Air news

Kaman to buy Parker Hannifin's Aircraft Wheel & Brake division

By Marc Selinger 25 May 2022
Parker Hannifin provides wheels and brakes for military aircraft, including the CH-53K King Stallion heavy-lift helicopter that Sikorsky is building for the US Marine Corps. (US Marine Corps/Cpl Yuritzy Gomez)  US-based Parker Hannifin Corporation has agreed to sell its Aircraft Wheel & Brake business to US aircraft parts maker Kaman Corporation for USD440 million to address regulatory concerns about its proposed acquisition of the United Kingdom's Meggitt.  The 23 May announcement came about a month and a half after Parker disclosed it was i...

Ukraine conflict: Russia launches new offensive in southern Donbas

By Thomas Bullock 25 May 2022
Russia began a new offensive in southern Donbas on 19 May. (Janes)  Russia has begun a new offensive likely aimed at closing an encirclement around the city of Severodonetsk in western Luhansk. The city is currently Ukraine's most easterly position in the Donbas and is effectively surrounded on three sides by Russian forces. Its only supply lines to the rest of Ukraine are two roads: the T1302 in the south and the T0513 in the north. The unfolding Russian offensive is likely aimed at securing these roads – Russian forces captured a portion of...

US Navy deploys Northrop Grumman's MQ-8C Fire Scout to the Pacific

By Gillian Rich 25 May 2022
A Northrop Grumman MQ-8C lands aboard USS   Jackson  (LCS 6) as part of its deployment to INDOPACOM.   (Northrop Grumman)    The US Navy deployed Northrop Grumman's MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned aerial system (UAS) on USS   Jackson   (LCS 6), its first in the Indo-Pacific Command (INDOPACOM), to provide maritime intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, and targeting (ISR&T) capability, the company announced on 23 May.      Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 21 (HSC-21) and HSC-23 will be the pr...

Indonesia omits major procurement programmes from 2022 ‘Green Book'

By Ridzwan Rahmat 24 May 2022
A French Navy Rafale M, seen here on aircraft carrier   Charles de Gaulle  . Indonesia has plans to procure up to 36 Rafale fighters, but it is unclear how the country will fund this ambition.  (Janes/Ridzwan Rahmat)  The Indonesian Ministry of National Development Planning has omitted major defence procurement programmes from the register of priority projects approved for foreign funding in 2022.  This register is commonly referred to in-country as the ‘Green Book'. Programmes included in this register will be es...

Chinese strategic bombers co-ordinate with Liaoning carrier group

By Akhil Kadidal 24 May 2022
A Xian H-6J bomber of the People‘s Liberation Army (PLA) flies through the Miyako Strait on 18 May 2022. (Japan Ministry of Defense)  Chinese long-range strategic bombers have co-ordinated with the People‘s Liberation Army Navy's (PLAN‘s) Liaoning carrier group to conduct a series of drills in the Western Pacific.  The exercises are likely a response from Beijing to potential affirmations of support for Taiwan from the United States and Japan during a bilateral meeting in Tokyo on 23 May and during the meeting of the Quadrilateral Security Di...

Subaru conducts first flight of UH-2 helicopter

By Kosuke Takahashi 23 May 2022
Subaru conducted the first flight of its new UH-2 twin-engined multirole helicopter on 19 May. (Subaru)    Japan's Subaru Corporation has conducted the first flight of its new UH-2 twin-engined multirole helicopter that is entering service with the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF), a company spokesperson told  Janes  on 23 May.   The helicopter, flown by a company test pilot, conducted a 30-minute hovering flight on 19 May from Subaru's facility in Utsunomiya City, north of Tokyo, the spokesperson said.  Development...

Australia to acquire 10 MQ-28A Ghost Bats

By Akhil Kadidal 23 May 2022
Australia said it will acquire 10 MQ-28A Ghost Bats autonomous aerial unmanned vehicles. These “loyal wingmen” are currently undergoing rigorous testing intended to improve flight performance. (Boeing)  The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) will acquire 10 MQ-28A Ghost Bat autonomous unmanned aerial vehicles, following additional funding by the government.  The programme is set to receive an additional investment of AUD454 million (USD319.6 million), as announced by Australia's Liberal Party on 15 May. The funding will also fast-track the ind...

