• Four more Super Tucanos arrive in Lebanon

    The Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) announced on 28 May that the remaining four of its six Embraer EMB 313/A-29 Super Tucano light-attack and reconnaissance aircraft had arrived at Hanat Air Base, north of Beirut. The first two aircraft arrived in October 2017. The US State Department said in March

  • Pakistan signs for T129 attack helos

    Pakistan has formally signed for 30 TAI T129 attack helicopters from Turkey, it was disclosed on 24 May. The confirmation of the anticipated sale to Pakistan was made in the political manifesto that Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Parti) has released ahead of the general

  • Brazilian Tiger II crashes

    A Northrop F-5FM Tiger II combat aircraft of Brazilian Air Force’s (FAB) 1st Fighter Group crashed on 24 May, moments after taking off from its homebase in Rio de Janeiro for a combat training mission. Both crew members ejected and were rescued. An investigation has been launched by the

  • KADEX 2018: Kazakhstan orders additional Su-30SM fighter aircraft from Russia

    Kazakhstan has ordered another batch of Sukhoi Su-30SM multirole fighters from Russia. A contract for the additional aircraft was signed by the Kazakh Ministry of Defence’s Kazspetsexport agency and Russian aircraft manufacturer Irkut Corporation on 24 May during the KADEX 2018 defence

  • Australian Army to roll out Black Hornet micro UAVs

    The Australian Army (AA) will soon roll out the PD-100 Black Hornet Personal Reconnaissance System (PRS) across one of its brigades in Brisbane, the Department of Defence (DoD) in Canberra announced in a 24 May statement. The rollout and sustainment of the micro unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) is

  • KADEX 2018: Russian Helicopters unveils Mi-38T utility rotorcraft

    Russian Helicopters holding, a subsidiary of the Rostec state corporation, has presented the Mi-38T utility rotor at the KADEX 2018 defence show being held in Astana, Kazakhstan, on 23-26 May. The Mi-38T can be supplied in the baseline transport, search-and-rescue (SAR) or medical evacuation

  • Poland to upgrade older helicopters rather than buying new ones

    Poland plans to extend the operational life of its oldest helicopters so they can remain in service, Deputy Defence Minister Wojciech Skurkiewicz told parliament on 10 May. In a status report on the modernisation of the Polish Armed Forces’ helicopter fleet, he said PLN4.7 billion (USD1.3

  • SOFIC 2018: AeroVironment’s introduces Shrike 2 VTOL/fixed-wing platform

    AeroVironment introduced a new version of its Shrike vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) Shrike unmanned aerial vehicle during the Special Operations Forces Industry Conference (SOFIC) in Tampa, Florida. According to AeroVironment’s vice president for tactical unmanned aerial systems (UAS),

  • SOFIC 2018: Lockheed Martin unveils Stalker XE VTOL unmanned aircraft

    Lockheed Martin has unveiled a vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) Stalker Extended Endurance (XE) unmanned aerial system (UAS) at the Special Operations Forces Industry Conference (SOFIC) on 22 May. The Stalker XE VTOL has been designed as a Group 2 UAS evolution of the original air frame,

  • SOFIC 2018: US Theater Special Operations Commands seek AI, decoy tech

    US Theater Special Operations Commands (TSOCs) leaders from around the world have said that they want autonomous, machine learning, decoy, and counter-unmanned aerial system (C-UAS) equipment for US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) and partner nation forces. Many of these capabilities are now

  • UK clears A400M for MEDEVAC role

    The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) has cleared the Airbus Defence and Space (DS) A400M Atlas transport aircraft to conduct the full range of aero medical evacuation (MEDEVAC) duties. The milestone, which was announced by the service on 23 May, sees the A400M granted its full aeromedical evacuation

  • GDOTS unveils Flyer 72 TUV

    General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems (GDOTS) has unveiled the latest variant in its family of Flyer 72 tactical vehicles at the Special Operations Forces Industry Conference (SOFIC) in Tampa, Florida. Called the Tactical Utility Vehicle (TUV), the vehicle has been designed as a more agile

  • KADEX 2018: Orlan-10E makes international debut

    The Orlan-10E (E for export) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) developed by Russian industry has made its international debut at the KADEX 2018 defence show in Astana, Kazakhstan. The Orlan-10 system comprises two to four UAVs and a catapult launcher. Each vehicle has a maximum take-off weight of 18

  • Philippines to receive Cobra helos from Jordan

    The Philippines is to receive two Bell AH-1 Cobra attack helicopters donated from Jordan, national media reported on 22 May. The procurement was announced by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, but no further details were provided. Jordan currently fields 27 AH-1E/F Cobra helicopters, including

  • Royal Navy receives first Commando Merlin

    The UK Royal Navy (RN) has received into service the first AgustaWestland AW101 helicopter to be upgraded to the Commando Merlin HC4/4A standard. The milestone, which was marked on 24 May by a visit to the RN’s Commando Helicopter Force (CHF) at Royal Naval Air Station (RNAS) Yeovilton by the

  • European MALE UAV flies under satellite control for first time

    Leonardo and its partner Thales have conducted the first satellite-controlled flight of a European medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE)-class unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The milestone, announced on 23 May, involved an unmanned Piaggio Aero P.1HH Hammerhead aircraft demonstrate the ability to be

  • KADEX 2018: Russia unveils Il-76MD-90AE airlifter

    Russia’s aerospace industry has unveiled the export version of the Ilyushin Il-76MD-90AE heavy airlifter at the KADEX 2018 defence show being held in Astana, Kazakhstan, on 23–26 May. The Il-76MD-90AE is fitted with a 321 m 3 cargo compartment. With a maximum take-off weight of 210

  • Sweden to upgrade MS20-standard Gripen C/Ds

    Saab has been awarded SEK224 million (USD26 million) to upgrade systems on the Swedish Air Force (SwAF’s) fleet of Gripen C/D combat aircraft. The Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) contract, announced by the company on 23 May, involves enhancements to the current

  • Brazil launches Tucano modernisation programme

    The Brazilian government is analysing proposals for the modernisation of 50 Embraer T-27 Tucano trainer aircraft flown by the air force’s Academia da Força Aérea military aviation school. The modernisation will be focused on the cockpit, replacing the analogue instruments with

  • Update: Indonesia formally accepts first Apache helos

    Indonesia has formally received into service the first Boeing AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopters that arrived in-country in late 2017. An acceptance ceremony for the first three of eight helicopters on order was held at the Army Aviation Centre (Puspenerbad) at Lanud Ahmad Yani Semarang in

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