• First contract for Norway’s P-8As awarded

    Norway’s procurement of five Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime multimission aircraft (MMA) took a major leap forward on 5 March, with a contract awarded for the purchase of long-lead items for each of the platforms. The USD282.3 million contract, which also included long-lead items for the last

  • ST Kinetics pursues weaponised multirotor UAV development

    ST Kinetics, the land systems and speciality vehicles arm of Singapore Technologies Engineering (ST Engineering) has commenced development of weaponised tactical air and ground vehicles with the aim of demonstrating advanced prototypes by the end of 2019. The company has commenced work on the

  • Saudi production of An-132D takes step forward

    Antonov, Taqnia Aeronautics, and Wahaj have signed an agreement to jointly manufacture the An-132D multi-purpose transport aircraft. The modernised version of the An-132 is being co-developed by Ukrainian company Antonov and Saudi Arabia’s King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology

  • USMC prepares for F-35B maiden operational embarkation

    The US Marine Corps (USMC) is in the final stages of preparation for the first operational shipborne embarkation of the Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF), with the arrival of an advance detachment of aircraft on USS Wasp (LHD-1) on 5 March. An undisclosed number of the

  • Aero Vodochody plans first L-39NG flight by end of 2018

    Senior management of Czech aircraft maker Aero Vodochody announced on 27 February that final assembly of the first operational prototype of the L-39NG Next Generation jet trainer aircraft should be completed by the third quarter of 2018, with the first test flight expected in the fourth quarter.

  • China’s CASC readies improved CH-4 UAV

    China Academy of Aerospace Aerodynamics (CAAA), the flight technology development arm of defence prime China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC), is developing a new and more capable variant of its strike-capable Cai Hong 4 (Rainbow 4, or CH-4) medium-altitude, long-endurance

  • UAE orders Insitu Integrator UAVs

    The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has ordered Insitu Integrator unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), it was announced during the Unmanned System Exhibition (UMEX) held in Abu Dhabi from 25–27 February. The official UMEX spokesperson said the AED22 million (USD6.0 million) deal covered four

  • US Navy launches Super Hornet SLEP

    The US Navy (USN) has launched a service life extension programme (SLEP) for its fleet of Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet combat aircraft, the Department of Defense (DoD) disclosed on 28 February. The Naval Air Systems Command has awarded Boeing a USD73.2 million contract to increase the airframe

  • Russia develops future combat aircraft

    The Russian Ministry of Defence’s Main Armament Executive is directing research and development work on a next-generation shipborne fighter and a long-range supersonic unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV), the ministry-affiliated Zvezda TV channel reported on 24 February. Nikolay Maksimov,

  • Argentine MoD, FAdeA reach deal for three Pampa IIIs

    A contract for three FAdeA IA-63 Pampa III advanced training aircraft for the Argentine Air Force was approved on 23 February, according to the official bulletin of the Chief of the Cabinets of Ministers. The USD30.3 million contract was paid half up-front and the remainder is to be disbursed as

  • India’s LCA Tejas demonstrates hot refuelling capability

    India’s locally designed Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) has demonstrated its hot refuelling capability, the state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) announced on 27 February: a move that brings the platform closer to achieving final operational clearance (FOC). HAL carried out a hot

  • Turkey to develop heavy armed UAV

    Turkish Defence Minister Nurettin Canikli has provided details of a new 4.5-tonne armed unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) called Akinci, able to carry four missiles. In an interview with the Yeni Safak daily on 24 February, Canikli said the Akinci would pave the way for Turkey to develop unmanned

  • Italy receives final M-346 jet trainer

    The Italian Air Force (Aeronautica Militare Italiana: AMI) has received into service its 18th and final Alenia Aermacchi M-346 Master advanced jet trainer aircraft, the company announced on 27 February. The aircraft was accepted during a ceremony at Alenia’s Venegono production plant in

  • Boeing, US Air Force reach deal on Presidential Aircraft Recapitalization

    Key Points Boeing said it reached a deal with the USAF on PAR This is one of the most high profile and expensive programmes the USAF will tackle A Boeing official said on 27 February that the price as agreed includes work to develop and build two presidential aircraft, including those unique to

  • Kratos eyes export opportunity for tactical UAS

    The unmanned systems business of US technology and services group Kratos Defense & Security Solutions has hinted that it is close to securing a significant export contract for the production of an advanced jet-powered unmanned aircraft system (UAS). In a release announcing recent flight testing

  • Russia donates two Antonov aircraft to Nicaragua

    Russia has donated to Nicaragua two Antonov An-26 'Curl' transport aircraft that were officially transferred during a 23 February ceremony. The aircraft are to be used by the Nicaraguan Army Air Force (Fuerza Aérea del Ejército de Nicaragua) and its search-and-rescue unit. The An-26 is a

  • Northrop Grumman testbed to help develop swarm tactics

    As part of the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) OFFEnsive Swarm-Enabled Tactics (OFFSET) effort, Northrop Grumman has launched a testbed to support the development of breakthrough technologies that will enable ground forces to use swarms of small unmanned systems. The company is

  • India flight-tests Rustom-2 UAV in user configuration

    India’s state-run Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully flight-tested its indigenously designed Rustom-2 medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in user configuration on 25 February. The platform took off from the DRDO’s

  • Saab touts GlobalEye as future E-3A replacement for NATO

    Saab is pitching its GlobalEye airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) platform as a possible future successor to the Boeing E-3A Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) currently fielded by NATO. Speaking at the public unveiling of the first GlobalEye in Linkoping on 23 February, the

  • Indonesia acquires four Wing Loong I UAVs from China

    Key Points Indonesia has acquired four units of Wing Loong I UAVs with surface strike capabilities Aircraft will be inducted with the country’s first composite UAV aviation squadron in West Kalimantan The Indonesian government has acquired four strike-capable Wing Loong I medium-altitude,

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