Greece's first VTOL UAV shown at ‘Parmenion-21' exercise
08 October 2021
by Igor Bozinovski
Greece's Archytas UAV being presented to Deputy Minister of National Defence Nikolaos Chardalias during the recent ‘Parmenion-21' exercise. (Hellenic MND)
The prototype of Greece's first vertical take-off and landing (VTOL)/fixed-wing unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), called the Archytas, was presented to the nation's deputy minister of national defence, Nikolaos Chardalias, during the final phase of the ‘Parmenion-21' joint military exercise, held on the island of Chios between 24 September and 1 October.
A photograph published by the Hellenic Ministry of National Defence (MND) on 30 September showed Chardalias inspecting the UAV, which is the product of co-operation between Greek companies EFA Group and Ucandrone PC with the research teams of the Hellenic Navy, Hellenic Aviation Industry, and the Universities of Thessaloniki, Thessaly, and Thrace.
Named after the ancient Greek philosopher, politician, and engineer Archytas Tarantinos, the UAV uses one engine driving a pusher propeller for horizontal flight. The VTOL capability is provided by four electrically powered propellers located on the longitudinal beams connecting the wings with the negative-V tail. The Archytas features landing gear in the form of four struts designed to maximise flight endurance by producing minimal drag.
Philippines receives military equipment from China
25 January 2022
by Parth Shukla
The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has received military equipment worth RMB76 million (USD12 million) from China as a donation.
The Philippines Department of National Defense (DND) said in a statement in mid-January that the donation comprised military equipment including rescue and relief equipment, detectors, water purification vehicles, ambulances, fire trucks, x-ray machines, explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) robots, bomb-disposal suits, and transport vehicles.
The DND said that the donation also included unspecified unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), and engineering equipment such as backhoes, dump trucks, forklifts, and earthmovers.
According to the state-run Philippine News Agency (PNA), the donation was the first batch promised by China under its 2019 commitment to support the Philippines' counter-narcotics and counter-terrorism campaigns.
The DND said the equipment will be formally handed over to the AFP next month.
In 2020 China's Minister of National Defense Wei Fenghe pledged to the Philippines a donation of military equipment worth RMB130 million (USD20.5 million).
The DND said that the second batch of military equipment worth RMB54 million will be delivered at a later date.
The US Navy has declared the MQ-8C unmanned helicopter to be operationally ready, commencing its first shipborne deployment in December 2021. (Northrop Grumman)
The US Navy (USN) has commenced a first shipborne deployment of the MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned aerial system (UAS), the service revealed on 24 January.
Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 22, Detachment 5 (HSC-22 DET 5) was deployed operationally from the Freedom-variant Littoral Combat Ship USS Milwaukee (LCS-5) on 14 December 2021. Milwaukee is supporting operations in the US 4th Fleet area of responsibility.
Developed by Northrop Grumman, the MQ-8 Fire Scout vertical take-off and landing UAS is designed to provide situational awareness and real-time intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance (ISR), and targeting capabilities. The MQ-8C variant marries the existing Fire Scout UAS architecture (developed for the legacy MQ-8B air vehicle) with the Bell 407 rotorcraft to create an autonomous four-bladed, single-engine, unmanned helicopter. The larger air vehicle provides extended endurance (over 10 hours on station with a 300 lb payload), range (150 n miles), and greater payload capability (over 700 lb).
Indonesia awaits ‘contract activation' for Rafale multirole fighters
25 January 2022
by Ridzwan Rahmat
A French Navy Rafale M, seen here on aircraft carrier FNS
Charles de Gaulle
while it was in Singapore. Indonesia has plans to procure 36 units of the aircraft type.
The Indonesian Ministry of Defense (MoD) has moved ahead with a plan to procure Rafale multirole fighter aircraft from Dassault Aviation.
In his response to questions at the MoD's annual leaders' rally for 2022 on 20 January, Indonesian Minister of Defense Prabowo Subianto told reporters that negotiations for the programme have been completed, and that the “contract” is now “awaiting activation”. He did not provide further details.
However, in response to queries,
was informed on 25 January by a source close to the Indonesian MoD that a preamble contract worth EUR5.8 billion (USD6.56 billion) was signed with Dassault Aviation on 7 June 2021.
The contract, which stipulates a delivery of 36 airframes to the Indonesian Air Force, is not yet active given the lack of clarity over funding.
also understands that Indonesia is in the process of seeking a foreign lender to fund this programme.
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