• UMS Skeldar enhances R-350, undertakes trials

    UMS Skeldar has undertaken a week-long flight demonstration programme of its newly configured R-350 rotary-wing unmanned aircraft system (UAS) with Germany’s Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information technology, and In-Service Support (BAAINBw). The demonstration saw the R-350 used

  • Vance AFB grounds Texan II trainers due to oxygen concerns

    The US Air Force’s (USAF's) 71st Flying Training Wing has grounded its fleet of Beechcraft T-6A Texan II trainer aircraft following a series of physiological events affecting pilots. The temporary suspension of flight activities was announced by Vance Air Force Base (AFB) in Oklahoma on 20

  • US Navy Greyhound airlifter crashes in Philippine Sea

    A US Navy (USN) Grumman C-2A Greyhound carrier onboard delivery (COD) aircraft with 11 personnel on board crashed into the Philippine Sea on 22 November, the service’s 7th Fleet announced. The twin-turboprop transport was en route to the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) aircraft carrier when the

  • Northrop Grumman delivers first operational MQ-4C Triton to the US Navy

    Key Points Northrop Grumman delivers its first operational Triton UAV to the US Navy The company expects to deliver another aircraft by the end of 2017 Northrop Grumman recently delivered the first operational MQ-4C Triton unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to the US Navy facility at Point Mugu,

  • USAF Talon jet trainer crashes

    A Northrop T-38 Talon jet trainer aircraft of the US Air Force (USAF) crashed on 20 November, killing one of the two crew members and injuring the other. The twin-seat jet came down approximately 23 km northwest of its home station of Laughlin Air Force Base (AFB) in Texas. While one of the crew

  • China unveils two armed A-Hawk VTOL UAV models

    The state-owned Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) unveiled two models of its A-Hawk series of strike-capable, reconnaissance vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) at the 12-16 November Dubai Airshow 2017. The multi-rotor A-Hawk I and A-Hawk II UAVs were

  • Aero completes development of new L-39CW-variant Albatros

    Aero Vodochody has completed development of a new variant of its L-39 trainer and light attack aircraft designated the L-39CW, the company announced on 20 November. The L-39CW involves retrofitting an existing L-39 with a more powerful and more efficient Williams International FJ44-4M jet engine as

  • Helibras modernises two helicopters for Brazilian Army

    Helibras, the Brazilian subsidiary of Airbus Helicopters, has completed the modernisation of two more helicopters for the Brazilian Army, the company reported on 20 November. The aircraft, one AS365 Panther K2 and one H125M Fennec, will be returned to the army’s 1st and 2nd Aerial Battalions,

  • Russia’s A-100 AWACS makes maiden flight

    Russia has flown its first prototype A-100 Airborne Warning And Control System (AWACS) aircraft based on the upgraded Ilyushin Il-76MD-90A (Il-476) airframe, it was announced on 20 November. The A-100 Premier, as the Ministry of Defence (MoD) of the Russian Federation named it, made its maiden

  • Norway receives first AW101 SAR helicopter

    Norway has received the first of 16 AgustaWestland AW101 search-and-rescue (SAR) helicopters, it was announced on 20 November. The helicopter was handed over to the Norwegian Ministry of Justice & Public Security after departing Leonardo’s Yeovil facility in the United Kingdom on 17

  • Portugal to phase out Alpha Jet A

    The remaining six Alpha Jet A training aircraft of Squadron 103 ‘Caracóis’ at Beja airbase will be withdrawn from service in January 2018, the Portuguese Air Force has told Jane’s . The aircraft were used for advanced training and operational conversion to F-16AM/BM fighters.

  • Indian Army issues RFI for 60 short-range UAVs

    The Indian Army’s (IA’s) Director General of Artillery has invited responses from local vendors by 28 December to its request for information (RFI) for the development and supply of 60 short-range remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPASs). Issued on 16 November, the RFI states that the

  • First Tu-160M2 airframe rolled out

    The first Tu-160M2 supersonic strategic bomber was rolled out at the PJSC ‘Tupolev’ Gorbunov Aircraft Plant’s factory in Kazan, Russia, on 16 November. The roll-out took place in the presence of the commander of Long-Range Aviation, Lieutenant General Sergey Kobylash. The

  • First E-2D for Japan makes maiden flight

    The first Northrop Grumman E-2D Advanced Hawkeye E-2D Advanced Hawkeye airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft for Japan made its maiden flight on 13 November. The milestone, which was announced by the aircraft manufacturer two days later, took place at Northrop Grumman’s

  • Dubai Airshow 2017: UAE set to upgrade Mirage 2000 fighters

    The United Arab Emirates (UAE) looks set to extend the life of its Dassault Mirage 2000 fighters with an upgrade announced at the Dubai Airshow. Both the aircraft original equipment manufacturer (OEM) Dassault and systems integrator Thales said on 14 November that the UAE Air Force & Air

  • Royal Canadian Air Force studying options for MALE UAV procurement

    The Royal Canadian Air Force’s (RCAF’s) medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) project has moved into an ‘options analysis’ phase and has been re-named as the Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) project, according to the RCAF. The name

  • Antonov test flies new UAS

    The Ukrainian state-owned aircraft manufacturer Antonov has tested its new AN-BK-1 Horlytsia (Turtledove) multirole tactical unmanned aerial system (UAS), UkrOboronProm announced on 8 November. Horlytsia was first revealed in August 2016. The catapult-launched unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) has an

  • Canada to provide 200 peacekeepers, aircraft to UN

    The Canadian government announced it will offer armed helicopters, transport aircraft, and up to 200 soldiers for UN peacekeeping missions but has not yet agreed on where those capabilities will be deployed. The 200 soldiers will serve as a quick reaction force, Canadian officials said during the

  • China’s Beihang Unmanned Aircraft System Technology unveils TYW-1 strike-capable UAV

    China’s Beihang Unmanned Aircraft System Technology unveiled on 13 November its TYW-1 strike-capable reconnaissance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) and what appeared to be a new version of the BZK-005 multirole medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) UAV at the company’s new factory in the

  • Dubai Airshow 2017: Japan looks to Gulf for C-2 export sales

    The Japanese Ministry of Defence (MoD) has displayed the newly designed and produced Kawasaki C-2 transport aircraft at the Dubai Airshow, and hopes to export the aircraft to the Gulf region. On 14 November, Colonel Tokukazu Omine, the C-2 programme manager for the MoD, told Jane’s that Japan

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