• Japan deploys second F-35A to Misawa Air Base

    The Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) has deployed a second F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter to Misawa Air Base in northern Japan. The fifth-generation fighter, which arrived at Misawa on 15 May, was the third aircraft to undergo Final Assembly and Check Out (FACO) at Mitsubishi Heavy

  • RAF starts talks on E-3D AWACS replacement

    Key Points The RAF has begun to consider replacing its E-3D AWACS aircraft It is becoming increasingly costly to maintain the E-3Ds, meaning that replacing rather than upgrading them might be the most cost-effective option Senior UK Royal Air Force (RAF) officers and procurement officials have

  • USMC receives first CH-53K heavy-lift helo

    The US Marine Corps (USMC) has received the first of 200 Sikorsky CH-53K King Stallion heavy-lift helicopters that are set to arrive over the coming years. The milestone, which took place on 16 May, saw the corps accept the first helicopter to enter into the Supportability Test Plan (STP) that will

  • Indian MoD issues RFP for 200 Ka-226T helicopters

    India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has issued a request for proposal (RFP) to the joint venture (JV) formed between Russian Helicopters and India’s Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) for the supply of 200 Kamov Ka-226T ‘Hoodlum’ light multirole helicopters for the Indian Air

  • Sudan’s new FTC-2000 jets arrive

    The Sudanese Air Force has taken delivery of its new Chinese-made FTC-2000 jets, the Sudanese Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 16 May. The MoD said that a new squadron for the FTC-2000s had been officially inaugurated in a ceremony attended by the Major General Awad Khalafallah Marawi, the

  • First leased King Air 350 certified for use by RNZAF

    The first of four leased Beechcraft King Air 350 aircraft has been certified for use by the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF), New Zealand’s Minister of Defence, Ron Mark, announced on 10 May, adding that the remaining three platforms will be delivered progressively into 2019. The

  • Bangladesh procurement of surplus UK C-130Js confirmed with support deal

    The sale of two UK-surplus Lockheed Martin C-130J Hercules transport aircraft to Bangladesh has been confirmed by a support contract announced by Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group on 10 May. While a government-to-government agreement on the sale of two of the Royal Air Force’s 10

  • Delayed simulator hits German Navy Sea Lion preparations

    The German Navy is having to adjust its plans to introduce the NH90-variant Sea Lion helicopter into service due to a delay in procuring a bespoke simulator system, a senior service official told reporters on 14 May. Speaking at the home of German Naval Aviation at Naval Air Station (NAS) Nordholz,

  • New UAVs completing Russian state testing

    Russia is testing and may soon procure four new types of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), including its first heavy strike UAV, according to Deputy Defence Minister Yury Borisov. Borisov, who is believed to be in line to become deputy prime minister for defence industry in the new Russian

  • Tu-22M3M bomber to make maiden flight in third quarter of 2018

    Preparations of the Tu-22M3M prototype are nearing completion for its maiden flight, in the third quarter of 2018, which could take place in August, a Russian aerospace industry source has told Jane’s . “Assembly of the aircraft is being completed,” the source reported. The

  • China’s AG600 amphibious aircraft to be ready for delivery by 2022

    China's locally built and developed AG600 amphibious aircraft is expected to be available for delivery to customers by 2022, the state-owned Xinhua news agency quoted the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) as saying on 13 May. "We are endeavouring to get the airworthiness

  • Xponential 2018: JetLease calls for UAV leasing model

    A new leasing financial model needs to be developed in order to address the evolution of threats and technology in the unmanned domain according to JetLease, a private aircraft leasing company. Speaking to Jane’s at the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International's (AUVSI's) 2018

  • Bell expects Czech UH-1Y sale to be concluded shortly

    Bell expects its anticipated UH-1Y Venom utility and assault helicopter sale to the Czech Republic to proceed now that the country’s presidential elections have been concluded. With the sale of 12 helicopters to the Eastern European nation having already been approved by the US government, a

  • Russian Navy deploys Su-30SM fighters to Syria

    A detachment of the Russian Naval Aviation Sukhoi Su-30SM ‘Flanker-H’ combat aircraft has deployed to the Khmeimim Air Base in Syria in the first overseas mission for the service’s newest air supremacy fighter. Two of the jets were first photographed during a media visit to the

  • Y-8 transport aircraft spotted on Subi Reef

    Commercial satellite imagery captured on 28 April has confirmed the deployment of a military aircraft, a Shaanxi Aircraft Corporation (SAC) Y-8 transport, on China’s artificial island at Subi Reef in the contested Spratly archipelago in the South China Sea. The move, which was noted in a 9

  • Bundeswehr buys Puma AE II UAS for maritime tasks

    The Bundesamt für Ausrüstung, Informationstechnik, und Nutzung der Bundeswehr (BAAINBw), Germany's Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology, and In-Service Support, announced on 8 May that it had signed a contract with Elektroniksystem- und Logistik-GmbH (ESG) on 26

  • Boeing to produce first KC-46 without post-build modifications this month

    Key Points Boeing will soon produce its first KC-46 that will not require post-build modifications Many of these modifications were related to wiring issues Boeing in May will, for the first time, produce a KC-46A Pegasus aerial refuelling tanker that will not require post-build modifications,

  • Afghanistan begins Black Hawk operations

    The Afghan Air Force (AAF) flew its first operational mission with its recently acquired Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters on 7 May. The mission, which was disclosed by the 438th Air Expeditionary Wing, saw at least three helicopters fly in support of Afghan provincial elections. The AAF is

  • German Navy to field Puma II UAS

    The German Navy has ordered the AeroVironment (AV) RQ-20B Puma II AE tactical unmanned aircraft system (UAS) under an urgent operational requirement (UOR), the manufacturer announced on 7 May. The hand-launched Puma II AE will provide the service with a persistent intelligence, surveillance, target

  • Brazil prepares Seahawk helos for Atlantico

    The Brazilian Navy will take steps to enable its Sikorsky SH-16 Seahawk multirole helicopter (a local designation for S-70B) to operate from the PHeM Atlantico (A 140) amphibious assault ship (formerly HMS Ocean of the UK Royal Navy) that is scheduled to be commissioned on 29 June. The aircraft was

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