• Airlander 10 repaired ahead of planned return to flight

    Hybrid Air Vehicles (HAV) has completed repairs to its Airlander 10 hybrid airship following a crash that caused serious damage to the flight deck during its second test flight in August 2016, the company announced on 10 February. The repairs were carried out at the vehicle's dedicated hangar in

  • USAF F-22 Raptors to undertake three-week training in Australia

    The first three of up to 12 US Air Force (USAF) Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor multirole fighters arrived in Australia on 10 February for what Australian defence minister Marise Payne said would be the largest and longest rotation yet of fifth-generation aircraft to the country. Describing the visit

  • IDF confirms Skylark 3 UAVs will be rolled out at brigade level

    The Israel Defense Forces' (IDF's) Skylark tactical unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) unit is preparing to deploy Elbit's Skylark 3 platform in the near future, a development that will significantly expand its operational capabilities, a senior military source has told Jane's. When it was first

  • IAI pitches MTCR-compliant Heron TP to India

    Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) announced a new export-version of its long-range Heron TP unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) on 9 February, saying it will be displayed at the Aero India 2017 show taking place from 14-18 February in Bengaluru. The Heron TP XP is identical to the Heron TP except that it

  • Lockheed Martin rolls out first civil LM-100J airlifter

    Lockheed Martin rolled out the first LM-100J Hercules airlifter from its Marietta production facility in Georgia on 9 February. This milestone for the civil variant of the military C-130J came approximately two years after the concept was launched by the company as it sought to broaden its market

  • USAF keeping A-10s until 2021, eyeing future 'family of systems' approach

    The US Air Force (USAF) expects to keep its full fleet of Fairchild-Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II close air support (CAS) aircraft for at least another four years, and then may explore a 'family of systems' approach, according to USAF Chief of Staff General David Goldfein. "We're going to keep

  • Spain to keep flying old C101 Aviojet trainers

    The Spanish government has given the go-ahead for a spares package contract for the air force's CASA C101 Aviojet advanced trainer and light attack aircraft, effectively extending its in-service life for a further four years. An air force spokesman told Jane's on 7 February that they had "no

  • DARPA programme to explore swarming operations

    The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has commenced a project to explore how swarms of robots could be used to operate alongside army and marine units at the company level and below. The Offensive Swarm Enabled Tactics (OFFSET) project is looking to advance and accelerate

  • Australia selects Camcopter for naval VTOL UAV requirement

    The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) has selected the Schiebel S-100 Camcopter rotary-winged unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to fulfil its interim vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) unmanned aircraft system (UAS) requirement. The RAN has awarded Schiebel a contract to provide an undisclosed number of

  • US Army contracts SRC to develop and field a new counter-UAV system

    The US Army is to field a new counter-unmanned aerial vehicle (C-UAV) system to protect against 'low and slow' threats on the battlefield. A USD65 million contract awarded to Syracuse Research Corporation (SRC) on 31 January covers the development, production, integration, delivery, deployment, and

  • Belarus to donate MiG-29s, Buk SAMs to Serbia

    Belarus has agreed to donate eight surplus MiG-29 'Fulcrum' fighter aircraft plus two Buk-M1 surface-to-air missile (SAM) air defence systems to Serbia. The two countries signed a military-technical agreement on the donation on 26 January in Minsk. In a statement given to the Serbian newspaper

  • Images reveal mock-up of Chinese carrier-borne AEW&C aircraft

    Images posted on online forums show what appears to be a full-scale model of a Chinese navalised airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft on China's land-based carrier mock-up: an indication that the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) is seeking to equip a future carrier with such

  • US loses Osprey aircraft in Yemen raid

    A US military aircraft was lost during a raid in Yemen that also resulted in the death of a service member and injuries to three others, the Department of Defense (DoD) announced on 29 January. Images posted online showed the burnt-out remains of the a Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey tiltrotor after it was

  • Boeing awarded LRIP Lot 3 contract for KC-46A tanker

    The US Department of Defense (DoD) has awarded Boeing a USD2.1 billion contract for low-rate initial production (LRIP) Lot 3 of the KC-46A Pegasus tanker aircraft. The contract, which was announced by the company on 27 January, covers 15 aircraft, as well as spare engines and wing air refuelling

  • First Chilean P-3 to start structural upgrades in Canada

    The first Chilean Navy Lockheed Martin P-3 Orion maritime patrol aircraft departed Naval Air Base Concon and arrived in Canada on 22 January to start a structural midlife upgrade (SMU) under a USD37 million contract to IMP Aerospace of Halifax, Nova Scotia. The contract comprises SMUs for two

  • Italian Navy receives first MH90

    The Italian Navy's 5th Helicopter Group received the service's first navalised NH Industries NH90TTH (known as the MH90 in Italian service) on 23 January. The MH90 was specifically modified to support the San Marco amphibious brigade and special forces operations, but retains the basic capabilities

  • Airbus to fly VSR700 VTOL UAV before end of the year

    Airbus Helicopters expects to conduct the maiden flight of its recently revealed VSR700 vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) before the end of the year, the company's CEO, Guillaume Faury, said on 27 January. Speaking at a press briefing, Faury said that as the first

  • Russia to replace current 'light fighters' with MiG-35

    The Russian air force is to replace all of its current 'light' combat aircraft fleets with the newly unveiled MiG-35 'Fulcrum-F', state media quoted a senior service official as saying on 27 January. Speaking at the public unveiling of the MiG-35 by the United Air Corporation (UAC), Russian Aerospace Forces

  • Delayed F-22 upgrade slips again

    The already delayed Increment 3.2B upgrade for the US Air Force's (USAF's) Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor combat aircraft is set to be put back still further owing to 'persistent deficiencies' with the software, the Pentagon has reported. The Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) 2016 Director of

  • Saudi Arabia plans PTDS surveillance aerostat acquisition

    Saudi Arabia is planning to acquire 10 Lockheed Martin 74K Persistent Threat Detection Systems (PTDS) aerostats with various payloads, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) revealed on 23 January when it announced that the proposed sale had been approved by the Department of State. The

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