• USMC continues expeditionary roll-out of F-35B with first sloped landings

    The US Marine Corps (USMC) is continuing to develop the tactical operating capabilities of the Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF), with the first sloped-surface landing announced on 22 January. Aircraft and personnel from the F-35 Patuxent River Integrated Test Force

  • Italy receives second CAEW aircraft from Israel

    The Italian Air Force has received its second Conformal Airborne Early Warning (CAEW) aircraft from the Israeli Ministry of Defence and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), the Israeli company announced in a 21 January press release. The CAEW aircraft is a Gulfstream G-550 jet, developed by IAI

  • Bulgarian C-27J fleet grounded after last operational aircraft is damaged

    The Bulgarian Air Force’s (BuAF’s) last operational C-27J Spartan twin-engine transport aircraft was seriously damaged on 19 January at Graf Ignatievo air base, near Plovdiv, Deputy Defence Minister Anatoli Velichkov told bTV television on 20 January. The aircraft’s right wing and

  • India to showcase armed Rudra Mk IV helicopter at Republic Day military parade

    India’s first indigenously designed and manufactured armed helicopter will make its maiden public appearance in a fly-past at the country’s Republic Day military parade in New Delhi on 26 January. Indian Air Force (IAF) officials said the twin-engine Rudra Advanced Light Helicopter

  • Myanmar to acquire six Su-30 multirole fighters from Russia

    Myanmar will procure six Sukhoi Su-30 multirole fighter aircraft from Russia, the government in Moscow announced on 22 January following an agreement reached between the two countries during a recent visit by Russian Defence Minister General Sergei Shoigu to the Southeast Asian country.

  • Russian military to commission new ‘flying hospital’

    Russia’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) plans to acquire a new airmobile hospital to be carried by an Il-76MD transport aircraft, a military representative told the Izvestia newspaper on 15 January. Designated the Il-76MA, the new variant of the transport will have a range of diagnostic, intensive

  • Spain receives first P1EB-standard Typhoons

    Spain has received its first Eurofighter Typhoons to be upgraded with the latest-standard multirole capabilities. The first two aircraft fitted to the Phase 1 Enhancements B Further Work (P1EB FW) configuration were delivered to the Spanish Air Force (Ejército del Aire Español: EdAE) on

  • Brazil to acquire additional SAR-configured C295

    Brazil has exercised an option for an additional Airbus Defence and Space (DS) C295 search and rescue (SAR)-configured aircraft, to add to two that were ordered in 2014. The additional SAR-configured aircraft, which was announced on 22 January, will bring the total number of SAR and

  • Nigerian Air Force commissions second Bell 412

    The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) announced on 19 January that it had commissioned a second Bell 412EP helicopter. The two 412EPs were impounded by the Nigerian Customs Service and handed over to the NAF in January 2017. The Bell 412 was seen with an electro-optical turret mounted under its nose during

  • US military aircraft mishaps in Japan more than doubled in 2017, says report

    Accidents or incidents involving US military aircraft in Japan more than doubled in 2017, despite reports to the contrary from the United States, Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera was quoted by the Kyodo news agency as saying on 22 January. Onodera said the Ministry of Defense (MoD)

  • Orao to overhaul Klimov helicopter engines

    The Or?o JSC engine production and overhaul company in Republika Srpska (RS), one of the two constitutional and legal entities of Bosnia and Herzegovina, will soon become an authorised heavy maintenance facility for Klimov helicopter engines. “Possession of capability to overhaul

  • Martin-Baker pleads guilty over Red Arrows death

    Martin-Baker Aircraft Ltd has admitted to health and safety breaches that led to the death of a UK Royal Air Force (RAF) Red Arrows display pilot in 2011. Answering the charges at Lincoln Crown Court on 22 January, the UK ejector-seat manufacturer pleaded guilty to breaking health and safety laws,

  • Indonesia puts KC-46A Pegasus, Airbus A330 in frame for aerial tanker requirement

    Key Points Indonesia is studying the Boeing KC-46A, and the Airbus A330 MRTT to improve its aerial refuelling capabilities Programme is expected to be the next major logistics aircraft acquisition undertaking after the Airbus A400M The Indonesian Air Force (Tentara Nasional Indonesia –

  • Airbus CN235 crashes in Turkey, killing three

    An Airbus CN235 on a training flight from the 1st Main Jet Base Command in Eskisehir, central Anatolia, crashed on 17 January at a remote location in Isparta province, southern Turkey, killing its two pilots and technician. The Turkish Chief of General Staff’s office gave no information

  • USMC SuperCobras to be sold off to international customers

    The US government is to offer surplus Bell AH-1W SuperCobra attack helicopters to international customers. Former US Marine Corps (USMC) AH-1W helicopters are to be offered to either Foreign Military Sales (FMS) or Direct Commercial Sale (DCS) customers as the attack helicopters are

  • Bundeswehr sees new French C-130J as first step towards Franco-German air transport squadron

    Senior German generals have described the Armée de l’Air's (French Air Force's: AdlA's) new C-130J as the first step towards the establishment of a joint air transport squadron by Germany and France. Lieutenant General Erhard Bühler, who heads the planning team for the joint

  • Bulgaria grounds Su-25s, to be followed by L-39s

    The Bulgarian Air Force’s fleet of Sukhoi Su-25 twin-engine ground attack aircraft ceased operations from Bezmer because of a lack of resources to overhaul them, the aeropress-bg web portal of the Bulgarian aviation magazine AERO reported on 15 January. The last Su-25 flight was conducted on

  • Colombian 'Hip' helo crash kills 10

    A Mil Mi-17 ‘Hip’ transport helicopter operated by the Colombian Army crashed in a remote northern region of the country on 16 January with the loss of all 10 on board, the service has confirmed. The Russian-built rotorcraft was carrying eight military and two civilian personnel when it

  • Belgian NH90 NFH helos out of commission for radar repairs

    Belgium’s fleet of naval variant NHIndustries NH90s has been removed from operations while a problem with the helicopters’ radar system is rectified, the Belgian Ministry of Defence (MoD) confirmed to Jane’s on 16 January. Three of the four NH90 NATO Frigate Helicopters (NFH)

  • France inducts first C-130J airlifter

    The French Air Force (Armée de l’Air: AdlA) officially inducted into service the first of four Lockheed Martin C/KC-130J Hercules transport aircraft on 15 January. The transport variant C-130J-30 was handed over to the Transport Squadron 2/61 ‘Franche-Comté’ based at Air

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