• Paris Air Show 2019: Diamond Aircraft launches new maritime surveillance variant

    Austria’s Diamond Aircraft unveiled a new maritime surveillance variant of its DA62 light utility twin prop aircraft at the Paris Air Show. Designated the DA62-MSA, the new aircraft was developed in conjunction with Italy’s Leonardo, and features an intelligence, surveillance, and

  • Indonesian MoD to acquire amphibious aircraft from Viking Air

    Canada-based utility aircraft manufacturer Viking Air announced on 18 June that it has been awarded a contract to supply six new Viking Canadair CL-515 and one upgraded Canadair CL-415EAF amphibious aircraft to Indonesia’s Ministry of Defence (MoD). Four of the CL-515 twin-turboprop aircraft

  • Iran downs Global Hawk as US struggles to rally international support

    In a further escalation of tensions in the Gulf, the Iranian military shot down a US RQ-4A Global Hawk high-altitude unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) on 20 June. The US military’s Central Command (CENTCOM) said the US Navy RQ-4A Broad Area Maritime Surveillance-Demonstrator (BAMS-D) aircraft was

  • Paris Air Show: France receives NX70 micro UAVs

    The Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA), the French defence procurement agency, announced on its website on 19 June that it is receiving the first 5 of 27 NX70 micro unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) systems it ordered from Novadem at the end of 2018. The systems will be used by

  • Sea lines security is central to ‘BALTOPS’, say US commanders

    Key Points Sea lines of communication (SLOC) security has a more significant emphasis in ‘BALTOPS’ for 2019 An amphibious capability is underscored as central to securing such SLOCs Senior US commanders have underscored a greater focus on sea lines of communication (SLOCs) and the

  • Russia’s Su-25SM3 ‘deep upgrade’ programme gains pace and scope

    The Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) is upgrading its fleet of Sukhoi Su-25 close air support (CAS) aircraft to the Su-25SM3 standard, a Russian military spokesperson told Jane’s on 18 June. “Since 2018, the Aerospace Forces [VKS] have been receiving Su-25SM3s, and a total of 25

  • Paris Air Show 2019: Eurofighter launches long-term development plan for Typhoon

    Eurofighter has agreed with the NATO Eurofighter & Tornado Management Agency (NETMA), on behalf of the partner countries, on a long-term capability development plan for the Typhoon combat aircraft that will span the coming decades. Announced at the Paris Air Show on 19 June, which is being held

  • Philippine Navy commissions two AW159 helicopters, four KAAVs

    The Philippine Navy (PN) commissioned two Leonardo AW159 Lynx Wildcat helicopters and four Korean Amphibious Assault Vehicles (KAAVs) in a ceremony held on 17 June at the Naval Base Heracleo Alano in Cavite City. The AW159s, which arrived in the Philippines on 7 May 2019 as part of a PHP5.24

  • Paris Air Show 2019: Viking Twin Otter Guardian 400 makes show debut

    Canada’s Viking has debuted its new intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance aircraft, the Guardian 400, at the Paris Air Show. The aircraft is based on the Twin Otter, and has been developed in association with Austrian company Airborne Technologies. The aircraft shown at Le Bourget

  • Paris Air Show 2019: Embraer, ELTA announce new business jet AEW aircraft

    Key Points Embraer and ELTA are developing a new business jet AEW system The team is targeting a market sector of second-tier militaries that need AEW capability but cannot afford, or do not want, to operate larger aircraft Embraer and ELTA Systems Ltd (ELTA) are teaming to develop a new airborne

  • 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

  • Paris Air Show 2019: IAI offering Kfir NG to Colombia, expects to return Sri Lanka and Ecuador jets to service

    Israeli Aerospace Industries (IAI) is offering Colombia an upgraded variant of the Kfir combat aircraft it currently flies, dubbed the Kfir Next-Generation (NG). Speaking to Jane’s at the Paris Air Show, Yossi Melamed, head of IAI’s Aviation Group, said that with the Colombian Air Force

  • 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

  • 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

  • Paris Air Show 2019: full-scale mock-up of Turkish Fighter unveiled

    Key Points Turkish Aerospace unveiled a full-scale mock-up of its fifth-generation Turkish Fighter project at the Paris Air Show The project is extremely ambitious: it is looking to make a first flight with the aircraft by 2025 Amid much ceremony, Turkish Aerospace unveiled a full-scale mock-up

  • Paris Air Show 2019: New Fighter and Remote Carrier revealed ahead of FCAS/SCAF demonstration phase

    Dassault revealed a full-scale mock-up of the New Fighter (NF) concept it is developing with Airbus as part of the wider Future Combat Air System (FCAS)/ Système de Combat Aérien Futur (SCAF) programme at the Paris Air Show on 17 June. The event, which was attended by French President

  • 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: Leonardo unveils Falco Xplorer

    Italy’s Leonardo has unveiled a new variant of its Falco unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) family, the Falco Xplorer. The new system is larger than some of the existing family of Falco UAVs, with a wingspan of 18.5 m and a length of 9 m. The Xplorer is equipped with a Rotax engine and has a

  • 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

  • Paris Air Show 2019: Pegasus makes international debut at Le Bourget

    The Boeing KC-46A Pegasus tanker-transport aircraft made its first appearance outside of the United States during the week of the Paris Airshow. A US Air Force (USAF) aircraft from McConnell Air Force Base (AFB) in Kansas was on static display at the event running from 17 to 23 June. The KC-46A is

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