March 2022 news

Defense Aviation and Aerospace Industry


India to acquire 15 light combat helicopters from HAL

According to a PR published by the Indian government on March 31, 2022, the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) met under the Chairmanship of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi on 30 March 2022 in New Delhi. The CCS has approved the procurement of 15 Light Combat Helicopters (LCH) Limited Series Production at the cost of Rs. 3,887 Cr along with Infrastructure sanctions worth Rs. 377 Cr.

Mali army gets Mi-24P Hind-F combat helicopters from Russia

The military government of Mali has taken delivery of two Mi-24P Hind-F combat helicopters from Russia, an AFP journalist saw who also saw at least five transport trucks. As shown by a tweet with a picture posted by aBamako on March 31, Defense Minister Sadio Camara late Wednesday, March 30, formally received the helicopters, radar, and other equipment brought by a Russian transport plane to a military base at Bamako airport, The Defense Post reports.

Indian Air Force LCA Tejas fighter jets to be armed with JDAM guidance kit bombs

According to India Today, indigenous LCA Tejas fighter jets will be armed with bombs fitted with U.S.-made JDAM guidance kits which would help the Indian Air Force target enemy positions with pinpoint accuracy. The emergency powers were given to the armed forces because of the ongoing conflict with the People’s Liberation Army of China in the Eastern Ladakh sector.

BAE Systems keeps providing long term support for RAF Hawk fleet

BAE Systems has been awarded an 11-year contract to continue its support for the UK’s Royal Air Force Hawk fleet. The £590million contract secures hundreds of engineering jobs in North Wales, home to No. 4 Flying Training School, responsible for training the UK's next generation of world-class fighter pilots. As well as providing availability support to the RAF’s Hawk T2 fleet, BAE Systems will provide depth maintenance to the RAF’s iconic Red Arrows display team from RAF Valley in Anglesey, ensuring the Hawk fleet continues as a global ambassador for the UK.

Russian MoD confirms the use of Orlan-10 drones in Ukraine

According to information published by Tass on March 31, 2022, the Russian Defense Ministry said it had engaged Orlan-10 drones in the Ukrainian operation.

Kuwait receives third and fourth Eurofighter Typhoon from Leonardo

According to information published by Leonardo on March 30, 2022, the third and fourth Eurofighter Typhoons for the Air Force of Kuwait landed in the country in the framework of a wider order for a total of 28 aircraft that will be delivered to the Kuwait Air Force.

Greece buys six additional Rafale fighter jets from France

According to information published by Daily Sabbah on March 25, 2022, Greece has signed deals to buy six additional Rafale fighter jets from France as tensions continue to flare up with Turkey in the Eastern Mediterranean.

Ukraine carries out work to transform Soviet-era Tu-141 drones into strike ones

MOSCOW, March 30. /TASS-DEFENSE/. The program of Ukraine’s Defense Ministry to maintain the working capacity of the Soviet-era VR-2 operational/tactical systems with Tu-141 Strizh unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) included their transformation from reconnaissance to strike ones. This was proved by the crash of a Ukrainian Strizh drone with a combat payload in the suburbs of the Croatian capital of Zagreb, military expert Vladimir Karnozov writes in the Independent Military Review.

US Marine Attack Squadron 214 transitions to F-35B Lightning II

U.S. Marine Attack Squadron 214, Marine Aircraft Group 13, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, conducted a re-designation ceremony at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Arizona, on March 25, 2022. 1st Lt. Zachary Bodner and Lance Cpl. Courtney Robertson, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, report.

Russia shot down an Armed Forces of Ukraine Mil Mi-8 helicopter

According to information published by Военный Осведомитель on March 29, 2022, an Armed Forces of Ukraine Mi-8 helicopter was shot down over the Sea of Azov by the Russian Forces, 5 kilometers from the coastline, heading to the area of Mariupol.

Canada to buy 88 F-35 Lightning II fighter jets from Lockheed Martin

According to information published by Yeni Safak on March 29, 2022, Canada said it has opened final negotiations to buy 88 F-35 Lightning II fighter jets from Lockheed Martin in a deal worth about $15 billion.

US send six EA-18G Growler aircraft to support deterrence mission in Germany

According to information published by the U.S. DoD on March 29, 2022, six U.S. Navy EA-18G Growler aircraft out of Naval Air Station Whidbey Island in Washington State are on their way to Europe and are expected to arrive at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany.

Russian MiG-29 and Su-30SM fighter jets conduct exercise in Armenia

According to information published by Tass on March 28, 2022, Russian MiG-29 and Su-30SM fighter jets made training flights in Armenia, the Southern Military District said.

Royal Malaysian Air Force waiting for purchase decision of MPA Maritime Patrol Aircraft

According to Defense Studies, the procurement process involving several new Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) will be decided by the Ministry of Finance (MoF) after the proposal is submitted to the Procurement Board of the Ministry of Defense.

Rostec improves stealth glass technology used for cockpits

MOSCOW, March 25. /TASS-DEFENSE/. The Technologiya Research and Production Enterprise (part of the Rostec state hi-tech corporation) has improved the technology of manufacturing cockpit glazing for stealth aircraft, the Rostec press office said.

United Kingdom to deploy Typhoon fighter jets to Ukraine border

According to a tweet published by the UK Ministry of Defense on March 28, 2022, four Typhoon fighter jets from No. 3 Squadron RAF are to be sent to a military base on Romania's Black Sea coast.

Russian designers of Su-75 Checkmate fighter take into account Lockheed F-117A weaknesses

MOSCOW, March 25. /TASS-DEFENSE/. The developers of Russia’s advanced Checkmate single-engine fighter have taken into account and corrected the weaknesses of the United States’ stealth aircraft Lockheed F-117A Nighthawk, according to the text of a patent (obtained by TASS) published by the Federal Intellectual Property Service.

B-2 Spirit conducts mission in Indo-Pacific for training with Royal Australian Air Force

A U.S. Air Force B-2 Spirit flew from the 509th Bomb Wing, Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, to Royal Australian Air Force Base Amberley, Australia, March 23, 2022, to execute training with the Royal Australian Air Force to increase interoperability with a critical ally and operate forward in the Indo-Pacific region. Tech. Sgt. Hailey Haux Pacific Air Forces Public Affairs, reports.

Three more F-35I Adir fighters boost IAF Israeli Air Force potential

On March 24, the IAF tweeted that three new F-35I Adir fighter jets landed at Nevatim AFB and joined the lines of the IAF’s 5th-Gen division as part of the 140th and 116th Squadrons.

Australian Department of Defence selects Boeing Insitu Integrator tactical UAV

The Australian Department of Defence has selected Boeing’s Insitu Pacific Pty Ltd to supply the Australian Army with 24 of their signature ‘Integrator’ tactical unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), associated ground systems and integration services under its LAND 129 Phase 3 project. Insitu Pacific offered their Integrator tactical UAV to meet the Australian Army’s requirements, and 24 units will be delivered under a A$650 million (US$480 million) deal.

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