• Indian Army issues RFIs for software-defined radios

    The Indian Army (IA) has invited responses from overseas manufacturers on the service's planned acquisition of assorted software-defined radios (SDRs) to boost its overall network-centric warfare (NCW) capabilities. Two separate requests for information (RFIs) were issued by the IA in early January

  • Royal Thai Air Force Gripen crashes at airshow

    A Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) Saab Gripen C multirole combat aircraft crashed at an airshow taking place at Hat Yai International Airport in southern Thailand on the morning of 14 January. The pilot was killed. Footage of the incident shows the Gripen performing a manoeuvre before losing altitude

  • Russia clarifies military imports ban to exclude EEU partners

    Russia has clarified national defence procurement rules that prohibit the import of foreign materiel in all but exceptional circumstances by exempting products from four other countries of the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU). The prohibition therefore does not apply to Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan,

  • Taiwan begins F-16V modernisation effort

    Taiwan has begun the process of upgrading its Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon combat aircraft to the latest F-16V configuration, it was confirmed to IHS Jane's on 17 January. Lockheed Martin said that work to upgrade the Republic of China Air Force's (RoCAF's) F-16A/Bs had begun with the

  • Airbus DS demonstrates helicopter refuelling from C295W airlifter

    Airbus Defence and Space (DS) recently demonstrated the ability of the C295W medium transport aircraft to conduct aerial refuelling with a helicopter. The demonstration, which took place in December but was not announced until 17 January, saw the C295W perform a series of contacts with an Airbus

  • Hungary purchases light aircraft from Zlin

    Hungary's ministry of defence (MoD) has purchased four light training and reconnaissance aircraft from Zlin Aircraft, the MoD told IHS Jane's. The piston engine aircraft, two Z-242L two-seat basic training and two Z-143LSi four-seat reconnaissance/utility aircraft, are scheduled to arrive at the

  • Italian Air Force signs for M-345 trainer aircraft

    The Italian Air Force (Aeronautica Militare Italiana: AMI) has signed an agreement with Leonardo for the procurement of an initial five Alenia Aermacchi M-345 High Efficiency Trainer aircraft (HET) out of a total requirement of 45. The contract, which was announced by Leonardo on 13 January, will

  • Leonardo to develop Mangusta replacement for Italy

    Leonardo has been contracted to develop a replacement for the A129 Mangusta armed reconnaissance and attack helicopter for the Italian armed forces, the company announced on 13 January. The multiyear contract is for the study, development, industrialisation, production, and testing of a prototype

  • Surface Navy 2017: Coyote earmarked for ISR and offensive roles

    The US Air Force and US Army are actively pursuing the development of the Coyote unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) as an intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) asset, as well as for delivering kinetic payloads, according to the platform's manufacturer, Raytheon. While Coyote continues to

  • Lockheed Martin delivers 200th F-35 fighter

    The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) programme passed a milestone in early 2017 with the delivery of the 200th aircraft, it was announced on 12 January. The milestone saw the second F-35A for Japan (AX-2) delivered to the international training fleet at Luke Air Force

  • UK Sentries return to operational status after grounding

    The United Kingdom has returned to service its Boeing E-3D Sentry Airborne Warning And Control System (AWACS) aircraft following a grounding order that was issued late last year, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) told IHS Jane's on 12 January. The MoD confirmed that "the Sentry force has returned

  • M28 'Bryza' to be showcased to Caribbean and Latin America

    Lockheed Martin is to demonstrate the PZL Mielec M28 'Bryza' across the Caribbean and Latin American regions in the coming weeks as it looks to sign up new military, government, and commercial customers for the short take-off and landing (STOL) twin-turboprop transport aircraft. The tour, which was

  • Kazakhstan to receive four Mi-35M helos from Russia in 2018

    Kazakhstan will receive four Mil Mi-35M ('Hind-E') combat helicopters from Russia in 2018 as part of a recently signed contract between the two countries, Russian Helicopters said in apress release on 11 January. The Mi-35M is a modernised version of the Mi-24V assault helicopter. It was developed

  • USMC begins first operational overseas deployment of F-35B

    The US Marine Corps (USMC) has started relocating Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) aircraft to Japan for the type's first overseas deployment, the Department of Defense (DOD) announced on 10 January. An undisclosed number of jets from Marine Fighter Attack Squadron

  • Textron pitches VTOL Shadow UAV to Australia

    Textron Unmanned Systems is studying the feasibility of a vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) variant of its RQ-7 Shadow unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), which it hopes could be an upgrade option for the Australian Army's ageing fleet. In 2016, the company revealed a VTOL variant of its smaller

  • US demos 'one of the world's largest' micro-UAV swarms

    The US Department of Defense (DOD) air-dropped a swarm of micro-unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) during trials conducted in late 2016 and announced on 9 January. During the trials three Boeing F/A-18 Hornet combat aircraft dropped 103 Perdix micro-UAVs over China Lake, California, in October 2016.

  • France orders 35 Spy'Ranger UAVs from Thales

    The French Defence Procurement Agency (DGA) announced on 5 January that it has ordered 35 Spy'Ranger unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) from Thales for the French Army's Système de Mini Drone de Reconnaissance (SMDR) requirement. The SMDR is set to replace the Airbus Drone de Renseignement Au

  • France receives two more Reapers, deploys them to Niger

    France has received an additional two General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and deployed them to Africa, a French military source told IHS Jane's. The UAVs arrived at Base Aérienne 101 in Niamey, Niger, at the end of 2016 where the Escadron de Drone 1/33 Belfort has been

  • US Army demonstrates 3-D printed unmanned aircraft

    Army Research Laboratory engineers flight tested a quadcopter unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that was largely assembled with 3-D printed parts, as the service is seeking ways to quickly create on-demand systems to meet soldier's needs. The demonstration was held in December as part of the Army

  • Turkey's Anka-S UAV on course for first delivery in 2017

    Turkey's military is on track to receive its first serially-produced Anka unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) this year, a well-informed Turkish defence industry source told IHS Jane's . Known as Anka-S, the production standard UAVs are fitted with additional capabilities above and beyond those of the

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