JANUARY 2023 news

Defense Aviation and Aerospace Industry


Northrop Grumman developing next generation radar AN/APG-85 for F-35 Lightning II

Northrop Grumman is developing AN/APG-85, an advanced Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar for the F-35 Lightning II. Northrop Grumman currently manufactures the AN/APG-81 active electronically scanned array (AESA) fire control radar, the cornerstone of the F-35 Lightning II's sensor suite.

British AH-64E Apache crews train to fight on modern battlefield

The soldiers who operate the British Army’s AH-64E Apache attack helicopter are adapting their tactics to face the challenges of the modern battlefield and maximise the capabilities of the state-of-the-art aircraft. Among the key lessons from the war in Ukraine, countering the threats presented by air defence, unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and electronic warfare are important for aviation units to learn. The British army explains.

RCAF Canadian Air Force to get 88 F-35A Lightning II fighters

The Government of Canada announced on January 9 it is procuring Lockheed Martin's 5th Generation F-35 Lightning II aircraft as a result of the Future Fighter Capability Project competition. The Royal Canadian Air Force will receive 88 F-35A multirole stealth fighters, a sustainment solution tailored to Canada's sovereign requirements and a comprehensive training program.

Elbit Systems awarded $180 Mn contract to provide new Mission Training Center for Israeli F-16 fleet

Elbit Systems announced on January 10 that it was awarded a contract in the amount of approximately $180 million from the Israeli Ministry of Defense (IMoD) to provide, operate and maintain the new Mission Training Center (MTC) for the Israeli Air Force's (IAF) F-16 fleet. The contract will be delivered over a three-year period with an additional fifteen-year period that will include operation and maintenance services.

British intelligence states Russian Air Force operates Su-57 Felon fighters in Ukraine war

British intelligence is convinced that the Russian Aerospace Forces use 5 units of the latest Su-57 fighter jets to carry out missile strikes on the territory of Ukraine, topwar.ru reports. According to British intelligence, the first cases of the use of the Su-57 for attacks against Ukrainian targets date back to June 2022. But until now, Russia has been afraid to send Su-57 fighter jets into Ukrainian airspace lest they be shot down by Ukrainian air defenses, British intelligence officials say. Hence, they are said to be based about 500 km from Ukraine. However, it is not very clear what is new in this information of British intelligence, which was disseminated today by the Ukrainian press, tipwar.ru writes.

Russian army receives 10 upgraded Ka-52M attack helicopters

The first 10 upgraded Kamov Ka-52M Alligator attack helicopter gunships were delivered to the Russian army aviation and supplies will continue in 2023. The Sazykin Aircraft Plant in Arsenyev is fully loaded with the production of such helicopters. The upgraded helicopter was first involved in the Ukraine war in September 2022. Some of them have already been shot down by the Ukrainian air defense, the latter claimed.

Dutch Air Force receives new AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopters at Fort Hood

The 302nd Squadron of the Royal Netherlands Air Force took delivery of two new AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopters at Robert Gray Army Air Field here, Dec. 13. Eric Franklin, Fort Hood Public Affairs, reports.

Indian Navy to get Rafale-M fighters for its INS Vikrant aircraft carrier

According to Sakshi Tiwari in Eurasian Times, the Indian Navy’s quest to acquire a carrier-based fighter jet for its indigenous aircraft carrier INS Vikrant is nearing conclusion after months of rigorous evaluations. The French-made Dassault Rafale-M is expected to win the competition against Boeing’s F/A-18E/F Super Hornets.

US Air Force new Boeing F-15EX fighters test fire missiles in new configuration

Last November 29, the U.S. Air Force’s new Boeing F-15EX Eagle II conducted its first successful missile launch from the two new weapons stations that are part of the fighter’s upgrades, Max Hauptman reports in Task & Purpose.

Egyptian Air Force to receive 12 new Boeing CH-47F Chinook helicopters

The U.S. Army has awarded Boeing a contract to produce 12 new CH-47F Chinooks for the Egyptian Air Force. With this $426 million foreign military sale, Egypt will replace its fleet of CH-47D helicopters with the modern F model, and benefit from its advanced multi-mission capabilities.

Pentagon and Lockheed Martin finalize agreement to deliver a total of 894 F-35 fighters

The F-35 Joint Program Office and Lockheed Martin have finalized the contract for the production and delivery for up to 398 F-35s for $30 billion, including U.S., international partners and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) aircraft in Lots 15 and 16, with the option for Lot 17.

Rheinmetall upgrades Multi Sensor Platforms for Norwegian Air Force

Rheinmetall has signed a contract with the Norwegian Defence Material Agency / NDMA to modernize the Multi Sensor Platform MSP500. The total value of the order is in the low double-digit million-euro range.

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