• Paris Air Show 2-17: Nigerian Navy lining up Panther helicopters

    The Nigerian Navy is in talks with Airbus Helicopters over the procurement of three AS565MBe Panther helicopters for shipborne operations, a company executive told Jane's during the Paris Air Show. He said the excellent performance demonstrated by the US Coast Guard's (USCG's) fleet of AS365-based

  • Paris Air Show 2017: Airbus DS outlines progress on armed C295

    Airbus Defense and Space (DS) is set to deliver its first armed intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) C295 aircraft to an undisclosed customer in September, Pablo Melero, marketing manager for ISR Military Aircraft at Airbus DS, told Jane's. The modified aircraft features a

  • Paris Air Show 2017: Airbus DS' C295 attracts increasing African interest

    African air forces are showing growing interest in the C295, with Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, and Senegal considering the aircraft to meet outstanding air transport requirements, Jane's learned from industry and military sources. The Nigerian Air Force is also looking at the aircraft to

  • Paris Air Show 2017: LASA Engineering unveils its T-Bird armed surveillance aircraft

    Bulgarian company Light Armed Surveillance Aircraft (LASA) Engineering Ltd showcased its T-Bird intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) counter-insurgency (COIN) aircraft for the first time at the Paris Air Show. Based on the Thrush 510G agricultural aircraft airframe, the T-Bird is

  • Paris Air Show 2017: MiG-35 dubbed 'transitional link' between fourth- and fifth-gen fighters

    Russia is touting its MiG-35 'Fulcum-F' as a transitional platform between the fourth- and fifth-generation of combat aircraft. Speaking to Jane's at the Paris Air Show on 19 June, Deputy General Director of RSK-MiG, Viktor Chernov, described the latest iteration of the MiG-29 as a 'bridging'

  • IOMAX negotiating Archangel sale to UAE, upgrading AT-802s for Jordan and Egypt

    The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is in the final stage of negotiations with IOMAX for the sale of 12 Archangel Block 2 Border Patrol Aircraft (BPA) with the option of 12 more, Jane's was told on 22 June. The direct commercial sale (DCS) will see the UAE Air Force and Air Defence (UAE AF & AD)

  • Paris Air Show 2017: Elbit Systems reveals SkEye wide-area persistent surveillance system

    Elbit has revealed its SkEye wide-area persistent surveillance (WAPS) system at the latest iteration of the Paris Air Show. Yair Ganor, the company's senior director for WAPS business development and marketing, told Jane's that the system "has already been sold to several customers and is

  • Paris Air Show 2017: Rockwell Collins avionics to support SkyGuardian's integration into civil airspace

    US avionics house Rockwell Collins announced at the Paris Air Show on 21 June that its Pro Line Fusion integrated avionics system has been selected by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) to support its MQ-9B SkyGuardian medium-altitude, long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV)

  • Paris Air Show 2017: Antonov An-132D makes international debut

    Key Points The new Antonov An-132D transport aircraft has made its international debut at the Paris Air Show The aircraft is a collaboration between Ukraine's Antonov and Saudi Arabia's Taqnia Aeronautics and King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology The Antonov An-132D has made its

  • Paris Air Show 2017: Bell Helicopters details Huey II delivery schedule for Africa

    Bell Helicopters is close to delivering the last of eight Huey II helicopters to the Kenya Air Force (KAF), Arnie Easterly, the company's director for sales and marketing in Africa, told Jane's during the Paris Air Show. "One is in Amsterdam right now on its way to Kenya [and should be

  • Paris Air Show 2017: L3 Wescam updates MX sensor turret family

    L3 Wescam has updated its MX family of modular electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) turrets, Jane's has learnt from a company spokesperson at the Paris Air Show. Paul Jennison, vice-president of government sales and business development, highlighted the improvements on the company's MX-10 model, which

  • Paris Air Show 2017: NAVAIR may compress remaining CH-53K test points following positive progress

    The US Navy may compress the remaining test campaign of the Sikorsky CH-53K King Stallion heavy-lift helicopter following the positive progress made so far, a senior company official told reporters on 21 June. Speaking at the Paris Air Show, Sikorsky president Dan Schultz said that the Naval Air

  • Paris Air Show 2017: Raytheon launches Compact Multi-Spectral Targeting System

    Raytheon announced at the Paris Air Show on 19 June that it is developing a smaller, lightweight version of its Multi-Spectral Targeting System called the Compact MTS (cMTS). The new system, which retains all the key functions of the MTS product family but weighs less than 60 lb (27.2 kg) and fits

  • Paris Air Show 2017: Thales outlines counter-UAS system concept

    Thales presented a counter-unmanned aerial system (UAS) concept at this year's Paris Air Show designed to counter hostile or unauthorised unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) penetrating airspace over borders, airports, and key infrastructure sites. Michel Dechanet, product manager within the company's

  • Paris Air Show: Russian Helicopters to extend order backlog

    The Russian Helicopters holding company, a subsidiary of the Rostec state corporation, is planning to extend its order backlog to 500 helicopters by the end of 2017, company director-general Andrey Boginsky told Jane's at the 52nd Paris Air Show in Le Bourget. "In 2015-16, a range of

  • Paris Air Show 2017: UK sees tide rising on naval exports

    The UK government is expecting to see an increase in naval exports in the coming years, as major new projects begin to mature, Jane’s has been told. Stephen Phipson, head of the UK government’s Defence and Security Organisation (DSO) within the Department for International Trade, said

  • Paris Air Show 2017: Embraer's KC-390 makes Paris Air Show debut

    The Embraer KC-390 tanker-transport aircraft made its debut at the Paris Air Show this year, with the second flying prototype performing daily as part of the show's flight schedule. Detailing the aircraft's development progress to journalists at Le Bourget on 21 June, Paul Gastao Silva, the KC-390

  • Paris Air Show 2017: Piaggio outlines HammerHead future as MPA benched

    Italy’s Piaggio Aerospace is reshuffling its programme priorities following a number of programme difficulties in 2016 that included a new industrial plan and refocusing of energies. “We had a very challenging 2016, and we are completing our restructuring plan. As part of that, we have

  • Paris Air Show 2017: Raytheon AESA radars surpass a million flight hours

    Raytheon announced at the Paris Air Show on 19 June that its family of active electronically scanned-array (AESA) radars for fighter aircraft have clocked up more than one million operational flight hours with the US Air Force, US Navy, and four international customers. The company additionally

  • Paris Air Show 2017: Controp launches T-STAMP-XR payload

    Controp Precision Technologies unveiled the T-STAMP-XR miniature electro-optical/infrared payload at the Paris Air Show 2017. The gyro-stabilised system is principally aimed at small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), aerostats, and rotary-wing platforms. Speaking to Jane's , Hagay Azani, Controp's