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ADEX 2021: KAI reveals FA-50 ‘loyal wingman' concept for KF-21

By Gareth Jennings 19 October 2021
A screenshot from a KAI concept video released during ADEX 2021 that shows a manned KF-21 future fighter operating in concert with a swarm of unmanned FA-50 loyal wingmen. (KAI)  Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) has revealed its concept for an unmanned version of the company's FA-50 Fighting Eagle light combat aircraft that could serve as a ‘loyal wingman' for the manned KF-21 Boramae future fighter it is also developing.  A computer-generated video of the KF-21 flying in concert with a swarm of three unmanned FA-50 aircraft was released by t...

ADEX 2021: KAI working on MUM-T capability for its armed helicopters

By Dae Young Kim & Gabriel Dominguez 19 October 2021
At ADEX 2021, KAI displayed a Surion MAH model fitted with, among other things, an enlarged stub wing-type structure mounting four canisters, each of which is designed to launch either a small UAV or a loitering munition. The display is meant to highlight the company's ongoing work on an MUM-T capability. (Dae Young Kim)  Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) has confirmed that it is working on providing its newest armed helicopters with a manned-unmanned teaming (MUM-T) capability.  At the Seoul International Aerospace & Defense Exhibition 2021 (...

USAF seeks new Advanced Tactical Trainer aircraft

By Gareth Jennings 18 October 2021
Despite ordering 351 T-7A Red Hawk (pictured) aircraft under its T-X requirement, the USAF has issued a request for information for at least 100 new aircraft under its Advanced Tactical Trainer requirement. It is unclear if it plans to use the Red Hawk or another type to fulfil this mission. (Janes/Gareth Jennings)  The US Air Force (USAF) is seeking a new advanced tactical trainer, with a request for information (RFI) for at least 100 aircraft issued on 12 October.  The Advanced Tactical Trainer (ATT) RFI posted on the sam.gov US government...

Japan's LDP vows to double defence spending amid ‘increasingly severe security environment'

By Kosuke Takahashi & Gabriel Dominguez 18 October 2021
Ahead of Japan's upcoming general election on 31 October, the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) has pledged in its manifesto to double the country's defence spending from 1% to 2% of GDP in reaction to what it described as an “increasingly seve...

Update: AUSA 2021: Bell passes halfway point of 360 Invictus prototype assembly

By Pat Host 18 October 2021
The Bell 360 Invictus, pictured in July 2021. Bell is on track for flying the aircraft in fiscal year or calendar year 2023. (Bell)  Bell is 60% into assembly of its 360 Invictus prototype that it is developing for the US Army's Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft – Competitive Prototype (FARA-CP) programme and is on track for flying the aircraft in fiscal year (FY) or calendar year 2023.  Chris Gehler, Bell vice-president and program director for 360 Invictus, told Janes on 7 October, ahead of the Association of the United States Army's (A...

Partner 2021: Serbia to buy two C295 airlifters and more H145M helicopters, shows new weapons and equipment

By Igor Bozinovski 18 October 2021
Yugoimport's new Lazanski 8×8 ACV was unveiled at Partner 2021. (Igor Bozinovski)  Serbia will buy two C295 transport aircraft and a larger number of H145M helicopters from Airbus, Minister of Defence Nebojša Stefanović announced on the first day of the Partner 2021 international defence exhibition held in Belgrade from 11 to 14 October.  Partner 2021 unveiled new locally developed military equipment. This included Yugoimport's Lazanski 8×8 armoured combat vehicle (ACV), shown alongside two new versions of the Lazar III 8×8 ACV: the Lazar III...

Number of JASDF scrambles increases 5.1% in first half of FY 2021/22

By Kosuke Takahashi 15 October 2021
The Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) scrambled its fighter aircraft a total of 390 times in the first half of fiscal year 2021/22 (FY 2021/22) in response to foreign military aircraft approaching the country's airspace: an increase of 5.1% comp...

