• Xianglong UAVs spotted on China’s Hainan Island

    China continues to boost its aerial surveillance capabilities on its southern island of Hainan: a strategic location for military operations in the South China Sea. Commercial satellite imagery captured in February 2018 shows that two Guizhou Aviation Industry Group (GAIG) Xianglong ('Soaring

  • Australia declares IOC for P-8A ahead of schedule

    The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) has declared initial operating capability (IOC) for the Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime multimission aircraft (MMA), five months ahead of schedule. The milestone, which was announced by the service on 20 March, comes with six of the 12 aircraft currently under

  • Rheinmetall, Raytheon present ground-based air defence concept for Germany

    Rheinmetall and Raytheon have joined forces to offer a ground-based air defence (GBAD) concept for the Bundeswehr. The two companies propose to integrate Rheinmetall's Nah-und Nächstbereichsschutzsystem (NNbS) short- and very short-range air defence system with Raytheon's longer range Patriot

  • Spain invests in urgent requirements

    Spain is preparing to commit more than EUR10.8 billion (EUR13.3 billion) to cover a new cycle of investment programmes to meet the armed forces’ most urgent needs. Sources told Jane’s on 19 March that the figures were presented to a meeting of politicians addressed earlier this month by

  • Brazil boosts Seahawk operations

    The Brazilian Navy has expanded the capabilities of its six Sikorsky S-70B Seahawk multirole helicopters. Known by its local designation of SH-16, six of these helicopters are operated by Squadron HS-1 from São Pedro Naval Air Base (BAeNSPA). Four SH-16s were received in August 2012 and

  • Egypt to acquire Puma UASs

    Egypt is to acquire and field the AeroVironment (AV) RQ-20B Puma II AE tactical unmanned aircraft system (UAS), the US Department of Defense (DoD) disclosed on 16 March. A Foreign Military Sales (FMS) deal for an undisclosed number of systems valued at USD9.1 million has been awarded by the US

  • More than half of US Air Force T-6A trainer aircraft back in service

    More than half of the US Air Force’s (USAF) Beechcraft T-6A Texan II trainer aircraft are back in service after the fleet was recently grounded due to concerns with their oxygen supply systems. USAF Chief of Staff General David Goldfein told the House Appropriations (HAC) defence subcommittee

  • US Pave Hawk crash in Iraq was on routine mission

    The Sikorsky HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter that crashed in western Iraq on 15 March was on a routine mission from one base to another, according to a US Central Command (USCENTCOM) spokesman. Major Josh Jacques told Jane’s on 16 March that all seven people on board died in the crash, which took

  • US Marine Corps performs Hive Final Mile UAV concept demonstration

    Key Points The USMC spent time testing if small UAVs can autonomously deliver small goods to the field The marines believe this technology could save lives The US Marine Corps (USMC) on 14 March demonstrated a capability it calls Hive Final Mile (HFM) where it wants to autonomously deploy a group

  • Kratos cleared to market Mako ‘unmanned wingman’ internationally

    Kratos Defense & Security Solutions Inc has been granted approval by the US government to market its UTAP-22 Mako ‘unmanned wingman’ internationally, it announced on 13 March. The US State Department has permitted the San Diego-based company to promote its Mako jet-powered unmanned

  • US Navy Super Hornet crash kills two

    A US Navy (USN) Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet crashed on 14 March with the loss of both crew members. A Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA)-213 aircraft from Naval Air Station (NAS) Oceana in Virginia was attempting to land at NAS Key West (Boca Chica Field) in Florida when the incident occurred at about

  • US Army begins process to replace manufactured MH-47G Block 1 Chinooks with Block 2 newbuilds

    The US Army is moving ahead with plans to begin replacing its current remanufactured MH-47G Block 1 Chinook special mission helicopters with newbuild Block 2 platforms. A request for information (RFI) issued by the Aviation Integration Division (AMCOM) on 14 March calls for an initial six newbuild

  • GlobalEye makes maiden flight

    Saab’s GlobalEye airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft made its maiden flight from the company’s Linkoping production plant on 14 March. The Bombardier Global 6000 business jet-based platform marked this important milestone just 19 days after this first aircraft for

  • Chilean Air Force confirms delivery timeline for Black Hawk helos

    The Chilean Air Force (Fuerza Aérea de Chile: FACh) has confirmed the service is to receive all of its recently ordered Sikorsky S-70i Black Hawk helicopters by the end of this year. The head of the FACH, General Lorenzo Villalón, told Jane’s in early March that the first three of

  • DIMDEX 2018: Qatar orders Bayraktar UAVs

    Qatar’s Reconnaissance and Surveillance Centre (RSC) signed a contract for the procurement of six Bayraktar unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) from the Turkish company Baykar Makina during the DIMDEX show held in Doha from 12-14 March. “The six tactical UAVs will be delivered to Qatar in

  • China to develop new J-20 variants, begin research on ‘sixth-generation’ fighter, says report

    China is looking to develop new variants of the Chengdu Aircraft Industry Group (CAIG) J-20 ‘fifth-generation’ multirole fighter aircraft and is preparing to commence research on a ‘sixth-generation’ fighter, the China Daily newspaper reported on 13 March. Speaking to the

  • Brazil to receive surplus Sherpa airlifters from US Army

    Brazil is to receive four Shorts C-23B+ Sherpa tactical transport aircraft that are being sold by the US Army as Excess Defense Articles (EDAs). Under the planned sale, which was announced by the United States Army Aviation and Missile Command (AMCOM) on 13 March, the twin-turboprop airlifters will

  • US delivers ScanEagle UAS to Philippine Air Force

    The Philippine Air Force has received an Insitu ScanEagle unmanned aircraft system (UAS) from the United States, according to statement by the US Embassy in Manila. The system, which includes six unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), was officially handed over to Philippine Secretary of National Defense

  • Bell Helicopter proposes 407GXi, 429 aircraft for TH-57 replacement

    Key Points Bell Helicopter proposes either its 407GXi or 429 aircraft for the USN’s TH-57 replacement The USN expects to buy 107 aircraft Bell Helicopter is poised to offer either its new 407GXi single engine aircraft or its 429 twin-engine helicopter for the US Navy’s (USN’s)

  • UK prepares for Protector UAV

    The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) is preparing for the introduction into service of the General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) Protector unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), with a dedicated team currently working through the issues in the United States. The Protector Combined Test Team (CTT) is

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