• AUSA 2017: AeroVironment upgrades Puma for heavier payloads

    AeroVironment has undertaken a number of upgrades to its Puma and Raven unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), including strengthening the Puma’s airframe, updating the data link, adding new avionics, and integrating a new infrared (IR) sensor. Puma, which will now be designated the Puma 3 AE , has

  • AUSA 2017: Bell V-280 Valor prototype tests at full rotor power

    Bell Helicopter’s V-280 Valor tiltrotor prototype has run at full RPMs, and the company is now readying its aircraft for its first flight scheduled for later this year, said Carl Coffman, company director of business development for Advanced Tiltrotor Systems. The V-280 prototype aircraft has

  • Safran Helicopter Engines reveals new engine family for rotorcraft

    Safran Helicopter Engines has unveiled a new family of powerplants for military and commercial rotorcraft covering the 2,500 to over 3,000 shp power range. The Aneto high power engine family was launched in early October and is said by the French-based company to feature

  • RUAG Aviation to provide two more Dornier 228 aircraft for BN

    RUAG Aviation has signed a contract for the sale of two more Dornier 228 twin-turboprop aircraft to the Bangladesh Navy (BN), the Switzerland-based company announced in an 11 October statement. The new production aircraft will add to the two Dornier 228 NG maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) already in

  • RAF increases F-35 risk rating

    The United Kingdom has increased its risk rating of the Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter because of delays in delivering representative simulators to the Royal Air Force (RAF). Details of the issues with the United Kingdom’s F-35 simulators were revealed in a

  • AUSA 2017: US Navy buys more unmanned Blackwing systems

    The US Navy (USN) has awarded AeroVironment a USD2.5 million contract for additional multiple Blackwing unmanned aircraft, sensor payloads, and refurbishment kits, the company announced on 9 October. The initial set of vehicles is anticipated for delivery by May 2018, and final delivery is

  • First Lebanese Super Tucanos arrive

    The Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) announced the delivery of its first two Embraer EMB 313/A-29 Super Tucano light-attack and reconnaissance aircraft on 9 October, saying the aircraft had landed at Hamat Air Base north of Beirut. Another four are scheduled to arrive before the end of 2018. It was

  • IAI demos Air Hopper unmanned helo

    Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has revealed its new Air Hopper unmanned logistical supply helicopter, which it recently demonstrated in the casualty evacuation (CASEVAC) role. The aircraft, which was revealed in early October, recently took part in a demonstration for the Israel Defence Forces

  • Russian Su-24 crashes in Syria

    A Russian Sukhoi Su-24 bomber crashed during take-off at Humaymim Air Base in Syria on 10 October, Russian news agencies cited the Ministry of Defence as saying. The two crew members did not have time to eject and thus were killed. No casualties on the ground were reported. The cause of the

  • US Army marks Lakota milestone

    The US Army has received its 400th Airbus Helicopters UH-72A Lakota training and support platform into service, Airbus announced on 9 October. The milestone comes 11 years after the civil variant EC 145 was selected by the army in 2006 to conduct pilot training, while freeing up frontline

  • Seven IAF personnel die in Mi-17V-5 helicopter crash

    An Indian Air Force (IAF) Mil Mi-17V-5 medium-lift helicopter crashed in India’s mountainous northeastern state of Arunachal Pradesh on 6 October, killing all seven service personnel on board. IAF officials said the twin-engine platform crashed at approximately 6.00 h local time in a hilly

  • US Reaper shot down over Sanaa

    Key Points Yemeni rebels shot down a US MQ-9 Reaper on 1 October, despite their limited air defence capability. The incident has raised questions over why an armed US UAV was flying low over Sanaa. A US MQ-9 Reaper armed unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) was shot down over western Yemen on 1 October,

  • Togolese Gazelle procurement set to move forward

    The freeze on Togo’s procurement of five former French Army Aviation Aérospatiale SA342 Gazelle helicopters is being reconsidered, an industry source with knowledge of the deal told Jane’s on 27 September. The source said the new French government of President Emmanuel Macron is

  • Pacific 2017: Australia deploys S-100 rotary-winged UAS in evaluation roles

    Key Points The Royal Australian Navy will deploy its Schiebel S-100 Camcopters for trials and evaluations within a test unit The system will fill the service’s knowledge gap between fixed-wing and rotary-winged UAVs The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) will deploy its fleet of two Schiebel S-100

  • US Navy Goshawk jet crashes, crew killed

    A US Navy (USN) Boeing T-45 Goshawk jet trainer aircraft crashed on 2 October, killing both crew members. The incident, which involved an aircraft from Training Air Wing 1 based at Naval Air Station (NAS) Meridian in Mississippi, is currently being investigated by the service. No further details

  • Germany upgrades KZO

    The ground control stations (GCS) of the German Army's Kleinfluggerät für Zielortung (KZO) target acquisition unmanned aerial vehicle have been upgraded, the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology, and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) has announced. KZO has been flight

  • Pilots killed in Ukraine training jet crash

    A Czech-built twin-seat Aero L-39 'Albatros' military training aircraft crashed after communications were lost near Starokostiantyniv, 300 km west of Kyiv, on 29 September, killing both the pilots, the Ukrainian Air Force command has reported. Rescue and law enforcement services continued to work

  • US Osprey crashes in Middle East

    A United States military Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey tiltrotor crashed during operations in the Middle East on 29 September, injuring two service personnel onboard. The aircraft came down in the early hours in what the US Central Command (CENTCOM) described as “a hard landing”. In a press

  • UK receives final Airseeker

    The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) has received into service the third and final L3 Technologies RC-135V/W Airseeker (Rivet Joint) intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft, the company announced on 28 September. The aircraft (ZZ666) is understood to have arrived at its homebase of

  • Upgraded Brazilian Super Lynx makes maiden flight

    The first modernised AH-11B Super Lynx multirole helicopter for the Brazilian Navy made its maiden flight from Leonardo Helicopters’ Yeovil facility in the United Kingdom on 28 September. Leonardo is upgrading eight AH-11As to AH-11B standard under a EUR117 million (USD138 million) contract

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