• More powerful strike for Snakehead [AAD18D2]

    The Jordan Advanced Machining Company (JAMC) (Hangar 2, Stand CW22) is showing its latest Snake Head Cupola Mk VI armed with two .50 M2 machine guns, each weapon being provided with 200 rounds of ready-use ammunition.

  • SA defence technology is key [AAD18D2]

    • South African defence technology to remain key highlight of Africa Aerospace and Defence exhibition, despite defence budget bottoming out • Defence industrial base a key driver in upcoming tradeshow, but investment would help to maintain and grow defence industrial capabilities

  • ADS-B: get the complete picture [AAD18D2]

    Status Aviation, located in Hall 5, Stand E1 in conjunction with OzRunways, Australia’s number one Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) that is available for Africa, launched its ADS-B compatibility function to the popular EFB software.

  • Core activities from Pakistan [AAD18D2]

    Global Industrial and Defence Solutions (GIDS) of Pakistan (Hangar 7, Stand CW 3) is showing some of its core activities in the defence domain. Among its range of unmanned aerial systems (UAVs), the company counts a variety of short-range, hand-launched or VTOL surveillance systems and its medium-endurance tactical Shahpar and Uqab systems.

  • Eye in the sky [AAD18D2]

    Trakkacorp, represented by CitiJet Air Charter (Pty) Ltd in South Africa, located in the static park on Stand SPE 7, is showcasing a range of products at AAD. Products include the SWE-400-LE EO camera installed on the Diamond DA62 MPP multimission aircraft and Trakkabeam A800 High Intensity Searchlight in conjunction with Paramount Group’s FAST AS350 multirole helicopter.

  • Today’s youth are the industry’s future [AAD18D2]

    AAD hosts Africa’s largest aviation, military and defence expo. These expos are of mass proportions, genuinely displaying how the industry can be of great benefit to society today. As we are fast approaching the fourth industrial era, where everything is nano-sized and super-developed, artificial intelligence and virtual reality are rapidly taking over. We find that most of the technology used daily in society stems from aerospace and innovation technologies. AAD helps people to explore and see such technologies first hand.

  • IED attack kills one police officer in Iraq's Salah al-Din

    ONE police officer was killed and four others were wounded when an improvised explosive device (IED), emplaced by unidentified militants, detonated at a guard post at a water treatment facility in al-Shirqat in Iraq's Salah al-Din province on 18 September, AFP reported. No group immediately claimed

  • Suspected Islamist militants kidnap Italian priest in Niger's Suspected Islamist militants kidnap Italian priest in Niger's Makalondi

    AN ITALIAN priest, identified as Pier Luigi Maccalli, was kidnapped by suspected Islamist militants in the village of Bomanga in Niger's Makalondi district on 17 September, ANSA and Reuters reported. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

  • Serbia reportedly agrees UCAV deal with China

    Serbia has reportedly agreed to procure unmanned combat air vehicles (UCAVs) from China in a package that also includes technology transfers and localised production. Serbian news agencies on 18 September quoted the country’s deputy defence minister, Nenad Miloradovic – who is

  • USN starts programme for mine warfare instructors

    Acknowledging the growing importance of mine countermeasures (MCM) operations with the increasing focus on littoral missions, the Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center (SMWDC) has started a new Mine Warfare (MIW) Warfare Tactics Instructor (WTI) programme. The new MIW WTI programme

  • A-Darter completes flight tests

    South Africa’s Denel Dynamics has completed qualification testing of its fifth-generation A-Darter short-range air-to-air missile, Denel announced on 17 September. Four guided launches were carried out at the Overberg Test Range, all of them against Skua targets. The first was carried out on

  • AFA 2018: US Air Force views Advanced Battle Management as a system of systems

    Key Points The US Air Force will pursue ABMS as a system of systems, rather than a traditional monolithic acquisition programme This will be tricky as a top acquisition official admitted this has been difficult in the past The US Air Force (USAF) wants its next-generation Advanced Battle

  • DIA wants MARS IOC within three years

    The head of the US Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) wants to build its proposed Machine-Assisted Analysis Rapid-Repository System (MARS) during his tenure at the agency. Lieutenant General Robert Ashley, DIA director, said he wants to reach initial operational capability (IOC) within three years

  • Egypt requests latest APFSDS-T tank round

    The US State Department has approved the sale of 60,500 120 mm rounds for Egypt’s M1A1 Abrams tanks, including the latest armoured-piercing, fin-stabilised, discarding-sabot tracer (APFSDS-T) munition, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on 17 September. It said the

  • GDELS to start work on upgrading Spanish Marines’ IFVs

    General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS) is set to begin work on upgrading some of the first batch of Piranha 1 infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) it supplied to the Infanteria de Marina (the Spanish Marines) in 2003-04. The 8x8 vehicles will go through a mid-life maintenance programme and

  • Qatari Typhoon, Hawk contract goes into effect

    The contract that Qatar signed covering the supply of 24 Eurofighter Typhoon multirole fighters and nine Hawk advanced jet trainers has become effective, prime contractor BAE Systems reported to the London Stock Exchange on 18 September. “The contract valued at approximately GBP5 billion

  • Russian Helicopters says ‘not liable’ for Slovak-overhauled Mi-17V-5

    Russian Helicopters announced on 17 September that it will not be held responsible for any possible issues related to the safe operation of an Afghan Air Force (AAF) Mi-17V-5 transport/utility helicopter that was recently overhauled by Slovak aircraft repair company Trencín (LOTN).

  • Ural AZ upgrades Ural-53099 MRAP vehicle

    Russia’s Ural Automotive Plant (Ural AZ) has upgraded its Ural-53099 4x4 mine-resistant ambush-protected (MRAP) vehicle, which the Russian government calls the Taifun-U, that is primarily intended for military units. The Ural-53099 is 9.55 m long, 2.55 m wide, and 3.35 m high. The updated

  • US security assistance has had little impact in Africa, says RAND

    US Security Sector Assistance (SSA) appears to have had little or no net impact on political violence in Africa since the end of the Cold War, according to two studies carried by the RAND Corporation on behalf of the US Office of the Secretary of Defense and the US military’s Africa Command

  • USAF B-52 conducts Arctic flight

    A US Air Force (USAF) B-52H nuclear-capable bomber has flown a long-range mission along Russia’s Arctic region as both countries continue to make shows of strength around each other’s coasts. The 1950s vintage bomber, using the call sign Chaos 43, took off for its mission from Royal Air