September 2022 news

Defense Aviation and Aerospace Industry


Czech pilots have completed their first flights on the new UH-1Y Venom and AH-1Z Viper helicopters

Since July, a group of pilots and on-board technicians from the 22nd Helicopter Air Force Base in Náměště nad Oslavou have been training on the new types of UH-1Y Venom and AH-1Z Viper helicopters at the US Marine Corps Base Pendleton. In September, the initial theoretical training was replaced by the first practical flights.

Elbit Systems awarded a $120 Million contract to supply Hermes 900 UAS to the Royal Thai Navy

Elbit Systems Ltd.  announced on September 28 that it was awarded a contract valued at $120 million to supply Hermes 900 Maritime Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) and training capabilities to the Royal Thai Navy. The contract will be performed over a three-year period.

US DOD largest telescope receives mirror recoat, preserves space domain awareness

The US Air Force Maui Optical and Supercomputing site’s Advanced Electro-Optical System, or AEOS, the Department of Defense’s largest telescope, measuring 3.6 meters or 11.9 feet, has received a face-lift.

Upgraded Ka-52M receives heated blades

MOSCOW, September 28. /TASS-DEFENSE/. Upgraded Ka-52M helicopter is equipped with heated blades against icing, a defense industry source told TASS.

Royal New Zealand Air Force undertakes advanced tactics training in the United States

RNZAF No. 40 Squadron personnel are attending the Advanced Airlift Tactical Training Centre (AATTC), with a C-130 Hercules, to develop the crew’s proficiency to conduct tactical missions in austere environments.

KAI unveils LUH, Light Utility Helicopter, equipped with kamikaze drones

During the exhibition DX Korea, held from September 21 to September 25, Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) unveiled a variant of its LAH (light attack helicopter). 

NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen goes live with Digital Tower from Saab

The first digital air traffic control tower is now live and in operation at NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen in Germany. The base is equipped with a state-of-the-art Saab r-TWR system.

KC-46A cleared for worldwide deployments following first combat refuel

Gen. Mike Minihan, commander of Air Mobility Command, approved the KC-46A Pegasus for worldwide deployments to meet combatant command taskings effective Sept. 14, 2022.

Canadian Defence Minister announces enhancements to RCAF mobility capabilities to support Ukraine and other global missions

On September 26, Defence Minister Anita Anand announced that the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) is enhancing its air mobility operations based in Europe as it conducts ongoing missions there and around the world.

US Army Chinooks conduct deck landings on USS Ronald Reagan

Soldiers from B Company, 3-2 General Support Aviation Battalion, 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade conducted deck landings with CH-47F Chinook helicopters on the the U.S. Navy's only forward-deployed aircraft carrier, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), in the East Sea on September 26, 2022. 

UK: Royal Air Force completes live fire exercise with the Royal Navy and US on Navy warship

Aircraft from 41 Test and Evaluation Squadron based at RAF Coningsby conducted a long-planned live fire exercise with the Royal Navy, and United States counterparts on a decommissioned United States Navy warship.

Boeing and Red 6 to advance fighter pilot training with augmented reality

The future of advanced fighter pilot training is leaping into the virtual world as Boeing and augmented reality developer Red 6 announced they are collaborating to develop leading edge aerial dogfighting technology and training in advanced tactical aircraft. Boeing is the first company to team with Red 6 on this type of advanced training technology.

Royal Australian Air Force receives four new F-35 fighter jets

Four F-35A Lightning II aircraft touched down at Royal Australian Air Force Base Williamtown between August 30 and September 2. It brings the total of F-35As based in Australia to 54 of the total planned fleet of 72 aircraft.

Russian guided drone missile successfully completes trials

MOSCOW, September 23. /TASS-DEFENSE/. The Tactical Missiles Corporation (KTRV) has successfully test fired Kh-MD-E short-range homing guided missile from a drone, CEO Boris Obnosov told TASS.

Hensoldt PrecISR1000 multi-mission surveillance radar saves life

HENSOLDT's latest airborne radar, the PrecISR1000 multi-mission surveillance radar, confirmed its outstanding all-weather surveillance capabilities in a life-or-death rescue operation.

UK: Royal Air Force's capstone tactical training event Exercise Cobra Warrior ends

The Exercise, which ran for the last 3 weeks, has allowed members of the United States Air Force, Italian and German Air Forces and NATO to work alongside their RAF counterparts to undertake multiple training missions with various objectives. In turn providing a valuable opportunity to develop joint tactics, techniques, and procedures.

Havelsan redesigned the BAHA UAV

HAVELSAN Simulation, Autonomous and Platform Management Technologies R&D and Engineering Director Mehmet Onur Özçelik announced that the company has redesigned the BAHA unmanned aerial vehicle. Stating that BAHA is a component of HAVELSAN's important project, Özçelik said, "When BAHA first emerged, it was a platform used to test our domestic and national autopilot software and swarm algorithms. We developed our algorithms on this platform. Performing the tests of the developments in the regions where our armed forces are located. "We wanted to do this and went to many areas. Our aim in doing this was primarily to define and see the needs of our armed forces in the region and to test it on the spot. However, we have also developed and improved this test platform itself." he said.

Launch of Ramstein Alloy 22-3 NATO exercise

On September 26 and 27, Allies Hungary, Germany, Czech Republic, Italy, Türkije, the United Kingdom, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, as well as Partner Finland will conduct the third Ramstein Alloy exercise in 2022 with a focus on NATO’s Deter and Defend concept.

Russia actively engages ZALA Aero drones

MOSCOW, September 26. /TASS-DEFENSE/. The Russian army began to actively engage drones of ZALA Aero Company, President of the Kalashnikov Company Alan Lushnikov told TASS.

Bulgaria approves additional F-16 Block 70/72 purchase

The Bulgarian government has approved funding for the purchase of eight additional Lockheed Martin F-16C/D Block 70/72 Fighting Falcons. This sale was initially cleared by the US State Department in April 2022.

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