• First flight for French Phénix MRTT

    The first of an expected 12 Airbus Defence and Space (DS) A330-200 MultiRole Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft made its maiden flight on 7 September, the company announced. The aircraft, which is the first of nine to be contracted with three more under option, made its 3 h 25 min maiden flight from

  • Iraqi F-16 and pilot lost in training accident

    An Iraqi Air Force (IqAF) Lockheed Martin F-16IQ Fighting Falcon combat aircraft was lost in a training accident on 5 September, killing the pilot. The single-seat fighter crashed while training in the United States with the Arizona Air National Guard’s 162nd Wing, based in Tucson. The US

  • Indian Army Advanced Light Helicopter crashes in Ladakh region

    Several Indian Army (IA) personnel, including two generals, survived with only minor injuries the crash of their Dhruv Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) on 5 September in India’s Himalayan region of Ladakh.  Officials said the IA’s twin-engine ALH, which is built by state-owned

  • Belgium presents its new Raven mini UAS

    The Belgian Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) Battalion in Heverlee, east of Brussels, presented its new RQ-11B Raven tactical mini unmanned aerial system (UAS) on 31 August. The Belgian Ravens will be operated by a platoon of the ISTAR Battalion. The

  • Turkey addresses pilot shortage

    The Turkish government issued a new decree on 25 August requiring civil aviation pilots to return to the Turkish Air Force Command (TAFC) in an attempt to bridge a serious shortage in combat pilots. The shortage has become more acute as a result of the ongoing massive purges of the Turkish Armed

  • EDA set to launch new study into diode-based laser for UAVs

    The European Defence Agency (EDA) will soon close a tender for a small study on a big idea: a new kind of laser for drone-mounted countermeasure defences. The goal is to move away from fibre optics for generating the beam, resulting in improved performance and a reduction in cost and other factors

  • Russia delivers four Mi-35M helos to Pakistan, says report

    Russia has completed delivery of four Mil Mi-35M 'Hind E' attack helicopters to the Pakistan Army Aviation Corps (PAAC), Brigadier General Waheed Mumtaz, spokesperson for the Defence Export Promotion Organization of Pakistan, was quoted by Russian news agency RIA Novosti as saying on 25 August.

  • Defence minister proposes building new helicopter in Austria

    In interviews with Austrian media on 25 August, Defence Minister Hans Peter Doskozil proposed that a domestic industry cluster build the army's new light multirole helicopter. Doskozil told the Kronen Zeitung newspaper that talks would be held with potential domestic companies, claiming Austria has

  • JOBSS selected for RNLA

    Israel’s Bagira Systems has been awarded a contract by the Netherlands Ministry of Defence to supply a solution based on the company’s Joint-fire BattleSpace Simulator (JOBSS) as the Joint Fires Training and Exercise System (JFTES) for the Royal Netherlands Army (RNLA). JOBSS is already

  • Brazil likely to soon receive final modernised F-5s

    The Brazilian Air Force (FAB) is scheduled to receive its last two modernised Northrop F-5FM Tiger II fighters between October and November and this would conclude the F-5M programme, the service told Jane's . An April 2011 contract, worth BRL276 million (USD87 million), called for Embraer to

  • Army-2017: Burkina Faso orders two Mi-171Sh helicopters

    Burkina Faso has signed two agreements covering the delivery of two Mil Mi-171Sh transport helicopters and aviation weapons during Russia's Army-2017 show, Sergey Kornev, the deputy director general of the state arms export agency Rosoboronexport announced on 26 August. Kornev added that Burkina

  • Austria’s rift with Airbus hampers helicopter acquisition

    Key Points Austria's MoD has launched the procurement of 12 light multirole helicopters for EUR30–50 million Due to the legal dispute with Airbus over the 2003–2007 Typhoon acquisition, Vienna is trying to exclude Airbus Helicopters from bidding On 21 August, the Austrian Ministry of

  • Contract for first eight Saudi Chinooks awarded

    The US Department of Defense awarded a USD223 million contract to Boeing on 23 August to produce eight CH-47F Chinook heavy-lift helicopters for the Royal Saudi Land Forces Aviation Command (RSLFAC). The estimated completion date of the contract is 30 July 2021. It was announced in December 2016

  • Israeli Hermes 900 declared operational

    Key Points The IAF has declared the Kochav UAV is now operational The Kochav is almost certainly capable of carrying out airstrikes The Israeli Air Force (IAF) announced on 23 August that its Kochav unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) had become operational after successfully completing trials. Kochav

  • General Atomics aims for Protector UK military certification by 2021

    Key Points GA-ASI hopes to have its Protector UAV variant UK military certified by 2021 This could eventually lead to certification to fly in civil airspace and a new market for UAVs General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc (GA-ASI) is aiming to have its Protector, a variant of its Certifiable

  • General Dynamics demos ability to launch UAV from UUV

    General Dynamics demonstrated the ability to launch an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) from an unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) during the US Navy’s Advanced Naval Technology Exercise (ANTX) 2017. The company also displayed a prototype capability for deploying unmanned vehicles from a

  • Russian Helicopters produces first Mi-28UB

    Russian Helicopters has produced the first Mi-28UB 'Havoc' and is testing the combat helicopters, the company announced on 22 August. Eight Mi-28UBs will be delivered to the Russian Ministry of Defence by the end of the year, the company said. The holding company's CEO, Andrey Boginsky said that

  • Two more Mexican Air Force T-6C+ aircraft crash

    Two Mexican Air Force (FAM) Beechcraft T-6C+ Texan II aircraft crashed on 16 August, the Secretariat of National Defence (SEDENA) announced. According to SEDENA, the aircraft were on a training flight over the Santa Lucia Military Air Base N°1 (BAM N°1) when the two aircraft brushed

  • Chinese Xian H-6K with refuelling probe suggests new missions

    A vague image of a Xian Aircraft Corporation H-6K with a nose-mounted refuelling probe suggests additional missions may be in store for this much-modified 65-year-old medium bomber design, which first flew in 1952 as the Soviet-era Tupolev Tu-16. Appearing for the first time on 15 August on a

  • India approves Apache procurement for army

    India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has approved the INR41.7 billion (USD651.3 million) import of six Boeing AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopters for the Indian Army (IA). The six helicopters, which were approved on 17 August, are part of an option of 11 that was included in an INR139.5

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