• Russia to start heavy UAV serial production in 2017

    Russia is to begin series production of large unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in 2017, Oleg Bochkarev, deputy chairman of the Russian Military Industrial Commission (VPK) at a military-industry conference on 16 September in Krasnoarmeisk, near Moscow. "There are robots in the national defence

  • Thai Navy orders EC645 helicopters

    The Royal Thai Navy (RTN) has signed a contract with Airbus Helicopters to purchase five EC645 T2 medium multirole helicopters, industry and RTN officials confirmed to IHS Jane's on 19 September. The contract, which was signed in Bangkok earlier this month, demonstrates Airbus Helicopters' growing

  • Nigeria to buy 'significant number' of Russian helos

    Russia concluded a deal with Nigeria last month on deliveries of a 'significant' consignment of Mil transport and attack helicopters, according to a senior official with the state-owned corporation Rostec. "In August a contract was signed with Nigeria on the deliveries of [Russian]

  • USN's Triton conducts first flight across United States

    Key Points The navy's first MQ-4C made the cross-country journey in 11 hours Two more Tritons will also fly across the United States to NAS Patuxent River where testing will help the programme reach IOC in 2017 The first of three unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) designed for the US Navy's (USN's)

  • AFA 2014: KC-46A flight tests delayed over continued wiring issues

    Key Points First flight of the KC-46A Pegasus tanker has been delayed due to faulty wiring The USAF's programme manager said he is 'disappointed' but not 'panicked' First flight of the US Air Force's (USAF's) new Boeing KC-46A Pegasus aerial refuelling tanker has been delayed by about five months

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  • Dutch to increase defence spending

    The Dutch government has decided to increase the Netherlands' defence spending, reversing 24 years of declining defence expenditure. Dutch Defence Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert said on 16 September that the funds would be used generally to "enhance the clout" of the armed forces.

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