• 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

  • Colombia CIAC finishing local T-27M updates, eyes international work

    The Colombian Aviation Industry Corporation (Corporación de la Industria Aeronáutica Colombiana: CIAC) is nearly finished upgrading the air force’s heavily used Embraer T-27 Tucano trainer aircraft fleet, and next hopes to sell the modernisation work internationally. In 2015 CIAC

  • Aero offers L-159 upgrade

    Aero Vodochody Aerospace announced details of a comprehensive L-159 upgrade during its recent L-39 User Group conference. According to Massimo Ghione, Chief Business Officer, the mid-life upgrade on offer to the Czech Air Force (CzAF) would cover a new ‘fourth generation-plus’ avionics

  • BAE Systems progresses Project Centurion with Brimstone milestone

    BAE Systems has completed a major milestone in its efforts to roll out the Project Centurion configuration for the United Kingdom’s Eurofighter Typhoon force by the end of 2018. Speaking to Jane’s on 28 September, Eurofighter Delivery Director Andy Flynn said the summer flight test

  • Reaper operations ramp up in France

    Key Points A French MQ-9 has taken part in 'Serpentex 2017': a JTAC exercise hosted by France in Corsica The MQ-9's participation marks the French Reaper fleet's first real domestically based operation The sole French General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) MQ-9 Reaper based in France

  • CIAC and Colombian Air Force relegate IRIS UAV to a test asset

    Colombian Aviation Industry Corporation (Corporación de la Industria Aeronáutica Colombiana: CIAC) and the Colombian Air Force plan to use their locally developed IRIS unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) prototype as a sort of research system and not take it into production. The state-owned

  • Colombia’s CIAC marketing T-90 initial trainers

    The Colombian Aviation Industry Corporation (Corporación de la Industria Aeronáutica Colombiana: CIAC) is in negotiations to sell its T-90 Calima initial trainer aircraft internationally, after building 25 for the Colombian government. The state-owned CIAC is responsible for maintaining

  • DSEI 2017: UK grounding of Watchkeeper lifted

    The British Army has lifted a grounding order imposed on its Thales Watchkeeper unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) earlier this year after two of the service’s air vehicles were lost in crashes in the Irish Sea. “Watchkeeper is back in the air after we briefly paused flying earlier this

  • Ukraine upgrades An-32 transport for BAF

    Ukraine’s SE PLANT 410 CA aircraft repair company has overhauled and upgraded one of the three Antonov An-32 'Cline' turboprop transport aircraft in service with the Bangladesh Air Force (BAF). The aircraft, which had arrived at the plant earlier this month, was handed over to the BAF on 25

  • China’s CH-5 UAV conducts live-fire trial with new precision weapon

    Key Points The China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation integrated a new 80 kg precision guided missile on its Cai Hong 5 armed reconnaissance UAV The latest test in northwestern China also enabled engineers to refine the CH-5's sensor systems as well as its payload release mechanisms

  • Italian Typhoon crashes at air show

    An Italian Air Force (AMI) Eurofighter Typhoon combat aircraft crashed during an air display on 24 September, killing the pilot. The single-seat aircraft came down into the sea south of Rome after it failed to recover from a high-speed dive. The pilot seemingly did not attempt to eject, and his

  • US Army retires final Kiowa Warrior

    The US Army has flown its final sortie for the Bell OH-58D Kiowa Warrior scout helicopter, bringing to an end its three-and-a-half year divestment process for the type. The final flight took place on 19 September from Felker Army Airfield at Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Virginia, and came some 40

  • SH-60F deliveries to Spanish Navy to take three years

    The Spanish Navy is due to receive the remaining five revamped Sikorsky SH-60F tactical transport helicopters ordered from the US Navy over the next three years, Secretary of State for Defence Agustin Conde has said. At a conference on 19 September for the centenary celebrations of Spanish naval

  • Chinese company Tengoen unveils several armed UAVs

    Chinese company Tengoen unveiled a series of armed reconnaissance unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) at the 14th China–ASEAN Expo in Nanning from 12 to 15 September, including two fixed-wing and two vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) UAVs. One of the platforms displayed in the southern Chinese

  • Royal Navy outlines plans for RWUAS Phase 2 flight trials on board Type 23 frigate

    The UK Royal Navy (RN) has outlined plans to trial a vertical unmanned aerial system (VUAS) on board a Type 23 frigate in 2018 as part of the UK Rotary-Wing Unmanned Air System Capability Concept Demonstrator (RWUAS CCD) Phase 2 effort. Speaking at the DSEI in London on 12 September, First Sea Lord

  • Serbian MiG-21UM trainers take over QRA from grounded MiG-29s

    The Republic of Serbia Air Force and Air Defence recently grounded its last operational MiG-29 fighters due to a bird ingestion incident, it was revealed during a session of the security and internal affairs committee of Serbia's National Assembly on 12 September. The nation's quick reaction alert

  • Israel shoots down UAV

    The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) fired a Patriot surface-to-air missile at an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that entered the demilitarized zone on the Syrian-Israeli border on 19 September, IDF spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Conricus stated. He said the Iranian-made UAV was operated by

  • New details emerge of Sino-Russian AHL helicopter concept

    Chinese rotary-wing specialist Avicopter, a subsidiary of the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC), unveiled a revised model of its Advanced Heavy Lift (AHL) helicopter concept at the 2017 China Helicopter Exposition, which ran from 14 to 17 September in Tianjin. Compared to the version

  • DSEI 2017: Drone Nest takes to the field

    Estonian unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) specialist Eli Airborne Solutions has deployed its Drone Nest system in the field. Speaking to Jane’s at DSEI 2017 in London, a company representative confirmed that Drone Nest is undergoing operational trials with the Estonian Border Guard. The Drone

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