• Costa Rica to receive four UH-1H helicopters

    The US government announced on 26 April that it will donate four Bell UH-1H ‘Huey’ helicopters to the Costa Rican government for use by the Ministerio de Seguridad Pública’s Servicio de Vigilancia Aérea (SVA); the air arm of the country. They will mainly be used in the

  • Videos show Embraer KC-390 off runway

    A pair of YouTube videos show an Embraer KC-390 tanker transport aircraft on the ground beyond the end of a runway. Embraer said the aircraft, prototype 001, was conducting ground tests that resulted in a runway excursion at the company’s Gavião Peixoto, Brazil, facility. The crew

  • Turkmenistan showcased M-346, C-27J aircraft

    Turkmenistan has showcased the Alenia M-346 Master advanced jet trainer and C-27J Spartan tactical airlifter, state media revealed on 3 May. The president of the former Soviet republic, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow, was shown by state broadcaster Watan Habarlary sitting in the cockpit of an M-346, as

  • Ecuador retires last Turbo Mentors

    After 40 years, one of the main trainers of the Ecuadorian Air Force was retired from service on 4 May. The last Beechcraft T-34C Turbo Mentor was retired from service at the Escuela Superior Militar de Aviación “Cosme Rennella B.” in Salinas. A total of 18 aircraft were purchased

  • Netherlands procures Black Hornet micro UAVs

    On 2 May, the Dutch Ministry of Defence (MoD) signed a contract with Prox Dynamics of Norway to procure dozens of Black Hornet rotary-wing micro unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for the Royal Netherlands Army and Marines. Buying the micro-UAVs off the shelf will avoid teething problems and therefore

  • German Hercules buy approved

    The US government has approved the sale of six Lockheed Martin C-130J Hercules aircraft for an estimated USD1.4 billion to Germany. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on 4 May that the State Department has given the go-ahead for the potential sale of three C-130J-30 transport

  • Russian Ka-52 attack helo crashes in Syria, crew killed

    A Russian Kamov Ka-52 ‘Hokum-B’ attack helicopter crashed in Syria on 7 May, killing both crew members. The helicopter was reported by state media to have been on a ‘routine’ flight when it came down in eastern Syria. The Russian Ministry of Defence has stated that the early

  • Military, industrial users turn to UAS leasing as a new option

    Leasing unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) is becoming a more popular option as commercial entities seek the capability and military users seek to obviate cumbersome acquisition processes. JetLease Vice-President Katy Glynn told Jane’s she sees a growing appetite for leased unmanned platforms.

  • Xponential 2018: US Army mulls prospects for more autonomous unmanned aerial systems

    The US Army is working through how autonomy and artificial intelligence (AI) could be applied to the services’ operations, requirements, and missions, with a focus on manned-unmanned teaming. Brigadier General Walter Rugen, deputy commanding general, support, 7th Infantry Division and

  • Images show J-15 fighter fitted with wingtip EW pods

    Photographs recently published in online forums show a two-seat Shenyang Aircraft Corporation (SAC) J-15 multirole fighter aircraft equipped with what appear to be wingtip electronic warfare (EW) pods, suggesting that an electronic attack (EA) variant of the aircraft may be at a late stage of

  • BAE Systems reveals PHASA-35 solar-powered HALE UAV

    BAE Systems has revealed its PHASA-35 concept for a solar-powered high-altitude long-endurance (HALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that can remain aloft for up to a year. The Persistent High Altitude Solar Aircraft (PHASA) UAV features a 35 m wingspan, giving it the moniker PHASA-35. According to

  • Russian Su-30SM crashes off Syria, two dead

    A Russian Sukhoi Su-30SM ‘Flanker-H’ combat aircraft crashed into the sea off Syria on 3 May, killing both crew members. The multirole fighter came down shortly after departing Khmeimim Airbase on the Mediterranean coast, the Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) confirmed. While the cause

  • USAF C-130H crashes, five on board

    A US Air Force (USAF) Lockheed Martin C-130 Hercules transport crashed on 2 May, reportedly killing all on board. The C-130H-variant aircraft from the Puerto Rico Air National Guard (ANG) came down at about 1130 h local time near Savannah Hilton Head International Airport in Savannah, Georgia, with

  • Xponential 2018: Insitu unveils ITAR-free ScanEagle 3

    Insitu unveiled its ScanEagle 3 unmanned aircraft at Xponential 2018 in Denver, Colorado, on 1 May. Insitu, a subsidiary of Boeing, officially revealed for the first time the latest addition to its family of unmanned aircraft systems (UASs), which as a commercial platform is not covered by US

  • Afghan Air Force receive latest Super Tucano shipment

    The Afghan Air Force (AAF) has received a further two Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC)–Embraer A-29 Super Tucano light-attack turboprops to add to the 20 already delivered. The new aircraft were delivered to Moody Air Force Base (AFB) in Georgia where they joined the seven that are being used

  • USMC rebuffs concerns of CH-53K delay

    The US Marine Corps (USMC) has rebuffed concerns that its Sikorsky CH-53K King Stallion heavy-lift helicopter might not meet its planned initial operating capability (IOC) date of 2019, saying that it is confident that the programme will proceed “as in the plan”. Speaking to reporters

  • Xponential 2018: Textron unveils X5-55 electric testbed

    Textron unveiled its new X5-55 fully electric flying testbed at Xponential 2018 in Denver, Colorado. The X5-55 was developed to promote research and innovation to address military customers’ demands in four key areas: agility, energy management, survivability, and teaming. According to Bill

  • US seeks airborne rescue and recovery for SOF in Yemen

    The US military is looking for contractors to provide personnel recovery, as well as airborne casualty and medical evacuation services, for special forces personnel operating in and around Yemen. The United States Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) issued a request for information (RFI) on 30

  • Xponential 2018: AeroVironment to test new UAS by mid-2018

    AeroVironment is developing a new line of unmanned aerial systems (UASs) that will incorporate FlightWave’s Edge hybrid vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) system. FlightWave’s technology will enable a UAS to operate as a VTOL and fixed-wing aircraft, Dave Sharpin, vice-president

  • Xponential 2018: Aeryon unveils new R80D SkyRaider multimission UAS

    Aeryon officially unveiled the R80D SkyRaider multimission unmanned rotorcraft at the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International's (AUVSI's) Xponential 2018 in Denver. The R80D SkyRaider is the latest development from Aeryon Defense USA, which is the fully owned subsidiary of Aeryon

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