Philippines receives additional ScanEagle UASs, Black Hawk helos

By Gareth Jennings 15 October 2021
The Philippines has received additional Insitu ScanEagle unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) and Sikorsky S-70i Black Hawk helicopters from the United States.  Four ScanEagle systems were delivered to the Philippine Air Force (PAF) to add to the undis...

AUSA 2021: US Army test pilots fly Defiant tech demonstrator during FLRAA source selection

By Pat Host 15 October 2021
The Sikorsky-Boeing SB>1 Defiant technology demonstrator as seen on 20 February 2020 in West Palm Beach, Florida. US Army test pilots have flown the platform during FLRAA source selection to help the team better refine its end product for the service if Sikorsky-Boeing wins the FLRAA procurement. (Janes/Pat Host)  US Army test pilots recently flew the Sikorsky-Boeing SB>1 Defiant technology demonstrator during source selection for the Future Long Range Assault Aircraft (FLRAA) competition to help the team have a better end product for the ser...

Saab reveals MBDA link as Arexis air-launched decoy breaks cover

By Richard Scott 15 October 2021
Saab showed the Arexis air-launched decoy for the first time at AOC Europe 2021 (Richard Scott/NAVYPIX)  Saab and MBDA have disclosed that they are working together on the development of a miniaturised powered decoy that will form part of Saab's Arexis airborne electronic warfare (EW) product portfolio.  Revealed at the AOC Europe 2021 conference and exhibition in Liverpool on 12 October, the proposed Arexis air-launched decoy would integrate a Saab electronic attack (EA) payload into the air vehicle and wider weapons system architecture alre...

New Russian PD-35 turbofan engine commences ground testing

By Nigel Torp Petersen 15 October 2021
UEC-Aviadvigatel PD-35 turbofan engine core in testing in October 2021 (United Engine Corporation)  Early-stage static testing has begun on the engine core that will become the new Russian PD-35 turbofan aircraft engine. The engine is intended to have a thrust range of 24 to 40 tonnes (239 kN to 398 kN) and it has potential applications on Russia's future military transport aircraft fleet, as well as commercial aircraft programmes such as the CR929 and the Il-96-400. Original equipment manufacturer UEC-Aviadvigatel announced on 11 October 202...

Peruvian Navy successfully test-fires Exocet Block 3 missiles for the first time

By Cesar Cruz Tantalean 14 October 2021
Peruvian Navy frigate FM-57 BAP   Bolognesi   recently conducted first test-fire of an Exocet MM40 Block 3 missile.  (Peruvian Navy)  The Peruvian Navy (Marina de Guerra del Peru: MGP) recently conducted its first live-fire exercises with its surface-to-surface MBDA Exocet MM40 Block 3 and air-to-surface MBDA Exocet AM-39 missiles, navy officials said.  The successful live-fire test of the Exocet MM40 Block 3 missile firing – the first since this weapon was introduced in the service five years ago – was conducted...

Saab opens Red Hawk production plant in Indiana

By Gareth Jennings 14 October 2021
Saab will manufacture the aft fuselage of the T-7A Red Hawk at its newly opened West Lafayette facility in Indiana. (Boeing)  Saab officially opened the West Lafayette production facility in Indiana from where it will build its share of the T-7A Red Hawk advanced jet trainer aircraft on which it is partnered with Boeing.  The Swedish manufacturer announced the event on 13 October, noting that apart from being the site for manufacturing the aft airframe section of the Red Hawk, the site will be used for research and development in autonomy, ar...

AUSA 2021: Kaman Air Vehicles launches Kargo heavy-lift autonomous UAV

By Pat Host 14 October 2021
A full-scale model of Kaman Air Vehicles' Kargo heavy-lift autonomous quadcopter UAV on display on 13 October 2021 at the AUSA annual convention in Washington, DC. The company unveiled the aircraft at the event. (Janes/Pat Host)  Kaman Air Vehicles unveiled its Kargo unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), an autonomous heavy-lift quadcopter capable of carrying approximately 363 kg payload, with a full-scale model at the Association of the United States Army's (AUSA's) annual convention.    Romin Dasmalchi, Kaman Aerospace senior director of busi...

