• Airbus teams with DCNS to develop VTOL UAV for French Navy

    Airbus Helicopters and French naval shipbuilder DCNS are to offer a clean-sheet vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to the French Navy (Marine Nationale : MN). The collaboration, announced on 20 October, will see the unmanned helicopter developed in response to the

  • Argentina evaluates M-346 as potential combat fighter

    The Argentine Air Force (Fuerza Aérea Argentina - FAA) has evaluated the Alenia Aermacchi M-346 Master advanced jet trainer and light fighter as a potential new front-line platform. FAA pilots flew the aircraft in Italy on 12 and 13 October, the Italian Ministry of Defence (MoD) disclosed on

  • CH-53K heavy-lift helo passes operational assessment

    The Sikorsky CH-53K King Stallion has successfully completed its Operational Test (OT-B1) to verify its heavy-lift capabilities ahead of a production approval decision, expected in 2017. Announced by Sikorsky's parent company Lockheed Martin on 21 October, the milestone followed a week-long

  • Chilean Navy to upgrade P-3 Orion fleet

    Canadian company IMP Aerospace is to upgrade the Chilean Navy's Lockheed Martin P-3 Orion maritime patrol aircraft (MPA), it announced on 17 October. The aircraft, which have been in service since 1993, are to receive new wings and stablisers, a digital 'glass' cockpit, and enhanced engines under

  • Ecuadorian Air Force selling its remaining Dhruv helicopters

    The Ecuadorian Air Force's (Fuerza Aérea Ecuatoriana: FAE) three remaining HAL Dhruv helicopters are for sale, Minister of Defence Ricardo Patiño announced on 20 October. Seven of the light utility twin-engine helicopters were purchased new in 2008 for USD45 million, and were the first of

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  • Brazil develops modernised Cascavel

    Brazilian company EQUITRON Automação Eletrônico Mecanica and the Brazilian Army are scheduled to jointly conduct the first firing tests of an ENGESA EE-9 Cascavel 6x6 armoured reconnaissance vehicle modernised to a new EE9U standard, a Brazilian Army source told IHS Jane's. The
  • ESPADON demos AUV deployment from USV

    France's Direction générale de l'Amament (DGA) has successfully completed its ESPADON demonstration programme. ESPADON is part of the overarching Système de Lutte Anti-Mines Futur (SLAMF) programme, which aims to prove that robotic systems can be used in mine-countermeasure (MCM)