FEBRUARY 2021 news

Defense Aviation and Aerospace Industry


Royal Australian Air Force joins US and Japan for exercise Cope North 21

The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) has deployed two aircraft and approximately 170 personnel to Guam to enhance trilateral interoperability with the United States and Japan as part of Exercise Cope North 21.

Aero India 2021: Russia and India discussing Il-76 plane upgrade

Russia and India are in talks on the upgrade of Ilyushin Il-76 (NATO reporting name: Candid) military transport aircraft in service with the Indian Air Force, the press office of Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) told TASS at the Aero India 2021 international exhibition.

US Air Force adds Lockheed Martin to Platform One, an advanced software development program

Platform One is a standardized and widely-mandated Department of Defense (DoD) DevSecOps Infrastructure program used for future software development. It enables faster software development and deployment with continuous updates to warfighters and will be used on programs like the Advanced Battle Management System (ABMS) and Aegis.

Finland: Flight training system ready for transition to HX era

The Finnish Air Force and partner companies develop LVC (Live, Virtual & Constructive) training environments together in Finland.

India clears $6.5 billion deal for 83 Tejas fighter jets

India cleared the country’s largest-ever indigenous defense deal worth $6.5 billion for the purchase of 83 LCA MK1A Tejas light combat aircraft. The deal was approved by the government’s apex security body, the Cabinet Committee on Security, which is chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Russia defines conceptual design of new missile for Tor-M2 anti-aircraft system

The Vympel Design Bureau (part of Tactical Missiles Corporation) has prepared an engineering project that defines the conceptual design of a new small-size missile for the Tor-M2 surface-to-air missile system, the Vympel Design Bureau said in its corporate publication on February 3.

Lockheed Martin unveils upgraded sensor suite for new production F-16

Building on decades of proven performance, Lockheed Martin has updated the sensor suite of the F-16 to even further increase its capabilities. The new variation of the IRST21(Infrared Search and Track) sensor suite, named Legion-ES (Embedded System), is designed for the F-16 Block 70/72 fleet to optimize aircraft performance.

USA: 103rd showcases C-130H capabilities integral to combat operations of tomorrow

As the U.S. Air Force rethinks what will be required to establish and maintain air dominance in an increasingly-complex global environment, 103rd Airlift Wing tacticians are playing a major part in developing the tactics, techniques and procedures that bring together unique C-130H capabilities with the emerging needs of the Combat Air Force.

Bell Boeing receives $81M contract to develop nacelle modification kits for CV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft

The Naval Air Systems Command awarded Bell Boeing an $81 million contract to develop, design and install nacelle modification kits and install conversion area harnesses on the CV-22 Osprey, the Air Force Special Operations Command’s (AFSOC) variant of the tiltrotor aircraft.

GA-ASI plans to demonstrate maritime capability in UK

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI) announces its plan to take a company-owned SkyGuardian Remotely Piloted Aircraft to the United Kingdom later this year to undertake a series of operational capability demonstrations for NATO allies, including the Netherlands. The UK’s Protector program is a derivative of SkyGuardian with a range of UK modifications and the Royal Air Force (RAF) is supporting this visit.

Russian Space Forces launch Soyuz-2 carrier rocket from Plesetsk spaceport

A Soyuz-2.1b medium carrier rocket with a military satellite has been successfully launched from the Plesetsk cosmodrome in the Arkhangelsk Region in north Russia, the Defense Ministry’s press office said.

Aero India 2021: Airbus showcases a wide selection of its advanced sustainable aerospace technologies and services

Airbus showcases a wide selection of its advanced sustainable aerospace technologies and services at the prestigious ‘Aero India 2021’ exhibition  held in Bengaluru from February 3 to 5, 2021.


Russia in talks with India to upgrade Su-30MKI fighters

The project of modernizing Su-30MKI multirole fighters operational in the Indian Air Force is at the stage of discussion, head of the delegation of Russia’s state arms seller Rosoboronexport (part of the state tech corporation Rostec) Sergei Kornev told TASS at the Aero India 2021 international aerospace show on February 03.

Bell Autonomous Pod Transport carries 110 lbs of payload

On Dec. 9, the Autonomous Pod Transport flew with 110 lbs. of payload over an 8-mile route at Bell’s testing site near Fort Worth, Texas. To date, the APT flight test program has completed over 300 flights. In 2021, APT will demonstrate several military and commercial operations while simplifying user interfaces and enhancing the aircraft’s autonomous features.

UK tests a swarm of 20 drones

A swarm of 20 drones has recently completed the largest collaborative, military focused evaluation of swarming unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in the UK.

Bharat Electronics delivers transmit / receive modules to Thales for Rafale RBE2 radar

As part of Thales’ Offsets commitments under the Rafale India contract, and in line with the Make in India policy, Navratna Defence PSU Bharat Electronics Ltd (BEL) has manufactured T/R (transmit/receive) modules for the RBE2 radar on the Dassault Aviation Rafale and delivered them to Thales.

Aero India 2021: Russia proceeds with Ka-226T light rotorcraft program

The Russian aerospace industry continues to enhance the capabilities of Kamov Ka-226T light utility helicopter, an industrial source told the TASS news agency on February 3.

Aero India 2021: Rafael extends Spice 250 range with new turbojet engine

At the Aero India 2021 exhibition, Rafael Advanced Defense Systems is unveiling a new variant of its Spice 250 air-to-surface munition, with the addition of an integrated turbojet engine.

UK: fifth Poseidon MPA delivered to the Royal Air Force

The Royal Air Force’s fifth Poseidon Maritime Patrol Aircraft has been safely delivered to RAF Lossiemouth.

Boeing F-15EX fighter jet completes first flight

The new Boeing F-15EX fighter jet completed its first flight , paving the way for the early delivery of the first two jets to the U.S. Air Force later this quarter. The jet took off and landed from St. Louis Lambert International Airport, completing a 90-minute test flight before returning to the airport.

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