• Hungary purchases light aircraft from Zlin

    Hungary's ministry of defence (MoD) has purchased four light training and reconnaissance aircraft from Zlin Aircraft, the MoD told IHS Jane's. The piston engine aircraft, two Z-242L two-seat basic training and two Z-143LSi four-seat reconnaissance/utility aircraft, are scheduled to arrive at the

  • Royal Thai Air Force Gripen crashes at airshow

    A Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) Saab Gripen C multirole combat aircraft crashed at an airshow taking place at Hat Yai International Airport in southern Thailand on the morning of 14 January. The pilot was killed. Footage of the incident shows the Gripen performing a manoeuvre before losing altitude

  • Italian Air Force signs for M-345 trainer aircraft

    The Italian Air Force (Aeronautica Militare Italiana: AMI) has signed an agreement with Leonardo for the procurement of an initial five Alenia Aermacchi M-345 High Efficiency Trainer aircraft (HET) out of a total requirement of 45. The contract, which was announced by Leonardo on 13 January, will

  • Lockheed Martin delivers 200th F-35 fighter

    The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) programme passed a milestone in early 2017 with the delivery of the 200th aircraft, it was announced on 12 January. The milestone saw the second F-35A for Japan (AX-2) delivered to the international training fleet at Luke Air Force

  • UK Sentries return to operational status after grounding

    The United Kingdom has returned to service its Boeing E-3D Sentry Airborne Warning And Control System (AWACS) aircraft following a grounding order that was issued late last year, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) told IHS Jane's on 12 January. The MoD confirmed that "the Sentry force has returned

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  • Japan unveils 8x8 APC prototype

    Japan's Ministry of Defense (MoD) has unveiled a prototype 8x8 armoured personnel carrier (APC) that is expected to replace the Komatsu Type 96 APC in use by the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF). Built by Japanese manufacturer Komatsu, the (Improved) Wheeled Armoured Personnel Carrier
  • Textron nears completion of SSC prototype

    Key Points Subsystem testing of LCAC 100, the SSC prototype, is now underway LCAC replacement promises greater efficiency and other improvements over the legacy design Textron Marine & Land Systems expects the prototype Ship-to-Shore Connector (SSC) air-cushion landing craft to begin afloat
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