• South Korea's T-50 clocks up 5,000 test flights

    The Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) T-50 Golden Eagle advanced jet trainer and its variants have successfully completed 5,000 test flights, Yonhap news agency reported on 28 November. "The accident-free test flights have proven the safety of the T-50-based aircraft," the media outlet

  • Airbus delivers first three TNI-AL AS565 MBe Panther helicopters to PTDI

    Key Points Airbus Helicopters is building the 'green' AS565 MBe Panther, while PTDI will outfit the helicopters in-country at its Bandung facility The 11 helicopters will receive an ASW mission suite co-developed by PTDI and Rotorcraft Services Group PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) has received

  • Iranian Shafaq jet trainer nears prototype testing

    Iran's long-running programmes to develop a military jet trainer/light attack aircraft will achieve significant milestones in the coming months, officials from the Aerospace Industries Organisation (AIO) told IHS Jane's during the Iran Air Show held on Kish Island on 16-19 November. The two

  • Thailand conducts deck landing trials of H145M helicopter on LPD

    A Royal Thai Navy (RTN) H145M helicopter has successfully completed a series of deck landing trials on board the service's Endurance-class landing platform dock (LPD) platform, HTMS Angthong (791). The trials were conducted on 22 November off the coast of Pattaya, and involved a single airframe

  • Poland's first M-346 'Bielik' trainers delivered

    Poland has received its first two Alenia Aermacchi (Leonardo) M-346 Master advanced jet trainer aircraft. In Polish service the aircraft will be called Bielik (white-tailed eagle). The M-346 will be used for advanced training prior to pilots transitioning to the F-16C/D Block 52+ in service with

  • US Army's new Apache scout squads add capability, but also complexity

    Key Points Apaches teamed with UASs add capabilities to the scout mission, but force packages take far longer to deploy The ARI is replacing OH-58 squadrons with HARS The US Army is to soon retire its last Bell Helicopter OH-58 Kiowa Warrior armed aerial scout squadron, which under the Aviation

  • French Navy Atlantique shows new designation ability over Iraq

    A French Navy Dassault Atlantique 2 (ATL2) maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) has conducted a target designation mission for the first time in Iraq, according to the French armed forces central command (Etat-Major des Armées). Flying from Jordan the ATL2 with a forward air controller (FAC) on

  • Airbus Helicopters trials HFI system for German armed forces

    Airbus Helicopters has begun flight trials of a new hostile fire indicator (HFI) system that it is developing for the German armed forces, the company announced on 6 April. The first phase of the trials, which are being conducted on behalf of the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment Information

  • Motor Sich proposes Ukrainian Mi-8 MSB-V upgrades, new variants

    Ukraine's Motor Sich is offering a number of indigenously developed enhancements for the Ukrainian army's Mi-8 MSB-V medium multirole helicopters, which are aimed at addressing threats posed by anti-aircraft weapon systems employed by pro-Russian separatist militants in the contested eastern region

  • Bell Helicopter and Indonesia's PT Dirgantara expand collaboration on Bell 412

    Bell Helicopter and Indonesia's state-owned aerospace manufacturer PT Dirgantara (PTDI) have signed an agreement to expand their helicopter business activities in Indonesia. A statement by Bell Helicopter said the expanded "industrial and commercial agreement" would enable the two

  • Analysis: Syrian rebel video corroborates Iranian UAV strike claims

    ANALYSIS A video released by a Syrian rebel group on 7 February appears to show an Iranian Shahed-129 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) carrying a weapon, corroborating early Iranian claims that this type of remotely piloted aircraft is carrying out strikes in Syria. Released by Harakat Fajr al-Sham

  • NATO allies to review possible naval mission in Eastern Mediterranean

    NATO is to review an appeal from its members Turkey and Germany for allied naval intervention to monitor the flow of migrants across the Aegean Sea, according to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. "The ministers will address this issue because the migration crisis is of great concern to

  • China and Russia sign aerospace components deal

    China and Russia have signed an aerospace collaboration agreement with a view to strengthening joint programmes on satellite navigation systems. China's State Administration for Science, Technology, and Industry for National Defense (SASTIND) - the primary agency in China for defence industrial

  • Helibras concludes first Exocet missile integration tests for Brazilian AH-15B

    Brazilian helicopter specialist Helibras, a local operation of Airbus Helicopters, has concluded a three-week testing phase for integration of MBDA's Exocet AM 39 Block 2 Mod 2 anti-ship missile and tactical data management system that is to equip the reconnaissance and anti-surface warfare variant

  • Airbus reveals further C295 enhancements

    Airbus Defence and Space (DS) is developing a number of new capabilities for its C295 medium-lift transport aircraft that are designed to enhance its support and special forces functionalities, it was disclosed on 2 November. Speaking at the company's Seville facility during the annual Trade Media

  • Hanwha prepares bid for Korea Aerospace Industries

    South Korea's Hanwha is preparing a potential bid for Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI), IHS Jane's understands. In June 2015 Hanwha completed the acquisition of the defence units previously owned by Samsung. This transaction consisted of Hanwha's purchase of a majority 32.4% stake in Samsung

  • Northrop Grumman begins construction of UAV research and training facility

    Northrop Grumman has broken ground on a new USD10 million unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) facility near Grand Forks Air Force Base in North Dakota, the company announced on 15 October. The 36,000 ft 2 expansion of the company's UAV capabilities will focus on research and development, aircrew

  • Egypt set to field Patroller UAV, as industrial collaboration deal announced

    Egypt looks set to field the Sagem (Safran) Patroller medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), after the manufacturer signed a collaboration agreement with a domestic partner to address the requirements of the country's Ministry of Defence. The agreement, which was

  • DSEI 2015: C-2 back in testing and on schedule, says KHI

    Flight tests of the C-2 transport aircraft have resumed and it is in on course to finish its development programme on schedule in March 2016, Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI) officials said at DSEI 2015 in London. Testing of the C-2 was suspended in July 2014 when a rear door blew off during

  • Thai firm Kasama and Lockheed Martin sign UAV technology accord

    Thai firm Kasama Helicopters, which specialises in developing small vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), has signed an agreement with Lockheed Martin to collaborate on technologies, the chief executive officer of Kasama Helicopters confirmed to IHS Jane's on 17

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