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  • Australian Army conducts flights trials of Tiger helicopters on HMAS Canberra

    The Australian Army has begun flight trials of its Tiger Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter (ARH) onboard the Royal Australian Navy's (RAN's) first-of-class amphibious assault ship, HMAS Canberra (L 02). The trials, which are being conducted with two airframes since 23 February, are expected to

  • Avalon 2017: F-35 makes Australian debut

    The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) is showcasing its Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) on home soil for the first time at the Australian International Airshow and Aerospace and Defence Exposition 2017 running from 28 February to 5 March. Two F-35A fighters (AU-1 and

  • Czech team unveils CANTAS E

    The second member of the CANTAS (CANnard TAil Sitter) unmanned aircraft system (UAS) family has been unveiled at IDEX 2017 in Abu Dhabi. Designated CANTAS E (Endurance), the new system follows the launch of the CANTAS A (Advanced) at the Indo Defence 2016 exhibition in November 2016. The aircraft

  • IDEX 2017: S-Plane, Stemme partner for optionally piloted aircraft

    S-Plane Automation and Stemme AG are partnering to develop an optionally piloted capability for the ECARYS ES15. The effort will see S-Plane Automation's unmanned systems technology integrated onto the aircraft. Speaking to Jane's at the International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) 2017

  • IAF C-130J-30 transport aircraft damaged during landing

    An Indian Air Force (IAF) Lockheed Martin C-130J-30 Super Hercules transport aircraft has been damaged in an accident at the 3,070 m-high Thoise airfield in India's northern Himalayan region of Ladakh, which borders China and Pakistan. IAF spokesman Wing Commander Anupam Banerjee told Jane's on 24

  • IDEX 2017: Ukrinmash proposes light-attack helicopter

    Ukrinmash has developed a light-attack helicopter concept based on Aviaimpex's KT-112 Yanhol platform. The company displayed a mock-up of its KT-112UD helicopter at IDEX 2017 in Abu Dhabi. The weapons fit envisaged for the helicopter will offer ground-attack and anti-aircraft capabilities, with

  • F 110: Profiling Spain's multirole frigate plans

    The F 110 frigate is intended to provide the Armada Española with a versatile and flexible surface combatant, able to perform a range of missions. Dr Lee Willett and Richard Scott assess a hugely significant programme for the navy and Spanish industry The Spanish Navy (Armada Española)

  • IDEX 2017: GIDS moves to enhance Shahpar, develop MALE

    Pakistan's Global Industry and Defence Solutions (GIDS) is in the process of enhancing the capabilities of its Shahpar unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) and working to develop a larger system. Speaking to Jane's at IDEX 2017 in Abu Dhabi, Asad Kamal, GIDS' director of sales and marketing, said that

  • IDEX 2017: NorthStar Aviation displays armed 429 concept

    Northstar Aviation is in the early stages of the development of an armed Bell 429 helicopter to meet the requirements of an undisclosed customer in the Middle East. The company displayed a mock-up of the twin-engined helicopter at IDEX 2017 in Abu Dhabi. NorthStar Aviation's, senior vice president

  • IDEX 2017: UAE confirms order for third Saab GlobalEye

    It was confirmed during the IDEX show in Abu Dhabi that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has ordered a third Saab GlobalEye aircraft. The UAE military's General Headquarters (GHQ) announced that it had awarded an AED866 million (USD238 million) to Saab for "new airborne G6000 SRSS [Swing Role

  • IDEX 2017: General Atomics to offer Predator XP as COCO capability

    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc will look to provide its Predator XP platform as a contractor-owned, contractor-operated (COCO) service, opening up its potential user base. Speaking to Jane's at IDEX 2017 in Abu Dhabi, Jim Thomson, the company's regional vice-president, said the COCO

  • IDEX 2017: Paramount launches Mwari production

    Paramount Group announced on 20 February that production of the military variant of its advanced, high performance, reconnaissance, light aircraft (AHRLAC), the Mwari, is to begin in April. The first production aircraft is expected to be completed in June or July, with the company citing a

  • IDEX 2017: EDePro targets Hornet at rotary-wing UAV market

    Serbia's EDePro is developing a lightweight rotary-wing unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), the X-01 Strsljen (Hornet). Speaking to Jane's at IDEX 2017 in Abu Dhabi, the company's lead engineer, Dr Predrag Matejic, said that development of the aircraft commenced in 2012 and was driven by an analysis of

  • 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

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