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IAI seeks to lean on technology gains to boost profile in Asia-Pacific

By Oishee Majumdar 21 February 2022
Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) seeks to build on its investments in technologies to expand in the Asia-Pacific, a spokesperson for the company has told Janes.  Speaking from the Singapore Airshow, which concluded on 18 February, the spokesperson...

Luftwaffe receives first Hercules

By Gareth Jennings 21 February 2022
The Luftwaffe received the first of six Lockheed Martin KC/C-130J Hercules aircraft, with the arrival of aircraft 55 + 01 (tail number 5930) at the Évreux-Fauville Air Base in northern France on 19 February.  The arrival of the first Luftwaffe Herc...

Singapore Airshow 2022: PT Dirgantara to sweeten deal for Philippine patrol aircraft requirement

By Ridzwan Rahmat 18 February 2022
A cut-out model of the CN235 MPA at Singapore Airshow 2022. (Janes/Ridzwan Rahmat)  Indonesian state-owned aircraft manufacturer PT Dirgantara (PTDI) is sweetening its offer for the Philippine Air Force's (PAF's) requirement for two maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) platforms by offering to work with local industry players on the project.  A PTDI representative told Janes at Singapore Airshow 2022 that the company has been unsuccessful in making a bid in the programme multiple times since 2014, but will now change its strategy to a more direct...

Singapore Airshow 2022: Indonesia's CN-235 gunship plans delayed by push for aviation biofuel

By Ridzwan Rahmat 18 February 2022
A model of the gunship variant of the CN-235 that was on display at Singapore Airshow 2020. The model was not displayed at Airshow 2022 given prevailing uncertainties over the programme. (Janes/Ridzwan Rahmat)  Indonesia's plan to develop a gunship variant of the CN-235 twin-engine multi-purpose aircraft has been delayed indefinitely amid a push for the country to commercialise a home-grown aviation biofuel type.    The matter was revealed to  Janes  by an official from state-owned aerospace company PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTD...

Singapore Airshow 2022: Leonardo optimistic on prospects for Malaysian maritime patrol aircraft contest

By Ridzwan Rahmat 18 February 2022
The ATR 72MP aircraft, which has been offered to Malaysia in a contest for maritime patrol aircraft. (Leonardo)  Leonardo has confirmed its participation in Malaysia's maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) contest and is confident that the company has submitted the best proposal for this requirement.  The Malaysian Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) issued a tender notice seeking two MPAs for the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) in August 2020. The notice was published in the country's daily newspapers and was also dispatched to the embassies of selected...

India closes tender for loitering munitions

By Parth Shukla & Sunil Nair 18 February 2022
The Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) on 14 February closed the expression of interest (EOI) for the procurement of loitering munitions for the Indian Army.  The MoD issued the EOI for medium-range precision kill systems (MRPKS) in December 2021. Th...

Dutch Caribbean Coast Guard plans to modernise fleet, expand surveillance, and boost SAR capabilities

By Alejandro Sanchez 18 February 2022
The Dutch Caribbean Coast Guard (DCCG) will focus on modernising its fleet while expanding surveillance and search-and-rescue (SAR) capabilities this year, according to its 2022 Annual Plan, which was reviewed by Janes.  The main objectives, accord...

Update: US Army notes new and renewed interest in MD 530 helos for allied nations

By Gareth Jennings 18 February 2022
The US Army told   Janes  that it has received new and renewed interest from allied partner nations in the MD Helicopters, Inc. MD 530 light attack rotorcraft.  (MD Helicopters Inc.)    The US Army has received new and renewed interest from allied partner nations in the MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) MD 530 light attack rotorcraft, a service spokesperson told  Janes  on 17 February.   With the US Army Multi-National Aviation Special Project Office (MASPO) currently providing MD 530s to allied na...

US Navy taps additive manufacturing to help keep E-6B Mercury aircraft flying

By Michael Fabey 18 February 2022
The US Navy is using additive manufacturing to replace parts on its E-6B Mercury aircaft. (US Navy)  The US Navy (USN) started installing water separators about its E-6B Mercury communications relay and strategic airborne command post aircraft in January that had been made through additive manufacturing, according to Captain Adam Scott, the programme manager for the Airborne Strategic Command, Control and Communications Program Office.  Using additive manufacturing to secure parts for the E-6Bs is an example of the lengths the programme offic...

Allies continue to reinforce NATO's flanks

By Nicholas Fiorenza 18 February 2022
The UK is doubling the number of personnel in the EFP battlegroup it leads in Estonia and sending additional equipment, including Challenger 2 tanks (pictured) and AFVs. (Estonian MoD)  NATO allies announced the further reinforcement of NATO's flanks during a meeting of the alliance's defence ministers in Brussels on 16–17 February as Russia appeared to be continuing rather than drawing down its military build-up against Ukraine.  During a press conference after the meeting on 17 February, US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin announced that B...

