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Indo Defence 2022: Indonesian aerospace firm unveils 4.5-generation fighter concept

By Ridzwan Rahmat 03 November 2022
A mock-up of the i-22 Sikatan 4.5-generation fighter concept on display at Indo Defence 2022. (Janes/Ridzwan Rahmat)  Indonesian aerospace firm Infoglobal has unveiled a mock-up of a 4.5-generation fighter aircraft concept, known as the i-22 Sikatan, at the Indo Defence 2022 exhibition in Jakarta.  The concept was conceived in collaboration with local aerospace design firm Vimana Litbang & Rekayasa, which is headed by former commercial unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) pilot, Sunanto Ajidarmo.    Speaking to   Janes  at the exhib...

Design of India's naval fighter approaching preliminary completion

By Akhil Kadidal 03 November 2022
ADA is designing its new naval wing TEDBF for high-performance operations. The TEDBF is also being designed to integrate a range of domestically developed air-launched weapons systems. (Janes)  The preliminary design of India's Twin Engine Deck Based Fighter (TEDBF) programme is being prepared for submission to New Delhi in 2023 for approval.  This Preliminary Design Review (PDR) will provide the government and the Indian Navy with the first opportunity to assess the design of the aircraft.  P Thangavel, project director (Light Combat Aircraf...

UK downselects New Medium Helicopter contenders

By Gareth Jennings 02 November 2022
Having entered service with the Royal Air Force in 1971, the Puma is to be replaced along with three other helicopter types under the NMH requirement. (Janes/Patrick Allen)    The UK has downselected the New Medium Helicopter (NMH) contenders for which it will now issue a detailed request for proposal (RFP) ahead of a final type selection and contract,   Janes  was told on 1 November.    Offers from Airbus, Boeing, Leonardo, and Lockheed Martin passed the pre-qualification questionnaire (PQQ) stage of the NMH requirement...

Bulgaria to receive MiG-29 engines from Poland

By Gareth Jennings 02 November 2022
Poland is to decommission one of its MiG-29 fighters to transfer the two engines to Bulgaria as part of a wider agreement geared at maintaining the latter's fleet until the end of 2023. (Janes/Patrick Allen)  Bulgaria is to receive MiG-29 ‘Fulcrum' engines from Poland in a bid to maintain flight operations of the Warsaw Pact-era jets until the end of 2023.  Bulgarian Defence Minister Dimitar Stoyanov said on 28 October that the Polish Air Force is to decommission one of its MiG-29s so as to transfer the aircraft's two Klimov RD-33 turbofan po...

Indo Defence 2022: India secures first contract for naval guns with Indonesia

By Ridzwan Rahmat 02 November 2022
Models of the Teevra 40 naval gun system on display during Indo Defence 2022. (Janes/Ridzwan Rahmat)  Larsen & Toubro (L&T) has secured a contract to deliver 40 mm naval gun systems to the Indonesian Navy, which marks the first-ever export of the weapon system from India to Indonesia.    Speaking on the condition of anonymity, two sources at the Indo Defence 2022 exhibition, being held in Jakarta, from 2 to 5 November, have confirmed with   Janes  that L&T will supply the company's Teevra 40 system and the weapon will go onbo...

Indo Defence 2022: Baykar in talks with Indonesian government on Bayraktar TB2, Akinci UAVs

By Ridzwan Rahmat 02 November 2022
A model of the Bayraktar Akinci UAV at Indo Defence 2022. (Janes/Ridzwan Rahmat)  Turkish defence company Baykar is in talks with the Indonesian government to discuss the Bayraktar TB2 and Akinci lines of strike-capable unmanned aerial systems.  A source who spoke to Janes at Indo Defence 2022, being held in Jakarta, from 2 to 5 November, confirmed that meetings are taking place with various personnel to discuss the systems' capabilities but is not able to give further information on these citing confidentiality issues.  Models of both the T...

