AUGUST 2021 news

Defense Aviation and Aerospace Industry


Northrop Grumman delivers advanced multifunction sensor system to AFRL and DARPA

Northrop Grumman Corporation delivered the Arrays at Commercial Timescales Integration and Validation (ACT-IV) system to the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). The system is based on an advanced digital active electronically scanned array (AESA) that completed multiple successful demonstrations and acceptance testing at Northrop Grumman test facilities.

Nigeria to buy 24 Leonardo M-346 multirole fighter jets

The Nigerian Government has approved the acquisition of 24 M-346 multirole aircraft for its Air Force, paving the way for the replacement of Alpha Jets as frontline fighters.

Sukhoi jets and Mi-28N helicopters may be armed with latest S-13B unguided missiles

Sukhoi jets and Mi-28N Night Hunter helicopters may be armed with the latest S-13B unguided missiles, Tecmash Executive Director Alexander Kochkin told TASS.

USA donates 12 MD530F helicopters to the Salvadoran Air Force

The US Embassy in El Salvador announced on 29 August that the US government donated 12 MD530F helicopters to the Salvadoran Air Force.

Thailand to procure three Kodiak 100 aircraft

The Royal Thai Army is acquiring three Daher Kodiak 100 utility aircraft to replace four of their soon to be retired Cessna U-17B Skywagon fleet.

Russian military to get first Altius combat UAS in Autumn

The Russian Ministry of Defense (MoD) will commence receiving the newest Altius combat unmanned aerial system (UAS) in autumn, Deputy Defense Minister Alexey Krivoruchko told Russian media.

Taiwan to allocate $ 1.4 Billion to new fighter jets

The Taiwanese government will allocate $ 1.4 billion to buy new fighters next year to strengthen the island’s defense capabilities.

US Army Directed Energy Maneuver Short-Range Air Defense against UAS threat

As a leader in new and emerging technology, the Army is fielding next-generation capabilities to advance its Multi-Domain Operations and create standoff.

Orion drone to be tested with Vikhr-M missile in end of year

Kronshtadt Company plans to test Orion (Inokhodets R&D) strike drone with antitank Vikhr-M missile by the end of the year, CEO Sergey Bogatikov told TASS.

Russian Defense Ministry agrees requirements to Lancet combat drone

The Russian Defense Ministry has agreed technical requirements to Lancet combat drone of ZALA AERO Company, the Kalashnikov Group said.

Royal Norwegian Air Force F-35s to start Falcon Deploy exercise

On Wednesday 1 September, Royal Norwegian Air Force F-35 lands at Evenes Airport to participate in exercise Falcon Deploy. The exercise is part of the preparations to prepare the F-35 for QRA preparedness based on Evenes from 1 January 2022.

US Air Force Research Lab selects Booz Allen and Ball Aerospace for $200M avionics cybersecurity contract

Booz Allen Hamilton and Ball Aerospace has won positions on a $200 million multiple-award contract to help the Air Force Research Laboratory develop technologies to avoid a cyber attack on military avionics systems.

L3Harris completes first flight of US Army ARES aircraft

L3Harris Technologies completed a first flight of the U.S. Army Airborne Reconnaissance and Electronic Warfare System (ARES) aircraft, which will help modernize and enhance the Army’s intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities.

Insitu and MDSI to collaborate on UAS opportunities in Denmark and beyond

Insitu, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Boeing Company, announced the formation of a strategic alliance with MDSI ApS of Copenhagen, Denmark to collaborate on unmanned aircraft system (UAS) opportunities with the Danish Defence and potentially other customers across the Nordic Defence Cooperation (NORDEFCO) and the European Union (EU). The alliance will leverage Insitu's combat-proven family of tactical UAS coupled with MDSI's European infrastructure and advanced artificial intelligence/machine learning (AIML) capabilities to offer products and services optimized for the increasingly complex environment where Danish, NORDEFCO and other EU forces must be prepared to operate.

Iraq intends to buy T129 ATAK helicopters and Bayraktar TB2 UCAVs from Turkey

The Iraqi Defense Minister Cuma Inad Sadun announced that they reached an agreement to purchase Bayraktar TB2 SİHA, and T129 ATAK helicopters from Turkey. 

Bayraktar Akinci UCAV officially enters Turkish inventory

The Akinci unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV), built by Baykar company,  officially joined the Turkish inventory in a ceremony  attended by Turkey’s president, held on August 29.

Grand Forks Air Force Base to lead future ISR missions

The Department of the US Air Force announced on August 26 it will conduct infrastructure planning in 2022 for construction and renovation projects at Grand Forks Air Force Base, North Dakota, projected to begin in 2023.

Turkish and Polish Air Forces conduct combined flying drills

Turkish F-16 fighter aircraft currently conducting NATO's enhanced Air Policing in Malbork, Poland, conducted aerial manoeuvres with a Polish Air Force C-295M Casa transport aircraft on August 26 to fine-tune their skills and honing their capabilities through Allied cooperation.

Russian MoD signed contract for the modernization of the Tu-95MS strategic bomber to the level of the Tu-95MSM

The Russian Ministry of Defense signed a contract for the modernization of the Tu-95MS strategic bombers to the level of the Tu-95MSM.

The Netherlands to procure Lockheed Martin PAC-3 MSE

U.S. and Dutch officials recently formalized an agreement for the Netherlands to purchase Lockheed Martin's PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) interceptors and related support equipment. With the signing, the Netherlands becomes the 12th customer of PAC-3 MSE and advances its missile defense technology from the PAC-3 Cost Reduction Initiative (CRI) the country acquired in 2004.

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