• RoKAF’s first A330 MRTT arrives in South Korea for acceptance trials

    The first of four Airbus A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft ordered by the Republic of Korea Air Force (RoKAF) has landed in Gimhae Air Base in Busan, South Korea, to undergo acceptance trials. The company announced in a statement on 12 November that the aircraft, which was piloted by

  • Russian Helicopters to open Chinese MRO facility

    Russian Helicopters and United Aviation Technology have agreed to establish a maintenance and repair facility for Ka-32A11VS and Mi-171 rotorcraft in Shenzhen, China. The contract for the facility is expected to be signed by the end of the year, and a draft agreement is being worked by the two

  • Indo Defence 2018: Indonesia restarts acquisitions of MALE UAVs, passive surveillance system

    Key Points Indonesia has restarted acquisition processes for strike-capable UAVs, and a passive tracker system Processes are being restarted to maximise involvement of local industry players in the respective programmes The Indonesian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has restarted the acquisition

  • Indo Defence 2018: Indonesian Navy prepares to receive final Panther ASW helicopters

    Key Points Work on Indonesia’s final AS565 MBe Panther helicopters has been completed, and the airframes are ready to be delivered Aircraft will significantly bolster the Indonesian Navy’s embarked anti-submarine warfare capabilities Indonesian state-owned aerospace company PT

  • US Army sets pitch, demonstration phase for Short Range Reconnaissance small VTOL UAV

    The US Army is planning an in-person pitch phase and demonstration phase for its Short Range Reconnaissance (SRR) platform to take place in Boston, Massachusetts, from 7 to 18 January. The service sees SRR as an inexpensive, rucksack-portable vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) small unmanned

  • OCCAR formally invites Airbus to lead European MALE RPAS project

    The Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation (OCCAR) European procurement agency has issued Airbus with a formal invitation to tender as the prime contractor for the European medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) remotely piloted air system (RPAS), the agency announced on 8 November. The

  • Airshow China 2018: Unmanned military systems take centre stage

    New Chinese unmanned aerial, ground, and sea vehicles (UAVs, UGVs, and USVs) took centre stage at the 6–11 November Airshow China 2018 defence exhibition in Zhuhai. At least 100 state-owned and private companies that develop and manufacture unmanned air and land platforms – as well as

  • Airshow China 2018: Norinco presents UAV swarm concept

    The China North Industries Corporation (Norinco) presented a concept for the use of strike-capable, multi-rotor unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) flying in a swarm at the 6–11 November Airshow China 2018 defence exhibition in Zhuhai. The concept, which can be adapted to fit various tactical

  • Argentina receives first of 20 surplus AB-206 helos from Italy

    The first of 20 surplus Bell AB-206 observation and light utility helicopters purchased from Italy arrived in Argentina in early November. Nine of the helicopters that have been procured to equip the Argentine Army (Ejército Argentino: EA) and Border Police (Gendarmería Nacional: GN)

  • Airshow China 2018: Upgraded Z-10ME attack helicopter breaks cover

    The Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) has unveiled an improved version of its Zhishengji-10ME (Z-10ME), an export-oriented variant of the People’s Liberation Army Air Force’s (PLAAF’s) Z-10K all-weather multirole attack helicopter, for the first time in public at the

  • Spain sets out European MALE RPAS procurement plan

    The Spanish Air Force (Ejército del Aire Español: EdAE) has said it is to acquire 15 of the new European medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) remotely piloted air systems (RPASs) being developed by a pan-European consortium. Planned for entry into service in the mid-2020s, the MALE RPAS

  • Airshow China 2018: Wing Loong II armed reconnaissance UAV enters PLAAF service

    The People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) revealed at the Airshow China 2018 exhibition on 6–11 November in Zhuhai, Guangdong Province, that it has acquired the Aviation Industry Corporation of China’s (AVIC’s) armed reconnaissance Wing Loong II medium-altitude,

  • Equatorial Guinea receives two passenger-configured Mi-17 helos

    Equatorial Guinea has received two new Mil Mi-17 ‘Hip’ transport helicopters from Russia, one of which has been delivered in a VIP configuration with the other being in a standard passenger configuration. The two Mi-172-variant helicopters were delivered directly to the government of

  • Flight trials begin for Philippine Lynx Wildcats

    Leonardo has begun flight trials at its Yeovil production facility in southern England on the first of two AgustaWestland AW159 Lynx Wildcat maritime helicopters destined for the Philippines. The start of the trials, which was announced by the Philippine Department of National Defense (DND) on 6

  • Airshow China 2018: CASC reveals stealth UCAV development

    China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) used Airshow China 2018, held in Zhuhai from 6–11 November, to announce it is developing a turbofan-powered high-altitude unmanned combat air vehicle (UCAV) called the Cai Hong 7 (Rainbow 7, or CH-7). Under development by the China

  • Airshow China 2018: CASIC unveils WJ-700 armed reconnaissance UAV

    China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation (CASIC) has unveiled a full-sized model of its new WJ-700 medium-/high-altitude long-endurance (MALE/HALE) armed reconnaissance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) at Airshow China 2018 in Zhuhai. Under development by CASIC’s UAV Technology Institute

  • USN taps Textron Systems Aerosonde SUAS for long-term deployed ISR

    The US Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) is set to deploy Textron System’s Aerosonde small unmanned aircraft system (SUAS) for additional sea-based intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) operations. The Aerosonde is slated to be loaded later this year aboard the Expeditionary

  • DARPA, Sikorsky demonstrate optionally manned aircraft

    US Army pilots shared flight operations of a modified Sikorsky S-76B helicopter fitted with the company’s MATRIX autonomous software and hardware, during a series of demonstrations at Fort Eustis, Virginia, in October. In the coming months, Sikorsky intends to fly a UH-60 Black Hawk

  • US seeks to sustain Taiwanese F-5s alongside upgraded F-16s

    The US is sourcing spare parts to sustain Taiwan’s ageing fleet of Northrop Grumman F-5 Tiger II fighter aircraft alongside the upgraded Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcons that the Asian nation has begun to receive. In a sources sought solicitation issued on 1 November, the US Air Force

  • Cypriot Mi-35P helicopters grounded

    Cyprus’s 11 Mi-35P attack helicopters have been grounded, local media reported in late October. The helicopters did not fly during Cyprus Independence Day on 1 October. On 24 October, the SigmaLive news website published a statement by Cypriot National Guard Deputy Chief of Staff Brigadier

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