Brunei to acquire C295 transport aircraft

by Akhil Kadidal

Brunei's order of C295s will allow it to significantly enhance not just its logistical capabilities but also its paradrop abilities and maritime surveillance. (Airbus)

Brunei has signed a contract to acquire Airbus C295MW tactical transport aircraft for the Royal Brunei Air Force (RBAirF).

The Brunei Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) said the contract was signed with Airbus Defence and Space SAU, Spain on 2 December. Janes has learnt that the contract covers three aircraft.

The MINDEF said that the C295 will replace the single Airbus CN235-110M operational with the RBAirF. According to MINDEF, the Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF) has operated the CN235 since 1997.

“The aircraft are expected to be delivered to the [RBAirF] in two batches,” MINDEF said.

Airbus deferred Janes questions to the Brunei MINDEF. Janes assesses that the value of the contract is between USD103 million and USD120 million. This is based on data from Janes aircraft price analysis tool. The tool states that the unit price of the C295MW is USD34.41 million.

Acquisition of the C295s represents a major capability enhancement for the RBAirF. According to


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Swiss Air Force receives first two Hermes 900 UAVs

by Gareth Jennings

The Swiss Air Force is flying operational testing sorties on two of its planned six Elbit Hermes 900 unmanned aircraft. (Armasuisse)

The Swiss Air Force has received the first two of six Elbit Systems Hermes 900 Heavy Fuel Engine (HFE) unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that were ordered under the Reconnaissance Drone System 15 (ADS 15) requirement.

The Swiss Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection, and Sport (VBS) announced the milestone on 30 January, approximately nine months after Israel delivered the aircraft to the Swiss Federal Office for Armaments (Armasuisse) for in-country flight trials.

“The military aviation authority has issued the necessary certification. This means that the air force can now start building up the operational capabilities for the ADS 15 reconnaissance drone system,” the VBS said.


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Aeralis, AirTanker sign MOU to explore future training opportunities

by Gareth Jennings

The latest concept art of the Aeralis modular jet, released to mark the signing of an MOU with AirTanker. (Aeralis)

Aeralis and AirTanker have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to explore future flying training and air combat support opportunities.

Announced on 30 January, the MOU will see the two UK-based companies identify and assess upcoming contracts in military flying training, defence operational training, and combat air support roles for the modular jet aircraft being developed by Aeralis.

“The MOU covers a range of services that AirTanker can offer, such as collaboration with overseas partners and establishing local service provision. The MOU will involve the sharing of information and regular progress updates, as well as joint workshops to explore future collaboration opportunities. The agreement aims to use the Aeralis programme to achieve significantly lower financing, acquisition, and operating costs for aircraft compared to incumbents, paving the way for enabling a wide range of ‘on-demand' operational air support services as part of the future of air force fleets,” the announcement said.


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Ukraine to receive additional tranche of UAVs

by Olivia Savage

Quantum-Systems Vector UAV, suited for a range of reconnaissance missions and capable of operating at speeds of up to 25 m/s in challenging environments, has been selected by the Ukrainian MoD. (Quantum-Systems)

Ukraine has ordered an additional tranche of reconnaissance unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

According to Germany-based Quantum-Systems, the company has received a contract from Ukraine's Ministry of Defence (MoD) for 105 Vector reconnaissance UAVs.

Ukraine's armed forces will receive the systems, which have been funded by the German government, the company detailed.

Quantum-Systems was unable to comment on delivery timeframes and contract value for contractual reasons.

In addition to providing the UAVs, the company will open a facility in Ukraine that will offer user training and maintenance support, Quantum-Systems said.

This is the second contract in less than a year placed by Kyiv for the company's Vector UAV. In August 2022, Ukraine ordered 33 Vector UAVs for its armed forces, financed by the German ‘security capacity building' fund.


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