• Hürkus-B trainer for Turkey makes maiden flight

    The Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) Hürkus-B turboprop trainer aircraft made its maiden flight on 30 January. The twin-seat aircraft, which is already earmarked to enter service with the Turkish Air Force, performed the milestone out of TAI’s production facility near Ankara. As noted

  • Trump rejects peace talks with Taliban after series of deadly attacks

    US President Donald Trump has rejected the idea of engaging in peace talks with the Taliban in the near future following a series of militant attacks in Afghanistan. “I don’t think we’re prepared to talk right now,” Trump was quoted by the White House as saying on 29 January

  • China’s AVIC aims to roll out Wing Loong I-D in 2018

    State-owned aerospace and defence prime Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) will expand its Wing Loong family of strike-capable reconnaissance medium-altitude long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicles (MALE UAVs) with the Wing Loong I-D platform, state news agencies reported on 25 January.

  • Italian MoD takes delivery of first non-US built F-35B

    The first Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) to be built outside of the United States was handed over to the Italian Ministry of Defence (MoD) on 25 January, it has been announced. The short take-off and vertical landing (STOVL) fighter was assembled at the Final Assembly

  • RAF to scrap twin-seat Typhoons

    The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) is to scrap 16 UK Eurofighter Typhoons as part of a project to save GBP800 million (USD1.13 billion) on the running cost of the service's combat aircraft fleet. The plans to dismantle the aircraft and harvest spare parts for use on the remainder of the Typhoon fleet

  • RAAF Growler damaged by fire on take-off

    A Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing EA-18G Growler electronic attack (EA) aircraft caught fire and suffered serious damage during an aborted take-off from Nellis Air Force Base (AFB) in the United States on 27 January. The twin-seat Super Hornet-derivative aircraft suffered an undisclosed

  • Mystery fire on Russian submarine in Vladivostok

    Russian media have shown videos of a fire on board a submarine of the 19th Submarine Brigade in Ulysses Bay, Vladivostok, on 21 January. Shot from different angles, the videos show bright orange flames accompanied by volumes of thick black smoke billowing across the open water. The head of

  • Russia marks maiden flight of Il-78M-90A tanker

    The maiden flight of the new Ilyushin Il-78M-90A aerial refuelling tanker for the Russian Aerospace Forces (VKS) took place on 25 January. The 35-minute flight took place out of the Aviastar-SP production facility located in Ulyanovsk, approximately 600 km east of Moscow. The Il-78M-90A

  • Slovakia fields new tracked reconnaissance vehicles

    The ground forces of the Slovak Armed Forces have taken delivery of 18 Bojove Prieskumne Vozidlo ISTAR (BPsVI) vehicles as of mid-2017, Jane’s learnt. The BPsVI is a modernised variant of the ground forces’ BPsV ‘Svatava’ tracked reconnaissance platform, which is based on the

  • BAE Systems introduces CV90 MkIV

    BAE Systems took the opportunity at the IQPC International Armoured Vehicles 2018 conference in London to launch the CV90 MkIV, which is the latest member of its CV90 family of armoured vehicles. According to BAE Systems, the latest CV90 MkIV has a gross vehicle weight (GVW) of 37 tonnes – up

  • Netherlands to host NATO MRTT unit

    A NATO Airbus A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) has landed for the first time at its future base in the Netherlands, the Dutch Ministry of Defence (MoD) has reported. The aircraft landed in Eindhoven on 23 January and left the next day, the ministry said on its website. Four of the aircraft

  • UAE revealed as Wing Loong II launch customer

    Key Points Satellite imagery indicates the UAE is the unnamed Wing Loong II customer Three UAVs matching Wing Loong II dimensions were at Qusahwirah Air Base in October 2017 The United Arab Emirates (UAE) air force has almost certainly acquired the AVIC Wing Loong II medium-altitude,

  • Argentina receives first five AB 206 helicopters

    The Argentine Army on 24 January received the first five of 20 Agusta Bell AB 206 helicopters that it purchased from the Italian government, an army source told Jane’s . Negotiations for this purchase began in 2009 and lasted until a final agreement was reached and budget allocated in 2017.

  • Belarus receives CS/VN3 Dajiang armoured vehicles from China, say reports

    Belarus has received a second batch of CS/VN3 Dajiang armoured vehicles from China, local media has reported. On 18 January, VoyenTV posted a video showing the vehicles being unloaded from an Air China Cargo 747-400F freighter. The first batch of five vehicles arrived in June 2017 and took part in

  • RoKN commissions 18th and final PKG-A-class patrol vessel

    The Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN) commissioned its 18th and final Gumdoksuri (PKG-A)-class fast patrol ship on 11 January, according to a 24 January statement by South Korea’s Ministry of National Defense (MND). Jeon Byeongik , a 63 m-long fast patrol vessel built by STX Offshore &

  • Afghanistan receives additional Black Hawk helos

    The Afghan Air Force (AAF) is continuing to receive Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk utility helicopters, with a second batch of four helicopters arriving in-country on 23 January. The delivery, which was announced in the Afghan press and confirmed to Jane’s by the 438th Air Expeditionary Wing

  • Jordan receives first Mi-26T2

    The first of the four Mi-26T2 heavy lift helicopters ordered for the Royal Jordanian Air Force (RJAF) has arrived in Jordan, military spokesman Brigadier General Odeh Shudaifat told Jane’s on 25 January. He did not say when the other three would be delivered. The Mi-26T2 is the latest version

  • Jordan receives first upgraded AT-802 turboprop, five more to follow

    IOMAX has returned the first of six AT-802 Block 1 light strike turboprops to Jordan upgraded with the modernised Armament Control System (ACS), as fitted to the Archangel Border Patrol Aircraft. Speaking to Jane’s on 25 January, IOMAX CEO KC Howard said the company had carried out the ACS

  • RCN eyes new UAS capabilities

    The Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) is in the process of acquiring several unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), service spokesperson Captain Rick Donnelly told Jane’s . The first project will provide a Maritime Miniature Small Unmanned Aircraft System (MMUAS) for shipborne intelligence, surveillance,

  • US Air Force pursuing new A-10 rewinging contract

    Key Points The US Air Force is pursuing a new deal for new A-10 wings A key officer expects the close air support aircraft to remain in service through the 2030s The US Air Force (USAF) will pursue a new rewinging contract in fiscal year 2019 (FY 2019) for its fleet of Fairchild Republic A-10

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