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Malaysian air force receives two AW139 helicopters on lease

By Ridzwan Rahmat 25 January 2022
The Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) has taken delivery of two Leonardo AW139 helicopters, which will be operated by the service on lease.  The airframes, which are being leased from the Malaysian company Westar Aviation Services, were received by...

Russian build-up on Ukrainian border enters new stage

25 January 2022
Russian troops and equipment arrived in Belarus this month. (Russian MoD)  Following a relative lull in activity after 1 January, Russia's armed forces appear to have entered their highest level of activity and movement since the autumn-winter build-up began in late October.    Evidence indicates activity from all of Russia's major regional commands, and Moscow has also signalled that it will move a large number of surface vessels, including six landing ship tanks (LSTs), a cruiser, and a destroyer, into the Mediterranean Sea, where they...

Saudi receives first Chinooks

By Gareth Jennings 25 January 2022
Saudi Arabia has received its first CH-47F Chinook helicopters, similar to this US Army model. (US Army)    Boeing has handed over the first CH-47F Chinook heavy-lift helicopters for Saudi Arabia, a company representative told   Janes  on 24 January.   Confirmation came after an image of at least the first four helicopters in Royal Saudi Land Forces (RSLF) livery apparently at a port of debarkation was posted online, seeming to confirm that deliveries of up to 48 such helicopters approved by the US government in 2016 had b...

Philippines receives military equipment from China

By Parth Shukla 25 January 2022
The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has received military equipment worth RMB76 million (USD12 million) from China as a donation.  The Philippines Department of National Defense (DND) said in a statement in mid-January that the donation compr...

Hensoldt to equip German NH90 helicopters with protection systems

By Olivia Savage 24 January 2022
NH90 TTH (Janes/Paul Jackson)  Hensoldt will equip 82 NHIndustries NH90 Tactical Transport Helicopters (TTH) with its latest Airborne Missile Protection System (AMPS), the company announced on 21 January.  After the integration phase of the AMPS, the helicopters will be equipped within the framework of Germany's TTH Operational Revision (THOR) programme from 2025.  According to the company, AMPS is a protection system that can detect missile, laser, and radar threats, while automatically triggering targeted countermeasures. In its most basic...

Elbit Systems UK builds British team to compete for domestic UAS projects

By Olivia Savage 24 January 2022
Elbit Systems UK forms British industrial team to deliver UAS. (Elbit Systems UK)  Elbit Systems UK has formed and will lead a British industrial team of suppliers to compete for emerging unmanned aircraft system (UAS) programmes, the company announced on 20 January.  While Elbit Systems UK is experienced in UAS design and systems integration, the company hopes that utilising the skills of partner organisations and suppliers will enable the team to collectively deliver fully integrated and supported UAS capabilities. Co-operatively, Team Elbi...

Russian Aerospace Forces received two more Su-57 in late 2021

24 January 2022
An Su-57 with bort number 52; it is likely to be one of the pair of production aircraft delivered to the VKS in Q4 2021. (Komsomolsk-on-Amur Aviation Plant)  The third and fourth production Su-57 aircraft were delivered to the Russian Aerospace Forces (VKS) in late 2021. They were among 77 aircraft delivered to the Russian Armed Forces during the year. A note on the delivery of these two aircraft was originally included in a wider press release on the website of the Russian Ministry of Defence, released on 20 January 2022, and although the co...

Russian Navy announces multiple exercises

By Tony Roper 24 January 2022
The Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) announced on 21 January that it had received direct notification from the Russian Navy that the service intends to carry out live artillery and missile firing to the southwest of Ireland at the beginning of Februa...

Update - British Army showcases new AH-64E Apache

By Gareth Jennings 24 January 2022
The British Army has so far received 14 of 50 Boeing AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopters. Deliveries will continue till 2024. (Janes/Gareth Jennings)  The British Army showcased its latest Boeing AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopter to the media during an event at the type's main operating base at Wattisham Airfield on 20 January.  At the event, which was attended by Minister of State for Defence Procurement Jeremy Quin and top-level military officials, air and ground crew presented the AH-64E that is being introduced into service w...

Rise of the robots: AI in the airborne battlespace

By Gareth Jennings 24 January 2022
The UK-led Tempest future combat aircraft will feature AI and autonomy at its core. These capabilities will extend to the platform's unmanned ‘loyal wingmen' and the wider Future Combat Air System. (BAE Systems)  The combat aircraft on today's drawing boards are being designed with artificial intelligence (AI) and/or autonomy at the core of their capabilities, and the UK-led Tempest programme is at the forefront of this global trend.  As defined by the UK's Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), AI encompasses the theories and tech...

US Army issues new Sources Sought for an LMAMS loitering weapon system

By Robin Hughes 24 January 2022
The US Army Contracting Command on 19 January issued another Sources Sought notification for an organic small unit-level Lethal Miniature Aerial Missile System (LMAMS) precision-guided loitering weapon system capability.  The army issued a very sim...

