• China’s Beihang Unmanned Aircraft System Technology unveils TYW-1 strike-capable UAV

    China’s Beihang Unmanned Aircraft System Technology unveiled on 13 November its TYW-1 strike-capable reconnaissance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) and what appeared to be a new version of the BZK-005 multirole medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) UAV at the company’s new factory in the

  • Dubai Airshow 2017: Japan looks to Gulf for C-2 export sales

    The Japanese Ministry of Defence (MoD) has displayed the newly designed and produced Kawasaki C-2 transport aircraft at the Dubai Airshow, and hopes to export the aircraft to the Gulf region. On 14 November, Colonel Tokukazu Omine, the C-2 programme manager for the MoD, told Jane’s that Japan

  • Dubai Airshow 2017: UAE-based Calidus reveals new COIN aircraft

    United Arab Emirates (UAE)-based Calidus has revealed a new turboprop aircraft designed for light attack counterinsurgency (COIN). The single-engined B-250, which was unveiled at the Dubai Airshow running from 12 to 16 November, is a tandem twin-seat aircraft that is built around the Rockwell

  • Dubai Airshow 2017: IOMAX showcases Block 2 Archangel, looks to close out sales

    IOMAX has showcased a new and improved Block 2 variant of its Archangel Border Patrol Aircraft (BPA), as it looks to close out sales with at least four new customers. Speaking to Jane’s on 14 November, IOMAX officials said with the Block 2 aircraft on static display at the Dubai Airshow, the

  • Kuwaiti Typhoon assembly begins

    Eurofighter partner companies have begun the assembly of major components of the Kuwaiti air force’s Typhoon combat aircraft, according to the vice president of Leonardo’s Eurofighter Programme Unit, Giancarlo Mezzanatto. He revealed details of the assembly activity for the 28 Kuwait

  • Russian Aerospace Forces to receive more Mi-28N attack helicopters

    Another consignment of Mi-28N ‘Night Hunter’ attack helicopters will be delivered to the Russian Aerospace Forces (VKS) for the beginning of the training year under the State Defence Order, the Ministry of Defence announced on 7 November. Nearly 100 Mi-28Ns have entered service with the

  • Airbus showcases armed ISR variant of C295

    Airbus Defence and Space (DS) has showcased a new variant of its new C295 transport aircraft that has been equipped for the armed intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) mission. The platform, which was being displayed at the Dubai Airshow, was shown alongside a representative fitment of

  • Serbia modernises Orao ground attack aircraft

    The Serbian state-owned intermediary for defence equipment imports and exports, Yugoimport SDPR, and the Ministry of Defence's (MoD) Military Technical Institute are working on the modernisation package they are proposing for twin-seat versions of the Soko Orao twin-jet subsonic ground attack and

  • Airbus reveals future New Fighter concept

    Airbus Defence and Space (DS) has revealed a New Fighter concept that could serve as a potential replacement for the Eurofighter Typhoon and Dassault Rafale in the 2040-timeframe. Speaking at the IQPC International Fighter conference in Berlin on 8 November, the company’s head of strategy,

  • Argentina finishes deal to buy Super Etendards

    After long negotiations, the Argentine and French governments signed a contract for the Argentine Navy to buy five Dassault Super Etendard Modernisé (SEM) aircraft that were retired by French Naval Aviation. The EUR12.5 million (USD14.5 million) contract includes a simulator and spare engines,

  • Azeri Heron UAVs seen at new base

    Azerbaijan has based IAI Heron medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) at a new airbase that has been constructed west of the capital, Baku. Digital Globe satellite imagery shows two Herons present on 16 September. Earlier imagery indicates that Azeri forces began

  • Germany declares preference for F-35 to replace Tornado

    The German Air Force has a shortlist of existing platforms to replace its Panavia Tornados from 2025 to 2030, but the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) is the service’s “preferred choice", a senior service official said on 8 November. Speaking under the

  • Malaysia seeks Light Combat Aircraft as part of wider modernisation plans

    Malaysia is looking to acquire a new ‘low-end’ fighter and attack aircraft as part of wider plans to better tailor its combat capabilities to meet current and future threats, an air force official said on 7 November. Speaking under the Chatham House rule, the official said that the

  • RoCAF Mirage 2000 crashes during night-time training mission

    A Republic of China Air Force (RoCAF) Dassault Mirage 2000 multirole fighter crashed on 7 November during a regular night-time training mission over the seas north of Taiwan, the Taipei Times newspaper reported citing the Air Force Command. The pilot was listed as missing and the authorities

  • NOMAD flight vehicle completes at-sea demonstration from LCS

    Key Points NOMAD is a low-cost rotary-wing UAV forming part of ONR’s wider NEMESIS Innovative Naval Prototype Testing from USS Coronado demonstrated NOMAD’s upgraded launch and control capabilities, as well as a new recovery capability The US Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) has

  • TAI begins development of ATAK 2 heavy attack helicopter

    Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) announced on 31 October that it has begun domestic development of the ATAK 2 attack helicopter. TAI began the project to build the six-tonne ATAK 2 domestically without foreign help based on technical knowledge and operational experience gained with the T129

  • Bolivian Army showcases new UAVs, apparently from China’s Yuneec

    The Bolivian Army showcased its new unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) during a military exercise, ‘Paucarpata II’, on 27 October. The Bolivian government has not revealed what type of UAV was acquired, but Jane’s has reviewed footage of a 14 October ceremony, during which President

  • Pakistan says it downed Indian surveillance UAV

    The Pakistani military announced on 27 October that it had shot down what it claimed was an Indian unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that entered Pakistani airspace across the line of control (LOC) in the disputed northern region of Kashmir. Major General Asif Ghafoor, the head of the Inter-Services

  • Russian Helicopters begins hot climate trials in Pakistan of Ansat helicopter

    Russian Helicopters announced on 31 October that it had begun 'hot climate' trials in Pakistan of its Ansat lightweight multirole helicopter. The Moscow-based helicopter manufacturer, which is part of Russian state holding company Rostec, said in a statement that the trials aim to confirm the

  • USMC can ‘print’ UAVs with expedition forces

    The US Marine Corps can manufacture small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) using highly portable 3D printing systems, Gunnery Sergeant Douglas McCue told Jane’s during the Bold Alligator amphibious exercise along the North Carolina coast. McCue said his expeditionary 3D printing systems can

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