The Il-22PP Special Mission Aircraft were intercepted over the Baltic Sea for the very first time. Some pretty interesting close encounters between NATO fighters supporting BAP (Baltic Air Policing) mission and Russian aircraft flying in international airspace close to the airspace of the Baltic States took place on Jul. 29, 2021: overall, two Il-22PP "Mute" Electronic Warfare Aircraft, one Su-24 Fencer and an Il-76 Candid transport were tracked, intercepted and identified in the same area as they were on their way to Russia from Kaliningrad Oblast....
The new UH-60V helicopters are the result of an upgrade program for the UH-60A/L, aimed to increase commonality and interoperability with the newer UH-60M. The Pennsylvania National Guard’s Eastern Army National Guard Aviation Training Site (EAATS) became the first unit to field the UH-60V Black Hawks, with six helicopters delivered to Fort Indiantown Gap's Muir Army Airfield (Pennsylvania) on July 27, 2021.... https://theaviationist.com/.../first-u ... k-hawk.../
The historic event follows the recent delivery of the third F-35B to the Italian Navy and the Ready for Operations test campaign in the USA earlier this year. An Italian F-35B Lightning II, belonging to the Marina Militare (Italian Navy) landed on the Italian Navy’s ITS Cavour aircraft carrier for the first time on July 30, 2021 during navigation in the Gulf of Taranto....
https://theaviationist.com/.../italian- ... ds-for.../
https://www.flightglobal.com/military-u ... 70.article
https://www.key.aero/article/malis-seco ... y-delivery
https://www.key.aero/article/texas-ang- ... -c-130j-30
https://www.scramble.nl/military-news/d ... -stallions
The 20-day-long campaign allowed to validate the French Mirage 2000’s Mid-Life Upgrade and the new podded cannon in realistic conditions. The Armée de l'Air et de l'Espace (French Air and Space Force) recently completed a test campaign in Djibouti for the Mirage 2000D in the new RMV (Rénovation Mi-Vie/Mid-Life Upgrade) standard. Two aircraft upgraded to the new standard were deployed from July 1 through 20 at the Base Aérienne (Air Base) 188 Djibouti with the Escadron de Chasse et d’Expérimentation (Fighter and Experimental Squadron) 1/30 “Côte d’Argent”....
https://theaviationist.com/…/…/02/faf-m ... -djibouti/
https://www.scramble.nl/military-news/q ... o-pakistan
With this new contract the Tempest programme will now progress to the next phase that will shape the final design and capabilities of the 6th gen aircraft. The British Ministry of Defence awarded BAE Systems a contract worth £250 million to formally begin the Concept and Assessment Phase of the Tempest 6th generation aircraft program, part of the Future Combat Air System (FCAS)....
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