Defence

AIR International’s dedicated defence section will provide all the latest industry and operator developments from across the military aviation and space domains, from procurement and sustainment, to programme development and delivery.

Saab suggests T-7A Milestone C in late-2022

Saab has said the T-7A programme, which together with Boeing will deliver a new jet training aircraft to the US Air Force, could reach Milestone C in late-2022 ahead of moving to a more stable low-rate initial production in 2023

Thales to provide Rafale with new avionics

Thales has been awarded a contract to supply Scorpion helmet-mounted sight and display systems and digital multi-function displays for all the Dassault Aviation Rafale aircraft in service with the French Air and Space Force and the French Navy

UK agrees deal for 13 Protector RPAS

The UK has agreed a £195m deal for a further 13 Protector remotely piloted aircraft systems, with a total of 16 now ordered from General Atomics Aeronautical Systems

Dassault delivers first Rafale to Greece

Dassault Aviation has delivered the first Rafale fighter to the Hellenic Air Force just six months after the contract signing by Greece for the acquisition of 18 aircraft in a €2.5bn deal

Indra awarded deal for Germany’s new Eurofighter radar

Spanish defence and technology company Indra will provide a significant capability boost to Germany’s planned new Eurofighter procurement with the integration of core elements of the Eurofighter Common Radar System MK1 active electronically scanned array radar

First flight for Polish Navy’s lead AW101

The Polish Navy’s lead AW101 helicopter performed its first flight on July 19, demonstrating functional checks of the main airframe and control system in addition to engine-handling checks to monitor the speed range of the aircraft

Boeing delivers 43 military aircraft in Q2

Boeing delivered 43 military fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft in Q2 2021, which when combined with Q1 figures provide a year-to-date handover of 85 platforms to a variety of US-based and international operators

DSTL awards complex weapons deal to MBDA

The UK’s Defence Science Technology Laboratory has awarded a new contract to pan-European missile and defence systems manufacturer MBDA to lead on the new Complex Weapons Innovations and Technology Partnership

Indian Navy receives tenth P-8I aircraft

The Indian Navy has received its tenth P-8I maritime patrol aircraft, the second delivered under an option contract for four additional units awarded by the Indian Ministry of Defence in 2016

Landmark UK Space Command to open next week

The UK Space Command is expected to formally open its headquarters inside RAF High Wycombe in the coming days