• Aero India 2019: Russian Helicopters works towards local production of Ka-226T helicopter in India

    Russian Helicopters has signed memoranda of understanding (MOUs) with five Indian private companies in a bid to localise production of the Kamov Ka-226T helicopter, it announced at Aero India 2019. Director General of Russian Helicopters Holding Company Andrey Boginsky signed MOUs with

  • Aero India 2019: ADA unveils Tejas AF Mk 2 Medium Weight Fighter

    India’s Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) revealed a model of the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) Tejas AF Mk 2 Medium Weight Fighter (MWF) at Aero India 2019. The Tejas AF Mk 2 MWF, which was displayed on 20 February, is being pitched to the Indian Air Force (IAF) to fit into its

  • IDEX 2019: Nexter advances FINDEAGLE concept

    Nexter is highlighting updates to its Project ‘FINDEAGLE’ vehicle-integrated unmanned aircraft system (UAS) concept at the IDEX 2019 exhibition being held in Abu Dhabi from 17-–21 February. FINDEAGLE was first displayed at the Eurosatory exhibition in Paris in June 2018. The system

  • IDEX 2019: Serbian Mini Aleks UAV to make first public flight in July

    The Mini Aleks vertical take-off and landing unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) developed by Serbia’s Engine Development & Production (EDePro) is set to make its first public flight during an exhibition that will be held in Belgrade in July, Jane’s was told during the IDEX show held in

  • JASDF F-2 fighter crashes into Sea of Japan

    A Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) Mitsubishi F-2B fighter aircraft operating from Tsuiki Air Base in Fukuoka Prefecture crashed into the Sea of Japan (also known as East Sea) near Yamaguchi Prefecture on 20 February. The two crew members, who managed to eject, were rescued via helicopter and

  • Aero India 2019: HAL showcases Naval Utility Helicopter

    Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) showcased the technology demonstrator of the Dhruv Mk III Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) with folding tail boom and main rotor blades, designated Naval Utility Helicopter (NUH). The helicopter, primarily designed to meet the requirements of the Indian Coast

  • Aero India 2019: HAL unveils rotary-wing unmanned aerial vehicle

    Indian aerospace and defence company Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) unveiled a full-scale prototype of a locally designed rotary-wing unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) at the Aero India 2019 defence exhibition being held in Bangalore on 20–24 February. Specifically designed to perform

  • ATEC files bid protest over US Army’s improved turbine helicopter engine award

    Key Points ATEC filed a bid protest over the US Army choosing GE for ITEP This programme will replace not only all Black Hawk and Apache engines but will also power some FVL aircraft The Advanced Turbine Engine Company (ATEC) said on 19 February it filed a bid protest over the US Army selecting

  • EU legislators move one big step closer to setting up European Defence Fund

    Key Points The Council and European Parliament provisionally agreed the EDF will receive EUR13 billion from the EU’s 2021–27 general budget. The EDF will promote technological innovation and defence sector co-operation on advanced interoperable European equipment The EU’s two

  • US Air Force chief of staff unconcerned with F-35A gun inaccuracy

    Key Points The US Air Force chief of staff is not concerned with the F-35A gun’s inaccuracy He said the aircraft’s primary task is to fuse information and adjust combat strategies on the fly The US Air Force’s (USAF’s) top officer is not concerned with Lockheed Martin

  • Brazilian Army eyes fixed-wing aircraft

    The Brazilian Army is considering two fixed-wing tactical transport aircraft to increase its personnel and cargo airlift capabilities in remote land border areas of the country. The Sikorsky/PZL Mielec M28 and Viking Air DHC-6T Twin Otter Series 400 aircraft were the two aircraft presented, an army

  • Canada receives first surplus Hornets from Australia

    Canada has received the first of 18 surplus Boeing F/A-18A/B Hornet combat aircraft from Australia, the Department of National Defence (DND) announced on 17 February. The pair of single-seat F/A-18As arrived at Cold Lake in Alberta on the same day as the announcement, for use by the Royal Canadian

  • Argentine Air Force deploys Texans for border patrol

    The Argentine Air Force (Fuerza Aérea Argentina: FAA) has begun border patrol operations using its recently acquired Beechcraft T-6C+ Texan II turboprop trainer and light-attack aircraft. Flown as part of the Operativo Fronteras (Border Operation), the Texans began their operations out of

  • Argentine Air Force receives first two Pampa IIIs

    The Argentine Air Force (Fuerza Aérea Argentina: FAA) has received into service its first two Fadea IA-63 Pampa III trainer and light attack jets. The aircraft were received on 15 February during a ceremony at the home of the 6th Fighter Group of the 6th Air Brigade at Tandil Airbase. The 1st

  • Australia auctions surplus Kiowa helicopters

    Australia is auctioning off 22 Bell OH-58 Kiowa training and light utility helicopters it recently retired from service. The military derivatives of the single-engined Bell 206B JetRanger have been offered for sale in an unreserved auction, with bids accepted from 22 February to 4 March. As noted

  • Australia receives all MRH-90 Taipan helos

    The Australian Department of Defence (DoD) recently confirmed to Jane’s the receipt of all 47 NHIndustries NH90 helicopters (known locally as the MRH-90 Taipan). The Multi-Role Helicopter (MRH) programme was designed with a plan to rationalise the number of helicopter types in Australian

  • Bulgaria to overhaul, upgrade two L-39ZAs

    On 18 February, the Bulgarian Ministry of Defence (MoD) launched a BGN8.3 million (USD4.8 million) tender for the overhaul, life extension, and upgrade of two L-39ZA armed jet trainers. The tender calls for a framework agreement covering up to 48 months, with the overhaul and life extension

  • IDEX 2019: ZALA Aero unveils Kub ‘kamikaze drone’

    ZALA Aero, a subsidiary of Rostec’s Kalashnikov Group, unveiled its new Kub-UAV loitering munition at the IDEX defence show being held in Abu Dhabi, UAE, from 17 to 21 February. ZALA Aero displayed a 1:2 scale model of the weapon, the real version of which is 1,210 mm long with a 950 mm

  • Leonardo delivers first ‘international’ M-346 to Italian Air Force

    Leonardo has delivered to the Italian Air Force (Aeronautica Militare Italiana: AMI) the first two M-346 Master advanced jet trainer aircraft to be flown by the newly established International Flight Training School (IFTS). The aircraft arrived at the 61st Wing’s Lecca-Galatina Airbase in

  • One pilot killed as two IAF Hawk aircraft collide in mid-air

    An Indian Air Force (IAF) pilot was killed and two others were injured when two tandem-seat Hawk Mk 132 advanced jet trainers collided in mid-air on 19 February while practising for an aerobatics display scheduled for the 20–24 February Aero India 2019 exhibition in Bangalore. In an official

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