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Packing a heavy punch: Trends in light utility/light attack helicopter markets

By Charles Hollosi & Jaison Deepak 26 October 2022
NorthStar Aviation developed its 407 Multirole Helicopter from Bell's 407 model for the UAE Air Force and Air Defence. (NorthStarAviation)  Since the Vietnam War, when the ubiquitous Bell UH-1 ‘Huey' was equipped with forward-firing rockets and gun...

TFASA defends recruitment of former RAF pilots for Chinese training programme

By Gareth Jennings 26 October 2022
A file photo of PLAAF Sukhoi Su-30MKK 'Flanker' combat aircraft, a type that Chinese pilots may fly and fight following flight instructions from former RAF officers. (PLAAF)  The South Africa-based academy at the centre of recruiting former UK Royal Air Force (RAF) pilots to train their Chinese counterparts has defended its actions, saying the Ministry of Defence (MoD) was fully aware of the nature of the company's business.  The statement was released by the Test Flying Academy of South Africa (TFASA) following a series of reports in the UK...

Myanmar orders FTC-2000G jets

By Akhil Kadidal 26 October 2022
The MAFʼs order of FTC-2000Gs will potentially be fulfilled by mid-2023. The aircraft is likely to be used for counterinsurgency operations. (Janes/Kelvin Wong)  The Myanmar Air Force (MAF) has ordered a batch of Guizhou Aviation Industries Corporation (GAIC) FTC-2000G light combat aircraft from China.  The order has not been officially disclosed by the governments of both the countries. However, The Irrawaddy reported that a group of about eight MAF pilots, eight technicians, and at least two weapons officers travelled to Kunming in June 202...

Ukraine conflict: Russia loses more than a quarter of ‘Hokum' attack helo fleet, says UK MoD

By Gareth Jennings 25 October 2022
The UK MoD has said it can verify the loss of more than 25% of Russia's ‘Hokum' attack helicopter fleet in Ukraine. (Russian Helicopters)  Russia has lost more than a quarter of its fleet of Kamov Ka-52 ‘Hokum' attack helicopters during the eight months of war in Ukraine, the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has ascertained.  An Intelligence Update released by the MoD on 25 October noted that there have been at least 23 verified losses of Ka-52s out of a pre-war fleet of 90 such helicopters.  “This represents over 25% of the Russian Air Force's i...

Update: Jordan receives IOMAX-upgraded Air Tractor

By Gareth Jennings 25 October 2022
Seen in UAE service before being gifted to Jordan in 2013, the six IOMAX AT-802 Block 2 Border Patrol Aircraft fielded by the Royal Jordanian Air Force are now to be upgraded to the manufacturer's latest Block 4 standard. (Janes/Gareth Jennings)  Jordan is to officially receive back into service the first IOMAX Air Tractor AT-802 Border Patrol Aircraft (BPA) that has been upgraded by the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) in the United States.  A ceremony marking the delivery of the first of six Air Tractor-based turboprop airframes that a...

USAF launches JASSM New Variant missile

By Gareth Jennings 25 October 2022
An F-15E Strike Eagle drops a JASSM-ER during trials. The US Air Force has launched an effort to develop an improved version of the missile, dubbed the JASSM New Variant. (US DoD)  The US Air Force (USAF) has launched an effort to develop a new version of the AGM-158 Joint Air-to-Surface Stand-off Missile (JASSM), posting a sole source notification of a contract award to Lockheed Martin on 20 October.  Announced on the sam.gov US government procurement website, the JASSM New Variant is a classified version of the air-launched weapon that will...

Brazil further cuts KC-390 order

By Gareth Jennings 24 October 2022
Having intended to field 28 KC-390 tanker transport aircraft, the Brazilian Air Force will now receive 19 under the latest agreement announced on 21 October. (Janes/Gareth Jennings)  Brazil has again cut its buy of Embraer KC-390 Millennium tanker transport aircraft, reducing its order by a further three aircraft on 21 October.  Having recently reduced its KC-390 procurement from 28 to 22 aircraft, the Brazilian Air Force (Força Aérea Brasileira: FAB) will now receive just 19 under a deal announced by Embraer.  “The amendments to the contract...

