• T-2E Buckeye crashes in Greece

    A Hellenic Air Force T-2E Buckeye twin-engine intermediate jet trainer crashed in southern Greece on 3 January while on a routine training flight from Kalamata Air Base. Having taken off at 1100 h local time, the crew reported an initial engine failure 55 minutes into the flight and decided to

  • China’s Wing Loong II UAV test-fires five different missiles in single sortie, says report

    China’s newly developed Wing Loong II strike-capable reconnaissance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) hit five targets in succession using five different types of missiles as part of a recent live-firing test, the state-owned Xinhua news agency reported on 31 December 2017. Citing a statement by

  • Indian Navy MiG-29K fighter involved in accident at NAS Hansa

    An Indian Navy (IN) MiG-29K fighter was involved in an accident at the Naval Air Station (NAS) Hansa in Goa during a training sortie on 3 January. The pilot of the aircraft aborted the flight after the MiG-29K veered off the end of the runway during take-off and caught fire, according to the Indian

  • Philippines allocates funds for combat utility helicopters

    The Philippines government has approved funding of PHP12 billion (USD242 million) to procure “combat utility helicopters” for the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). The funding was announced by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) in late December 2017 and covers the

  • Hanwha secures communications contract

    South Korean firm Hanwha Systems has secured a contract to deliver the second stage of its networked communications system for the Republic of Korea Army (RoKA), the company announced on 29 December. Hanwha Systems said its contract with the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) is

  • Philippine aerospace company set for shut down

    The Philippine government plans to close down the state-owned Philippine Aerospace Development Corporation (PADC), the country’s Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez said on 27 December. Dominguez said in comments published by state-run news that the decision is in line with the

  • China urges Japan to ‘act cautiously’ on considerations to refit Izumo class for F-35Bs

    Key Points Beijing has issued strong remarks amid news that Tokyo is considering F-35B fighters for its helicopter carriers Japan’s defence minister has downplayed reports but the strongly worded statement from Beijing sheds more light on Chinese sentiments over the STOVL aircraft Amid

  • Japan considers F-35B for carrier ops, national media reports

    Japan could procure the short take-off and vertical landing (STOVL) variant of the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) to operate from its Izumo-class amphibious assault ships, national media reported on 26 December. The proposal to have the Japan Air Self-Defense Force

  • Omani NH90 helo crashes

    A Royal Air Force of Oman (RAFO) NHIndustries NH90 transport helicopter crashed on 25 December, killing one of the crew and injuring two others. The incident, which was reported in the Times of Oman , saw the European-built helicopter come down at its operating base of al -Musana’a during a

  • India advances import of 22 non-weaponised Guardian UAVs

    India is advancing the import of 22 non-weaponised General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) Guardian unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for the Indian Navy (IN) under the US Foreign Military Sales (FMS) programme. Responding to a question in parliament, India’s Minister of State for

  • France receives first HAP Tiger retrofitted to HAD standard

    France has received back into service the first of its Airbus Helicopters EC665 Tigre/Tiger attack helicopters to be upgraded to the HAD (Hélicoptère d'Appui Destruction) configuration. The milestone, which was announced by the manufacturer on 21 December, saw the French Army receive the

  • Boeing releases image of offering for US Navy’s MQ-25 competition

    Boeing on 19 December released an image of its proposal for the US Navy’s (USN's) MQ-25 Stingray Unmanned Carrier Aviation Air System (UCAAS) competition. Boeing spokesperson Deborah VanNierop on 19 December declined to comment, citing competition sensitivities. However, VanNierop said that,

  • Embraer declares IOC for KC-390

    Embraer has declared that its KC-390 transport/tanker aircraft now has the initial capabilities required for the Brazilian Air Force (Força Aérea Brasileira: FAB) to accept the aircraft into service in 2018. The declaration of initial operating capability (IOC) for the twin-turbofan

  • IAF begins modifying Su-30MKIs for integration with BrahMos-A cruise missiles

    The Indian Air Force (IAF) has begun modifying some 40 Sukhoi Su-30MKI multirole fighters to enable them to carry the BrahMos-A (Air) supersonic cruise missile, and thus boost the aircraft’s long-range precision-strike capabilities. Official sources told Jane’s that the state-owned

  • Luftwaffe Eurofighters gain air-to-ground capability

    Eurofighters of the Luftwaffe’s Taktische Luftwaffengeschwader (Tactical Air Force Squadron, TaktLwG) 31 “Boelcke” in Nörvenich have gained an air-to-ground capability to deliver laser- and GPS-guided Guided Bomb Unit 48 (GBU-48) bombs, the Luftwaffe announced on 18 December.

  • Malaysia discloses line of aircraft shortlisted for maritime patrol requirements

    Key Points The Royal Malaysian Air Force has shortlisted four aircraft types for its maritime patrol requirements Service has been allocated funds for up to four airframes to meet its maritime surveillance, and search-and-rescue requirements The Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) has disclosed a

  • MAF’s newly inducted aircraft to boost service’s COIN capabilities

    As part of a wide-ranging modernisation programme the Myanmar Air Force (MAF) commissioned 10 new aircraft on 15 December. Comprising both turbo-fan and turbo-prop transport aircraft as well as advanced jet-trainer/ground attack platforms, the latest acquisitions reflect the growing role played by

  • Polish MiG-29 jet fighter crashes

    On 18 December at 17:15 CET, a Polish Air Force MiG-29A jet fighter from the 23 Tactical Air Base crashed near Marysin village around 13 km from Minsk Mazowiecki airfield. Despite not ejecting, the pilot survived the crash and was found in the wreck and evacuated with only minor injuries. It was

  • UK declares Airseekers to be fully operational

    The United Kingdom has declared its fleet of three L3 Technologies RC-135V/W Airseeker (Rivet Joint) intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft to be fully operational following the completion of deliveries earlier this year. The declaration of full operating capability (FOC) for

  • Bell Helicopter’s V-280 makes first flight

    Bell Helicopter’s V-280 Valor multimission tiltrotor aircraft made its first flight, the company announced on 18 December. The company provided view details in its press release and did not respond to requests for comment. The V-280 is part of the US Army’s Joint Multi-Role Technology

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