• German-made UAV crashes in Yemen

    The Yemeni rebel group Ansar Allah (Houthis) released a video on 12 February showing a Luna unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that it said was shot down near the Saudi border. According to German company EMT, which manufactures the UAV, the Luna has a range of 100 km and an endurance of more than six

  • US Air Force training squadron receives first two KC-46As

    Key Points A USAF training squadron received its first two KC-46As This enables the service to start a 60-day familiarisation period and gives trainers hands-on experience with the aircraft Boeing on 10 February delivered its second KC-46A Pegasus aerial refuelling tanker to the US Air

  • UK to double armed-ISR aircraft with ‘Venom kinetic strike capability’

    The UK is to arm additional airborne intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) platforms under a programme known as the ‘Venom kinetic strike capability’, the Secretary of State for Defence said on 11 February. Speaking at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) in London,

  • UK to use ‘swarming drones’ to defeat enemy air defences

    The UK is to field ‘swarming drones’ to confuse and overwhelm enemy air defences by the end of this year, the Secretary of State for Defence said on 11 February. Speaking at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) in London, Gavin Williamson said that the Royal Air Force (RAF) will

  • Afghan helo crashes, claimed shot down by Taliban

    An Afghan Air Force (AAF) light attack and scout helicopter crashed in the central Wardak district of the country on 8 February. Images posted online showed the MD Helicopter Inc MD 530F Cayuse Warrior (named ‘Jengi’ in AAF service) as being heavily damaged but essentially in one piece

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  • Ukraine receives upgraded T-64s

    The Ukrainian Army has received at least 100 upgraded T-64s from the Kharkiv Armour Plant since 2018, according to an 11 February Facebook post by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. The post reads, “The best combat capabilities, modern thermal imagers, secure digital communications,
  • UK removes one Reaper from service

    The UK has reduced its number of operational General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc MQ-9 Reaper medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), with one of the 10 aircraft currently in the US for decommissioning. The Ministry of Defence (MoD) made the disclosure in a
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