April 2021 news

Defense Aviation and Aerospace Industry


Royal Air Force and Qatar Emiri Air Force expand defence partnership

The Royal Air Force and Qatar Emiri Air Force expand defence partnership. The agreement will see a joint RAF & Qatar Emiri Air Force (QEAF) Hawk training squadron established at RAF Leeming in Yorkshire, and regular RAF Voyager deployments to Qatar to provide air-to-air refuelling (AAR) opportunities for the QEAF.

Ascent AeroSystems and Dynetics announce new orders for Spirit cylindrical UAS

Massachusetts-based Ascent AeroSystems announced that it has received a follow-on order for its ground-breaking Spirit unmanned aerial systems (UAS) and signed an agreement to expand existing business and technical cooperation with Dynetics, a wholly owned subsidiary of Leidos.

British Army to be bolstered with a new generation of high-speed medium helicopters

The British Army’s battle-winning capability is to be bolstered with a new generation of high-speed medium helicopters. 


Airbus qualified as bidder for Royal Canadian Air Force strategic tanker replacement

Airbus has been qualified by the Government of Canada as a bidder for the Strategic Tanker Transport Capability (STTC) project, a procurement process launched to replace the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) Airbus A310MRTT (CC-150 Polaris) multirole tanker fleet.

Indian Air Force receives its fourth batch of Rafale fighter jets

The 4th batch of three Indian Air Force (IAF) Rafale fighter jets  landed on Indian soil on March 31 after flying non-stop from France.

BAE Systems awarded $21 million contract from UK MoD to support Common Missile Warning System

BAE Systems has received a $21 million contract from the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence to support the Common Missile Warning System (CMWS) over the next four-and-a-half years.

Martin UAV unveils its newly upgraded V-BAT 128 VTOL UAV

Martin UAV, a leading advanced aviation technology manufacturer in the United States, announced on March 30 the public release of the latest unmanned aircraft system (UAS), the V-BAT 128, for defense and commercial use, including search and rescue, firefighting, logistic resupply, and energy and oil and gas operations.

Finland invited to join new Eurofighter radar programme

Finland has been invited to have a role in the future capability development for an advanced new radar for Eurofighter which will secure the skies over Europe for decades to come.

Saab and Swedish Defence Materiel Administration extend support and maintenance contract for Gripen

Saab and the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) have on March 31 extended a contract to provide support and maintenance services for Gripen. The order value amounts to approximately SEK 1.6 billion for the period from 1 April 2021 to 31 December 2022. Saab has booked SEK 1.5 billion of the order value in Q1.

US Navy places order for more P-8A Poseidon submarine hunters

On March 31, the U.S. Navy awarded Boeing a $1.6 billion production contract for the next 11 P-8A Poseidon aircraft. Nine aircraft will join the U.S. Navy fleet and two will go to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), a cooperative partner in the P-8A joint program since 2009. The contract brings the total number of U.S. Navy P-8A aircraft under contract to 128 and the RAAF total to 14.

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