• IAF Sukhoi Su-30MKI goes missing, presumed crashed

    An Indian Air Force (IAF) Sukhoi Su-30MKI multirole fighter with two pilots on board went missing in northeastern India close to the border with China on 23 May while on a routine training flight. IAF officials said the twin-engine fighter took off around 1030 h local time from Tezpur Air Force

  • HAL's second prototype trainer makes maiden flight

    India's Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) successfully conducted the maiden test flight of its second prototype Hindustan Turbo Trainer-40 (HTT-40) basic trainer aircraft in Bangalore on 20 May. The hour-long flight of the indigenously developed aircraft, which is powered by a Honeywell

  • Pentagon budget 2018: US Air Force requests 6.8% boost in funding

    Key Points The USAF is requesting USD11.8 billion more for FY 2018 than last year The request would provide 46 F-35As and 15 KC-46A tankers The US Air Force's (USAF's) fiscal year 2018 (FY 2018) request of USD183.2 billion is 6.8% more than the USD171.2 billion that it received in FY 2017,

  • Pakistan looks at COIN role for Super Mushshak aircraft

    The state-owned Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC), in Kamra, northern Pakistan, is looking at counter-insurgency (COIN) roles for its Super Mushshak training aircraft. The move comes after the company successfully integrated a new glass cockpit into the aircraft and sold units of the basic

  • Boeing prepares for Chinook Block 2 flight trials, notes notional Block 3

    Boeing expects to begin flying prototype Block 2-configured CH-47 Chinook helicopters the next couple of years, with production for the US Army set to follow after, a senior company official told reporters on 18 May. Speaking at the Philadelphia production facility, Boeing's vice-president and

  • Export version of China's Z-19 attack helo makes maiden flight

    The export version of China's Harbin Aviation Industries (Group) Company (HAIG) Z-19 Black Whirlwind armed reconnaissance/attack helicopter has made its maiden flight. Called the Z-19E, the new variant took to the skies on 18 May over the city of Harbin in China's northeastern province of

  • Boeing pushes 737 as JSTARS replacement for the USAF

    Boeing is pushing its commercial 737 airliner as a solution for the US Air Force's (USAF's) Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (JSTARS) recapitalisation effort, ahead of an expected service platform decision later this year. Speaking at the site of the company's Renton production

  • Japan confirms loss of all four crew on board crashed LR-2 reconnaissance aircraft

    All four crew of a Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) Beechcraft King Air-based LR-2 surveillance/reconnaissance aircraft were confirmed dead after the twin turboprop crashed in a mountainous area of Japan's northernmost main island of Hokkaido, local media quoted the Ministry of Defense (MoD)

  • Motor Sich to receive investment from China

    Key Points Company to receive USD250 million for investment in Ukrainian facilities from China's Skyrizon Comes as Motor Sich and Skyrizon finalise plans for assembly and maintenance facility in China Ukrainian aero-engine manufacturer Motor Sich is to receive USD250 million from China’s

  • Xian MA60 MPA enters service with China Coast Guard, says report

    The maritime patrol version of the Xian Aircraft Industries (Group) Company (XAC) MA60 twin-turboprop aircraft has entered service with the China Coast Guard, Chinese media reported on 13 May. The first platform was delivered to the service in early April 2016, according to an article published on

  • US Air Force rescinds F-35A weight restrictions

    Key Points US Air Force lifts ejection seat weight restrictions for F-35A The Air Force discovered the problem after receiving 104 aircraft of a planned acquisition of 1,763 The US Air Force (USAF) on 15 May announced it removed the restriction that kept pilots weighing less than 136 lb (61.7 kg)

  • Jordan shoots down UAV near Syrian border

    A Royal Jordan Armed Forces (RJAF) F-16 fighter used a Matra missile to shoot down an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) near the Syrian border, a recently retired senior RJAF officer has told Jane's . The Jordanian Armed Forces announced on 10 May that an F-16 had shot down a UAV in an unidentified

  • Tactical targets: US addresses naval aviation challenges in a rapidly changing landscape

    Although US naval TACAIR is without operational parallel, the navy and marines face significant challenges to maintain their edge and relevance. The JNI editorial team - Mike Fabey , Richard Scott , Martin Streetly , and Anika Torruella - explores progress, pitfalls, and potential Since 2010, US

  • Saudi Arabia unveils armed UAV

    Saudi Arabia's King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) unveiled its Saqr 1 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) on 11 May. The KACST said the Saqr 1 UAV is equipped with a satellite communications system, has an automatic take-off and landing capability, and is made from lightweight carbon

  • Xponential 2017: Live targets still a training requirement for fifth-generation threats

    There is an established need for aerial targets capable of simulating fifth-generation aircraft, according to Kratos's senior vice-president of business development for unmanned systems, Jeffrey Herro. Speaking to Jane's at Xponential 2017 in Dallas, Texas, Herro said that while simulation will be

  • Airbus' high-flying Zephyrs to head to UK for testing

    The defence unit of Airbus expects the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) to begin testing the company's Zephyr-S very-high-altitude, long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in late 2017, a company executive told Jane's , adding that the system will be delivered to the MoD before the end of the

  • Xponential 2017: Blackjack procurement stalls, while SUAS could expand

    The US Marine Corps (USMC) is slowing its procurement of RQ-21A Blackjack unmanned aerial systems (UAS) and is considering new capabilities within its family of smaller systems. USMC officials plan to buy fewer of the ship-capable RQ-21A while issues with the expeditionary systems are resolved,

  • Xponential 2017: Hybrid Aerosonde readies for sea trials

    Textron Systems will undertake at-sea trials of its Aerosonde unmanned aircraft system (UAS) configured with the Hybrid Quadcopter system. Speaking to Jane's at Xponential 2017 in Dallas, Texas, Bill Irby, the company's senior vice-president and general manager of unmanned systems, said that

  • Xponential 2017: Swift 020 nears production standard

    Swift Engineering expects to have a final production version of its Swift 020 transition unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) ready by late 2017 or early 2018, with the system now going through its final demonstration stage. The company recently announced that it had completed an autonomous ship launch

  • Xponential 2017: US Army set to continue Shadow enhancement road map

    The US Army has received funding for half of the RQ-7B Shadow unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) that it intends to upgrade to the Block III standard, while the service continues to implement the V2 upgrade programme for the platform. Speaking at Xponential 2017 in Dallas, Texas, Lieutenant Colonel

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