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DX Korea 2022: KAI launches UAM concept for Korean army

By Jon Grevatt 23 September 2022
KAI's UAM for military applications (pictured above) at the DX Korea 2022 show in Goyang. (Jon Grevatt/Janes)  Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) has showcased a scale model of a new unmanned urban air mobility (UAM) aircraft for military applications, at the DX Korea 2022 exhibition held in Goyang.    The company told   Janes  that it plans to develop the electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) platform during the 2020s and by 2029 present a prototype to the Republic of Korea Army (RoKA). A KAI official said the RoKA has...

AAD 2022: Hensoldt launches production-ready ASTUS UAS

By Akshara Parakala 23 September 2022
Hensoldt South Africa officially launched a production-ready model of its ASTUS TUAS at the Africa Aerospace & Defence (AAD) 2022 expo in Pretoria. (Janes/Akshara Parakala)  Hensoldt South Africa (SA), part of German sensor maker Hensoldt, officially launched a production-ready model of its ASTUS tactical unmanned aerial systems (TUASs) at the Africa Aerospace & Defence (AAD) 2022 expo in Pretoria from 21 to 25 September.  ASTUS unmanned aircraft systems (UASs), developed from 2017 by Tellumat South Africa (acquired by Hensoldt in 2021), has...

Link 16 terminal qualified for French AWACS aircraft

By Olivia Savage 23 September 2022
French Boeing E-3F Sentry AWACS to get latest military tactical datalink. (Boeing)  The Multifunctional Information Distribution System-Low Volume Terminal Block Upgrade 2 (MIDS-LVT BU2) has been qualified for use on all four of the French Air and Space Force Boeing E-3F Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft.  Announced by the French Directorate General of Armaments (DGA) on 22 September, the new terminal will enable the operation of the latest-generation Link 16 military tactical data network on its aircraft in September−Novem...

DX Korea 2022: LIG Nex1 unveils ‘Drone Launched Missile'

By Andrew White 23 September 2022
LIG Nex1 has unveiled its 'Drone Launched Missile' concept (pictured above) at the DX Korea 2022 exhibition in Goyang. (Janes/Andrew White)  LIG Nex1 has unveiled a tactical precision-strike concept at the DX Korea 2022 exhibition being held in Goyang from 21 to 25 September.  The ‘Drone Launched Missile' concept, designed for small unit teams in the Republic of Korea Army (RoKA), features a small vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) quadrotor unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), equipped with a reduced form factor targeting pod and armed with four...

AAD 2022: Havelsan exhibits indigenously designed autonomous Baha UAV

By Akshara Parakala 23 September 2022
The Baha UAV developed by Turkey's Havelsan on show at AAD 2022. (Janes/Akshara Parakala)  Turkey's Havelsan exhibited its latest iteration of indigenously developed fixed-wing vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) swarm-capable autonomous Baha unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) at the Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) 2022 expo, held from 21 to 25 September, in South Africa.  The Baha is a small UAV developed to conduct intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) missions with the ability to perform as an independent platform and in alli...

AAD 2022: Denel debuts Loki aerial target

By Akshara Parakala 23 September 2022
The Loki is to be developed as a technology demonstrator. (Janes/Akshara Parakala)  Making its debut at the Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) 2022 expo in South Africa was a mock-up of Denel Aerospace Systems' high-speed recoverable aerial target, Loki.  Under development driven by the requirements of the Armaments Corporation of South Africa (ARMSCOR), the procurement agency of the South African Department of Defence (DoD), and the South African Air Force (SAAF), Loki is to be developed as a technology demonstrator.  The target is envisaged...

AAD 2022: Milkor showcases fully loaded 380 UCAV

By Akshara Parakala 23 September 2022
The fully loaded Milkor 380 UCAV was showcased for the first time at AAD 2022. (Janes/Akshara Parakala)  South African-based Milkor showcased a fully loaded prototype of its 380 medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV) at the Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) 2022 expo held in Pretoria from 21 to 25 September.  Ghaazim Rylands, CEO of Milkor Integrated Systems, a division of Milkor for manufacture and integration of the Milkor 380 UCAV, told Janes on 22 September that “the first prototype is undergoing grou...

