September 2022 news

Defense Aviation and Aerospace Industry


Ka-52M to interact with drones and airplanes

MOSCOW, September 15. /TASS-DEFENSE/. Upgraded Ka-52M helicopter will have netcentric capabilities to operate with drones and other helicopters and airplanes, a defense industry source told TASS.

Top Aces wins contract to train USAF with F-16 Advanced Aggressor Fighter Fleet

Top Aces Corp. (Top Aces), the world's only commercial owner/operator of F-16 fighter aircraft, today announced that it was selected under the US Air Force (USAF) Combat Air Force Contracted Air Support program to provide advanced adversary air training to pilots at Eglin Air Force Base (AFB) in Florida and Luke AFB in Arizona.

Northrop Grumman unveils first Australian MQ-4C Triton

Northrop Grumman Corporation unveiled Australia’s first MQ-4C Triton autonomous aircraft during a ceremony at its high-altitude, long-endurance (HALE) aircraft production site in California. The event, attended by Australian, U.S. government and defense officials, highlights the continued progress of the MQ-4C Triton program for both the Royal Australian Air Force and U.S. Navy.

Safran contract renewed for US Army UH-72 Lakota engine support

Safran Helicopter Engines has signed an agreement with Airbus Helicopters to continue supporting Arriel engines powering the U.S. Army UH-72 Lakota helicopter fleet. This contract formalizes a Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) and service agreement supporting over 900 Arriel 1E2 and Arriel 2E engines, operated by the U.S. Army on its UH-72A and UH-72B.

French Air Force aircraft lands in Indonesia for PEGASE mission

After 3 weeks in Australia for PitchBlack 2022, 3 Rafale, 2 A330 MRTT Phénix, 1 A400M Atlas and a detachment of 170 personnel landed on Halim Perdanakusuma's BA in Indonesia for the 1st stop of the PEGASE mission.

Raytheon receives $183M US Air Force contract to supply Advanced Synthetic Aperture Radar Sensors

Raytheon Technologies‘intelligence and space business has secured a five-year, $184 million contract to supply Advanced Synthetic Aperture Radar System-2B sensors and supplementary equipment to the U.S. Air Force.

General Dynamics Mission Systems receives $22.9 Million contract to protect classified mission data at rest

General Dynamics Mission Systems announced that it has been awarded a $22.9 million contract by the U.S. Air Force Cryptologic and Cyber Systems Division to design, develop and deliver a Classified Data at Rest high assurance Inline Media Encryptor (IME). As the plan of record for the majority of Air Force manned and unmanned platforms requiring data at rest encryption, this first-of-its-kind solution will revolutionize how the Air Force protects its top secret mission-critical data.

B-1s border the Arctic for Baked Alaskan exercise; enhance ACE practices

Two B-1B Lancers and approximately 50 Airmen assigned to Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, engaged in an Agile Combat Employment exercise, Baked Alaskan, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Sept. 9-10, 2022.

F-15C fleet prepares to stand down after 50 years of vigilance

For 24 years the F-15 Eagle has roared over the city of Klamath Falls, Ore., flying countless training missions and supplying air superiority pilots to the U.S. Air Force. This aircraft is special in its own right boasting an undefeated record in combat and a service life reaching back 50 years—a remarkable lifespan for a fighter aircraft. Those days are nearing their end however as the retirement of the aircraft is fast approaching. So, where will they go?

AeroVironment introduces next-generation all-electric Vapor 55 MX helicopter UAS

AeroVironment, Inc. a global leader in intelligent, multi-domain robotic systems, announced on September 13 the launch of the next-generation VAPOR Helicopter unmanned aircraft system (UAS), VAPOR 55 MX. Delivering new levels of operational performance with a completely redesigned modular autonomy framework, VAPOR 55 MX enables increased endurance and expanded payload capacity to meet current and emerging needs of defense, commercial and industrial customers.

Northrop Grumman and Cubic demonstrate JADC2 connectivity

Northrop Grumman collaborated with Cubic Mission and Performance Solutions (CMPS), a division of Cubic Corporation, to successfully demonstrate a High Capacity Backbone (HCB)-enabled Gateway System solution that provides foundational connectivity and processing capabilities to enable Joint All Domain Command and Control (JADC2) and ensure delivery of the right data, to the right place, at the right time.

Orlan-10 UAV formations conducted reconnaissance in difficult weather conditions

According to Russian MoD, servicemen of units of unmanned motorized rifle formations deployed in the Kemerovo region, in the course of training conducted reconnaissance in difficult weather conditions.

US bombers exercised mine dropping over Swedish island

On September 2, the Swedish Armed Forces conducted another joint exercise with US Air Force. Off the coast of Öland, sea mine dropping was exercised together with the navy.

UAC to deliver Su-35S and Su-57 by yearend

MOSCOW, September 13. /TASS-DEFENSE/. The Gagarin Aircraft Plant in Komsomolsk-on-Amur (KnAAZ) will deliver the first batch of Su-35S fighter jets produced in the framework of the fourth contract, as well as fifth-generation Su-57 by the end of the year, the United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) said.

B-52 air crews are now trained to operate with just four members

The B-52 Stratofortress Formal Training Unit , operated by the 93rd and 11th Bomb Squadrons here, is scheduled to graduate its first class of air crew this fall using the new curriculum designed to fly the B-52 with four people instead of five.

Elbit Systems awarded $76 Million contract to supply electronic warfare training capability

Elbit Systems Ltd. announced on September 13 that it was awarded a contract valued at approximately $76 million to supply an Electronic Warfare (EW) training capability to the Air Force of a country in Asia-Pacific. The contract will be performed over a period of two years.

Hellenic Air Force receives first two F-16 Viper fighter jets

On September 12, the Hellenic Air Force received the first two modernized Viper configuration F-16 fighter jets, out of an ordered 83, at the Hellenic Aerospace Industry (EAV) grounds in Tanagra, north-west Athens. The arrival of the Vipers was welcomed at a ceremony in the presence of National Defense Minister Nikos Panagiotopoulos.

Airbus A400M first test flight with Sustainable Aviation Fuel

The A400M programme team with the Military Air Systems unit of the Defence and Space division has kicked off its test flight campaign with Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) this summer. A first test flight using a load of 29% SAF in one of its engines proved successful; also in military aviation Airbus moves forward on its commitment to get cleaner skies.

B-1Bs conduct CONUS to CONUS Bomber Task Force Mission in support of SOUTHCOM

B-1B Lancers departed Dyess Air Force Base Sept. 7 in support of a bomber task force mission to the U.S. Southern Command area of responsibility.

Development batch of Checkmate jet to be produced in 2026

VLADIVOSTOK, September 12. /TASS-DEFENSE/. A development batch of Russia’s single-engine Su-75 Checkmate fighter jets will be manufactured in 2026, according to papers unveiled at the Eastern Economic Forum (EEF) and obtained by TASS.

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