• Italy receives final M-346 jet trainer

    The Italian Air Force (Aeronautica Militare Italiana: AMI) has received into service its 18th and final Alenia Aermacchi M-346 Master advanced jet trainer aircraft, the company announced on 27 February. The aircraft was accepted during a ceremony at Alenia’s Venegono production plant in

  • Boeing, US Air Force reach deal on Presidential Aircraft Recapitalization

    Key Points Boeing said it reached a deal with the USAF on PAR This is one of the most high profile and expensive programmes the USAF will tackle A Boeing official said on 27 February that the price as agreed includes work to develop and build two presidential aircraft, including those unique to

  • Kratos eyes export opportunity for tactical UAS

    The unmanned systems business of US technology and services group Kratos Defense & Security Solutions has hinted that it is close to securing a significant export contract for the production of an advanced jet-powered unmanned aircraft system (UAS). In a release announcing recent flight testing

  • Russia donates two Antonov aircraft to Nicaragua

    Russia has donated to Nicaragua two Antonov An-26 'Curl' transport aircraft that were officially transferred during a 23 February ceremony. The aircraft are to be used by the Nicaraguan Army Air Force (Fuerza Aérea del Ejército de Nicaragua) and its search-and-rescue unit. The An-26 is a

  • Northrop Grumman testbed to help develop swarm tactics

    As part of the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) OFFEnsive Swarm-Enabled Tactics (OFFSET) effort, Northrop Grumman has launched a testbed to support the development of breakthrough technologies that will enable ground forces to use swarms of small unmanned systems. The company is

  • India flight-tests Rustom-2 UAV in user configuration

    India’s state-run Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully flight-tested its indigenously designed Rustom-2 medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in user configuration on 25 February. The platform took off from the DRDO’s

  • Saab touts GlobalEye as future E-3A replacement for NATO

    Saab is pitching its GlobalEye airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) platform as a possible future successor to the Boeing E-3A Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) currently fielded by NATO. Speaking at the public unveiling of the first GlobalEye in Linkoping on 23 February, the

  • Indonesia acquires four Wing Loong I UAVs from China

    Key Points Indonesia has acquired four units of Wing Loong I UAVs with surface strike capabilities Aircraft will be inducted with the country’s first composite UAV aviation squadron in West Kalimantan The Indonesian government has acquired four strike-capable Wing Loong I medium-altitude,

  • First phase of upgrades to Australia’s E-7A fleet completed

    The first phase of upgrades to the Royal Australian Air Force’s (RAAF’s) fleet of E-7A Wedgetail airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft has been completed, Boeing Defence Australia announced on 21 February. “The on-time completion of the first stage of Phase 5A

  • Russian Su-57 fifth-gen fighter prototypes touch down in Syria

    Key Points Two Russian Su-57 fifth-generation fighter prototypes have been deployed to Syria It is unclear what the real benefits of the deployment are The Russian Aerospace Forces (Vozdushno-Kosmicheskiye Sily: VKS) have deployed two Sukhoi Su-57 fifth-generation fighters to Humaymim Air Base in

  • Indonesian Navy to receive four ScanEagle UAVs in 2018

    Key Points The Indonesian Navy will receive four ScanEagle UAVs in mid-2018 Equipment is provided under a grant from the US government, which seeks to build maritime surveillance capabilities of Southeast Asian countries The Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Laut:

  • Saab rolls out first GlobalEye AEW&C aircraft

    Saab rolled out its first GlobalEye airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) platform during a ceremony at the company’s Linkoping production facility in Sweden on 23 February. The aircraft is the first of the company’s Bombardier Global 6000 business jet-based GlobalEye AEW&C

  • USFK launches Gray Eagle UAS unit, says report

    United States Forces Korea (USFK) has launched a unit of the General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) MQ-1C Gray Eagle medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial system (UAS) in South Korea as part of efforts to enhance its capabilities in the region, the Yonhap news agency

  • AFA Winter 2018: USAF studying reducing UAV manpower

    The US Air Force (USAF) is studying how to reduce the number of airmen it takes to operate unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to fewer than 10, according to a key officer. Air Education and Training Command (AETC) chief Lieutenant General Steven Kwast said on 22 February that it took the USAF 13

  • AHRLAC launches into US market

    South Africa’s Paramount Group announced on 22 February that it was launching its Advanced High-Performance Reconnaissance Light Aircraft (AHRLAC) aircraft into the US market. Known as the Bronco II, the company is aiming to promote the aircraft to the United States as a potential light

  • US Navy interested in air force's retired MQ-1 Predator UAVs

    US Navy (USN) officials are discussing acquiring General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) MQ-1 Predator unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) the US Air Force (USAF) plans to retire, according to a USAF spokesperson. USAF spokesperson First Lieutenant Annabel Monroe said on 20 February that the

  • US approves Apache upgrade for Netherlands

    The United States has approved the remanufacture of Boeing AH-64D Apache Longbow attack helicopters operated by the Netherlands to AH-64E Apache Guardian standard. According to a US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notification posted on 20 February, the State Department has approved the

  • Lockheed Martin begins assembly of first HH-60W CRH helo

    Lockheed Martin has begun the assembly of the first Sikorsky HH-60W Combat Rescue Helicopter (CRH) for the US Air Force (USAF), ahead of the type’s maiden flight planned for the end of this year. The assembly of the Engineering Manufacturing Development (EMD) aircraft, which was announced by

  • Brazil cuts three aircraft from Skyhawk fighter upgrade

    The Brazilian Navy’s Naval Aviation Force will receive six modernised McDonnell Douglas Skyhawk (three AF-1B single-seat and three AF-1C twin-seat) fighters, instead of nine AF-1Bs and three AF-1Cs as originally planned in an April 2009 contract with Embraer. The move is due to Brazil’s

  • Russian Navy begins aerial refuelling training for its combat pilots

    The Russian Navy is training its combat pilots in the techniques of aerial refuelling for the first time in recent history, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) disclosed on 19 February. Pilots from the Naval Aviation Directorate and the Baltic and Black Sea Fleets flying Sukhoi Su-30SM

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