• MQ-8C gets feet wet

    Northrop Grumman's MQ-8C variant of the US Navy's (USN's) Fire Scout unmanned air system (UAS) has completed a five-day flight test period on board the DDG-51 Flight IIA guided missile destroyer USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109), marking its first ship-based underway period. Completed off the coast of

  • New Brazilian defence minister named

    Brazilian President Dilma Roussef revealed the names for her second-term cabinet on 23 December, replacing defence minister Celso Amorim with Jaques Wagner. Wagner is to be invested on 1 January, along with Roussef's new presidential cabinet. According to a statement released by the Brazilian

  • The Islamic State captures downed Jordanian pilot

    The Islamic State has reportedly captured the Jordanian pilot of a combat aircraft that came down over northern Syria on 24 December. According to social media the aircraft crashed close to Raqqa, approximately 100 km southeast of the besieged town of Kobane. While some reports state that the

  • Joint MRTT buy could pave way for more EDA co-operation with NATO

    The new decision by the Netherlands, Norway, and Poland to consider a collective purchase of A330 multirole tanker transport (MRTT) aircraft is more than just another effort to promote pooling and sharing in Europe, say European Union (EU) officials. The legal and administrative structures

  • NASSCO contracted for MLP 4 Afloat Forward Staging Base

    General Dynamics National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO) has been awarded a USD498 million contract by the US Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) for the detail, design, and construction of a fourth Mobile Landing Platform (MLP) for the US Navy (USN). The as-yet unnamed MLP 4 will be the

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  • Airbus TR-50

    Type Fixed-wing tactical reconnaissance UAV. Development Airbus Defence and Space describes the TR-50 tactical reconnaissance UAV as being designed for overland surveillance; SAR; reconnaissance, surveillance and target acquisition; convoy/VIP protection; imagery and communications intelligence

  • AVIC Nimble Loong

    Type Fixed-wing surveillance UAV. Development The Nimble Loong (Nimble Dragon) fixed-wing surveillance UAV is understood to have been publicly unveiled at the Airshow China 2014 exhibition that was held in Zhuhai in southern China during the period 11 to 16 November 2014. As of the given date

  • AVIC VD200

    Type VTOL surveillance UAV. Development First publicly displayed (in model form) at the Airshow China 2014 exhibition that was held at Zhuhai in southern China between 11 and 16 November 2014, the VD200 VTOL UAV is designed for use in environments (such as mountainous and urban terrains) where

  • Insitu ScanEagle 2

    Type Fixed-wing surveillance UAV. Development The ScanEagle 2 UAS was publicly unveiled at the Euronaval 2014 trade exhibition that was held in Paris, France during October 2014 at which time, IHS Jane's sources were reporting the possibility of upgrading existing ScanEagle AVs to ScanEagle 2