• Islamic State reveals US equipment failures

    In the latest series of military failures revealed by the Islamic State's media channels, a US airdrop intended for the Kurdish defenders of the northern Syrian town of Kobane was instead seized by fighters from the Sunni militant group. A video released by the Islamic State on 21 October showed a

  • Oman retires Jaguars

    The Royal Air Force of Oman (RAFO) has held a ceremony to mark the retirement of its fleet of SEPECAT Jaguar attack aircraft at the Al-Shafaq Club in Seeb, the Oman News Agency reported on 16 October. It added that the Jaguars, which had been in RAFO service for nearly 37 years, were being replaced

  • Canadian CF-18 upgrades could delay F-35 buys

    Canada plans to upgrade and continue using its legacy McDonnell Douglas CF-18 Hornet combat aircraft, while postponing a final decision on Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter acquisition, officials have said. A Department of National Defence official told reporters in late

  • Kazakhstan may commence Ka-226T production from 2016

    Kazakhstan's Aircraft Repair Plant Number 405 is hoping to commence production of Russian Kamov Ka-226T light utility helicopters from 2016, according to Russian information agency Interfax. The expectation of production commencing in two years comes after IHS Jane's reported in September 2012 that

  • Pentagon signs new F135 engine deal

    Key Points Pratt & Whitney has signed a deal worth USD591.9 million for a seventh batch of F-35 propulsion systems A joint investigation team has reaffirmed the identified root cause of a 23 June engine fire The Pentagon has concluded negotiations with Pratt & Whitney for a seventh batch

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  • AUSA 2014: Army outlines upcoming combat vehicle choices

    US Army planners will use the next several years to consider its next major vehicle investment - perhaps for infantry or Stryker units - and whether to proceed with a future combat vehicle. With the cancellation of the ground combat vehicle (GCV) for budget reasons, the army had to choose whether
  • HS Okeanos re-delivered to Hellenic Navy

    Greece's Type 209/1200 submarine HS Okeanos (S-118) was redelivered back to the Hellenic Navy (HN) from Hellenic Shipyards at Skaramangason on 20 October, having completed its Neptune II mid-life upgrade programme. Sea trials of the boat are expected to begin immediately and it should be fully

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    Company specialises in development and prototyping; latest known own design is the Dardo, which flew in July 2014. At that time, CFM had not decided whether to sell the project to a manufacturer or to establish its own production line.

  • CFM Air Dardo

    Type Two-seat lightplane. Programme Exhibited, unflown, at Aero '14, Friedrichshafen, April 2014. First flight (unregistered) at Turin Aeritalia aerodrome on 16 July 2014, flown by Maurizio Cheli. Design Features Intended to have widest cockpit of any Advanced Ultralight, able to accommodate

  • Martin

    Company established in 1998 to develop Jetpack exoskelitor flying vehicle inspired by-and intended to surpass-impractical 1950s projects. In December 2008, received grant of NZD968,430 from New Zealand government's Foundation for Research, Science and Technology. Flight testing and fundraising was

  • Martin Jetpack

    Type Exoskelitor flying vehicle. Programme Developed, in secret, over 27 years by Mr Martin, who built 11 prototypes up to time of international debut at AirVenture, Oshkosh, 29 July 2008. Martin Model P11 (11th prototype) registered ZK-JME on 20 April 2011; on 21 May 2011, flying in UAV mode,

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