• First modernised P-3 delivered to Chile

    The first of two Chilean Navy Lockheed P-3 Orion maritime patrol aircraft (MPAs) undergoing modernisation and mid-life upgrade work in Canada was delivered back to Chile in the first week of December. Work on the aircraft started in April 2017 under a USD36 million contract awarded to IMP from

  • Expodefensa 2019: WB Group makes first appearance at convention

    Key Points WB Group made its first appearance at the Expodefensa 2019 exhibition in Bogota The company has sold its Flyeye UAV within the region Poland’s WB Group made its debut at the Expodefensa trade show in Bogota on 2 December, promoting products including its Flyeye mini unmanned

  • Expodefensa 2019: Leonardo M-346FA aircraft makes show debut

    Key Points Leonardo’s M-346FA made its first appearance at Expodefensa The aircraft’s dual-use capability could be an affordable option for Latin America’s smaller budgets Leonardo’s M-346FA fighter attack/light combat aircraft made its debut with a model shown at the

  • Expodefensa 2019: Saab says Colombia wants new fighters, in a break from past practice

    Key Points A Saab executive said that Colombia wants to buy new fighters to help reinvigorate its fleet The nation has traditionally purchased used aircraft, which can come with sustainment issues The Colombian Air Force (Fuerza Aérea Colombiana: FAC) wants to procure new fighter aircraft to

  • Saab flies first series-production Gripen E for Sweden

    Saab has flown the first series-production Gripen E aircraft for Sweden, the company announced on 3 December. An image of aircraft 6002 flying in a new splinter tri-tone grey camouflage pattern reminiscent of the Swedish Air Force’s (SwAF’s) green and brown scheme from the Cold War was

  • Image emerges of possible SIGINT variant of PLAAF’s GJ-2 UAV

    An image has emerged in Chinese social media showing what appears to be a signals intelligence (SIGINT) variant of the People’s Liberation Army Air Force’s (PLAAF’s) Gongji-2 (GJ-2; export designation Wing Loong II) strike-capable, reconnaissance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The

  • Expodefensa 2019: Sikorsky offers first company-qualified armed Black Hawk with sights on regional customer

    Key Points Sikorsky is promoting its first company-qualified armed variant of its latest model Black Hawk aircraft The company has pitched this armed Black Hawk to a regional customer Sikorsky is promoting for the first time in Latin America its first company-qualified, fully integrated armed

  • RoKN retires final Alouette III naval helicopters

    The Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN) retired its final three Aérospatiale Alouette III naval helicopters in a ceremony held on 3 December at the southwestern port city of Mokpo. In a statement issued that same day the RoKN said that it had been operating the Alouette IIIs since 1977 in different

  • Expodefensa 2019: Aertec Solutions offers armament-capable Tarsis 25 UAV

    Aertec Solutions of Spain is promoting its armament-capable Tarsis 25 light tactical unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to potential customers. Rodrigo Valdivieso, company aerospace and defence systems business development director, told Jane’s on 2 December at the Expodefensa trade show that the

  • Expodefensa 2019: BlueBird Aero Systems’ WanderB UAV makes regional debut

    BlueBird Aero Systems’ WanderB vertical take-off-and-landing (VTOL) electric mini unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) made its Latin America debut on 2 December at the Expodefensa trade show in Bogota. The fully autonomous WanderB is designed to facilitate covert, over-the-hill operations or

  • China deploys aerostat in South China Sea

    A satellite image shows that an unmanned, tethered aerostat has been deployed to Mischief Reef, one of the largest of the artificial islands constructed by China amongst the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. The image, which was captured on 18 November, was sourced by ImageSat International

  • Ecuador orders six H145M helos

    The Ecuadorian Air Force has ordered six H145M multipurpose helicopters for defence and security missions, Jane’s learnt on 28 November. Together with the helicopters Airbus will provide a training and support package. No contract value or delivery timeline for the helicopters was disclosed.

  • Saudi-coalition Apache helo, Wing Loong UAV downed over Yemen

    The Saudi Arabian-led coalition lost an attack helicopter and a medium-range long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in separate incidents over Yemen in late November. Video posted on social media shows a Boeing AH-64 Apache helicopter gunship reportedly being shot down in the border

  • Iraq receives final T-50IQ light fighter and trainer aircraft

    Iraq has received into service its 24th and final Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) T-50IQ Fighting Eagle light fighter and trainer aircraft, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 29 November. The delivery of the final batch of aircraft, which is the Iraqi Air Force (IqAF) variant of the T-50

  • Malaysia looking to lease helicopters to replace grounded Sea Kings

    Malaysia is looking to lease helicopters to replace its fleet of grounded Sikorsky S-61 Sea King medium-lift transport helicopters. Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu told the Malaysian parliament on 27 November that the ministry was expediting the leasing process, describing it as a stop-gap measure

  • Poland ends grounding of MiG-29s

    Poland’s General Command on 25 November ended the grounding of MiG-29 fighters imposed since 4 March after one of the Soviet-made aircraft crashed near Drgicz village. The General Command spokesman said that the fighters would resume flights this week, adding that five MiG-29s are at present

  • Russia donates two MiG-29UB fighter aircraft to Mongolia

    Russia has donated two MiG-29UB ‘Fulcrum-B’ twin-seat fighter aircraft to Mongolia, according to a 26 November statement by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in Moscow. “On 26 November two MiG-29UB operational trainers were handed over to the Mongolian Armed Forces in Ulaanbaatar as

  • Australia selects MQ-9B SkyGuardian UAS for potential acquisition

    Australia has selected the General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) MQ-9B SkyGuardian unmanned aircraft system (UAS) to fulfil its requirement for an armed medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), Defence Minister Linda Reynolds announced on 28 November. The next

  • Malaysia considers ‘fighter exchange’ offer from Russia

    Malaysia has received an offer from Russia to part exchange its fleets of Russian multirole combat aircraft for new models, Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu has confirmed in parliament. Sabu said the government is considering the offer from Moscow but indicated that the priorities of the Royal

  • Philippines receives two donated Cobra attack helicopters from Jordan

    Two Bell AH-1 Cobra attack helicopters donated by Jordan have arrived at Clark Air Base in the Philippines, according to local media reports. Several local media outlets quoted National Security Advisor Hermogenes Esperon as saying that the platforms, which are set to be operated by the Philippine

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