• Chinese Xian H-6K with refuelling probe suggests new missions

    A vague image of a Xian Aircraft Corporation H-6K with a nose-mounted refuelling probe suggests additional missions may be in store for this much-modified 65-year-old medium bomber design, which first flew in 1952 as the Soviet-era Tupolev Tu-16. Appearing for the first time on 15 August on a

  • India approves Apache procurement for army

    India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has approved the INR41.7 billion (USD651.3 million) import of six Boeing AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopters for the Indian Army (IA). The six helicopters, which were approved on 17 August, are part of an option of 11 that was included in an INR139.5

  • Japanese navy helicopter crashes during VERTREP training, injures three

    A Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) CH-101 helicopter that was conducting vertical replenishment (VERTREP) drills on 17 August at the service’s base in Iwakuni, Yamaguchi Prefecture, has crashed. The accident took place at about 14:20 h local time as the aircraft was hovering close to

  • Near and far: PLAN maintains global presence despite operational pressures

    Recent years have seen increasing international naval activity in the Asia-Pacific region, with China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy playing a major role. Additionally, the PLAN has maintained presence in the Indian Ocean Region and West of Suez. Ridzwan Rahmat and Dr Lee Willett

  • General Atomics’ Gray Eagle-Extended Range UAV performs 42-hour endurance flight

    Key Points General Atomics’ Gray Eagle-Extended Range flies for 42 consecutive hours This is an improvement of nearly 68% on its Gray Eagle predecessor General Atomics on 6 August performed a 42-hour endurance flight with its Gray Eagle Extended Range (GE-ER) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV)

  • UK details F-35B carrier trials

    The UK’s Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier is to spend eight weeks off the east coast of the United States carrying out flight trials next year with Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters embarked for the first time. Royal Air Force (RAF) Squadron Leader Andy Edgell, the

  • Chinese SEAD-equipped J-10B emerges at Aviadarts contest

    China has used the recent ‘Aviadarts’ international aerial competition to reveal for the first time that its Chengdu Aircraft Corporation (CAC) J-10B can be equipped to perform suppression of enemy air defences (SEAD) missions, adding to the number of People’s Liberation Army Air

  • Argentina unveils new Vigía 2B MALE UAV design

    Argentine aircraft manufacturer Fábrica Argentina de Aviones (FAdeA) has showcased a mock-up of a Vigía 2B medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) developed together with INVAP. The UAV was unveiled during Argentine Air Force day celebrations on 10 August.

  • Private industry help sought to help kickstart ‘Make in India’ projects

    Key Points The Indian Army is to release 11 projects worth USD2.75 billion under the 'Make in India' initiative Indian private-sector companies are being asked to participate to short-circuit the bureaucracy involved with the public sector Daksh Nakra The Indian Army (IA) is to release a list of

  • Russia reveals Il-22PP special mission aircraft

    Russia has shown for the first time its new Ilyushin Il-22PP Porubshchik special mission aircraft. The ‘escort jammer’ aircraft made its public debut on the occasion of the 105th anniversary of the Russian air force over Kubinka on 12 August. The Il-22P is a signals intelligence

  • USN seeks multi-day flight with Hybrid Tiger

    US Navy (USN) researchers are set to begin testing a prototype Group 2 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that could attain upwards of three days endurance. Hybrid Tiger is the follow on to the US Naval Research Laboratory’s (NRL's) Ion Tiger, which flew for 48 hours using proton exchange membrane

  • UK launches externally loaded F-35B from 'ski jump' for first time

    The United Kingdom has taken a further step towards re-constituting its fixed-wing carrier strike capability with the first take-off of an externally loaded Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) from a representative ‘ski-jump’. The test, which took place in early

  • Malaysia deploys naval ship at new base near disputed island with Singapore

    Key Points Malaysia has made its first naval deployment to a new installation near an island it believes is part of Putrajaya’s territory Move may herald more frequent deployments of Malaysian naval assets into the disputed region, but this is unlikely to affect bilateral relations between

  • Russia refutes claim India unhappy with MiG-29K fighters

    Russia has repudiated media claims that India is dissatisfied with the reliability and serviceability of its MiG-29K 'Fulcrum' naval strike fighters, with a strongly worded statement sent to Jane's on 9 August. Russian Aircraft Corporation (RAC) said that claims made in a recent US article on acute

  • German Tiger 'broke up' prior to crashing

    A German Airbus Helicopters EC665 Tiger attack platform that crashed in Mali with the loss of both crew members reportedly broke up in mid-air, Reuters news agency has disclosed. Reuters said on 8 August that a German defence ministry report has found that rotor blades separated from the helicopter

  • Australia retires Heron 1 UAVs

    Australia has retired from service the Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) Heron 1 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that it has fielded since 2010. The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) announced on 9 August that the medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) UAV flew its final mission on 23 June, and that 5

  • USN, Iranian aircraft have 'unsafe' interaction

    An Iranian QOM-1 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) had an "unsafe and unprofessional interaction" with a US Navy (USN) Boeing F/A-18E Super Hornet "Argonauts" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 147 assigned to the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) on 8 August 2017

  • Israel grounds Apaches after fatal crash

    The Israeli Air Force (IAF) has grounded its fleet of Boeing AH-64 Apache attack helicopters during investigations into a fatal crash that occurred on 7 August. Announced on the service's Facebook page, the grounding order has been placed on the IAF's entire attack helicopter division until the

  • US suspends search for missing marines after MV-22 Osprey accident in Australia

    The United States Marine Corps (USMC) and the US Navy (USN) have suspended a search for three missing marines that were involved in a MV-22 Osprey accident at Shoalwater Bay, off the east coast of Queensland, Australia on 5 August. Confirmation of the suspension was announced by the Australian

  • Turkmenistan releases footage of AW109 helos conducting live-fire drill

    Turkmenistan’s state media has released video footage demonstrating the country’s weaponised Leonardo (formerly AgustaWestland) AW109 helicopters. Released in early August, the footage shows two such platforms equipped with rocket pods conducting live-fire drills at an undisclosed

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