RoKAF F-5E fighter crashes, killing pilot

by Alessandra Giovanzanti

A Republic of Korea Air Force (RoKAF) Northrop Grumman F-5E Tiger II single-seat fighter aircraft crashed on 11 January, killing the pilot.

An official spokesperson of South Korea‘s Ministry of National Defense (MND) told Janes that the aircraft crashed into a mountain in Hwaseong, Gyeonggi Province, south of Seoul, at 1344 h local time after taking off from an RoKAF airbase in Suwon.

According to the MND, an engine fire warning light turned on a few minutes after take-off. The pilot, who tried to eject twice from the aircraft, died in the crash.


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Philippines progresses plan to procure 32 new S-70i Black Hawk helicopters

by Ridzwan Rahmat

Manila has made further progress with its plan to procure 32 additional new Sikorsky S-70i Black Hawk combat utility helicopters for the Philippine Air Force (PAF).

Philippine Secretary of National Defense Delfin Lorenzana disclosed on 16 January that a notice of award (NOA) was issued to PZL Mielec of Poland on 28 December 2021 for the airframes.

The indicative contract value for the project is PHP32 billion (USD624 million) and it will include a logistics and training package for pilots and maintenance crew.

The Philippines ordered an initial batch of 16 S-70is in 2019 for USD241 million.


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Thales Alenia Space to build two SDS satellites for Intelsat

by Olivia Savage

Thales Alenia Space has been contracted to deliver two Space Inspire software-defined satellites. (Thales Alenia Space )

Intelsat has contracted Thales Alenia Space – a joint venture between Thales and Leonardo – for the production of two software-defined satellites (SDSs).

The satellites, IS-41 and IS-44, will be based on the Space Inspire product line and are scheduled to be in service by 2025.


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Taiwan loses one F-16V in a crash

by Alessandra Giovanzanti

A Republic of China Air Force (RoCAF) F-16V single-seat fighter aircraft crashed into the sea during a routine training sortie on 11 January, the Ministry of National Defence (MND) in Taipei said.

The aircraft (serial number 6650), which departed from Chiayi airbase around 1455 h local time, went missing from radar screens at about 1523 h local time over the sea, west of the airbase. The MND said that radar and communications contact was lost with the aircraft shortly after take-off.


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