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Boeing to offer Poseidon to Canada

By Gareth Jennings 11 February 2022
An artist's impression of the Boeing P-8A Poseidon in Royal Canadian Air Force colours and markings. (Boeing)  Boeing is to offer its P-8A Poseidon multimission maritime aircraft (MMA) to Canada in response to the country's requirement to replace the Lockheed CP-140 Aurora.  Announced on 10 February, the offer sees Boeing become the first original equipment manufacturer (OEM) to declare for the Canadian Multi-Mission Aircraft (CMMA) programme.  The Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) fields 14 P-3 Orion-derived CP-140 maritime patrol aircraft (MP...

US approves F-15 sale to Indonesia

By Gareth Jennings 11 February 2022
Indonesia is set to become the latest customer of the F-15 Advanced Eagle (pictured), with the approval on 10 February to acquire up to 36 F-15ID variant aircraft. (Janes/Gareth Jennings)  The United States has approved the sale of Boeing F-15 Advanced Eagle combat aircraft to Indonesia for an estimated USD13.9 billion.  The State Department approval, announced on 10 February, covers up to 36 Indonesian-specific F-15ID variants of the Advanced Eagle, as well as related equipment, spares, mission kit, training, and support. Besides the aircraf...

Update: Indonesia orders 42 Rafale fighters

By Alessandra Giovanzanti 11 February 2022
Indonesia signed up to procure 42 latest-generation Rafale fighter aircraft from France, Dassault Aviation announced on 10 February. (French Air and Space Force)  Indonesia has signed a contract for the acquisition of 42 Dassault Rafale fighter aircraft, the manufacturer announced on 10 February.  Dassault CEO Eric Trappier and Indonesian Air Force (Tentara Nasional Indonesia Angkatan Udara: TNI-AU) Vice Marshal Yusuf Jauhari, head of Defence Facilities Agency of the Indonesian Ministry of Defense (MoD), signed the contract during a ceremony...

Finland signs for F-35s

By Gareth Jennings 11 February 2022
Finland is to receive 64 Block 4 standard F-35As from 2025 to 2030. (US Air Force)  Finland has signed the first series of agreements related to the procurement of the Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) that was selected to fulfil its HX fighter replacement requirement in late 2021.  The Finnish Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 11 February that the government had signed the first Letter of Offer and Acceptance (LOA) documents, which under the US Foreign Military Sales (FMS) structure constitute the procurement...

Triumph Group may revamp financial reporting after divestitures

By Marc Selinger 10 February 2022
US-based Triumph Group is considering revising how it reports its financial results to reflect a series of recent divestitures, company officials said on 9 February.  Triumph currently breaks out the results of its two business units: Systems & Sup...

Indonesia orders 42 Rafale fighters

By Alessandra Giovanzanti 10 February 2022
Indonesia signed up to procure 42 latest-generation Rafale fighter aircraft from France, Dassault Aviation announced on 10 February. (French Air and Space Force)  Indonesia has signed a contract for the acquisition of 42 Dassault Rafale fighter aircraft, the manufacturer announced on 10 February.  Dassault CEO Eric Trappier and Indonesian Air Force (Tentara Nasional Indonesia Angkatan Udara: TNI-AU) Vice Marshal Yusuf Jauhari, head of Defence Facilities Agency of the Indonesian Ministry of Defense (MoD), signed the contract during a ceremony...

Update: UK selects Dassault Falcon as ‘Royal' replacement aircraft

By Gareth Jennings 10 February 2022
The Dassault Falcon 900LX will replace the now-retired BAe 146 in the VVIP role for the UK. (Dassault)  The United Kingdom has selected the Dassault Falcon to replace the recently retired BAe 146 aircraft operated by the Royal Air Force (RAF).  The Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced a GBP80 million (USD109 million) order for two Falcon 900LX aircraft for 32 Squadron (The Royal) on 8 February, noting that the tri-jets will be provided by Bristol-based Centreline under a GBP80 million (USD108 million) contract.  “The contract with Centreline,...

Irish commission recommends fighter procurement

By Gareth Jennings 10 February 2022
A Commission on the Defence Forces report has recommended that Ireland field a ‘squadron' of modern combat jet aircraft to fulfil the country's air-defence requirements. A number of types might be suitable for such a role, including the Saab Gripen from Sweden. (Saab)  Ireland's Commission on the Defence Forces has recommended that the country field a modern combat aircraft type as part of a wider raft of proposed military procurement suggestions.  In its report published on 9 February, the commission said that the Irish Air Corps (IAC) shoul...

USAF issues AWACS replacement RFI

By Gareth Jennings 09 February 2022
The US Air Force has issued its RFI to replace the E-3G AWACS aircraft. (Janes/Gareth Jennings)  The US Air Force (USAF) has issued a request for information (RFI) to replace its ageing fleet of Boeing E-3 Sentry Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft, with the goal of fielding prototype aircraft by 2028.  Released on 8 February, the RFI is geared at replacing the USAF's fleet of 31 E-3G AWACS with a new solution entirely, previously identified by the service as being the Boeing E-7A Wedgetail.  “This RFI is issued to identify i...

Armed variant of Z-20 helicopter could be refuelling-capable

By Alessandra Giovanzanti 09 February 2022
Chinese state-owned Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) released footage suggesting that it is developing an armed, aerial refuelling-capable variant of the Harbin Aircraft Industry Group (HAIG) Z-20 medium multirole helicopter.  On 31 Ja...

