• GA-ASI begins flight testing US Army's Improved Gray Eagle UAS

    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) has begun flight testing for its MQ-1C Gray Eagle Extended Range (ER) series unmanned aircraft for the US Army's Improved Gray Eagle (IGE) requirement, the company announced on 8 December. GA-ASI said it has conducted the first flight of a

  • Nigerian Air Force commissions first Super Mushshak trainers

    The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) officially inducted into service its first Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) Kamra Super Mushshak basic training aircraft in a ceremony held at Kaduna Air Base on 5 December. The ceremony was attended by Nigerian Chief of Air Staff Air Marshal Sadiq Abubakar and

  • Capability boost: trials demonstrate enhanced ViDAR/ScanEagle package

    Key Points Sentient's ViDAR system is designed to meet a growing maritime surveillance requirement Recent trials, including 'Unmanned Warrior 2016', have demonstrated the system's ability to support a range of tasks Sentient Vision Systems' ViDAR (Visual Detection and Ranging) maritime

  • US Hornet fighter crashes off coast of Japan, say reports

    A US military Boeing F/A-18 Hornet combat aircraft crashed off the coast of Kochi prefecture on 7 December, Japanese media have reported. The fighter was operating out of Iwakuni base in Yamaguchi prefecture when it came down about 100 km south-east of Ashizuri Cape, according to NHK news. A search

  • US Army hopes to accelerate vertical lift engine development

    The US Army is trying to advance new vertical lift engine technology as it seeks to field a new fleet of Future Vertical Lift (FVL) platforms and keep legacy helicopters viable for years to come. The service is leading the Pentagon's FVL effort, but it's nearer-term priority is the Improved Turbine

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  • Russian Army eyes MBT upgrades

    Russia may upgrade parts of its T-72 and T-90 main battle tank (MBT) fleets with the automatic target tracker (ATT) and fire control computer (FCC) installed in the Armata T-14 MBT, which is now entering production at UralVagonZavod's Nizhny Tagil facility. The installation of the ATT and the FCC
  • UK orders two more River-class OPVs

    BAE Systems has been awarded a GBP287 million (USD361 million) contract to build two more Batch 2 River-class offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) for the Royal Navy, it was announced on 8 December. The order of two more OPVs was set out in the United Kingdom's 2015 defence review, and will add to the