March 2022 news

Defense Aviation and Aerospace Industry


Boeing and Airbus Helicopters sign strategic H-47 Chinook partnership to support German Army STH requirements

Boeing and Airbus Helicopters on March 25 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to partner on the H-47 Chinook in support of Germany’s Schwerer Transporthubschrauber (STH) heavy-lift helicopter requirements.

US Air Force selects BAE Systems high frequency technology for radio modernization effort

The U.S. Air Force has selected BAE Systems, with support from FlexRadio, to provide software-defined radios for its Airborne High-Frequency Radio Modernization (AHFRM) program. The contract, which has a value of $176 million, provides a secure alternative to satellite communication methods.

AACC signs technical partnership with Derco to enhance Saudi C-130 Hercules aircraft MRO capabilities

Aircraft Accessories and Components Company (AACC), a subsidiary of SAMI, on March 24 announced that a signing of a Preferred Supplier Agreement with Derco, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin, had taken place during the recent World Defense Show 2022 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The agreement will enable AACC to enhance its existing capabilities in serving the C-130 Hercules fleets of the Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF).

DIMDEX 2022: Aeralis unveilsfull-scale mock-ups of innovative modular jet

Aeralis, the transformational British military jet developer, has concluded a successful show at DIMDEX 2022 in Doha, Qatar. The show began with a ceremony attended by the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, who unveiled two full-scale mock-ups of the company’s innovative modular jet. The displays on the stand highlighted the breadth of industry partners supporting Aeralis including Atkins, Siemens, Hamble Aerostructures, Safran, Thales, Rolls Royce and Martin Baker.

Lockheed Martin to develop and test Technology Refresh 3 integration on Israeli F-35i fighters

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics is awarded a $16,645,723 cost-plus-incentive-fee modification to a previously awarded contract. This modification adds scope to provide for the development, integration, and testing of the Israel unique software data load in support of integration of Technology Refresh 3 (TR3) onto the F-35 Lot 15 Israel production aircraft.

US Army receives 10th upgraded Hawker Beechcraft King Air 350 spy aircraft

The Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) has delivered its 10th upgraded Enhanced Medium Altitude Reconnaissance and Surveillance System aircraft to the US Army, Inder Singh Bisht reports in The Defense Post.

Indra developing satellite communications system for long endurance defense drones

Spanish company Indra is developing a satellite communications system that will enable large aircraft and drones of the future to operate as true systems of systems, exchanging data in real-time to maintain superiority in every mission. Indra’s new SATCOM will offer bandwidths of up to 20 megabits per second, multiplying the transmission capacity of today’s most advanced onboard systems.

Philippine Army launches first-ever air ambulance

The Philippine Army launched its first-ever air ambulance manned by a critical care aeromedical team that will bolster the Army’s life-saving capabilities for combat-wounded troops in an aerial medical evacuation simulation at Fort Bonifacio, Metro Manila on March 21, 2022.

Rheinmetall providing support and maintenance for German Air Force CH-53G transport helicopters

The Bundeswehr (German army) has contracted with Rheinmetall to look after, maintain and repair Germany’s Sikorsky CH-53G transport helicopters at two additional bases.

Sukhoi Su-30MK2 fighters of Uganda Air Force to be maintained by HAL Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd

According to The Independent, Uganda has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with India for the maintenance and technical support of the Sukhoi Su-30MK2 fighter jets Uganda purchased from Russia more than a decade ago. The MoU was signed on March 4 at the Indian High Commission in Kampala. Lt. Gen. Charles Lutaaya, Commander of Air Force in the Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF), signed on behalf of Uganda.

Boeing Uncrewed Aicraft produced in Australia to be named MQ-28A Ghost Bat

Boeing Australia congratulates the Australian Government and Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) on their selection of ‘MQ-28A Ghost Bat’ as the military designator and name for the first Australian-produced military combat aircraft in over 50 years.

Indian Air Force to order 12 more Sukhoi Su-30 MKI fighters

The Indian Air Force is ordering 12 more Russian-designed Sukhoi-30 MKI very shortly, Military Leaks reports. Its bid for the fighters is expected to be cleared by the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) headed by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and including the three chiefs next week.

Boeing begins build on New Zealand first P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft

Boeing P-8A team members and Spirit AeroSystems employees have laid the keel beam for New Zealand’s first P-8A. This process, also called ‘keeling,’ was done at the Spirit AeroSystems facility where all Boeing 737 fuselages, nacelles and pylons are designed and built. Laying the keel is an important production milestone during the build of any ship or aircraft and represents the cornerstone of this latest P-8.

US will send two F-16 fighter jets to Croatia to ensure aerial security

According to information published by The Dubrovnik Times on March 17, 2022, the Croatian Prime Minister, Andrej Plenković announced that two US F-16 fighter jets would arrive in Zagreb to support Croatia's security.

RAF test flies first synthetic fuel drone in UK-US Project Vermeer program

First successful drone flight for RAF using an alternative to fossil fuel, Project Vermeer marks an international collaboration between UK and US. Under Project Vermeer, the Royal Air Force has enhanced their ground-breaking work in using sustainable aviation fuel by successfully flying a four-meter drone with synthetic fuel. Project Vermeer began in summer 2021 and demonstrates the RAF’s commitment to investing in emerging technology, as highlighted in the Integrated Review and Defence Command Paper.

Boeing to add electronic warfare system on Japanese F-15J Eagle Super Interceptor

The U.S. Department on March 16 announced that Boeing has been awarded a not-to-exceed $24,550,000 undefinitized contract modification for the F-15 Japan Super Interceptor program. The modification provides for the Foreign Military Sales requirement to add electronic warfare system initial non-recurring engineering for the Japan Air Self Defense Force.

Egypt will receive F-15 fighter jets from United States

According to a tweet published by Mahmoud Gamal on March 16, 2022, the U.S. has approved to provide Egypt with F-15 fighter jets, USCENTCOM Chief announced.

Steadicopter and Smart Shooter unveil Golden Eagle groundbreaking RUAS with precision hit capabilities using SMASH technology

Steadicopter, a leader in the Rotary Unmanned Aerial Systems (RUAS) industry, and Smart Shooter, a world-class designer, developer, and manufacturer of innovative fire control systems that significantly increase the accuracy and lethality of small arms, have unveiled the Golden Eagle - the first-ever unmanned helicopter with precise hit capabilities. The two companies will present the solution at the ISDEF exhibition in Tel Aviv.

Hensoldt develops new solution for EW data fusion and evaluation to protect Eurofighter

Sensor solutions provider Hensoldt is putting its latest technologies in sensor data fusion and analysis at the service of increased protection for the Eurofighter. By combining its Spectrum Battle Management Suite (SBMS), which creates a situation picture from a huge amount of Electronic Warfare (EW) data, with an advanced version of the evaluation software of the Eurofighter self-protection system "Praetorian", the so-called Electronic Warfare Data Analyser (EWDA), Hensoldt has developed a tool that allows mission data of the Eurofighter to be evaluated much faster and more precisely and to be used for programming future missions.

Lockheed Martin delivers 500th C-130J Super Hercules

Hercules history is made once again, with the announcement that Lockheed Martin recently delivered its 500th C-130J Super Hercules airlifter. This Super Hercules (Lockheed Martin aircraft #5934) is a C-130J-30 aircraft assigned to the U.S. 130th Airlift Wing located at McLaughlin Air National Guard Base in Charleston, West Virginia. The 130th Airlift Wing is a longtime C-130 operator that is currently modernizing its legacy Hercules fleet with C-130Js.

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