• 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


  • 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.

  • Doher 155 mm self-propelled howitzer

    Development The Israel Defense Force has taken delivery of at least 530 BAE Systems (previously United Defense) 155 mm M109 series self-propelled howitzers from the US. It is believed that Israel placed its first production order for the M109 in 1969 and this consisted of 24 units. Many additional

  • Dorado

    Type Semi-submersible minehunting vehicle. Description Dorado is a multipurpose vehicle for minehunting, scientific or commercial applications. The Dorado is capable of towing a sonar towfish at speeds up to 12 kt and depths of 200 m. The vehicle is powered by a 315 kW marine diesel engine. Air

  • EADS France (Aerospatiale) SN 601 Corvette

    Type Twin-engine transport aircraft. Programme The Corvette was designed to fulfil a variety of roles, including executive transport, air taxi, ambulance, freighter or training aircraft. It can be equipped for radio aids calibration or aerial photography. The prototype SN 600 (F-WRSN) featured