Interview: Major General Nandor Kilian, Chief of the Hungarian Air Force

by Alan Warnes

Major General Nandor Kilian. (Alan Warnes)

Modernisation of the Hungarian Air Force (HuAF), a programme known as Zrínyi 2026, has been one of the main objectives of the service's commander, Major General Nandor Kilian, since taking on the role in 2019.

“The objectives of Zrínyi 2026 is to ensure the HuAF is a modern forward-thinking military that can defend itself and contribute to the needs of NATO,” the general told Janes.


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UK scraps additional A400M buy as ‘unaffordable'

by Gareth Jennings

The RAF will not receive additional A400M airlifters, with the UK National Audit Office saying the plan is unaffordable. (Janes/Gareth Jennings)

The United Kingdom has scrapped plans to acquire additional Airbus A400M Atlas airlifters, saying it is no longer affordable.

The National Audit Office (NAO) made the disclosure in its ‘The Equipment Plan 2022 to 2032' report, published on 30 November, reversing the Ministry of Defence's (MoD's) announcement in February that it was seeking to add to the 22 aircraft already contracted.


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BAE developing augmented reality for Hawk

by Gareth Jennings

The Hawk is set to receive augmented reality technology, under an MOU signed by BAE Systems and Red 6. (BAE Systems)

BAE Systems is developing augmented reality (AR) to enhance the training value of its Hawk advanced jet trainer (AJT), the company announced on 30 November.

For the project, BAE Systems has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Red 6, an AR technology firm specialising in synthetic air combat training.


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Update: Royal Australian Navy to acquire Bluebottle USVs

by Julian Kerr & Oishee Majumdar

When deployed, the solar sail of the Bluebottle (pictured) harnesses both solar and wind energy. In headwinds or winds more than 25 kt, the solar sail automatically folds onto the deck of the USV. (Ocius)

The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) is acquiring five Bluebottle unmanned surface vessels (USVs) to enhance its ability to experiment and advance the operational employment of uncrewed systems under, on, and above the water.


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