• AUSA 2019: Leonardo DRS prepares for aircraft-protection laser testing

    Leonardo DRS is preparing for Initial Operational Test and Evaluation for its quantum cascade laser, having reached the requisite high technology readiness level and demonstrated the system’s ability to protect helicopters from missile attacks, Eric Takeuchi, vice president of business

  • AUSA 2019: Karem Aircraft unveils AR-40 for US Army’s FARA-CP

    High-speed flight is the hallmark of Karem Aircraft’s newly unveiled AR-40 helicopter, which the company is offering for the US Army’s Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft-Competitive Prototype (FARA-CP) programme, according to a company official. Thomas Berger, Karem FARA programme

  • AUSA 2019: InstantEye Robotics improves sUAS, competes for DoD contract

    InstantEye Robotics has extended the battery life of several models of its small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS), and is also competing for a contract for the US Department of Defense (DoD), Jane’s has learned. The company displayed its updated systems at the 2019 Association of the United

  • HHI awarded contract to design STOVL-aircraft-capable LPX-II amphibious assault ship

    South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) announced on 16 October that it has been awarded a contract for the conceptual design of a next-generation, large-deck amphibious assault ship for the Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN) capable of supporting operations of short take-off and vertical

  • India delivers final two Mi-24 attack helicopters to Afghanistan

    India has delivered the final two of four refurbished Russian-built Mil Mi-24 ‘Hind’ attack helicopters it had promised the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) in early 2018 to boost their counter-insurgency capabilities. The two Mi-24Vs, which were purchased from

  • IAF to upgrade its Su-30MKI fleet and acquire more such fighters

    The Indian Air Force (IAF) aims to upgrade its fleet of Sukhoi Su-30MKI multirole fighters by equipping them with advanced avionics, radar, and weapon systems. “We will upgrade the Su-30MKIs with [modern] radar and weapon capabilities and also tackle their obsolescence management and

  • ADEX 2019: KAI debuts Light Armed Helicopter

    Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) has debuted its Light Armed Helicopter (LAH) prototype at the Seoul International Aerospace & Defense Exhibition (ADEX). The first public appearance of the Airbus Helicopters H155 (formerly the EC155 B1)-derived assault platform came some three months after the

  • AUSA 2019: AeroVironment markets Vapor electric rotary-wing UAV to US Army

    Key Points AeroVironment is presenting its Vapor electric rotary-wing UAV to potential US Army customers The company has already provided the aircraft to US Special Operations Command under a contract AeroVironment is marketing its Vapor electric rotary-wing unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to

  • UK F-35Bs embark HMS Queen Elizabeth for operational test

    UK-owned F-35B Lightning aircraft have joined the Royal Navy (RN) aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth for the first time to start a period of Operational Testing (OT-1) off the eastern seaboard of the United States. Four aircraft embarked on Queen Elizabeth on 13 October, to be followed by two

  • ADEX 2019: KAI offers upgraded Surion to export market

    Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) is offering an upgraded variant of its Surion Korean Utility Helicopter (KUH) to the international export market, with a prototype example being exhibited at the Seoul International Aerospace & Defense Exhibition (ADEX). Speaking to Jane’s on 15 October, a

  • ADEX 2019: KUS-VH in ‘holding pattern’ while RoKA decides way ahead

    The Korean Air Unmanned System – Vertical Helicopter (KUS-VH) armed unmanned Little Bird, developed by Korean Air Aerospace Division (KAL-ASD), is currently ‘in a holding pattern’ while the Republic of Korea Army (RoKA) weighs its options ahead of potentially issuing a formal

  • AUSA 2019: AeroVironment unveils Puma LE unmanned aerial vehicle

    AeroVironment unveiled its new Puma LE unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) on 14 October at the 2019 Association of the United States Army (AUSA) conference, touting the aircraft as Group 2 capabilities in a Group 1 package. Wahid Nawabi, company president and CEO, said on 14 October that the Puma LE

  • ADEX 2019: KAI showcases Surion Marine Attack Helicopter

    Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) is to convert its Surion utility helicopter into an armed assault platform for the Republic of Korea Marine Corps (RoKMC). A scale model of the Marine Attack Helicopter (MAH) was displayed for the first time at the Seoul International Aerospace and Defence

  • ADEX 2019: Russia offers Ka-32 upgrades for Korea

    Rostec State Corporation has offered to upgrade South Korea’s fleet of Kamov Ka-32 ‘Helix’ multirole medium rotorcraft, Russian Helicopters reported on 14 October. Announced at the Seoul International Aerospace and Defence Exhibition (ADEX), the offer would see the avionics,

  • Images emerge of naval variant of China's Z-20 helicopter

    The first clear images of a naval variant of China’s Z-20 tactical helicopter have emerged on Chinese online forums. The platform features several significant differences from the variant used by the People’s Liberation Army Ground Force (PLAGF), more details of which emerged during the

  • More details emerge about China’s Z-20 helicopter

    Chinese state-owned media have released more details about the Z-20 helicopter operated by the People’s Liberation Army Ground Force (PLAGF). Reports by the Global Times newspaper highlighted that the engines installed in the Z-20 provide sufficient power for the aircraft to perform well at

  • Philippine Air Force to reactivate seven ‘Huey’ helicopters

    The Philippine Air Force (PAF) is looking to return to service seven of its ageing Bell UH-1 ‘Huey’ utility helicopters by using spare parts donated by Japan earlier this year. In a statement carried by the official Philippine News Agency (PNA) on 8 October, PAF spokesperson Major

  • ADEX 2019: RoKAF F-35 makes ADEX debut, South Korea set to expand order

    The Republic of Korea Air Force (RoKAF) is showcasing its recently delivered Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) combat aircraft at the Seoul International Aerospace & Defense Exhibition (ADEX), for the first time as

  • Update: Deleted image shows Singapore air force Heron 1 UAV with new belly payload pod

    The Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) has inadvertently revealed the existence of an enhanced version of its Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) Heron 1 medium-altitude long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicle (MALE UAV) during the biennial ‘Forging Sabre’ exercise that was staged from

  • Russia links maritime patrol aircraft to UAV

    Russian maritime patrol aircraft (MPAs) are being equipped with datalinks to enable them to receive targeting feeds from unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The aim of the upgrade is to enable Russian Naval Aviation Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) Forpost UAVs to directly communicate with airborne

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