• Argentine MoD confirms development of new basic trainer, UAVs

    The Brigadier San Martin Argentine Aircraft Factory (Fabrica Argentina de Aviones: FAdeA) has begun development of a new basic trainer aircraft, designated the IA-100, according to Santiago Rodriguez, president of the General Directorate of Military Manufactures (Dirección General de

  • India has lost 20 fighters in past three years, Parrikar admits

    The Indian Air Force (IAF) has lost 20 combat aircraft in accidents over the past three years, including three Sukhoi Su-30MKIs, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar told parliament on 24 July. The other fighters that crashed between 2012 and 2015 included 12 MiG-21 variants and five SEPECAT Jaguars.

  • USN signs for more Blackjacks

    Insitu has received a USD78 million US Navy contract for six RQ-21A Blackjack unmanned aerial systems (UASs) for the US Marine Corps (USMC), according to a 27 July Pentagon announcement. The low-rate initial production (LRIP) Lot 4 award provides for air vehicles, ground control stations, launch

  • Israel donates Cobra helos to Jordan to combat the Islamic State

    Israel has given its surplus Bell AH-1 Cobra attack helicopters to Jordan to bolster its neighbour's defence against the Islamic State, the Reuters news agency reported on 23 July. Approximately 16 AH-1E/F Cobras that were retired from the Israeli Air Force in 2013 were refurbished and handed over

  • RAF stands up first operational A400M squadron

    The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) activated its first operational unit to operate the Airbus Defence and Space (DS) A400M Atlas transport aircraft on 23 July. A ceremony marking the standing-up of 70 Squadron took place at the type's main operating base at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire. The RAF has


  • Asian gains

    With Asia-Pacific countries increasingly looking to develop their defence industrial capabilities through offset, the demands being placed on foreign contractors are rising to an unprecedented level. Jon Grevatt reports
  • Strike out: unmanned systems set for wider attack role

    Unmanned strike has for the most part been the preserve of larger systems, but now weapons are set to be rolled out across a range of UASs. Huw Williams examines the options
  • Leading edge: Israeli UAV development

    Israeli companies are set to remain global leaders in the development of unmanned aerial vehicles, with portfolios spurred by their country's challenging defence context, writes Andrew White
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  • Poland launches tender for 882 4x4s

    The Polish Land Forces launched a tender on 23 July to buy 882 light multipurpose 4x4 vehicles to replace its fleet of ageing Honker and UAZ469 jeeps. Poland seeks 841 soft skin vehicles and 41 armoured variants with gross vehicle mass under 3,500 kg to be delivered in 2016-2022. The new vehicles
  • China converting old frigates into coastguard cutters

    Work appears to be underway to modify a number of Type 053H2G 'Jiangwei I'-class frigates for transfer from the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) to the China Coast Guard. Photographs show two 'Jiangwei I' frigates alongside at a naval shipyard in Pudong, Shanghai, one of which has had most of


  • 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