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EU defence ministers approve new PESCO projects, launch talks with Washington

By Brooks Tigner 17 November 2021
EU defence ministers approved 14 new Permanent Cooperation in Defence (PESCO) projects to jointly develop capabilities among the 25 participating member states (all EU nations except Denmark and Malta) during a meeting in Brussels on 16 November. T...

EU launches new strategic airlifter effort

By Gareth Jennings 16 November 2021
With the Strategic Airlift Capability (pictured) one of a number of existing NATO and European pooled airlift programmes, the EU is now looking to develop an outsized airlift capability via the SATOC effort. (NATO)  The European Union (EU) has launched an effort to develop a new strategic airlifter to fill a critical capability shortfall.  The European Council's Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) fund will support the development of such a capability under the Strategic Air Transport for Outsized Cargo (SATOC) project, included as part...

Dubai Airshow 2021: ADASI launches new UAVs from QX Series

By Akshara Parakala 16 November 2021
The QX Series of small VTOL UAVs was showcased at the Dubai Airshow 2021. (Janes/Akshara Parakala)  United Arab Emirates (UAE)'s EDGE Group subsidiary ADASI has unveiled vertical take-off and landing (VTOL)-capable unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), QX-5 and QX-6, at the Dubai Airshow 2021.  The QX-5 is a fixed-wing small VTOL tactical UAV primarily designed for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) roles. Unlike the earlier versions QX-3 and QX-4, which can support attack missions, QX-5 is focused on extended range and endurance...

Dubai Airshow 2021: UAE showcases Black Hawk-electric motorbike combo for SOF

By Andrew White 16 November 2021
A Black Hawk helicopter and electric motorcycle combo was showcased at the Dubai Airshow 2021. (Andrew White)  Special operations forces (SOF) from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) displayed a new concept, designed to extend the reconnaissance capability of units operating on the ground, at the Dubai Airshow 2021.  Aviation Group 18, the UAE Special Operations Command's (SOCOM's) air component, displayed a Sikorsky UH-60M Black Hawk helicopter with external ramps attached to either side of the airframe for the attachment of electric motorbikes....

Dubai Airshow 2021: Rosoboronexport signs contracts totalling USD1.3 billion

By Nikolai Novichkov 16 November 2021
Rosoboronexport signed contracts for the supply of aviation items totalling USD1.3 billion during the Dubai Airshow 2021, the head of the state corporation Rostec, Sergei Chemezov, told reporters on 16 November.  “The contracts were concluded for t...

Dubai Airshow 2021: Airbus to open new facility in UAE

By Charles Forrester 16 November 2021
The VSR700 shipborne unmanned aerial vehicle is part of the collaboration between Airbus and the UAE. (Airbus Helicopters)  Airbus and the United Arab Emirates' (UAE's) Tawazun Economic Council signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on the establishment of an Airbus-owned facility in Abu Dhabi.  Under the MoU, signed on 14 November, Airbus and Tawazun will “explore potential co-operation opportunities in the areas of refuelling solutions for military air systems, unmanned aerial systems, helicopter Flightlab, and R&D [research and develop...

UK awards two contracts for Heavy Lift Challenge

By Richard Scott 16 November 2021
The T400 VTOL UAS (left) and Windracers ULTRA fixed-wing UAS were trialled at Predannack. Malloy Aeronautics and W Autonomous Systems have both been awarded contracts to advance their respective solutions under the Heavy Lift Challenge. (MoD/Crown Copyright)  Malloy Aeronautics and W Autonomous Systems have been selected by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) to participate in a Heavy Lift Challenge intended to lead to the accelerated development of an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) primarily designed for payload transport in the maritime domai...

Dubai Airshow 2021: Halcon, Embraer to collaborate on weapons expansion for Super Tucano

By Charles Forrester 16 November 2021
Halcon and Embraer will collaborate on integrating the Desert Sting and Thunder munitions onto the A-29 Super Tucano, seen here in Afghan Air Force colours in 2016. (US Air Force/Staff Sgt Larry E Reid Jr)  Emirati defence conglomerate Edge announced on 15 November that its munitions subsidiary Halcon was collaborating with Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer to integrate its weapons systems on to the A-29 Super Tucano light attack aircraft.  Edge CEO and Managing Director Faisal Al Bannai said in a release, “Embraer's intention to work c...

Russians training Syrian MiG-29 pilots in air-to-air combat

By Jeremy Binnie 16 November 2021
A still from the Zvezda TV footage shows a Syrian MiG-29 taking off from Tiyas Air Base. (Zvezda TV )  The Russian Air Force is training Syrian MiG-29 pilots in air-to-air training, the Russian Ministry of Defence's Zvezda TV channel reported on 15 November.  “An important stage in the training of any pilot is the launch of guided air-to-air missiles,” Zvezda quoted Maxim Aleksanin, a Russian squadron commander, as saying. “For the first time, Syrian pilots used R-73 guided missiles from MiG-29 aircraft. In the future, we plan to improve the...

Dubai Airshow 2021: Russia unveils upgraded Ka-226T rotorcraft

By Nikolai Novichkov 16 November 2021
The upgraded Ka-226T helicopter has been named Climber because of its superior performance at altitude. (Nikolai Novichkov)  The extensively upgraded Kamov Ka-226T light utility helicopter was unveiled at the Dubai Airshow 2021 being held from 14 to 18 November.    A representative of Rostec's Russian Helicopters told   Janes   that the rotorcraft is designated ‘Climber' because of its high altitude performance in the mountains.   The modernised Ka-226T has become the first Russian helicopter to be digitally designed. The...

