• Hungary auctions off MiG-29s

    Hungary launched an auction process on 25 October to sell 23 decommissioned MiG-29 aircraft, complete with engines, at a starting price of HUF4.8 billion (USD18 million). The auction includes 20 spare engines, an unspecified number of missiles integrated into the MiGs, and 1,251 spare parts.

  • Slovakia receives first Spartan airlifter

    Slovakia officially inducted into its inventory the first of two Alenia Aermacchi C-27J Spartan tactical transport aircraft on 31 October. The twin-engined turboprop, which actually arrived in-country the previous week, was welcomed into service during a ceremony at Malacky-Kuchyna air base near

  • China’s AT200 cargo UAV to supply military installations in South China Sea

    China is planning to use its new AT200 cargo unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to carry out deliveries to the country’s military bases in the South China Sea, according to the Institute of Engineering Thermophysics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. “Because of its strong performance, the

  • Japan to donate five Beechcraft TC-90 trainers to Philippines

    Japan will donate five Beechcraft TC-90 King Air advanced trainer aircraft to the Philippines at the end of March 2018 to bolster the Southeast Asian country’s maritime security capabilities. Japan ’s Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Agency (ATLA) – a division under the

  • SNC pitches Force Hawk as USAF Huey replacement

    Sierra-Nevada Corporation (SNC) has joined Boeing and Lockheed Martin in pitching a solution for the US Air Force’s (USAF’s) UH-1N Huey Replacement Program, the company confirmed to Jane’s on 28 October. The Nevada-based is to pitch upgraded surplus UH-60 Black Hawks for the

  • Leonardo and Lockheed Martin confirm Czech helo interest

    Leonardo Helicopters and Lockheed Martin have confirmed their commitment to competing a future medium multirole helicopter requirement for the Czech Republic, following the recent announcement that the US government has cleared the potential sale of the Bell UH-1Y Venom to the country. Both

  • China’s Sunic-Ocean targets regional maritime security roles with SU-H2M UAV

    Sunic-Ocean System Tech (Sunic-Ocean), a Qingdao-based research and development company specialising in unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and autonomous flight control systems, has completed development of its SU-H2M vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) UAV, Jane’s has learnt. The SU-H2M

  • China's J-20 fifth-gen fighter moves into series production

    Key Points The CAC J-20 fifth-generation fighter will soon move into series production, according to a CCTV report The type may be brought into service before achieving FOC The Chengdu Aerospace Corporation (CAC) J-20 ‘fifth-generation’ multirole fighter will soon enter series

  • Jordan takes delivery of ex-Dutch F-16s

    The first six of 15 F-16 multirole fighters that the Netherlands has sold to Jordan were flown out of Volkel Air Base by Jordanian pilots for their new home at Al-Azraq Air Base on 25 October, the Dutch Ministry of Defence announced on the following day. It said the aircraft had undergone software

  • UK looks to Typhoon upgrade package

    UK air force chiefs have re-organised efforts to upgrade their fleet of Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft ahead of an expected decision on whether to buy EuroRadar Captor-E active electronically scanned array (AESA) radars later this year. Jane’s has learned that the Royal Air Force (RAF) has set

  • BAE Systems develops cyber threat detection for military aircraft

    BAE Systems is expanding its aircraft threat detection capabilities to go beyond kinetic threats into the cyber realm, developing new capabilities including systems analysis, reverse engineering, and intrusion detection, in order to defend aircraft from cyber attacks. In particular, the company is

  • QinetiQ inducts Firejet target to CATS service

    QinetiQ has introduced the Kratos Defense and Security Solutions’ MQM-178 Firejet aerial target into the Combined Aerial Target Service (CATS) provided to the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD). A first Firejet target sortie was flown by QinetiQ at the end of September. Two MQM-178 targets were

  • Israel lifts Apache grounding

    Israel has lifted a grounding order for its fleet of Boeing AH-64 Apache attack helicopters that was imposed following a fatal crash earlier this year. The Israeli Air Force (IAF) on 23 October announced that it had the day before begun a “gradual return” to flight operations for its 23

  • RAN to receive first heavy-fuel-powered S-100 Camcopters by end-2017

    The first heavy-fuel-powered versions of the Schiebel S-100 Camcopter rotary-winged unmanned aircraft system (UAS) will be delivered to the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) – the vehicle’s launch customer – by the end of 2017, Schiebel’s Australia sales representative, Phil

  • First French C-130J rolls out

    The first of four Lockheed Martin C-130J Hercules transport aircraft for the French Air Force was rolled out from the Marietta production facility in Georgia on 20 October. The aircraft was rolled out in front of the cameras for the first time after being painted in national colours and markings.

  • PacStar readies compact networking systems for USMC NOTM effort

    PacStar has been selected to provide the US Marine Corps (USMC) with a small, modular, networking on-the-move (NOTM) capability for tactical vehicles. In addition, the company will provide its 400-Series products to the US Army for the expeditionary tactical communications programme. Jeff

  • Turkey to start testing satcom control of Anka-S UAV

    Turkey’s domestically developed Anka-S unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) is scheduled to begin satellite communications (satcom) control tests as the last step before the completion of acceptance testing. Unlike the two Anka-A and single Anka-B prototypes already built by Turkish Aerospace

  • US clears Venom sale to Czech Republic

    The potential sale of Bell UH-1Y Venom utility and assault helicopters to the Czech Republic has been approved by the US State Department, it was announced on 23 October. The Foreign Military Sale (FMS), which is valued at USD575 million, covers 12 helicopters, mission equipment, spares, support,

  • Denel details AAM developments

    South Africa’s state-owned Denel Group, in its “Twenty 16/17 Integrated Report” has detailed a number of development milestones in the air-launched guided weapons segment managed by the Group’s Denel Dynamics division. Released in late September, the report noted that the

  • First Mi-28UB helicopters to be delivered to Russian MoD in November

    Russian Helicopters, a Rostec holding company, has manufactured the first batch of Mi-28UB combat training helicopters, which will be delivered to the Russian Ministry of Defenсe (MoD) in November, the holding company has announced. “The aircraft have passed all necessary factory tests.

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