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Brazilian Air Force reduces KC/C-390 buy

By Victor Barreira 17 November 2021
Since the first KC/C-390 (top) was formally received by the FAB on 4 September 2019, the type has been fielded in numerous operations across Brazil, including supporting the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic. (Brazilian Air Force)  The Brazilian Air Force (Força Aérea Brasileira: FAB) has reduced the contract for its acquisition of the Embraer KC/C-390 Millennium transport aircraft from 28 to 15 units after negotiations for a contract modification failed.  The decision was announced on 12 November by the FAB's Commander, Lieutenant Brigadie...

Dubai Airshow 2021: Halcon unveils Hunter family of ISR UAVs

By Akshara Parakala 17 November 2021
EDGE Halcon's series of UAVs with payloads at the Dubai Airshow 2021. (Janes/Akshara Parakala)  United Arab Emirates' (UAE's) EDGE group subsidiary Halcon unveiled Hunter, a family of tube- and hand-launched electric unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), at the Dubai Airshow 2021.  The family of UAVs includes the fixed-wing tube-launched Hunter 2, Hunter 5 and Hunter 10, with the numbers denoting the payload each can carry (in kg), and a rotary-wing version. All the AVs are custom designed, operate using GPS and optical navigation and can be emplo...

Lebanon ‘Little Bird' helos revealed to be a previously unknown MD 530F+ standard

By Gareth Jennings 17 November 2021
Seen shortly after being offloaded from a cargo aircraft in early October, the six ‘Little Bird' helicopters for Lebanon have been revealed to be a previously unknown MD 530F+ standard. (Lebanese Army)  Six MD Helicopters Inc (MDHI) MD 530 ‘Little Bird' scout and light-attack rotorcraft delivered to Lebanon in October have been revealed to be a previously unknown MD 530F+ standard.  The United States Embassy in Beirut disclosed the new standard on 16 November, when it noted the official handover of the helicopters to the Lebanese Armed Forces...

Update: AeroVironment fires Switchblade 300 loitering munition from Jump 20 UAV for first time

By Pat Host 17 November 2021
A model of the AeroVironment Switchblade 300 loitering munition on display at the 2021 Association of the United States Army trade show in Washington, DC. The company deployed the munition from its Arcturus Jump 20 UAV for the first time. (Janes/Pat Host)  AeroVironment deployed its Switchblade 300 loitering munition from the company's Arcturus Jump 20 Group 3 vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) during flight for the first time in August.    Brett Hush, company vice-president and general manager for tactica...

Dubai Airshow 2021: Edge expands Al-Tariq guidance kit capabilities

By Akshara Parakala 17 November 2021
The Al-Tariq range of bomb guidance kits on display at the show Dubai Airshow, with the new variant for MK 83 bombs seen at the top between a Mk 82 variant with fold-out wings on the left and a Mk 83 variant without the wing on the right. (Janes / Akshara Parakala)  The Al-Tariq bomb guidance kit can now be used with 1,000 lb MK 83 warheads, the Emirati defence group Edge announced during the Dubai Airshow held from 14–18 November.  The Al-Tariq was previously integrated with the 250 lb MK 81 and 500 lb MK 82 bombs, giving them a standoff ran...

Dubai Airshow 2021: Edge announces guided munitions contract

By Jeremy Binnie 17 November 2021
The Emirati defence group Edge announced during the Dubai Air Show 2021 that it has received a AED3.2 billion (USD871 million) contract from the United Arab Emirates Armed Forces to deliver Thunder bomb guidance kits and Desert Sting guided bombs m...

Pentagon hunts for high-power microwave weapons to down drones

By Ashley Roque 17 November 2021
US Army officials want to evaluate high-power microwave (HPM) systems large enough to protect fixed sites from incoming drones and if they find promising ones, they plan to award subsequent prototyping contracts.  Charged with evaluating counter-dr...

Russia's Central Military District receives new equipment, including BMPT ‘Terminator'

By Nicholas Fiorenza 17 November 2021
The CMD announced on 10 November that its 90th Guards Tank Division would receive it first nine ‘Terminator' armoured vehicles on 1 December following testing. (Russian MoD)  Russia's Central Military District (CMD) has been receiving new equipment in 2021.  The CMD announced on the Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) website on 10 November that its 90th Guards Tank Division would receive its first company of nine ‘Terminator' tank support combat vehicles (BMPTs) on 1 December. CMD Commander Colonel General Alexander Lapin reported that new tec...

Dubai Airshow 2021: Israeli companies make debut in Gulf

By Charles Forrester 17 November 2021
The Israeli defence industry has made its first forays into the Gulf defence market with a number of major companies exhibiting at the Dubai Airshow, marking their first formal appearance in the region.  Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has been h...

EU defence ministers approve new PESCO projects, launch talks with Washington

By Brooks Tigner 17 November 2021
EU defence ministers approved 14 new Permanent Cooperation in Defence (PESCO) projects to jointly develop capabilities among the 25 participating member states (all EU nations except Denmark and Malta) during a meeting in Brussels on 16 November. T...

EU launches new strategic airlifter effort

By Gareth Jennings 16 November 2021
With the Strategic Airlift Capability (pictured) one of a number of existing NATO and European pooled airlift programmes, the EU is now looking to develop an outsized airlift capability via the SATOC effort. (NATO)  The European Union (EU) has launched an effort to develop a new strategic airlifter to fill a critical capability shortfall.  The European Council's Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) fund will support the development of such a capability under the Strategic Air Transport for Outsized Cargo (SATOC) project, included as part...

