AUGUST 2022 news

Defense Aviation and Aerospace Industry


Reveal Technology and Teal Drones demonstrate multi-drone mapping to US military

Military tactical teams’ ability to quickly produce accurate maps of areas targeted for military operations can mean the difference between mission success or failure. Meeting this need, Reveal Technology has teamed with Teal Drones – a division of Red Cat Holdings – to enhance Reveal’s “Farsight” mapping software by automatically combining imagery from multiple unmanned aerial systems (UAS) to produce high-fidelity 3D maps. By dramatically increasing the speed of collection, users receive Farsight maps and analytics faster than ever. The groundbreaking technology was recently successfully demonstrated to U.S. Army Special Operations Command near Fort Bragg.

Saturn Arch completes final CENTCOM mission

Project Director Sensors-Aerial Intelligence (PD SAI) successfully completed the final mission for the Saturn Arch Quick Reaction Capability (QRC) aircraft in support of the U.S. Army Central Command (CENTCOM) on July 31.

Boeing delivers final QF-16 Zombie Viper full scale aerial target to US Air Force

Defense Contract Management Agency Aircraft Integrated Maintenance Operations St. Augustine personnel celebrated the delivery of the final QF-16 “Zombie Viper” Full Scale Aerial Target from Boeing at Cecil Airport on July 29.

Ruselectronics displays an electric motor for drones at Army-2022

Ruselectronics holding of the Rostec State Corporation presented a synchronous electric motor for a wide range of applications at the Army-2022 International Military-Technical Forum. Due to its low weight, efficiency and reliability, the development can be used to create helicopter-type unmanned aerial vehicles.

US Navy contracts MQ-9 Reapers for Marine Corps, extending range for future operations

The US Navy recently awarded a $135.8 million contract to General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) for eight MQ-9A Extended Range (ER) Unmanned Aircraft Systems that are scheduled for delivery to the Marine Corps in late 2023.

US Army selects AeroVironment Jump 20 medium UAS for Future Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System Increment 1

AeroVironment, Inc. , a global leader in intelligent, multi-domain robotic systems, today announced it received an Other Transaction Agreement award by the United States Army on Aug. 18, 2022 for Increment 1 of the Future Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System (FTUAS) program. The contract encompasses the purchase, testing and delivery of one JUMP 20 medium unmanned aircraft system (MUAS) to a selected Army Brigade Combat Team (BCT) and associated services, training and support.

Russian Defense Ministry starting batch production of Tsirkon missiles

PATRIOT PARK /Moscow Region/, August 22. /TASS-DEFENSE/. The Russian Defense Ministry is starting batch production of Tsirkon hypersonic cruise missiles, and it will be formalized this year, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said in an interview with Rossiya-1 TV channel on the sidelines of the Army 2022 forum.

Modified X-62 helps accelerate tactical autonomy development

The US Air Force Research Laboratory Strategic Development Planning and Experimentation office has invested $15 million upgrading a decades-old workhorse to make it relevant for 21st century warfighter challenges.

B-52, JAS Gripen and F-35 on joint mission over Norway

Four American B-52s recently left Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota. On August 18, they joined two Swedish JAS Gripen and two Norwegian F-35 fighter aircraft west of Andøya, North Norway.

Russia tests latest Sirius and Orion drones in joint reconnaissance

PATRIOT PARK /Moscow Region/, August 19. /TASS/. Russia has tested Sirius and Orion unmanned aerial vehicles as part of a reconnaissance/strike system operating jointly with piloted aircraft, the press office of the Kronshtadt tech firm told TASS at the Army 2022 international military-technical forum on August 19.

Chile receives Boeing E-3D Sentry aircraft

In Chile, Defense Minister headed reception ceremony for the two  Boeing E-3D Sentry Mk 1, from the United Kingdom, aircraft that increase Chilean early warning, surveillance, exploration, and aerospace reconnaissance capacity.

US offers 6 Bell AH-1Z and 2 UH-1Y helicopters to Czech Republic

The United States announced on Friday, August 19 that it would donate eight combat and multirole helicopters to the Czech Republic, a member of NATO. The Czech Republic has been a major supplier of military equipment to Ukraine since the February 24 Russian invasion.

Bulgarian Air Force conducts exercise in Black Sea with its NATO Allies

According to information published by NATO on August 19, 2022, the Bulgarian-led multinational live fly exercise Thracian Viper took place in the Black Sea region.

Russia deploys hypersonic missiles in Kaliningrad

Russia announced on August 18 that it had deployed planes equipped with state-of-the-art hypersonic missiles to Kaliningrad on Thursday, in a context of heightened tensions around this Russian enclave surrounded by NATO countries.

Delivery of the second Airbus A321LR to the German Air Force

Following the ceremonial handover of the first aircraft in June at ILA Berlin, Lufthansa Technik AG also delivered on August 17 the second Airbus A321LR (Long Range) to the German Air Force with a transfer flight from Hamburg to Cologne-Bonn. Like its sister aircraft already in service with the tactical registration 15+10, the new 15+11 will now also be available to the German Air Force for troop transport and parliamentary flight operations on short-, medium- and long-haul routes. The respective capacity of each of the two aircraft in this configuration is 136 passengers.

Chinese CH-4 UAV makes maiden flight with upgraded engine

China's independently developed CH-4 drone with an upgraded domestic heavy-fuel engine has recently completed its maiden flight. The domestic engine enables the updated version of the CH-4 drone to fly at higher altitudes for longer endurance and with heavier loads, said the aircraft's maker on August 17.

UAC and Russian Defense Ministry discussing development of Su-57 two-seat fighter

PATRIOT PARK /Moscow Region/, August 17. /TASS-DEFENSE/. The United Aircraft Corporation (UAC, part of the Rostec state hi-tech corporation) and the Russian Defense Ministry are discussing the development of the fifth-generation Sukhoi Su-57 multirole two-seat fighter jet, UAC CEO Yuri Slyusar told TASS at the Army 2022 forum.

Contract for Russian S-70 Okhotnik strategic drone serial supplies to be signed in late 2022

PATRIOT PARK /Moscow Region/, August 17. /TASS-DEFENSE/. The state contract for the supply of S-70 Okhotnik unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) is planned to be signed in late 2022. The delivery of drones is expected to begin in 2024, CEO of the United Aircraft Corporation (UAC, part of the Rostec state hi-tech corporation) Yuri Slyusar told TASS at the Army 2022 forum.

US Navy expands CH-53K training with additional simulators

The United States Marines will gain additional training opportunities preparing them to operate the Sikorsky CH-53K heavy lift helicopter. The aircraft is the most modern and powerful helicopter in Department of Defense inventory capable of moving troops and equipment from ship to shore, and to higher altitude terrain, more quickly and effectively than ever before.

UAC manufactures four fifth-generation Su-57 fighters for Russian Aerospace Force

PATRIOT PARK /Moscow Region/, August 17. /TASS-DEFENSE/. Four serial fifth-generation Sukhoi Su-57 multirole fighter jets have already been manufactured under a state contract signed with Russia’s Defense Ministry, CEO of the United Aircraft Corporation (UAC, part of the Rostec state hi-tech corporation) Yuri Slyusar told TASS at the Army 2022 forum.

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