Thales to integrate secure SATCOM system onto French military tanker aircraft

By Olivia Savage 09 February 2022
Thales's SATCOM stations are to be integrated into fuselage of French Airbus A330 Phénix Multi Role Tanker Transport aircraft (pictured). (Thales Group)  The Direction Générale de l'Armement (DGA) has awarded Thales and its partners a contract for the development, integration, and support of aircraft satellite communications (SATCOM), Thales announced on 8 February.  The contract dubbed ‘Mélissa' will involve the delivery of resilient high-speed satellite stations for French Armed Forces Airbus A330 Phénix Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT)...

Italy completes deliveries of HH-139B CSAR helos

By Alessandra Giovanzanti 09 February 2022
The Italian Air Force received its last HH-139B on 31 January 2022. The first helicopter (shown here) was delivered on 30 November 2020. (Italian Air Force)  The Italian Air Force (Aeronautica Militare Italiana: AMI) has received the last of the 17 Leonardo HH-139B helicopters that it had ordered for combat search-and-rescue (CSAR) duties.    Speaking to   Janes  on 9 February, an AMI spokesperson said that the 17th helicopter was delivered on 31 January 2022, about 14 months after the first HH-139B helicopter.   “The AMI...

Dstl trials seek to harden sensors against laser attack

By Peter Felstead 09 February 2022
The UK Ministry of Defence's Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) has conducted a series of trials to assess how sensors can be hardened against laser attacks, the lab revealed on 2 February.    Dstl confirmed to  Janes...

Lockheed Martin flies unmanned Black Hawk for first time

By Gareth Jennings 09 February 2022
Lockheed Martin has flown its Optionally Piloted Vehicle (OPV) Sikorsky UH-60A/S-70 Black Hawk testbed helicopter for the first time, with a 30-minute test flight being conducted out of the US Army installation of Fort Campbell, Kentucky. (Lockheed Martin)  Lockheed Martin has flown its Optionally Piloted Vehicle (OPV) Sikorsky UH-60A/S-70 Black Hawk testbed helicopter for the first time, the company announced on 8 February.  The 30-minute flight, which took place at the US Army installation of Fort Campbell, Kentucky, saw the OPV Black Hawk...

NATO concludes ‘Neptune Strike 2022' vigilance exercise

By Kate Tringham 09 February 2022
‘Neptune Strike 22' highlighted the natural evolution of NATO's ability to integrate the high-end maritime warfare capabilities of a carrier strike group to support the defence of the alliance. (US Navy)  A US Navy (USN) carrier strike group (CSG) was successfully placed under NATO command for the first time since the end of the Cold War during the recently concluded exercise ‘Neptune Strike 2022' in the Mediterranean Sea.    During the NATO-led vigilance activity, which took place from 24 January to 4 February in the Adriatic Sea, the c...

UK selects Dassault Falcon as ‘Royal' replacement aircraft

By Gareth Jennings 08 February 2022
The Dassault Falcon 900LX will replace the now-retired BAe 146 in the VVIP role for the UK. (Dassault)  The United Kingdom has selected the Dassault Falcon to replace the recently retired BAe 146 aircraft operated by the Royal Flight of the Royal Air Force (RAF).  The Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced a GBP80 million (USD109 million) order for two Falcon 900LX aircraft for 32 Squadron (The Royal) on 8 February, noting that the tri-jets will be provided by Bristol-based Centreline under a GBP80 million (USD108 million) contract.  “The contra...

Japan to upgrade 68 F-15J Eagles under JSI programme

By Kosuke Takahashi 08 February 2022
An artist's impression of the JSI configuration for Japan's fleet of upgraded F-15J Eagle fighters. (Boeing)  The Japanese Ministry of Defense (MoD) plans to upgrade 68 Boeing-Mitsubishi F-15J Eagle fighter aircraft through the Japan Super Interceptor (JSI) programme, it confirmed on 4 February.  The MoD also said that the estimated life-cycle costs of the 68 Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) aircraft over 30 years – including the upgrade – will amount to JPY646.5 billion (USD5.6 billion).  An MoD document said the upgrade includes the int...

CNES awards Thales Alenia Space contract to develop DFMC SBAS prototype

By Olivia Savage 08 February 2022
Thales Alenia Space has been awarded a contract by the French Space Agency (Centre national d'études spatiales: CNES) to develop a dual-frequency multi-constellation (DFMC) satellite-based augmentation system (SBAS) prototype, the company announced...

US Navy completes second live-fire test with AARGM-ER

By Robin Hughes 08 February 2022
An AARGM-ER air-to-surface missile is launched from a US Navy F/A-18F Super Hornet in the second live-fire test of the weapon system at the US Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, Point Mugu Sea Range, southern California, on 21 January. (US Navy)  The US Navy conducted a second live-fire development test (DT2) of the Northrop Grumman AGM-88G Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile – Extended Range (AARGM-ER) from an F/A-18F Super Hornet at the US Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division (NAWCWD), Point Mugu Sea Range, southern Califor...

India seeks SWIFT aerial target for navy, army

By Robin Hughes 07 February 2022
The Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has issued a request for information for the prospective procurement of an indigenously developed, remotely piloted aerial target system capable of simulating supersonic sea-skimming anti-ship/cruise missile thr...
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