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Spain approves acquisition of more H135 helicopters, CH-47F self-defence systems

By Nicholas Fiorenza 12 November 2021
Spain's Council of Ministers on 8 November approved contracts for the acquisition of H135 light multipurpose helicopters and self-defence systems for CH-47F heavy transport helicopters, the presidency of the Spanish government announced the same da...

USN demonstrates future cargo resupply UAS prototypes

By Richard Scott 12 November 2021
A TRV-150 Tactical Resupply UAS flies over Webster Outlying Field. TRUAS is a marine-focused platform for tactical resupply primarily on shore. (NAVAIR)  The US Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) has undertaken demonstrations of two prototype unmanned logistics supply aircraft – the Blue Water Maritime Logistics UAS (BWUAS) and the Tactical Resupply Unmanned Aircraft System (TRUAS) – that could be used to resupply US Navy and US Marine Corps forces on the frontline.  NAVAIR's Navy and Marine Corps Small Tactical Unmanned Aircraft Systems prog...

Indian Army Aviation Corps undergoing revamp

By Rahul Bedi 12 November 2021
The Indian Army (IA) is revamping its Army Aviation Corps (AAC) by rebalancing and expanding its aerial assets, which will also include unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), as part of efforts to augment its surveillance, logistic, and troop movement ca...

UK launches New Medium Helicopter effort with Market Interest Day

By Gareth Jennings 12 November 2021
The UK has said that it is seeking to replace the Puma HC2 (pictured) and three of types with between 36 and 44 new medium helicopters. An industry day to gauge interest will be held on 25 November. (Janes/Patrick Allen)  The United Kingdom has launched its New Medium Helicopter (NMH) effort, with the announcement on 11 November that the Ministry of Defence (MoD) is to hold a Market Interest Day later in the month.  The MoD said that a day to gauge industry interest in its requirement to replace the Westland-Aerospatiale SA 330E Puma HC2 and...

Spain signs for three MRTT aircraft

By Gareth Jennings 12 November 2021
An A330 MRTT mocked-up in Spanish markings. Spain is to receive three aircraft from 2023 to 2025. (Airbus)  The Spanish government has signed for three Airbus Defence and Space (DS) A330-200 MultiRole Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft.  Announced by the manufacturer on 12 November, the deal will see the former Iberia A330 aircraft converted to the military MRTT standard (including a medical evacuation kit) at Airbus' Getafe facility on the outskirts of Madrid.  Deliveries to the Spanish Air Force (Ejército del Aire Español: EdAE) running from...

Collins demonstrates directional communications technology under DARPA Pheme

By Richard Scott 11 November 2021
A prototype of Collins Aerospace's new directional communication system designed for small platforms, such as unmanned aerial systems, operating in contested environments. (Collins Aerospace )  Collins Aerospace has demonstrated a new directional communication system designed for small platforms, such as unmanned aerial systems, operating in contested environments.  The demonstration, forming part of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's (DARPA's) Pheme project, showed the ability to enable connectivity in the Combined Joint All Dom...

Embraer begins build of first Millennium airlifter for Hungary

By Gareth Jennings 11 November 2021
The build of the first KC-C-390 for Hungary was announced on 11 November. (Embraer)  Embraer has begun building the first of two KC-390 Millennium aircraft for Hungary, ahead of the start of deliveries in 2024.  The Brazilian manufacturer announced the milestone on 11 November, noting that a ceremony held to mark the occasion at its Gavião Peixoto facility was attended by Hungarian government representatives.  “In the coming weeks, parts will be assembled to generate the structural panels and frames for the main components of the fuselage and...

Boeing-Embraer breakup still in arbitration

By Marc Selinger 11 November 2021
Embraer, which indicated more than a year-and-a-half ago that it would enter arbitration over Boeing's termination of a joint venture (JV) agreement, expects the process to continue into 2022.  Next year could be “an important year for the arbitrat...

AeroVironment fires Switchblade 300 loitering munition from Jump 20 UAV for first time

By Pat Host 11 November 2021
A model of the AeroVironment Switchblade 300 loitering munition on display at the 2021 Association of the United States Army trade show in Washington, DC. The company deployed the munition from its Arcturus Jump 20 UAV for the first time. (Janes/Pat Host)  AeroVironment deployed its Switchblade 300 loitering munition from the company's Arcturus Jump 20 Group 3 vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) during flight for the first time in August.  Brett Hush, company vice-president and general manager for tactical missi...

Chinese air force equips 16th Air Division with WZ-7 HALE UAVs

By Andreas Rupprecht & Gabriel Dominguez 11 November 2021
A screengrab from video footage released by CCTV on 10 November showing a WZ-7 HALE UAV in PLAAF service bearing serial number ‘20171', indicating that the platform is operated by the service's 16th Special Mission Air Division. (CCTV)  Video footage provided by Chinese state-owned media indicates that the People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) has been equipping its 16th Special Mission Air Division with the WZ-7 Xianglong (Soaring Dragon) high-altitude, long-endurance (HALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).  Released by China Central Tele...

