• General Atomics begins flight trials of first production-standard SkyGuardian UAS

    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) has begun flight trials of the first production-standard MQ-9B SkyGuardian unmanned aircraft system (UAS), the company announced on 31 March. The first flight of aircraft BC03 took place out of GA-ASI’s Flight Operations Facility in El Mirage,

  • Japan rejects foreign plans for next-generation fighter

    The Japanese Ministry of Defense's (MoD's) Acquisition, Technology & Logistics Agency (ATLA) has confirmed to Jane’s that it plans to pursue a Japan-led development project of a next-generation fighter aircraft, rejecting proposals by foreign manufacturers, including the one by Lockheed

  • Russia to deploy Konteyner OTHR to Kaliningrad

    Russia will deploy the second Konteyner (Container) over-the-horizon radar (OTHR), which is capable of detecting mass take-offs of aircraft and launches of cruise missiles and hypersonic vehicles 3,000 km away, in the Kaliningrad region. The station will be able to monitor airspace over all European

  • Venezuelan Coast Guard patrol ship sinks following collision

    The Venezuelan Coast Guard’s third coastal patrol ship (Buque de Vigilancia de Litoral - BVL) Naiguata (GC 23) has sunk following a collision with a passenger ship northwest of La Tortuga Island, near Caracas, on 30 March. The collision resulted in serious damage to the

  • UK stands-up ‘swarming drones’ development unit

    The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) has stood-up an experimental unit dedicated to developing an operational ‘swarming drones’ capability, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) told Jane’s . 216 Squadron was reactivated at RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire on 1 April, the MoD said. Previously, the

  • UAVOS, KACST demonstrate progressive flight control capability for their Saker UAVs

    UAVOS and the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) have used two ground control stations (GCSs) to fly their Saker-1B medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for the first time. UAVs, with this progressive flight control capability, can automatically

  • Ukrainians wrap up Ugandan aircraft upgrade

    A team of 14 Ukrainian pilots, engineers, and designers from the Odessa Aviation Plant (OAP) have returned home from Uganda after repairing and upgraded six training and combat aircraft, Ukraine’s state-owned defence conglomerate UkrOboronProm announced on 28 March. It said the team was put

  • Argentina completes receipt of second batch of Pampa III jets

    The Argentine Air Force (Fuerza Aérea Argentina - FAA) has received into service its sixth FAdeA IA-63 Pampa III trainer and light combat aircraft, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 27 March. The Pampa III, serial number A-705 (1033), was the third and final aircraft of the second

  • South Korean MND eyes KUS-FS UAV for RoKA Ground Operations Command

    The South Korean Minstry of National Defense (MND) is planning to procure a new reconnaissance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for the Republic of Korea Army (RoKA) Ground Operations Command (GOC), MND officials said in early March. According to the MND, between two and three complete systems

  • Draken begins flying refurbished Mirages in Aggressor role

    Draken International has begun flying its Dassault Mirage F1M/B aircraft recently acquired from the Spanish Air Force, the company announced on 26 March. The contractor-based training company is now utilising the aircraft for ‘Red Air’ aggressor flying against US military and allied

  • Malaysia receives first batch of donated ScanEagle UAVs from US

    Malaysia has taken delivery of the first 6 of 12 Insitu ScanEagle 2 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) – along with associated equipment – that were gifted by the United States under Washington’s Maritime Security Initiative (MSI) programme. The first batch of platforms and equipment

  • US Army selects Bell, Sikorsky for FARA-CP programme

    Key Points The US Army picked Bell and its 360 Invictus and Sikorsky and its Raider X to move forward with its FARA-CP effort The service expects a final downselect in mid-2023 The US Army on 25 March selected Bell and Sikorsky to move forward with its Future Attack Reconnaissance

  • Indian MH-60R helos to be Saudi-standard, plus national mods

    The Sikorsky MH-60R Seahawk maritime helicopters ordered by India will be built to the latest Saudi Arabian configuration, with some additional national-specific modifications. The new initial Indian baseline standard was disclosed on the US government’s beta.sam.gov website on 24 March, in

  • Indonesia’s tactical lift aircraft sustains gunfire damage in mission over Papua

    An Indonesian Air Force (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Udara: TNI-AU) C295 tactical military transport aircraft has sustained damage from suspected hostile gunfire while it was on a mission in the country’s restive Papua province. These damages were noticed across the

  • China showcases SAR-equipped BZK-005 UAV in military led firefighting operation

    China's People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Central Theatre Command has released images of an in-service BZK-005 medium-altitude long endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that has been specifically configured for wide-area intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) missions,

  • F-35 programme reduces remaining SDD capability requirements, but bulkhead issue remains

    Key Points The Pentagon and Lockheed Martin have reduced their outstanding F-35 SDD requirements from 43 to six The remaining requirements involve bulkheads cracking early, especially on the F-35B The Pentagon has closed out all but six open system development and demonstration (SDD) capability

  • Four companies shortlisted to replace Australia’s Shadow 200 TUAS capability

    Four companies will compete to replace the Australian Army’s Shadow 200 Tactical Unmanned Aerial System (TUAS) through project Land 129 Phase 3, the Department of Defence (DoD) in Canberra announced on 20 March. The shortlisted companies – Insitu Pacific, Leidos Australia, Raytheon

  • Argentine companies present rotary-wing UAV

    Argentine companies Cicaré, INVAP, and Marinelli have presented for the first time a prototype of the Asteri RUAS 160, a rotary-wing unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) designed for the defence, security, and agriculture markets. The presentation took place at the Expoagro agriculture fair, held in

  • India fast-tracking purchase of 10 additional Ka-31 AEW&C helicopters

    India is fast-tracking negotiations to acquire 10 Russian-made Kamov Ka-31 ‘Helix’ airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) helicopters in time for the expected commissioning in 2021 of Vikrant , the Indian Navy’s (IN’s) indigenously designed aircraft carrier. Official

  • New Future Long Range Assault Aircraft phase features greater government cost share

    Key Points The FLRAA programme is entering a study phase in which the US Army will provide two-thirds of the funding Previous efforts under JMR-TD had the contractors making greater contributions The next phase of the US Army’s Future Long Range Assault Aircraft (FLRAA) programme will

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