• China and Russia finalise heavy-lift helicopter collaboration project

    China and Russia have signed an agreement to jointly develop a new heavy-lift helicopter, it was announced on 25 June. The Advanced Heavy Lift (AHL) helicopter will be developed by Russian Helicopters and Avicopter, a subsidiary of the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC), the Russian

  • Greek air force CL-215 destroyed in crash

    Greece lost a Canadair CL-215 fire-fighting aircraft on 26 June, the third major accident involving Hellenic Air Force CL-215/415 aircraft since 2014. The aircraft (number 1111) crash landed some 30 km north-west of Athens after reportedly suffering an engine problem while fighting wild fires. The

  • Qatar orders Super Mushshak trainers

    Pakistan's Ministry of Defence Production (MODP) announced on 23 June that the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) had signed an agreement to sell an unspecified number of its Super Mushshak basic trainers to Qatar. A Ministry of Defence official told IHS Jane's that his understanding was that Qatar

  • Aeronautics targets advanced missions for Orbiter 4

    Israel's Aeronautics is building on the blended-wing design of its existing line of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for its new Orbiter 4 platform. The principal difference between the Orbiter 4 and its predecessors, is the new aircraft's use of an internal combustion engine (ICE) powerplant,

  • Airbus DS to test new hose for refuelling helicopters from the A400M

    Airbus Defence and Space (DS) is to shortly begin flight trials of a redesigned hose-and-drogue system to enable the A400M transport aircraft to perform aerial refuelling for helicopters, the company disclosed on 20 June. Speaking at the company's Ottobrun facility near Munich, head of engineering,

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  • Steady as she goes: Germany country briefing

    Given Germany's history in the 20th century, the Bundeswehr has experienced a remarkable makeover in the past two decades to become a 21st century operational force, making it the dependable cornerstone in Europe's defence architecture, writes Sebastian Schulte
  • Magic wand: RN Merlin force expands its repertoire

    The Merlin HM.2 helicopter is finding itself in increasing demand on the UK Royal Navy's front line. Richard Scott finds out how the type has performed in its first two years of service, and looks at what the future holds for the Merlin force
  • On the rise: Japan industry briefing

    Japan's defence industry is reshaping itself to meet international opportunities and respond to the country's new security environment. Jon Grevatt reports
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  • DAPA pursues remotely operated howitzers

    The South Korean Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) is examining ways of improving the responsiveness and battlefield efficiency of the Republic of Korea Army's (RoKA's) present 155 mm artillery systems through automation. Speaking at the Defence IQ Future Artillery conference in
  • Greece accepts final Type 214 submarines into service

    The Hellenic Navy officially inducted its final two Type 214HN diesel-electric attack submarines into service on 23 June. The flag-raising ceremony for HS Matrozos (S-122) and HS Katsonis (S-123) at the Skaramangas Shipyard in Athens finally concluded Greece's troubled Archimedes programme over 15
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