Russia, China to move ahead with development of heavy-lift helicopter

By Alessandra Giovanzanti 11 November 2021
Russian Helicopters and the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) have signed a contract to jointly develop the Advanced Heavy Lifter (AHL) helicopter, according to an 8 November report by Russia's TASS news agency.  TASS quoted the CEO of...

South Korea orders USD74 million worth of airborne munitions from Elbit Systems

By Gabriel Dominguez & Dae Young Kim & Alessandra Giovanzanti 11 November 2021
Israeli company Elbit Systems announced on 11 November that it has secured contracts from South Korea's Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) worth a combined USD74 million for the supply of a range of airborne munitions.  The Haifa-bas...

Indonesia reaffirms commitment to pay 20% of the KF-21 fighter's development costs

By Alessandra Giovanzanti 11 November 2021
On 9 April KAI unveiled the first of six KF-21 fighter prototypes. The platform is slated to make its maiden flight in 2022, with mass production of the aircraft expected to begin in 2026. (DAPA)  The Indonesian Ministry of Defence has reaffirmed its commitment to funding 20% of development costs for the KF-21/IF-X multirole fighter aircraft, with about 30% of its contribution set to be paid in kind, South Korea's Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) announced on 11 November.  The announcement is part of an agreement that was re...

Philippine Air Force receives final batch of S-70i Black Hawk helicopters

By Ridzwan Rahmat 10 November 2021
The Philippine Air Force (PAF) has taken delivery of five more Sikorsky S-70i Black Hawk combat utility helicopters, the service disclosed on 9 November.  The airframes arrived at Clark Air Base on 8 November and were flown in via an Antonov An-124...

German Hercules makes maiden flight

By Gareth Jennings 09 November 2021
The first of six new Hercules for Germany made its maiden flight in the United States on 8 November. (Lockheed Martin)  The first Lockheed Martin C-130J Hercules aircraft for Germany made its maiden flight on 8 November, the Bundeswehr announced.  Aircraft 55 + 01 (tail number 5930) departed the company's Marietta production facility in the US state of Georgia for its inaugural test flight, ahead of delivery to the newly established Franco-German transport squadron in early 2022.  The Luftwaffe is contributing three ‘stretched' C-130J-30 airl...

Sierra Nevada Corp delivers two EMARSS aircraft with Mission Enhancement Kits to US Army

By Pat Host 09 November 2021
Beechcraft King Air 350ERs integrated with Sierra Nevada Mission Enhancement Kits for the US Army's Enhanced Medium Altitude Reconnaissance and Surveillance System fleet of aircraft. The US Army has procured 16 King Air 350ER MEKs. SNC delivered the ninth system in November. (Sierra Nevada Corp)  Sierra Nevada Corp (SNC) has delivered two Beechcraft King Air 350ERs integrated with Mission Enhancement Kits (MEKs) to the US Army for its fleet of Enhanced Medium Altitude Reconnaissance and Surveillance System (EMARSS) aircraft, according to a 3...

Australia to receive first upgraded transportable air tower

By Ridzwan Rahmat 09 November 2021
The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) is set to receive its first upgraded transportable air operations tower (TAOT) unit.  The unit has completed the first tranche of a mid-life upgrade (MLU) programme that will eventually be rolled-out across the...

Serbia signs LOI with Spain on C295 transport aircraft

By Igor Bozinovski 09 November 2021
Serbian Assistant Minister of Defence for Material Resources Nenad Miloradović (right) and Spanish National Armaments Director Adm Santiago Ramon Gonzalez Gomez (left) signed an LOI in Madrid on 4 November declaring the Serbian MoD's intent to procure Airbus C295 transport aircraft, supported and assisted by the Spanish MoD. (Spanish MoD)  Serbian Assistant Minister of Defence for Material Resources Nenad Miloradović and Spanish National Armaments Director Admiral Santiago Ramon Gonzalez Gomez signed a letter of intent (LOI) in Madrid on 4 No...

Airbus, Northrop Grumman partner on NATO AWACS replacement study

By Gareth Jennings 08 November 2021
NATO is looking to replace its 14 remaining E-3A AWACS aircraft in 2035, with different combinations of systems in the air, land, sea, space, and cyber capabilities being considered. (US Air Force)  Airbus and Northrop Grumman are to lead an industrial partnership seeking to undertake studies into developing a future replacement for NATO's Boeing E-3A Airborne Warning And Control System (AWACS) aircraft.  Announced on 8 November, the Atlantic Strategic Partnership for Advanced All-domain Resilient Operations (ASPAARO) partnership also include...

Australia progressing Loyal Wingman development programme

By Alessandra Giovanzanti 08 November 2021
The first Boeing Loyal Wingman prototype (shown here) made its maiden flight on 27 February 2021, while the second one flew in early November. Boeing Australia is currently building the fifth such aircraft. (Commonwealth of Australia, Department of Defence)  Boeing Australia is progressing the development of the Airpower Teaming System (ATS), also known as the ‘Loyal Wingman' unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), it is developing in partnership with the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), with two prototypes currently conducting flight test missions...
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