• IAF to curtail An-32 operations

    The Indian Air Force (IAF) is looking to limit the use of its ageing fleet of Antonov An-32 ‘Cline’ transport aircraft after one of them crashed in India’s mountainous northeastern region on 3 June, killing all 13 service personnel on board. Senior IAF officers said the force

  • Paris Air Show 2019: French SDT Patroller tactical UAV begins qualification flights

    The Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA), the French defence procurement agency, began the final phase of industrial qualification flights of the Safran Electronics & Defense Système de Drones Tactiques (SDT) Patroller tactical unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) from the DGA's

  • Russian Udaloy destroyer modernised for land-attack mission

    The Russian Navy will take delivery of its first modernised Project 1155 Udaloy-class destroyer before the end of 2019, the Izvestia newspaper reported on 29 May. Upgrades to anti-submarine warfare (ASW) destroyer Marshal Shaposhnikov will convert the ship into a robust land-attack and anti-surface

  • US Air Force XQ-58A Valkyrie completes second flight

    The US Air Force (USAF) Kratos XQ-58A Valkyrie long-range, high subsonic, unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) demonstrator completed its second flight on 11 June, according to a service statement. The aircraft completed all test objectives during a 71-minute flight. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL)

  • Paris Air Show 2019: Lockheed Martin touts ‘25 by 25’ initiative to drive down F-35 operating costs

    Lockheed Martin plans to dramatically reduce through-life operating and sustainment costs of the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) combat aircraft through, what it calls, its ‘25 by 25’ initiative. Geared at reducing the F-35’s costs to USD25,000 per flight hour by

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  • Belarus pursues armed multirotor UAS developments

    Belarusian companies have unveiled three new weaponised multicopter unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) being developed under a wider national effort to advance indigenous unmanned technologies. The Vitebsk-based KB Display, which specialises in development and production of displays and