• 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.

  • Brazilian Air Force details maritime patrol fleet upgrades ahead of budget discussion

    The Brazilian Air Force (FAB) announced on 20 May that it would begin to take delivery of eight EMBRAER P-95 Bandeirulha maritime patrol aircraft in 2015 that are currently undergoing a significant upgrade programme. The upgraded P-95 will be designated P-95M and distributed among the FAB's

  • France and Russia close to severing Mistral contract

    France and Russia plan to come to an agreement in late May on terms for severing the contract for supply of Mistral-class helicopter carriers to Russia, a source in the Russian military-technical sphere has said, according to the RIA Novosti news agency. "Paris has not yet replied to the

  • RAAF Wedgetails receive FOC

    Final operational capability (FOC) has been declared for the six EA-7 Wedgetail airborne early warning and control aircraft (AEW&C) of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), Defence Minister Kevin Andrews announced on 26 May. The Boeing 737-700-based aircraft now provide the world's most

  • Rheinmetall expands into Kazakhstan

    German defence equipment manufacturer Rheinmetall has signed an agreement to begin collaboration with Kazakhstan's state-owned defence manufacturer Kazakhstan Engineering, the latter announced on 22 May. Little about the agreement was revealed by Kazakhstan Engineering, but the firm said that the

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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