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  • UPDATE: Paramount and KADDB establish another defence joint venture

    South African land systems specialist Paramount has signed another agreement to create a joint venture (JV) company in Jordan with the King Abdullah II Design and Development Bureau (KADDB), it was announced on 6 May. The creation of the new company - Arabian Defence Industries - was announced at

  • Ecuadorian MoD establishes aircraft and aerospace component factory

    The Ecuadorian Ministry of Defence (MoD) and the Ministry of Industries have launched a joint programme for the design and development of a light aircraft to replace the country's ageing fleet of primary trainers and crop dusters. According to both ministries there is a domestic market for 424

  • Kaman reports positive Q1 revenues

    Led by a double-digit sales increase in its Aerospace division year-on-year (Y/Y), Kaman posted largely positive financial results for the first quarter of 2014 (Q1 2014) ending 28 March 2014. Consolidated (net) sales increased to USD413.9 million, a 6.7% increase over Q1 2013, and adjusted EBITDA

  • BAE Systems begins new round of CFT trials for Typhoon

    BAE Systems is currently assessing the aerodynamic characteristics of conformal fuel tanks (CFTs) for the Eurofighter Typhoon combat aircraft, the company announced on 22 April. Wind tunnel trials of the twin 'shoulder-mounted' blister tanks are now being held to accelerate the clearance processes

  • Sikorsky demonstrates optionally piloted Black Hawk

    Sikorsky has conducted the first flight of its Optionally-Piloted Black Hawk (OPBH) helicopter during a demonstration at its West Palm Beach facility in Florida, the company announced on 21 April. The flight took place at Sikorsky's Development Flight Center on 11 March and saw the OPBH demonstrate autonomous hover and flight operations while under the control of a man-portable ground control station (GCS). This demonstration was an important milestone in the Manned/Unmanned Resupply Aerial

  • ST Engineering invests in aerospace

    Singapore Technologies Engineering (ST Engineering) has injected funding into its aerospace business unit to support its planned expansion, the group announced on 28 March. ST Engineering said it would inject new equity of SGD216 million (USD171 million) into the capital of ST Aerospace, bringing

  • Saab and Pilatus sign air trainer MoU

    Saab of Sweden has announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Pilatus to co-operate on the provision of the Swiss aircraft developer's PC-21 platform as the basis for a basic air training solution for the Swedish Air Force. Sweden has been considering a replacement for its

  • Boeing and Karem named as latest VTOL X-Plane contenders

    Boeing and Karem have been officially added to the list of companies awarded contracts under the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) X-Plane programme, the agency announced on 18 March. The companies join Aurora Flight Sciences, and Sikorsky in

  • Spanish Army helicopters conduct first ever landing on US warship

    Spanish Army helicopters have landed on board a US warship for the first time, in an exercise on board USS Gunston Hall . The 16,195 tonne full load Whidbey Island-class landing ship dock (LSD) vessel was transiting the Strait of Gibraltar when the compatibility exercise took place at the end of

  • Singapore commits to 'steady' defence investment to 2030

    Singapore's Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen has outlined a commitment to continue the country's "steady" investment in defence as part of its bid to achieve by 2030 a "highly connected" military force. In February Singapore announced a 2014 defence budget of SGD12.56 billion

  • Boeing conducts maiden flight of MSA

    Boeing has conducted the first flight of its business jet-based Maritime Surveillance Aircraft (MSA), the company announced on 5 March. The four-hour flight, from Toronto's Pearson International Airport on 28 February, involved a Bombardier Challenger 604 testbed platform with structural and system

  • Pentagon budget 2015: Army plans to drop three aviation brigades

    Key Points Active duty CABs would reduce to 10 while the Reserve components retain 12 A restructuring seeks to focus Reserve brigades on assault, lift, and medevac missions, and active brigades on attack and scout functions The US Army plans to reduce its active duty combat aviation brigades

  • UPDF Air Wing to move main base

    Uganda will begin moving its main air base from Entebbe International Airport just south of Kampala to Nakasongola in the centre of the country in March, the country's New Vision newspaper reported on 23 February. President Yoweri Museveni expressed his approval of the plan during an air force

  • Update: Australia signs up for Poseidon

    The Australian government has approved the acquisition of eight Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime multimission aircraft, the Department of Defence (DoD) announced on 21 February. The first aircraft will be delivered in 2017, with all eight aircraft to be fully operational by 2021. The government has

  • Singapore Airshow 2014: AgustaWestland secures another Philippine AW109 contract

    AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, has secured an order from the Philippine Navy (PN) for two more AW109 maritime helicopters, continuing the company's recent success in the market. Announced at the Singapore Airshow on 12 February, the contract brings the PN's AW109 orders up to five aircraft

  • Boeing targets Asia, Middle East for combat aircraft sales

    On the heels of two international losses in combat aircraft competitions last year, Boeing remains hopeful that its offerings will be chosen by new international customers over the next two decades. The company sees demand outside the US for another 500-1,000 combat aircraft over the next 10-15

  • German Tornado jet crashes

    A German Air Force Tornado strike aircraft on a training mission crashed into woods some 50 km from Koblenz on the evening of 16 January. Both aircrew are said to have ejected safety. Although the unit has not been identified, Fighter Bomber Wing 33 equipped with Tornado IDS (interdictor/strike)

  • First Chinook HC.6 helos for RAF arrive in the UK

    The first three of 14 Boeing Chinook HC.6 heavy-lift transport helicopters for the Royal Air Force (RAF) have arrived in the UK and will be ready to enter service later in the year, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) confirmed to IHS Jane's on 15 January. The helicopters were delivered from the

  • Saab contracted to begin Gripen E serial production

    The Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) has contracted Saab to begin serial production of the JAS 39 Gripen E fighter aircraft, the company announced on 18 December. The SEK16.4 billion (USD2.5 billion) contract will cover serial production from 2013-26 and covers the conversion of 60

  • F-35 completes Block 2B weapon accuracy trials

    The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter passed its latest milestone with the final weapon delivery accuracy test for a Block 2B munition, it was announced on 11 December. The 6 December drop, which took place at the Air Force Flight Test Center at Edwards Air Force Base in

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