• Two Chinese helicopter pilots die in crash

    A helicopter of the People's Liberation Army Ground Force's aviation wing crashed in southeast China's Fujian Province on 19 January, killing both pilots, the China Military Online website reported on 23 January. Three other people suffered minor injuries and four houses were damaged as a result of

  • Croatia releases 2017 procurement plan

    Croatia unveiled its defence procurement plan on 20 January, with spending increasing USD57 million, the country's Ministry of Defence announced. The procurement plan calls for USD243 million in procurement and sustainment spending, which is about 40% of the country's overall defence budget. Of

  • USAF receives first DRAGON-upgraded AWACS aircraft

    The US Air Force (USAF) has received back into service the first Boeing E-3 Sentry Airborne Warning And Control System (AWACS) aircraft to go through the Diminishing manufacturing sources Replacement of Avionics for Global Operations and Navigation (DRAGON) cockpit modernisation programme, the

  • Royal Thai Air Force Gripen crashes at airshow

    A Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) Saab Gripen C multirole combat aircraft crashed at an airshow taking place at Hat Yai International Airport in southern Thailand on the morning of 14 January. The pilot was killed. Footage of the incident shows the Gripen performing a manoeuvre before losing altitude

  • Taiwan begins F-16V modernisation effort

    Taiwan has begun the process of upgrading its Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon combat aircraft to the latest F-16V configuration, it was confirmed to IHS Jane's on 17 January. Lockheed Martin said that work to upgrade the Republic of China Air Force's (RoCAF's) F-16A/Bs had begun with the

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  • China's North Sea Fleet receives first Type 052D destroyer

    China's People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) commissioned its fifth Luyang III-class (Type 052D) destroyer on 22 January. Named Xining (with pennant number 117), the vessel is the first Type 052D to be assigned to the PLAN's North Sea Fleet, with the other four ships allocated to the South Sea