October 2021 news

Defense Aviation and Aerospace Industry


Russian and Mongolian troops to practice joint flights onboard Mi-8 helicopters in drills

Russian and Mongolian servicemen will for the first time practice joint flights onboard Mil Mi-8 (NATO reporting name: Hip) helicopters at the Selenga international exercise, the Russian Eastern Military District’s press office told TASS.

Northrop Grumman to design Signals Intelligence Sensor prototype for US Air Force

The US Air Force has awarded Northrop Grumman Corporation a contract to complete the design of a next-generation, open standards-based signals intelligence (SIGINT) sensor for high-altitude intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) platforms.

US Navy conducts multiple BQM-177 target test flights off coast of Japan

The US Navy’s Aerial Target program office (PMA-208) recently completed three back-to-back test flights with its newest subsonic aerial target, BQM-177A, in preparation for Full Operational Capability (FOC) this year.

Vanilla Unmanned UAV demonstates 8 days long unrefueled flight and claims world record

Vanilla Unmanned demonstrated 8 days, 50 minutes, and 47 seconds of continuous flight, breaking the world record for unrefueled, internal combustion endurance of an unmanned aircraft.

US Air Force activates first Europe-based F-35A Squadron

The 48th Fighter Wing has reactivated the first U.S. Air Forces in Europe F-35A squadron. The 495th Fighter Squadron, nicknamed as the “Valkyries,” was activated at exactly 8:49 and 50 seconds, Friday morning, 30 years to the day since its designation as a fighter squadron.

Boeing signs first CH-47F Block II Chinook production contract

 Boeing and the U.S. Army have signed a $136 million contract for the first CH-47F Block II Chinooks.

Swedish Armed Forces is requesting to buy Saab Globaleye

The Swedish Armed Forces (Försvarsmakten) has contacted the government to begin the acquisition of new radar reconnaissance and command aircraft. On October 1st, a request was submitted from Headquarters to buy Saab's Globaleye.

Nigerian Air Force receives final batch of A-29 Super Tucano aircraft

The last six of 12 A-29 Super Tucano aircraft destined for the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) arrived in Kano on 29 September.

Russia to deploy 12 laser optical systems for space control by 2025

About 12 new laser optical systems for monitoring outer space will go operational in Russia by 2025, the Defense Ministry told the media on Russia's Space Forces Day.

Retirement of the E-3D Sentry from Royal Air Force service

A Royal Parade, attended by His Royal Highness the Earl of Wessex, was held on September 30 at RAF Waddington to mark the retirement of the E-3D Sentry from RAF service.

Tekever AR5 UAV successfully deployed using SES Governmental Pooling and Sharing System

Tekever announced on October 4 the successful deployment of the Tekever UAV AR5 over Portugal’s west coast, using satellite communications services developed in the framework of the European Space Agency (ESA) programme aimed at developing Pooling and Sharing systems. Known as PACIS-1, the project was deployed by the consortium led by SES’s wholly owned subsidiary SES Techcom.

US approves EA-18G Growler aircraft replacement for Royal Australian Air Force

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Australia of EA-18G Growler Aircraft, Related Defense Services, and related equipment for an estimated cost of $125 million. 

Boeing and US Air Force extend C-17 sustainment partnership with phased contract valued at up to $23.8 billion

Boeing will continue assuring the C-17 Globemaster III's worldwide mission readiness through a follow-on contract awarded by the U.S. Department of Defense, valued at up to $23.8 billion including potential options and incentives over ten years. The program is currently funded through September 2024 with a Phase I award of $3.5 billion.

Saab delivers for the T-7A flight test program

Saab has shipped its third aft airframe section for use in the T-7A Red Hawk flight test program for the United States Air Force.

GA-ASI wins UK $77M MQ-9B Protector contract

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc., Poway, California, has been awarded a $77,190,125 cost-plus-fixed-fee and firm-fixed-price contract modification (P00015) to previously awarded FA8620-18-C-2009 for the United Kingdom MQ-9B Protector program.

Liteye awarded $7M contract to support deployed C-sUAS systems

iteye Systems, based in Denver Colorado, has been awarded a $7,000,000 multiple-year contract to administer contracted logistics support to Counter UAV Defense Systems (C-AUDS) deployed to USAFE-AFAFRICA.

Page 6 of 6