Defence Committee calls UK ‘third-rank space power'

By Olivia Savage 24 October 2022
The UK Defence Committee has called the government's approach to establishing its own PNT capability, after having left the EU Galileo project four years ago, as woeful. Pictured is GIOVE-A, the first element of the Galileo In-Orbit Validation phase launched in December 2005. (European Space Agency)  The UK Defence Committee has called the UK a “third-rank space power” that is lagging behind Italy.    A UK Defence Committee report titled ‘Defence Space: through adversity to the stars  ?  ”, published on 19 October, said that c...

US Army reviews contenders for FTUAS Increment 2

By Marc Selinger 24 October 2022
Insitu displayed its Integrator EX unmanned aircraft at the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) 2022 conference, held from 10 to 12 October in Washington, DC. Unlike catapult-launched variants of the Integrator, the Integrator EX has vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) booms. (Janes/Marc Selinger)  The US Army is evaluating industry ideas for its Future Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System (FTUAS) Increment 2 and expects to decide in a few months which companies will participate in the programme's prototyping phase, according to the se...

Turkmenistan parades latest military equipment

By Vishal Sengupta & Ganimat Kaur Sidhu 24 October 2022
Among the land platforms were Titan-DS vehicles. (Watan Habarlary)  The Armed Forces of Turkmenistan displayed a wide range of military equipment at a parade held in Ashgabat to commemorate the 31st anniversary of Turkmenistan's independence.  Video footage released by the state-run TV channel, Watan Habarlary, showed Chinese, Emirati, Israeli, Italian, Russian, South Korean, and Turkish equipment.    Highlights included footage of the newly inducted Turkmen-class corvette   Deniz Han  , Cavalon two-seat autogyro, StormRider li...

RAF hones air combat skills with mass ASRAAM firing

By Gareth Jennings 24 October 2022
A Typhoon pilot launches an ASRAAM missile during a mass live-fire exercise held in September. (Crown Copyright)  The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) has honed its aerial combat capabilities with a major missile firing exercise off the coast of Scotland in September.  Announced by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) on 22 October, the exercise saw Eurofighter Typhoon FGR4 and Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning combat aircraft launch multiple MBDA AIM-132 Advanced Short Range Air-to-Air Missiles (ASRAAMs) during a 10-day period.  “The Missile Practice Camp to...

Hawk jet trainer engine problems spread to US Navy, US Marine Corps

By Gareth Jennings 21 October 2022
NAVAIR has grounded the US Navy and US Marine Corps fleet of T-45 Goshawk jet trainers after a fault in the Adour engine was discovered. The UK recently reported a problem with a different version of the Adour engine that powers its Hawk T2 jets, but it is unclear if the two issues are related. (US Navy)  Problems with the powerplant of the Hawk advanced jet trainer aircraft first reported by Janes have now spread to the US Navy (USN) and US Marine Corps (USMC).  With the UK Royal Air Force (RAF) first reporting a problem with the Rolls-Royce...

Defexpo 2022: Aerosense focuses on UAV development, signs MOU with BEL

By Oishee Majumdar 21 October 2022
Aerosense Technologies has been collaborating with BEL for its tethered UAV (pictured above). BEL has integrated its jammers, weighing about 17 kg, into the UAV. (Janes/Oishee Majumdar)    Delhi-based Aerosense Technologies has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) on 20 October for research and development (R&D) and production of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), CEO of the company, Commodore (retd) Karanjit Sharma, told   Janes   at Defexpo 2022 being held at Gandhinagar from 18 to 2...