Mac Jee unveils Dagger guidance kit for 500 lb bomb

By Victor Barreira 15 November 2021
The Dagger precision guidance kit has been designed to convert a freefall 500 lb bomb into a longer-range smart air-launched weapon system. (Mac Jee)  Mac Jee Defesa, part of Brazil's Mac Jee Group, is finalising the development of a wing-assisted guidance kit that converts an air-droppable, unguided 500 lb low-drag general-purpose bomb into a long-range, air-to-ground all-weather precision-guided weapon.  The Dagger kit comprises a guidance module consisting of the electro-optic/infrared payload with Medium-Wave Infrared camera, delivering a...

France to phase out C-160 Gabriel SIGINT aircraft early

By Jean-Marc Tanguy 15 November 2021
The French Air Force will phase out its two C-160 Gabriel SIGINT aircraft in 2022, three years ahead of schedule. (Armée de l'Air/Olivier Ravenel)  The French Air Force will phase out its two C-160 Gabriel signals intelligence (SIGINT) aircraft in 2022, three years ahead of schedule.  This is linked to the phasing out of the C-160 Transall, on which the Gabriel is based. Two C-160s were modified and fitted with mission equipment from Thales before entering service at the end of the 1980s.  They participated in the 1991 Gulf War and in all Fre...

Egypt activates Rafale contract

By Gareth Jennings 15 November 2021
Egypt's contract to increase its Rafale fleet from 24 to 54 aircraft has now come into force. (Dassault)  Egypt's contract with France for a further 30 Dassault Rafale combat aircraft came into force on 15 November.  The manufacturer announced that the contract signed on 4 May to bring Egypt's total Rafale fleet from 24 up to 54 aircraft has now been activated.  As announced earlier in the year, Egypt is to acquire the additional Rafales for EUR3.8 billion (USD4.6 billion) via a 10-year loan.  Egypt signed for its first 24 Rafales (16 Rafale...

Dubai Airshow 2021: Altadrea, Teledyne FLIR announce teaming agreement

By Charles Forrester 15 November 2021
Saudi Arabia's Altadrea Manufacturing Company (TMC) and Teledyne FLIR announced on 14 November that they had signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to support research and development, as well as strategic co-operation between the two companies...

NATO conducts first full-blown counter-UAS exercise

By Brooks Tigner 15 November 2021
A Dutch serviceman demonstrates a shoulder-held C-UAS solution during NATO's recent TIE21 exercise. (Netherlands Ministry of Defence)  NATO is to analyse the results of its first fully-fledged technical exercise to locate, identify, and counter hostile unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) – particularly from swarm attacks.  The data will then be farmed out to industry, researchers, and other trusted stakeholders in early 2022 to address gaps in capability and command-and-control (C2) reactivity. Looking ahead, NATO also aims to nudge the allies t...

Dubai Airshow 2021: UAE signs for two more MRTTs

By Gareth Jennings 15 November 2021
The UAE is to add a further two A330 MRTT aircraft to the three it already operates. (Airbus)  The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has signed for a further two Airbus A330 MultiRole Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft to add to the three already fielded.  Announced at the Dubai Airshow on 14 November, the sale will see the two new aircraft delivered from 2024. With the new aircraft being built to the latest enhanced configuration, the deal will see the three existing airframes, first received in 2013, upgraded to the same standard.  The intent to aug...

Saab ‘stands ready' to offer Gripen E/F to Czech Republic

By Gareth Jennings 15 November 2021
Seen at its roll-out in 2016, the Gripen E/F could be an option for the Czech Republic when its lease on 14 Gripen C/Ds expires in 2027. (Janes/Gareth Jennings)  Saab is ready to offer its Gripen E/F to the Czech Republic, as the country considers its future fighter plans towards the end of the decade.    A spokesperson for the Swedish manufacturer told   Janes  on 12 November that the Gripen E/F would be “the logical choice” for the eastern European country, if it decides not to extend the lease for 14 Gripen C/Ds that is due...

Dubai Airshow 2021: Calidus showcases B-350 ‘light attack' aircraft

By Gareth Jennings & Akshara Parakala 15 November 2021
Seen for the first time at the Dubai Airshow 2021, the Calidus B-350 is a ‘light attack' aircraft that is close to double the size of nearly any other platform in the same category. (Janes/Akshara Parakala)  United Arab Emirates (UAE)-based Calidus has showcased a new ‘light attack' turboprop at the Dubai Airshow 2021, designated the B-350.  A full-scale mock-up of the single-engined twin-seat platform was shown publicly for the first time, complete with a prospective weapons fit that includes a range of largely domestically-developed air-to-...

Dubai Airshow 2021: Thailand named as AT-6TH international launch customer

By Mark Ayton 15 November 2021
Thailand has been named as the international launch customer for the Textron AT-6TH Wolverine light attack aircraft, with a USD143.4 million contract announced at the Dubai Airshow 2021.  Announced by the manufacturer on 14 November, the deal will...

India demonstrates autonomous take-off, landing capabilities of Rustom II UAV

By Ridzwan Rahmat 15 November 2021
India's DRDO successfully flight-tested its indigenously designed Rustom-2 MALE UAV in user configuration on 25 February. (DRDO)  India's Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has demonstrated the Rustom II medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle's (UAV's) ability to take off and land autonomously.  The milestone was announced by the DRDO on 13 November. During the trial, the Rustom II also demonstrated its ability to utilise India's GAGAN satellite-based navigation system, the agency added.  The Rustom II...
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