• JASDF F-2 fighter crashes into Sea of Japan

    A Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) Mitsubishi F-2B fighter aircraft operating from Tsuiki Air Base in Fukuoka Prefecture crashed into the Sea of Japan (also known as East Sea) near Yamaguchi Prefecture on 20 February. The two crew members, who managed to eject, were rescued via helicopter and

  • ATEC files bid protest over US Army’s improved turbine helicopter engine award

    Key Points ATEC filed a bid protest over the US Army choosing GE for ITEP This programme will replace not only all Black Hawk and Apache engines but will also power some FVL aircraft The Advanced Turbine Engine Company (ATEC) said on 19 February it filed a bid protest over the US Army selecting

  • EU legislators move one big step closer to setting up European Defence Fund

    Key Points The Council and European Parliament provisionally agreed the EDF will receive EUR13 billion from the EU’s 2021–27 general budget. The EDF will promote technological innovation and defence sector co-operation on advanced interoperable European equipment The EU’s two

  • US Air Force chief of staff unconcerned with F-35A gun inaccuracy

    Key Points The US Air Force chief of staff is not concerned with the F-35A gun’s inaccuracy He said the aircraft’s primary task is to fuse information and adjust combat strategies on the fly The US Air Force’s (USAF’s) top officer is not concerned with Lockheed Martin

  • Brazilian Army eyes fixed-wing aircraft

    The Brazilian Army is considering two fixed-wing tactical transport aircraft to increase its personnel and cargo airlift capabilities in remote land border areas of the country. The Sikorsky/PZL Mielec M28 and Viking Air DHC-6T Twin Otter Series 400 aircraft were the two aircraft presented, an army

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  • IDEX 2019: New Russian SPMs make international debut

    Russia’s newest self-propelled mortars (SPMs), the Floks and Drok, made their international debut at the IDEX show being held in Abu Dhabi between 17–21 February, with models of both systems being displayed for the first time. A representative of the systems’ manufacturer,
  • Iran commissions Fateh submarine

    The Islamic Republic of Iran Navy (IRIN) officially commissioned its first indigenously developed Fateh-class submarine on 17 February. The ceremony was held at the Bandar Abbas naval base and was attended by President Hassan Rouhani. Defence Minister Amir Hatami was quoted as saying that the
  • IDEX 2019: Nexter advances FINDEAGLE concept

    Nexter is highlighting updates to its Project ‘FINDEAGLE’ vehicle-integrated unmanned aircraft system (UAS) concept at the IDEX 2019 exhibition being held in Abu Dhabi from 17-–21 February. FINDEAGLE was first displayed at the Eurosatory exhibition in Paris in June 2018. The system
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