• Farnborough 2018: Bird Aerosystems showcases ASIO solution

    Israeli company Bird Aerosystems showcased its Airborne Surveillance, Intelligence and Observation (ASIO) solution installed on a Cessna Citation CJ4 business jet at the Farnborough International Air Show 2018. Shown in a maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) configuration, the system featured a Leonardo

  • Farnborough 2018: UAE F-16 upgrades announced

    F-16 multirole fighters will receive BAE Systems’ Digital Flight Control Computer, the company announced during the Farnborough International Airshow in the United Kingdom. “The initial order from Lockheed Martin includes a range of services such as design, qualification, integration,

  • US Army selects Raytheon’s Coyote to counter hostile UAVs

    The US Army is to use the Raytheon Coyote unmanned aircraft system (UAS) and KRFS (Ku-band radio frequency system) radar to counter the escalating threat of hostile unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) above the battlefield, the company announced in a press release on 17 July. The Coyote is a small,

  • IAF pilot killed in MiG-21 crash

    An Indian Air Force (IAF) pilot was killed on 18 July when his MiG-21 fighter aircraft crashed in the Kangra district of the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. The incident took place at around 13:20 (local time): about an hour after the aircraft had taken off from Air Force Station

  • LCS anti-submarine warfare mission package completes testing milestones

    A Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) anti-submarine warfare (ASW) mission package system recently successfully completed two testing milestones, the US Navy (USN) Unmanned and Small Combatants Program Executive Office said on 16 July. The Dual-mode Array Transmitter (DART) Mission System Towed Body and

  • Farnborough 2018: Raytheon outlines hypersonic weapon work

    Raytheon took the opportunity at Farnborough to outline its work on hypersonic weapons, along with some of the key technologies that are making such systems viable. Speaking to journalists on 18 July, Dr Thomas Bussing, Advanced Missile Systems Vice President at Raytheon Missile Systems, first

  • Iran reportedly to produce 700–800 tanks

    The Iranian military will receive up to 800 new and upgraded tanks, the Tasnim News Agency reported Reza Mozaffariniya, the deputy minster for industry in the Ministry of Defence and Armed Forces Logistics (MODAFL), as saying on 18 July. The news agency quoted Mozaffariniya as saying the MODAFL is

  • PLAN possibly equipping marine corps with new lightweight battle tank

    An image posted on Chinese online forums suggests that China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) may be equipping its marine corps with a locally developed lightweight battle tank that has commonly been referred to as the ZTQ-15. Published in mid-July on the fyjs.cn website, the

  • RCAF Cyclone helicopter makes operational debut

    A Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) CH-148 Cyclone helicopter deployed operationally for the first time by boarding a Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) frigate as part of Operation ‘Reassurance’. The Cyclone helicopter, developed by Sikorsky, embarked on the Halifax - class frigate HMCS Ville de

  • Farnborough 2018: UK coastguard lauds S-92 search-and-rescue helo

    The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) has praised the increased capability and reliability that the Sikorsky S-92 search-and-rescue (SAR) helicopter has provided since it replaced the military’s Westland Sea Kings in 2015. Speaking at the Farnborough International Airshow on 18 July,

  • Farnborough 2018: Longsword in ‘holding pattern’ while L3 waits on launch customer

    The L3 Aerospace Systems–Air Tractor AT-802L Longsword light attack aircraft is waiting on a launch customer to be signed up before the weapons certification process can proceed, Jane’s was told on 18 July. Speaking at the Farnborough Airshow, L3’s senior project manager for the

  • Laos receives four repaired Mi-17 helicopters

    Russian Helicopters, part of state corporation Rostec, has delivered a batch of four repaired Mi-17 helicopters to the Lao People's Liberation Army Air Force (LPLAAF), the company announced in a 12 July statement. The transfer of the platforms, which took place during a ceremony held at an air base

  • Pakistan Navy receives first of two ATR-72 MPAs

    The Pakistan Navy (PN) received the first of two ATR-72 twin-engine turboprops converted into maritime patrol aircraft (MPAs) in the second quarter of 2018, Aerodata, a company involved in the process, announced in a 2 July statement. The delivery “represents a major milestone for Rheinland

  • Farnborough 2018: Leonardo, General Atomics announce sensor co-operation for MQ-9B UAS

    Leonardo Airborne & Space Systems and General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) have signed an agreement to jointly integrate Leonardo’s SAGE electronic support measures system/electronic intelligence (ESM/ELINT) into the SkyGuardian and SeaGuardian variants of GA-ASI’s MQ-9B

  • Russia to test Sprut-SDM1 SPATG at end of 2018

    Russia plans to test the 2S25M Sprut-SDM1 air-droppable amphibious self-propelled anti-tank gun (SPATG) at the end of 2018, an industry source has told Jane's. “State trials of the Sprut-SDM1 are scheduled for the fourth quarter of this year. Prototypes of the system are ready for trials, and

  • Serbia plans to procure Pasars-16 Terminator mobile hybrid air defence system

    Serbia test-fired its new Pasars-16 Terminator 6x6 mobile hybrid air defence system in the Pasuljanske Livade training area on 11 July. The firing of the 40 mm Bofors gun was part of testing ahead of the system being introduced into the Serbian Army by the end of 2018, Nenad Miloradovic, assistant

  • Update: Boeing views MH-139’s affordability as key to USAF UH-1N replacement success

    Key Points Boeing believes the affordability of its MH-139 will bring it UH-1N replacement success The aircraft is lighter and smaller, meaning cheaper, than a key competitor Boeing views its MH-139 offering’s affordability for the US Air Force’s (USAF’s) UH-1N helicopter

  • Farnborough 2018: Airbus launches SmartForce

    Airbus Defence and Space and Airbus Helicopters have launched the SmartForce advanced data analytics suite of services and products for defence operators, the company announced on 16 July. SmartForce is based on the Skywise civil aviation data platform announced at the 2017 Paris Air Show, Stephan

  • Militaries eye second-generation Husky mine-detection vehicles

    DCD Protected Mobility (PM) and its partners in July 2018 demonstrated to South Africa-based foreign military attachés its second-generation Husky 2G vehicle-mounted mine detection (VMMD) system, which continues to draw notable international interest. Africa and the Middle East bear the brunt

  • Farnborough 2018: F-35 moving towards ‘rapid capability insertion’, says programme chief

    The Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter programme is moving to a spiral development model as the project moves ahead, according to a programme brief given at Farnborough. A key focus for the programme is now “rapid capability insertion”, said Greg Ulmer, who was installed as

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