HEADLINES

  • Poland exercises option for four more M-346 jet trainers, to upgrade existing fleet

    Poland has signed for four more Alenia M-346 Master advanced jet trainers and is upgrading the 12 already received. The procurement and upgrade contract, announced by the manufacturer on 14 December, is valued at EUR130 million (USD147 million) and is scheduled to be complete by the end of 2022.

  • Raytheon demonstrates X-Net autonomous radio communications system

    Raytheon in August demonstrated its X-Net radio communications system, which autonomously and instantly selects the optimal radio frequency to provide continuous communications. Barbara Borgonovi, Raytheon vice president of integrated communications systems, told Jane’s on 10 December that

  • Russia upgrades Naval Aviation

    The Russian Navy’s (VMF’s) Naval Aviation is upgrading its fleet of fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft, the service’s commander, Major General Igor Kozhin, told Russian media on 10 December. “The Ka-27 anti-submarine warfare helicopters are being replaced by the Ka-27M, and the

  • Sikorsky-Boeing team delays Defiant first flight

    Key Points Sikorsky and Boeing delayed their Defiant rotorcraft first flight until early 2019 Undisclosed issues arose during PSTB testing The Sikorsky-Boeing team developing the SB>1 Defiant compound helicopter delayed the aircraft’s first flight from late 2018 until early 2019 due to

  • Slovakia signs for F-16V fighters

    The Slovak government has signed a EUR1.6 billion (USD1.8 billion) procurement contract with the US Department of Defense (DoD) for 14 Lockheed Martin F-16V Block 70/72 Fighting Falcon multirole combat aircraft. “The Slovak Republic officially signed documents on the basis of which it will

  • France completes Phénix order with three additional aircraft

    France has ordered a further three Airbus Defence and Space (DS) A330-200 Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft, bringing its total procurement to 12. The addition of the extra Phénix platforms, announced by Airbus on 13 December, fuflils the French Air Force’s (Armée de

  • Germany to replace SAR ‘Hueys’ with H145s

    The German Army is to replace its ageing Bell UH-1D ‘Huey’ search-and-rescue (SAR) helicopters with new Airbus Helicopters H145 platforms to be delivered in 2020. The Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology, and In-Service Support (BAAINWBw) has ordered seven

  • European MALE RPAS completes design definition phase

    Airbus and its partners have completed the design definition phase of the European medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) remotely piloted air system (RPAS), with the announcement of the successful conclusion of the preliminary design review (PDR) on 13 December. The PDR, which was passed on 22

  • Leonardo solves overheating issue with internal F-35 training system

    Leonardo solved an overheating issue with its miniaturised P5 Combat Training System (CTS) internal subsystem on the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) by installing a radiator with the liquid coolant down the middle. Chris Lettiere, Leonardo’s vice-president for

  • Panama receives King Air 350 aircraft

    Panama’s National Naval-Air Service (Servicio Nacional Aeronaval: SENAN) has received a new Beechcraft King Air 350 aircraft, the service announced on 7 December. The country’s Ministry of Security reported that the platform cost USD9.5 million and was financed with the funds retrieved

  • UK continues tactical development of A400M with further beach trials

    The UK continues to roll out the tactical capabilities of the Airbus Defence and Space (DS) A400M Atlas transport aircraft, with a recent series of beach trials. The tests, announced by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) on 12 December, involved aircraft and personnel from Royal Air Force’s

  • NHIndustries and NAHEMA agree through-life support for NH90 helo

    NHIndustries and the NATO Helicopter Design and Development, Production and Logistics Management Agency (NAHEMA) have agreed a through-life support (TLS) contract for the NH90 helicopter that will run for at least five years. The manufacturer of the helicopter and the agency that manages the

  • US seeks parts for Uruguay helos supporting UN mission in DRC

    The US is seeking helicopter parts to sustain Uruguay’s contribution to the United Nation’s (UN) mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The US Army said on 11 December that it is seeking parts to maintain a pair of Bell 212 utility helicopters that the Uruguayan Air

  • Nigerian Air Force to get more AW109 helicopters

    The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) is to receive six Leonardo AW109 helicopters, Nigerian Chief of Air Staff Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar said during a visit to Kano Air Base on 8 December. The delivery timeline for the new aircraft was not provided. AM Abubakar referred to the new helicopters as AW109

  • B-21 bomber passes critical design review

    The developmental Northrop Grumman B-21 Raider bomber passed its critical design review (CDR) in late November, the US Air Force (USAF) announced on 10 December. The CDR, which took place from 28 to 30 November, followed a three-year engineering, manufacturing, and development (EMD) phase and

  • Honduran armed forces receive donated aircraft

    The Honduran Air Force (Fuerza Aérea Hondureña: FAH) has received five aircraft that will be used for security and relief operations in the Central American country, the Ministry of Defence announced on 6 December. The US has donated one Cessna 208B Grand Caravan FX light transport and

  • First F-35As arrive in Australia

    Australia has received its first operational Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) aircraft. The first two aircraft (AU-1 and AU-2) arrived at Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Base Williamtown in New South Wales on 10 December, the Department of Defence (DoD) announced. The

  • F-35 programme starts formal operational testing

    The Pentagon announced on 6 December that the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) programme has started initial operational test and evaluation (IOT&E). IOT&E will measure the effectiveness, suitability, lethality, survivability, and overall mission capability of

  • US Coast Guard commandant wants SUAS capability on future offshore patrol cutters

    Key Points The USCG commandant wants SUAS capability on its future offshore patrol cutters The service plans a programme of record of 25 vessels US Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Karl Schultz wants small unmanned aircraft system (SUAS) capability similar to Insitu’s ScanEagle on the

  • Guatemala receives Grand Caravan from US

    The Guatemalan Air Force (Fuerza Aérea Guatemalteca: FAG) has received one Cessna 208B Grand Caravan EX light transport and liaison aircraft donated by the US, the Guatemalan Ministry of Defence said on 4 November. A senior Guatemalan air force officer told Jane’s during a conference on

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