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‘Project Hydra’ connects US Air Force F-35 and F-22 via U-2 spyplane

The US Air Force’s Lockheed Martin F-35 and F-22 stealth fighters passed data to one another using a communications gateway aboard a U-2 spyplane.

Indian P-8I c Boeing


India approved to buy six more P-8I maritime patrol aircraft for $2.42bn

The US Department of State has approved a possible Foreign Military Sales deal to supply six Boeing P-8I maritime patrol aircraft to India for an estimated cost of $2.42 billion.

Dassault FCAS


‘No compromises’ in agreement for next-generation fighter engine: Safran chief

Olivier Andries, Safran chief executive, says a three-way agreement with MTU Aero Engines and ITP Aero covering the development of a next-generation military powerplant has been reached with “no compromises at all”.



Saab includes 64 Gripens and GlobalEye pair in best and final offer for Finnish HX contest

Saab is offering 64 Gripen E fighters, a pair of GlobalEye surveillance jets, and an extensive weapons package to Finland as its best and final offer for the nation’s HX Boeing F-18 replacement contest.

Quantix Recon c AeroVironment


AeroVironment lays out vision for teaming aerial drones and robotic vehicles

Long-time tactical drone maker AeroVironment has completed its acquisition of ground robot manufacturer Telerob for $45.4 million in cash and a pay-off of $9.4 million of the firm’s debt.

Mosquito concept


Spirit Belfast details industrial team for UK’s loyal wingman trial

A UK industry team selected early this year to develop and flight-test a lightweight affordable novel combat aircraft (LANCA) demonstrator for the UK Ministry of Defence has provided further details about its composition.

Switchblade 600 c AeroVironment


US Special Ops buys AeroVironment’s anti-armour Switchblade 600 loitering munition

US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) has awarded AeroVironment a $26.1 million contract to purchase the company’s Switchblade 600, a loitering munition effective against light armour.

Kaman K-Max Titan first flight on 21 April 2021 c Kaman


Kaman’s autonomous K-Max Titan helicopter makes first flight

Kaman’s unmanned K-Max Titan helicopter flew for the first time on 21 April.