Australia to replace Super Hercules fleet with new C-130Js

By Julian Kerr 01 November 2022
Australia has selected the latest C-130J Hercules variant to replace older model aircraft of the same type that were acquired from 1999. (Lockheed Martin)  The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) is to replace its fleet of 12 Lockheed Martin C-130J-30 Super Hercules tactical transports with a new and expanded fleet of the same type, the country's Department of Defence (DoD) announced on 1 November.  The DoD said in a statement that a number of aircraft manufacturers had provided information on all available medium air mobility options but the n...

Teledyne FLIR Defense launches UAS radiation detector payload

By Olivia Savage 01 November 2022
The Teledyne FLIR Defense MUVE R430 is pictured here. It is a radiation detector payload suited for UASs. (Teledyne FLIR Defense )  Teledyne FLIR Defense has unveiled MUVE R430, a payload that remotely detects and identifies radiation sources.  Launched at the 2022 CBRNe Convergence in Boston on 1 November, the radiation detector is suited for use on unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) and can detect, locate, measure, map, and identify radioactive sources, a company announcement said.    Joe Ailinger, director of public relations at Teledy...

UK launches post-Mosquito ‘drone' effort

By Gareth Jennings 01 November 2022
BAE Systems showcased some of its new UAS design concepts at the Royal International Air Tattoo just ahead of the Farnborough Airshow. (Janes/Gareth Jennings)  The UK has launched an effort to develop and bring into service unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) at a faster pace than the recently cancelled Mosquito ‘loyal wingman' programme, with the Ministry of Defence (MoD) announcing on 31 October that an industry day is to be held in the near future.  The 'Rapid Capabilities Office and Air Capability Industry Engagement: Low-Cost Uncrewed Air Sy...

Swedish Armed Forces recommends replacing NH90, buying additional UH-60M helos

By Gareth Jennings 01 November 2022
Unable to bring its NH90s up to the required standard, the Swedish Armed Forces has recommended that the type be replaced entirely. (Janes/Gareth Jennings)  Sweden is set to replace its NHIndustries (NHI) NH90 maritime helicopters, at the same time as expanding its fleet of land-roled UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters.  The Supreme Commander of the Swedish Armed Forces, General Micael Bydén, made the announcement on 1 November as part of a raft of wider planned capability enhancements delivered for consideration to the Swedish government.  “Air d...

German Navy secures Lynx helicopter parts from Denmark

By Gareth Jennings 31 October 2022
With a need to maintain its fleet of 22 Sea Lynxes until the end of 2026, the German Navy has secured spare parts from Denmark's now retired fleet of helicopters. (Janes/Gareth Jennings)  Germany has secured Lynx parts from Denmark to maintain its fleet of anti-submarine warfare/anti-surface warfare (ASW/ASuW) helicopters until its retirement date of December 2026.  The chief of the air arm of the German Navy (Kommandeur Marineflieger), Sea Captain Thorsten Bobzin, announced the buy on 31 October, saying it was necessary to keep the service's...

Milestones: India's Light Combat Helicopter

By Akhil Kadidal 31 October 2022
Hindustan Aeronautics Limited's new Light Combat Helicopter has been developed to provide troops with close air support. (2022 Janes/Akhil Kadidal)  The multi-purpose Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) developed by India's Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is being inducted into the Indian military after two decades of development.  The Indian Air Force formally inducted the LCH at a ceremony at Air Force Station Jodhpur in early October. The Indian Army took delivery of its first LCH in late September.  Senior officials have said that the helic...

In command: USS Ford deploys as US Navy retools strike group dynamics

By Michael Fabey 31 October 2022
The Ford  -  class design features changes meant to improve carrier operations.  (HII)    As the aircraft carrier USS   Gerald R Ford  made its arduous journey from development towards US Navy (USN) fleet operations, the spotlight always shone brightest on the ship's futuristic launching, recovery, and weapons-elevators systems.   However, now that the ship unmoored in the first week of October 2022 for its first deployment to lead the USN's inaugural Gerald R Ford Carrier Strike Group (CSG), U...