Swiss F/A-18 fighters complete phase 1 SLEP

By Alessandra Giovanzanti 17 February 2022
The F/A-18C/D fighter aircraft of the Swiss Air Force completed the first phase of a service life extension programme in late 2021, Armasuisse announced on 14 February. (US Air Force)  The Swiss Air Force's Boeing F/A-18C/D fighter aircraft fleet has completed the first phase of the service life extension programme (SLEP) that will keep it in service through 2030.  On 14 February the Swiss Federal Office for Defence Procurement (Armasuisse) announced that by the end of 2021, the 30 F/A-18C/Ds in service with the Swiss Air Force had received u...

Singapore Airshow 2022: Singapore receives initial batch of upgraded F-16s

By Ridzwan Rahmat 17 February 2022
A Republic of Singapore F-16 on display at Singapore Airshow 2022. Based on information received by   Janes  at the event, this example has yet to receive the upgrades that were disclosed by MINDEF in 2015.   (Janes/Ridzwan Rahmat)  The Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) has taken delivery of an initial batch of upgraded F-16s.  The milestone was confirmed by RSAF chief Major General Kelvin Khong, in a written reply to questions that had been sent to the service in the run-up to Singapore Airshow 2022.  “Our...

Work starts on second phase of Nigerian Super Tucano base

By Jeremy Binnie 17 February 2022
US Ambassador to Nigeria Mary Beth Leonard stands in front of three A-29 Super Tucano light attack aircraft in the hangar at Kainji Air Base during the ground-breaking ceremony on 15 February. (US Mission Nigeria)  The ground-breaking ceremony for the second phase of the infrastructure project for Nigeria's new A-29 Super Tucano light attack aircraft at Kainji Air Base was held on 15 February, the US embassy in Abuja announced on the following day.  It said the USD38 million project will build sunshades for the aircraft, munitions storage and...

US Army notes new and renewed interest in MD 530 helos for allied nations

By Gareth Jennings 17 February 2022
 The US Army told   Janes  that it has received new and renewed interest from allied partner nations in the MD Helicopters, Inc. MD 530 light attack rotorcraft.  (MD Helicopters Inc.)                         

Singapore Airshow 2022: India positions Tejas as most competitively priced light combat aircraft in market

By Ridzwan Rahmat 17 February 2022
The Tejas Mk1 at the Singapore Airshow 2022. (Janes/Ridzwan Rahmat)  The Indian Air Force (IAF) is showcasing its Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) in Singapore for the first time as part of efforts to position the platform for requirements in the region.  The service has deployed three airframes to the country as part of the aircraft's debut at Singapore Airshow 2022, which runs from 15 to 18 February. One of the airframes took part in a static display alongside a delegation of Indian government officials who were there to explain the vario...

Armscor reveals majority of SAAF fleet grounded

By Helmoed-Römer Heitman 17 February 2022
A briefing by South Africa's Armscor defence procurement agency to the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Defence on 16 February has revealed that the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) is facing even more problems due to underfunding t...

Germany considering joint Dutch-German training helicopter fleet

By Nigel Torp Petersen 17 February 2022
The H145M is a strong contender should the Bundeswehr opt to acquire additional light utility helicopters for the International Helicopter Training Centre. (Airbus Helicopters)  The German Army has expressed interest in a new light helicopter to provide a common platform for the initial flight training of Dutch and German student helicopter pilots. Speaking at the International Military Helicopter conference in London on 16 February, Brigadier General Andreas Pfeifer, deputy commander of the Rapid Forces Division said that the army would be i...

US Army waiting on Chinook Block 2 qualification before committing to production

By Gareth Jennings 17 February 2022
With more than 500 CH-47F and MH-47G Chinooks in its inventory, the US Army is yet to commit to the Block 2 upgrade that is geared at restoring lost lift capacity. (US Army)    The US Army is waiting on the Block 2 standard qualification completion of the Boeing CH-47F Chinook heavy-lift helicopter before committing itself to a production decision, a senior service official told   Janes  on 15 February.   Speaking at the IQPC International Military Helicopter conference in London on 15–17 February, Brigadier General Robert...

USAF seeks 'operational return‘ on ABMS, JADC2 investments

By Carlo Munoz 17 February 2022
A prototype fire-control radar is being used to track threats and pass information to weapons during ABMS tests at White Sands Missile Range in 2020. (US Air Force)  Top US Air Force (USAF) leaders are planning to lock an “operational return” on the service's investments on its Advanced Battle Management System (ABMS) and its portion of the Joint All-Domain Command and Control (JADC2) capability within the next three to five years, said USAF Secretary Frank Kendall.  “There are a lot of good things happening. I have been trying to get [progra...

Update – Singapore Airshow 2022: DSTA signs data analytics accords with Boeing and Airbus

By Jon Grevatt 17 February 2022
Singapore's Defence Science and Technology Agency (DSTA) has signed separate agreements with Boeing and Airbus to expand collaboration on leveraging data to support the sustainment of military aircraft.  The DSTA said on 15 February that the agreem...
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