• 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

  • 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

  • Slovakia to procure new 3D radar

    The Slovak Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 15 June plans to procure 17 3D air defence radar systems for EUR155 million (USD179 million) on a government-to-government basis to accelerate the acquisition of the new systems and ensure maximum transparency. The announcement was made following

  • UK loses Watchkeeper to accident

    The UK military lost another Thales WK 450 Watchkeeper to an accident on 13 June, when one of the British Army’s unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) crashed near West Wales Airport at Aberporth. The UAV came down close to the airfield from which it was operating, bringing to five the number of

  • Eurosatory 2018: Elistair expands tethered UAV portfolio

    French company Elistair has unveiled the 60 m Ligh-T V.3 compact tethering station for vertical take-off and landing unmanned aerial vehicles (VTOL UAVs) designed to support dismounted and mobile operations. The Ligh-T V.3 comprises a carrying case which features a 60 m lightweight

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

    Key Points Pratt & Whitney is leaning towards offering its PW815 engine for a key US Air Force programme The B-52 re-engining could be worth as much as USD11 billion Pratt & Whitney is leaning towards offering its PW815 engine for the US Air Force’s (USAF’s) highly-anticipated

  • 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: Yugoimport showcases X-01 Strsljen armed VTOL UAV

    Serbia’s Yugoimport company has unveiled the X-01 Strsljen (Hornet) vertical take-off and landing unmanned aerial vehicle (VTOL UAV) at the Eurosatory 2018 exhibition being held in Paris from 11-15 June. The X-01 Strsljen has been developed by Serbian firm EDePro and is being marketed by

  • 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

  • Germany signs Heron TP leasing contract

    Germany has signed a leasing agreement for the Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) Heron TP medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that had been delayed by an industry protest. The agreement was announced on 14 June following parliamentary approval for the deal the day

  • Spain orders more Fulmar UAVs

    The Spanish armed forces have placed a new order with Thales for Fulmar light unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), the company’s Spanish subsidiary said on 8 June. The army will receive its first Fulmar reconnaissance UAV and the marines a further system. The marines received the first Spanish

  • US approves equipment and weapons for Indian Apache procurement

    The US government has approved the sale of systems, weapons, and support equipment for India’s Boeing AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopter procurement programme. The State Department’s approval of the USD930 million sale for items in support of six additional Apache helicopters was

  • NAF overhauls Mi-35P helicopter

    The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) announced on 9 June that it has successfully carried out its first in-house life-extension overhaul of a Mil Mi-35P assault helicopter. The NAF said the helicopter had been a critical asset during counter-insurgency operations in northeast Nigeria until it had to be

  • F-35 passes 300th delivery milestone

    The 300th production-standard F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) was delivered by Lockheed Martin and the Joint Program Office (JPO) on 11 June. The milestone at the Fort Worth facility in Texas took place some seven years after production-standard deliveries first began in May 2011.

  • Airbus Helicopters advances VSR700 shipborne UAV development

    Airbus Helicopters is set to conduct the first fully unmanned flight demonstration of its Optionally Piloted Vehicle (OPV) by the end of June, Jane’s has learned. The OPV is a modified Hélicoptères Guimbal Cabri G light helicopter being used to develop the control laws for the

  • Eurosatory 2018: Black Hornet is integrated into vehicles

    The new Black Hornet 3 nano unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) is being presented by FLIR at Eurosatory 2018, being held in Paris on 11-15 June, while the previous Black Hornet 2 is being shown integrated into vehicles. At Eurosatory, the Black Hornet is displayed on a Patria AMV armoured vehicle and a

  • Eurosatory 2018: RADA unveils radar developments

    Israeli company RADA Electronic Industries has unveiled two new radars that are designed to meet what it sees as growing requirements in advanced militaries. RADA CEO Dov Sella told Jane’s that a number of Western militaries have already signed contracts for the purchase of the new

  • USAF F-15C fighter aircraft crashes off Okinawa

    A US Air Force (USAF) F-15C Eagle multirole fighter aircraft operating from Kadena Air Base in Japan crashed into the sea off the island of Okinawa on 11 June. “The pilot successfully ejected and was safely recovered by search and rescue teams,” announced the airbase in a Twitter post

  • USAF grounds B-1Bs over ejection-seat concerns

    The US Air Force (USAF) has grounded its fleet of Rockwell B-1B Lancer bombers while it conducts a safety review. The suspension of all flight activities was ordered by General Robin Rand of the Air Force Global Strike Command (AFGSC) on 7 June, following an earlier emergency landing of a B-1B

  • FLIR Systems adds Black Hornet 3 to its PRS family of micro UAVs

    FLIR Systems is offering a new version of its Black Hornet Personal Reconnaissance System (PRS) that enables the Nano Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (NUAV) the ability to navigate in GPS-denied environments. The Black Hornet 3 is a new UAV, completely designed from scratch compared with earlier Black

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