Australia loses MH-60R helicopter in Philippine Sea mishap

By Ridzwan Rahmat 14 October 2021
An Australian MH-60R helicopter seen with an Mk 54 torpedo during a firing serial in Florida. (Royal Australian Navy)  The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) has lost one of its MH-60R Seahawk helicopters in a mishap over the Philippine Sea.    The helicopter was conducting a “routine flight overnight” from the Hobart-class air warfare destroyer HMAS  Brisbane  at the time of the incident, the Australian Department of Defence (DoD) announced on 14 October.   Brisbane  is on a regional deployment with the Anzac-class frigate H...

AUSA 2021: Bell selects Rolls-Royce engine for V-280

By Pat Host 14 October 2021
Rolls-Royce's AE 1107F engine on display on 13 October at the AUSA annual convention in Washington, DC. Bell will use the engine in its V-280 tiltrotor if it wins the US Army's FLRAA competition. (Janes/Pat Host)  Bell has selected Rolls-Royce's AE 1107F engine to serve as the propulsion system on the V-280 Valor tiltrotor if the programme wins the US Army's Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft (FLRAA) competition.    John Shade, Rolls-Royce executive vice-president of business development and future programmes, told  Janes  on 1...

Seoul’s ADEX escapes the worst of Covid-19 cancellations

By Gareth Jennings 13 October 2021
As the Seoul International Aerospace and Defence Exhibition 2021 is staged at Seoul Airport on the outskirts of the South Korean capital from 19 to 21 October, Gareth Jennings explores the expected developments at the show…  ADEX, as the event is popularly known, is rapidly becoming one of Asia-Pacific's most influential and prestigious aviation, aerospace and defence events, along with Aero India, Avalon in Australia, the Singapore Air Show, and the China Air Show in Zhuhai in China.  For organisers, the biennial show has been fortunate to esc...

UK deploys Poseidon to Iceland on first overseas visit

By Gareth Jennings 13 October 2021
An RAF Poseidon MRA1 seen at Keflavik Airbase during the type's first overseas visit in UK service. Poseidons operated by the UK, the US and Norway will be used to plug the GIUK Gap against increased Russian maritime activity in the region. (Crown Copyright)  The United Kingdom has deployed a Boeing P-8A Poseidon MRA1 maritime multimission aircraft (MMA) to Iceland for the type's first overseas visit.  The Royal Air Force (RAF) announced the detachment of the Poseidon and an Airbus A400M Atlas transport aircraft to Keflavik Airbase on 12 Octo...

ADEX 2021: Uncrewed aircraft to feature strongly in Seoul

By Gareth Jennings 13 October 2021
Since being displayed at ADEX 2019, theKUS-VHhas been waiting on a RoKA decision as to whether the unmannedMD 500will be rolled out operationally. (Janes/Gareth Jennings)  South Korean defence contractors are expected to put unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) at the forefront of their exhibits at this year's Seoul International Aerospace and Defence Exhibition (ADEX), taking place from 19 to 24 October.  As with previous iterations of the biennial event held at Seoul Airport, this year's ADEX will look to sho...

ADEX 2021: Persistent threat from North Korea drives RoKAF modernisation

By Gareth Jennings 13 October 2021
A RoKAF F-15K Slam Eagle flies alongside a Peace Eye AEW&C platform. Both platforms have featured in the service's modernisation efforts over years, geared at addressing the persistent threat from North Korea. (Boeing)  Despite an increased emphasis on participating in multinational operations over recent years, the focus for the Republic of Korea Air Force (RoKAF) remains in countering the persistent threat from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) to the north.  As noted by Janes World Air Force (JWAF), the RoKAF is a full-spect...
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