Qatar frustrated by slow US response to MQ-9B request

by Jeremy Binnie

The US State Department is delaying a request that Qatar submitted over a year ago to buy four MQ-9B Predator unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), Qatari officials have told the Wall Street Journal .

“The frustration from our perspective is that there is no clear indication as to why there is a delay on our request,” the newspaper quoted one official as saying on 24 October.

The United States refused to export armed UAVs to states that were not formal allies until it reinterpreted the Missile Technology Control Regime last year.


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Australia receives first upgraded C-130J-30 Block 8.1 aircraft

by Alessandra Giovanzanti

On 19 January the RAAF received the first Lockheed Martin C-130J-30 Hercules transport aircraft to be upgraded to the Block 8.1 software and hardware standard. (Royal Australian Air Force)

The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) has received the first Lockheed Martin C-130J-30 Hercules transport aircraft upgraded to Block 8.1 standard, the Australian Department of Defence (DoD) announced on 19 January.


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Spain approves Eurodrone participation

by Gareth Jennings

A scale model of the Eurodrone in Luftwaffe markings was shown at the Berlin Security Conference in November 2021. (Janes/Gareth Jennings)

Spain has formally approved its participation in the Eurodrone project, joining partners France, Germany, and Italy, which have already signed off on their involvement in developing the European unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).

The Spanish Council of Ministers gave its consent to the country's inclusion in the Eurodrone project, also known as the European Medium-Altitude Long-Endurance (MALE) Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) and/or the EuroMALE, on 25 January.


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MQ-8C Fire Scout on maiden USN deployment

by Richard Scott

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.


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