MARCH 2023 news

Defense Aviation and Aerospace Industry


Bahrain Air Force to receive its first Lockheed Martin F-16 Block 70 on March 10

Lockheed Martin has announced senior Bahraini, U.S. government, military and aerospace industry officials are celebrating the delivery of the first Royal Bahraini Air Force F-16 Block 70. The event, which will take place on Friday, March 10, marks a major milestone for the F-16 Block 70 program, demonstrating Lockheed Martin's commitment to advancing the program and getting this much-needed aircraft and its advanced 21st Century Security capabilities to the warfighter.

Taiwan purchasing massive batch of missiles worth USD619Mn from US for its F-16 fleet

The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency on March 1 announced that the State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States of F-16 munitions and related equipment for an estimated cost of $619 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale.

BAE Systems Australia unveils Strix hybrid VTOL uncrewed air system

BAE Systems Australia has teamed with local industry to present Australia’s first domestically designed, manufactured and armed VTOL (vertical take-off and landing) uncrewed air system (UAS). Strix is being developed by BAE Systems Australia and Perth-based Innovaero and was launched today at the 2023 Avalon Airshow in Geelong, Australia.

Boeing receives US Air Force E-7A Rapid Airborne Early Warning & Control Aircraft contract

Boeing announced on February 28 that it will begin the development of two new U.S. variants of the E-7 Airborne Early Warning & Control (AEW&C) aircraft through a $1.2 billion Undefinitized Contract Action. The E-7 provides a fully integrated, combat-proven, flexible command and control node that delivers multi-domain awareness in the most challenging operational environments. The E-7’s open systems architecture and agile software design enable the aircraft's capabilities to evolve and remain ahead of future threats.

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