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South Korea grounds F-35 fleet after emergency landing

By Alessandra Giovanzanti 10 January 2022
A Republic of Korea Air Force's F-35A Joint Strike Fighter (the first of 40 aircraft is herein shown) made an emergency landing on 4 January. The fleet has been grounded until further notice, the Ministry of National Defense confirmed to   Janes  .  (Defense Acquisition Program Administration )  The Republic of Korea Air Force (RoKAF) has grounded its Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter fleet after one aircraft made an emergency landing on 4 January.  An official spokesperson of South Korea's M...

F-35, Eurofighter ECR back in the mix for Germany

By Gareth Jennings 10 January 2022
Seen mocked up in Luftwaffe markings in this artist's impression, the F-35 is once again being considered by Germany as a potential solution to its Tornado replacement requirement. (Lockheed Martin via Janes/Gareth Jennings)  Germany is again eyeing the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter and Eurofighter Electronic Combat Role (ECR) as potential solutions to its Tornado replacement requirement.  It was reported on 8 January that the country's newly installed Defence Minister Christine Lambrecht had told Federal Chancellor...

Netherlands to locate Reapers in Caribbean

By Gareth Jennings 07 January 2022
The Netherlands will base its soon-to-be received General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc MQ-9A Reaper medium-altitude long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in the Caribbean region.  The Dutch Ministry of Defence (MoD) said on 6 January...

Argentina purchases two refurbished Sea King helicopters

By Alejandro Sanchez 07 January 2022
The Ministry of Defense of Argentina (MoD) has approved the purchase of two refurbished Sikorsky SH-3H Sea King medium helicopters for the navy. The units will be acquired from Carson Helicopters Inc, based in Pennsylvania, at a cost of USD12.8 mil...

Turkey opens new engineering facilities for TF-X/MMU fighter

By Gareth Jennings & Kerry Herschelman 07 January 2022
A screenshot of a Turkish Aerospace video showcasing the new Engineering Center of the National Combat Aircraft that, along with other dedicated facilities, was opened on 6 January. (Turkish Aerospace)  Turkey has opened new engineering facilities dedicated to the design, development, and manufacture of its future combat aircraft.  President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announced on 6 January that the Engineering Center of the National Combat Aircraft had been formally opened, with the goal of rolling out the first Turkish Fighter Experimental (TF-X)...

Abu Dhabi launches technology commercialisation arm, new research centres

By Charles Forrester 07 January 2022
Abu Dhabi's Advanced Technology Research Council (ATRC) has announced the launching of a commercialisation arm, as well as three new research centres. (Advanced Technology Research Council)  The Emirate of Abu Dhabi's Advanced Technology Research Council (ATRC) announced the creation of a new technology commercialisation arm, VentureOne, as well as the establishment of three new research centres covering Propulsion, Alternative Energy, and Biotechnology.  According to a statement released on 5 January, VentureOne will “help facilitate IP [int...

Norway retires F-16 as F-35 takes on national air defence

By Gareth Jennings 07 January 2022
Norway has retired its F-16 fleet after 42 years in service. Its roles have been taken on by the F-35A. (Janes/Patrick Allen)  Norway has retired the Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon, with the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) officially taking over all combat aviation duties from the beginning of 2022.  The Royal Norwegian Air Force (RoNAF) announced the milestone on 6 January, noting that its 57 remaining F-16AM/BM aircraft, first received in 1980, had been fully replaced by the F-35A, the first 52 of which we...

Airbus Helicopters delivers final H145s to Ecuadorian Air Force

By Roberto Jose Garcia Hernandez 06 January 2022
Airbus Helicopters delivered the final three H145 rotary-wing aircraft as part of an order to the Ecuadorian Air Force (Fuerza Aérea Ecuatoriana: FAE) on 12 December, according to a service statement.  Ecuador bought six H145s in 2019 to replace it...

Triman Industries buys distributors Brighton Cromwell, CTG

By Marc Selinger 06 January 2022
US military parts distributor Triman Industries has increased its size and capabilities by acquiring Brighton Cromwell and Crestwood Technology Group (CTG), according to US private equity firm AE Industrial Partners (AEI), which owns Triman....

Brazilian Air Force contracts for two Hermes 900 UAVs

By Victor Barreira 06 January 2022
A Brazilian Air Force Hermes 900 UAV. The service on 30 December awarded a contract to AEL Sistemas to acquire two of the aircraft. (Brazilian Air Force)  The Brazilian Air Force (Força Aérea Brasileira: FAB) on 30 December awarded a contract to AEL Sistemas to acquire two Hermes 900 (RQ-900 in Brazil service) multirole medium-altitude long endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and spare parts, according to the service.    The contract will be fulfilled over the next 16 months, AEL Sistemas told   Janes  . The UAVs w...