Dubai Airshow 2021: Airbus to open new facility in UAE

By Charles Forrester 16 November 2021
The VSR700 shipborne unmanned aerial vehicle is part of the collaboration between Airbus and the UAE. (Airbus Helicopters)  Airbus and the United Arab Emirates' (UAE's) Tawazun Economic Council signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on the establishment of an Airbus-owned facility in Abu Dhabi.  Under the MoU, signed on 14 November, Airbus and Tawazun will “explore potential co-operation opportunities in the areas of refuelling solutions for military air systems, unmanned aerial systems, helicopter Flightlab, and R&D [research and develop...

Dubai Airshow 2021: Rosoboronexport signs contracts totalling USD1.3 billion

By Nikolai Novichkov 16 November 2021
Rosoboronexport signed contracts for the supply of aviation items totalling USD1.3 billion during the Dubai Airshow 2021, the head of the state corporation Rostec, Sergei Chemezov, told reporters on 16 November.  “The contracts were concluded for t...

Dubai Airshow 2021: UAE showcases Black Hawk-electric motorbike combo for SOF

By Andrew White 16 November 2021
A Black Hawk helicopter and electric motorcycle combo was showcased at the Dubai Airshow 2021. (Andrew White)  Special operations forces (SOF) from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) displayed a new concept, designed to extend the reconnaissance capability of units operating on the ground, at the Dubai Airshow 2021.  Aviation Group 18, the UAE Special Operations Command's (SOCOM's) air component, displayed a Sikorsky UH-60M Black Hawk helicopter with external ramps attached to either side of the airframe for the attachment of electric motorbikes....

Dubai Airshow 2021: ADASI launches new UAVs from QX Series

By Akshara Parakala 16 November 2021
The QX Series of small VTOL UAVs was showcased at the Dubai Airshow 2021. (Janes/Akshara Parakala)  United Arab Emirates (UAE)'s EDGE Group subsidiary ADASI has unveiled vertical take-off and landing (VTOL)-capable unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), QX-5 and QX-6, at the Dubai Airshow 2021.  The QX-5 is a fixed-wing small VTOL tactical UAV primarily designed for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) roles. Unlike the earlier versions QX-3 and QX-4, which can support attack missions, QX-5 is focused on extended range and endurance...

UK awards two contracts for Heavy Lift Challenge

By Richard Scott 16 November 2021
The T400 VTOL UAS (left) and Windracers ULTRA fixed-wing UAS were trialled at Predannack. Malloy Aeronautics and W Autonomous Systems have both been awarded contracts to advance their respective solutions under the Heavy Lift Challenge. (MoD/Crown Copyright)  Malloy Aeronautics and W Autonomous Systems have been selected by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) to participate in a Heavy Lift Challenge intended to lead to the accelerated development of an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) primarily designed for payload transport in the maritime domai...

Dubai Airshow 2021: Halcon, Embraer to collaborate on weapons expansion for Super Tucano

By Charles Forrester 16 November 2021
Halcon and Embraer will collaborate on integrating the Desert Sting and Thunder munitions onto the A-29 Super Tucano, seen here in Afghan Air Force colours in 2016. (US Air Force/Staff Sgt Larry E Reid Jr)  Emirati defence conglomerate Edge announced on 15 November that its munitions subsidiary Halcon was collaborating with Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer to integrate its weapons systems on to the A-29 Super Tucano light attack aircraft.  Edge CEO and Managing Director Faisal Al Bannai said in a release, “Embraer's intention to work c...

Russians training Syrian MiG-29 pilots in air-to-air combat

By Jeremy Binnie 16 November 2021
A still from the Zvezda TV footage shows a Syrian MiG-29 taking off from Tiyas Air Base. (Zvezda TV )  The Russian Air Force is training Syrian MiG-29 pilots in air-to-air training, the Russian Ministry of Defence's Zvezda TV channel reported on 15 November.  “An important stage in the training of any pilot is the launch of guided air-to-air missiles,” Zvezda quoted Maxim Aleksanin, a Russian squadron commander, as saying. “For the first time, Syrian pilots used R-73 guided missiles from MiG-29 aircraft. In the future, we plan to improve the...

Dubai Airshow 2021: Russia unveils upgraded Ka-226T rotorcraft

By Nikolai Novichkov 16 November 2021
The upgraded Ka-226T helicopter has been named Climber because of its superior performance at altitude. (Nikolai Novichkov)  The extensively upgraded Kamov Ka-226T light utility helicopter was unveiled at the Dubai Airshow 2021 being held from 14 to 18 November.    A representative of Rostec's Russian Helicopters told   Janes   that the rotorcraft is designated ‘Climber' because of its high altitude performance in the mountains.   The modernised Ka-226T has become the first Russian helicopter to be digitally designed. The...

Mac Jee unveils Dagger guidance kit for 500 lb bomb

By Victor Barreira 15 November 2021
The Dagger precision guidance kit has been designed to convert a freefall 500 lb bomb into a longer-range smart air-launched weapon system. (Mac Jee)  Mac Jee Defesa, part of Brazil's Mac Jee Group, is finalising the development of a wing-assisted guidance kit that converts an air-droppable, unguided 500 lb low-drag general-purpose bomb into a long-range, air-to-ground all-weather precision-guided weapon.  The Dagger kit comprises a guidance module consisting of the electro-optic/infrared payload with Medium-Wave Infrared camera, delivering a...
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