• US Pave Hawk crash in Iraq was on routine mission

    The Sikorsky HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter that crashed in western Iraq on 15 March was on a routine mission from one base to another, according to a US Central Command (USCENTCOM) spokesman. Major Josh Jacques told Jane’s on 16 March that all seven people on board died in the crash, which took

  • US Marine Corps performs Hive Final Mile UAV concept demonstration

    Key Points The USMC spent time testing if small UAVs can autonomously deliver small goods to the field The marines believe this technology could save lives The US Marine Corps (USMC) on 14 March demonstrated a capability it calls Hive Final Mile (HFM) where it wants to autonomously deploy a group

  • Kratos cleared to market Mako ‘unmanned wingman’ internationally

    Kratos Defense & Security Solutions Inc has been granted approval by the US government to market its UTAP-22 Mako ‘unmanned wingman’ internationally, it announced on 13 March. The US State Department has permitted the San Diego-based company to promote its Mako jet-powered unmanned

  • US Navy Super Hornet crash kills two

    A US Navy (USN) Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet crashed on 14 March with the loss of both crew members. A Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA)-213 aircraft from Naval Air Station (NAS) Oceana in Virginia was attempting to land at NAS Key West (Boca Chica Field) in Florida when the incident occurred at about

  • US Army begins process to replace manufactured MH-47G Block 1 Chinooks with Block 2 newbuilds

    The US Army is moving ahead with plans to begin replacing its current remanufactured MH-47G Block 1 Chinook special mission helicopters with newbuild Block 2 platforms. A request for information (RFI) issued by the Aviation Integration Division (AMCOM) on 14 March calls for an initial six newbuild

  • GlobalEye makes maiden flight

    Saab’s GlobalEye airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft made its maiden flight from the company’s Linkoping production plant on 14 March. The Bombardier Global 6000 business jet-based platform marked this important milestone just 19 days after this first aircraft for

  • Chilean Air Force confirms delivery timeline for Black Hawk helos

    The Chilean Air Force (Fuerza Aérea de Chile: FACh) has confirmed the service is to receive all of its recently ordered Sikorsky S-70i Black Hawk helicopters by the end of this year. The head of the FACH, General Lorenzo Villalón, told Jane’s in early March that the first three of

  • DIMDEX 2018: Qatar orders Bayraktar UAVs

    Qatar’s Reconnaissance and Surveillance Centre (RSC) signed a contract for the procurement of six Bayraktar unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) from the Turkish company Baykar Makina during the DIMDEX show held in Doha from 12-14 March. “The six tactical UAVs will be delivered to Qatar in

  • China to develop new J-20 variants, begin research on ‘sixth-generation’ fighter, says report

    China is looking to develop new variants of the Chengdu Aircraft Industry Group (CAIG) J-20 ‘fifth-generation’ multirole fighter aircraft and is preparing to commence research on a ‘sixth-generation’ fighter, the China Daily newspaper reported on 13 March. Speaking to the

  • Brazil to receive surplus Sherpa airlifters from US Army

    Brazil is to receive four Shorts C-23B+ Sherpa tactical transport aircraft that are being sold by the US Army as Excess Defense Articles (EDAs). Under the planned sale, which was announced by the United States Army Aviation and Missile Command (AMCOM) on 13 March, the twin-turboprop airlifters will

  • US delivers ScanEagle UAS to Philippine Air Force

    The Philippine Air Force has received an Insitu ScanEagle unmanned aircraft system (UAS) from the United States, according to statement by the US Embassy in Manila. The system, which includes six unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), was officially handed over to Philippine Secretary of National Defense

  • Bell Helicopter proposes 407GXi, 429 aircraft for TH-57 replacement

    Key Points Bell Helicopter proposes either its 407GXi or 429 aircraft for the USN’s TH-57 replacement The USN expects to buy 107 aircraft Bell Helicopter is poised to offer either its new 407GXi single engine aircraft or its 429 twin-engine helicopter for the US Navy’s (USN’s)

  • UK prepares for Protector UAV

    The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) is preparing for the introduction into service of the General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) Protector unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), with a dedicated team currently working through the issues in the United States. The Protector Combined Test Team (CTT) is

  • Russian MoD receives first serial-production Il-76MD-M upgraded airlifter

    The Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has received the first serial-production Ilyushin Il-76MD-M upgraded transport aircraft, United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) announced on 13 March. The aircraft – the first of 30 Il-76 ‘Candid’ airlifters that are being upgraded to the Il-76MD-M

  • Orbital ATK contracted to provide AC-208 armed ISR aircraft to Afghanistan

    The US Air Force (USAF) has awarded Orbital ATK a sole-source contract to deliver AC-208 armed intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft to Afghanistan. The ‘pseudo’ Foreign Military Sale (FMS) contract, announced on 9 March, is valued at USD86.4 million and is

  • Swiss to be given vote on whether to buy new fighter, but not which type

    Switzerland is to hold another national referendum on its planned future fighter procurement, although voters will not be given the choice on the particular aircraft type to be fielded. The Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport (DDPS) said on 9 March that voters will be asked if

  • USAF retires Predator UAV

    US Air Force (USAF) General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. MQ-1 Predators made their last operational flights on 9 March, bringing 23 years of near-continuous operations by the iconic unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to an end. The USAF’s 432nd Wing at Creech Air Force Base (AFB) in Nevada,

  • Serbia’s first HAPS, new UAVs, unveiled by CTT at SEAS

    The second Southeast Europe Aviation Summit (SEAS), held in Belgrade, Serbia, on 8 and 9 March, saw the unveiling of three new innovative unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) currently under development by Belgrade-based Composite Technology Team (CTT). Chief among these was a high-altitude pseudo

  • US Navy pursuing commercial aircraft for TH-57 replacement programme

    Key Points The US Navy wants to procure a commercial aircraft to replace its TH-57 trainer helicopter The service is starting to lay the groundwork for this competition The US Navy (USN) will acquire commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) aircraft as part of its effort to replace its Bell Helicopter

  • Brazil expects to receive first KC-390s this year

    The Brazilian Air Force will receive its first two serial-production Embraer KC-390 multi-mission aircraft in the second half of 2018, the company told Jane’s on 8 March. The aircraft will initially be fielded by the newly established Kilo Group from Wing 2 located at Anápolis in the

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