Lockheed Martin beats F-35 delivery target for 2021

By Gareth Jennings 06 January 2022
The delivery figure of 142 F-35s for 2021 builds on the 120 aircraft delivered to customers in 2020 (down from its target of 141 because of the Covid-19 pandemic), 134 for 2019, 91 for 2018, and 66 for 2017. (Crown Copyright)  Lockheed Martin exceeded its 2021 delivery target for the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter by handing over 142 aircraft against its goal of 139 for the year.  Announced by the company on 3 January, the tally for 2021 is the largest recorded so far by the programme, and brings to more than 750 the number of F-35 ai...

USMC deploys F-35C for first time

By Gareth Jennings 06 January 2022
An F-35C assigned to VMFA-314 launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS   Abraham Lincoln  (CVN 72).  (US Navy)  The US Marine Corps (USMC) has deployed the carrier variant (CV) Lockheed Martin F-35C Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) to sea for the first time.  Announced by the corps on 4 January, the deployment has seen Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 314 ‘Black Knights' based at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Miramar in California embark aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) as part...

Pakistan cancels attack helicopter project with Turkey, opting for China

By Kerry Herschelman 06 January 2022
Pakistan has cancelled its planned T129 attack helicopter procurement from Turkey, opting instead to pursue the Chinese-built Z-10ME.  Pakistan Army spokesman Major Gen Babar Iftikhar made the announcement on 5 January.  “As far as the Turkish deal...

Northrop Grumman tests A2/AD missile design for USAF SiAW requirement

By Robin Hughes 05 January 2022
The Northrop Grumman A2/AD missile mission computer and sensors integrated into a company Bombardier CRJ-700 test aircraft. (Northrop Grumman)  Northrop Grumman has conducted the first in a series of company-funded flight tests of an anti-access/area denial (A2/AD) missile system intended to address the US Air Force's (USAF's) requirement for an enhanced Stand-in Attack Weapon (SiAW) to equip the F-35A Lightning II multirole stealth fighter.    The test, conducted in the Baltimore-Washington area in mid-December 2021 “utilised a company-...

Sierra Nevada, Volansi offer Voly T aircraft for US Army FTUAS

By Pat Host 05 January 2022
Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) and Volansi are offering the Voly Tactical (Voly T) aircraft for the US Army's Future Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System (FTUAS) Increment 2 procurement.    John Steen, Volansi director of sales and business deve...

US Congress wants advanced engines in all F-35 variants

By Pat Host 05 January 2022
US lawmakers want strategies from the Pentagon for integrating advanced propulsion systems into all three variants of the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter.  The fiscal year (FY) 2022 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA),...

Egypt launches Apache upgrade

By Gareth Jennings 05 January 2022
Two Egyptian Air Force AH-64D Apache attack helicopters are seen in a photograph released by the Egyptian Ministry of Defense in February 2018. The country is to upgrade its fleet of 43 such helicopters to the latest AH-64E standard. (Egyptian Ministry of Defense)  The US Department of Defense (DoD) has contracted Lockheed Martin to upgrade the sensors of Egypt's Boeing AH-64D Apache Longbow attack helicopters as the first step in a planned modernisation of the fleet to the latest AH-64E Apache Guardian standard.  Awarded on 28 December the U...

FDH Aero, Trexon make acquisitions

By Marc Selinger 05 January 2022
US aircraft parts distributor FDH Aero has increased its presence in the defence supply chain by acquiring Calco Aerospace, which provides fasteners and other hardware to the military rotorcraft market, FDH announced on 4 January.  FDH purchased Ca...

South Korea to develop shipborne surveillance UAVs, amphibious attack helicopters

By Alessandra Giovanzanti 04 January 2022
A KAI Marine Attack Helicopter (MAH) model shown at the ADEX 2021 exhibition featuring MUM-T capabilities. South Korea's DAPA announced on 27 December that the country will develop its own amphibious assault helicopter for the RoKMC, as well as new shipborne surveillance and reconnaissance UAVs for the RoKN and possibly the RoKMC. (Korea Aerospace Industries)  South Korea has formally approved draft plans to indigenously develop shipborne surveillance and reconnaissance unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and amphibious attack helicopters, the co...

Update: United States embarks on asteroid redirect planetary defence mission

By Pat Host 04 January 2022
An artist's illustration of NASA's Double Asteroid Redirection Test spacecraft, from behind. The US launched its DART mission to investigate requirements for preventing a hazardous asteroid from hitting Earth. (NASA)  The US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has begun its quest to investigate requirements for preventing a hazardous asteroid from hitting Earth.  The Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) mission will be the first demonstration of a kinetic impactor technique to change the motion of an asteroid in space. The...
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