• Aernnova furloughing factory workers

    More furloughs of workers are due by the end of January at the Alava province plant of one of Spain's leading aircraft parts makers, a trade union announced. Basque Country regional union, the Eusko Langileen Alkartasuna (ELA), said up to 46 work hours could be cut from the schedules of 492 of the

  • IAF upgrading veteran C-130H transports

    The Israeli Air Force (IAF) has revealed more details of the ongoing upgrade programme for its ageing fleet of Lockheed Martin C-130H Hercules transport planes. The aircraft, which joined the IAF in the 1970s and 1980s, are undergoing upgrades to extend their lifespans by decades and to modernise

  • Malaysia to arm Sea Kings in response to Islamic State threat

    Malaysian defence minister Hishammuddin Tun Hussein announced on 23 January that the Royal Malaysian Air Force's (RMAF's) Sikorsky S-61A-4 Sea King helicopters would be armed and that Royal Brunei Air Force (RBAF) S-70A Black Hawks would be transferred to RMAF service. In a statement released in

  • USMC prepares for amphibious combat vehicle contest

    Key Points The USMC is looking to acquire 204 ACV 1.1 vehicles between 2018 and 2022 ACV 1.2 will reintroduce an organic over-the-horizon, ship-to-shore capability The US Marine Corps (USMC) is assessing industry responses to the second of two draft requests for proposals (RfPs) for an

  • Sequestration hits US Army aviation RDA budget unduly hard

    Ongoing sequestration in the United States is having a disproportionately severe impact on the US Army's aviation research and development and acquisitions (RDA) budget, a senior government official said on 21 January. Speaking at the IQPC International Military Helicopter conference in London,


  • Fuelling up: global tanker programmes increase in range

    Aerial tankers have enjoyed a renaissance over recent years, as their importance to today's combat operations has been shown over recent campaigns. Gareth Jennings explores the role and value of tanking, analyses the primary platforms being offered to the market today, and explores the global opportunities for these platforms
  • Learning to fly: UK F-35 training ramps up

    At Eglin Air Force Base in Florida, a detachment of UK pilots and technicians are learning to operate the 'B' version of the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter alongside their US counterparts. Jamie Hunter reports on progress to date
  • International Chinook: giving the fleet a lift

    The CH-47 Chinook has been the stalwart of global military heavy-lift operations for decades. Jamie Hunter analyses the helicopter's service life and future upgrade programmes
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  • China launches fourth Type 071 LPD

    Key Points China launched three ships from its Hudong-Zhonghua Shipyard in Shanghai on 22 January, including the fourth Type 071 landing platform dock The other two were a Type 054A frigate and a Type 815 intelligence gathering ship The Hudong-Zhonghua Shipyard in Shanghai launched its fourth


  • BlueBird Blueye®

    Type Small tactical UAV. Development BlueBird states that it has designed the Blueye® tactical UAV specifically for civilian applications, ease of transportation, quick deployment, autonomous functionality and spot take-off and landing. Again, the contractor notes that the Blueye UAS is

  • BlueBird ThunderB®

    Type Fixed-wing tactical UAV. Development BlueBird describes ThunderB® as being a 'small sized tactical UAV' that is designed for 'long [range] ISTAR or tactical mapping' applications in roles such as military support, peace keeping, low intensity conflict, security/law enforcement, SAR,

  • Insitu Integrator™

    Type Multi-role surveillance UAS. Development Insitu characterises the Integrator™ UAS as being suitable for a range of roles including agricultural/wildlife monitoring, anti-piracy patrols, asset protection, BDA, border security, communications relay, disaster response, fire-fighting,

  • Insitu RQ-21A Blackjack

    Type Small Tactical UAS (STUAS). Development Using Insitu's Integrator UAS (see separate entry) as a baseline, the RQ-21A Blackjack STUAS is designed to provide 'persistent maritime and land-based tactical reconnaissance, surveillance and target acquisition data collection and dissemination