• A400M acts as tanker aircraft for first time

    The Airbus A400M Atlas transporter has successfully acted as an air-to-air refuelling tanker aircraft for the first time, Airbus Defence and Space announced on 28 August. A company-owned A400M refuelled a Spanish Air Force Boeing EF-18A Hornet fighter aircraft. Airbus said that the tanker test

  • Brazil's T-Xc future primary trainer takes first flight

    The first flight of the Novaer T-Xc Pilgrim two-seat side-by-side primary trainer occurred on 22 August at Sao Jose dos Campos, according to a Novaer announcement. Novaer said the T-Xc Pilgrim was developed from the K-51 aerobatics demonstrator, originally designed by Joseph Kovacs, an aerospace

  • Brazilian military officials in Russia to assess Pantsir-S1 deal

    Brazil has sent a delegation of nine military officers to Russia to carry out additional assessments of the aerial target range of the Pantsir-S1 (SA-22 'Greyhound') self-propelled air defence system before final contracts are signed, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) told IHS Jane's on 28 August. The

  • China seen as major beneficiary in Ukraine-Russia conflict

    The business of supplying China with weapon systems, design expertise, and military-applicable technology will now take a sharp tick upwards as a result of the conflict in eastern Ukraine, according to Russian and Ukrainian analysts. Since the two European nations had a number of close ties and

  • Czechs donate ammunition to Iraqi Kurds

    The Czech government on 27 August agreed to donate CZK41 million (USD2 million) in surplus Army of the Czech Republic (ACR) small arms ammunition and hand grenades to the government of Iraqi Kurdistan as part of the latter's efforts against Muslim insurgents on its territory. The Ministry of

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  • F-16V radar integration clears way for Taiwan upgrade

    Key Points Lockheed Martin has integrated an AESA radar onto an F-16V, its designation for its latest upgrade suite for legacy aircraft Taiwan can now begin receiving the upgrade to 144 of its Block 20 F-16A/Bs Lockheed Martin has completed the integration of an active electronically scanned
  • US says 'serious questions' remain over Syrian CW

    The United States has made the strongest indication to date that Syria may have withheld some of its chemical weapons on 18 August, when it said there are still "serious questions" about its declaration to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). The White House


  • AN/FPS-108 'Cobra Dane'

    Type L-band (1 to 2 GHz) Large Phased Array Radar (LPAR) Development The 'Cobra Dane' programme was authorised in 1971, with requests for proposals being issued and funding approval granted during 1972. Subsequently, Raytheon was awarded a then year USD39.6 million development contract during

  • AN/TPS-70 tactical radar

    Type Family of E/F-band (2 to 4 GHz) mobile/fixed air surveillance radars Description The AN/TPS-70 family of air surveillance radars are designed to detect and track air targets in a variety of environments at ranges of up to 450 km. As such, the sensor is a mobile equipment that incorporates

  • AN/UPX-39(V) Monopulse Secondary Surveillance Radar

    Type Monopulse Secondary Surveillance Radar (MSSR) system Description The AN/UPX-39(V) MSSR equipment is described as being a 'modern, digital, commercial-off-the-shelf' system that is designed to replace existing analogue identification friend-or-foe interrogators that can no longer be

  • AUV 62/Sapphires

    Type Modular autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV). Development The AUV 62/Sapphires project commenced in 2000 and is based on modules from the Swedish Torpedo 62. In November 2003 the vehicle was launched from the Swedish submarine Hälsingland, showing its capability as a communication link.