TransDigm subsidiary buys flight instrument product line from Astronautics

By Marc Selinger 23 May 2022
Extant Aerospace has acquired the Electromagnetic Indicator product line from Astronautics Corporation of America. The unit on the left is a horizontal situation indicator. The others are attitude director indicators. (Astronautics)  Extant Aerospace, a subsidiary of US aircraft parts maker TransDigm Group, has expanded its defence aviation portfolio by acquiring the Electromagnetic Indicator product line from Astronautics Corporation of America for about USD27 million in cash, the buyer announced on 19 May.  The line of flight instruments co...

Brazilian XMobots teams up with MBDA to build armed UAV

By Victor Barreira 23 May 2022
XMobots and MBDA are working together to add missile capability to the Nauru 1000C VTOL UAV. (XMobots)  Brazilian unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) specialist XMobots Aeroespacial e Defesa and Europe's MBDA announced on 17 May that they are teaming up to develop a Brazilian-made weaponised UAV.  According to XMobots, the two companies signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) in March to integrate the MBDA Enforcer Air, a precision-guided missile capability, with the XMobots Nauru 1000C UAV.  The Nauru 1000C is a fixed-wing vertical take-off and...

Northrop Grumman finalises development of Hatchet miniature strike munition

By Robin Hughes 20 May 2022
Northrop Grumman has finalised the development of the Hatchet miniature precision strike munition. (Northrop Grumman)  Northrop Grumman has declared the development of its Hatchet miniature precision strike munition ‘finalised' following a series of end-to-end live all-up round (AUR) tests at an undisclosed US government test range on 11 May.  During the US Department of Defense (DoD)-sponsored live-fire event, multiple Hatchet AURs were released from an undisclosed Group 3 tactical unmanned aircraft system (TUAS) against a static target, sim...

USAF team to assess Thailand's ability to operate F-35s

By Akhil Kadidal 20 May 2022
The USAF is preparing to send a team to assess Thailand's ability to operate F-35s. (US Air Force)  The United States will assess Thailand's capability to operate fifth-generation Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter. The planned visitation suggests that the country has moved closer to potentially acquiring the stealth fighters.  Speaking to Janes, a Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) spokesperson said, “We have been informed that the US Air Force (USAF) is now under the process of setting up a team to travel to Thailand for [asses...

FlashHawk COMINT/CESM suite enters production

By Richard Scott 20 May 2022
FlashHawk is designed to enable small airborne platforms to perform 3D geolocation of communications emitters. (Avantix)  French electronic warfare (EW) house Avantix has begun initial production of its FlashHawk airborne communications intelligence/communications electronic support measures (COMINT/CESM) system in anticipation of launch orders.  Intended for integration on a range of air platforms – including fixed-wing intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft; helicopters; unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs); and balloons...

USSOCOM progresses Maritime Precision Engagement-Munition programme

By Andrew White 20 May 2022
Switchblade 600 is part of AeroVironment's emerging family of tactical loitering missile systems. (AeroVironment)  US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) is preparing to conduct development tests with the Altius 700 airframe as part of the Maritime Precision Engagement-Munition (MPE-M) programme, officials have confirmed.  Addressing delegates at the Special Operations Forces Industry Conference (SOFIC) on 17 May, representatives from the Program Executive Office (PEO) of Special Operations Forces (SOF) Warrior said the Area-I Altius 700 – a...

UK names ‘Royal' Dassault Falcon aircraft Envoy IV

By Gareth Jennings 19 May 2022
The first of two Falcon 900LX VIP aircraft seen at RAF Northolt for pre-delivery induction tests on the same day that the MoD named the type Envoy IV. (Crown Copyright)  The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has named the Dassault Falcon VIP aircraft to be operated by the Royal Air Force (RAF) Envoy IV.  Announced on 18 May, the name reflects the diplomatic mission of the two jets in transporting royal and senior government/military leaders, and also harks back to the original Envoy aircraft flown by the RAF in the 1930s and 1940s.  The MoD announ...

