• RN Sea Kings depart Afghanistan

    The UK has pulled the Royal Navy's (RN's) Sea King ASaC.7 airborne surveillance and control (SKASaC) helicopter component out of Afghanistan after five years' operations in theatre. 854 Naval Air Squadron (NAS) formally lowered its ensign at Camp Bastion on 24 July. The Ministry of Defence has

  • Sixth Indian C-17 arrives in Delhi with special cargo

    The Indian Air Force (IAF) received its sixth Boeing C-17 Globemaster III heavy transport aircraft on 28 July. The remaining four of 10 C-17s it ordered in 2011 for USD4.1 billion will be delivered by the year-end, IAF officials said. The IAF plans to buy at least six more of the strategic

  • UK mulls Puma helo deployment to Afghanistan

    The UK may deploy its newly upgraded Westland/Aerospatiale SA 330E Puma HC.2 medium-lift transport helicopters to Afghanistan to support the ongoing training mission in the country, IHS Jane's has learned. Military sources recently revealed that an undisclosed number of Puma HC.2 helicopters may be

  • Indian auditor slams upgrade delays for An-32, MiG-27 fleets

    Key Points India's CAG has criticised the IAF for failures in its upgrade programme for Antonov An-32 medium transport aircraft that led to the grounding of more than half of the fleet The CAG also highlighted a MiG-27 EW programme that would enter service two years after the type's intended

  • K-MAX ends Afghanistan deployment, USMC studies data

    Key Points The marines flew K-MAX unmanned cargo helicopters in Afghanistan for three years and are still working toward a cargo UAS programme of record. They now plan to conduct flight demonstrations as they work toward a cargo UAS programme of record. The US Marine Corps (USMC) has concluded a

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  • Update: Lithuania seeks new armoured vehicles

    Lithuania is looking to buy wheeled infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs), the Ministry of Defence (MoD) revealed on 21 July. The new vehicles are intended to replace the country's existing fleet of 300 M113 tracked armoured personnel carriers (APCs), according to the MoD. However, the new vehicles
  • Bahamas inducts first vessels in fleet renewal effort

    Dutch company Damen Shipyards has begun delivering nine vessels ordered by the Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) as part of a BSD232 million (USD228 million) fleet recapitalisation and port facilities enhancement programme. The first of four 42 m Legend-class (Stan Patrol 4207) offshore patrol


  • BlueBird MicroB®

    Type Tactical mini-UAV. Development BlueBird Aero Systems' MicroB® tactical mini-UAV is designed for a range of military and civil applications including 'over-the-hill' covert ISTAR, 'first responder' support, border surveillance, force/convoy protection, law enforcement, security

  • RT Skystar

    Type Family of surveillance aerostats. Development RT Ltd bills its Skystar family of surveillance aerostats as being suitable for a wide variety of applications including unmanned ISR and targeting, boarder/coastal security, crisis/emergency management, law enforcement, SAR, communications

  • Sky Sapience HoverMast-100

    Type Tethered VTOL surveillance system. Development Sky Sapience was established in January 2010 and bills its HoverMast-100 tethered VTOL surveillance system as being suitable for military (armoured and infantry units, border patrol and shipboard surveillance), homeland security (police and fire

  • VTUL Cube Y6

    Type VTOL surveillance mini-UAV. Development The Czech Republic's Military Technical Institute State Enterprise (Air Force and Air Defence Technical Institute branch office) (VTÚ s.p,. o.z. VTÚLaPVO) reports the Cube Y6 UAS as having been publicly unveiled at the beginning of 2014; as