• Tamarack Aerospace Group pitches winglets for C-130

    Tamarack Aerospace Group is offering to work with Lockheed Martin to equip the US Air Force's (USAF's) fleet of C-130 Hercules transport aircraft with its ATLAS active winglets which, the company claims, reduce fuel consumption at the same time as extending the service life of the wing. The

  • Dassault plans to use Rafale sale to leverage position in India

    Dassault will look to leverage France's newly signed Rafale deal with India to build its industrial presence in the country and support the 'Make in India' drive, Eric Trappier, the company's chief executive officer has said. In comments to the Press Trust of India shortly after the signing of the

  • First Japanese F-35A presented at rollout ceremony

    Senior Japanese and US officials on 23 September celebrated the rollout of the first Japan Air Self Defense Force (JASDF) Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II combat aircraft at the company's Forth Worth, Texas, production facility. The ceremony was attended by more than 400 government, military, and

  • Machar-led SPLM-IO demands forcible removal of South Sudan's president, increasing likelihood of offensive on government-held northeastern towns

    The Riek Machar-led faction of the Sudan People's Liberation Movement in Opposition (SPLM-IO) released a statement on 25 September, in which it called for the forcible removal of what it termed a "rogue" regime led by President Salva Kiir, who leads the SPLM in government. Machar's

  • Next-gen US military helicopters prepare for 2017 flights

    The US Army's Joint Multirole-Technology Demonstrator (JMR-TD)/Future Vertical Lift (FVL) effort is moving towards first flights in 2017, but meanwhile is focused on crucial system architecture demonstrations. Dan Bailey, the army's programme director for JMR/FVL, said the effort is demonstrating

  • Pacific-based USMC Harriers grounded after crash

    The commander of US Marine Corps (USMC) forces in the Pacific ordered a squadron of McDonnell Douglas AV-8B Harrier II combat aircraft to stop operations temporarily after one of the jump jets crashed off Okinawa on 22 September. The pilot ejected safely and was rescued by the US Air Force's 33rd

  • Philippines to procure coastal surveillance system

    The Philippines Department of National Defense (DND) has re-launched a programme to procure a coastal surveillance system aimed at boosting securing of the country's offshore assets. The DND said in a tender announcement cited by the government's News and Information Bureau on 23 September that the

  • Schiebel and Diehl agree to extend UAS co-operation

    Austrian unmanned aerial systems (UAS) producer Schiebel and Germany defence group Diehl announced on 26 September that they have agreed to renew an existing teaming agreement under which Diehl has taken Schiebel's products into the German market. Under an existing agreement Schiebel partnered with

  • TransDigm completes purchase of Young & Franklin

    US aircraft components group Transdigm has announced the completion of its acquisition of Young & Franklin; a US producer of vales and actuators for aerospace markets. The acquisition was first announced on 6 September. Terms were not disclosed but Young & Franklin returned sales of USD75

  • US approves Triton UAV for production

    The Pentagon has approved the Northrop Grumman MQ-4C Triton maritime surveillance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for low-rate initial production (LRIP), the US Navy (USN) announced on 22 September. The Milestone C decision, signed by Pentagon acquisition executive Frank Kendall, "brings us

  • Syrian ceasefire breaks down

    A two-week-old Syrian ceasefire deal appeared to collapse on 22 September with the launching of a major offensive by Syrian government troops around the city of Aleppo. The offensive, across several districts of the northern Syrian city, was backed by Russian and Syrian fixed-wing strike aircraft,

  • Armenian parade reveals Iskander ballistic missiles

    Armenia paraded newly-acquired weapon systems, including 9K720 Iskander (SS-26 'Stone') short-range ballistic missiles (SRBMs), during its Independence Day parade on 21 September. The revelation marks Armenia as the first export customer for the Russian system. Two Iskander launchers and two

  • BAE Systems awarded long-stalled Brazilian howitzer modernisation deal

    BAE Systems has been awarded a long-delayed USD54 million contract to provide 32 upgraded 155 mm M109A5+ BR self-propelled howitzers (SPHs) to the Brazilian Army, the company announced on 19 September. "Production is anticipated to begin in October with vehicle deliveries beginning in

  • India finally signs deal with France for 36 Rafale fighters

    India signed an inter-governmental agreement (IGA) with France on 23 September in New Delhi for the purchase of 36 Dassault Rafale fighters in flyaway condition for EUR7.9 billion (USD8.82 billion). Indian defence minister Manohar Parrikar and his visiting French counterpart, Jean-Yves Le Drian,

  • Asymmetrical Iran-Russia relations test rapport

    Key Points Although military co-operation in Syria has strengthened relations between Russia and Iran, the two countries differ in their long-term goals in the conflict and in their methods for achieving these goals. Russia treats Iran as a strategic asset rather than an ally, an approach that is

  • Bell unveils V-247 Vigilant unmanned tiltrotor

    Bell Helicopter on 22 September revealed a new unmanned tiltrotor aircraft in anticipation of a US Marine Corps (USMC) requirement for a ship-based armed unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). Vince Tobin, Bell vice-president for advanced tiltrotor systems, unveiled a model of the V-247 Vigilant at the

  • Budget constraint prompts Brazilian Air Force staff reduction plan

    Restrictions in the Brazilian defence budget have led to the introduction of a plan to cut air force officer numbers by 25% over 20 years, the commander of the service Lieutenant Brigadier Nivaldo Luiz Rossato revealed on 22 September. The proposal comes as part of a major programme of

  • CACI focuses SkyTracker on countering small UASs

    Key Points SkyTracker picks up the RF signal between the SUAS controller and platform A system consists of four passive sensors that can cover tens of square kilometres Concerns about the global threat from small unmanned aircraft systems (SUAS), particularly in the United States as the air space

  • Chile's S-70i helicopters to be used for CSAR, special ops

    The Sikorsky S-70i Black Hawk helicopters recently selected by the Chilean Air Force (Fuerza AĆ©rea de Chile: FACh) are to be used mainly for combat search-and-rescue (CSAR) and Special Operations roles, but will also be available for community support and disaster relief, sources in Santiago

  • EDA chief: co-operate to halt falling R&D spend

    Jorge Domecq, chief executive of the European Defence Agency (EDA), told a gathering of industry stakeholders in Brussels on 22 September that a "window of opportunity" exists to revitalise European defence policy. First among Mr Domecq's concerns is that the European defence industrial