Xian Y-20


China’s Y-20 eyes new missions on anniversary of first flight

Eight years after its maiden flight, the Xian Y-20 strategic transport is transforming Beijing’s airlift capabilities as it looks to set to take on additional roles.

Raytheon Paveway precision-guided bomb c Raytheon


Facing Biden administration, Raytheon drops sale of offensive weapon to Middle Eastern country

Raytheon dropped the sale of an offensive weapon system to an unnamed Middle Eastern country due to concerns that the new President Joseph Biden administration would not grant it a direct commercial sales export license.

Rafale C


Greece signs to receive used Rafales from mid-2021

Greece has signed a deal to acquire 18 Rafale fighters, including a dozen examples which will be drawn from the French air force’s current inventory and delivered from mid-2021.

KC-46A with F-16


Boeing wins $2.1bn for 15 more KC-46A tankers, points to battle communications role

Boeing has won its second contract in 2021 for KC-46A Pegasus in-flight refuelling tankers from the US Air Force.

LANCA loyal wingman


Spirit team to fly LANCA loyal wingman demonstrator for UK

The UK Ministry of Defence has picked one bidder to advance its lightweight affordable novel combat aircraft (LANCA) concept to flight-test status by the end of 2023.



IAI to provide two Heron Mk IIs to Central Asian country

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has secured deals to provide two Heron Mk II unmanned air vehicles (UAVs) to an unnamed country in Central Asia.

5GAT Right Rear Lkg Fwd Iso view


Stealthy Fifth-Generation Aerial Target lost due to in-flight mishap

The Director of Operational Test and Evaluation’s stealthy Fifth-Generation Aerial Target (5GAT) was lost to an in-flight mishap in October.

MQ-9A Block 5 with sonobouy dispenser


General Atomics demos MQ-9’s anti-submarine tracking capability

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems successfully tracked a small submersible target for 3h using 10 sonobuoys dropped from an MQ-9 UAV.

GA-ASI SeaGuardian


General Atomics, Leonardo to work on Seaspray integration with MQ-9B

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems will integrate the Leonardo Seaspray radar into the MQ-9B SkyGuardian unmanned air vehicle’s centreline radar pod, and has also integrated Lockheed Martin’s Legion pod onto its Avenger platform.

Arcturus Jump 20 UAV c US Army


AeroVironment to add larger group 2 and 3 UAVs with $405m acquisition of Arcturus

So far, AeroVironment’s products were almost entirely group 1 UAVs, weighing 9.07kg or less.

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