• Bell completes final V-280 key performance parameter test

    Key Points Bell completed its final V-280 key performance parameter testing by demonstrating low-speed agility manoeuvres This demonstrates the aircraft’s agility beyond a minimum US Army standard In early May, Bell completed its final V-280 Valor tiltrotor key performance parameter (KPP)

  • France’s ALSR programme moves forward at last

    Delivery of France’s first Lightweight Surveillance and Reconnaissance Aircraft (Avion léger de surveillance et de reconnaissance – ALSR), a Beechcraft King Air 350 modified into a surveillance platform similar to the British Shadow R1, is now expected by the end of the year. After

  • Greece receives 70 OH-58Ds and a Chinook from United States

    Greece received 70 Bell OH-58D Kiowa Warrior armed reconnaissance helicopters and a Boeing CH-47D Chinook heavy-lift helicopter at the port of Volos on 16 May. The US-sourced rotorcraft package is intended to significantly boost the capabilities of the Hellenic Army’s aviation branch, Elliniki

  • Greek P-3B re-enters service

    The Hellenic Navy (HN) received its first refurbished Lockheed P-3B Orion maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) from Hellenic Aerospace Industry (HAI) in Tanagra on 17 May, effectively regenerating the HN’s airborne maritime patrol capability after a decade-long hiatus. The aircraft, which bears the

  • Indian Army looking to procure LMGs

    A team of Indian Army (IA) officers is evaluating 7.62 mm (7.62×51) light machine guns (LMGs) manufactured by vendors in Bulgaria, Israel, and South Korea to meet the force’s immediate requirement for 16,400 LMGs. Official sources told Jane’s that the IA-led group, which also

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  • Dynetics to build 100 kW laser for US Army

    The US Army’s Space and Missile Defense Command has selected a Dynetics-led team to develop an experimental 100 kW laser weapon system for its Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV). On 15 May, the company announced that it had beat out Raytheon to receive a USD130 million contract for the


  • Mk 20 Electro-Optical Sensor System (EOSS)

    Type Naval Fire-Control System (FCS). Development In 2005, following a competitive procurement process, Kollmorgen Electro-Optical (acquired by L-3 Communications in February 2012 and now operating as L-3 KEO) was chosen to provide the US Navy (USN) with an EOSS as part of the CG-47