JULY 2021 news

Defense Aviation and Aerospace Industry


Turkish Air Force detachment joins NATO in Poland

According to information published by NATO on July 7, 2021, four Turkish Air Force F-16s from 6th Main Jet Base at Bandırma touched down at Malbork Air Base in Poland.

Grupo Oesía invests in the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle sector with UAV Navigation

Grupo Oesía, a 100% Spanish company specializing in technology development and applied engineering, has carried out a strategic investment operation in the unmanned systems sector, strengthening the position of another Spanish company: UAV Navigation.

USMC AH-1Z attack helicopter conducts first flight with new digital interoperability suite

For the first time in flight, the AH-1Z Viper established a two-way connection between a ground station and the aircraft’s Link 16 and Advanced Networking Wideband Waveform (ANW2) systems.

Ilyushin Il-112V airlifter problems gradually resolved

The problems with the creation of Il-112V airlifter for the Russian Defense Ministry are gradually resolved, Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov said: "We are dealing with Il-112 problems for the past three years. The situation is improving and the aircraft is a good one," he said at Voronezh Aircraft Plant (VASO) that produces the airlifter.

Albania to purchase Bayraktar TB2 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle

According to information published by TRT World on July 3, 2021, Albania can be the next country that will buy Bayraktar TB-2 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle after Poland, Ukraine, Qatar and Azerbaijan.

Northrop Grumman to build more combat-proven infrared countermeasure systems

Northrop Grumman will install more life-saving Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasure (LAIRCM) systems on U.S. and international fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft under a $146 million order from the U.S. Air Force.

Satellite-based procedures for UAS ENAV into play with European project ECARO

The experimentation and demonstration campaign of the ECARO (EGNOS Civil Aviation Roadmap) project, performed at Grottaglie Airport, has just concluded. Its results were discussed at the online conference GNSS-based autonomous UAS flight – Demo day, in which representatives of EUSPA (European Union Agency for the Space Programmes), ENAC, Aeroporti di Puglia, DTA (Distretto Tecnologico Aerospaziale), ASI (Italian Space Agency), D-Flight participated along with the ECARO Consortium Partners, coordinated by ENAV.

French Special Forces demonstrate know-how at SOFINS 2021 defense exhibition

From June 29 to July 1, 2021, the 5th edition of SOFINS took place at the Souge camp in Gironde, near Bordeaux. This event marks a year of meetings and intense work by the members of the Cercle de l'Arbalète. Unique in Europe, this biannual event is the meeting place of the high technology industry with Special Forces and Special Units. For three days, small, medium and large companies came together under the aegis of the Cercle de l'Arbalète to offer unique solutions tailored to the needs of special operations.

Switzerland selects Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II for its future fighter fleet

The Swiss Federal Council announced Lockheed Martin's F-35 Lightning II is the aircraft selected from its New Fighter Aircraft competition. The Swiss Air Force will receive F-35A aircraft, a sustainment solution tailored to Swiss autonomy requirements, and a comprehensive training program.

Northrop Grumman delivers ESPAStar bus to L3Harris for US Air Force NTS-3 mission

Northrop Grumman announced on July 1 the successful delivery of an ESPAStar-D spacecraft bus from Gilbert, Ariz., to L3Harris in Melbourne, Fla. The platform supports the Navigation Technology Satellite-3 (NTS-3) mission for the Air Force Research Laboratory set to launch from Cape Canaveral in 2022.

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