• Uruguay opens tender to procure a second-hand Bell 206 Jet Ranger

    The Uruguay Navy recently opened an international tender to acquire a second-hand Bell 206 Jet Ranger or its military variant, the OH-58 Kiowa. The navy is looking for a helicopter with at least 500 remaining flying hours on its principal components including the engine, transmission gear, main

  • Australia, New Zealand to deploy MPAs to monitor North Korean vessels

    The governments of Australia and New Zealand announced on 7 September that they will deploy maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) to Japan to monitor North Korean vessels suspected of transferring goods banned by UN Security Council (UNSC) resolutions. Canberra will deploy two AP-3C Orion MPAs “to

  • Zambian Hermes 450 UAV spotted

    The Zambian Air Force (ZAF) is operating at least one Elbit Systems Hermes 450 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), a photograph released on an internet forum has confirmed. The photograph showed the Hermes 450 inside a hangar and clearly marked with both the Zambian flag and the ZAF roundel. The UAV had

  • Afghanistan receives first recently ordered MD 530F helos

    Afghanistan has received the first five of 30 new MD Helicopters Inc (MDHI) MD 530F Cayuse Warrior light attack and reconnaissance rotorcraft that were ordered 12 months ago, the manufacturer announced on 11 September. The helicopters, which are part of a wider US Department of Defense (DoD) order

  • Spain gives green light for further helicopter orders

    The Spanish government gave the go ahead on 7 September for the procurement of a second tranche of Airbus Helicopters NH90s and the modernisation of the army’s Chinook CH-47D heavy transport fleet. The long-awaited green light for the two programmes came after the new Socialist Partido

  • Japan cleared to buy more Advanced Hawkeyes

    Japan has been cleared to buy a further nine Northrop Grumman E-2D Advanced Hawkeye airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft to augment the four already ordered. The US State Department approval, announced on 10 September, covers the aircraft and systems, as well as training,

  • US Army issues specifications for small VTOL UAV

    The US Army has released required performance specifications for a small vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that it wishes to procure under the Short-Range Reconnaissance (SRR) programme. The specifications, released to industry on 10 September, are based on evolving

  • IAF carries out first-ever aerial refuelling of Tejas LCA

    The Indian Air Force (IAF) carried out its first-ever mid-air refuelling of the indigenously developed Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Mk 1 on 4 September. The modified LCA, which had taken off from Maharajpur Air Force Base (AFB) in Gwalior, “carried out a series of test profiles”,

  • Indian MoD issues follow-on RFP for 200 Ka-226T helicopter

    India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has issued a follow-on request for proposal (RFP) to the India-Russia Helicopters Limited Company for 200 Kamov Ka-226T ‘Hoodlum’ light multirole helicopters that are to be acquired for the Army Aviation Corps (AAC) and the Indian Air Force (IAF)

  • Maiden flight for Turkish T625 helo

    The T625 medium-lift multirole helicopter developed indigenously by Turkey made its maiden flight on 6 September, Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) announced. The twin-engined helicopter flew for 20 minutes at TAI’s Ankara facility in the Turkish capital, during which an initial assessment

  • NAVAIR receives modified G550 ahead of range support telemetry installation

    The US Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) has taken delivery of a modified Gulfstream G550 business jet that will now be further customised by Raytheon to serve as a telemetry range support aircraft (TRSA) on the Point Mugu Sea Range off California. Accepted on 30 July by NAVAIR’s Tactical

  • KC-46 achieves US FAA certification

    Key Points Boeing achieved US FAA certification for its KC-46 aerial refuelling tanker The certification is a key milestone as the company works towards first delivery in October Boeing on 4 September achieved a key milestone in the KC-46 Pegasus aerial refuelling tanker programme when the US

  • China begins series-producing FTC-2000G aircraft

    China’s Guizhou Aviation Industries Corporation (GAIC) has begun series-producing the locally developed FTC-2000G advanced jet trainer (AJT)/light attack aircraft to meet the demand from the international market, according to a 5 September report by the state-owned Xinhua news agency. The

  • India issues RFI for 75 mini remotely piloted aircraft systems

    India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has invited responses by 26 November to a recently issued request for information (RFI) regarding the import of 75 high-altitude mini remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPASs) for the Indian Army (IA). Released on 31 August, the RFI requires that the unmanned

  • Kenya receives Fennec helicopters

    The Kenya Air Force (KAF) has taken delivery of at least four Airbus H125M (formerly designated the AS550) Fennec helicopters, according to photographs released on social media. Margot Kiser, the journalist who published the photographs, reported that eight former United Arab Emirates (UAE) Fennec

  • Poland to conduct Baltic air policing with F-16s because of MiG-29 grounding

    Poland’s Ministry of National Defence (MND) has decided to deploy four F-16Cs on NATO’s Baltic Air Policing (BAP) quick reaction alert mission in January 2019 instead of the four MiG-29A fighters originally planned. In May the Polish Air Force decided to send four MiG-29s and personnel

  • Saudi AH-6i crashes during training sortie

    A Boeing AH-6i light attack and reconnaissance helicopter operated by the Saudi Arabian National Guard (SANG) crashed on 6 September, killing one of the two crew members and injuring the other. The incident, which was confirmed by the SANG shortly after, saw the ‘Little Bird’-variant

  • US extends Super Tucano procurement contract for Afghanistan

    The US Department of Defense (DoD) has extended the indefinite-delivery/indefinite quantity (ID/IQ) contract it has in place with Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) to deliver SNC-Embraer A-29 Super Tucano light attack turboprop aircraft to Afghanistan. The DoD announced on 4 September that it is

  • France receives first two Pilatus PC-21 training aircraft

    The French Air Force (FAF) has received its first two PC-21 training aircraft, the Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA), France's defence procurement agency, announced on 31 August. The advanced trainers arrived at the FAF's fighter training school in Cognac on 30 August for

  • Chilean Air Force receives MH-60M Black Hawks

    The first three of six Sikorsky/PZL Mielec MH-60M (S-70i) Black Hawk helicopters on order for the Chilean Air Force were rolled out on 30 August at a ceremony at the 2nd Air Brigade facilities in Santiago. The helicopters arrived on 22 July and performed several certification and training flights

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