AUGUST 2022 news

Defense Aviation and Aerospace Industry


US and Romania train sling loading operations

U.S. Soldiers, assigned to Bravo Company, 39th Brigade Engineer Battalion (BEB), 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), practiced sling load and medical hoist operations with the Romanian Air Force, at Mihail Kogălniceanu Air Base, Aug. 23-24, 2022.

US DoD approves sale to Australia of UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters

According to information published by the U.S. DoD on August 26, 2022, the State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Australia of UH-60M Black Hawk Helicopters and related equipment for an estimated cost of $1.95 billion.

US Air Force receives four MH-139A Test Helicopters from Boeing

According to a press release published by Boeing on August 26, 2022, the company has delivered four MH-139A Grey Wolf test aircraft to the U.S. Air Force as the service prepares to replace its aging fleet of UH-1N helicopters.

Northrop Grumman continues B-2 Spirit modernization

Northrop Grumman and the U.S. Air Force are continuing enhancements to the B-2 Spirit Stealth bomber fleet providing new capability, including its first long-range stealth missile.

MH-139A Grey Wolf flies with all-Air Force crew for first time

Lt. Col. Mary Clark stepped out to the MH-139A Grey Wolf with confidence. Confidence gained from taking part in and leading in the developmental efforts of the Air Force’s first acquisitioned helicopter. Those early labors from concept to reality culminated as she climbed into one of the pilot seats for the MH-139A’s first flight under Air Force ownership at Eglin Air Force Base Aug. 17.

Royal Australian Air Force and USAF enhancing interoperability in Alaska

RAAF aviators experienced complex combat missions and deployed operations with the United States Air Force during Exercise Red Flag Alaska from July 28 to August 12.

Norway receives three new F-35s

On August 24, Norway received three new F-35s. Every year six new multirole combat aircraft arrive from the factory at Lockheed Martin in the US. These are the first three deliveries for this year. 

Rostec to equip Ansat helicopters with new-generation blades

Russian Helicopters Holding has developed a new generation of blades for the Ansat light multi-purpose helicopter. They are made using the latest technology from polymer composite materials and have improved aerodynamic properties. The use of upgraded blades as part of the imported version of the rotorcraft will significantly improve its flight performance.

Northrop Grumman RQ-4 RangeHawks embark on new mission

Northrop Grumman Corporation’s RQ-4 RangeHawk is poised to support the SkyRange program’s U.S. hypersonic missile flight tests from its Grand Sky facility near Grand Forks, North Dakota. SkyRange is the Department of Defense Test Resource Management Center’s (TRMC) unmanned high-altitude, long-endurance, responsive mobile flight test system.

Kronstadt Company signs state contract for preliminary design of Grom UAV

MOSCOW, August 24. /TASS-DEFENSE/. The Kronstadt Company has started work on a preliminary design for the Grom multi-purpose high-speed unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) under a relevant state contract, the company’s press office told TASS.

Unmanned Experts and Liteye awarded $1.8m contract from AFLCMC Armament Directorate

Unmanned Experts Inc. and partner Liteye Systems Inc. announces that US Air Force’s AFLCMC Armament Directorate has awarded a one-year contract to the team to build Web Weasels Autonomous Swarming Artificially Intelligent Munitions program. Web Weasels is part of Unmanned Experts parent program called Air Commons -Swarm which allows commanders to plan, task, and manage multiple swarming assets through a ‘Swarm ATO” and Swarm Engine.

Russian defense contractor shows UAV able to carry 100 kg at Army 2022 forum

PATRIOT PARK /Moscow Region/, August 23. /TASS-DEFENSE/. The Radar MMS Company displayed a new heavy unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) able to carry up to 100 kg at the Army 2022 international military-technical forum.

Russia delivers several helicopters and aircraft to Mali

PATRIOT PARK /Moscow Region/, August 23. /TASS-DEFENSE/. Russia has delivered several helicopters and attack planes to Mali, which is fighting international terrorism, a source engaged in military-technical cooperation told TASS.

US B-52 assurance overflights demonstrate US commitment to Southeastern European allies and partners

Two B-52 Stratofortress strategic bombers assigned to the 23rd Bomb Squadron from Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota currently operating out of RAF Fairford, United Kingdom conducted low-approach flyovers over southeastern Europe, Aug. 22.

Two Tu-95MS strategic bombers perform patrolling over Sea of Japan

MOSCOW, August 24. /TASS-DEFENSE/. Two Tupolev Tu-95MS (NATO reporting name: Bear) strategic bombers of Russia’s Aerospace Force performed patrolling over the Sea of Japan on August 23, the Russian Defense Ministry’s press office said.

ACE exercise showcases BOCS capability

Four B-52H Stratofortresses from the 2nd Bomb Wing deployed north to practice Agile Combat Employment concepts during an exercise August 16-19 at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington. However, this was no ordinary bomber exercise. Not only did the ACE mission practice innovative cargo operations, but it also demonstrated a unique approach to delivering organic maintenance support.

Collins Aerospace completes first flight of next-generation MS-110 sensor

Collins Aerospace has successfully completed the first flight test of its newest Fast-Jet reconnaissance pod, the MS-110 Multispectral Airborne Reconnaissance system, on an F-16 for an undisclosed international customer. The test flight demonstrated aircraft integration, flightworthiness, and full-system performance within the demanding confines of tactical jet flight envelopes.

Royal Danish Air Force begins NATO air policing in Iceland

NATO continues to protect the airspace above Iceland as Royal Danish Air Force F-16s deploy to Keflavik Air Base to prepare and conduct Air Policing missions with the Icelandic Coast Guard.

US Army completes UH-60V initial operational test and evaluation

The Utility Helicopters Project Office recently completed a successful Initial Operational Test and Evaluation (IOT&E) of the UH-60V Blackhawk Helicopter at Fort McCoy, Wis.

First flight for Royal New Zealand Air Force P-8A Poseidon

The first of the four Royal New Zealand Air Force P-8A Poseidon aircraft took to the skies in the US today, completing a test flight ahead of systems fitout. This aircraft will be delivered to Aotearoa NZ later this year.

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