September 2022 news

Defense Aviation and Aerospace Industry


AFTC organizations collaborate to expand B-52 weapon capabilities

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio --The Air Force SEEK EAGLE Office recently called upon the expertise of the Store Separation Test team to test and evaluate the release of a GBU-38 from a B-52H Stratofortress with new load configurations in the 16-foot transonic wind tunnel at Arnold Air Force Base.

US Air Force receives Battlefield Airborne Communications Node-equipped E-11A aircraft

HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. – Hanscom’s Battlefield Airborne Communication Node, or BACN, team recently added a new aircraft to their fleet.

Northrop Grumman to unveil the B-21 Raider

Northrop Grumman Corporation, in partnership with the U.S. Air Force, will unveil the B-21 Raider during the first week of December at the company’s Palmdale, California facility.

Ka-52M receives new protection against MANPADS

MOSCOW, September 20. /TASS-DEFENSE/. Upgraded Ka-52M helicopter received modernized onboard defense against man-portable air defense systems (MANPADS) and new ballistic protection, a defense industry source told TASS.

DARPA seeks leap-ahead capabilities for Vertical Takeoff and Landing X-Plane

DARPA’s AdvaNced airCraft Infrastructure-Less Launch And RecoverY X-Plane program, nicknamed ANCILLARY, aims to develop and flight demonstrate critical technologies required for a leap ahead in vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL), low-weight, high-payload, and long-endurance capabilities. The goal is to build a plane that can launch from ship flight decks and small austere land locations in adverse weather without launch and recovery equipment typically needed for these systems.

The Brazilian armed forces acquire 27 H125 helicopters

The Brazilian armed forces, through the Combat Aircraft Programme Coordinating Committee (COPAC), have acquired 27 single engine H125 helicopters to boost the training capacity of the Brazilian Navy and the Air Force.

Bell selects Sierra Nevada Corporation for its High-Speed Vertical Takeoff and Landing development team

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. company, announced it has entered into a teaming agreement with Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC), a global aerospace and national security company, for Bell’s High-Speed Vertical Takeoff and Landing (HSVTOL) aircraft. As part of the collaboration, SNC will specifically support the design and development of mission systems for HSVTOL variants.

L3Harris and Embraer to develop new agile tanker via KC-390 to support USAF operational imperatives

L3Harris Technologies and Embraer S.A. (announced a partnership to develop an “Agile Tanker,” a tactical aerial refueling option to address the U.S. Air Force’s operational imperatives and joint force refueling requirements especially for contested logistics environments.

Ka-52M gunships to complete acceptance trials in October

MOSCOW, September 15. /TASS-DEFENSE/. Upgraded Ka-52M helicopter gunships have to complete acceptance trials in October, a defense industry source told TASS.

GA-ASI flies completely autonomous UAS flight using Avenger MQ-20A

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) used a company-owned Avenger MQ-20A Unmanned Aircraft System to fly a military aircraft using an Artificially Intelligent (AI) pilot deployed on an operationally relevant, Open Mission Systems (OMS) software stack on Sept. 12, 2022.

Saab receives service and maintenance order for South African Gripens

Saab has received a support contract for the service, repairs and maintenance of the South African Air Force´s Gripen C/D jet fighters. The order value is MSEK 333 (MZAR 532) over a three-year period.

Polish Air Force to get 48 South Korean KAI FA-50PL fighter jets worth USD 3 billion

Seattle Times echoing Rafal Niedzielski (AP) reports that Poland on Saturday 16 sealed $3 billion in deals with South Korea for the purchase of 48 Korean FA-50PL Golden Eagle fighter planes (PL indicates Polish specifications). The two deals for the purchase of combat and training jets follow contracts signed last month for the acquisition by Poland of $5.8 billion worth of South Korean K2 Black Panther main battle tanks and K9A1 self-propelled howitzers.

New Russian Sirius drone will be able to carry guided bombs

According to information published by Tass on September 16, 2022, the latest Russian heavy Sirius drones can carry guided and unguided bombs and missiles.

Russian hypersonic missile Kinzhal fired from MiG-31 fell in Russia

Ashish Dangwal reported in Eurasian Times, on September 16, that a video of an unidentified flying object that crashed in Stavropol, Russia, around 350 kilometers (220 miles) from the Ukrainian border, went viral on the internet. The Russian media reports initially led people to believe it was a Ukrainian unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). Later, Twitter users noted similarities between the wreckage and the Russian Kinzhal missile.

US Marine Corps deploys the CH-53K King Stallion in an exercise for the first time

According to information published by the U.S. DoD on September 15, 2022, the US Marine Corps (USMC) deployed the CH-53K King Stallion helicopter during training in North Carolina.

Swiss Air Force to get 36 Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II jets

Switzerland’s House of Representatives has approved the purchase of 36 new Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II fighter jets. The decision gives the green light to sign the purchase contract.

Finnish fighter jets to train on highway during Baana 22 exercise

In Finland, the Air Force Academy will arrange the Baana 22 exercise in Joutsa on 25 to 30 September 2022. The part of highway 4 used as a landing strip will be closed to all traffic during the exercise.

Embraer's C-390 Millennium debuts at the NATO Days event in the Czech Republic

Embraer's C-390 Millennium multi-mission aircraft will debut at the NATO Days event, which takes place from September 17 to 18 in Ostrava, Czech Republic. In addition to the aircraft, Embraer will disclose its complete portfolio for the defense and security markets, with innovative products and solutions that are present in more than 60 countries.

Garmin G3000 selected for US DoD contract to modernize fleet of US Navy and Marine Corps F-5 aircraft

armin International, Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. announced the selection of the Garmin G3000 integrated flight deck by Tactical Air Support, Inc. (Tactical Air) as part of a contract with the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) F-5N+/F+ Avionics Reconfiguration and Tactical Enhancement/Modernization for Inventory Standardization (ARTEMIS) program.

Lithuanian MoD begins acquisition of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

The Ministry of National Defence began the procedure for acquisition of 35 UAV systems, 26 “mini” and 9 “small” type.

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