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  • Spanish Hornet lost in crash

    The Spanish Air Force suffered its second fatal aircraft accident in five days on 17 October when a Boeing EF-18 Hornet crashed while taking off from Torrejón de Ardoz Air Base east of Madrid. The pilot, from Ala ('Wing') 12, failed to eject and died when the aircraft crashed within the

  • ADEX 2017: F-35 makes South Korean show debut

    The Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) made its debut appearance at this year’s Seoul International Aerospace and Defence Exhibition (ADEX), giving South Korea a sneak-preview of its future fighter while providing a timely warning to Pyongyang on US regional

  • ADEX 2017: Korean Air progresses development of unmanned Little Bird

    Korean Air Aerospace Division (KAL-ASD) has progressed development of an unmanned version of the MD 500 Little Bird light-attack and observation helicopter, with a prototype being showcased at the Seoul International Aerospace and Defence Exhibition (ADEX) 2017. An optionally piloted prototype of

  • ADEX 2017: Boeing’s Poseidon takes centre-stage following MSA’s axing

    Boeing is focusing all of its maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) attentions at this year’s International Aerospace and Defence Exhibition (ADEX) in Seoul on its P-8A Poseidon maritime multimission aircraft (MMA), following the company decision earlier this year to axe its smaller Maritime

  • Belgian UAV crashes in Portugal

    A Belgian unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) crashed near Portugal’s Beja air base on 10 October, Portuguese media have reported. The Belgian Ministry of Defence (MoD) told Jane’s the B-Hunter UAV made a forced landing. “On the evening of 10 October, the B-Hunter made a precautionary

  • Image suggests DART-450 turboprop is possible candidate for new PLAAF basic trainer

    The Diamond Aircraft Industries DART-450 tandem turboprop-powered trainer has emerged as a possible candidate for a new People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) basic training aircraft, according to information provided by Chinese reporter Wu Jie. The journalist posted a photograph on his

  • Indonesian Navy commissions two AS 565 MBe helicopters, VIP transport aircraft

    The Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia-Angkatan Laut: TNI-AL) has commissioned its first two new AS565 MBe Panther helicopters and a Beechcraft King Air 350i transport aircraft. The assets were inducted on 13 October at an airbase in Juanda, Surabaya in a commissioning ceremony presided

  • Brazilian Navy up-arms Seahawk helicopter

    The Brazilian Navy’s HS-1 ‘Guerreiro’ squadron has recently armed its SH-16 Seahawk (local designation for Sikorsky S-70B) helicopter with a light door pintle weapon system. The weapon mount from an unidentified origin is armed with the FN Herstal MAG 58M 7.62x51 mm machine gun

  • Tengoen’s TB001 armed reconnaissance UAV makes first flight

    China's TB001 ‘Twin-tailed Scorpion’ armed reconnaissance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) has made its maiden flight, according to a report by the Xinhua News Agency. The 10 m-long platform took to the skies at an airport in southwestern China on 26 September just a few days after being

  • Arms and Security 2017: Ukrainian Armor unveils combat UAV system

    At the 2017 Arms and Security Exhibition in Kiev, the Deputy Director of Ukrainian Armor, Dmytro Polyakov, explained the company's new combat unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) concept. This uses four UAVs controlled from Varta 4×4 vehicles to attack enemy positions. The Varta platform was designed

  • Spanish Eurofighter crashes, pilot killed

    A Spanish Air Force Eurofighter Typhoon crashed near its base on 12 October, shortly after taking part in a military flypast over Madrid, killing the pilot. The Typhoon belonged to 14 Wing located at Los Llanos, near Albacete. Witnesses reported seeing the plane make a ‘strange turn’,

  • AUSA 2017: Army begins next phase of UAS for casualty evacuation study

    Key Points Army set to conduct comparative research on DP-14 UAS and UH-60 Black Hawk In 2019 TATRC will begin research on autonomous medical systems The US Army’s Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC) and Dragonfly Picture (DPI) are using the company’s tandem

  • Scaled Composites flies new Model 401 prototype

    Scaled Composites flew its Model 401 experimental prototype aircraft for the first time on 11 October, the company announced on the same day. The single-seat single-engined aircraft is one of two that have been built by the Northrop Grumman-subsidiary to demonstrate advanced, low-cost manufacturing

  • AUSA 2017: AeroVironment upgrades Puma for heavier payloads

    AeroVironment has undertaken a number of upgrades to its Puma and Raven unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), including strengthening the Puma’s airframe, updating the data link, adding new avionics, and integrating a new infrared (IR) sensor. Puma, which will now be designated the Puma 3 AE , has

  • AUSA 2017: Bell V-280 Valor prototype tests at full rotor power

    Bell Helicopter’s V-280 Valor tiltrotor prototype has run at full RPMs, and the company is now readying its aircraft for its first flight scheduled for later this year, said Carl Coffman, company director of business development for Advanced Tiltrotor Systems. The V-280 prototype aircraft has

  • Safran Helicopter Engines reveals new engine family for rotorcraft

    Safran Helicopter Engines has unveiled a new family of powerplants for military and commercial rotorcraft covering the 2,500 to over 3,000 shp power range. The Aneto high power engine family was launched in early October and is said by the French-based company to feature

  • RUAG Aviation to provide two more Dornier 228 aircraft for BN

    RUAG Aviation has signed a contract for the sale of two more Dornier 228 twin-turboprop aircraft to the Bangladesh Navy (BN), the Switzerland-based company announced in an 11 October statement. The new production aircraft will add to the two Dornier 228 NG maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) already in

  • RAF increases F-35 risk rating

    The United Kingdom has increased its risk rating of the Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter because of delays in delivering representative simulators to the Royal Air Force (RAF). Details of the issues with the United Kingdom’s F-35 simulators were revealed in a

  • AUSA 2017: US Navy buys more unmanned Blackwing systems

    The US Navy (USN) has awarded AeroVironment a USD2.5 million contract for additional multiple Blackwing unmanned aircraft, sensor payloads, and refurbishment kits, the company announced on 9 October. The initial set of vehicles is anticipated for delivery by May 2018, and final delivery is

  • First Lebanese Super Tucanos arrive

    The Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) announced the delivery of its first two Embraer EMB 313/A-29 Super Tucano light-attack and reconnaissance aircraft on 9 October, saying the aircraft had landed at Hamat Air Base north of Beirut. Another four are scheduled to arrive before the end of 2018. It was

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