June 2023 news

Defense Aviation and Aerospace Industry


TAI from Türkiye ready to conduct first flight with new Anka-3 MALE UAV

The Paris Air Show 2023 provided an opportunity for the Army Recognition Group to gather crucial insights into the forthcoming advancements within the aerospace industry. Among the notable revelations, a representative from the Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) made an important announcement: in a mere two weeks, they are set to carry out the inaugural flight test of their state-of-the-art unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) known as the ANKA-3 MİUS (Medium Altitude Long Endurance Unmanned Aerial Vehicle System). This disclosure highlights the significance of TAI's innovative efforts in pushing the boundaries of UAV technology.

Rostec delivers new batch of Su-35S fighters to Russian Aerospace Forces

Rostec on June 23 announced that a new batch of new Su-35S aircraft was handed over to the Russian Ministry of Defense by the Komsomolsk-on-Amur Aviation Plant. Yu.A. Gagarin of the United Aircraft Corporation (part of Rostec State Corporation). Combat vehicles made a flight to the home airfield.

New Nexter KNDS THL30 turret to equip upgraded Tiger attack helicopter

Nexter is upgrading its THL30 turret to equip the modernized Tiger attack and ground support helicopter. The turret's lateral displacement has been increased and its weight reduced thanks to modernized electronics. It will enter service in 2028.

Sweden to train Ukrainian pilots on JAS 39 Gripen fighter and donate more military equipment

The Swedish Government on June 22 announced it has adopted a new support package for Ukraine, which was presented at the meeting of the Ukraine Defence Contact Group in Brussels on 15 June 2023. The package includes contributions to funds totalling SEK 230 million and instructions to the Swedish Armed Forces concerning Saab JAS 39 Gripen fighter aircraft and supply solutions for donated military equipment. The total value of this twelfth support package amounts to approximately SEK 250 million.

French Safran's Patroller tactical drone selected to upgrade Greek Army's UAV inventory

On June 20, 2023, Safran Electronics & Defense announced that the Greek Army has chosen its Patroller tactical drones to upgrade its unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) inventory. Facilitated by the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA), the procurement process resulted in the addition of four new Patroller drones. Previously, Greece had acquired a total of 16 Sperwer UAVs, and this addition represents a significant enhancement to the country's UAV capabilities.

Nexter KNDS to supply new gun pod for Leonardo M-346 FA Fighter Attack

Leonardo and Nexter, a company of KNDS, have jointly launched a development program aimed to introduce a new Gun Pod on the M-346 FA (Fighter Attack). After a successful 10-month feasibility study, which has demonstrated the capability of adding a Link & Case Recovery (LCR) system to the M-346 FA, Leonardo and Nexter, a company of KNDS, have decided to pursue a joint development effort by integrating a new 20mm cannon pod to the M-346FA.

Paris Air how 2023: Turgis & Gaillard unveils stunning Aarok MALE UAV prototype

Turgis & Gaillard's Aarok drone, a new prototype of MALE (medium altitude, long endurance) remotely piloted combat aircraft, captivated attention at the Paris Air Show with its interesting specifications and applications. Notably, Turgis & Gaillard independently developed the prototype before pursuing collaborations with larger industry players, with anticipated flight tests planned for early 2024, pending necessary permissions for French airspace.

Raytheon to supply many foreign air forces with AMRAAM missiles worth USD 1.1 Bn

The U.S. Department of Defense on June 20 announced that Raytheon Missiles and Defense, Tucson, Arizona, was awarded a $1,151,111,454 firm-fixed-price contract for Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM) Production Lot 37. This contract provides for the production of AMRAAM missiles, AMRAAM Telemetry System, initial and field spares, and other production engineering support activities. Work will be performed in Tucson, Arizona, and is expected to be completed by January 31, 2027.

Leonardo increases its role in multinational MALE Eurodrone programme

Leonardo will be developing the mission system for Eurodrone, the MALE-class (Medium Altitude Long Endurance) remotely piloted aircraft set to strengthen Europe's strategic defence autonomy with high-performance independent operational systems. The aircraft's Airborne Mission System (AMS) incorporates a suite of advanced sensors, including radar and the Multi-Purpose Mission Computer (MPMC).

