How Germany’s Military Fleet Is Evolving

By Tony Osborne Apr 23, 2021
From replacing the Tornado fighter to buying new unmanned aircraft systems, a look at potential deliveries.
Budget, Policy & Operations
USAF Measuring F-35 Affordability By Tails, Not Flying Hours 
There are mixed opinions among the services on how to make the fifth-generation fighter affordable. 
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Netherlands Grounds F-35s Over Engine Wear Concerns
The Netherlands has temporarily halted operations with its Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter fleet over concerns about engine wear. 
andy_savoie@av… Thu, 04/22/2021 - 20:51
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Indian Navy MH-60 Makes First Flight
The first MH-60R helicopter for the Indian Navy flew for the first time in Owego, New York, where Sikorsky is producing the aircraft, U.S. Naval Air Systems Command said in a tweet.
andy_savoie@av… Thu, 04/22/2021 - 20:40
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Turkey’s Ouster From F-35 Program Results In F135 Engine Cost Hike
The F-35 program is facing 3% cost growth of the F135 engine in Lot 15 because of Turkey’s ouster from the program.
andy_savoie@av… Thu, 04/22/2021 - 20:10
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Qatari Air Force Orders Pilatus PC-24s
Qatar’s air force is to become the second military customer for Pilatus’ PC-24 business jet, the Swiss manufacturer has revealed.
andy_savoie@av… Thu, 04/22/2021 - 19:04
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European MALE UAV Contract Is Within Reach

By Tony Osborne Apr 22, 2021
European industry is finally within reach of beginning development on a MALE UAS to compete with offerings from U.S. and Israel.
Aircraft & Propulsion
The Week In Defense, April 22-29, 2021
General warns of Chinese space prototype; U.S. Army wants FVL upgrades; Singapore’s new operational tanker; and T-7 aft fuselage arrives.
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Kopter’s SH09 Renamed AW09, Reflecting Leonardo Ownership

By Tony Osborne 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.
Aircraft & Propulsion

USAF OKs Major Upgrade Package For New MQ-9s

By Steve Trimble 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.
Aircraft & Propulsion

U.S. Army Starts Structures Demo For FLRAA, FARA Upgrades

By Steve Trimble 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. 
Aircraft & Propulsion

First T-7A Aft Section Delivered To Boeing Assembly Line

By Steve Trimble 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.
Aircraft & Propulsion

French MOD Confident Of Imminent FCAS Agreement

By Thierry Dubois 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.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Singapore Declares MRTT Fleet Fully Operational 

By Tony Osborne Apr 20, 2021
Singapore has declared its new fleet of Airbus A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transports (MRTT) fully operational. 
Aircraft & Propulsion

New Bill Proposes Lengthy Review For UAE F-35 Deal

By Steve Trimble Apr 19, 2021
Two senators proposed a bill on April 16 to ensure that sales of Lockheed Martin F-35s to Middle Eastern countries could not escape a full vetting process under the export control review process.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Airbus Closes In On A400M Helicopter Refueling Certification

By Tony Osborne Apr 19, 2021
Airbus says it hopes to achieve certification of the A400M’s helicopter air-to-air refueling capability by year’s end following an extensive flight trials campaign.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Israel, Greece Ink Fast Jet Training School Contract 

By Tony Osborne Apr 19, 2021
Athens has signed a deal with the Israeli government to modernize Greece’s fast jet training capability. 
Budget, Policy & Operations

New Bill Proposes Lengthy Review For UAE F-35 Deal

By Steve Trimble 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…
Defense and Space

Webinar: The Future of Military Helicopters

Apr 16, 2021
This webinar took place April 16, 2021 and sponsored by Carlise. The U.S. Army has been experimenting with new types of helicopters that could…
Aircraft & Propulsion

Airbus Helicopters Receives French Stimulus Package Helicopter Order

By Tony Osborne Apr 16, 2021
France has ordered eight H225M Caracal helicopters from Airbus as part of its promised stimulus package for aerospace. 
Aircraft & Propulsion

NASA Prepares For First Powered Flight On Mars

By Irene Klotz Apr 16, 2021
The clock is ticking for a high-risk, high-reward technology demonstration.
Space

Eurodrone Secures German Spending Approval, Signing Expected Soon

By Tony Osborne 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. 
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Joby Details Agility Prime eVTOL Deliveries

By Graham Warwick Apr 15, 2021
Joby Aviation plans to deliver two of its electric vertical-lift aircraft to the U.S. Air Force this year for flight testing, to be followed by more in 2022 and potentially 2023 under the Agility Prime program.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Poland Buying Surplus C-130s, Confirms F-35 Basing Plan

By Tony Osborne Apr 14, 2021
Poland is buying five surplus Lockheed C-130H airlifters and will develop Lask AB as the main operating location for its future F-35s.
Defense and Space

Airbus VSR700 Rotary-Wing Drone Moves Toward 2022 Sea Trials

By Tony Osborne Apr 14, 2021
Airbus completes low-speed flight-envelope testing of its VSR700 naval rotary-wing uncrewed air system.
Defense and Space