• India advances import of 22 non-weaponised Guardian UAVs

    India is advancing the import of 22 non-weaponised General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) Guardian unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for the Indian Navy (IN) under the US Foreign Military Sales (FMS) programme. Responding to a question in parliament, India’s Minister of State for

  • France receives first HAP Tiger retrofitted to HAD standard

    France has received back into service the first of its Airbus Helicopters EC665 Tigre/Tiger attack helicopters to be upgraded to the HAD (Hélicoptère d'Appui Destruction) configuration. The milestone, which was announced by the manufacturer on 21 December, saw the French Army receive the

  • Boeing releases image of offering for US Navy’s MQ-25 competition

    Boeing on 19 December released an image of its proposal for the US Navy’s (USN's) MQ-25 Stingray Unmanned Carrier Aviation Air System (UCAAS) competition. Boeing spokesperson Deborah VanNierop on 19 December declined to comment, citing competition sensitivities. However, VanNierop said that,

  • Embraer declares IOC for KC-390

    Embraer has declared that its KC-390 transport/tanker aircraft now has the initial capabilities required for the Brazilian Air Force (Força Aérea Brasileira: FAB) to accept the aircraft into service in 2018. The declaration of initial operating capability (IOC) for the twin-turbofan

  • IAF begins modifying Su-30MKIs for integration with BrahMos-A cruise missiles

    The Indian Air Force (IAF) has begun modifying some 40 Sukhoi Su-30MKI multirole fighters to enable them to carry the BrahMos-A (Air) supersonic cruise missile, and thus boost the aircraft’s long-range precision-strike capabilities. Official sources told Jane’s that the state-owned

  • Luftwaffe Eurofighters gain air-to-ground capability

    Eurofighters of the Luftwaffe’s Taktische Luftwaffengeschwader (Tactical Air Force Squadron, TaktLwG) 31 “Boelcke” in Nörvenich have gained an air-to-ground capability to deliver laser- and GPS-guided Guided Bomb Unit 48 (GBU-48) bombs, the Luftwaffe announced on 18 December.

  • Malaysia discloses line of aircraft shortlisted for maritime patrol requirements

    Key Points The Royal Malaysian Air Force has shortlisted four aircraft types for its maritime patrol requirements Service has been allocated funds for up to four airframes to meet its maritime surveillance, and search-and-rescue requirements The Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) has disclosed a

  • MAF’s newly inducted aircraft to boost service’s COIN capabilities

    As part of a wide-ranging modernisation programme the Myanmar Air Force (MAF) commissioned 10 new aircraft on 15 December. Comprising both turbo-fan and turbo-prop transport aircraft as well as advanced jet-trainer/ground attack platforms, the latest acquisitions reflect the growing role played by

  • Polish MiG-29 jet fighter crashes

    On 18 December at 17:15 CET, a Polish Air Force MiG-29A jet fighter from the 23 Tactical Air Base crashed near Marysin village around 13 km from Minsk Mazowiecki airfield. Despite not ejecting, the pilot survived the crash and was found in the wreck and evacuated with only minor injuries. It was

  • UK declares Airseekers to be fully operational

    The United Kingdom has declared its fleet of three L3 Technologies RC-135V/W Airseeker (Rivet Joint) intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft to be fully operational following the completion of deliveries earlier this year. The declaration of full operating capability (FOC) for

  • Bell Helicopter’s V-280 makes first flight

    Bell Helicopter’s V-280 Valor multimission tiltrotor aircraft made its first flight, the company announced on 18 December. The company provided view details in its press release and did not respond to requests for comment. The V-280 is part of the US Army’s Joint Multi-Role Technology

  • IAF retires the last of its Mi-8 helicopters

    The Indian Air Force (IAF) retired the last of its Soviet-era Mil Mi-8 ‘Hip’ medium-lift helicopters during a ceremony held at Yelahanka Air Force Station in Bangalore on 17 December. Between 1972 and 1988, the IAF had inducted 10 Mi-8 squadrons that constituted the operational backbone

  • BAE Systems wins Limited Interim Missile Warning Systems QRC contract

    The US Army has selected BAE Systems Information and Electronic Systems to deliver an ‘interim’ mid-wave infrared missile warning system to equip UH-60M helicopters. Awarded by the US Army Contracting Command on 15 December, the USD24.4 million contract for the Limited Interim Missile

  • TAI releases technical specifications for TF-X

    Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) has given the technical specifications of its Turkish Fighter (TF) project, also known as TF-X. The TF-X is being designed and developed in Turkey, with support from BAE Systems, to replace Turkish Air Force (TuAF) F-16s, which will gradually reach the end of

  • USMC, ONR conduct final autonomously operated UH-1 demonstration

    The US Marine Corps (USMC) and Office of Naval Research (ONR) capped off its Autonomous Aerial Cargo/Utility System (AACUS) programme demonstration on 13 December by autonomously operating a UH-1 “Huey” helicopter in a series of mission scenarios at USMC base in Quantico, Virginia.

  • Russia overhauls Hungarian Mi-24s

    Russia is overhauling the Hungarian Air Force’s (HunAF’s) 12 Mi-24D attack helicopters under an agreement signed with Hungary on 31 October. In mid-November, a Russian An-124 transport aircraft took off from Kecskemet Air Base to St Petersburg with an unspecified number of Mi-24s on

  • Final ex-USAF F-16s set to be delivered to Indonesia

    Indonesia is to shortly receive into service the last six surplus Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon combat aircraft acquired from the US Air Force (USAF), the service announced on 6 December. The single-seat F-16C Block 25 aircraft were the last of 24 F-16C/D Block 25 aircraft that have been

  • US Navy sends deep-water team to search for C2-A aircraft

    The US Navy (USN) will deploy a team of deep-water salvage experts to search for the C-2A Greyhound carrier onboard delivery (COD) aircraft that crashed in the Philippine Sea on the way to aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan on 22 November, USN officials said in a statement. While the

  • Brazil hopes to buy, commission UK’s HMS Ocean by June 2018

    The Brazilian Navy is seeking to commission the UK Royal Navy’s HMS Ocean landing platform helicopter (LPH) by June 2018, the navy told Jane’s on 6 December. The navy is authorised to negotiate with the United Kingdom towards a GBP84.6 million (USD113 million) procurement. Prior to

  • Queen Elizabeth commissioned as Royal Navy's new flagship

    The first of the UK’s two new aircraft carriers, Queen Elizabeth , has been commissioned into the Royal Navy (RN) as its new flagship at a ceremony held at HM Naval Base Portsmouth. The ceremony on 7 December was attended by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Her Royal Highness Princess Anne, UK

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