader in energetic materials, and Aresia, a specialist in mission equipment for the aeronautics industry, signed a long-term partnership for the high-power airborne bomb markets. This alliance will enable the French Ministry of the Armed Forces to have a single point of contact for these issues. It consolidates the French team, also allowing it to respond efficiently to various export requests.

Airbus and German leading aerospace and defence companies team up to provide German army with H145M helicopters

Leading companies from the German aerospace and defence industry have joined forces to provide the Bundeswehr with the five-bladed H145M as their light support helicopter. A requirement for up to 55 helicopters is expected.

Rheinmetall wins major air start units order for the German Air Force

Rheinmetall has received a new and important contract for the Luftwaffe (German Air Force). The framework contract, awarded by the German procurement agency BAAINBw, is currently worth up to CAD 18 million (€13 million) and will run over the next three years.

US Government approving sale of precision guided bombs to NSPA NATO Support and Procurement Agency

The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency on June 22 announced that the State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the NATO Support and Procurement Agency of Precision Guided Munitions and related equipment for an estimated cost of $22.7 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale.

Australian Air Force to get more Northrop Grumman anti-radiation missiles

The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced on June 21 that the State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Australia of AGM-88E2 AARGM E2 missiles and related equipment for an estimated cost of $94 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale.

Jordanian Air Force to join F-16 Block 70 program

On 3 March 2020, It was announced that instead of upgrading, Royal Jordanian Air Force is now looking to buy the latest F-16V Block 70/72 model to replace its current fleet of older F-16s. As early as September 2017, the Royal Jordanian Air Force was working with the U.S. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC), based at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, to begin the Viper Block-70 operational upgrade program.

Rheinmetall showcasing products and security technologies for aviation at ILA Berlin Air Show 2022

ILA Berlin Air Show 2022, Europe’s biggest aerospace exhibition, takes place from 22 to 26 June. Rheinmetall will be on hand again this year at ILA. Under the motto “Providing friendly forces with the best-possible protection”, the Düsseldorf-based technology enterprise will be presenting part of the wide array of systems and services offered by its Vehicle Systems, Weapon and Ammunition, and Electronic Solutions divisions.

Northrop Grumman upgrades radars for US Air National Guard F-16s

The U.S. Air Force has completed the installation of Northrop Grumman AN/APG-83 Scalable Agile Beam Radar (SABR) on Air National Guard F-16s to meet a U.S. Northern Command Joint Emergent Operational Need (JEON) for homeland defense. SABR extends the operational viability and reliability of the Air National Guard F-16s and provides pilots with 5th-generation fighter radar capabilities.

US Air Force awards contract for the Stand-in attack weapon missile

According to information published by Northrop Grumman Corporation on June 10, 2022, the company has received a contract, with follow on options, for the development of the Stand-in Attack Weapon (SiAW) missile. The period of performance for the contract is three months, with three competitive gates for three prime contractors to validate their missile capabilities under a digital acquisition approach that emphasizes agility and innovation.

Ukrainian Air Force sending MiG-29 of its defunct Falcons aerobatic team into combat

An old MiG-29 of the Ukrainian ‘’Falcons’’ aerobatic team apparently returned to service with foreign parts, David Axe reports in Forbes. On Tuesday, June 7, a video appeared on social media depicting a MiG-29 fighter in action with the Ukrainian air force which, before the war imposed by Russia since February 24, operated some 50 jets of this model.

EDA Helicopter Exercise Programme Fire Blade 2022 kicks off in Hungary

Fire Blade 2022, the 16th helicopter exercise organised under the umbrella of the European Defence Agency’s Helicopter Exercise Programme (HEP), kicked off on June 7 at Pápa airbase in Hungary. It will last until 24 June.

BAE Systems airborne anti-jam GPS receiver broadens compatibility with inertial navigation systems

BAE Systems expanded the capabilities of its Digital GPS Anti-Jam Receiver (DIGAR) by enabling beamforming with Trimble receivers in addition to its own receivers. DIGAR's beamforming capabilities increase the level of GPS jamming protection for aircraft by a million-fold – helping pilots execute their missions in contested environments.

US Air Force's Next Generation fighter NGAD reaches new phase

According to information published by Opex 360 on June 2, 2022, the United States Air Force's Next Generation Air Dominance (NGAD) reaches a new phase, entering its engineering and manufacturing development phase.

NATO conducts drills in Norway with Sweden and Finland Air Forces

According to information published by NATO on June 3, 2022, the Royal Norwegian Air Force is for the first time, leading an advanced cooperative exercise with NATO and partner nations Sweden and Finland.

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