April 2021 news

Defense Aviation and Aerospace Industry


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.

Northrop Grumman and US Air Force collaborate to meet integrated baseline review milestone for the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent program

Northrop Grumman Corporation successfully conducted the Integrated Baseline Review (IBR) for the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD) engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) program, a critical milestone that sets the performance measurement baseline and keeps the program on track for IOC by 2029.

Rafael marks ten years since Iron Dome first interception

With over 2,500 combat interceptions, at a success rate of 90%, and numerous lives saved, today April 7 marks the 10th anniversary of the first combat interception of Rafael’s Iron Dome Air Defense System.

Senegalese Air Force receives CN-235 MPA aircraft

Indonesian Ambassador in Dakar, Dindin Wahyudin, and Papa Souleymane Sarr, Chief of Senegalese Airforce, welcomed the arrival of the CN-235 MPA aircraft at the Senegal Air Force Airport, Dakar on Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at 14.15 GMT. This aircraft is the third purchase of the type produced by PT Dirgantara Indonesia by the Senegalese Air Force in 2017. Currently, there are 128 units of CN-235 manufactured by PT DI around the world.

Unsuccessful flight test for US Air Force ARRW booster vehicle

The US Air Force had a setback in demonstrating its progress in hypersonic weapons April 5 when its first booster vehicle flight test encountered an issue on the aircraft and did not launch.

AeroVironment receives multiple Puma 3 AE orders totaling $11 million from NATO support and procurement agency

AeroVironment, Inc., a global leader in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), announced on April 6 its receipt of four firm-fixed-price orders totaling $11,527,074 from the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) for Puma 3 AE tactical UAS and initial spares packages.

Northrop Grumman optionally-manned Firebird demonstrates operational flexibility

Northrop Grumman Corporation’s Firebird multi-sensor aircraft showcased the versatility of the optionally-manned autonomous system as it flew to various locations across the United States last month. The ability of Firebird to be flown manned through national airspace is a demonstration of its unique operational flexibility for self-deployment and its rapid relocation ability to adapt to specific user needs and operational requirements.

Israeli Air Force gets new Oron surveillance aircraft

On April 4,  the 122nd ("Nachson") Squadron received its new aircraft - the "Oron", which will grant the Israel Air Force (IAF)  unprecedented intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance capabilities. The advanced aircraft was formally introduced in a ceremony led by Commander of the IAF, Maj. Gen. Amikam Norkin.

BAE Systems successfully tests SABER technology for compass call upgrade

BAE Systems successfully flight tested its Small Adaptive Bank of Electronic Resources (SABER) technology, paving the way for a critical software upgrade to the EC-37B Compass Call, a next-generation electronic warfare aircraft. Teams from both BAE Systems and the U.S. Air Force conducted tests on 11 flights of an EC-130H from Davis Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona.

AFRL successfully completes XQ-58A Valkyrie flight and payload release test

The US Air Force Research Laboratory successfully completed the XQ-58A Valkyrie’s sixth flight test and first release from its internal weapons bay, March 26, 2021 at Yuma Proving Ground, Arizona.

Ansat helicopter gets 270-kg gear hoist

Kazan Helicopter Plant was licensed by Rosaviatsia agency to install a gear hoist on Ansat helicopter, Russian Helicopters Holding said.

US Air Force completes first military transport of eVTOL aircraft inside a C-130

The needs of the tomorrow’s Air Force must be met today, and the 355th Wing remains on the leading edge of this effort to ensure its continued ability to wield lethal, ready combat airpower anywhere, anytime.

18th French A400M transport aircraft arrives with new capabilities

This Wednesday April 2, France is getting its 18th A400M Atlas transport aircraft. For France, this will be the first new A400M equipped with all the capabilities of the most modern standard, allowing in particular: the simultaneous release of paratroopers through the two side doors of the aircraft and automatic flight at very low altitude.

Schiebel awarded new service provision contract with European Maritime Safety Agency

Schiebel has won another significant contract with the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA). Schiebel, with its CAMCOPTER S-100, is yet again one of the service providers for EMSA’s Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) operations carrying out ship emission monitoring and general maritime surveillance for EU member states.

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