• IDEX 2017: General Atomics to offer Predator XP as COCO capability

    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc will look to provide its Predator XP platform as a contractor-owned, contractor-operated (COCO) service, opening up its potential user base. Speaking to Jane's at IDEX 2017 in Abu Dhabi, Jim Thomson, the company's regional vice-president, said the COCO

  • IDEX 2017: Paramount launches Mwari production

    Paramount Group announced on 20 February that production of the military variant of its advanced, high performance, reconnaissance, light aircraft (AHRLAC), the Mwari, is to begin in April. The first production aircraft is expected to be completed in June or July, with the company citing a

  • CT Ingenieros to develop engineering content for new Australian oilers

    Key Points This is Navantia's first major contract with CT Ingenieros RAN AORs are to be based on BAC Cantabria built for the Spanish Navy in 2010 Navantia selected Spain's state-owned shipbuilder CT Ingenieros as the main sub-contractor in the development of engineering content for two new

  • IDEX 2017: Emirati SOV contest heats up

    The United Arab Emirates' (UAE's) contest for a new special operations vehicle (SOV) became more complicated at the IDEX show in Abu Dhabi when Nimr Automotive unveiled its new Rapid Intervention Vehicle (RIV) to take on well-established contenders that include the Supacat HMT 400 Desert and the

  • IDEX 2017: Fantom emerges with new weapons system

    Ukraine's Spets Techno Export has integrated an anti-tank missile launcher onto its Fantom (Phantom) unmanned ground vehicle (UGV), unveiling the configuration at IDEX 2017 in Abu Dhabi. The Fantom was debuted at Ukraine's Defence and Security Expo in October with a stabilised 12.7 mm machine gun.

  • IDEX 2017: GIDS moves to enhance Shahpar, develop MALE

    Pakistan's Global Industry and Defence Solutions (GIDS) is in the process of enhancing the capabilities of its Shahpar unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) and working to develop a larger system. Speaking to Jane's at IDEX 2017 in Abu Dhabi, Asad Kamal, GIDS' director of sales and marketing, said that

  • Kelvin Hughes to provide SharpEye radars for Pakistan's Khalid-class submarines

    Kelvin Hughes has been contracted by the Pakistan Navy (PN) to supply the company's I-Band SharpEye Doppler submarine radar system as part of a mid-life upgrade programme for the PN's Khalid-class (Agosta 90B) submarines, the UK-based manufacturer of maritime navigation, surveillance, and security

  • IDEX 2017: EDePro targets Hornet at rotary-wing UAV market

    Serbia's EDePro is developing a lightweight rotary-wing unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), the X-01 Strsljen (Hornet). Speaking to Jane's at IDEX 2017 in Abu Dhabi, the company's lead engineer, Dr Predrag Matejic, said that development of the aircraft commenced in 2012 and was driven by an analysis of

  • Aero India 2017: India rolls out new Advanced Hawk aircraft

    A dual role combat-capable Advanced Hawk jet trainer, developed jointly by the UK's BAE Systems and India's public-sector Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), was formally unveiled at Aero India on 14 January. The smart weapons-enabled Advanced Hawk prototype, scheduled to undertake its maiden test

  • Slovak Special Forces field Skylark I-LEX

    The Slovakian Army's 5th Special Forces Regiment (5. Pluk Specialneho Urcenia: 5.PSU) has taken into service Elbit Systems' Skylark I-LEX unmanned aircraft system (UAS). The Zilina-based unit received two Skylark I-LE systems in late 2008, and the new system will replace those in providing

  • Aero India 2017: CSIR NAL debuts Suchan UAV

    CSIR-National Aerospace Laboratories (CSIR-NAL) has showcased a new small unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) at Aero India 2017 in Bangalore. The Suchan system is an indigenous development and is designed to be hand launched and belly landed. CSIR-NAL also claims that Suchan has a fully developed

  • US congressman calls for Air Tractor sale to Kenya to be investigated

    The recently approved sale of 12 Air Tractor-L3 Technologies AT-802L intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) and light attack turboprops to Kenya is in doubt after it emerged that a US congressman is calling for an investigating into potential irregularities with the USD418 million

  • Aero India 2017: Basic trainer for air force to be fast-tracked to make up delays

    India's state-run Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is fast-tracking its indigenous Basic Trainer Aircraft (BTA) programme for the Indian Air Force (IAF), following delays of more than seven years. BTA project manager Prashant Singh Bhadoria told Jane's at Aero India 2017 that the second of three

  • Aero India 2017: IAI offers B767 multimission tanker transport aircraft to India

    Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is offering its Boeing B767-300ER based Multi-Mission Tanker Transport (MMTT) for the Indian Air Force's (IAF's) requirement for six new tanker aircraft, Jane's has learned. Speaking during Aero India 2017 on 16 February, the Director Sales and Marketing of the

  • Aero India 2017: Indian Kaveri engine to be revived with French assistance

    India's state-run Defence Research and Development Organisation's (DRDO's) Kaveri jet engine programme, which was abandoned after repeated time and cost overruns, is to get a new lease of life, Jane's has learned. Speaking at the Aero India 2017 exhibition on 15 February, India's defence minister

  • Israeli Air Force expanding Hermes 900 fleet

    The Israeli Air Force (IAF) is currently in the process of significantly expanding its fleet of Elbit Systems Hermes 900 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), according to Major Gilad (full name withheld), deputy commander and chief instructor of the UAV training school. "This process is occurring

  • RAF demos F-35B and Typhoon interoperability

    The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) has demonstrated a new interoperability system that will allow its fourth- and fifth-generation combat aircraft to communicate with one another, it was announced on 15 February. The Northrop Grumman Airborne Gateway, which is designed to enable the Eurofighter Typhoon

  • UK awards F-35B initial Release to Service

    The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has confirmed to Jane's that it signed the initial Release to Service (RtS) for the Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) on 14 February. The RtS, which sets out the safe operating envelope for the F-35B, is a significant milestone in the

  • Aero India 2017: IAF receives first indigenously developed AEW&C platform

    India's Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) handed over the first of three indigenously designed airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) platforms to the Indian Air Force (IAF) on 14 February. Integrated onto a Brazilian Embraer ERJ-145 platform by the DRDO's Centre for

  • Adding value: Danish frigate looks to make a difference for USN CSG

    The Royal Danish Navy frigate HDMS Peter Willemoes is deploying with a US Navy carrier strike group. Dr Lee Willett visited the ship to investigate what it offers to CSG operations Only a small number of navies operating at the highest levels of the conventional capability spectrum deploy

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