• Airbus Military changes leadership

    Domingo Ureña-Raso has left Airbus, the company announced on 29 January. While no reason was given for his replacement as head of Military Aircraft at Airbus Defence and Space, Ureña-Raso, has been an outspoken critic of the Spanish government and the European Union's defence industry

  • AVIC, Russian Helicopters heavy-lift helicopter project inches forward

    The Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) and Russian Helicopters are looking to expand collaboration in a programme expected to feature the joint development of a heavy-lift helicopter. AVIC said officials from the two state-owned corporations met in Beijing on 29 January to further

  • Italian Army Aviation activates SF helicopter regiment

    The Italian Army activated the 3rd 'Aldebaran' Special Operation Helicopter Regiment (REOS) on 29 January in Viterbo. The activation of the unit involved the transfer of the 26th 'Giove' Special Operation Helicopter Battalion from the 1st 'Antares' Army Aviation Regiment. The Giove battalion

  • Ukrainian separatists show off 'air force'

    Separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine are attempting to return combat aircraft from the Luhansk aviation museum to an airworthy state, a video posted online on 29 January appears to show. The video, which was shot by Russian-backed insurgents in Ukraine, purports to show a Sukhoi Su-25 'Frogfoot'

  • UPDATED: Yak-152 trainer to make maiden flight 'in autumn'

    The Yakolev Yak-152 basic trainer aircraft is expected to make its maiden flight "in autumn", state media announced on 27 January. The tandem twin-seat, single piston-engined trainer is currently being assembled at the Irkutsk Aviation Plant in the far east of Russia, and the first flight

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  • Images confirm ERA fit on Taiwan's CM11 tanks

    Recent photographs have confirmed that at least part of the Republic of China Army (RoCA) fleet of CM11 main battle banks (MBT) have been upgraded with the installation of explosive reactive armour (ERA). The CM11 MBT is essentially a brand new US-supplied General Dynamics Land Systems M60 hull
  • Australia to donate heavy landing craft to Philippines

    Australia is donating two recently decommissioned Balikpapan-class heavy landing craft (LCH) vessels to the Philippines, Defence Minister Kevin Andrews announced on 29 January. The last three of the Royal Australian Navy's (RAN's) 364-tonne, 45 m LCHs were decommissioned on 20 November 2014. The


  • BlueBird Blueye®

    Type Small tactical UAV. Development BlueBird states that it has designed the Blueye® tactical UAV specifically for civilian applications, ease of transportation, quick deployment, autonomous functionality and spot take-off and landing. Again, the contractor notes that the Blueye UAS is

  • BlueBird ThunderB®

    Type Fixed-wing tactical UAV. Development BlueBird describes ThunderB® as being a 'small sized tactical UAV' that is designed for 'long [range] ISTAR or tactical mapping' applications in roles such as military support, peace keeping, low intensity conflict, security/law enforcement, SAR,

  • Insitu Integrator™

    Type Multi-role surveillance UAS. Development Insitu characterises the Integrator™ UAS as being suitable for a range of roles including agricultural/wildlife monitoring, anti-piracy patrols, asset protection, BDA, border security, communications relay, disaster response, fire-fighting,

  • Insitu RQ-21A Blackjack

    Type Small Tactical UAS (STUAS). Development Using Insitu's Integrator UAS (see separate entry) as a baseline, the RQ-21A Blackjack STUAS is designed to provide 'persistent maritime and land-based tactical reconnaissance, surveillance and target acquisition data collection and dissemination