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Singapore Airshow 2022: Turkish Aerospace displays TF-X mock-up, seeks partners

By Alessandra Giovanzanti 16 February 2022
A mock-up of Turkish Aerospace TF-X multi-role combat aircraft on display at the Singapore Airshow 2022. (Janes/Ridzwan Rahmat)  Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) has displayed for the first time in Asia a full-scale mock-up of its Turkish Fighter Experimental (TF-X)/National Combat Aircraft (MMU), and has made clear its intent to look for potential partners in the region.  The TF-X multi-role combat aircraft, which is on static display at the Singapore Airshow 2022 that is taking place from 15 to 18 February at the Changi Exhibition Centre,...

Images emerge of J-10C fighters for Pakistan

By Alessandra Giovanzanti 16 February 2022
A CAIG J-10C fighter aircraft on display at the China Airshow 2021. The Pakistan Air Force (PAF) has been identified as the first export customer of the J-10C, after images emerged on 15 February of at least two aircraft in PAF markings. (VCG via Getty Images)  Images have emerged of two Chengdu Aircraft Industry Group (CAIG) J-10C ‘Firebird' multi-role fighter aircraft in Pakistan Air Force's (PAF's) markings, suggesting that a contract is in place and deliveries will start soon.  The images, which emerged on social media on 15 February, sho...

Singapore Airshow 2022: Elbit unveils Skylark 3 hybrid STUAS

By Alessandra Giovanzanti 15 February 2022
Elbit Systems unveiled the Skylark 3 ISTAR STUAV at the Singapore Airshow 2022. (Elbit Systems)  Elbit Systems has unveiled a new variant of the Skylark 3 small tactical unmanned aerial system (STUAS) that is powered by a new hybrid propulsion system.  The Skylark 3 Hybrid small tactical unmanned aerial vehicle (STUAV), first revealed at the Singapore Airshow 2022 that is taking place from 15 to 18 February at the Changi Exhibition Centre, combines a battery-powered electric engine and an internal combustion engine, increasing the mission eff...

Singapore Airshow 2022: Singapore air force reviews maritime security requirements

By Ridzwan Rahmat 15 February 2022
A Republic of Singapore Air Force Fokker-50 aircraft. (Janes/Patrick Allen)  The Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) has upgraded its fleet of Fokker-50 maritime patrol aircraft (MPAs) and is working with the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) to review the country's security requirements in the maritime domain.  The matter was revealed by RSAF chief, Major General Kelvin Khong, in a written reply to questions that have been sent to the service in the run-up to Singapore Airshow 2022.  The RSAF operates a fleet of five Fokker-50 airframes i...

Iraq's L-159s return to operational service

By Jeremy Binnie 15 February 2022
Iraq's first L-159s were delivered in November 2015. (Getty Images)  The Iraqi Air Force's L-159 jets are operational again, but can only conduct airstrikes with unguided bombs, according to a report by the US Department of Defense's Office of the Inspector General (OIG).  Released on 8 February, the quarterly report on Operation ‘Inherent Resolve' in Iraq and Syria said the return of the Aero L-159s was particularly notable as they have not been used for operations for five years.  Iraq received 10 second-hand L-159A light combat aircraft an...

UK and Japan to jointly develop JAGUAR sensor system

By Alessandra Giovanzanti 15 February 2022
A concept of the Leonardo Multi-Function Radio Frequency System (MRFS) for the UK-led Tempest future combat aircraft. On 15 February, the UK and Japan signed a Letter of Arrangement to jointly develop a universal radio frequency sensor technology, known as the JAGUAR sensor system. (Leonardo UK)  The United Kingdom and Japan will jointly develop a universal radio frequency sensor technology, known as the JAGUAR sensor system, for both the Tempest and F-X future combat aircraft programmes.  Announced by the UK government on 15 February, the Le...

USAF retires first E-8C JSTAR

By Alessandra Giovanzanti 15 February 2022
The USAF retired the first of 16 E-8C JSTAR aircraft on 10 February. (US Air Force)  The US Air Force (USAF) retired its first Northrop Grumman E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System on 10 February.  The Georgia Air National Guard's 116th Air Control Wing at Robins Air Force Base (AFB), in co-operation with the 461st Air Control Wing, announced that the aircraft (serial number 92-3289), which was the first to arrive at Robins AFB in 1996, left on that day for its final flight with the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration G...

US, UK sign FVL co-operation agreement

By Gareth Jennings 15 February 2022
The Sikorsky-Boeing SB>1 Defiant X is one of two contenders for the US Army's FLRAA element to the wider FVL programme, alongside the Bell V-280 Valor. The US and UK had agreed that an FVL Co-operative Program Feasibility Assessment will see both countries work to ensure the future interoperability of their rotorcraft requirements and programmes, at the same time as exploring and analysing new concepts for the employment of such air power. (Janes/Pat Host)  The United States and United Kingdom have signed an agreement to share information on...

Allies reinforce NATO's flanks

By Nicholas Fiorenza 14 February 2022
Soldiers of the US XVIII Airborne Corps arriving in Wiesbaden, Germany, on 4 February. (US Army/SPC Joshua Cowden)    The Pentagon announced on its website on 11 February that another 3,000 troops from the US 82  nd  Airborne Division would be sent to Europe. The announcement came as US Army troops sent earlier were arriving in Poland and Romania to reassure NATO allies as European alliance members increased their commitment to the Enhanced Forward Presence (EFP) in the Baltic states and Poland in the face of Russia's continue...

Philippine Navy receives four Cessna 172S trainers

By Alessandra Giovanzanti 14 February 2022
One of the four Cessna C-172S trainer aircraft formally handed over to the Philippine Navy on 10 February 2022. (US Embassy in the Philippines)  The Philippine Navy (PN) received four new Cessna 172S Skyhawk trainer aircraft.  The aircraft, which were procured under the US Foreign Military Financing (FMF) programme, were formally received on 10 February, the Philippine Department of National Defence announced.  “These air assets will significantly improve the navy's ability to prepare naval pilots for the crucial task of monitoring and safegu...

Singapore Airshow 2022: Singapore expands range of operations with new H225M helicopters

By Ridzwan Rahmat 14 February 2022
A Republic of Singapore Air Force H225M helicopter on the taxiway at Sembawang Air Base. (Janes/Ridzwan Rahmat)  The Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) has expanded the range of rotary-wing operations it can undertake as the service begins to phase-in its new H225M medium-lift helicopters.  The aircraft type was ordered by Singapore's Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) under a contract signed with Airbus Helicopters in 2016 to replace the RSAF's ageing fleet of AS332M Super Pumas, which have been in service since 1983.    Delivery of the...

Indonesia to receive six Rafales by 2026

By Alessandra Giovanzanti 14 February 2022
The Indonesian Air Force will receive the first batch of six Rafale fighter aircraft by 2026. (Dassault Aviation)  The Indonesian Air Force (Tentara Nasional Indonesia Angkatan Udara: TNI-AU) will receive the first batch of six Dassault Rafale multirole combat aircraft by 2026.  On 11 February a spokesperson of the Indonesian Ministry of Defense told local media that the first six Rafales on order will be delivered within 56 months from contract signature.  This comes after Indonesia signed an acquisition contract for 42 Rafales on 10 Februar...

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...

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...

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...
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