April 2021 news

Defense Aviation and Aerospace Industry


USA: Biden Administration to unfreeze the F-35 sale to the United Arab Emirates

The administration of US President Joe Biden has told Congress it is proceeding with more than $23bn in weapons sales to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), including advanced F-35 aircraft, armed drones and other equipment, congressional aides said on April 14.

Citadel Defense digitizes CUAS training for military and government

With anticipated cuts in Force size, the Pentagon must optimize investments in technology to avoid compromising national security and troop safety. To meet these operational needs, Citadel Defense has integrated CUAS training into their latest software update now available to over 300 fielded systems. Citadel’s software provides guidance and increased situational awareness, helping operators make more informed decisions. Titan reduces an operator’s cognitive load autonomously, transparently, and safely, freeing them to focus on the mission.

Elbit Systems to equip multinational MRTT fleet with J-MUSIC DIRCM system

Elbit Systems will supply an additional J- MUSIC DIRCM (Direct Infrared Countermeasures) self-protection system to the Multinational Multi-Role Tanker Transport Fleet (MMF). This time for the ninth Airbus A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft, the last addition of the fleet, to be equipped with Elbit Systems’ J-MUSIC DIRCM system.

Royal Malaysian Air Force looking for new fighter jet

The Royal Malaysian Air Force’s is looking  for a Light Combat Aircraft, and for now, three candidates seem to be considered by Malaysia.

B-1 bomber to get redesigned radar instrumentation system

Procurement Operations for Defense Logistics Agency Aviation at Ogden, Utah, awarded a $2.6 million engineering services order to Northrop Grumman Mission Systems Feb. 11. This service order expands NGMS support to the Air Force’s B-1 System Program Office located at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City.

Institu Pacific and Boeing Australia demonstrate Detect And Avoid capability

Insitu Pacific and Boeing Australia’s Detect and Avoid (DAA) capability is now ready to field in real-world operations after test flights demonstrated enhanced detection ranges between an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) and other airspace users. The technology is designed to advance the ability to safely integrate UAS into different classes of airspace.

Lockheed Martin to manufacture 12 MH-60R helicopters for South Korea

Lockheed Martin Corp., Owego, New York, is awarded a $447,230,778 firm-fixed-price order against a previously issued basic ordering agreement. This order provides for the production and delivery of 12 MH-60R aircraft for the government of the Republic of Korea.

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.

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