• Update: Pratt & Whitney leaning towards PW815 for B-52 re-engining

    Key Points Pratt & Whitney is set to offer its PW815 engine for a key US Air Force programme, reports suggest The B-52 re-engining could be worth as much as USD11 billion Pratt & Whitney is likely to offer its PW815 engine for the US Air Force’s (USAF’s) highly-anticipated

  • USAF to lift B-1B grounding order

    The US Air Force (USAF) is to lift the grounding order on its fleet of Rockwell B-1B Lancer bombers, it announced on 20 June. The Air Force Global Strike Command (AFGSC) said that the order, which has been in place since 7 June, is to be rescinded after a safety review into the aircraft’s

  • Bulgaria proposes joint UAV production with Israel

    Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov has proposed joint production of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) before a meeting which discussed the proposal with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem on 12 June. Under the upcoming tender for a new jet fighter for the Bulgarian Air

  • Eurosatory 2018: BlueBird Aero Systems reveals ThunderB cargo variant

    Richard Fowler, Paris Israel’s BlueBird Aero Systems has displayed a cargo variant of its ThunderB tactical unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) at the Eurosatory 2018 defence exhibition in Paris. The new variant can carry a cargo payload of up to 4 kg in two capsules that can be fitted under

  • Eurosatory 2018: Middle Eastern MoD orders 70 DroneGuns

    The Australia-based company DroneShield announced on 14 June that the Ministry of Defence (MoD) of a Middle Eastern country had placed a USD3.2 million for 70 units of its DroneGun tactical jammer. “This is the largest known order for tactical drone mitigation equipment of this kind globally

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  • Coming ashore: unmanned systems lead the way in amphibious operations

    Marines coming ashore rely on unmanned systems to provide situational awareness that lets them know if surf zones and beaches are free of obstacles, mines, and potential adversaries. Michael Fabey, Geoff Fein, and Pat Host examine the use and development of unmanned systems in amphibious operations
  • Greater than the sum of their parts: Benelux country briefing

    The Benelux countries have a long history of military co-operation. This is particularly the case with the Belgian and Royal Netherlands navies, which are under joint command, and the two countries’ air forces, which take turns guarding Benelux airspace. Nicholas Fiorenza examines how Benelux joint capabilities are improving after years of defence cuts
  • King of the sea: The United Kingdom aims to bolster its maritime air power

    The United Kingdom is poised to take delivery next year of its first Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft to fill a major gap in its capability to hunt for submarines and monitor naval activity around the country’s shores. Tim Ripley reports on the UK effort to regenerate its shore-based air power
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  • ASC International reveals its Hilux-based Hornet SOV

    ASC International displayed its Hornet Special Operations Vehicle (SOV) for the first time and told Jane’s that development of a larger 6×6 variant should be complete by the end of summer. The Hornet SOV began development in 2016 and is based on a much-modified Toyota Hilux. Its design
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