• USAF axes planned light attack combat demo

    The US Air Force (USAF) has decided against holding a real-world demonstration as part of its light attack aircraft experiment. The service had previously said it would take a number of the light strike aircraft that were participating in what was previously referred to as OA-X to an undisclosed

  • Paramount upgrading Middle Eastern EC635 helos with modular FLASH weapon system

    South African company Paramount Group is fitting its Flexible Light Armed System for Helicopters (FLASH) onto Airbus Helicopters EC635 (H135M) platforms ahead of delivery to an undisclosed Middle Eastern customer. Speaking at the IQPC International Military Helicopter conference in London on 31

  • CHF sets out Merlin aerial refuelling ambitions

    The UK Commando Helicopter Force (CHF) has a requirement and a desire to reconstitute the latent air-to-air refuelling (AAR) capability of its AgustaWestland Merlin HC4/4A troop transport and assault helicopters, but currently lacks to funds to do so, a senior service official told Jane’s on 1

  • US Navy awards Bell-Boeing USD70 million contract for CC-RAM MV-22 work

    The US Navy (USN) on 30 January awarded Bell-Boeing JPO a contract modification worth nearly USD70 million to upgrade three MV-22 aircraft from the Block B to Block C configuration in support of the V-22 Common Configuration-Readiness and Modernization (CC-RAM) effort, according to a Pentagon

  • Argentine Air Force working to get its Fightinghawks flying again

    Commodore Fernando Rubio, head of Air Force Brigade V, said on 26 January that he would work towards recovering McDonnell Douglas A-4R Fightinghawk aircraft for service, although it is unclear if funding exists to return the type to service. Two years ago Argentina’s Fightinghawks were

  • Leonardo reveals new ‘weapons-wing’ for Lynx Wildcat

    Leonardo has revealed a new weapons-carriage wing for the AW159 Lynx Wildcat helicopter to be used by the Royal Navy (RN). The new stub-wing to replace the current pylons fitted to the RN’s 28 Lynx Wildcat HMA2 maritime helicopters was shown for the first time at the IQPC Military Helicopter

  • US Coast Guard evaluating ScanEagle ocean surface anomaly detector payload

    The US Coast Guard (USCG) is assessing and evaluating a payload on its fleet of Insitu ScanEagle tactical unmanned aerial systems (UASs) that takes photos of the ocean surface, checks for anomalies, and alerts the aircraft’s operator for further investigation, according to a key official.

  • Pakistan evaluating new attack helicopter options

    The Pakistan Army is looking at procuring a new attack helicopter type to enhance its current capabilities as part of a wider modernisation of its rotary-winged assault capabilities. Speaking at the IQPC Military Helicopter conference in London, the commander of Pakistan Army Aviation, Major

  • Belgium eyes Predator B derivative for MALE UAS requirement

    The Belgian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has decided upon which aircraft it would like to fill the Air Component’s medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aircraft system (UAS) requirement, Jane’s has learned, and according to sources this will be a derivative of General Atomics

  • Ecuadorian Army gets first new H125 helicopter

    On 22 January the Ecuadorian Army commissioned a single Airbus Helicopters H125 light utility helicopter, the first of two such aircraft that Ecuadorian Army Aviation is to receive. The aircraft are being provided under an insurance compensation scheme, signed with Airbus Helicopters in November

  • India issues RFI for aerial refuelling aircraft for third time

    India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has invited responses by 30 March from three overseas manufacturers regarding the supply of six aerial refuelling aircraft for the Indian Air Force (IAF) after two earlier attempts to acquire the platforms were scrapped. In a request for information (RFI)

  • Jordan completes Black Hawk deliveries

    The Royal Jordanian Air Force (RJAF) has received into service its final batch of new Sikorsky S-70 Black Hawk helicopters, the US Embassy in Amman announced on 28 January. Delivery of the final UH-60M-standard platforms aboard a US Air Force (USAF) Boeing C-17 Globemaster III strategic airlifter

  • Boeing continues T-45 SLEP effort with Phase 2 contract

    Boeing has been contracted to undertake the second phase of service-life extension programme (SLEP) of the US Navy’s (USN’s) fleet of T-45 Goshawk jet trainer aircraft, it was announced in late January. The original equipment manufacturer (OEM) has been awarded USD12.6 million by the

  • Hürkus-B trainer for Turkey makes maiden flight

    The Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) Hürkus-B turboprop trainer aircraft made its maiden flight on 30 January. The twin-seat aircraft, which is already earmarked to enter service with the Turkish Air Force, performed the milestone out of TAI’s production facility near Ankara. As noted

  • China’s AVIC aims to roll out Wing Loong I-D in 2018

    State-owned aerospace and defence prime Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) will expand its Wing Loong family of strike-capable reconnaissance medium-altitude long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicles (MALE UAVs) with the Wing Loong I-D platform, state news agencies reported on 25 January.

  • Italian MoD takes delivery of first non-US built F-35B

    The first Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) to be built outside of the United States was handed over to the Italian Ministry of Defence (MoD) on 25 January, it has been announced. The short take-off and vertical landing (STOVL) fighter was assembled at the Final Assembly

  • RAF to scrap twin-seat Typhoons

    The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) is to scrap 16 UK Eurofighter Typhoons as part of a project to save GBP800 million (USD1.13 billion) on the running cost of the service's combat aircraft fleet. The plans to dismantle the aircraft and harvest spare parts for use on the remainder of the Typhoon fleet

  • RAAF Growler damaged by fire on take-off

    A Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing EA-18G Growler electronic attack (EA) aircraft caught fire and suffered serious damage during an aborted take-off from Nellis Air Force Base (AFB) in the United States on 27 January. The twin-seat Super Hornet-derivative aircraft suffered an undisclosed

  • Russia marks maiden flight of Il-78M-90A tanker

    The maiden flight of the new Ilyushin Il-78M-90A aerial refuelling tanker for the Russian Aerospace Forces (VKS) took place on 25 January. The 35-minute flight took place out of the Aviastar-SP production facility located in Ulyanovsk, approximately 600 km east of Moscow. The Il-78M-90A

  • Netherlands to host NATO MRTT unit

    A NATO Airbus A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) has landed for the first time at its future base in the Netherlands, the Dutch Ministry of Defence (MoD) has reported. The aircraft landed in Eindhoven on 23 January and left the next day, the ministry said on its website. Four of the aircraft

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