SNC completes high-altitude balloon trial for UK MoD

By Olivia Savage 31 October 2022
SNC trials its HAB for Project Aether, a UK MoD programme that seeks a stratospheric ISR solution. (World View Enterprises)  Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) has successfully trialled its persistent high-altitude balloon (HAB) as part of the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) Aether project.    Bill Leonard, director of programmes for SNC's Mission Solutions & Technologies (MST) business area, told   Janes   on 28 October that the company's HAB successfully accomplished all mission objectives set by the Aether programme office, provin...

Update: UK slips full operating capability for F-35B

By Gareth Jennings 28 October 2022
Previously reported for 2023, full operating capability for the UK Lightning Force will not take place until 2025. (Crown Copyright)  The UK is to delay declaring full operating capability (FOC) for its Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning fleet, with a government minister saying it will now happen in 2025 rather than the earlier stated 2023.  Minister for the Armed Forces, James Heappey, made the disclosure while answering a question in the House of Commons on 12 September.  “Full operating capability for the Lightning Force is expected in 2025, a...

Ultra Maritime and UMS Skeldar awarded contract to evaluate UAS-based ASW solution for Canada

By Kate Tringham 28 October 2022
The V-200 has an endurance of more than six hours, a 235 kg take-off weight, and can carry payloads of up to 45 kg. (UMS Skeldar)  Ultra Maritime and UMS Skeldar have received a phase-two contract to evaluate the development of an anti-submarine warfare (ASW) sonobuoy dispensing capability for rotary-winged unmanned aerial systems (UASs).  Under the award, granted by the Canadian Department of National Defence's Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security (IDEas) programme, the two companies will evaluate the technical and operational fea...

Netherlands MoD receives first tranche of ISR UAVs

By Olivia Savage 28 October 2022
Quantum-Systems is delivering an undisclosed number of Vector UAVs to the Netherlands Ministry of Defence. Pictured is the Vector eVTOL UAV exhibited by ESG at Dubai Airshow 2021. (Janes/Akshara Parakala)  Quantum-Systems and BSS Holland have delivered unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to the Netherlands Ministry of Defence (MoD).  According to a Quantum-Systems announcement on 27 October, the MoD has received its first tranche of Vector intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) UAVs.  The company was unable to provide further inform...

KAI awarded attack helicopter contract for Marines

By Akhil Kadidal 28 October 2022
Korean Aerospace Industries (KAI) has proposed to develop an attack helicopter based on the MUH-1 Marineon. The aircraftʼs side-by-side cockpit seat design differs from traditional attack helicopter tandem-seating layouts. (Korean Aerospace Industries (KAI))  Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) has been awarded a contract to develop an attack helicopter for the Republic of Korea (RoK) Marine Corps.  In an announcement on 27 October, KAI said that it had signed a contract with South Korea's Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) to dev...

Pakistan Air Force personnel train to operate Akinci UAVs

By Akhil Kadidal & Akshara Parakala 27 October 2022
The Turkish private company, Baykar Tech, has trained a batch of Pakistan Air Force personnel to operate its Akinci 'Flying Fish' armed unmanned aerial vehicle. (Teknofest via Selçuk Bayraktar)  Dozens of Pakistan Air Force (PAF) personnel have completed training to operate Baykar Tech's Bayraktar Akinci (Flying Fish) armed unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). This suggests that the Pakistan Air Force is on schedule to induct the UAV.  In a statement on 23 October, Baykar said that 110 pilots and staff from three countries had successfully graduate...

Boeing rolls out first AH-64E for the Netherlands

By Gareth Jennings 26 October 2022
The first of 28 Boeing AH-64D Apache Longbows to be remanufactured to the latest AH-64E v6 Apache Guardian standard was rolled out for the Royal Netherlands Air Force, on 25 October. (Netherlands MoD)  The first AH-64E Apache Guardian for the Netherlands was rolled out at Boeing's Mesa production facility in Arizona, on 25 October.  The Dutch Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced the milestone, noting that it had received the logbook for the first AH-64E Version 6 (v6) for the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) ahead of the helicopter's antici...
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