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April 2021 news

Defense Aviation and Aerospace Industry


US Navy awarded Northrop Grumman $115 million production contract for Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures

The US Navy recently awarded Northrop Grumman Corporation a $115 million production contract for US Department of the Navy’s Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures (DoN LAIRCM) systems. Northrop Grumman was also awarded additional contracts recently including integration, sustainment and support of the DoN LAIRCM systems.

Belarus to get Su-30SM fighter jets in 2021

New arms and hardware, including Russian Su-30SM fighter jets will be delivered to the Belarussian armed forces in 2021, First Deputy Air Force Commander Andrey Gurtsevich said.

First Norwegian P-8A aircraft moves into assembly

The first P-8A Poseidon fuselage for Norway arrived on April 12 at Boeing facilities in Renton, Washington, from Spirit AeroSystems in Wichita, Kansas, marking a major milestone in the production of the first of five Poseidons for the Royal Norwegian Air Force.

US Navy tests P-8A Poseidon radio frequency countermeasure pod prototype

An Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 20 P-8A Poseidon successfully completed an airworthiness test of a pod-mounted radio frequency countermeasure (RFCM) prototype at the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD) Atlantic Test Ranges, March 12.

Royal Air Force, US Air Force and Royal Netherlands Air Force train together in large scale air exercise over the North Sea

The exercise known as Exercise Point Blank is a regular quarterly exercise conducted by the Royal Air Force and the United States Air Force based in the UK, but for this exercise, US aircraft from other European air bases and the Royal Netherlands Air Force are also taking part.

Artificial intelligence to assist MiG-35's pilot in decision-making and target recognition

MiG-35 fighter jet will be equipped with artificial intelligence elements to assist the pilot in decision-making, MiG Corporation said.

US Air Force publishes concept art of Next Generation Air Dominance

In its biennial report for acquisition, the US Air Force has published a concept art for the Next Generation Air Dominance.


Thailand receives three Russian Mi-17V-5 helicopters

Thailand has received three Russian-made Mil Mi-17V-5 (NATO reporting name: Hip-H) utility rotorcraft, according to the Russian embassy in the Asian country.

South Korea unveils KF-X fighter prototype, renamed KF-21 Boramae

South Korea has officially unveiled a prototype of its indigenously-built KF-X fighter during a ceremony held at the Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) manufacturing plant in Sacheon, South Gyeongsang Province.

Romania uses Schiebel Camcopter S-100 for maritime surveillance

The Romanian Border Police operates the CAMCOPTER S-100 for maritime surveillance purposes. The Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) service is delivered by the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) and is also extended to Bulgaria.

Chinese company tests unmanned airborne swarm carrier

Chinese company Zhongtian Feilong recently conducted a test flight for its newly developed airborne swarm carrier, an unmanned aerial mother ship that can carry multiple smaller drones and release them in the air for missions like reconnaissance and attack. Liu Xuanzun reports on Global Times.

Russia ready for any scenario around Open Skies Treaty

Russia is ready for any scenario over the prospects of the Open Skies Treaty, Head of the Russian delegation at Vienna talks on military security and arms control Konstantin Gavrilov told TASS on April 7.

MiG-31BM test new navigation system in Arctic

MiG-31BM fighter jets have received a new navigational system for Arctic missions, the United Aircraft Corporation said.

Kalashnikov supplies Vikhr-1 missiles ahead of schedule

The Kalashnikov Group said it had supplied Vikhr-1 guided missiles to the Defense Ministry by the 2021 arms procurement order ahead of schedule.

French Ministry of Armed Forces signed a contract with TELERAD for a new range of aeronautical radiocommunications equipment

The French Ministry of the Armed Forces has signed a contract for the acquisition of a new range of equipment for aeronautical radiocommunications.

DARPA awards BAE Systems two awards under Wideband Adaptive RF Protection (WARP) program

BAE Systems will design mechanisms for the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) that protect emerging wideband receivers from interference, enabling their use in contested and congested environments. DARPA awarded two contracts to BAE Systems totaling $5 million under the Wideband Adaptive RF Protection (WARP) program which is designed to develop wideband adaptive filtering and signal cancellation architectures to safeguard emerging wideband receivers against both external and self-interference.

Hanscom US Air Force Base team awards long-range radar integration contract with production options

The Theater Battle Control Division, headquartered at Hanscom Air Force Base, awarded an $8.4 million integration contract to Lockheed Martin Corp. March 26 as part of the Three Dimensional Expeditionary Long-Range Radar Rapid Prototyping program.

Airbus and Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research to develop aircraft laser communication terminal

Airbus and the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO) have launched a programme to develop a laser communication terminal demonstrator for aircraft, known as UltraAir.

Lockheed Martin and Royal Danish Air Force celebrate debut of first Danish F-35 aircraft

On April 7, Danish and American officials celebrated the rollout of the first F-35A Lightning II for the Royal Danish Air Force (RDAF) at Lockheed Martin in Fort Worth, Texas. This major F-35 program milestone strengthens national defense and global partnerships between the United States, Denmark and other F-35 partner and buying nations.

US Air Force names its newest fighter F-15EX Eagle II

April 7 marks the unveiling of the name and the official role of the US Air Force’s newest fighter, the F-15EX Eagle ll.

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