Uganda opens helicopter MRO facility

By Jeremy Binnie 24 January 2022
An Mi-24 attack helicopter is worked on at the Pro Heli International Services facility that was opened at Uganda's Nakasongola Air Base on 22 January. (President Yoweri Museveni)  Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni opened what was described as Sub-Saharan Africa's only helicopter maintenance, repair, and overall (MRO) facility at Nakasongola Air Base on 22 January.  The president commended the Ministry of Defence for the initiative and tweeted that the facility “will help Uganda save about USD3.5 million that could have been spent on transpo...

UK Royal Air Force announces retirement destinations of its BAe146 fleet

24 January 2022
The BAe146 has been in service with the Royal Air Force since 1983. (BAE Systems)  The UK Royal Air Force announced on 21 January that of its remaining four BAe146 aircraft, the two BAe146 Mk2 will go to museums in the UK and the two BAe146 Mk3 aircraft have been acquired by a civilian operator. The aircraft will be flown to their respective retirement locations over the next few weeks. The RAF said of the two Mk2 aircraft, one would be delivered to the air museum at Duxford, Cambridgeshire, and the other, to the South Wales Aviation Museum a...

F-35 to make NATO Southern Air Policing debut

By Gareth Jennings 21 January 2022
Dutch F-35As are soon to patrol the skies over Bulgaria as the Netherlands announces the deployment of two jets to NATO's Southern Air Policing mission from April to May. (RNLAF)  The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) is to be deployed on NATO's Southern Air Policing mission for the first time, with the Netherlands announcing on 21 January it is sending jets to Bulgaria.  The Dutch Ministry of Defence (MoD) said it is to send a pair of Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) F-35As to conduct quick reaction alert (QRA)...

British Army showcases new AH-64E Apache

By Gareth Jennings 21 January 2022
The British Army has so far received 14 of 50 Boeing AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopters. Deliveries will continue till 2024. (Janes/Gareth Jennings)  The British Army showcased its latest Boeing AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopter to the media during an event at the type's main operating base at Wattisham Airfield on 20 January.  At the event, which was attended by Minister of State for Defence Procurement Jeremy Quin and top-level military officials, air and ground crew presented the AH-64E that is being introduced into service w...

India tests new BrahMos variant

By Parth Shukla & Shaurav Gairola 21 January 2022
BrahMos Aerospace conducted additional test-firing of its universal long-range supersonic cruise missile system from the Integrated Test Range, Chandipur, off the coast of Odisha, on the east coast of India, at 1030 h local time on 20 January....

Update: Colombia eyes Danish F-16s as potential Kfir replacement

By Roberto Jose Garcia Hernandez 21 January 2022
The Colombian Air Force (FAC) is interested in acquiring an undisclosed number of Royal Danish Air Force Lockheed Martin F-16s to replace its ageing fleet of Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI) Kfir C-10/C-12 fighters.    A FAC source told...

UK notes ‘considerable interest' in soon-to-be-surplus Hercules airlifters

By Gareth Jennings 19 January 2022
With the UK set to retire its remaining 14 Hercules airlifters on 31 March 2023, the MoD told   Janes  that considerable interest has been received in the fleet form a wide range of parties.  (Janes/Patrick Allen)  The United Kingdom has received “considerable interest” in its fleet of soon-to-be-retired Lockheed Martin C-130J/C-130J-30 Hercules airlifters.  A Ministry of Defence (MoD) spokesperson told Janes on 19 January that the sales campaign being run for the Royal Air Force's (RAF's) one remaining short-bod...

Indra to equip latest electronic warfare systems onto Spanish Army's Chinooks

By Olivia Savage 19 January 2022
Indra is to update the Spanish Army's Boeing Chinook CH-47F electronic warfare systems. (Indra)  Indra has signed a EUR35 million (USD39.8 million) contract with the Spanish Ministry of Defence (MoD) to integrate its latest electronic warfare (EW) systems onto the Spanish Army's Boeing CH-47F Chinook transport helicopters, the company announced on 18 January.  According to Indra, the helicopters will be integrated with the company's ALR-400FD radar alerter, InWarner sensor, and InShield directional infrared countermeasures (DIRCM) system.  T...

Chile buys three Boeing E-3D Sentry aircraft from UK

By Santiago Rivas 19 January 2022
Chile has acquired three former RAF Sentry AEW1 aircraft, one of which will be used for spares. (Crown Copyright)    The Chilean Air Force (FACh) has purchased three Boeing E-3D Sentry airborne early warning Mk 1 (AEW1) aircraft from the UK Royal Air Force (RAF) for an undisclosed amount, FACh sources told   Janes  .   The aircraft, one of which will be used for spare parts, will replace the FACh's single Boeing 707-385C that was modified in Israel for AEW missions, called IAI Phalcon in Israel and Cóndor in Chile....
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