DX Korea 2022: KAI launches LUH for SOF

By Andrew White 22 September 2022
A model of the LUH variant of the LAH helicopter was displayed by KAI at DX Korea 2022. (Andrew White)  Korean Aerospace Industries (KAI) unveiled a new helicopter variant to support special operations forces (SOF) at DX Korea 2022, which is being held in Seoul from 21 to 25 September.  The Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) is a variant of KAI's Light Armed Helicopter (LAH), which is in the final stages of development ahead of production for the Republic of Korea Army (RoKA) from 2023.  According to KAI's regional manager for international sales...

AAD 2022: Paramount secures Mwari launch customers

By Gareth Jennings 22 September 2022
Paramount has secured sales for nine of its Mwari aircraft to multiple air forces. (Paramount Group)  South Africa's Paramount Aerospace Industries has secured launch customers for its Mwari light attack and surveillance aircraft, announcing on 21 September that nine of the twin-seat single-engined turboprops had been sold “to multiple air forces”.  Announcing the sales at the Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) 2022 defence exhibition near Pretoria, the subsidiary of Paramount Group said that deliveries to one of the undisclosed customers are...

Philippines releases funds for Black Hawk acquisition

By Akhil Kadidal 22 September 2022
An order for 32 additional Lockheed Martin S-70i helicopters in utility configuration will bolster the Philippine military's utility, transport, and disaster-relief operations. (Lockheed Martin)  The Philippine government has released initial funding to acquire 32 additional Lockheed Martin S-70i Black Hawk utility helicopters from Poland.  The announcement of PHP3.98 billion (USD68.70 million) for the acquisition of the aircraft was announced in the Special Allotment Release Order (SARO) by the Philippine Department of Budget and Management....

Somalia to receive electronic countermeasure equipment

By Olivia Savage 22 September 2022
Allen-Vanguard's workshop in Somalia. (Allen-Vanguard)  Allen-Vanguard will deliver electronic countermeasure (ECM) equipment to Somalia in a multimillion Canadian dollar deal, the company announced on 21 September.    An Allen-Vanguard spokesperson told   Janes   that the company has received USD5 million in funding from an undisclosed customer to deliver its ECM systems to protect individuals most at risk in Somalia.    Allen-Vanguard 3XXX ECM suite of systems (3140, 3230, & 3330) will be delivered to the country. The fa...

Update: South Africa contracts Gripen support from Saab

By Gareth Jennings & Akshara Parakala 22 September 2022
South Africa has signed a three-year support deal with Saab that would address availability problems with its Gripen C/D fleet. (Janes/Patrick Allen)  South Africa has contracted Saab to provide three years of support to some of its fleet of Gripen C/D combat aircraft.  Announced by the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) on 19 September, the ZAR532 million (USD30 million) deal covers service, repairs, maintenance, and minor updates to the South African Air Force's (SAAF's) fleet of Gripen C/Ds that it has fielded operationally since 2008....

DX Korea 2022: KAI outlines plan to develop carrierborne KF-21N fighter

By Jon Grevatt 21 September 2022
KAI has proposed the development of the carrierborne KF-21N, a version of the KF-21 fighter aircraft that completed its first test flight in July. (Jon Grevatt/Janes)  Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) has disclosed plans to develop a carrierborne version of its KF-21 fighter aircraft. A model of the KF-21N was unveiled at the DX Korea 2022 exhibition, being held in Goyang from 21 to 25 September.  The company told Janes that the development programme is dependent on the Republic of Korea Navy's (RoKN's) plans to procure an aircraft carrier l...

