JANUARY 2022 news

Defense Aviation and Aerospace Industry


Two GA-ASI Avengers equipped with Lockheed Martin Legion Pods autonomously send fused air threat data to command center

On November 18, 2021, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) used two company-owned Avenger Unmanned Aircraft Systems, each equipped with a Lockheed Martin Legion Pod, to send long-range air threat data captured passively and fused by an advanced sensor algorithm to a Command Center.

Royal Netherlands Air Force gets unmanned MQ-9 Reaper in February

The Royal Netherlands Air Force will receive the MQ-9 Reaper in February 2022 . Then the construction of the system in the Caribbean will start. It concerns 4 ground stations and 4 unmanned reconnaissance aircraft. The aircraft can collect data and information from the air.

Atos develops video system for Dassault Falcon Albatros, future French Navy surveillance aircraft

On January 10, Atos announces that it is supporting Dassault Aviation to develop and produce the inflight video system for its “Falcon Albatros”. The latter is the future maritime surveillance and intervention aircraft of the French Naval Aviation.

France becomes first H160 law enforcement customer

The French Armament General Directorate (DGA) has signed a contract, on behalf of the Ministry of Interior, for the procurement and maintenance of 10 H160s in a law enforcement configuration for the Gendarmerie Nationale. Linked to the contract for the procurement of 169 H160Ms for the French Ministry of Armed Forces, this order is part of the Stimulus plan to support the national aeronautical industry announced by the French government in 2020.

UK plans to purchase additional A400M transport aircraft in late 2020s

"Additional purchase of A400M is planned for the late 2020s" says an entry In a table detailing current and future UK Ministry of Defence expenditures.

US approves MQ-9 follow-on contractor logistics support for France

The US State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of France of MQ-9 Follow-on Contractor Logistics Support and related equipment for an estimated cost of $300 million. 

Germany eying F-35 fighter jets to replace its Tornados ?

More nations are showing interest in Lockheed Martin F-35. In December, the Finnish Ministry of Defense announced its selection of the Lockheed Martin F-35 as a replacement platform for the Finnish Air Force fleet of 62 F/A-18C/D Hornets. In Europe, UK, Italy, Belgium, Netherlands, Norway, have already selected the F-35, and it still going on. Lockheed Martin’s business development team has been successful in winning nearly every fighter competition where the F-35 has been a contender.One of the few exceptions was in early 2019, when Germany rejected the F-35 and decided to proceed with the Eurofighter Typhoon and Boeing’s F/A-18 Super Hornet as replacement platforms for its Tornado fleet. But recent sources suggest that Germany could possibly opt for the F-35.

Lockheed Martin upgrades sensor systems on Egypt Apache fleet under new contract

Lockheed Martin received a $102 million contract award to upgrade 25 of Egypt’s AH-64D Apaches to the E-model version of the aircraft. This modernization for the Egyptian Air Force includes Lockheed Martin’s Gen III Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor (Gen III TADS/PNVS) and the Gen III Day Sensor Assembly (Gen III DSA).

Bell Boeing awarderd $1.64B contract for Osprey tiltrotor aircraft components

Bell Boeing Joint Program Office, California, Maryland, is awarded a not-to-exceed $1,643,701,284 firm-fixed-price, performance-based logistics requirements contract for the repair, replacement, required availability, configuration management, and inventory management for supply support for 228 MV-22B (Marine); CMV-22 (Navy); and CV-22 (Air Force) Osprey aircraft components. 

USA and Japan to collaborate on counter-hypersonic capabilities

The U.S. and Japan will bring together scientists and engineers to collaborate on emerging defense technologies, including ways to counter hypersonic missiles, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on January 6.

NASA simulator for X-59 Quiet SuperSonic Technology aircraft receives upgrade

Training to fly a one-of-a-kind experimental aircraft like NASA’s X-59 Quiet SuperSonic Technology requires a flight simulator that authentically replicates the real deal. Thanks to recent upgrades to the X-59’s flight simulator at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in Edwards, California, NASA test pilots are taking the flight training and preparation of this advanced X-plane to new heights.

US F-16s strengthen Air Policing Mission with long-planned Poland deployment

U.S. F-16 aircraft landed in Łask, Poland on January 4 to work with the Polish Baltic Air Policing F-16s in Siauliai, Lithuania and enhanced Air Policing Belgian F-16s in Amari, Estonia.

SPAINSAT NG programme successfully passes Critical Design Review

The SPAINSAT NG programme has successfully passed another important milestone, the critical design review (CDR) of the payload and the complete satellite, including the CDR elements of the Pacis 3 partnership project with the European Space Agency (ESA). The review was declared successful after verifying the good progress of the tests performed on the development models of the X-band payload.

Thales wins VASSCO contract to support air surveillance systems

The French defence ministry’s aeronautical maintenance directorate (DMAé) has awarded Thales a ten-year contract under the VASSCO programme to provide through-life support for the principal components of the national air command and control system (SCCOA). 

Antonov showed the first military transport aircraft An-178-100R

On December 28, the Antonov State Enterprise, part of Ukroboronprom, demonstrated the first An-178-100R №001 military transport aircraft designed for flight certification tests. Specialists and senior military officials took part in the completion of the construction and testing of the aircraft.

Royal Norwegian Air Force F-35 takes over QRA mission from F-16

Thursday 6 January 2022 was a historic day for the Royal Norwegian Air Force. On this day, Norway’s new F-35s officially took over the QRA (Quick Reaction Alert) mission, ending the F-16 fleet’s 42 year-long mission serving Norway and NATO.

Indra Lanza 3D radar passes NATO tactical ballistic missile detection and tracking tests

The Lanza 3D Deployable Air Defence Radar (DADR) developed by Indra, a leading global technology and consulting company, has successfully passed NATO’s tests, certifying the sensor's tactical ballistic missile detection and tracking capabilities.

Russian and Belarusian Su-30SM fighters patrol Union State borders

The crews of Belarusian and Russian Su-30SM fighters conducted their first joint air patrol of the Union State's borders this year, the Defense Ministry of Belarus reported on January 5.

L3Harris completes final US Missile Defense Agency satellite design milestone

L3Harris Technologies completed the final major design milestone on the U.S. Missile Defense Agency’s (MDA) Hypersonic and Ballistic Tracking Space Sensor (HBTSS) program Phase IIb On-orbit Prototype Demonstration and has already begun building the demonstration satellite.

MOSA expedites US Army modernization efforts at Aviation, Missile Center

MOSA — Modular Open Systems Architecture (or approach) — has become a popular term in recent years in the defense community, but it’s something the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Aviation & Missile Center’s Joint Technology Center/System Integration Laboratory has worked on for years. That expertise and baseline is helping the DEVCOM Aviation & Missile Center adapt technologies quickly, efficiently and at a lower cost to support Army modernization efforts.

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