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  • Industry group head urges US Air Force to better engage with Future Vertical Lift

    Key Points The head of an industry group suggests the US Air Force better engage with the Pentagon on its Future Vertical Lift programme The USAF wants to investigate the utility of electric VTOL aircraft, but the industry group chief believes this will not provide the necessary military utility

  • AFA 2019: US Air Force seeks to tailor airworthiness process for low cost attritable aircraft

    The US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) is interested in tailoring the airworthiness process for low cost attritable aircraft in the class of the Kratos XQ-58A Valkyrie unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in a way that could save the service and contractors money. Matt Duquette, AFRL Skyborg team

  • Turkey’s Akinci armed UAV unveiled

    Turkish private company Baykar Makina unveiled the Akinci ‘Flying Fish’ armed unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) at the Teknofest Aerospace and Technology Festival being held in Istanbul from 17 to 22 September, the Anatolia news agency reported on 18 September. The Hürriyet newspaper

  • Aselsan rolls out Alkar 81 mm mortar

    Turkish company Aselsan has completed development of its latest Alkar 81 mm mortar weapon system (MWS) using internal research and development funding. The company said production can begin as soon as orders are placed. The Alkar 81 mm MWS leverages on experience gained from the development of the

  • Norway receives its first K9 self-propelled howitzer

    Norway’s Defence Materiel Agency (NDMA) announced on its website on 19 September that it had received its first K9 Thunder 155 mm self-propelled howitzer (SPH) from Hanwha Defense during a ceremony in South Korea. The first system, comprising the K9 155/L52 SPH and K10 ammunition handling

  • Portugal presents weapons purchased from FN Herstal

    The Portuguese Army has formally unveiled small arms that it purchased from FN Herstal through the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) for EUR42.8 million (USD47.3 million). The army officially presented and demonstrated the first SCAR-L STD and SCAR-H STD assault rifles, the SCAR-H PR

  • Prince of Wales sets sail for first time

    The United Kingdom’s second Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carrier, Prince of Wales , put to sea for the first time from its assembly site at Rosyth Dockyard in Fife on 19 September. The 65,000-tonne carrier was manoeuvred out of the narrow lock entrance to the basin at the Babcock

  • Finland gives green light to Squadron 2020 programme

    The Finnish government has approved long-delayed contract awards to Rauma Marine Constructions Oy (RMC) and Saab for the delivery of the Finnish Navy’s EUR1.32 billion Squadron 2020 corvette programme. Squadron 2020 covers the procurement of four new Pohjanmaa-class corvettes, capable of

  • MDL delivers second Scorpène submarine to Indian Navy

    India’s Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) has delivered another licence-built Kalvari (Scorpène)-class diesel-electric submarine (SSK) to the Indian Navy. The vessel, which will be in service as INS Khanderi once commissioned, was handed over on 19 September at a delivery ceremony

  • Philippines broadens Tarlac class’ operational capabilities with deck landing trials

    Key Points The Philippine Navy has carried deck landing trials for several helicopter types on its Tarlac-class strategic sealift vessel The trials aim to broaden the types of mission sets that can be conducted from the ships In a bid to expand on the range of operations that can be conducted

  • Stingray unmanned tanker flies for first time

    Boeing and the US Navy (USN) flew the MQ-25 Stingray unmanned aerial refuelling aircraft for the first time on 19 September, the manufacturer announced. Test aircraft T1 completed an autonomous two-hour flight under the direction of Boeing test pilots operating from a ground control station (GCS)

  • Wrecked minesweeper skipper relieved from duty

    The Spanish Navy has relieved from command the captain of a minesweeper that was badly damaged after running onto rocks during the search for a missing air force trainer aircraft in August. Segura-class minehunter SPS Turia had to be refloated and towed away from the accident site off La Manga, the

  • Czech SHORAD procurement delayed

    The Czech Ministry of Defence (MoD) has delayed the Army of the Czech Republic’s (ACR’s) CZK10 billion (USD427 million) short-range air defence (SHORAD) system procurement. Deputy Defence Minister Filip Ríha told Jane’s recently that the contract would be concluded at the

  • Raytheon discloses Peregrine AAM development

    Raytheon has disclosed details of the development of a new, compact supersonic medium-range air-to-air missile (AAM) that, it says, is faster and more manoeuvrable than legacy medium-range AAMs. Primarily an internally-funded initiative, Peregrine is being developed as a day/night all-weather

  • Russia’s Palantin electronic warfare system makes training debut

    The Palantin electronic warfare (EW) system has made its training debut with a Russian battalion tactical group during an exercise near Voronezh, the Western Military District (WMD) press service announced on its website on 17 September. The system was used to “suppress enemy radio

  • Saudi military presents evidence of Iranian involvement in oil facility attacks

    Iranian-made cruise missiles and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) were used in the 14 September attacks on the Abqaiq and Khurais oil facilities but were not launched from Yemen as claimed, Saudi military spokesman Colonel Turki al-Maliki said in a press briefing four days later. “The attack

  • AFA 2019: Remote vision system issues impede Boeing KC-46A progress

    Key Points Two key issues are holding back Boeing’s progress in addressing KC-46A tanker remote vision system (RVS) problems A key US Air Force (USAF) officer said these two issues, acuity and depth plane compression, are very complex Boeing is making progress on resolving problems with its

  • UAE looking for more tank transporters

    Belarus hopes to secure another contract to supply additional heavy equipment transporters to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), according to Roman Golovchenko, the chairman of the State Military Industrial Committee of Belarus. “We are about to finish a major contract [with the UAE], which was

  • Argentina’s OPV programme makes progress

    Argentina’s offshore patrol vessel (OPV) programme is making progress, with the first Argentine crew of 32 officers and ratings preparing to move to France to take over the first of four vessels. The OPV deal between French shipbuilder Naval Group and the Argentine government was officially

  • Boeing begins building first KC-46A for Japan

    Boeing has begun building the first of two KC-46A Pegasus tanker-transport aircraft for Japan, the company announced on 17 September. The loading of a 25 m-long wing spar into the company’s 767 production facility at Everett in Washington state marked a major milestone for the

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