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Aircraft & Propulsion

Apr 21, 2021
Kopter Group’s SH09 single-engine light helicopter has been rebranded the AW09 to reflect the aircraft’s entry into the product line of Leonardo Helicopters.
Apr 21, 2021
The M2DO configuration, which also includes retrofit plans, will help the MQ-9 fleet transition to a European Command mission in a potential standoff or conflict with Russia.
Apr 21, 2021
A solicitation for the Adaptive Resilient Engineered Structures program, published on April 20 by the Aviation Applied Technology Directorate, calls for technologies that could be demonstrated in a relevant operational environment—or a Technology Readiness Level of 6—between fiscal 2023 and 2026. 
Apr 20, 2021
The aft section, which includes all fuselage structures aft of the cockpit, was shipped from Saab’s Linkoping site in Sweden on April 15.
Apr 20, 2021
The French, German and Spanish governments are on track to reach an agreement this month on how to share work on their joint Future Combat Air System program, according to Florence Parly, France’s minister of armed forces.

Space

Apr 21, 2021
Airbus’ OneSat new-generation satellite program is ready to enter the production phase, says Francois Gaullier, head of Airbus Telecom Systems.
Apr 21, 2021
As the U.S. Space Force plans to establish a Space Systems Command this summer, service leadership is already rallying Congress to alter the new command’s reporting structure for two important offices—the Space Development Agency and the Space Rapid Capabilities Office.
Apr 21, 2021
Technicians have removed the Space Launch System core stage from its test stand at NASA’s Stennis Space Center in Mississippi in preparation for a weeklong trip to Kennedy Space Center, NASA said on April 21.
Apr 21, 2021
High winds and rough seas downrange of Kennedy Space Center prompted NASA on April 21 to delay for one day the SpaceX Crew-2 launch to the International Space Station, with liftoff now targeted for 5:49 a.m. EDT on April 23.
Apr 20, 2021
Russia’s long-awaited Multipurpose Laboratory Module, which includes a new European-built robotic arm, is due to launch to the International Space Station on July 15, the European Space Agency station program manager said on April 20.

Missile Defense & Weapons

Apr 19, 2021
A civilian photographer captured the photo in 2018 as the F/A-18F with the markings of VX-31 air test and evaluation squadron landed at Point Mugu, California. 
Apr 19, 2021
Germany has begun upgrading its Eurofighters to allow the carriage of MBDA’s Meteor beyond-visual-range, air-to-air missile.
Apr 15, 2021
The U.S. Army is scheduled to conduct the fourth Precision Strike Missile test in mid-May at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico.
Apr 15, 2021
All three C-UAS demonstrated at Yuma Proving Ground, Arizona, may be considered for a Low Collateral Effects Interceptors (LCEI) program, which the US Air Force will launch later this year. 
Apr 14, 2021
Turkey’s indigenous within-visual-range air-to-air missile, Bozdogan/Merlin has scored its first aerial kill in flight trials.

Sensors & Electronic Warfare

Apr 12, 2021
Boeing has begun assembling the first P-8 Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft for Norway, with delivery scheduled for later this year.
Apr 10, 2021
A prototype, wing-mounted pod containing a BAE Systems ALE-55 fiber-optic towed decoy has completed airworthiness and effectiveness testing.
Apr 06, 2021
In a major growth move following the 2020 acquisition of Cobham by private-equity investors, the company’s radio-frequency products arm has forged a strategic alliance to bring 3D-printed waveguide technology to U.S. space, electronic warfare, radar and other applications.
Apr 05, 2021
The Small Adaptive Bank of Electronic Resources was tested during a series of 11 flights aboard an EC-130H Compass Call at Davis Mountain AFB in Arizona. 
Apr 05, 2021
Although the requirement is not approved, the U.S. Air Force could convert the KC-46 into a communications node within three years, according to Air Mobility Command.

Supply chain

Apr 19, 2021
Private equity investor Madison Dearborn Partners has bought aerospace and defense supplier Arch Precision Components from the Jordan Co. for an undisclosed amount, the companies announced April 19.
Apr 14, 2021
Ahead of a draft solicitation for Space Development Agency satellites, the Pentagon wants to ensure the interoperability of the products.
Apr 07, 2021
The U.S. Air Force has selected Collins Aerospace to design a new wheel and carbon brake system for the B-52 as part of the aircraft’s life extension program.
Apr 01, 2021
Area-I’s offerings include its Altius UAV, whose current customers include the U.S. Army, Air Force, Navy, Special Operations Command and NASA.
Mar 04, 2021
The bipartisan task force will review the industrial base supply chain to identify threats and vulnerabilities.

Budget, Policy & Operations

Apr 21, 2021
As the U.S. Space Force plans to establish a Space Systems Command this summer, service leadership is already rallying Congress to alter the new command’s reporting structure for two important offices—the Space Development Agency and the Space Rapid Capabilities Office.
Apr 19, 2021
Athens has signed a deal with the Israeli government to modernize Greece’s fast jet training capability. 
Apr 18, 2021
Two senators proposed a bill on April 16 to ensure sales of Lockheed Martin F-35s to Middle Eastern countries could not escape a full vetting process…
Apr 16, 2021
France has ordered eight H225M Caracal helicopters from Airbus as part of its promised stimulus package for aerospace. 
Apr 15, 2021
The German Parliament has approved spending for the Eurodrone medium-altitude, long-endurance unmanned aircraft system program, paving the way for a quad-national contract to be signed in the next few weeks.