February 2022 news

Defense Aviation and Aerospace Industry


Ukraine signs deal with Turkey to produce Bayraktar UAVs in Ukraine

On February 3, Turkey and Ukraine signed a deal aimed at expanding drone production in Ukraine.

US Space Force selects L3Harris to counter anti-satellite threats

L3Harris Technologies has been selected by the U.S. Space Force to continue efforts to upgrade and modernize its space domain awareness, which is used to help combat anti-satellite threats.

Airbus Helicopters and Kongsberg sign long-term collaboration agreement to support Norwegian Armed Forces

Airbus and Kongsberg of Norway have signed a long-term strategic agreement to collaborate over support and services for the Norwegian Armed Forces.

CAE awarded contract to provide flight training to new German Air Force pilots

CAE GmbH has been awarded a contract from the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) to provide ab initio training services to the German Air Force.

GA-ASI and US Army test advanced datalinks and avionics enhancements for Gray Eagle Extended Range UAS

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) successfully tested advanced datalink capability as part of a U.S. Army-funded development effort to upgrade the MQ-1C Gray Eagle Extended Range (GE-ER) Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS).

US approves foreign military sale of F-16 aircraft to Jordan

The US State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Jordan of F-16 C/D Block 70 Aircraft and related equipment for an estimated cost of $4.21 billion

Romania plans to buy latest generation F-35 fighter jet

According to information published by Seenews on February 3, 2022, the president of Romania Klaus Iohannis said that it plans to buy F-35 fighter jets.

Royal Bahraini Air Force to receive F-16 Training Simulators

According to a press release published by Lockheed Martin on January 30, 2022, Bahrain will receive F-16 simulators produced by Lockheed Martin to train pilots for national defense missions under a new agreement.

Spain receives first remanufactured CH-47 Chinook helicopter

According to a PR published by Boeing on February 2, 2022, the first remanufactured CH-47 Chinook helicopter was delivered to the Spanish Army at a ceremony held at the headquarters of the Spanish Army Airmobile Forces in Colmenar Viejo, Madrid.

Norwegian F-35s intercept Russian A-50 Mainstay during first QRA mission

In a tweet posted (with a strange delay) on Wednesday, February 2, the Norwegian Air Force announced that its new F-35 Lightning IIs carried out their first QRA mission from Evenes Air Base on January 6, identifying a Russian Beriev A-50 (NATO code: "Mainstay") operating in the High North. This demonstrates that the F-35 works in its new role", says Air Force chief Rolf Folland. Doing so, it ended the F-16 fleet’s 42 year-long mission serving Norway and NATO.

Sokol producer of MiG-31 Foxhound marks 90 years

Sokol Aircraft Plant in Nizhny Novgorod (NAZ) marked 90 years of existence on February 1. It is an affiliate of the MiG Corporation. The enterprise overhauls and upgrades MiG-31, MiG-29 and MiG-29UB aircraft and produces components for MiG-35, MiG-29K/KUB, and MiG-29M/M2.

US Air Force inspects HH-60W Jolly Green II rescue helicopter after first year in service

The 41st Rescue Generation Squadron began the first-ever phase inspection of an HH-60W Jolly Green II rescue helicopter Jan. 6, 2022.

Northrop Grumman to develop prototype Artificial Intelligence Assistant

Northrop Grumman Corporation has been awarded a contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA) Perceptually-enabled Task Guidance (PTG) program to develop a prototype artificial intelligence (AI) assistant. The prototype will be embedded in an augmented reality (AR) headset to help rotary pilots perform expected and unexpected tasks.

Belgium could replace its NH90 TTH and A109 helicopters with Airbus H145M

Belgian Defense Minister, Ludivine Dedonder, on January 28 her STAR plan (Security, Technology, Ambition, Resilience), which updates the 2016 Strategic Vision. Different sources indicate the purchase of fifteen H145M light helicopters of Airbus would be a file already well advanced, marking the end of the NH90 TTH of the Air Component.

US and Japan test interoperability during jump and cargo drop exercise

The 374th Airlift Wing supported Japan Ground Self-Defense Force soldiers assigned to the 1st Airborne Brigade in operation Airborne 22, Jan. 25–26.

US Marines test joint air-to-ground missile on land targets

Marines from Marine Operational Test & Evaluation Squadron 1 (VMX-1) conducted an operational test and evaluation of the joint air-to-ground missile (JAGM) from an AH-1Z Viper, Dec. 6, 2021 at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Arizona.

US Marine squadron officially transitions to CH-53K King Stallion

Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron (HMH) 461 held a re-designation ceremony at Marine Corps Air Station New River, North Carolina, Jan 24. The ceremony marked HMH-461’s transition from a CH-53E Super Stallion to the Marine Corps’ first fleet CH-53K King Stallion squadron.

F-15EX Eagle II successfully fired AIM-120D missile

Flying over the Gulf of Mexico, the US Air Force’s newest fighter, the F-15EX Eagle II, successfully fired an AIM-120D missile Jan. 25.

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