• Chinese company Tengoen unveils several armed UAVs

    Chinese company Tengoen unveiled a series of armed reconnaissance unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) at the 14th China–ASEAN Expo in Nanning from 12 to 15 September, including two fixed-wing and two vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) UAVs. One of the platforms displayed in the southern Chinese

  • Royal Navy outlines plans for RWUAS Phase 2 flight trials on board Type 23 frigate

    The UK Royal Navy (RN) has outlined plans to trial a vertical unmanned aerial system (VUAS) on board a Type 23 frigate in 2018 as part of the UK Rotary-Wing Unmanned Air System Capability Concept Demonstrator (RWUAS CCD) Phase 2 effort. Speaking at the DSEI in London on 12 September, First Sea Lord

  • Serbian MiG-21UM trainers take over QRA from grounded MiG-29s

    The Republic of Serbia Air Force and Air Defence recently grounded its last operational MiG-29 fighters due to a bird ingestion incident, it was revealed during a session of the security and internal affairs committee of Serbia's National Assembly on 12 September. The nation's quick reaction alert

  • Israel shoots down UAV

    The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) fired a Patriot surface-to-air missile at an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that entered the demilitarized zone on the Syrian-Israeli border on 19 September, IDF spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Conricus stated. He said the Iranian-made UAV was operated by

  • New details emerge of Sino-Russian AHL helicopter concept

    Chinese rotary-wing specialist Avicopter, a subsidiary of the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC), unveiled a revised model of its Advanced Heavy Lift (AHL) helicopter concept at the 2017 China Helicopter Exposition, which ran from 14 to 17 September in Tianjin. Compared to the version

  • DSEI 2017: Drone Nest takes to the field

    Estonian unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) specialist Eli Airborne Solutions has deployed its Drone Nest system in the field. Speaking to Jane’s at DSEI 2017 in London, a company representative confirmed that Drone Nest is undergoing operational trials with the Estonian Border Guard. The Drone

  • Saudi fighter crashes in Yemen

    A Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) combat aircraft has crashed during operations over Yemen, killing the pilot, the service announced on 14 September. The undisclosed aircraft type came down in the region of Abyan in southern Yemen due to an unspecified “technical malfunction”, according to

  • DSEI 2017: Saab presents new Gripen Aggressor

    Saab is pitching a dedicated ‘Aggressor’ variant of its Gripen C fighter aircraft for the upcoming UK and US pilot training requirements. Speaking at the DSEI exhibition in London where the new variant of the multirole fighter was unveiled, the head of Gripen sales and marketing,

  • DSEI 2017: Thales touts further Spy'Ranger prospects

    Thales is competing to secure additional sales of its Spy'Ranger small unmanned aircraft system (SUAS), as it looks to add to the units it began delivering to France earlier this year. Speaking at the DSEI exhibition in London, officials said that the electrically powered fixed-wing SUAS was

  • DSEI 2017: BAE Systems launches NAUTIS 5 mine warfare combat system

    BAE Systems launched a fifth-generation version of its NAUTIS mine countermeasures (MCM) command-and-control system at the Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) 2017 conference in London. Dubbed NAUTIS 5, the system incorporates a number of new features, including new and improved

  • DSEI 2017: Mid-2020 is hard backstop date for adopting Mode 5 IFF

    Allied armed forces around the world are scrambling to adopt Mode 5 identification friend or foe (IFF) systems, Hensoldt said at the Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) 2017 defence exhibition. This is because the US National Security Agency will stop generating keys for unsecure

  • DSEI 2017: UK defers Harpoon retirement

    Key Points The RN has deferred a decision to retire its Harpoon anti-ship missiles The move will partially alleviate a capability gap in RN anti-ship missile capabilities Boeing Harpoon heavy anti-ship missiles will remain in service on Royal Navy (RN) Type 23 frigates after the UK Ministry of

  • L3 acquires Doss Aviation

    L3 Technologies has announced the acquisition of US air training services company Doss Aviation. The purchase of Doss – terms of which were not disclosed – was announced on 14 September. L3 said the company is expected to generate sales of USD50 million this year and will be renamed L3

  • DSEI 2017: Lockheed Martin launches Outrider UAV

    Lockheed Martin UK unveiled a new canister-launched small unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) at Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) 2017. Known as the Outrider, the 1.7 kg fixed-wing UAV is capable of being launched from submarines, helicopters, ground vehicles, and by dismounted

  • Russia’s Zapad 2017 exercise will unfold calmly, allied sources and others predict

    Fears that Moscow will use its annual ‘Zapad’ exercise to make incursions against the Baltics or Poland – especially in the form of a cyber attack – are overblown, according to NATO sources and Russian strategy experts. However, the week-long event could be used to

  • US Marine Corps develops 3D-printed ‘do-it-yourself’ Nibbler small UAV

    Key Points The US Marine Corps has developed a small UAV made of 3D printed and COTS parts The goal is to develop quickly developed and custom UAV solutions for every mission With a goal of eventually creating customised unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) designs for every mission, the US Marine Corps

  • Images suggest naval variant of China’s JL-10 trainer has entered service

    Images have emerged on Chinese online forums showing a Hongdu Aviation Industry Group JL-10 aircraft (manufacturer’s designation L-15) featuring the standard camouflage and tail insignia of the People’s Liberation Army Navy Air Force (PLANAF): an indication that a naval variant of the

  • Bell Helicopter preps for V-280 ground test

    Key Points Bell Helicopter is preparing for a ground test of its V-280 tiltrotor prototype The ground test is an important milestone in an aircraft’s development Bell Helicopter will soon perform its initial ground run, an important milestone in the development of its V-280 Valor tiltrotor

  • Croatia to arm OH-58D helicopters with Hellfire missiles

    On 7 September, the government of Croatia approved funding to purchase AGM-114 Hellfire missiles for the Croatian Air Force. The missiles will arm the 16 recently acquired Bell OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopters donated to Croatia by the United States. A down payment for the Hellfires is expected

  • DSEI 2017: ASMAR completes basic engineering for new icebreaker, gears up for construction

    Chile's state-run shipyard ASMAR is nearing completion of the design and basic engineering of a new icebreaker for the Chilean Navy. The new Polar PC5 ice-class Antarctic support ship, dubbed Antártica 1 , is intended to replace the Chilean Navy’s Type 1200 survey ship Contre-Almirante

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