• Aero Vodochody in talks with Thailand over L-39 replacement

    Czech aircraft maker Aero Vodochody is in negotiations with the Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) to supply replacements for at least four Aero Vodochody L-39 Albatros jet trainers. Aero is offering its L-159 ALCA or L-39NG as replacement aircraft. The RTAF currently operates a total of 36 L-39ZA/ART

  • Australia seeks comment on new defence export laws

    The Australian Department of Defence released a draft copy of proposed amendments to the country's Defence Trade Controls Act 2012 on 17 December, with the government seeking industry comments on the proposed changes throughout January. A key proposed change to the act will see approval for the

  • Indian defence minister details AW101 contract termination

    Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar provided confirmation and more details of the termination of India's contract with AgustaWestland for 12 AW101 helicopters on 16 December. Parrikar said in a written parliamentary reply that the Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) had paid a total of INR15.86 billion

  • Indian MoD delays decision on MTA again

    Key Points The Indian Ministry of Defence has again delayed a decision on whether to approve the Medium Transport Aircraft programme to replace the air force's Avro 748Ms The programme was touted as the first not to involve public sector entities but could be under threat after only one bidder

  • Malaysian Army requests funding for attack helicopters, miniguns for AW109s

    The Malaysian Army has requested funding for six attack helicopters for the Army Air Corps under the 11th Malaysia Plan of 2016-2020, deputy defence minister Abdul Rahim Bakri said in the Malaysian Senate on 18 December. Replying to a question on whether the armed forces had plans to purchase


  • 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
  • Briefing: Japan's new dawn

    Tokyo is shrugging off the post-1945 constraints on its military and developing new operational concepts and capabilities in response to China's rise. James Hardy reports
  • Fifth-gen ramp-up

    The F-35 programme has had its fair share of challenges, but meeting key programme milestones in the new year would signal that the largest weapons acquisition effort in history is finally on track. Marina Malenic reports
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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