UK invites bids for New Medium Helicopter requirement

By Gareth Jennings 19 May 2022
Under NMH, the UK is seeking to replace the Puma HC2 (pictured), and three other helicopter types. (Janes/Patrick Allen)  The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has invited bids for the New Medium Helicopter (NMH) requirement to replace the Airbus Helicopters Puma HC2 and three other types.  The solicitation issued on 18 May calls for offers of up to 44 platforms for between GBP900 million and GBP1.2 billion (between USD1.1 billion and USD1.5 billion) over a seven-year contract timeframe.  “New Medium Helicopters intends to rationalise its existing...

NGRC ‘need for speed' to drive unconventional rotorcraft design

By Gareth Jennings 19 May 2022
A model of the Airbus RACER concept, showcasing the pusher-propeller configuration that should enable it to achieve the high-speed flight required of the NGRC requirement. (Janes/Patrick Allen)  The high-speed requirements that NATO has set out for its Next Generation Rotorcraft Capability (NGRC) will necessitate the development of an unconventional rotorcraft design, a senior industry official has noted.  Speaking at Airbus Helicopters' Marignane facility in southern France, Matthieu Louvot, executive vice-president of Airbus Helicopters Pro...

Gilmour develops engine to increase defence payload capacity of Eris rocket

By Oishee Majumdar 19 May 2022
The test-firing of ‘Phoenix' liquid rocket engine by Gilmour Space. Phoenix will power the third stage of Gilmour's Eris rocket, which intends to carry military and commercial payloads to LEO towards the end of 2022. (Gilmour Space Technologies)  Australian rocket company Gilmour Space Technologies has developed a liquid rocket engine called ‘Phoenix' that will power “the third and final stage” of its Eris rocket to orbit, a spokesperson for the company has told Janes.  Phoenix is a regeneratively cooled, 3D-printed liquid rocket engine that...

Airbus prepares to build H160M prototype, notes ‘concrete' international interest

By Gareth Jennings 18 May 2022
With the French Armed Forces to receive 169 H160M helicopters until 2037, Airbus will shortly be building the first of two flying prototypes. (Airbus Helicopters)  Airbus is to start assembly of the first of two flying prototypes of the H160M Guépard (Cheetah) helicopter for the French Armed Forces, and has noted strong interest in the six ton-class rotorcraft from the international market.  Speaking at Airbus Helicopter's Marignane production facility in Southern France on 18 May, head of the H160M programme, Vincent Chenot, said that the bu...

Chinese helicopters with high-altitude capability achieve milestones

By Akhil Kadidal 18 May 2022
China's AC313A helicopter conducted its maiden flight on 17 May. With improved engines and high-altitude performance, this helicopter, which is an upgraded version of the Z-8 helicopters in PLA service, is likely to also be used by the Chinese military. (VCG/VCG via Getty Images)  Two of China's domestically manufactured helicopters with high-altitude capabilities have achieved significant developmental milestones, according to state-owned media.  The Chinese national broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV) reported on 15 May that a Harbi...

KAI developing next-generation high-speed helicopter

By Akhil Kadidal 18 May 2022
KAI is developing a high-speed advanced helicopter as part of its ‘next-generation high-mobility helicopter' project. The aircraft is being designed to fit a South Korean military requirement to replace UH-60s. (Korea Aerospace Industries)  A new high-speed helicopter being developed by Korean Aerospace Industries (KAI) intends to replace Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawks in service with the Republic of Korea (RoK) Armed Forces.  Designated as the ‘next-generation high-manoeuvre helicopter', an industry source told Janes that KAI is conducting resea...
Request Consultation

Request a free consultation to discover how Janes can provide you with assured, interconnected open-source intelligence.

Air News List