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  • IOMAX negotiating Archangel sale to UAE, upgrading AT-802s for Jordan and Egypt

    The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is in the final stage of negotiations with IOMAX for the sale of 12 Archangel Block 2 Border Patrol Aircraft (BPA) with the option of 12 more, Jane's was told on 22 June. The direct commercial sale (DCS) will see the UAE Air Force and Air Defence (UAE AF & AD)

  • Paris Air Show 2017: Bell Helicopters details Huey II delivery schedule for Africa

    Bell Helicopters is close to delivering the last of eight Huey II helicopters to the Kenya Air Force (KAF), Arnie Easterly, the company's director for sales and marketing in Africa, told Jane's during the Paris Air Show. "One is in Amsterdam right now on its way to Kenya [and should be

  • Paris Air Show 2017: NAVAIR may compress remaining CH-53K test points following positive progress

    The US Navy may compress the remaining test campaign of the Sikorsky CH-53K King Stallion heavy-lift helicopter following the positive progress made so far, a senior company official told reporters on 21 June. Speaking at the Paris Air Show, Sikorsky president Dan Schultz said that the Naval Air

  • Pakistan confirms downing Iranian UAV

    The government of Pakistan has confirmed that the country's air force shot down an Iranian unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that was flying over the Panjgur district in Pakistan's southwestern province of Balochistan. The unidentified UAV was downed by the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) on 19 June while it

  • Thales Alenia Space proposes maritime surveillance airship

    European satellite specialist Thales Alenia Space is proposing a maritime surveillance version of its Stratobus multimission, autonomous, stratospheric airship. The Stratobus is described by the company as “midway between a satellite and an unmanned aerial vehicle” and can be used to

  • Paris Air Show 2017: Embraer's KC-390 makes Paris Air Show debut

    The Embraer KC-390 tanker-transport aircraft made its debut at the Paris Air Show this year, with the second flying prototype performing daily as part of the show's flight schedule. Detailing the aircraft's development progress to journalists at Le Bourget on 21 June, Paul Gastao Silva, the KC-390

  • South Korea confirms UAV found in June was from North Korea

    South Korea's Ministry of National Defense (MND) has confirmed that a camera-equipped unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that was found on 9 June on a mountain near the inter-Korean border was launched from North Korea. The origin and flight path of the UAV were confirmed in an analysis of its onboard

  • US aircraft shoots down another UAV in Syria

    Key Points A US F-15E shot down an Iranian-made Shaheed-129 in eastern Syria on 20 June. The incident was the second such elimination of a UAV in June, and occurred only two days after a US aircraft shot down a Syrian regime Su-22. A US McDonnell Douglas F-15E shot down an Iranian-made

  • Japan Coast Guard orders three additional H225 helicopters

    The Japan Coast Guard (JCG) has ordered three more H225 multirole medium helicopters from Airbus Helicopters, bringing to nine the number of H225s expected to be operated by the service by February 2020. Under the agreement the three additional H225s will be used by the JCG for security

  • MRH90 helicopter completes trials with RAN's Anzac-class frigate

    NHIndustries MRH90 Taipan multirole helicopters will soon be able to provide full logistics support to the Royal Australian Navy's (RAN's) fleet of Anzac-class frigates after one of the platforms successfully completed trials off the east coast of Australia. During a four week-long period in May

  • F-35As at Luke AFB in Arizona return to flight 21 June

    Key Points F-35As at Luke AFB in Arizona return to flight 21 June after being out of service for 11 days The F-35A is one of the Pentagon's top acquisition priorities The US Air Force (USAF) on 21 June will resume local Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter flight operations at

  • Paris Air Show 2017: Aeronautics unveils new Pegasus 120 UAS

    Israel's Aeronautics has unveiled a new multirotor unmanned aerial system (UAS) called the Pegasus 120. The Pegasus 120 is available in a quadcopter or octocopter configuration, and has a maximum take-off weight (MTOW) of 120 kg. It is designed to carry payloads of up to 75 kg autonomously over a

  • Paris Air Show 2017: Leonardo launches M-40 target drone

    Leonardo has added a new member to its Mirach (Mirage) family of target drones, with the company unveiling the M-40 at the Paris Air Show on 19 June. The M-40 is a remotely-piloted aerial target system that can be used to simulate aircraft and missiles, creating a range of radar, visual, and

  • Paris Air Show 2017: LM launches production SOF variant of C-130J for export

    Lockheed Martin officials launched the C-130J-SOF at the Paris Air Show on 20 June, the first ever special operations forces (SOF)-configured production variant of the Super Hercules transport aircraft to be offered for export. The baseline C-130J-SOF comes in an ISR configuration that features an

  • Paris Air Show 2017: Kratos UAVs offer glimpse into future of air combat

    US aerospace firm Kratos Defense & Security Solutions Inc launched what it described as "the future of air combat" at the Paris Air Show in the form of a new class of high-performance, jet-powered unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Building on its experience in providing

  • Paris Air Show 2017: Airbus Helicopters reveals RACER high-speed concept

    Airbus Helicopters has showcased an updated concept for the high speed demonstrator it is developing as part of the Clean Sky 2 European research programme. Revealed at the Paris Air Show on 20 June, the Rapid And Cost-Effective Rotorcraft (RACER) concept features updated aerodynamics to help it

  • Paris Air Show 2017: IAI looks to offload unsold Argentinean Kfirs to US 'Red Air' training companies

    Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is looking to sell Kfir fighters that were earmarked for Argentina to United States-based private contractors for use as 'Red Air' training platforms, a senior company executive told Jane's on 20 June. Speaking at the Paris Air Show in Le Bourget, Benjamin Cohen,

  • Paris Air Show 2017: Leonardo launches M-40 target drone

    Leonardo has added a new member to its Mirach (Mirage) family of target drones, with the company unveiling the M-40 at the Paris Air Show on 19 June. The M-40 is a remotely-piloted aerial target system that can be used to simulate aircraft and missiles, creating a range of radar, visual, and

  • Paris Air Show 2017: Textron lifts lid on Nightwarden

    Textron Systems unveiled the new Nightwarden tactical unmanned aerial system (TUAS) at the Paris Air Show on 19 June. The Group 3 system has a payload of up to 59 kg, and a maximum take-off weight of 340 kg. According to Textron's Unmanned Systems senior vice-president and general manager Bill

  • Wreckage of missing RMAF Hawk Mk 108 aircraft found

    The wreckage of the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) BAE Systems Hawk Mk 108 advanced training aircraft that went missing on 15 June has been found in Malaysia's eastern state of Terengganu, according to local media reports. The wreckage was spotted by a RMAF helicopter search-and-rescue team in a

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