December 2021 news

Defense Aviation and Aerospace Industry


US Air Force delivers second C-130H Hercules aircraft to Niger

According to information published by the U.S. Department of Defense on December 10, 2021, U.S. Air Forces in Europe–Air Forces Africa delivered a second U.S. Air Force C-130H Hercules, formally transferred to the Nigerien armed forces during ceremony at the Nigerien Air Base 101 in Niamey.

Finland selects Lockheed Martin's F-35 Lightning II aircraft

According to a press release published by Lockheed Martin on December 10, 2021, the Finnish Government has announced Lockheed Martin's 5th Generation F-35 Lightning II is the aircraft selected from its HX Fighter Program.

Airbus delivers first H160 helicopter to Japanese operator ANH

According to information published on December 10, 2021, Airbus has delivered the first ever H160 to Japanese operator All Nippon Helicopter (ANH), heralding a new chapter for this next generation twin-engine helicopter. With 68 patents, the innovative H160 is the world’s most technologically advanced helicopter.

Kongsberg to provide maintenance for RNAF's Bell 412 helicopters

According to a press release published by Kongsberg on December 8, 2021, Bell Textron Inc. announced its first Authorized Maintenance Center (AMC) in Norway.

General Atomics unveils Mojave STOL combat UAV for dirty strips and naval operations

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems unveiled a new medium-altitude, long-endurance unmanned air vehicle (UAV) on 9 December that can take off and land in as little as 152m (500ft), including from dirt runways or aircraft carriers, Garrett Relm reports in Flight Global. “Mojave is designed with an eye toward dirt roads, hard-packed sand, dry riverbeds and other atypical runways”, GA-ASI.

India' Sukhoi 30 MK-I successfully test-fired air version of BrahMos missile

According to information published by Tass on December 8, 2021, India has successfully test-fired the air version of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile.

Boeing awarded contract for Royal Saudi Air Force F-15SA Original Equipment Manufacturer Training Program

The U.S. Department of Defense announced on December 8 that Boeing has been awarded a $93,393,287 bilateral requirements contract modification to previously awarded contract FA3002-13-D-0012 for the Royal Saudi Air Force F-15SA Original Equipment Manufacturer Training Program. This modification adds an 18-month ordering period to the multi-year basic contract and involves 100 percent Foreign Military Sales to Saudi Arabia.

Kazakh Air Force to receive three ANKA UAVs by 2023

According to information published by Anadolu Agency on November 27, 2021, the Kazakh Air Force will receive three units of ANKA UAVs from Turkey by 2023.

Bosnia-Herzegovina receives four Bell Huey II helicopters

According to information published by Sarajevo Times on December 8, 2021, the Armed Forces of Bosnia and Herzegovina (AFBiH) receive four Bell Huey II helicopters from the United States.

Turkish company Dasal Aviation unveils VTOL UAV armed with 81mm mortar rounds

As reported by BulgarianMilitary citing Defense Express, the Turkish Institute for Defense Research and Development (SAGE), part of Tubitak – Turkey’s Scientific and Technological Research Council, together with Dasal Aviation presented a new airstrike system that combines the capabilities of a Dasal helicopter and an 81mm mortar system designed by SAGE. Their combination allows the use of mortar ammunition for high-precision airstrikes.

Azerbaijan interested in Turkish TAI turboprop aircraft Hurkus

Azerbaijan is likely to purchase the Hurkus trainer aircraft developed by Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI), reports. So, Azerbaijan may become the second foreign customer of this aircraft after Niger, which ordered 12 aircraft. It will be either the training Hurkus-B or the Hurkus-C turboprop attack aircraft developed on its basis.

Mi-17-1 helicopters enter service in Mali armed forces

As reported by Guy Martin on Defence Web, Mali’s military has officially taken into service the four Mi-17-1 helicopters it received from Russia at the end of September. The helicopters and training were acquired for 36 billion CFA ($61 million). The four helicopters, along with weapons and ammunition, arrived in Mali from Russia on 30 September as part of a December 2020 contract.

FAA issues Certificate Of Airworthiness for first type certified S-70M Black Hawk helicopter

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has completed its certification of the S-70M Black Hawk helicopter — a new type designation — by issuing Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE: LMT) a Restricted Category Special Airworthiness Certificate. FAA certification, and the establishment of a pilot type rating, are expected to broaden the market for the military-designed helicopter by allowing civil and commercial operators in the United States to purchase new Black Hawk aircraft direct from the factory.

Austrian Army to order 18 Leonardo AW169M helicopters

According to information published by Bundesheer on December 4, 2021, the Australian Army will order 18 Leonardo AW169M helicopters to the Italian company.

Finland will select F-35 to replace F/A-18 Hornets aircraft

According to information published by Iltalehti on December 5, 2021, Finland could select Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II to replace F/A-18 Hornets aircraft.

USMC VMFA 314 Black Knights return after completing F-35C training cycle

U.S. Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 314 of 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing returned Friday, December 3 from conducting their final integrated training cycle with Carrier Strike Group Three aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) making preparations to lead the Marine Corps into the next step in naval aviation as the first USMC squadron to deploy the F-35C on an aircraft carrier.

Northrop Grumman and Raytheon Technologies team approved for Next Generation Interceptor digital software factory

The U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) has approved the Northrop Grumman and Raytheon Missiles & Defense Next Generation Interceptor (NGI) team’s common software factory solution and its associated digital infrastructure following successful testing.

UAV Factory showcases Penguin C unmanned aircraft in EDEX 21

UAV Factory is a firm in the small, fixed-wing UAV segment that develops and produces subsystems, stabilized EO/IR camera payloads, and accessories for the unmanned and manned aircraft industry. The Latvian company showcased at the occasion of EDEX 21, Cairo, Penguin C unmanned aircraft.

Turkey and Russia cooperating on Turkish TF-X fighter development

Turkey and Russia are actively cooperating in the defense industry sphere, including on the development of Turkey’s TF-X fighter jet, Head of Turkey’s Defense Industries Presidency Ismail Demir said.

Pakistan’s GIDS unveils Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Shahpar II at EDEX

Global Industrial Defence Solutions (GIDS) is a Pakistani state-owned conglomerate, involved in the export and marketing of military, industrial and technological products and services. Pakistan's GIDS unveiled Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Shahpar II at its booth during EDEX 2021, Egypt Defence Expo.

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