• France retires Mirage 2000N nuclear bomber

    The French Air Force (Armée de l’Air: AdlA) marked the retirement of its Dassault Mirage 2000N nuclear-capable strike aircraft on 21 June. A ceremonial flypast to mark the withdrawal of the aircraft after 30 years of service was held at the type’s homebase of Istres-Le Tubé,

  • Bahraini F-16V contract awarded

    A USD1.12 billion contract for F-16V Fighting Falcon combat aircraft for Bahrain was awarded to Lockheed Martin on 22 June. The fixed-price-incentive-firm deal for 16 F-16V aircraft will run through to 30 September 2023. The contract comes some nine months after the US State Department approved in

  • Super Tucano crashes during USAF light attack demo, pilot killed

    A Sierra-Nevada Corporation (SNC)-Embraer A-29 Super Tucano aircraft crashed at Hollomon Air Force Base (AFB) in New Mexico on 22 June, killing one of the two crew members. The aircraft, which was participating in the US Air Force’s (USAF) light attack demonstration (formerly known as OA-X)

  • Indonesia's PTDI delivers two NC212i transports to PAF

    State-owned aircraft manufacturer PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) has delivered the two NC212i light utility transport aircraft ordered by the Philippine Air Force (PAF) in January 2014. The twin-turboprop transports were photographed on 14 June after arriving at an airport near the Philippine

  • US delivers first F-35 to Turkey as congressional opposition to further deliveries grows

    Key Points The United States delivered its first F-35A to Turkey US lawmakers ramp up opposition to more F-35s to Turkey over its purchase of the S-400 As Lockheed Martin held a ceremony on 21 June to commemorate the first F-35A Lighting II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) delivery to Turkey, a US

  • Travis seeks VTOL UAV for base support and security mission

    The US Air Force (USAF) is seeking a small- to medium-sized vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to undertake support and security details at Travis Air Force Base (AFB) in California. A request for information (RFI) posted by Air Mobility Command (AMC) on 19 June

  • Update: Pratt & Whitney leaning towards PW815 for B-52 re-engining

    Key Points Pratt & Whitney is set to offer its PW815 engine for a key US Air Force programme, reports suggest The B-52 re-engining could be worth as much as USD11 billion Pratt & Whitney is likely to offer its PW815 engine for the US Air Force’s (USAF’s) highly-anticipated

  • USAF to lift B-1B grounding order

    The US Air Force (USAF) is to lift the grounding order on its fleet of Rockwell B-1B Lancer bombers, it announced on 20 June. The Air Force Global Strike Command (AFGSC) said that the order, which has been in place since 7 June, is to be rescinded after a safety review into the aircraft’s

  • Bulgaria proposes joint UAV production with Israel

    Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov has proposed joint production of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) before a meeting which discussed the proposal with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem on 12 June. Under the upcoming tender for a new jet fighter for the Bulgarian Air

  • UK loses Watchkeeper to accident

    The UK military lost another Thales WK 450 Watchkeeper to an accident on 13 June, when one of the British Army’s unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) crashed near West Wales Airport at Aberporth. The UAV came down close to the airfield from which it was operating, bringing to five the number of

  • Eurosatory 2018: Elistair expands tethered UAV portfolio

    French company Elistair has unveiled the 60 m Ligh-T V.3 compact tethering station for vertical take-off and landing unmanned aerial vehicles (VTOL UAVs) designed to support dismounted and mobile operations. The Ligh-T V.3 comprises a carrying case which features a 60 m lightweight

  • Eurosatory 2018: BlueBird Aero Systems reveals ThunderB cargo variant

    Richard Fowler, Paris Israel’s BlueBird Aero Systems has displayed a cargo variant of its ThunderB tactical unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) at the Eurosatory 2018 defence exhibition in Paris. The new variant can carry a cargo payload of up to 4 kg in two capsules that can be fitted under

  • Eurosatory 2018: Yugoimport showcases X-01 Strsljen armed VTOL UAV

    Serbia’s Yugoimport company has unveiled the X-01 Strsljen (Hornet) vertical take-off and landing unmanned aerial vehicle (VTOL UAV) at the Eurosatory 2018 exhibition being held in Paris from 11-15 June. The X-01 Strsljen has been developed by Serbian firm EDePro and is being marketed by

  • Eurosatory 2018: Middle Eastern MoD orders 70 DroneGuns

    The Australia-based company DroneShield announced on 14 June that the Ministry of Defence (MoD) of a Middle Eastern country had placed a USD3.2 million for 70 units of its DroneGun tactical jammer. “This is the largest known order for tactical drone mitigation equipment of this kind globally

  • Germany signs Heron TP leasing contract

    Germany has signed a leasing agreement for the Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) Heron TP medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that had been delayed by an industry protest. The agreement was announced on 14 June following parliamentary approval for the deal the day

  • Spain orders more Fulmar UAVs

    The Spanish armed forces have placed a new order with Thales for Fulmar light unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), the company’s Spanish subsidiary said on 8 June. The army will receive its first Fulmar reconnaissance UAV and the marines a further system. The marines received the first Spanish

  • US approves equipment and weapons for Indian Apache procurement

    The US government has approved the sale of systems, weapons, and support equipment for India’s Boeing AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopter procurement programme. The State Department’s approval of the USD930 million sale for items in support of six additional Apache helicopters was

  • NAF overhauls Mi-35P helicopter

    The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) announced on 9 June that it has successfully carried out its first in-house life-extension overhaul of a Mil Mi-35P assault helicopter. The NAF said the helicopter had been a critical asset during counter-insurgency operations in northeast Nigeria until it had to be

  • F-35 passes 300th delivery milestone

    The 300th production-standard F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) was delivered by Lockheed Martin and the Joint Program Office (JPO) on 11 June. The milestone at the Fort Worth facility in Texas took place some seven years after production-standard deliveries first began in May 2011.

  • Airbus Helicopters advances VSR700 shipborne UAV development

    Airbus Helicopters is set to conduct the first fully unmanned flight demonstration of its Optionally Piloted Vehicle (OPV) by the end of June, Jane’s has learned. The OPV is a modified Hélicoptères Guimbal Cabri G light helicopter being used to develop the control laws for the

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