May 2022 news

Defense Aviation and Aerospace Industry


Analysis: First use of Russian Su-57 fighter aircraft in Ukraine's war

Experts from Military Watch magazine have analyzed the combat capabilities of Russia’s fifth-generation Sukhoi Su-57 (NATO reporting name: Felon) fighter jet and named five missions the aircraft is most likely to be fulfilling in the Ukrainian airspace.

Saudi Arabia reportedly in talks with Turkey to buy Bayraktar TB2 drones

According to information published by Hurriyet Daily News on May 27, 2022, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is preparing for talks to buy Turkish Bayraktar TB2 drones.

Turkey delivers six Bayraktar TB2 drones to Niger

According to information published by RFI on May 25, 2022, Niger receives six Turkish-made Bayraktar TB2, delivered to Niamey airport. This is the first part of an arms contract signed in November.

US Army awards Airbus contract for Continued Logistics Support of UH-72 Lakota helicopters

Airbus has signed a follow-on Contractor Logistics Support (CLS) contract with the U.S. Army to provide spare parts, material, and engineering support for the Army’s entire UH-72A and UH-72 B Lakota fleet of 482 utility and training helicopters.

S-70 Okhotnik strategic drone undergoes frequency trials

MOSCOW, May 24. /TASS-DEFENSE/. The Chkalov Aircraft Plant in Novosibirsk held frequency trials of the prototype of Okhotnik drone, the Siberian Aviation Research Institute (SibNIA) said: “In May 2022, the Chkalov affiliate of the Sukhoi company held frequency trials of the prototype of the prospective Russian Okhotnik unmanned aerial vehicle with the use of the elastic jacking system designed by SibNIA,” it said.

Czech Republic gives Ukraine Mi-35 gunship attack helicopters

According to Drew Hinshaw in The Wall Street Journal on May 23, the Czech Republic has donated attack helicopters to Ukraine, and along with Slovakia, has allowed Ukraine’s army to send armored vehicles across their borders for repairs before they are returned to the conflict.

Marine Fighter Attack Squadron VMFA 242 based at Iwakuni declares Full Operational Capability with F-35B

Marine Fighter Attack Squadron VMFA-242 achieved Full Operational Capability (FOC) and is now ready to support the full complement of its missions. A significant part of this milestone is the establishment of 32 F-35B aircraft permanently forward-based as part of Marine Aircraft Group (MAG) 12, ready to support a free and open Indo-Pacific. This transition occurred on schedule per the annual Marine Corps aviation plan.

Chinese spy satellite tracked Tom Cruise's Darkstar jet in Top Gun Maverick suspecting new secret stealth fighter

Top Gun producer Jerry Bruckheimer has revealed a jet used in the new film looked so realistic that it caught the attention of a Chinese spy satellite, Emily Brown reports in Unilad.

Russian army to have strategic drones by 2030

MOSCOW, May 20. /TASS-DEFENSE/. The Russian army is to be armed with strategic drones in the near future, Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said on Friday, May 20: “Strategic UAVs are expected to be supplied [to the Russian armed forces] in the near future. They will ease the pressure on flight personnel and considerably reduce the costs of reconnaissance and strike operations as well as the consumption of ammunition and the aircraft wear rate,” he said.

Taiwan tests Teng Yun 2 next generation combat drone

Taiwan completed long-range flight tests of its indigenous Teng Yun 2 drone this month, Gabriel Honrada reports in Asia Times, marking an important step in its efforts to harden its own defenses and achieve self-sufficiency in producing weapons. The drone took off from Chiashan Air Base in Hualien and flew over the sea for nearly three hours.

US DARPA developing Liberty Lifter cargo hauling ekranoplan X-Plane

In August 2021, DARPA, the Pentagon's agency dedicated to innovation, published a request for information from the industry in order to design a "new class of vehicle" likely to overcome the "key operational limitations of traditional air and sea transport platforms”, Laurent Lagneau reports in Opex360. This was to support a project to develop “new seaplanes and ground effect vehicles, otherwise known as “Ekranoplan”. The objective was then to imagine a device that could carry a payload of 100 tons while having a flight capacity "extended out of ground effect to avoid obstacles" as well as to fly over rough seas.

Rostec to start serial production of Su-57 fighters in 2027

Russia will start serial production of the 5th-generation light fighter Sukhoi Su-57 in 2027, Rostec CEO Sergei Chemezov said on May18 at a meeting with President Vladimir Putin: work is in progress on the designer documentation for the light fighter jet Checkmate. Its serial production will begin in 2027, Rostec corporation’s CEO Sergey Chemezov said at a meeting with President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday.

US Air Force and Lockheed Martin complete ARRW hypersonic boosted test flight

The U.S. Air Force and Lockheed Martin successfully conducted a hypersonic-boosted flight test of the AGM-183A Air-launched Rapid Response Weapon (ARRW) from the service’s B-52H Stratofortress. The successful flight demonstrates the weapon’s ability to reach and withstand operational hypersonic speeds, collect crucial data for use in further flight tests, and validate safe separation from the aircraft to deliver the glide body and warhead to designated targets from significant standoff distances.

Rostec to start serial production of Sukhoi S-70 Okhotnik heavy attack drones in 2023

Russia will launch serial production of the Okhotnik (Hunter) heavy strike drone in 2023, Rostec CEO Sergei Chemezov said Wednesday, May 18, at a meeting with President Vladimir Putin. The Okhotnik features a flat nozzle thruster that makes it less visible for radars.

Israeli F-16 fighters targeted by Russian S-300 air defense missiles over Syria

According to various media, a Russian air defense unit fired S-300PMU anti-aircraft missiles at Israeli F-16C/I jets during an air attack on targets located in northwestern Syria last week, Israel’s Channel 13 News said on May 16.

Kazakhstan to produce TAI Turkish Aerospace Industries Anka UAVs

According to Joe Saballa in The Defense Post, Turkey has agreed to collaborate with Kazakhstan in manufacturing Anka unmanned aerial vehicles. The agreement was reached when Kazakhstan President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev paid an official visit to Ankara with a large delegation last week.

Rafael unveils AeroSpike Stand-Off Precision Guided Missile

Rafael Advanced Defense Systems unveils AeroSpike, a new advanced air-to-surface Stand-Off Precision Guided Missile (SOPGM) for fixed-wing airborne platforms.

India test-fires extended-range version of BrahMos missile from Su-30MKI fighter

MOSCOW, May 16. /TASS-DEFENSE/. India has for the first time test-fired an extended-range version of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile from a Sukhoi Su-30MKI fighter aircraft, the Indian Defense Ministry’s press office said.

BAE Systems and Mitsubishi to cooperate on Japanese Air Force F-X 6th-gen fighter jet

According to Ryo Nemoto in Nikkei Asia, Mitsubishi is in discussions to have BAE Systems join the development of a next-generation fighter jet that the Japanese government aims to deploy in 2035. Japan and the U.K. have already decided to collaborate on engine parts and aim to hammer out the specifics of expanded cooperation by the end of 2022. The development of the F-X allows Japan to catch up to and counter Russian and Chinese stealth fighters.

Moroccan Air Force F-5 fighters to get Elbit Systems Delilah cruise missiles

Morocco is seeking to purchase Israeli cruise missiles Delilah to enhance further its multi-layered defense capabilities, according to Defensa magazine echoed by the North Africa Post. The North African Kingdom has opened negotiations with Israeli Elbit Systems to get the Delilah missiles to arm its F-5 jets to upgrade these U.S.-made light fighters with advanced sensor systems and jamming systems, data links and a set of modern air-to-ground and air-to-air weapons.

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