• 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

  • UAC on course to complete MiG-35 trials in late 2017/early 2018

    Russia's United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) is on course to complete flight trials of its latest MiG-35 'Fulcrum-F' combat aircraft at the turn of the new year, ahead of the launch of serial production in 2018, a senior company representative told Jane's on 24 June. Speaking during the Paris Air

  • US approves sale of 22 non-weaponised Guardian UAVs to India

    The United States has approved a USD3 billion Foreign Military Sale (FMS) of 22 non-weaponised General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) Guardian unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to the Indian Navy (IN), Indian industry officials told Jane's on 23 June. Speaking on condition of anonymity the

  • US Marine Corps cancels select F-35B flight operations due to ALIS issues

    On 22 June the US Marine Corps (USMC) indefinitely cancelled flight operations of select Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) aircraft due to issues with the Automated Logistic Information System (ALIS). USMC spokesman Major Kurt Stahl said on 22 June that 3rd Marine

  • Paris Air Show 2017: Airbus DS outlines progress on armed C295

    Airbus Defense and Space (DS) is set to deliver its first armed intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) C295 aircraft to an undisclosed customer in September, Pablo Melero, marketing manager for ISR Military Aircraft at Airbus DS, told Jane's. The modified aircraft features a

  • Paris Air Show 2017: LASA Engineering unveils its T-Bird armed surveillance aircraft

    Bulgarian company Light Armed Surveillance Aircraft (LASA) Engineering Ltd showcased its T-Bird intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) counter-insurgency (COIN) aircraft for the first time at the Paris Air Show. Based on the Thrush 510G agricultural aircraft airframe, the T-Bird is

  • Paris Air Show 2017: MiG-35 dubbed 'transitional link' between fourth- and fifth-gen fighters

    Russia is touting its MiG-35 'Fulcum-F' as a transitional platform between the fourth- and fifth-generation of combat aircraft. Speaking to Jane's at the Paris Air Show on 19 June, Deputy General Director of RSK-MiG, Viktor Chernov, described the latest iteration of the MiG-29 as a 'bridging'

  • IOMAX negotiating Archangel sale to UAE, upgrading AT-802s for Jordan and Egypt

    The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is in the final stage of negotiations with IOMAX for the sale of 12 Archangel Block 2 Border Patrol Aircraft (BPA) with the option of 12 more, Jane's was told on 22 June. The direct commercial sale (DCS) will see the UAE Air Force and Air Defence (UAE AF & AD)

  • Paris Air Show 2017: Bell Helicopters details Huey II delivery schedule for Africa

    Bell Helicopters is close to delivering the last of eight Huey II helicopters to the Kenya Air Force (KAF), Arnie Easterly, the company's director for sales and marketing in Africa, told Jane's during the Paris Air Show. "One is in Amsterdam right now on its way to Kenya [and should be

  • Paris Air Show 2017: NAVAIR may compress remaining CH-53K test points following positive progress

    The US Navy may compress the remaining test campaign of the Sikorsky CH-53K King Stallion heavy-lift helicopter following the positive progress made so far, a senior company official told reporters on 21 June. Speaking at the Paris Air Show, Sikorsky president Dan Schultz said that the Naval Air

  • Pakistan confirms downing Iranian UAV

    The government of Pakistan has confirmed that the country's air force shot down an Iranian unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that was flying over the Panjgur district in Pakistan's southwestern province of Balochistan. The unidentified UAV was downed by the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) on 19 June while it

  • Thales Alenia Space proposes maritime surveillance airship

    European satellite specialist Thales Alenia Space is proposing a maritime surveillance version of its Stratobus multimission, autonomous, stratospheric airship. The Stratobus is described by the company as “midway between a satellite and an unmanned aerial vehicle” and can be used to

  • Paris Air Show 2017: Embraer's KC-390 makes Paris Air Show debut

    The Embraer KC-390 tanker-transport aircraft made its debut at the Paris Air Show this year, with the second flying prototype performing daily as part of the show's flight schedule. Detailing the aircraft's development progress to journalists at Le Bourget on 21 June, Paul Gastao Silva, the KC-390

  • South Korea confirms UAV found in June was from North Korea

    South Korea's Ministry of National Defense (MND) has confirmed that a camera-equipped unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that was found on 9 June on a mountain near the inter-Korean border was launched from North Korea. The origin and flight path of the UAV were confirmed in an analysis of its onboard

  • US aircraft shoots down another UAV in Syria

    Key Points A US F-15E shot down an Iranian-made Shaheed-129 in eastern Syria on 20 June. The incident was the second such elimination of a UAV in June, and occurred only two days after a US aircraft shot down a Syrian regime Su-22. A US McDonnell Douglas F-15E shot down an Iranian-made

  • 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

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