• 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

  • Raytheon delivers first Block 2 Rolling Airframe Missile

    Raytheon has delivered the first Block 2 variant of its Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) to the US Navy, the company announced on 27 August. The initial Block 2 delivery was conducted under the company's 2012 low-rate initial production contract, and was marked by a ceremony held at Raytheon Missile

  • Zephyr 7 demonstrates winter capability, tests new payload

    Airbus Defence and Space has completed an uninterrupted 11-day test flight of its Zephyr 7 High Altitude Pseudo-Satellite (HAPS) equipped with a new primary payload, the company announced on 28 August. The trial was conducted for the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) and saw the unmanned aircraft

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  • Dutch to withdraw Patriots from Turkey

    The Netherlands is to withdraw its Raytheon Patriot surface-to-air (SAM) missile batteries from Turkey in January 2015, citing strain on personnel and a pending technical modification. The Dutch deployed two of its three Patriot Fire Units from the Defence Ground-Based Air Defence Command (DGBADC),
  • Indonesian Navy takes delivery of KCR-60M missile craft

    The Indonesian Navy (Tentera Nasional Indonesia - Angkatan Laut, TNI-AL) has taken delivery of the PT PAL-built vessel KRI Tombak (629), the second-in-class of its KCR-60M missile attack craft. PT PAL's public relations manager, Bayu Witjaksono, told Indonesian media that the handover of Tombak on

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