• French Air Force gets third Reaper UAV

    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) has delivered a third Predator B/MQ-9 Reaper armed reconnaissance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to the French Ministry of Defence, the company announced on 29 May. The initial two Reapers accumulated more than 4,000 flight hours in just over one

  • Tunisia opposes EU military action against Libyan migrant smugglers

    Tunisia opposes any military intervention in Libya, even though it faces its own threat from extremist groups, Prime Minister Habib Essid has announced. Speaking at a joint hearing of the European Parliament's foreign affairs and defence committee members on 28 May, Essid said Libya's problem was

  • India moves to sign off on Apache, Chinook deals

    India's Ministry of Defence (MoD) has cleared the USD2.5 billion procurement of 22 AH-64E Apache and 15 CH-47F Chinook helicopters from Boeing ahead of US defence secretary Ashton Carter's visit to New Delhi in early June. Industry sources said the MoD had forwarded the tenders to the finance

  • Pilots killed in Chinese trainer aircraft crash

    Chinese news media have reported a fatal accident involving a training aircraft on 13 May, thought to be from the Naval Aviation Academy at Huludao. The 27-year-old instructor and 22-year-old student pilot were killed when the aircraft crashed following an engine failure caused by fire. Coverage on

  • Private company procures Bell 407GT light attack helo for use in Africa, the Middle East

    Bell Helicopter has sold its first 407GT light attack and armed reconnaissance platform to BBM Inc to perform a variety of security missions in the Middle East and Africa, it was announced on 27 May. Bell Helicopter did not disclose how many of the armed 407GTs are to be acquired, but the private

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  • Germany looks towards Leopard 2 replacement

    The German Ministry of Defence (MoD) is to initiate concept studies for a successor to the Leopard 2 main battle tank (MBT) before the end of the year. The news was announced by German Defence State Secretary Markus Grübel to Parliament, with Grübel adding that the MoD plans to conduct


  • YY-1 observation and tracking system

    Type Sensor turret Development The LOEC YY-1 turret-mounted EO observation and tracking system was first noted at the Asian Aerospace exhibition in Singapore in February 2006, where it was being promoted. It is designed for use on UAVs, helicopters and ground-based applications. In the latter

  • Rockwell Collins CNPC-1000

    Type Miniature datalink. Description The Rockwell Collins Control and Non-Payload Communications (CNPC) - 1000 miniature datalink is designed to provide 'high-reliability' communications between an unmanned AV (including small UAS classes) and a GCS. System features include: the ability to

  • CANA Guardian

    Type Multirole tactical UAV. Development The main objective of the Comando de Aviación Naval Argentina's (CANA - the Argentinian Navy's Naval Aviation Command) two-year, USD164,000 Guardian programme was to develop a system to improve command and control of its surveillance and

  • Cyber Technology CyberEye II

    Type MALE surveillance UAV. Decelopment Cyber Technology characterises its CyberEye II MALE surveillance UAV as being designed for the detection, localisation and tracking of targets and as being suitable for a range of applications including emergency services/safety support, infrastructure