• Germany approves Sea Lion helo procurement

    Germany has approved the purchase of 18 Sea Lion-variant NH90 helicopters valued at EUR1.4 billion (USD1.6 billion), the Reuters news agency reported on 4 March. The deal, which had already been previously announced, was struck to compensate Airbus (the primary stakeholder in NHIndustries) for

  • Russia to expand long-range air patrols

    Russia is to expand the scope of its long-range air patrols as tensions with the West over Ukraine continue, state media announced on 2 March. Unspecified strategic bomber aircraft are to be tasked with conducting combat air patrols over new regions of the world, in co-operation with Russia's

  • Ukraine and Russia ceased An-70 co-operation 'a year ago'

    Ukraine and Russia ceased co-operation on the Antonov An-70 transport aircraft in early 2014, Russian state media reported on 2 March. The head of Antonov, Oksana Trofimchuk, made the comment to the Russian newspaper Izvestia , saying; "Since last year, the situation has deteriorated, and now

  • Airbus Helicopters launches H160 onto the market

    Airbus Helicopters launched its new H160 platform at the Heli-Expo industry event in Florida on 3 March. A full-scale mock-up of the twin-engined 5.5- to 6-ton-class helicopter, formerly designated the X4, was displayed ahead of it being launched onto both the military and commercial markets.

  • Delivery slippages cause UK to delay A400M in-service date

    The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) has put back the in-service date (ISD) of the Airbus Defence and Space (DS) A400M Atlas airlifters by six months because of delays in receiving its initial aircraft, a Ministry of Defence (MoD) source told IHS Jane's on 3 March. ISD (also referred to as initial

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  • Navy readies for UCLASS competition

    Key Points The USN has delayed a UCLASS competition until FY 2016 Fielding is planned for 2022, service officials said The US Navy (USN) is preparing to begin a competition for the Unmanned Carrier-Launched Airborne Surveillance Strike (UCLASS) programme in fiscal year 2016 (FY 2016), about two
  • Turkey's T-Loramids technology transfer troubles

    Key Points Technology transfer issues remain a major sticking point for Turkey's T-Loramids air and missile defence programme Recent confusion over integration of the eventual system into NATO systems could indicate the country is pulling back from its down-selection of the Chinese HQ-9 system.
  • 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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    Type Penetration warhead. Development In 1994 Britain's Royal Ordnance (later BAE Systems Royal Ordnance Defence, BAE Systems Land and Armaments and now BAE Global Combat Systems Munitions) released details of a new penetrating tandem warhead concept suitable for both bombs and air-to-surface

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