• Paris Air Show 2017: Leonardo launches M-40 target drone

    Leonardo has added a new member to its Mirach (Mirage) family of target drones, with the company unveiling the M-40 at the Paris Air Show on 19 June. The M-40 is a remotely-piloted aerial target system that can be used to simulate aircraft and missiles, creating a range of radar, visual, and

  • Paris Air Show 2017: Textron lifts lid on Nightwarden

    Textron Systems unveiled the new Nightwarden tactical unmanned aerial system (TUAS) at the Paris Air Show on 19 June. The Group 3 system has a payload of up to 59 kg, and a maximum take-off weight of 340 kg. According to Textron's Unmanned Systems senior vice-president and general manager Bill

  • Wreckage of missing RMAF Hawk Mk 108 aircraft found

    The wreckage of the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) BAE Systems Hawk Mk 108 advanced training aircraft that went missing on 15 June has been found in Malaysia's eastern state of Terengganu, according to local media reports. The wreckage was spotted by a RMAF helicopter search-and-rescue team in a

  • Paris Air Show 2017: Leonardo showcases M-345 HET trainer, M-346FA light attack aircraft

    Leonardo unveiled its M-345 High Efficiency Trainer (HET) jet trainer and M-346FA (Fighter Attack), a light attack version of the M-346 trainer, at the Paris Air Show 2017. The M-345 HET is touted as an affordable jet training aircraft by Leonardo, which has designed it in order to compete with

  • Paris Air Show 2017: Lightning II makes Le Bourget debut

    After much deliberation of 'will it, won't it?' leading up to the event, the Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) is making its Le Bourget debut at this year's Paris Air Show running from 19 to 25 June. Following the type's debut at the Farnborough Air Show last year, the

  • IDF buying mass-market DJI drones

    The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) will equip the majority of its combat companies by the end of this year with small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) designed for the consumer and commercial markets, a senior military source has told Jane's . "We are going with the most highly sold unmanned

  • Gripen E makes maiden flight

    The Saab Gripen E combat aircraft made its maiden flight from the company's Linköping production facility on 15 June. The flight lasted for 40 minutes, during which the pilot "carried out a number of actions to demonstrate various test criteria including the retracting and extending of

  • Qatar agrees purchase of F-15QA fighters from US

    Qatar has signed an agreement with the United States for the procurement of Boeing F-15 Eagle combat aircraft, the country's government announced on 14 June. The USD12 billion deal was signed during a visit to Washington DC by the Minister of State for Defense Affairs, Dr Khalid bin Mohammed Al

  • Images show Myanmar Air Force JF-17/FC-1 conducting flight tests in China

    Images have emerged on Chinese online forums showing what appears to be one of the first Pakistan Aeronautical Complex/Chengdu Aircraft Industry Corporation (PAC/CAC) JF-17 Thunder/FC-1 Xiaolong multirole combat aircraft on order for the Myanmar Air Force (MAF) conducting test flights in China.

  • USAF increases scope of F-16 SLEP to include more aircraft and airframe hours

    The US Air Force (USAF) is to increase the number of aircraft and additional airframe hours to be included in a planned service-life extension programme (SLEP) of its fleet of Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon combat aircraft. While the service had previously stated that up to 300 of the

  • US Navy struggling to diagnose T-45 breathing gas issues

    Key Points The US Navy is struggling to find the root cause of breathing gas issues in the T-45 This hampers the service's ability to produce pilots for the active service The US Navy (USN) is struggling to diagnose the root cause of breathing gas issues with the Boeing T-45 Goshawk jet trainer

  • Suspected North Korean UAV photographed South Korea's THAAD site, says report

    A suspected North Korean unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) took photographs of the deployment site of the US Army's Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system in South Korea before crashing near the inter-Korean border, a South Korean defence official told reporters. The 1.8 m-long UAV, which

  • Romanian Lancer-C crashes during exercise

    A Romanian Air Force Lancer-C single-engine fighter crashed on 12 June in south-eastern Romania while on a training mission during Exercise 'Thracian Eagle 2017' with the Bulgarian Air Force. The Soviet-era MiG-21MF-75 modernised by Aerostar/Elbit (military identification number 5788) of the 861st

  • Austria to upgrade Black Hawk cockpits

    The Austrian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has awarded Ace Aeronautics - conducting business as Global Aviation Solutions - a EUR48 million (USD54 million) contract to upgrade the cockpits of its Sikorsky S-70 Black Hawk helicopters. The contract, awarded on 1 June, will see the flight decks of nine

  • Belgium grounds C-130s over safety concerns

    Belgium has temporarily withdrawn from service its 11 Lockheed Martin C-130 Hercules transport aircraft due to safety concerns, national media reported on 9 June. The C-130H-variant aircraft operated by the Belgian Air Component (BAC) will remain grounded for two weeks while checks are carried out

  • Boeing drops MSA and RAMIS platforms from portfolio

    Boeing has dropped both the Maritime Surveillance Aircraft (MSA) and Reconfigurable Airborne Multi-Intelligence System (RAMIS) from its portfolio, after failing to secure sales for either platform. A company representative acknowledged to Jane's in early June that, despite showcasing the Bombardier

  • Bulgarian Navy helicopter collides with frigate

    A Bulgarian Navy pilot died and two other officers on board were injured on 9 June when their Eurocopter AS.565MB Panther multi-purpose helicopter (military identification number 902, construction number 6849) crashed in the Black Sea, 20 km south of Varna, after colliding with the Bulgarian Navy

  • US Air Force F-35A grounding at Luke AFB continues

    The US Air Force (USAF), for the second consecutive day, cancelled 12 June flight operations of its Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters (JSF) located at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona, according to a service spokesperson. USAF spokesperson Major Rebecca Heyse said on 12 June in

  • US Air Force cancels F-35 flight operations at Luke AFB over hypoxia-like issues

    The US Air Force (USAF) on 9 June cancelled Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) flight operations at Luke Air Force Base (AFB) in Arizona after a series of five incidents where pilots experienced hypoxia-like symptoms, according to a service statement. Air Force

  • Brazil's first modernised Super Lynx to fly in July

    Leonardo Helicopters is scheduled to conduct a first flight of a modernised Super Lynx AH-11B multirole helicopter for the Brazilian Navy in July, the service told Jane's . The company is upgrading eight of the Super Lynx AH-11As fielded by HA-1 Lince Squadron from São Pedro da Aldeia naval

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