• Rafale seen with UAV kill marking

    A marking has been spotted on a French Rafale fighter indicating it has shot down an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The Rafale, which had the UAV stencilled next to bomb markings symbolising ground attack missions it has performed, was seen in a photograph released by the French Ministry of Armed

  • Six percent of US Air Force C-130 fleet remains out of service due to rainbow-fitting inspections

    Approximately 6% of the US Air Force’s (USAF’s) Lockheed Martin C-130 Hercules medium transport/multirole aircraft fleet remains out of service as the air force continues its rainbow-fitting inspections.The USAF announced on 7 August that 123 of 450 aircraft were temporarily removed from service after atypical cracks were found on the lower centre wing joint, or rainbow fitting, during programmed depot maintenance.

  • TADTE 2019: Taiwan’s NCSIST unveils new MALE-class UAV development

    Taiwan’s primary defence research and development agency has unveiled a prototype of a medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) at the 2019 Taipei Aerospace & Defense Technology Exhibition (TADTE), which is being held from 15 to 17 August. A full-scale mock-up

  • Turkey, US making progress on Syrian ‘safe zone’

    Turkey and the United States are in the process of implementing their agreement to establish a Joint Operations Centre (JOC) in Sanliurfa to co-ordinate a ‘safe zone’ along the border in northeast Syria, the Turkish Ministry of Defence (MSB) said on 16 August. The announcement

  • TADTE 2019: NCSIST unveils Fire Cardinal mini-UAV

    Taiwan’s National Chung Shan Institute of Science and Technology (NCSIST) has unveiled a new entry to its Hong Que (Cardinal) family of tactical mini-unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) at the 2019 Taipei Aerospace & Defense Technology Exhibition (TADTE), which is being held in Taipei from 15

  • Israeli corvette upgraded with ALPHA radar

    At least one of the Israeli Navy’s three Saar-5 corvettes now has the new IAI-Elta ELM-2258 Advanced Lightweight Phased Array (ALPHA) radar, images emerging from the multinational Exercise ‘Mighty Waves’ have shown. The ALPHA is a multi-function active electronically scanned array

  • TADTE 2019: Taiwan advances Mobile Mortar System development

    The Taiwanese Ministry of National Defense’s (MND’s) Materiel Production Center (MPC) took the opportunity at the 2019 Taipei Aerospace & Defense Technology Exhibition (TADTE), which is being held in Taipei from 15 to 17 August, to unveil an updated version of the 81/120 mm Mobile

  • TADTE 2019: Taiwan displays its latest weapon systems

    Key Points Taiwan’s TADTE defence exhibition saw a number of new systems put on display Apart from developing its own systems, Taiwan is looking to secure more significant procurements of US weapons systems Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense (MND) showcased some of its latest

  • Indonesia receives two more upgraded Su-30s

    The Indonesian Air Force (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Udara: TNI-AU) has taken delivery of two more Su-30 aircraft that underwent upgrades in Belarus. In response to queries from Jane’s , the service’s office of information and public affairs replied that the aircraft,

  • NAVAIR contracts BAE Systems to integrate CV-22 HMD with Forward Defensive Weapon System

    BAE Systems Controls has been contracted by Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) for the software development associated with the integration of Defensive Weapon System (DWS) enhancements with the CV-22 tiltrotor helmet-mounted display (HMD). The DWS, which is also known as AN/AWG-35(V), is a

  • Rafael/Stolero set to complete Aeronautics purchase

    The acquisition of Israeli unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) manufacturer Aeronautics by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems and businessman Avihai Stolero moved closer to completion on 13 August after approval from the government’s socio-economic cabinet. Aeronautics shareholders and the Government

  • USAF F-35As deploy to austere Middle East airbase

    A detachment of US Air Force F-35A Lightnings has carried out the first deployment of the stealth aircraft to a temporary operating site in the Middle East, US Air Forces Central Command (AFCENT) announced on 12 August. It said the F-35As from the 4th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron (EFS) and

  • Australian special forces to receive additional funding

    Australia’s special forces are to receive additional funding of AUD500 million (USD335 million) over the next four years as part of a 20-year, AUD3 billion programme to boost their deployability and ensure their continuing access to cutting-edge technology. Announcing the first stage of

  • Russian Air Force commander details trials of new aircraft

    The Russian Air Force (VVS), an integral part of the Aerospace Forces (VKS), will activate several new aircraft in the coming years, VVS commander Lt Gen Sergey Dronov told the Ministry of Defence’s official newspaper, Krasnaya Zvezda, on 12 August. In the interview marking VVS Day, Lt Gen

  • Upgraded JH-7 fighter-bomber in service with PLAAF

    A new variant of the Xian JH-7 fighter-bomber is in service with the China People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF), according to a 5 August report by the state-owned Xinhua News Agency about the Aviadarts 2019 competition of the International Army Games (IAG) being held from 3 to 17 August.

  • Russia builds new island helicopter base in Gulf of Finland

    Russian engineers have built a new helicopter base on Moscow's most westerly Baltic island, Gogland, in the Gulf of Finland, TV Zvezda military news and other Russian media quoted the Western Military District (WMD) press service as saying on 7 August. The facility consists of five helipads, a

  • Slovak Air Force seeks training aircraft

    The Slovak Air Force (SAF) is drawing up its requirements for a new modern trainer as it prepares for the arrival of 14 F-16 Block 70 aircraft. The USD1.6 billion F-16 contract is the biggest in SAF history, with the first jets arriving in Slovakia during the second quarter of 2023. Under the deal,

  • UK pursues low-cost unmanned combat aircraft

    Industry teams led by Blue Bear Systems Research, Boeing Defence UK, and Callen-Lenz have been awarded contracts by the UK Royal Air Force (RAF) Rapid Capabilities Office (RCO) to complete the preliminary design of a low-cost unmanned combat aircraft that can operate alongside manned fast jets as

  • US Air Force expects increased modelling, simulation with NGAD

    Key Points A US Air Force official expects more modelling and simulation work with its Next Generation Air Dominance effort. This would enable the service to rapidly experiment with new concepts or technologies and to spend less time and money building and testing physical models. An increased

  • BAE Systems exploits synergies between Typhoon and Tempest

    Key Points Technology insertions in the Typhoon programme are setting out a path to the kind of capabilities that could be used by a future Tempest next-generation aircraft Similarly, some future production technologies that will play into Tempest are already being exploited by the Typhoon

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