• Further tanker schedule slips could derail key milestones, says USAF

    Key Points Unanticipated KC-46A integration difficulties have eaten away the margin for delays built into the programme's schedule Any additional delays could cause Boeing to miss key milestones A top US Air Force (USAF) official has warned that any more delays to Boeing's KC-46A Pegasus aerial

  • Bell Helicopter, Textron Systems sign deal with Dynamatic Technologies Limited

    Two Textron companies, Textron Systems and Bell Helicopter, announced on 19 November that they had signed a deal with Dynamatic Technologies Limited to jointly work on major airframe assemblies for Bell's 407 aircraft in India. The deal covers seven years with contractual options, which could allow

  • Brazilian Army set to choose its 4x4 armoured vehicle

    Four industry teams have until mid-December to deliver offers to the Brazilian Army (Exército Brasileiro) for an initial tranche of 32 4x4 tactical armoured vehicles, following a request for proposals issued in October. Italy's Iveco Defence Vehicles together with its Brazilian operation Iveco

  • France orders 12 Airbus MRTTs

    France has announced on 20 November its order of 12 Airbus A330-200 MultiRole Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft for the Armee de L'Air. The purchase has been valued at around EUR3 billion (USD3.8 billion) by the French Ministry of Defence (MoD). In French Air Force service the MRTTs will be known

  • ONR to swim ahead on ASW package for large UUV

    The US Office of Naval Research (ONR) is to brief industry on plans for the development of an Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Mission Package (ASWMP) for its future Large Displacement Unmanned Undersea Vehicle (LDUUV). This so-called 'Leap Ahead Project' is intended to develop ASW techniques and

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  • Pakistan receives 'a squadron' of surplus Jordanian F-16s

    The Pakistan Air Force (PAF) has received into service 'a squadron' of Lockheed Martin F-16 fighter aircraft from the Royal Jordanian Air Force (RJAF), a senior PAF service official disclosed on 19 November. Speaking under the Chatham House Rule at the IQPC Fighter Conference in London, the officer
  • UWSA fielding Chinese FN-6 MANPADS

    Myanmar's largest and best-armed insurgent force, the United Wa State Army (UWSA), has carried out a broad upgrade of its anti-aircraft defences with the induction of Chinese third-generation FN-6 manportable air defence systems (MANPADS). According to a reliable military source in northeastern

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