• Belgian NH90s reach initial operational capability

    Belgium's NHIndustries NH90 multirole helicopters have declared their initial operating capability, it was announced on 20 May. The chief of the Belgian Air Component, Major General Frederik Vansina, said the 18th Squadron in Beauvechain was now ready for operations in a non-hostile environment.

  • Sikorsky Raider completes first flight

    Key Points Sikorsky's S-97 completed its first flight on 22 May Sikorsky now plans to demonstrate more advanced capabilities needed to support armed reconnaissance, light assault, light attack, and special operations United Technologies' Sikorsky Aircraft unit's S-97 Raider coaxial rotor

  • South African Air Force to get new image exploitation system

    The South African Air Force's Joint Air Reconnaissance Intelligence Centre (JARIC) is to get Airbus Defence and Space's Actionable Intelligence (ACTINT) reconnaissance evaluation software as part of the Project 'Achilles' programme to modernise its systems. The contract was announced by Denel,

  • Thales selected to provide Crowsnest mission fit

    Thales UK has won out against Lockheed Martin UK Integrated Systems in the race to supply the radar and mission system for the UK Royal Navy's (RN's) Crowsnest airborne surveillance and control (ASaC) capability. Announcing the downselection on 22 May, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said Thales

  • USAF says F-35A IOC on schedule

    Key Points The USAF still plans to declare its F-35 fleet operationally deployable in August 2016 Sensor fusion and a faulty digital maintenance and logistics system are still the main challenges to that goal The US Air Force (USAF) is on track to declare its new Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II

  • 'No technical problem' in crashed Hungarian Gripen

    Technical faults were not behind the crash of a Hungarian Air Force Saab Gripen fighter aircraft on 19 May, Czech Defence Minister Martin Stropnicky said. "It was reported that there was no technical problem," Stropnicky said as he visited Caslav Air Base in the Czech Republic where the

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  • MdCN completes first firing from FREMM

    Key Points The French Navy's new Missile de Croisière Naval cruise missile was fired from multimission frigate Aquitaine on a DGA test range off the Île du Levant The qualification firing marks the first firing of a cruise missile from a European surface ship and the first shipborne

C4iSR & Missions Systems C4iSR & Missions Systems

  • Thales selected to provide Crowsnest mission fit

    Thales UK has won out against Lockheed Martin UK Integrated Systems in the race to supply the radar and mission system for the UK Royal Navy's (RN's) Crowsnest airborne surveillance and control (ASaC) capability. Announcing the downselection on 22 May, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said Thales

CBRNE & EOD Defence CBRNE & EOD Defence

  • CBO releases new triad upgrade estimate

    The United States will have to spend USD348 billion on nuclear weapons modernisation over the next 10 years if it wants to maintain a triad of nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), submarines, and bomber aircraft, according to a 22 January report from the Congressional Budget

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  • French defence spending increase boon for procurement

    Key Points France is to spend an extra EUR1.5 billion on defence equipment by 2019 under an update to the country's military programming law Included is the addition of four C-130s, more helicopters, and the acceleration of several naval programmes French defence minister Jean-Yves Le Drian
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