Saudi consortium SAMI-AEC forges strategic partnership with Lockheed Martin to bolster regional repair capabilities

SAMI-AEC, a subsidiary of SAMI (Saudi Arabia's national consortium of defense industries), on June 21 announced a strategic partnership with Lockheed Martin. This partnership officially designates SAMI-AEC's Sniper Advanced Targeting Pod (ATP) Repair Center as the world's premier, Middle East-based repair facility for Line-Replaceable Units (LRUs), offering enhanced maintenance and repair services.

Elbit Systems to supply first three Watchkeeper X tactical UAS to Romanian Defense

Elbit Systems announced on June 21, further to its announcement of December 21, 2022, that it received a first purchase order worth approximately $180 million to supply the first three out of a maximum of seven Watchkeeper X tactical Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) as part of a framework contract with the Romanian Ministry of National Defense, with a maximum value of approximately $410 million (1.89 billion Lei). The purchase order will be performed over a period of two years.

UK Defence industry unveils cutting-edge technologies for future flying combat air demonstrator

Engineers from the UK’s leading combat air industry partners have released more details about work taking place to deliver the UK’s first flying combat air demonstrator for a generation. Experts from BAE Systems, Rolls-Royce, Leonardo UK, MBDA and the Ministry of Defence (MoD) are collaborating with a range of British small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to develop the technologies needed to deliver the UK’s next-generation supersonic stealth combat aircraft, Tempest.

Paris Air Show 2023: Leonardo DRS unveils next-generation STAG-8 stabilized multi-sensor EO/IR payload gimbal for UAVs and light aircraft

Leonardo DRS unveiled, on June 19, 2023, its next-generation stabilized, multi-sensor EO/IR payload gimbal for small to medium Unmanned Aircraft Systems, light fixed-wing aircraft, and helicopters.

Paris Airshow 2023: Belgium acquires observer status in FCAS Future Combat Air System research and development program

On the proposal of the Belgian Defense Minister, Ludivine Dedonder, the Council of Ministers gave its agreement to Belgium's participation as an observer in the German-French-Spanish FCAS project aimed at developing a European air combat capability with avant-garde technology.

Airbus Helicopters conducts qualification campaign for Nexter 20mm pod on H225M Caracal helicopter

Since April 2023, Airbus Helicopters has been carrying out flight qualification firing of the 20mm NC 621 pod on the H225M Caracal helicopter. This pod integrates the Nexter 20mm cannon 20M621, which has been specially designed to arm light aircraft.

Lockheed Martin Korea Aerospace Industries and Red 6 announce initial augmented reality integration work for T-50 Platform

Lockheed Martin, Korea Aerospace Industries and Red 6 on June 20 announced they have begun developing engineering solutions and a technology roadmap to establish an implementation path for Red 6's Advanced Tactical Augmented Reality System (ATARS), into the T-50 platform and associated ground-based training systems. Red 6 is a Lockheed Martin Ventures portfolio company.

Paris Air Show 2023: Unveiling the future of heavy-lift operations US Army debuts CH-47F Block II

Paris, France - June 19, 2023 - At the renowned Paris Air Show 2023, the United States Army displays the CH-47F Block II, the newest generation of CH-47 heavy-lift cargo helicopters. This latest iteration brings significant enhancements to the U.S. Army's sole heavy-lift cargo helicopter, augmenting combat and other critical operations.

Paris Air Show 2023: TAI showcases its new Aksungur MALE armed drone

The 2023 Paris Air Show turns heads as Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) showcases its newest unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), the AKSUNGUR. A medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) armed UAV, the AKSUNGUR is a marvel of advanced technology, derived from the proven TAI Anka series. Representing TAI's most formidable drone to date, it boasts an impressive payload capacity tailored for various mission-specific equipment.

Paris Air Show 2023: Turkish Aerospace Industries unveils revolutionary T929 ATAK II attack helicopter

Paris, France, June 19, 2023 - The prestigious Paris Air Show 2023 was the stage for Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) to reveal their newest innovation, the T929 ATAK II. The twin-engine, heavy attack helicopter has been designed by TAI to cater to attack, electronic warfare, and reconnaissance missions under all weather conditions, both day and night.

Paris Air Show 2023: US Army displays AH-64E V6 latest generation of attack helicopter

At Paris Air Show 2023, the United States Army displays the AH-64E V6, the latest generation of attack helicopter in the AH-64 Apache family. From the inaugural AH-64A launched in 1984 to the current AH-64E, the Apache has maintained its standing as the most sophisticated and battle-tested assault helicopter in the world.

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