• USAF prepares to stand-up MH-139A testing unit

    The US Air Force (USAF) is to stand-up its first testing unit for the Boeing MH-139A helicopter, ahead of the type’s arrival later in December. Detachment 7 will be formally created at Duke Field, Florida, later in the month, before relocating to Malmstrom Air Force Base, Montana, to perform

  • Philippines in talks with India to procure BrahMos supersonic cruise missile

    The Philippines is seeking to acquire the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile system from India. Official sources told Jane’s on 9 December that officials from New Delhi and Manila are in advanced negotiations about the number of missiles to be procured and the overall contract value, adding

  • Switzerland procures Eagle for TASYS tactical reconnaissance requirement

    The Swiss procurement authority, Armasuisse, signed a contract with General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS) - Mowag on 18 November to provide 100 Eagle 6×6 protected vehicles for its Taktisches Aufklärungssystem (Tactical Reconnaissance System, TASYS) requirement, the company

  • Bohemia Interactive Simulations unveil latest version of virtual training tool

    Bohemia Interactive Simulations (BISim) unveiled the first customers for the latest version of its virtual training environment, Virtual Battlespace 4 (VBS4), at the 2019 Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation, and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) in Orlando in December. The Swedish Armed Forces

  • Bulgarian Navy accepts attrition-replacement Dauphin helicopter

    The Bulgarian Navy (Voennomorski sili na Republika Balgariya : VMS) accepted into service one Airbus Helicopter AS365N3+ Dauphin multipurpose rotorcraft on 6 December. A ceremony to welcome the new arrival took place at the Chayka naval helicopter base on the Black Sea coast. Procured second-hand,

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  • AFRICOM says Russian air defences shot down UAV

    A Russian air defence system was responsible for shooting down a US unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) over Libya on 21 November, US Africa Command (AFRICOM) told Reuters on 7 December. AFRICOM spokesman Colonel Christopher Karns told the news agency that a US assessment had concluded that either
  • USAF retires CALCM cruise missile

    The US Air Force (USAF) has retired the Boeing AGM-86C/D Conventional Air-Launched Cruise Missile (CALCM) that has been operational for nearly 35 years. The event, announced on 4 December, saw the 2nd Bomb Wing at Barksdale Air Force Base (AFB) in Louisiana disassemble and decommission the final
  • MDHI reveals Block II advancement for MD 530G helo

    MD Helicopters Inc (MDHI) has announced an improved Block II (2) variant of the MD 530G armed reconnaissance/light attack rotorcraft that it has developed in partnership with Elbit Systems of Israel. The enhanced version of the ‘Little Bird’-variant helicopter, the existence of which
  • AFRICOM says Russian air defences shot down UAV

    A Russian air defence system was responsible for shooting down a US unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) over Libya on 21 November, US Africa Command (AFRICOM) told Reuters on 7 December. AFRICOM spokesman Colonel Christopher Karns told the news agency that a US assessment had concluded that either

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