March 2022 news

Defense Aviation and Aerospace Industry


Ukraine Air Force reports numerous raids in several areas

The Ukrainian Air Force Command on March 12 reported that, during the past 24 hours, Ukrainian fighter aircraft - fighter-bombers and attack helicopters - were engaged in up to ten raids in several areas across the country.

Chinese WS-15 turbofan engine undergoes tests and shows improved performance

According to Liu Xuanzun in Global Times, the WS-15, China's next-generation turbofan engine expected to be used on the Chengdu J-20 stealth fighter jet to greatly improve its performance, has undergone several tests that saw the engine further improved and optimized, the state broadcaster recently reported.

France deploys Mirage 2000-5 fighter aircraft in Estonia

According to a tweet published by Ryan Chan on March 13, 2022, France deployed Mirage 2000-5 fighter aircraft arrived in Estonia for NATO Enhanced Air Policing in the Baltic region.

Northrop Grumman completes ferry flight of Japanese RQ-4B Global Hawk

Northrop Grumman ferried the first of Japan’s three RQ-4B Global Hawks via a non-stop transpacific flight. The aircraft departed on Thursday, March 10, from Palmdale, California landing 18.7 hours later on March 12 at Misawa Air Base, Misawa, Japan.

Germany plans to buy F-35 fighter jets amid Ukraine war

According to information published by DW on March 14, 2022, Germany is reportedly planning to equip its air force with F-35 fighter jets to replace its Tornados.

US 12th Combat Aviation Brigade Apaches support Saber Strike 22

Nearly 20 AH-64D Apache Longbow helicopters from the U.S. 12th Combat Aviation Brigade landed at Lielvarde Air Base, Latvia, on Feb. 24, Capt. Gabrielle Hildebrand reports on U.S. Army’s website. The helicopters and the soldiers of the 1-3rd Attack Battalion, 12 CAB, are in Latvia to participate in the multinational exercise, Saber Strike 22.

Republic of Singapore Air Force to join US air combat exercise

According to information published by the Singaporean MoD on March 11, 2022, the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) will be participating in Exercise Red Flag – Nellis, an advanced multilateral air combat exercise hosted by the United States Air Force (USAF) at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, United States.

Netherlands will deploy eight F-35A fighter jets to Bulgaria

According to information published by Reuters on March 11, 2022, Bulgaria will host up to eight Royal Netherlands Air Force F-35 Lightning II aircraft to help it with its air policing tasks amid the war in Ukraine.

Pakistan Air Force receives first batch of Chinese J-10 CE fighter jets

According to information published by Global Times on March 11, 2022, the Pakistan Air Force held an induction ceremony for the first batch of six J-10CE fighter jets in Kamra.

WDS 2022: Safran signs a partnership with Saudi Arabian Military Industries

According to a PR published by Safran on March 9, 2022, Aircraft Accessories and Components Company (AACC), a subsidiary of SAMI Aerospace business division of SAMI, announced the signing of a partnership agreement with Safran Landing Systems, a world leader in landing gear maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO).

Leonardo underlines C-27J Next Generation’s unrivalled performance and mission flexibility

Widely recognized as the most effective multi-role military transport aircraft in its size class, the C-27J Next Generation features new avionics and aerodynamic developments for greater efficiency and improved operating performance.

Hensoldt to provide two complete systems for electro-optical reconnaissance to Qinetiq

According to a PR published by Hensoldt on March 9, 2022, the sensor solutions provider has received an order from aerial services specialist QinetiQ GmbH, Mönchengladbach, to supply two complete systems for electro-optical reconnaissance.

UK: Royal Air Force F-35 Lightnings aircraft deploy to Estonia

According to information published by the Royal Air Force on March 8, 2022, F-35B Lightning aircraft from RAF Marham have arrived at Amari airbase in Estonia to carry out NATO enhanced Vigilance Activity.

Philippines Air Force receives Turkish T-129 ATAK helicopters

According to information published by the Philippine MoD on March 9, 2022, the Philippine Air Force welcomes the arrival of two units of T-129 ATAK helicopters onboard the A400M from Turkey at Clark Air Base, Mabalacat City, Pampanga.

Bangladesh may abandon the acquisition of Russian aircraft in favor of European ones

According to information published by Analisi Difesa on March 4, 2022, Russia could lose Bangladesh as a customer in the sale of its fighter aircraft. Indeed Bangladesh would be aiming at choosing between the European Eurofighter Typhoon and the French Dassault Rafale.

Singapore Air Force acquires Orbiter 4 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle

According to information published by the Singapore MoD on March 2, 2022, the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) has acquired the Orbiter 4 Close-Range Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (CR-UAV) to further enhance the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF)'s Air Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (AISR) capabilities.

France and Spain reach agreement to launch Tiger MkIII program

According to a PR published by Airbus on March 3, 2022, OCCAR (Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation), on behalf of the French and Spanish Armament General Directorate, the DGA, and the DGAM has awarded a contract to Airbus Helicopters for the development, production, and initial in-service support of the Tiger MkIII attack helicopter upgrade program.

Northrop Grumman selected by US Navy for sustainment and modernization of E-6B Mercury aircraft

Northrop Grumman announced it was recently awarded the Integrated Modification and Maintenance Contract for the U.S. Navy’s E-6B Mercury platform, a derivative of the commercial Boeing 707 aircraft. The work will be performed at Northrop Grumman’s Aircraft Maintenance and Fabrication Center in Lake Charles.

Four Russian fighter aircraft violate the Swedish airspace amid Ukraine crisis

According to information published by the Swedish MoD on March 3, 2022, four Russian fighter aircraft violated Swedish airspace. The Swedish air force conducted an operation with JAS 39 Gripen aircraft of the rapid readiness unit, which documented and photographed the incident.

Boeing to supply USSOCOM Special Operations Command with more MH-47G Chinook helicopters

The U.S. Department of Defense announced on March 2 that Boeing was awarded a firm-fixed-price modification to an existing delivery order in the amount of $194,628,000 on contract H92241-20-F-0020 to procure six MH-47G renew rotary-wing aircraft in support of U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM). Fiscal 2022 procurement and Army funds in the amount of $194,628,000 are being obligated at the time of the award.

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