October 2022 news

Defense Aviation and Aerospace Industry


Royal Air Force conduct largest ever mass firing of ASRAAM

Royal Air Force (RAF) Typhoon and Lightning jets have successfully conducted their largest ever mass firing of Advanced Short Range Air-to-Air Missiles (ASRAAM). Over the space of 10 days, pilots from eight different squadrons successfully launched a total of 53 missiles at target drones.

Survey Copter presents a new configuration of its ALIACA system

SURVEY Copter, a subsidiary of Airbus, has developed a new configuration for its range of light tactical drones ALIACA. The system, called ALIACA ER, for "extended range", is a new configuration of the ALIACA system. This system is equipped with a powerful heat engine. Allowing it an elongation of 100km and an autonomy of 6 hours.

Jordanian Air Force to get back first AT-802 Border Patrol Aircraft after upgrading to Block 4 standard

According to a tweet posted by Gareth Jennings on October 21, the Royal Jordanian Air Force will get back the first of 6 Air Tractor AT-802 Block 2 Border Patrol Aircraft aircraft that are being upgraded to the latest Block 4 standard.

Indian trainer aircraft HTT-40 unveiled at DefExpo 2022

Indian Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi unveiled HTT-40, an indigenous trainer aircraft designed and developed by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), at the India Pavilion during 12th DefExpo in Gandhinagar, Gujarat on October 19, 2022. Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh, Chief Minister of Gujarat Shri Bhupendrabhai Patel were among those present on the occasion.

Myanmar buys FTC-2000G fighter jets from China

The Myanmar Air Force has ordered several FTC-2000G midrange fighter jets from China, a major arms supplier to the Southeast Asian nation.

Trials of new-generation BrahMos missile to begin in early 2024

GANDHINAGAR /India/, October 20. /TASS-DEFENSE/. The qualification trials of the new-generation BrahMos missile are expected to begin in early 2024, CEO of the Russian-Indian Joint Venture BrahMos Aerospace Atul Rane said.

Two Russian Tu-95MS strategic bombers fly over Pacific Ocean, Bering, Okhotsk seas

MOSCOW, October 19. /TASS-DEFENSE/. Two Tupolev Tu-95MS (NATO reporting name: Bear) strategic bombers accompanied by Mikoyan MiG-31 (Foxhound) fighter jets have performed a scheduled flight over the neutral waters of the Pacific Ocean, the Bering Sea and the Sea of Okhotsk, the Defense Ministry’s press office said on October 18.

Hensoldt and Rafael team on Electronic Warfare capabilities for German Air Force

Sensor solutions provider HENSOLDT and Rafael Advanced Defence Systems Ltd. are joining forces to offer a readily-available, state-of-the-art, and mature solution to the Luftwaffe’s requirement of airborne electronic warfare capabilities with Initial Operating Capability (IOC) in 2028. The exclusive teaming agreement was signed in Tel Aviv on 18th October 2022, by Thomas Müller, CEO HENSOLDT, and Maj. Gen (ret.) Yoav Har-Even, President and CEO of RAFAEL.

US Air Force examines the use of exoskeleton for moving cargo

The Air Force Research Laboratory’s Center for Rapid Innovation, or CRI, held an event Oct. 6 with the Air Force Reserve Command’s 445th Airlift Wing for a ROAM Robotics team to demonstrate the latest Forge System, a pneumatically-powered exoskeleton that augments leg strength to reduce fatigue, increase endurance and offset weight.

Il-76MD-90 aircraft to be able to carry up to eight Molniya drones

MOSCOW, October 18. /TASS-DEFENSE/. Russia’s Ilyushin Il-76MD-90 (NATO reporting name: Candid) military transport plane will be able to carry up to eight Molniya air-launched unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), a defense industry source told TASS.

Royal Air Force conduct live air attack training with Swedish Air Force counterparts

Last week, the Royal Air Force (RAF) has been participating in intensive warfighting training with the Swedish Air Force as part of the Joint Expeditionary Force (JEF).

GA-ASI flight tests next-generation flight computer on Gray Eagle Extended Range

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) successfully performed the first flight tests of the next-generation flight computer for the MQ-1C Gray Eagle Extended Range (GE-ER) Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS). The tests took place at GA-ASI’s El Mirage Flight Test Facility in El Mirage, Calif., as part of the U.S. Army-funded development efforts to upgrade and modernize the GE-ER.

Australian and Indonesian Air Forces trained in Exercise Rajawali Ausindo

Australia welcomed an Indonesian Air Force C-130H Hercules transport aircraft and crew to RAAF Base Townsville to participate in Exercise Rajawali Ausindo from September 25-29.

First Portuguese KC-390 has arrived

The first Embraer KC-390, PT-ZDK (c/n 390000011), for the Força Aérea Portuguesa (Portuguese Air Force) has arrived on October 16 at its new homebase Beja (BA 11).

NATO annual nuclear exercise gets underway

 Air forces from across NATO will exercise nuclear deterrence capabilities involving dozens of aircraft over north-western Europe starting on Monday (17 October 2022). The exercise, which runs until 30 October, is a routine, recurring training activity and it is not linked to any current world events.

The Czech Gripens have returned from NATO mission after a six month deployment in Lithuania

The Gripen fighters of the Czech Air Force, which have been operating in Lithuania for six months, landed on Friday 30th September, at their home air base in Čáslav, Czech Republic. From 1st April to the end of September, the airspace of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia was protected by the Czech Air Force as part of NATO's Integrated Air and Missile Defense System.

L3Harris delivers Wescam MX-25D EO/IR imaging system to USSOCOM for AC-130J Ghostrider gunship

L3Harris Technologies has handed over a Wescam MX-25D electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) and laser designator sensor system to the US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM). As reported by AirForce Technology, delivery of the imaging system is part of the modernization strategy implemented by the US Air Force Special Operations Command (USAFSOC) for its Lockheed Martin AC-130J Ghostrider gunships. The latest development also marks a key milestone, as the company completes the delivery of its 6,000th Wescam MX-Series imaging system to USSOCOM.

Russia deploys Mi-8 MTPR-1 Electronic Warfare helicopters to jam Ukrainian air defence

The Russian Armed Forces have developed a significant number of advanced weapon systems and air assets during the “special operation” in Ukraine. However, analyst interest has focused on a rare and unique version of them which has appeared in Ukraine, in the Mi-8 MTPR-1 Rychag with a special role of suppression of enemy air defense (SEAD -Suppression of Enemy Air Defense).

BAE Systems releases the Viper Memory Loader Verifier II, reducing vulnerability to cyber-attacks for F-16s

BAE Systems has released the Viper Memory Loader Verifier II (MLV II), a new version of a world-leading maintenance capability that will reduce vulnerability to cyber-attacks for F-16 aircraft.

Russia’s Aerospace Force receives upgraded Il-76MD-90A and Il-76MD-M aircraft

MOSCOW, October 12. /TASS-DEFENSE/. The United Aircraft Corporation (UAC, part of the Rostec state hi-tech corporation) has handed over upgraded Il-76MD-90A and Il-76MD-M aircraft to the military transport aviation of Russia’s Aerospace Force, the UAC press office said.

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