• Farnborough 2018: UMS Skeldar announces maritime-focused V-200B UAV

    UMS Skeldar has developed a new maritime variant of its V-200 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), it announced at the Farnborough Airshow, being held 16-22 July. The V-200B is an improvement of the baseline heavy-fuelled unmanned helicopter developed by UMS Skeldar. “The new version [boasts]

  • SkyGuardian arrives in UK

    A General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI)-owned MQ-9B SkyGuardian became the first unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in its class to cross the Atlantic Ocean, when it touched down in the United Kingdom on 11 July. The medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) UAV, which is the baseline for the

  • RAF looks at UAV swarms

    A UK Royal Air Force (RAF) demonstrator project will examine how swarms of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) could help traditional manned combat aircraft fight in complex and heavily defended airspace. Senior RAF sources told Jane’s that the project was briefed at an industry day in March by

  • US Air Force schedules first flight of attritable XQ-58A UAV for this fall

    Key Points The US Air Force plans a first flight for this fall of its XQ-58A attritable UAV The idea of attritable is affordable but not to the point of so cheap where it is expendable The US Air Force (USAF) will fly this fall for the first time the Kratos XQ-58A Valkyrie, an

  • India’s Tejas LCA misses deadline to secure final operational clearance

    The developers of India’s Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Mk 1 have missed a 30 June deadline to secure the platform’s final operational clearance (FOC): a development that will further defer the fighter’s induction into the Indian Air Force (IAF). Official sources told

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  • Russia’s ASAT development takes aim at LEO assets

    Russia has increasing anti-satellite (ASAT) capabilities that enable it to interfere with, or destroy, an adversary’s satellites. Sean O’Connor reviews the history and capabilities of Russia’s ASAT programmes
  • Haze on the horizon: the challenges and uncertainties of Europe's future combat aircraft plans

    In 2017 France and Germany announced their intention to develop a sixth-generation combat aircraft to replace the Typhoon, Tornado, and Rafale aircraft that are currently in service. BAE Systems, Leonardo, and Saab almost instantly expressed interest in participating in the multi-billion-Euro programme, which is expected to be led by Airbus and France’s Dassault Aviation. Mark Bobbi reports
  • Mind the gap: UK aircraft carrier operations

    The United Kingdom is poised to become a major carrier navy, with the first operational deployment looming for HMS Queen Elizabeth. Dr Lee Willett examines how the Royal Navy might tackle tasks at home when a UK carrier task group deploys – especially with risks increasing around UK waters
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  • Russian military to receive Kurganets-25 IFV in 2019

    The Russian armed forces will receive the first Kurganets-25 infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) for trials in 2019, an industry source told Jane's. “JSC Kurganmashzavod has signed state contracts to deliver low-rate initial production batches of these vehicles. The IFV prototypes are being
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