October 2022 news

Defense Aviation and Aerospace Industry


New Ka-52M attack helicopter sight to promote night operations

The firepower of the upgraded Kamov Ka-52M helicopter gunships (nicknamed ‘Alligator’) will increase due to a new sight, which promotes the engagement of the weapons at night: the thermal vision channel of the sight doubles the detection and target identification range. The sight was upgraded according to the Syrian experience, where helicopters were mostly engaged at night. Ka-52 fired Vikhr guided missiles with a maximum range of 8 km in Syria.

Poland receives its first six Bayraktar TB2 UCAVs

According to a tweet published by the Polish MoD on October 28, 2022, the Polish Armed Forces received their first Bayraktar TB2 Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicles (UCAV).

Serbia receives first out of two Russian built Kamov Ka-32 helicopters

According to information published by Tass on October 28, 2022, the first out of two Russian Kamov Ka-32 firefighting helicopters has arrived in Serbia.

Leonardo wins contract with Italy's carabinieri to supply 20 AW119Kx helicopters

According to information published by Leonardo on October 28, 2022, the company has announced the signing of a contract with Italy’s Carabinieri for the supply of 20 AW119Kx single-engine helicopters for its Air Service.

MQ-9s demonstrate new capabilities in Emerald Flag Exercise

Air Force Special Operations Command’s Remotely Piloted Aircraft enterprise participated in an Emerald Flag exercise here Oct. 17-20, using the large-force event to demonstrate the Agile Combat Employment of MQ-9 Reaper aircraft anywhere in the world.

Russian upgraded fifth-generation Su-57 fighter performs maiden flight

MOSCOW, October 26. /TASS-DEFENSE/. Russia’s upgraded fifth-generation Sukhoi Su-57 fighter jet performed its maiden flight on October 21, the press office of the United Aircraft Corporation (UAC, part of the Rostec state hi-tech corporation) said.

MH-139A Grey Wolf tests new rappelling system

Air Force special operators successfully rappelled out of a hovering MH-139A Grey Wolf to the ground 30 feet below on Oct. 6, 2022.

Liteye and SAIC selected to provide C-UAS services and hardware to the US Government

Liteye System’s Inc. in partnership with SAIC was recently selected by the Joint Counter-small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Office (JCO) to provide approved Counter UAS services and hardware to the US Government. Liteye was chosen as an important part of the SAIC team to protect fixed locations under the Counter-UAS as a Service (CaaS) model. CaaS is defined as Contractor Owned Government Operated (COGO) or Contractor Owned Contractor Operated (COCO) solutions enabling the Department to effectively Detect, Identify, Track and Defeat adversarial UAS’ while meeting critical affordability and funding realities.

GA-ASI demonstrates air-to-air laser communications

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) successfully completed an air-to-air laser communication link between GA-ASI’s Laser Airborne Communication (LAC) terminals integrated onto two company-owned King Air aircraft. Laser communication is desirable for military applications because of its Low Probability of Intercept/Low Probability of Detection (LPI/LPD) and anti-jam capability that can support much higher data rates than radio frequency systems.

Boeing delivers first upgraded AH-64E Apache to Royal Netherlands Air Force

Boeing has delivered the first AH-64E Version 6, or v6, Apache helicopter featuring improved performance, sensors and software to the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF).

Aero Vodochody conducts maiden flight of L-159 T2X trainer prototype

In parallel with the support and maintenance of the existing L-159 aircraft, Aero Vodochody has been continuously working on upgrading its capabilities, with the main goal of providing an aircraft that will meet the demanding requirements of 5th generation combat pilot training. Last week, after four years of intensive work, the prototype (demonstrator) L-159 T2X took off from the airport in Vodochody. It is an aircraft on which engineers are testing new avionic systems and key design elements.

Japan begins transfer of air surveillance radar systems to the Philippines

Japan has commenced its transfer of air surveillance radar systems to the Philippines under the contract between the Philippine Department of National Defense and Mitsubishi Electric Corporation for the supply of four units of air surveillance radar.

Embraer and Brazil agree to reduce KC-390 procurement

Embraer S.A. updates the information disclosed on November 12, 2021, February 09, 2022, May 23, 2022, and August 9, 2022, regarding Contracts 002/DCTA-COPAC/2014 and 10/DCTA-COPAC/2014, entered into in 2014 amongst the Brazilian Federal Government, Embraer and one of its subsidiaries.

Brazilian Air Force participated in the Salitre IV Multinational Exercise

The Brazilian Air Force (FAB) participated, from October 10 to 21, in the Multinational Combined Air Exercise SALITRE IV. The air combat training, promoted by the Chilean Air Force (FACh), counts on the participation of air and human resources from the Air Forces of Argentina, Brazil and Chile, a cell of the United States Space Force, in addition to observers from Canada, Peru, Mexico and Uruguay, for joint action in the NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) standard.

Chilean Air Force becomes first International Operator of NP2000 propeller system

Collins Aerospace announced that the first Chilean Air Force (CAF) C-130 has successfully upgraded to the NP2000 propeller system. The completion of this install marks a major milestone as it serves as the first international C-130 upgraded with NP2000.

Royal Saudi Air Force to participate in Aerial Warfare and Missile Defense Centre 2022 drills in UAE

Royal Saudi Air Force to participate in "Aerial Warfare and Missile Defense Centre 2022" drill, which will be held at Al-Thafrah Air Base in the UAE with the participation of several brotherly and friendly countries.

GA-ASI SeaGuardian begins operations for Japan Coast Guard

On October 19, 2022, the Japan Coast Guard (JCG) commenced flight operations using an MQ-9B SeaGuardian Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) from General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI). JCG is operating the SeaGuardian from the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) Air Station Hachinohe. The RPA will primarily perform Maritime Wide Area Search (MWAS) over the Sea of Japan and the Pacific Ocean. Other missions will include search and rescue, disaster response, and maritime law enforcement.

Finnish Hornets and French Rafales to train during Exercise Täppä 22

Lapland Air Command’s Fighter Squadron 11 will arrange the Täppä 22 exercise at Rovaniemi and Oulunsalo air bases on 31 October – 4 November 2022. The exercise will involve Finnish F/A-18 Hornets and French Rafales.

France: DGA delivers the 8th MRTT multirole transport and refueling aircraft

On October 21, 2022, the DGA (Direction générale de l’armement / Directorate General of Armaments) received the 8th Phénix A330 MRTT (Multi role tanker transport) multirole tanker aircraft.

Royal Australian Air Force P-8A maritime patrol aircraft completes first mission with NATO’s operation Sea Guardian

NATO has forged a new partnership with the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) through its maritime security operation in the Mediterranean. A RAAF P-8A Poseidon Maritime Patrol Aircraft deployed from its base in Edinburgh, South Australia, to Sigonella, Italy, accompanied by a team of 45 crew, maintenance, and security personnel from the RAAF’s 11 Squadron.

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