Defexpo 2022: Airbus gets quality system approval for C295 transport aircraft

By Akhil Kadidal 21 October 2022
New Delhi's order of Airbus C295s is intended to replace the Indian Air Force's five-decade-old fleet of Avro 748s. The air force has been attempting to replace the Avros since 2009. (Airbus Military)  India's Directorate General of Aeronautical Quality Assurance (DGAQA) has approved the Quality Management System (QMS) for the Airbus C295M transport aircraft.  The DGAQA approved the system on 20 October, during the Defexpo 2022 held in Gandhinagar from 18 to 22 October. In a statement, Airbus said that this is the first DGAQA approval of a QM...

Kraus Hamdani Aerospace to demonstrate drone teaming at US Army exercise

By Marc Selinger 21 October 2022
Kraus Hamdani Aerospace makes the solar-powered K1000ULE unmanned aircraft. (Kraus Hamdani Aerospace)  Kraus Hamdani Aerospace (KHA) plans to highlight the teaming capability of its K1000ULE unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) during the US Army's ‘Project Convergence 2022' exercise, according to an official at the US-based company.  At Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake in California, KHA will operate multiple UAVs simultaneously, demonstrating their ability to work together to cover a wider area, KHA chief technology officer and co-founder Stef...

Defexpo 2022: India inducting Heron Mk IIs

By Akhil Kadidal 21 October 2022
A model mock-up of the IAI Heron Mk 2 displayed by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited during Defexpo 2022 shows the aircraft with six wing hardpoints. (Janes/Akhil Kadidal)    The Indian military is in the process of acquiring a number of the Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) Heron Mk II unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to supplement its existing fleet of Herons. A proposal to manufacture the aircraft in India under licence is also being discussed,   Janes   has learnt during Defexpo 2022, being held in Gandhinagar, Gujarat, from 18...

Defexpo 2022: Aero360 delivers UAV to DRDO for mine detection

By Oishee Majumdar 21 October 2022
Aero360 has delivered one unit of its Bhima multicopter UAV (pictured) to the DRDO to support mine detection operations. (Janes/Oishee Majumdar)    Chennai-based Aero360 has delivered a multicopter unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to the state-owned Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) for detection of landmines, A Pragadish Santhosh, director of Aero360, told  Janes  at Defexpo 2022, being held in Gandhinagar, Gujarat, from 18 to 22 October.   One unit of this UAV, named Bhima, was delivered to the DRDO in J...

Jordan to receive IOMAX-upgraded Air Tractor

By Gareth Jennings 21 October 2022
Seen in UAE service before being gifted to Jordan in 2013, the six IOMAX AT-802 Block 2 Border Patrol Aircraft fielded by the Royal Jordanian Air Force are now to be upgraded to the manufacturer's latest Block 4 standard. (Janes/Gareth Jennings)  Jordan is to officially receive back into service the first IOMAX Air Tractor AT-802 Border Patrol Aircraft (BPA) that has been upgraded by the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) in the United States.  A ceremony marking the delivery of the first of six Air Tractor-based turboprop airframes that a...

IRGC unveils manportable loitering munition

By Jeremy Binnie 21 October 2022
Miraj-521 manportable loitering munitions displayed during the IRGC Ground Forces exercise near the Azerbaijani border. (defapress.ir)  Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) unveiled the Meraj-521 tube-launched loitering munition during an exercise held in northwest Iran from 17 to 20 October.  Iranian media coverage showed three munitions and launchers with a configuration similar to the AeroVironment Switchblade 300, which is launched from a tube like a mortar using compressed air and then unfolds two sets of wings, vertical stabil...

Ukraine conflict: Russian fighters released missile near UK surveillance aircraft

By Gareth Jennings 20 October 2022
An RAF Rivet Joint ISTAR aircraft was “in the vicinity” of a Russian Su-27 fighter when a missile was fired, UK Defence Minister Ben Wallace said. (Crown Copyright)  A Russian fighter aircraft released a missile “in the vicinity” of an unarmed UK surveillance aircraft during a recent patrol over the Black Sea.  UK Defence Minister Ben Wallace disclosed the encounter, telling British parliamentarians that he had conveyed his concerns over the encounter between a Russian Air Force (VKS) Su-27 ‘Flanker' fighter and a Royal Air Force (RAF) L3 Tec...
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