• First phase of upgrades to Australia’s E-7A fleet completed

    The first phase of upgrades to the Royal Australian Air Force’s (RAAF’s) fleet of E-7A Wedgetail airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft has been completed, Boeing Defence Australia announced on 21 February. “The on-time completion of the first stage of Phase 5A

  • Russian Su-57 fifth-gen fighter prototypes touch down in Syria

    Key Points Two Russian Su-57 fifth-generation fighter prototypes have been deployed to Syria It is unclear what the real benefits of the deployment are The Russian Aerospace Forces (Vozdushno-Kosmicheskiye Sily: VKS) have deployed two Sukhoi Su-57 fifth-generation fighters to Humaymim Air Base in

  • Indonesian Navy to receive four ScanEagle UAVs in 2018

    Key Points The Indonesian Navy will receive four ScanEagle UAVs in mid-2018 Equipment is provided under a grant from the US government, which seeks to build maritime surveillance capabilities of Southeast Asian countries The Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Laut:

  • USFK launches Gray Eagle UAS unit, says report

    United States Forces Korea (USFK) has launched a unit of the General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) MQ-1C Gray Eagle medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial system (UAS) in South Korea as part of efforts to enhance its capabilities in the region, the Yonhap news agency

  • AFA Winter 2018: USAF studying reducing UAV manpower

    The US Air Force (USAF) is studying how to reduce the number of airmen it takes to operate unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to fewer than 10, according to a key officer. Air Education and Training Command (AETC) chief Lieutenant General Steven Kwast said on 22 February that it took the USAF 13

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  • Centaur emerges as MTRS Inc II solution

    Endeavor Robotics has revealed details of its new Centaur unmanned ground vehicle (UGV), which is the platform chosen to fill the US Army’s MTRS Inc II requirement. Centaur is a mid-sized, tracked platform that has been designed to carry out a range of missions, including ordnance disposal,
  • UK confirms LPH sale to Brazil

    The UK government has confirmed the sale of the landing platform helicopter (LPH) vessel HMS Ocean to Brazil for GBP84 million (USD117 million). Under a sales agreement signed on 19 February, the Brazilian Navy will take possession of the 22,000-tonne specialist amphibious aviation ship in June
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