New investment sets conditions for satellite operator HawkEye 360 to expand its RF location coverage

by James Rands

HawkEye 360 announced on 8 November that it had closed USD145 million in new funding. Two of the largest investors are Insight Partners and the UK-based Seraphim Space. Additional funding came from the investment arm of the UAE's Tawazun Holding, bringing the total funds raised to USD302 million.

HawkEye 360 operates three clusters of three satellites each. Extant plans were to increase these to 10 clusters in 2022–23. The additional funding enables that figure to increase to 20 clusters. The existing satellites are in polar orbits.


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Italy and Austria sign G2G agreement for 18 AW169 helicopters

by Georg Mader

Seen in Italian service, the AW169 is to be acquired shortly by Austria also. (Leonardo)

Italy and Austria have entered into a government-to-government (G2G) agreement for the sale and procurement of 18 Leonardo AW169 multirole helicopters for the Austrian Armed Forces (Bundesheer).


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UAE signs for 80 Rafale F4 combat aircraft

by Gareth Jennings

The UAE is to buy 80 of the latest standard Rafale F4 aircraft from France in a deal announced on 3 December. (French Air and Space Force)

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has signed for 80 Dassault Rafale combat aircraft from France, the manufacturer announced on 3 December.


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Australian Army launches aviation command

by Jon Grevatt

Soldiers from the 1st Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, are pictured disembarking from a CH-47F Chinook attached to the 5th Aviation Regiment. On 2 December the Australian Army established a new Aviation Command Unit. (Commonwealth of Australia)

The Australian Army launched on 2 December a command unit to optimise its aviation assets and support improved co-ordination across the Australian Defence Force (ADF).

Chief of Army, Lieutenant General Rick Burr, said at a ceremony in Canberra that the new Army Aviation Command will enhance the service's resilience and adaptability, and ensure its training systems are “agile and contemporary”.


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