• Thai Air Force selects Piaggio Avanti II for recon role

    The Royal Thai Air Force has signed a contract to buy a Piaggio P.180 Avanti II aircraft to fulfill a requirement for a photo reconnaissance aircraft, the Italian company announced on 30 September. The P.180 Avanti II will be "customised for territorial multifunctional surveillance, featuring

  • Mexico orders additional UH-60M Black Hawk helos

    Sikorsky has been awarded a USD93.3 million contract to build eight "uniquely configured" UH-60M Black Hawk utility helicopters for Mexico, the US Department of Defense (DoD) announced on 29 September. The contract, which was placed on behalf of Mexico's secretary of national defence, is

  • Thailand requests additional Lakota helicopters

    Thailand has submitted a request to purchase additional Airbus Helicopter UH-72A light utility helicopters from the United States, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on 29 September. The Foreign Military Sale - if approved by US Congress - will be the first major US export

  • USAF: Use of F-22s target dependent, JTACs crucial for air support

    The US Air Force (USAF), which is leading airstrikes against Islamic State (IS) militants in Iraq and Syria, has said planners are choosing specific attack platforms based on individual targets and highlighted the key role played ground-based air controllers. Since operations began in August,

  • Czech Ministry of Defence plans new helicopter training facility

    The Czech Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 26 September plans to establish a new helicopter crew training facility at the Prerov-Bochor air base. The base, previously an Army of the Czech Republic (ACR) helicopter base, was decommissioned 2013 due to defence budget cuts. "The

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  • Army of adaption

    Now redeploying from more than a decade of large-scale counter-insurgency operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, the US Army is preparing itself for a future that includes new threats and a smaller force, a bigger Pacific presence, possible complex warfare in 'megacities', and a dwindling number of acquisition programmes. Dan Wasserbly reports
  • New model army: delivering reserve capability

    The UK is shaping its reserve forces for a future that will see them train and deploy on operations with the regular component as an integrated part of the 'whole force'. David Reynolds reports
  • Making MUM-T work

    With the procurement of manned-unmanned teaming systems well in hand, US Army leaders are now looking to sharpen up the doctrine, tactics, techniques, and procedures to operate them. Andrew Drwiega reports
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  • UAE requests more HIMARS, tactical ballistic missiles

    The US government has approved the sale of an additional 12 High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) launchers and 100 Army Tactical Missile Systems (ATACMS) to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the US Defence Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on 29 September. Mounted on a Medium
  • Russia preparing legal action over French Mistral halt

    Russia is preparing legal action against France over the country's halt in the delivery of the Mistral-class landing helicopter dock (LHD) Vladivostok , Russian sources have told IHS Jane's . "We hope that despite the repeated statements of the French party concerning the possible refusal to

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