• Dutch helicopter withdrawal threatens to undermine UN Mali mission

    The Netherlands plans to withdraw its helicopters from Mali at the beginning of 2017 due to the heavy strain the deployment had taken on its helicopter fleet, according to Dutch Ministry of Defence spokesman Colonel Jos van der Leij. The Royal Netherlands Air Force has contributed four AH-64D

  • RN starts to receive COTS mini UAS systems for evaluation

    Key Points The 'COTS mini' initiative reflects a view within the RN that off-the shelf UASs could offer utility in military applications 700X NAS has been established to oversee the introduction of UASs into the fleet, and provide a focal point for UAS tactical development The UK Royal Navy's

  • Senegal to receive KT-1 trainers from South Korea

    Senegal has ordered four Korean Aerospace Industries (KAI) KT-1 Woong-Bee turboprop trainer aircraft, South Korean media reported on 21 July. The Senegalese Air Force (Armée de l'Air du Senegal) is to receive the four twin-seat aircraft under an agreement signed on 15 July, according to the

  • Israel receives last of its M-346 jet trainers

    The Israeli Air Force (IAF) has received into service the last of 30 Alenia Aermacchi M-346 Lavi advanced jet trainer aircraft that were ordered in 2012, the service announced on 20 July. The last of the aircraft landed at Hatzerim Air Force Base in the south of the country on the same day that the

  • Dassault contracted to conduct Mirage 2000D MLU

    The French Air Force is to proceed with an upgrade of its Dassault Mirage 2000D combat aircraft that was approved by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in late 2015. The contract to carry out the mid-life upgrade (MLU) was announced by Dassault on 19 July, and will see the company carry out work

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  • Brexit tests European security co-operation

    Aside from economic and political consequences, the UK's vote to leave the EU will have an impact on defence and security co-operation. Brooks Tigner assesses the implications for the EU and NATO. Benoît Gomis considers the ramifications for France-UK relations.
  • Rotary recap: UK helicopter renewal continues apace

    After years of neglect that resulted in a political crisis during the Afghanistan war, the UK's helicopter fleet is beginning to see the fruits of a long-overdue multi-billion-pound renewal programme. Gareth Jennings examines this effort, which is seeing additional platforms procured, old types replaced with new ones, and trusted workhorses upgraded with additional capabilities.
  • Tomorrow's fighter, today: Saab promises future for Gripen C/D and eyes further opportunities

    The Gripen C/D combat aircraft will not be left to fade into obsolescence once its newer and more capable Gripen E/F stablemate enters the scene, with Saab promising future upgrades for the platform as it seeks to secure additional sales. Gareth Jennings explores the future growth plans for Saab's bantamweight fighter.
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