MARCH 2021 news

Defense Aviation and Aerospace Industry


First AGM-183A test flight will soon take place

The US Air Force prepares for its first booster test flight (BTF-1) of the AGM-183A Air-launched Rapid Response Weapon (ARRW), expected in the next 30 days.

UK may reduce its F-35B order

According to the Times, the United Kingdom  may consider decreasing the number of its F35B fighter jet purchases by 65%.

NASA to begin high-voltage ground testing on all-electric X-57

NASA is set to start high-voltage functional ground testing of the agency’s first all-electric X-plane, the X-57 Maxwell, which will perform flights to help develop certification standards for emerging electric aircraft. NASA is also supporting these new electric aircraft by developing quiet, efficient, reliable technology these vehicles will need in routine use.

Kratos awarded $8.9 Million contract for CH-47F Chinook maintenance training systems enhancements

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc., a leading National Security Solutions provider, announced on March 4 that it has received an $8.9 million subcontract to upgrade four Kratos CH-47F Chinook Avionics Trainers (CATs) and two Kratos CH-47F Maintenance Blended Reconfigurable Aviation Trainers (MBRATs) located at the U.S. Army's 128th Aviation Brigade in Ft. Eustis, Virginia.

Indian DRDO tests Solid-Fueled Ducted Ramjet

The Indian Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) has successfully completed a test of a Solid-Fueled Ducted Ramjet (SFDR) technology-based missile.

US Air Force B-52H bombers conduct patrol mission across Middle East

A pair of U.S. Air Force B-52H “Stratofortresses” flew a multinational patrol mission across the Middle East  to deter aggression and reassure partners and allies of the U.S. military’s commitment to security in the region.

AFRL completes Golden Horde collaborative small diameter bomb second flight demonstration

The Air Force Golden Horde Vanguard program successfully completed a second flight test of its collaborative weapon technologies using four Collaborative Small Diameter Bombs Feb. 19.

LiquidPiston to develop its X-Engine as a hybrid-electric propulsion platform for US Army UAVs

LiquidPiston, Inc., developer of advanced rotary internal combustion engines for diesel and jet fuels, announced it received a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I grant from the U.S. Army for the development of its X-Engine as a hybrid-electric propulsion platform for UAVs.

Hensoldt strengthens avionics business

Sensor Solution specialist HENSOLDT is strengthening its avionics business by re-naming its subsidiary EUROAVIONICS GmbH, Pforzheim, and addressing the avionics market under the unified brand name HENSOLDT Avionics. The strategic move is driven by a new management team led by the Managing Directors, André Hinueber and Dieter Buchdrucker. EUROAVIONICS has been part of HENSOLDT Group since 2017.

F15E Strike Eagle proven capable of carrying 15 JDAMs on single sortie

The 85th Test and Evaluation Squadron successfully flew an F-15E Strike Eagle carrying six JDAMs (Joint Direct Attack Munition) on a single side of the aircraft on Feb 22, 2021, showcasing a proof of concept for Agile Combat Employment, known as “ACE.”

Airbus wins its first Syracuse IV ground segment programme contract

Within the Syracuse IV programme, Airbus has been awarded a 10-year framework agreement called Copernicus for the construction and upgrading of part of the ground segment for the telecommunications satellites used by the French Armed Forces. As part of Copernicus, the French Directorate General of Armaments (DGA) has placed an initial order worth more than € 100 million.

French Rafale fighter jet equipped with METEOR missiles makes first operational flight

As part of the ramp-up of the Rafale F3-R, the French Air and Space Army has just made its first operational flight with a Rafale equipped with METEOR missiles.

Turkish Aerospace Industries unveils T629 unmanned electric-powered attack helicopter

The preliminary prototype of Turkey’s unmanned and electric version of the T629 helicopter was displayed for the first time at the end of February.

Kelley Aerospace unveils Arrow, supersonic UCAV

Singapore-based Kelley Aerospace has officially launched the world's first supersonic unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV).

Leonardo BriteCloud decoy launched from GA-ASI MQ-9 RPAS

Leonardo and General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) are working together to bring the world-class protection offered by Leonardo’s BriteCloud expendable active decoy to operators of the MQ-9 remotely-piloted aircraft system (RPAS). The joint activity is addressing the growing market need to protect the high-value unmanned aircraft from modern, radar-guided threats as they carry out their missions.

GA-ASI Avenger ER receives FAA experimental certificate

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI), a leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) systems, radars, and electro-optic and related mission systems solutions, announced on March 3 that its company-owned Avenger ER achieved a company milestone as it received an FAA-issued Experimental Certificate (EC) enabling the “Extended Range” Avenger to perform expanded operations in the U.S. National Airspace System.

Saab to lead European development of Detect and Avoid capabilities for remotely-piloted aircraft system

The European Commission has selected the EUDAAS (European Detect and Avoid System) consortium, with Saab as leading partner, to develop Detect and Avoid capability for large military Remotely-Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) within the European Defence Industrial Development Programme.

Indian Army signs a $20 million contract with ideaForge to procure SWITCH UAV

The Indian Army has signed an approximately $20 million contract for undisclosed quantities of a high-altitude variant of ideaForge’s SWITCH UAV which will be delivered over a period of 1 year. ideaForge has been awarded this contract after it emerged as the only vendor that qualified the operational requirements in an evaluation done in real-world conditions, for a fast-track procurement.

US Army partners with US Air Force THOR for base defense

In an effort to counter the increasing threat posed by enemy drones and other airborne threats, the U.S. Army is making an investment in directed energy prototype technology, with the Tactical High Power Operational Responder, or THOR, system, developed at the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Directed Energy Directorate at Kirtland Air Force Base, playing a key role.

Korea Aerospace Industries and Israel Aerospace Industries enter a collaboration agreement for manned & unmanned teaming systems

Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) have signed a Memorandum of Understandings (MOU) for collaboration in which the companies will offer the Republic of Korea (ROK) military forces with unmanned Loitering Munitions systems. As part of the MOU, KAI and IAI are aiming to expand their long cooperation to market the loitering munitions to ROK Army requirements.

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