DX Korea 2022: KAI unveils MC-X transport aircraft proposal

By Jon Grevatt 21 September 2022
KAI has outlined plans to develop a new military transport aircraft for South Korean and export markets. The MC-X development programme is expected to continue through the 2020s. (Janes/Jon Grevatt)  Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) has unveiled a model of its proposed new military multirole cargo aircraft, which it is calling the MC-X.    A company official told   Janes   at the DX Korea 2022 exhibition – being held in Goyang from 21 to 25 September – that the new transport aircraft could be operational in the Republic of Kor...

Bulgaria approves funding for additional F-16s

By Gareth Jennings 21 September 2022
Bulgaria has approved a further eight F-16 Block 70s, which are analogous to the M7 standard as flown by the US Air Force (pictured). It will field 16 such aircraft by the time deliveries are complete. (US Air Force)  Bulgaria has approved funding for additional Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft that were cleared for sale by the United States earlier in 2022.    Bulgarian Defence Minister Dimitar Stoyanov    announced on 21 September that a total of USD1.3 billion is to be spent on the eight additional F-16C/D Block...

Airbus advances military Beluga plans

By Gareth Jennings 21 September 2022
Airbus loads a CH-53 helicopter onto the BelugaST as it looks to develop the outsized airlifter for military use. (Airbus)  Airbus has advanced plans to offer its A300-600ST Beluga (BelugaST) as an outsized cargo platform, developing and testing a bespoke loading system for the aircraft.  The manufacturer announced the milestone on 21 September, saying the capability was successfully tested during a verification exercise with the German armed forces (Bundeswehr), the system's first customer, by loading a VFW-Sikorsky CH-53G heavy-lift transpo...

Philippine Navy's unmanned aerial reconnaissance squadron starts operating ScanEagle

By Oishee Majumdar 21 September 2022
The Philippine Navy (PN) marked the first deployment of its Maritime Unmanned Aerial Reconnaissance Squadron 71 (MUARS71) by organising a “send-off ceremony” of the ScanEagle unmanned aerial system (UAS) acquired from the United States for  the squadron in 2020.  The ceremony, highlighting MUARS71’s first deployment after the completion of the squadron’s “one year in-country training”, was conducted by the PN’s Naval Air Wing (NAW) at its headquarters in Naval Base Heracleo Alano,  located in Cavite City, PN tweeted on 19 September.  “T...

Embraer, L3Harris to develop KC-390 Agile Tanker for USAF

By Gareth Jennings 20 September 2022
A conceptual rendering showing the KC-390 Agile Tanker in USAF service offloading fuel to an F-35 receiver aircraft. (Embraer, L3Harris)  Embraer and L3Harris are to equip the KC-390 Millennium with a refuelling boom and other equipment under plans to pitch the tanker-transport aircraft to the US Air Force (USAF).  The two companies announced the collaboration to develop the KC-390 Agile Tanker, as the concept is named, on 19 September.  “US Air Force strategic planners have stated Agile Combat Employment (ACE) will require refuelling platfor...

Switzerland signs for F-35s

By Gareth Jennings 20 September 2022
Seen in Australian service, the F-35A will enter Swiss service from 2027. (Commonwealth of Australia)  Switzerland has signed for 36 Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) aircraft, cementing the Air2030 selection that was made in 2021.  The Swiss Federal Council announced the order on 19 September, with the deal signed by National Armaments Director Martin Sonderegger and Swiss F-35A programme manager Darko Savic.  “The procurement for the purchase of the 36 F-35A amounts to CHF6.035 billion [USD6.24 billion], and thus...

IAF seeks to revitalise combat strength

By Akhil Kadidal 20 September 2022
The number of active fixed-wing combat squadrons in the Indian Air Force has fluctuated in recent years because of the retirement of ageing platforms and the acquisitions of new aircraft. (Janes)  The Indian Air Force's (IAF's) fighter squadron strength has declined to 31. The air force's plan to revitalise its strength involves upgrades and the fructification of India's domestic aircraft projects.  Speaking to   Janes  , the IAF said that the air force is meeting emerging challenges using modern platforms such as the Dassault Rafale fig...
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