September 2021 news

Defense Aviation and Aerospace Industry


Safran Patroller tactical drone system in the Finnish sky

The Patroller tactical drone system, developed and produced by Safran Electronics & Defense, carried out a series of flight tests this past summer in Finland. These tests were part of the tactical drone system (SDT) program conducted by French defense procurement agency DGA (Direction Générale de l’Armement) as contracting authority. The successful test program was witnessed by representatives of the DGA and the French army.

FH-97 loyal wingman concept unveiled at Airshow China 2021

 China Aerospace Science Technology Corp (CASTC)  unveils showcases its Feihong product line at China Airshow 2021,held in Zhuhai from September 28 to October 3, 2021. Among the Feihong product line, the FH-97, a "loyal wingman" UAV.

Smart cargo parachute tests completed in Russia

The Technodinamika holding of the Rostec State Corporation has completed the factory tests of the "smart" transport parachute system. It is equipped with an integrated automated control complex that allows you to drop loads weighing up to 250 kg in a fully automatic mode and land them with increased accuracy.

Lockheed Martin supports US Indo Pacific Command in bilateral exercise with Australia

The Lockheed Martin (LMT) F-35 Lightning II and Virtual Aegis Weapon System (VAWS) demonstrated the ability to share real-time sensor data from Fort Worth, Texas, to Honolulu, Hawaii, and on to the Australian Defence Force during a recent military exercise between the United States and Australia.

Russia showcases helicopters at Airshow China 2021

At one of the world's largest aviation exhibitions Airshow China 2021, helicopters manufactured by Russian Helicopters holding company (part of Rostec state corporation) will be presented at the stand of Rostec state corporation, including in digital format. The exhibition participants and visitors will be able to learn not only about military but also about civil aircraft - Ansat-M, Ka-32ALLM and Ka-226T "climber".

US Army awarded BAE Systems sustainment contract worth up to $872 million under Limited Interim Missile Warning System program

The U.S. Army, on Aug. 24, 2021, has awarded BAE Systems an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract to provide life-cycle sustainment and technical support to the Limited Interim Missile Warning System (LIMWS) program. The 10-year contract has a ceiling value of $872 million.

Russia developing EW system based on Mi-8AMTSh helicopter

Russia is developing an electronic warfare (EW) system on the basis of the Mil Mi-8AMTSh (NATO reporting name: Hip) helicopter to jam communication, automated troops command and control systems, a source in the defense industry told TASS.

US Government awards Citadel Defense multiple contracts for new drone and pilot location solution

Citadel Defense has been awarded three new counter unmanned aircraft systems (CUAS) contracts from the U.S. Government for their newest product, Titan Drone Finder (Titan DF). Developed alongside servicemen and servicewomen, the new Titan DF solution allows operators to locate the drone, track the flight path, and autonomously neutralize threats that cross a user-defined alert zone.

CH-6 HALE UAV unveiled at Airshow China 2021

Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) unveils the CH-6 high-altitude, long-endurance (HALE) remotely piloted UAV at China AIrshow 2021, held in Zhuhai from September 28 to October 3, 2021.

J-16D fighter showcased for the first time at Airshow China 2021

The new variant of Shenyang J-16 fighter jet, the J-16D,  is showcased during Airshow China 2021, 13th China International Aerospace Exhibition (also known as Zhuhai Airshow) held from September 28 to October 3, 2021.

US Air Force and Lockheed Martin select Collins Aerospace for C-130J wheels, brakes

Collins Aerospace announced it has been selected by the U.S. Air Force and Lockheed Martin to provide boltless wheels and carbon brakes for 60 C-130J Super Hercules aircraft in production for the U.S. Air Force. Collins’ equipment replaces the platform‘s legacy steel brakes, helping the Air Force reduce maintenance time and costs, while increasing aircraft availability.

DARPA Hypersonic Air-breathing Weapon Concept achieves successful flight

DARPA, in partnership with the U.S. Air Force, completed a free flight test of its Hypersonic Air-breathing Weapon Concept (HAWC) last week. The missile, built by Raytheon Technologies, was released from an aircraft seconds before its Northrop Grumman scramjet (supersonic combustion ramjet) engine kicked on. The engine compressed incoming air mixed with its hydrocarbon fuel and began igniting that fast-moving airflow mixture, propelling the cruiser at a speed greater than Mach 5 (five times the speed of sound).

Hughes Network Systems and SES demonstrate first multi-orbit SATCOM for Remotely Piloted Aircraft

Hughes Network Systems, LLC  and SES announced on Septembe 22 the successful first demonstration of a new multi-orbit satellite communications (SATCOM) capability for remotely piloted aircraft.

Iraq intends to buy 12 JF-17 from Pakistan

The Iraqi government is planning to acquire 12 JF-17A Block III fighter jets from Pakistan, local media reported on September 26.

US Air Force awards Rolls-Royce B-52H engine contract

The Department of the US Air Force has awarded a $2,604,329,361 contract to Rolls-Royce Corporation, Indianapolis, Indiana, for B-52H Stratofortress military derivative commercial engines.

Russia to modernize three early warning radars by 2028

Three Voronezh-type radars of Russia’s missile attack early warning system will be modernized by 2028, the press service of the Russian-Belarusian Vympel joint stock company has told TASS.

Israel Air Force gets three new F-35I Adir fighter jets

Three new "Adir" (F-35I) fighter jets landed at Nevatim AFB on September 26 and are set to join the Israel Air Force's "Lions of the South" Squadron. The new aircraft will strengthen the fifth-generation fighter division and contribute to the mission of defending Israeli skies.

Moog Aircraft Group creates prototype eVTOL vehicle

AFWERX Agility Prime Partner, Moog Aircraft Group, has created a prototype electric vertical takeoff and landing vehicle (eVTOL), the SureFly S250, which seeks to explore the potential of eVTOL utility in unmanned flight applications. With this development, the U.S. Air Force will be able to test for mission utility, costs, risks, and technical maturity as the project progresses.

Secretary of US Air Force confirms five B-21 test aircraft in flow

The B-21 Raider took center stage at the Air Force Association’s Air, Space and Cyber Conference, with the latest update on program progress being delivered by newly appointed Secretary of the Air Force, Frank Kendall, during his State of the Forces address on September 20.

Airbus to supply 56 C295 aircraft to Indian Air Force

India has formalised the acquisition of 56 Airbus C295 aircraft to replace the Indian Air Force (IAF) legacy AVRO fleet. It is the first ‘Make in India’ aerospace programme in the private sector, involving the full development of a complete industrial ecosystem: from the manufacture to assembly, test and qualification, to delivery and maintenance of the complete lifecycle of the aircraft.

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