• UK signs for Drone Dome C-UAS system

    The United Kingdom has procured the Israeli-developed Drone Dome counter-unmanned aircraft system (C-UAS), manufacturer Rafael confirmed to Jane’s on 13 August. The selection of the Drone Dome comes eight months after it was demonstrated to the UK government in January. According to Rafael,

  • Bundeswehr orders rotary-wing UAV for K130 corvette

    The Bundesamt für Ausrüstung, Informationstechnik und Nutzung der Bundeswehr (BAAINBw), Germany's Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology, and In-Service Support, announced on 9 August that it had signed a contract at the beginning of the month with Elektroniksystem-

  • Qatar on track to receive Apaches from 2019

    Qatar is on track to receive its recently ordered Boeing AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopters from 2019 through to mid-2020. The Qatar Emiri Air Force (QEAF) project officer said on 13 August that the first batch of 24 helicopters ordered in 2016 will be received before the end of next year.

  • Malaysia considers mix of manned, unmanned aircraft for maritime surveillance requirements

    Key Points The Malaysian government is studying further options for the country’s maritime surveillance requirements Country will likely operate a combination of manned and unmanned systems to fulfil the role The Malaysian government is considering a mix of both manned, and unmanned aerial

  • RAF revises Hercules plans to reflect Iraq loss

    The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) is to adjust the composition of its planned future Lockheed Martin C-130J Hercules fleet to reflect the recent loss of an aircraft on operations in Iraq. The RAF fields both the ‘short-bodied’ C-130J (designated C5 in RAF service) and

  • Slovakia completes first overhaul of AAF Mi-17V-5 helicopter

    Slovak aircraft repair company Trencín (LOTN) has completed the first general overhaul of an Afghan Air Force (AAF) Mil Mi-17V-5 transport/utility helicopter under a contract awarded in 2016 through NATO’s Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA), the Slovak Ministry of Defence (MoD)

  • Zephyr claims new endurance record

    The Airbus Defence and Space (DS) Zephyr ‘pseudo-satellite’ unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) has logged another endurance record, the company announced. The first production-standard Zephyr S landed just under 26 days after departing on its maiden flight on 11 July, logging the longest

  • USAF to procure and modify Basler ISR aircraft, likely for Mauritania

    The US Air Force (USAF) is looking to procure one Basler DC3-TP67 (BT-67) special mission aircraft and to modify another for a Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customer, which is likely to be Mauritania. An amended request for information (RFI) issued by the service on 6 August calls for the

  • LM completes C-5M upgrades for US Air Force

    Lockheed Martin has completed a 20-year effort to upgrade 52 of the US Air Force’s (USAF) C-5A/B/C Galaxy strategic transport aircraft to the C-5M standard. The company announced on 6 August that the last aircraft to go through the USAF’s final Reliability Enhancement and Re-engining

  • PLANAF’s first regiment of Hongdu JL-10H trainers enters service

    The Chinese Navy has commissioned its first regiment of Hongdu Aviation Industry Group JL-10H advanced jet trainers/light attack aircraft, the service announced on its WeChat web page on 3 August. Images of the commissioning ceremony, which was held at the People’s Liberation Army Naval

  • Bulgaria overhauls Mi-17 and Mi-24 helicopters

    On 30 July, the Bulgarian Ministry of Defence published a tender for the general overhaul of two Mi-17 transport and four Mi-24V combat helicopters of the Bulgarian Air Force (BuAF). The deadline for submission of bids is 3 September, with a framework agreement covering a period of 48 months to be

  • CASC highlights enhanced CH-804C hybrid UAV

    The China Academy of Aerospace Aerodynamics (CAAA), the flight technology development arm of the state-owned China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC), has developed an improved version of its Cai Hong 804C (Rainbow 804C, or CH-804C) hybrid fixed-wing/vertical take-off and landing

  • US Army to upgrade UH-60A/L Black Hawk displays

    BAE Systems will begin delivering a new touch screen digital display for the US Army’s UH-60A/L Black Hawk helicopters that will improve situational awareness for pilots. The new display will also introduce a moving map capability to the company’s ASN-128 Doppler GPS Navigation System.

  • Aero Vodochody L-159T2 makes first flight

    The first of three new Aero Vodochody L-159T2 two-seat advanced jet trainers ordered by the Czech Air Force made its maiden flight on 2 August. Prague-based Aero Vodochody Aerospace was contracted in September 2016 to provide a newer-generation L-159 trainer to fulfil the advanced flying training

  • Germany receives last Tiger helicopter

    The Bundesamt für Ausrüstung, Informationstechnik und Nutzung der Bundeswehr (BAAINBw), Germany’s Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support, reported on 2 August that it had received the last of 68 Unterstützungshubschrauber Tiger

  • Update: US Air Mobility Command chief seeks improved mobility through space

    Key Points A USAF officer wants to leverage new space capabilities to improve equipment mobility The goal is to decrease the time and cost of moving Pentagon equipment around the world The US Air Force’s (USAF’s) top mobility officer is seeking ideas from industry on how to best use

  • USMC takes delivery of first GaN G/ATOR

    Northrop Grumman has delivered the first US Marine Corps (USMC) AN/TPS-80 Ground/Air Task Oriented Radar (G/ATOR) fitted with gallium nitride (GaN) radar technology. The delivery of the latest variant of G/ATOR, marks the transition from gallium arsenide (GaAs) transmit and receive (T/R) modules to

  • Boeing begins building F-15QAs for Qatar

    Boeing has begun production of the first of 36 F-15QA (Qatar Advanced) Eagle combat aircraft that were signed for in December 2017. The Qatari Ministry of Defence (MoD) disclosed the launch of production in a Tweet posted on 3 August that showed senior government ministers touring the line in St

  • V-Bat UAS gets Persistent Systems’ MPU5 MANET radio

    MartinUAV’s V-Bat unmanned aerial system (UAS) will be fitted with Persistent Systems’ MPU5 radio to transmit data and control the system. The autonomous V-Bat, a long-endurance vertical takeoff and landing UAS, will use the MPU5 Wave Relay Mobile Ad Hoc Network (MANET) technology to

  • Luftwaffe activates A400M medevac aircraft

    The Luftwaffe has placed its first A400M in intensive care aeromedical evacuation (ICAE) configuration on 12-hour standby starting on 1 August. The aircraft was flown from its home base of Wünstorf to Berlin-Tegel on 31 July to be presented to the Secretary of State for Armaments in

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