• US Navy contracts Boeing to begin conformal fuel tank work for Super Hornet Block 3

    Boeing has been contracted to design, develop, test, and integrate conformal fuel tanks (CFTs) for the US Navy’s (USN’s) fleet of F/A-18E/F Super Hornet combat aircraft. The contract, announced by the Department of Defense (DoD) on 14 February, is valued at USD219.6 million and will run

  • Turkish PM: no evidence that attack helicopter was shot down in Syria

    There is no evidence that the Turkish T129 ATAK helicopter that crashed in Syria’s Afrin region on 10 February was shot down, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on 14 February. Yildirim added that the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) investigation had not been

  • Bulgaria issues flight training tender

    The Bulgarian Ministry of Defence published a tender on 31 January for a 48-month framework agreement for ab initio and basic flight training. The BGN2.53 million (USD1.59 million) procurement is for four twin-seat piston-engine light training aircraft to provide at least 400 hours each of visual

  • Sikorsky protests US Air Force’s UH-1N replacement programme

    Sikorsky on 12 February filed a bid protest with the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) for the US Air Force’s (USAF’s) UH-1N replacement programme. Sikorsky spokesperson Melissa Chadwick said on 14 February that the company filed a pre-award protest regarding USAF positions

  • Russian MoD to acquire additional Ka-52 helicopters

    Russia’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) will acquire an additional 114 Ka-52 Alligator combat-reconnaissance helicopters under the State Armaments Programme (GPV) for 2018–27, Deputy Defence Minister Yuri Borisov said. The MoD will receive an upgraded version of the Ka-52, Borisov said on 6

  • General Atomics to partner with Boeing on MQ-25 Stingray

    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) is to team with Boeing on its MQ-25 Stingray offering to the US Navy (USN), the company announced on 12 February. The unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) manufacturer said it will collaborate with Boeing Autonomous Systems on the MQ-25 Stingray Unmanned

  • Pentagon Budget 2019: US Navy requests 29 F-35s

    Key Points The US Navy is requesting 29 total F-35s for both itself and the Marine Corps The F-35 is the Pentagon’s largest programme by spending The US Navy (USN) is requesting 29 Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters (JSF) in fiscal year 2019 (FY 2019) – 20 of the

  • Ukrainian equipment remains abandoned in Crimea

    Large quantities of Ukrainian equipment remain in Crimea nearly four years after being left behind by Ukrainian troops during their withdrawal from the peninsula in March 2014 as a result of the Russian annexation. Jane's has learned from open sources that, in addition to ammunition, the equipment

  • Lockheed Martin delivers 400th C-130J Hercules

    Lockheed Martin has announced the delivery of the 400th C-130J Hercules, with the milestone aircraft being handed over to the US Air Force’s Special Operations Command (AFSOC). The delivery, announced on 12 February, saw an MC-130J Commando II special mission Hercules aircraft handed over to

  • PLAAF inducts J-20 into combat units

    China’s People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) has begun inducting the Chengdu Aircraft Industry Group (CAIG) J-20 ‘fifth-generation’ multirole fighter aircraft into its combat units, the Ministry of National Defense (MND) in Beijing announced on 9 February. The move

  • Poland plans four types of UAVs

    Poland intends to buy four types of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) until 2022, a secretary of state in the Ministry of National Defence (MND) has told a National Defence Committee hearing in the lower house of the Polish parliament. Wojciech Skurkiewicz said on 6 February that Poland is seeking

  • Singapore takes delivery of final batch of S-70B Seahawks

    The Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) has received all of the Sikorsky S-70B Seahawk naval helicopters on order, the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) has confirmed in a statement issued to Jane’s on 10 February. The acknowledgement comes after the service showcased one of its two newest

  • Maiden flight for Japanese EC-2 ELINT aircraft

    An electronic intelligence (ELINT) variant of the Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI) C-2 transport aircraft made its maiden flight on 8 February. The milestone for the ELINT C-2 was not announced officially by the manufacturer, but was marked by images and video of the event posted online. Designated

  • Israel to expand Heron TP fleet

    The Israeli Air Force (IAF) has expanded its fleet of Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) Heron TP medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), the manufacturer announced on 7 February. As noted by IAI, the additional platforms will feature new undisclosed capabilities.

  • Singapore Airshow 2018: Sino-Italian JV develops Spider 103 UAV

    Collective Wisdom Technology Co Ltd, a new Sino-Italian joint venture (JV), displayed at the Singapore Airshow 2018 exhibition a new rotary-wing unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) with potentially a wide array of defence, search-and-rescue, and other security-related applications. Called Spider 103, the

  • Myanmar Air Force to receive more Yak-130 aircraft

    Following the induction of a first tranche of six Yakovlev Yak-130 ‘Mitten’ advanced jet trainer/light attack aircraft into the Myanmar Air Force (MAF) in December 2017, Russian sources have confirmed that a second batch of six platforms of the type will be delivered to the force later

  • Mystery surrounds Algeria’s three ISR Gulfstream 550s

    Mystery continues to surround the Algerian Air Force’s USD1.1 billion deal for three intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR)-configured Gulfstream 550 aircraft. The contract, brokered by the Algerian armed forces’ Joint Chief of Staff, General Ahmed Gaid Salah, was signed

  • Poland to acquire Integrator STUAS

    Poland is to acquire the Insitu RQ-21A Blackjack small tactical unmanned aircraft system (STUAS), most likely to replace the smaller ScanEagle systems it already fields. A Foreign Military Sale (FMS) notification for systems related to the Integrator was posted by the US Naval Air Systems Command

  • USCG to deploy cutter to East China Sea

    The US Coast Guard (USCG) plans to deploy a national security cutter (NSC) to the Western Pacific in the coming year to help build better relations with smaller maritime nations, enhance security, and provide another tool to signal US commitment to the region. “In the East China Sea

  • Iran's Mohajer 6 armed UAV goes into production

    Iran held a ceremony on 5 February to mark the start of mass production of the new Mohajer 6 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV). Five Mohajer 6s were displayed during the event, which was attended by Defence Minister Amir Hatami and Brigadier General Mohammad Pakpour, the commander of the Islamic

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