• Nigerian Air Force commissions first Super Mushshak trainers

    The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) officially inducted into service its first Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) Kamra Super Mushshak basic training aircraft in a ceremony held at Kaduna Air Base on 5 December. The ceremony was attended by Nigerian Chief of Air Staff Air Marshal Sadiq Abubakar and

  • Maiden flight for Germany's Sea Lion helo

    The first of 18 Airbus Helicopters NH90 Sea Lion maritime helicopters for the German Navy made its maiden flight on 8 December, the company announced. The flight, which took place at Airbus Helicopters' Donauwörth production facility in southern Germany, marked the completion of a major

  • Capability boost: trials demonstrate enhanced ViDAR/ScanEagle package

    Key Points Sentient's ViDAR system is designed to meet a growing maritime surveillance requirement Recent trials, including 'Unmanned Warrior 2016', have demonstrated the system's ability to support a range of tasks Sentient Vision Systems' ViDAR (Visual Detection and Ranging) maritime

  • Chile signs for Black Hawk helos

    Chile has signed for six Sikorsky S-70i Black Hawk helicopters to be delivered in 2018, the manufacturer announced on 7 December. The contract signing followed a type selection made by the Chilean Air Force (Fuerza Aérea de Chile: FACh) in September, in which the Black Hawk beat off

  • US Hornet fighter crashes off coast of Japan, say reports

    A US military Boeing F/A-18 Hornet combat aircraft crashed off the coast of Kochi prefecture on 7 December, Japanese media have reported. The fighter was operating out of Iwakuni base in Yamaguchi prefecture when it came down about 100 km south-east of Ashizuri Cape, according to NHK news. A search

  • US Army hopes to accelerate vertical lift engine development

    The US Army is trying to advance new vertical lift engine technology as it seeks to field a new fleet of Future Vertical Lift (FVL) platforms and keep legacy helicopters viable for years to come. The service is leading the Pentagon's FVL effort, but it's nearer-term priority is the Improved Turbine

  • US Army-led Future Vertical Lift faces budget challenges

    US Army officials hope to accelerate the Future Vertical Lift (FVL) rotorcraft programme, but funding is already a challenge in the effort's first year. FVL, a notional group of five rotorcraft classes (each referred to as a 'capability set'), is a new start programme in fiscal year 2017 (FY 2017),

  • Russian Navy loses Su-33 from Kuznetsov

    A Russian Naval Aviation Sukhoi Su-33 fell off the deck of the aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov in the Eastern Mediterranean due to a failure of the ship's arrestor gear, Russian news agencies cited the Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) as saying on 5 December. "While landing after

  • Bangladesh Navy issues new helicopter tender

    The Bangladesh Navy (BN) has issued a tender for the procurement of two new maritime helicopters to be delivered in the coming months. The tender specification seen by IHS Jane's in early December calls for the procurement of two helicopters to be used for anti-submarine warfare (ASW), anti-surface

  • Admiral Kuznetsov loses second aircraft as Su-33 crashes into sea

    The Russian Navy's Admiral Kuznetsov air wing suffered its second loss in less than a month when a Sukhoi Su-33 'Flanker' combat aircraft crashed into the sea following a landing mishap, the Kremlin confirmed on 5 December. The multirole fleet defence fighter crashed into the Mediterranean Sea off

  • Mexican Navy receives additional AS565MBe, H225 helicopters

    The Mexican Secretariat of Navy (SEMAR) has received its third and fourth Airbus Helicopters AS565MBe Panthers and its second H225 Super Puma. An official ceremony was held on 1 December at Airbus Helicopters' facilities in Marignane, near Marseille, France, presided by Vice Admiral José

  • Spanish Navy orders SH-60F Seahawk helicopters

    The Spanish government has given the go-ahead for the navy to acquire two Sikorsky SH-60F Seahawks as tactical transport helicopters. This initial EUR40 million (USD42.7 million) purchase, approved by the cabinet on 2 December, is scheduled to be the first step in a programme aimed at acquiring six

  • UK commits development funding for Protector UAV

    The UK government has committed GBP100 million (USD128 million) to the further development of the General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) Protector unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The funding, which was announced on 4 December by the Secretary of State for Defence Michael Fallon, is for

  • India delivers fourth Mi-25 attack helicopter to Afghanistan

    India handed over the last of four refurbished Mil Mi-25 'Hind' assault helicopters to the Afghan Air Force (AAF) on 26 November following a delay of almost a year caused by difficulties in sourcing spare parts from Russia. Deliveries of the Indian-donated Mi-25s began in December 2015 as part of a

  • JASDF receives first F-35 at Luke AFB

    The first Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) for the Japan Air Self-Defence Force (JASDF) was handed over at Luke Air Force Base (AFB) in Arizona on 28 November. The arrival of aircraft 69-8701 (also designated AX-1) at the 944th Fighter Wing (FW) marks a significant

  • Aeronautics targets Europe for Orbiter 4 STUAS

    Israeli company Aeronautics is targeting Europe as a key market for its newly revealed Orbiter 4 small tactical unmanned aircraft system (STUAS), a company official told IHS Jane's on 29 November. Speaking at the Berlin Security Conference (BSC) 2016 in the German capital, a company representative

  • GA-ASI's Certifiable Predator B takes first flight

    A General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) Type-Certifiable Predator B (CPB) has taken its first flight, the company announced on 28 November. The initial flight test was at the GA-ASI's Gray Butte Flight Operations Facility in California on 17 November. "Qualification testing for

  • Norway to buy five P-8 Poseidon MPAs

    Norway is planning to buy five P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) from Boeing, the country's defence minister has announced. Ine Eriksen Soreide said that the "introduction of Poseidon aircraft is crucial for Norway to maintain a leading position and expertise in strategic conditions

  • RCAF CF-18 crashes, killing pilot

    A single seat Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) CF-18 (F/A-18/CF-188) fighter aircraft from 401 Squadron, 4 Wing, crashed inside the Cold Lake Air Weapons Range in Saskatchewan, killing the pilot, the RCAF announced on 28 November. Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Cold Lake is located in Alberta, with the

  • Singapore enhances aerial, maritime surveillance capabilities with 55 m aerostat

    Key Points The Singapore Armed Forces has taken delivery of a 55 m tethered aerostat System will enhance the republic's persistent aerial and maritime surveillance capabilities The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) has begun local tests of a 55 m tethered aerostat system that was acquired to enhance

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