• 3D printed parts help keep USN T-45 trainers aloft

    Key Points The navy is using 3-D printed parts in its T-45 trainer aircraft The parts could help reduce physiological episodes in pilots The US Navy’s (USN’s) Additive Manufacturing (AM) Warfare Center Working Group recently addressed a critical fleet need using 3-D printing, USN

  • Bangladesh Air Force training aircraft crashes in Chittagong

    A Bangladesh Air Force (BAF) Yakovlev Yak-130 'Mitten' training aircraft crashed on 11 July in Bangladesh’s southeastern Chittagong District, according to local media reports. BAF officials were quoted by the online news portal bdnews24.com as saying that both pilots ejected safely from the

  • Thales proposes Watchkeeper UAS for Indonesian Air Force's ISTAR requirements

    Key Points Thales has offered the Watchkeeper UAS for the Indonesian Air Force's requirements System is being considered to improve the service's surveillance, reconnaissance, and target acquisition capabilities Thales UK is positioning the company's WK 450 Watchkeeper unmanned aircraft system

  • USMC KC-130 crash kills 16 on board

    A US Marine Corps (USMC) Lockheed Martin KC-130 Hercules tanker-transport aircraft crashed on 10 July with the loss of all 16 personnel on board. The USMC confirmed the "mishap" on its website, but did not provide further details as to the precise nature of the incident, the KC-130

  • CH-53K makes first extended 'cross-country' flight

    Key Points Sikorsky's CH-53K made its first 'cross-country' flight from Florida to Maryland The company believes the programme is mature enough to start focusing on system qualification testing Sikorsky's CH-53K King Stallion heavy lift helicopter completed its first extended 'cross country'

  • Textron Systems adapts Aerosonde SUAS for USN missions

    Key Points Textron Systems has marinised its SUAS for sea-based missions Improvements include an adaptable VTOL kit, ship-based launch and recovery turntable, and improved sliding surfaces US Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) awarded Textron Systems a potential maximum of USD1.73 billion

  • IAF MiG-23UB trainer crashes in Rajasthan

    An Indian Air Force (IAF) MiG-23UB trainer aircraft crashed in India's western state of Rajasthan on 6 July while on a routine training sortie. IAF officials said both pilots ejected safely from the trainer shortly before it crashed near Balasore, some 60 km from the IAF base at Jodhpur. The IAF

  • South Korea Navy commissions final batch of AW159 anti-submarine helicopters

    South Korea has commissioned its final batch of four AW159 helicopters with anti-submarine warfare capabilities, according to a 5 July report carried by the Republic of Korea Armed Forces' KFN Defense TV . The aircraft, which was handed over by Leonardo's Helicopter Division in November 2016, is

  • Newly acquired Pakistan Navy Sea Kings to fly in September

    Three of the seven former UK military Sea King helicopters recently acquired by the Pakistan Navy (PN) are expected to be flying again in early September. The platforms, which were officially handed over on 24 May, are currently being refurbished by the UK-based Vector Aerospace Corporation. The

  • Wreckage of missing IAF helicopter found in Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh

    The wreckage of an Indian Air Force (IAF) Dhruv Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) that went missing on 4 July in India's mountainous northeastern state of Arunachal Pradesh has been found. "The wreckage was found [on 5 July] in the Papum Pare district by rescue teams from the Indian Army, the

  • Belgian C-130s fly again

    Belgian air force C-130H transport aircraft are flying again and are "practically operational", the Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 4 July. Some of the aircraft are still grounded but will return to the air in the next few days and the entire fleet of 11 C-130s will be operational

  • Turkey releases RFIs for UAV development

    Turkey's Defence Industries Undersecretariat (SSM) released a request for information (RFI) on 29 June for the development of mini unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for reconnaissance. The RFIs are open to local companies only and the deadline for responses is 28 July, according to an SSM statement

  • Argentina's FAdeA rolls out first production Pampa III

    Argentina's Fábrica Argentina de Aviones SA (FAdeA) on 29 June rolled out the first IA-63 Pampa III destined to the Argentine Air Force. This is the first of an initial small order for three aircraft and is to be followed by a second larger batch that is being negotiated. The aircraft's first

  • Kratos receives LRIP1 contract for BQM-177A aerial target

    Key Points BQM-177A is a high-fidelity target designed to replicate subsonic anti-ship cruise missile threats The LRIP1 contract covers the delivery of 45 BQM-177A target vehicles Kratos Defense & Security Solutions is to begin low-rate initial production (LRIP) of the next-generation

  • Serbia upgrades MiG-29s

    At least EUR185 million (USD208 million) will be invested throughout the coming years in the general overhaul, lifecycle extension, and modernisation of 10 Serbian Air Force MiG-29 fighters, assisted by Russia. The aircraft involved are four existing Serbian examples (three MiG-29B single-seat

  • Slovakia receives first Black Hawks

    The Slovak armed forces on 26 June received the first two Sikorsky UH-60M Black Hawk multirole helicopters from the US Department of Defense under a 2015 government-to-government contract via the Foreign Military Sales programme. Two more aircraft are scheduled for delivery in 2018 and the last

  • Latest Hero UAV approaches maiden flight

    An enhanced version of Leonardo's SD-150 Hero rotary-wing unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) is set to make its maiden flight in the third quarter of 2017. "After a review of Italian Navy and international potential customers' requirements, Leonardo decided to extend the Hero's mission endurance to

  • F-35B resumes flight operations in Arizona after brief pause

    Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) flight operations at US Marine Corps (USMC) Air Station Yuma in Arizona resumed on 23 June after a one-day pause due to an issue with the aircraft's information technology backbone. The Marine Corps said late on 23 June that Major

  • Solar-electric Cai Hong UAV conducts stratospheric flight

    China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) completed a 15 hour, nea-space flight mission on 24 May with a solar-electric unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) prototype, achieving an operating altitude of 20,000 m (65,616 ft), state media reported in mid-June. The indigenously developed

  • Airbus completes H145M deliveries to German special forces

    Airbus Helicopters has delivered the fifteenth and final H145M multirole helicopter to the German Bundeswehr, the company announced on 26 June. The helicopters have been delivered to Laupheim in southern Germany, from where they are being operated by the Kommando Spezialkräfte (KSK) special

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