• 'No technical problem' in crashed Hungarian Gripen

    Technical faults were not behind the crash of a Hungarian Air Force Saab Gripen fighter aircraft on 19 May, Czech Defence Minister Martin Stropnicky said. "It was reported that there was no technical problem," Stropnicky said as he visited Caslav Air Base in the Czech Republic where the

  • Belgian NH90s reach initial operational capability

    Belgium's NHIndustries NH90 multirole helicopters have declared their initial operating capability, it was announced on 20 May. The chief of the Belgian Air Component, Major General Frederik Vansina, said the 18th Squadron in Beauvechain was now ready for operations in a non-hostile environment.

  • RUAG announces new business in Chile

    Swiss aerospace and defence firm RUAG announced on 22 May that its aviation division, RUAG Aviation, had signed a teaming agreement with Chilean aerospace company ENAER. According to RUAG, the two companies will look to leverage potential opportunities in a variety of sectors, focusing on aircraft

  • Sikorsky Raider completes first flight

    Key Points Sikorsky's S-97 completed its first flight on 22 May Sikorsky now plans to demonstrate more advanced capabilities needed to support armed reconnaissance, light assault, light attack, and special operations United Technologies' Sikorsky Aircraft unit's S-97 Raider coaxial rotor

  • US steps up South China Sea PR battle with P-8 surveillance flights over Spratlys

    The United States has stepped up its pressure on China over its island building programme in the Spratly Islands by releasing video footage and audio recordings of exchanges with Chinese naval ships. The US Navy (USN) also allowed CNN on a Boeing P-8 Poseidon surveillance flight from Clark Air

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  • IDF armoured brigade adopts Humvees for reconnaissance

    An Israel Defense Forces (IDF) reconnaissance company supporting a Merkava Mk 4 tank brigade has adopted unarmoured Humvees as its preferred mode of transport in combat zones. The 401st Armored Brigade's reconnaissance company made the transition in recent months after using Humvees armed with FN


  • YY-1 observation and tracking system

    Type Sensor turret Development The LOEC YY-1 turret-mounted EO observation and tracking system was first noted at the Asian Aerospace exhibition in Singapore in February 2006, where it was being promoted. It is designed for use on UAVs, helicopters and ground-based applications. In the latter

  • Rockwell Collins CNPC-1000

    Type Miniature datalink. Description The Rockwell Collins Control and Non-Payload Communications (CNPC) - 1000 miniature datalink is designed to provide 'high-reliability' communications between an unmanned AV (including small UAS classes) and a GCS. System features include: the ability to

  • CANA Guardian

    Type Multirole tactical UAV. Development The main objective of the Comando de Aviación Naval Argentina's (CANA - the Argentinian Navy's Naval Aviation Command) two-year, USD164,000 Guardian programme was to develop a system to improve command and control of its surveillance and

  • Cyber Technology CyberEye II

    Type MALE surveillance UAV. Decelopment Cyber Technology characterises its CyberEye II MALE surveillance UAV as being designed for the detection, localisation and tracking of targets and as being suitable for a range of applications including emergency services/safety support, infrastructure