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  • USMC, ONR conduct final autonomously operated UH-1 demonstration

    The US Marine Corps (USMC) and Office of Naval Research (ONR) capped off its Autonomous Aerial Cargo/Utility System (AACUS) programme demonstration on 13 December by autonomously operating a UH-1 “Huey” helicopter in a series of mission scenarios at USMC base in Quantico, Virginia.

  • Born again: DDG 51 restart on course as Flight III approaches

    With DDG 51 guided-missile destroyer build lines now re-established in two shipyards, attention is now turning to the transition to an evolved Flight III design incorporating the AN/SPY-6(V) Air and Missile Defense Radar. Christopher P Cavas examines how the US Navy is going back to the future

  • Russia overhauls Hungarian Mi-24s

    Russia is overhauling the Hungarian Air Force’s (HunAF’s) 12 Mi-24D attack helicopters under an agreement signed with Hungary on 31 October. In mid-November, a Russian An-124 transport aircraft took off from Kecskemet Air Base to St Petersburg with an unspecified number of Mi-24s on

  • Final ex-USAF F-16s set to be delivered to Indonesia

    Indonesia is to shortly receive into service the last six surplus Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon combat aircraft acquired from the US Air Force (USAF), the service announced on 6 December. The single-seat F-16C Block 25 aircraft were the last of 24 F-16C/D Block 25 aircraft that have been

  • US Navy sends deep-water team to search for C2-A aircraft

    The US Navy (USN) will deploy a team of deep-water salvage experts to search for the C-2A Greyhound carrier onboard delivery (COD) aircraft that crashed in the Philippine Sea on the way to aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan on 22 November, USN officials said in a statement. While the

  • Brazil hopes to buy, commission UK’s HMS Ocean by June 2018

    The Brazilian Navy is seeking to commission the UK Royal Navy’s HMS Ocean landing platform helicopter (LPH) by June 2018, the navy told Jane’s on 6 December. The navy is authorised to negotiate with the United Kingdom towards a GBP84.6 million (USD113 million) procurement. Prior to

  • Queen Elizabeth commissioned as Royal Navy's new flagship

    The first of the UK’s two new aircraft carriers, Queen Elizabeth , has been commissioned into the Royal Navy (RN) as its new flagship at a ceremony held at HM Naval Base Portsmouth. The ceremony on 7 December was attended by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Her Royal Highness Princess Anne, UK

  • Mexico receives final Panther helo

    The Mexican Navy has received into service its tenth and final AS565 MBe Panther helicopter during a delivery ceremony at Airbus Helicopters in Marignane on 6 December, the manufacturer announced. The final two helicopters were handed over on schedule, some three years after the order was placed in

  • Serbia increases defence spending, plans new procurements

    Serbia’s defence budget will be increased by RSD11.6 billion (USD114 million) or 19.7% to RSD70.5 billion in 2018. The percentage increase is even larger – 23.6% – if calculated in euros. It is planned to invest RSD13.2 billion in the modernisation of the Vojska Srbije (Serbian

  • Singapore Armed Forces advances air-land strike capabilities with ‘Forging Sabre’ 2017

    Key Points The Singapore Armed Forces is conducting Exercise ‘Forging Sabre’ 2017, a large scale air-land integration and live-fire exercise in Arizona The exercise will also test and validate a range of new capabilities for the army and air force The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) is

  • Brazilian government authorises purchase of UK’s HMS Ocean

    Brazil’s Ministry of Defence on 1 December authorised the navy to begin efforts to purchase the UK Royal Navy’s HMS Ocean landing platform helicopter (LPH). The Brazilian Navy requested this authorisation in early 2017 after a decision to retire its NAe São Paulo aircraft carrier,

  • First AAF pilots of UH-60 Black Hawks graduate

    Six Afghan Air Force (AAF) members became the first-ever AAF pilots of UH-60 Black Hawk utility helicopters after graduating from aircraft qualification training on 20 November, according to a 4 December statement by the US Air Force (USAF). "I am happily announcing that today [20 November] a

  • Common by design: Norway and Germany partner to evolve next-generation Type 212CD submarine

    The Norwegian government’s desire to reap the benefits of a common submarine design has provided the catalyst to a long-term strategic partnership with Germany. Richard Scott reports On 2 February this year the Norwegian government decided to pursue a strategic co-operation with Germany

  • Korea Aerospace Industries set to launch MRO firm

    Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) has confirmed plans to establish a company dedicated to providing maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services. Speaking at a press conference on 1 December, KAI’s newly appointed CEO Kim Jo-won said the MRO subsidiary would be officially launched in early

  • Senegal receives two more refurbed Mi-24s

    Poland’s WZL-1 military aviation company delivered on 30 November the last two of three Mil Mi-24 helicopters that it has repaired for Senegal. The two helicopters were loaded on an Antonov Airlines An-124-100 transport aircraft for shipment to Dakar, the company announced. The first Mi-24 was

  • USAF selects Tyndall AFB to home new Reaper wing

    The US Air Force (USAF) is to locate a new wing of General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) at Tyndall Air Force Base (AFB) in Florida, the service announced in late November. The new wing will comprise 24 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs),

  • IDF declares C-Dome operational

    The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) announced on 27 November that the Rafael C-Dome naval point defense system – the maritime version of the Iron Dome anti-rocket system – is fully operational. The declaration came after intensive sea trials during which a C-Dome system installed on the

  • Lockheed Martin eyes extended endurance for Fury

    Lockheed Martin is working to extend the endurance of its Fury unmanned aircraft system (UAS) to 15 hours. Fury is a tactical-level UAS that Lockheed Martin is pitching as a substitute for many of the roles currently carried out by medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) platforms. The company plans

  • Mexican Air Force helicopter crash highlights worsening safety record

    A Mexican Air Force (FAM) Bell 407GX helicopter crashed on 28 November during an aerial spraying sortie as part of a drug eradication operation northwest of Chilpancingo, Guerrero, killing its pilot, according to the Mexican Secretariat of National Defence (SEDENA). The aircraft was one of 15 Bell

  • Berlin Security Conference 2017: Germany’s heavy-lift helo project relatively unaffected by country’s political problems

    Lockheed Martin does not expect the current difficulties in forming a new German government to have too much of an effect on its efforts to sell its CH-53K King Stallion heavy-lift helicopter into the country. Speaking to Jane’s in late November ahead of the Berlin Security Conference (BSC),

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