• Boeing reports improved Q1 figures

    US aerospace and defence giant Boeing has reported sales of USD20.465 billion for the first quarter of 2014, up USD1.57 billion (8%) on Q1 2013, although profit shrank by USD141 million to USD965 million in the same period. According to Boeing's Q1 2014 financial results, released on 23 April, its

  • F-35's programme costs decreasing, but acquisition costs are up, Pentagon report shows

    Key Points The procurement cost increase was caused by rising labour costs and the decision to defer airplane procurement to later years in the programme. As a result, the programme's total cost is not coming down as fast the Pentagon would like. An annual acquisition report to the US Congress

  • France to send four Rafales to India for quadrennial 'Garuda' exercises

    France will send four Dassault Rafale fighters to India in June to take part in the fifth round of joint 'Garuda' air exercises, an Indian Air Force spokesman said in New Delhi on 22 April. He told IHS Jane's that the Rafales, accompanied by a KC-135 Stratotanker tanker, will undertake combat

  • Hagel visiting Latin America to 'affirm commitments'

    US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel on 23 April began a three-day trip to Latin America as part of the Pentagon's efforts to show support in the hemisphere. The three-day trip includes stops in Mexico and Guatemala "to meet with allies and partners in the western hemisphere and affirm

  • HIT reveals new information on Al Khalid-I MBT

    Officials from Pakistan's Heavy Industries Taxila (HIT) disclosed new information about the greatly anticipated Al Khalid-Improved (I) main battle tank (MBT) during the recent DSA 2014 exhibition held in Kuala Lumpur. Brigadier Ghulam Murtaza Qureshi (rtd), HIT's director of budget, marketing and

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  • BAE Systems begins new round of CFT trials for Typhoon

    BAE Systems is currently assessing the aerodynamic characteristics of conformal fuel tanks (CFTs) for the Eurofighter Typhoon combat aircraft, the company announced on 22 April. Wind tunnel trials of the twin 'shoulder-mounted' blister tanks are now being held to accelerate the clearance processes
  • Iran unveils new 12.7 mm Gatling gun

    The Iranian military unveiled various new weapons and platforms during and immediately after the annual Army Day Parade on 18 April, including a six-barrelled 12.7 mm gun called the Moharram. Brigadier General Ahmad Reza Pourdastan, the commander of the Islamic Republic of Iran Army Ground Forces,


  • AAK

    Company established 2003. Exhibited initial design, Hornet, at Natfly light aircraft fair, Narromine, 2004 and gained award for "Most innovative ultralight design" of that year. Second design, Wasp, first shown in 2006 and Bushman derivative of Hornet produced in 2009. Projects for 2014

  • AVX

    Founded in 2005 by group of helicopter industry veterans, principally from Bell company. At Army Aviation Association of America ('Quad-A') annual convention at Arlington, Virginia, 14 to 17 April 2010, AVX showed model of compound helicopter configuration that combines proven technologies to

  • Boeing

    Company founded July 1916. Currently organised into major business segments as detailed below, plus several smaller elements. Revenues for 2012 were USD81.7 billion, rising to USD86.6 billion in 2013. Boeing and McDonnell Douglas merger under the Boeing name was completed on 4 August 1997,

  • Brumby

    Having designed and built a prototype of the Goair Products GT-1 Trainer at Bankstown Airport, Sydney, Phil Goard transferred to Cowra under a new company name in 2004 to build a development, the Brumby (sometimes known as Model J544, but retrospectively designated Brumby 600). Related PG Aviation