• DSA 2014: MRCA candidates outline leasing options for Malaysia

    Leading candidates in the stalled Malaysian programme to acquire multirole combat aircraft (MRCA) have outlined a willingness to compete for a programme that looks increasingly likely to progress as a lease or a lease-to-purchase deal. Representatives from Saab, BAE Systems and Boeing said on 15

  • DSA 2014: Selex secures Malaysian helicopter support deal

    Selex ES, a subsidiary of Italian group Finmeccanica, was awarded a contract on 14 April to supply spares and related services to Malaysian firm Airod in its support of the Royal Malaysian Navy's (RMN's) fleet of AgustaWestland Super Lynx Series 300 helicopters. The three-year contract, announced

  • USAF V-22s withdrawn after brief Uganda deployment

    The Bell Boeing CV-22 Osprey tilt-rotors that the United States deployed to Uganda to support operations against the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) began to withdraw two weeks after the initiative was announced. "The new assets, they are temporary," US Africa Command (AFRICOM) chief General

  • Iraq decides to buy Czech L-159s in addition to T-50s

    The Iraqi Ministry of Defence (MoD) has agreed to procure 12 surplus Aero Vodochody L-159 ALCA light attack and training aircraft from the Czech Republic for approximately USD200 million. The preliminary agreement was signed on 6 April by representatives of the Iraqi MoD and Aero Vodochody's senior

  • New UAV spotted over Damascus

    A previously unseen type of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) has been seen flying over Damascus, prompting speculation that Iran's Shahed-129 is now operational in Syria. The UAV was featured in a video posted on YouTube by an opposition group on 10 April. The footage purportedly shows the aircraft

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  • Boeing's Phantom Badger vehicle cleared for V-22 carriage

    Boeing's Phantom Badger tactical ground vehicle has been certified for internal carriage aboard the Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey tiltrotor, the company announced on 8 April. The US Navy (USN) certified the vehicle in March, having conducted a series of form-fit checks and pressure tests. Structural
  • German P-3C Orion upgrade approved by US State Department

    The US State Department has approved a USD250 million upgrade package for Germany's eight Lockheed Martin P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on 11 April. The package comprises the procurement, integration, and installation of hardware and


  • Vulcanair V1.0

    Type Four-seat lightplane. Programme Announced, and almost complete aircraft displayed statically, at Aero '14, Friedrichshafen, Germany, 9 to 12 April 2014. Updated version of Partenavia P.64/66 Oscar. Partenavia P.64 Fachiro III first flew on 2 April 1965 and entered production as Oscar B, 180

  • Piper PA-28-161 Warrior II

    Type Four-seat cabin monoplane. Programme Design of the Warrior II began in June 1972, an important feature being replacement of the earlier constant-chord wings of the Cherokee series by a longer span wing with tapered outer panels. As a result of its introduction, the Warrior, which at the time

  • Tupolev Tu-95 and Tu-142

    Type Strategic/maritime reconnaissance bomber. Programme First Tu-95 prototype with four 8,950 kW (12,000 ehp) Kuznetsov 2TV-2F turboprops, flew 12 November 1952 and was destroyed during testing. Second example (Tu-95/2) with 8,950 kW (12,000 ehp) TV-12 turboprops, flew 16 February 1955. Seven

  • BAE Systems (Scottish Aviation) SA-3 Bulldog

    Type Basic trainer. Programme The first flight of the Beagle-built Bulldog prototype was made on 19 May 1969. A second prototype, completed by Scottish Aviation, was flown on 14 February 1971; it was later refurbished, issued with a Normal category C of A, and delivered to a private owner under