Images emerge of J-10C fighters for Pakistan

by Alessandra Giovanzanti

A CAIG J-10C fighter aircraft on display at the China Airshow 2021. The Pakistan Air Force (PAF) has been identified as the first export customer of the J-10C, after images emerged on 15 February of at least two aircraft in PAF markings. (VCG via Getty Images)

Images have emerged of two Chengdu Aircraft Industry Group (CAIG) J-10C ‘Firebird' multi-role fighter aircraft in Pakistan Air Force's (PAF's) markings, suggesting that a contract is in place and deliveries will start soon.

The images, which emerged on social media on 15 February, show two aircraft (serial number 22-102 and 22-106) equipped with a single Chinese-made Shenyang-Liming WS-10B ‘Taihang'-series turbofan engine, undertaking test flights at an undisclosed location in China – likely the manufacturer's factory in Chengdu.

The recent images confirm that a procurement programme is progressing, although no information is available on the value of the contract and the number of aircraft involved. Janes assesses that the PAF will receive at least two squadrons of J-10C fighters, although past reports have mentioned as many as 36 aircraft.


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Cyprus signs for H145M helos

by Gareth Jennings

The H145M fitted with the HForce weapon system (pictured here), will provide Cyprus with a highly effective light attack helicopter capability. (Janes/Gareth Jennings)

Cyprus has ordered six Airbus Helicopters H145M rotorcraft for use by the Cypriot National Guard, with the option for a further six to follow at a later date.

Announced by the manufacturer on 24 June, the deal comprises the latest five-bladed H145M D3 version of the battlefield utility helicopter to be flown by the Cypriot Air Force (Kypriaki Stratiotiki Aeroporia: KSA), which is part of the wider national guard.

“The implementation of this agreement will provide the [Cypriot] National Guard with a cost-effective and high-performance helicopter solution that satisfies the operational requirements […] and addresses many of the future challenges of light attack helicopter fleets,” Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Defence (MoD) of the Republic of Cyprus, Andreas Louka, said. “The H145M will enhance the [Cypriot] National Guard's day and night capabilities in delivering rapid response, firepower and precision, providing effective combat support, and acquiring critical information,” he added.

Neither the value of the contract nor the delivery timeline were disclosed by Airbus or the Cypriot MoD.


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USAF migrates air tasking software into cloud

by Carlo Munoz

A US Air Force KC-46A Pegasus tanker conducts air-to-air refuelling with a US Air Force F-16 over the Canadian Arctic in March 2021. Service leaders migrated the MAFPS system for air mobility operations into the cloud. (North American Aerospace Defense)

The US Air Force (USAF) and BAE Systems have successfully migrated the air service's premier planning and tasking software for mobility operations into a cloud computing environment, marking one of the first mission-critical air force programmes to be transitioned into the cloud.

The Mobility Air Forces Automated Flight Planning Service (MAFPS) is the primary air planning tool used by Air Mobility Command (AMC) to support air tasking orders (ATO) for air refuelling and material transport operations across the globe. The primary users of the MAFPS programme are airmen assigned to the AMC's 618th Air Operation Center (AOC) at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois, as well as the 603rd AOC at US Air Forces in Europe and the 608th AOC headquartered at US Pacific Air Forces.


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ILA 2022: German Navy recommits to MAWS for long-term airborne maritime patrol requirement, interim P-8A programme on track

by Gareth Jennings

A model of the P-8A Poseidon in German markings displayed at ILA 2022. (Janes/Gareth Jennings)

The chief of the German Navy's aviation component has reiterated his commitment to the Maritime Airborne Warfare System (MAWS) that is earmarked to be the long-term airborne maritime patrol solution following confirmation that the service is on course to receive the first of five interim Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime multimission aircraft in 2024.

Speaking at the ILA Airshow on 23 June, Kommandeur Marineflieger, Sea Captain Thorsten Bobzin, said he is pleased that the P-8A programme is within the timeframe first set out by Boeing but that it remains an interim solution with the Franco-German MAWS set to come online from 2035.

“P-8A deliveries are due to begin in October 2024 and run through to mid-2025. That is within the indicated timeline, and I am very happy with that,” he said. “This is an interim solution between [the current Lockheed] P-3C and the MAWS. We will have the interim solution for a gap of about 10 years, from 2025 to 2035,” he added.


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