• Update: US Air Mobility Command chief seeks improved mobility through space

    Key Points A USAF officer wants to leverage new space capabilities to improve equipment mobility The goal is to decrease the time and cost of moving Pentagon equipment around the world The US Air Force’s (USAF’s) top mobility officer is seeking ideas from industry on how to best use

  • USMC takes delivery of first GaN G/ATOR

    Northrop Grumman has delivered the first US Marine Corps (USMC) AN/TPS-80 Ground/Air Task Oriented Radar (G/ATOR) fitted with gallium nitride (GaN) radar technology. The delivery of the latest variant of G/ATOR, marks the transition from gallium arsenide (GaAs) transmit and receive (T/R) modules to

  • Boeing begins building F-15QAs for Qatar

    Boeing has begun production of the first of 36 F-15QA (Qatar Advanced) Eagle combat aircraft that were signed for in December 2017. The Qatari Ministry of Defence (MoD) disclosed the launch of production in a Tweet posted on 3 August that showed senior government ministers touring the line in St

  • V-Bat UAS gets Persistent Systems’ MPU5 MANET radio

    MartinUAV’s V-Bat unmanned aerial system (UAS) will be fitted with Persistent Systems’ MPU5 radio to transmit data and control the system. The autonomous V-Bat, a long-endurance vertical takeoff and landing UAS, will use the MPU5 Wave Relay Mobile Ad Hoc Network (MANET) technology to

  • Luftwaffe activates A400M medevac aircraft

    The Luftwaffe has placed its first A400M in intensive care aeromedical evacuation (ICAE) configuration on 12-hour standby starting on 1 August. The aircraft was flown from its home base of Wünstorf to Berlin-Tegel on 31 July to be presented to the Secretary of State for Armaments in

  • US Army discloses timelines for Block 3 Chinook

    Boeing is to begin development of a Block 3-standard Boeing CH/MH-47 Chinook transport and assault helicopter toward the end of the 2020s, ahead of fielding by the US Army in the late 2030s/early 2040s. The timeline was disclosed by the army’s MH-47G programme manager, Lieutenant Colonel

  • Airbus shows off H145M HForce in push for further sales

    Airbus Helicopters is capitalising on the recent export success of its H145M HForce to Hungary with a series of in-country customer and prospective customer demonstrations of the battlefield rotorcraft and modular weapons system combination. Speaking to reporters in Hungary on 27 July, senior

  • IRGC reactivates and upgrades Su-22 strike jets

    Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) announced on 25 July that it had reactivated and upgraded 10 Sukhoi Su-22 aircraft. Iranian media outlets reported that IRGC commander Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari and IRGC Aerospace Force commander Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh had

  • China’s AVIC reveals solar-electric UAV development

    The Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) is pursuing a solar-electric, long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) development programme called Qi Mingxing (Venus), Chinese aviation news portal CAN News reported in late July. According to the report, AVIC’s First Aircraft Institute

  • Philippine Navy to receive ASW helicopters in March 2019

    The Philippine Navy (PN) will receive two Leonardo AW159 Lynx Wildcat naval helicopters with anti-submarine warfare (ASW) capabilities in March 2019, the state-owned Philippines News Agency (PNA) quoted PN flag-officer-in-command Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad as saying on 23 July. Once commissioned,

  • Boeing uses advanced composites for extra Chinook lift with Block 2 rotor blades

    Key Points Advanced composites help allow Boeing to get extra lift in new Chinook Block 2 blades The extra 1,500 lb helps the aircraft perform better at high altitude Advanced composites and manufacturing techniques allowed Boeing to develop a new rotor blade for its Chinook Block 2 enhancements

  • Boeing begins assembly of second and third Chinook Block 2 EMD aircraft

    Key Points The second and third Chinook Block 2 EMD aircraft are in assembly Assembly is a milestone of the programme and its Block 2 enhancements Boeing is assembling the second and third Chinook Block 2 engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) heavy-lift helicopters and expects them to

  • Chile receives first S-70i helos, prioritises PC-7 upgrade

    Chile has received the first delivery of Sikorsky S-70i Black Hawk medium-lift helicopters that were ordered in 2016. The first three helicopters were delivered to the Chilean Air Force (Fuerza Aérea de Chile: FACh) in late July, having been transported by cargo aircraft from the PZL Mielek

  • Philippines to bolster airborne COIN capabilities with Broncos, potentially Baslers

    The Philippines is to bolster its airborne counterinsurgency (COIN) capabilities with the receipt of four surplus Rockwell OV-10 Bronco ground attack aircraft from the United States, and potentially two BT-67 gunships that are being offered by Basler Turbo Conversions. A US Air Force (USAF) sources

  • Russian MoD details second quarter military equipment deliveries

    Russian Deputy Defence Minister Alexey Krivoruchko has detailed the military equipment accepted by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) during the second quarter of 2018. “Within the prescribed period, the land forces and the airborne troops have accepted 62 new and 70 overhauled main battle tanks

  • US legislation proposes temporarily banning F-35 deliveries to Turkey

    Key Points The National Defense Authorization Act compromise bill would ban F-35 deliveries to Turkey until a report is delivered Congressional opposition is mounting over concerns with Turkey’s intent to buy S-400s US House and Senate lawmakers proposed temporarily banning Lockheed Martin

  • India finalising negotiations for 48 additional Mi-17-V5 helicopters from Russia

    India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) is concluding negotiations with Russia to acquire 48 additional Mi-17-V5 military transport/utility helicopters for USD1.1 billion for the Indian Air Force (IAF) and the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). Official Indian sources told Jane’s on 23 July that

  • Saab to ramp-up Gripen E trials as two new prototypes prepare for flight

    Saab is to introduce two new test platforms as it intensifies the flight trials campaign for its Gripen E combat aircraft. Speaking at the Farnborough International Airshow in mid-July, Saab’s head of Aeronautics, Jonas Hjelm, said that test aircraft 39-9 and 39-10 will join prototype 39-8 as

  • UK selects GECO for CSAT programme

    United Kingdom-based Inzpire announced at the 2018 Farnborough International Airshow that its GECO system has been selected by the UK Ministry of Defence for its rotary-wing cockpit situational awareness tool (CSAT) programme. Jonny Smith, Inzpire’s head of mission systems, told Jane’s

  • US Navy awards OBOGS contract to counter hypoxia for Goshawk pilots

    The US Navy (USN) is to equip its Boeing T-45 Goshawk jet trainer aircraft with a back-up oxygen generation system in a bid to counter physiological effects being experienced by pilots, it was disclosed on 23 July. As the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) of the Hawk-derivative aircraft, Boeing

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