• Archangel light attack aircraft proliferates, supports USAF training

    The US Air Force (USAF) has become a customer for contract close air support (CAS) training using the IOMAX Archangel light attack aircraft, which appears to be proliferating for CAS roles. The converted crop-duster aircraft is suited to the CAS training role in part because of its USD882

  • Pentagon awards pair of contracts for Boeing MH-47G Chinook aircraft, parts

    Key Points The Pentagon awarded Boeing a contract for MH-47G EMD aircraft Deliveries start in 2021 The Pentagon recently awarded Boeing a pair of contracts for MH-47G Chinook Block II aircraft and parts. US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) on 12 June awarded Boeing a USD194 million

  • Roketsan developing new directed energy weapon system

    Turkey’s Roketsan is expanding its research and development capability into directed energy weapon systems (DEWS). However, the company declined to comment on whether its DEWS was being developed with Turkish government assistance or as a private venture, and also declined to clarify its

  • Russian military activity increases on Norway’s borders

    Russian marines and air-assault troops began amphibious landing exercises on 10 June in Pechenga Bay in the Arctic Sea 15 km from the Norwegian border, the Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has announced. The Northern Fleet’s 61st Independent Marine Brigade and Project 775 Ropucha-class

  • US Navy performing VH-92A landing zone testing

    The US Navy (USN) is performing testing with the Sikorsky VH-92A presidential helicopter to determine if aircraft modifications are required to enable the aircraft to land without damaging the landing zone. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) said in an April 2019 report that the programme

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  • US blames Iran for second tanker attack

    The Trump administration has directly blamed Iran for attacking two more oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman with limpet mines as part of a wider response to economic sanctions. Having transited the Strait of Hormuz, the two tankers were near each other when they were hit by explosions on their