• Brazil, US strengthen military co-operation

    Two major co-operative agreements between Brazil and the United States for defence and security matters were recently reached and touted during a high-profile state visit. The Defense Cooperation Agreement (DCA) and the General Security of Military Information Agreement (GSOMIA) are intended to

  • Indonesian Air Force crash prompts calls for modernisation

    The crash on 30 June of an Indonesian Air Force (TNI-AU) Lockheed Martin C-130B Hercules transport aircraft, which is estimated to have killed more than 140 people, has prompted calls for the country to review its procurement methods as well as replace its ageing military inventories. The aircraft

  • Iraq receives four more Russian combat helicopters

    The Iraqi Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 2 July that it has taken delivery of four more "advanced combat helicopters" from Russia. It did not identify the type of aircraft that has been delivered. Iraq currently has Mi-28NE Night Hunter attack helicopters and Mi-35M assault

  • Vietnam and Airbus look to collaborative programmes

    The prime minister of Vietnam Nguyen Tan Dung and the chief executive officer of Airbus, Tom Enders, met in Hanoi on 1 July in a bid to expand aerospace industry collaboration. The meeting coincided with Airbus' delivery to Vietnam Airlines of the first of several new jet airliners, although,

  • Argentine Tucano crashes, explosion reported

    An Argentine Air Force (FAA) Embraer EMB-312 Tucano basic trainer crashed on 29 June in Arroyito, Cordoba. The aircraft was performing an instruction flight from the Military Aviation School (EMA) located in Cordoba. Both crew members - an instructor pilot and his student - were killed. EMA's

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  • UK orders CTAS 40 mm cannons for new armoured vehicles

    The UK Ministry of Defence has placed a GBP150 million (USD236 million) order for CTA International 40 mm Case Telescoped Armament System (CTAS) cannons for its future fleet of tracked armoured fighting vehicles. The contract, awarded to CTA International (CTAI), includes 515 cannons for the
  • RAF Typhoon force trains for maritime role

    The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) has renewed focus on the air-maritime integration (AMI) role, with the deployment of its No II(AC) Squadron Typhoons to RNAS Culdrose from 22-25 June to conduct AMI training, something the RAF accepts it had neglected in the recent past. In deploying to RNAS Culdrose in


  • 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