• 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

  • 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

  • North Macedonia trains Bulgarian, Polish military pilots

    North Macedonia’s Pilot Training Center (PTC) will train almost 60 Polish and 30 Bulgarian military pilots over the coming weeks, Defence Minister Radmila Shekerinska announced during a visit to the facility on 13 September. The PTC was established to train military and police helicopter

  • 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

  • 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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  • 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
  • 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
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