HEADLINES

  • RAN to receive first heavy-fuel-powered S-100 Camcopters by end-2017

    The first heavy-fuel-powered versions of the Schiebel S-100 Camcopter rotary-winged unmanned aircraft system (UAS) will be delivered to the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) – the vehicle’s launch customer – by the end of 2017, Schiebel’s Australia sales representative, Phil

  • First French C-130J rolls out

    The first of four Lockheed Martin C-130J Hercules transport aircraft for the French Air Force was rolled out from the Marietta production facility in Georgia on 20 October. The aircraft was rolled out in front of the cameras for the first time after being painted in national colours and markings.

  • PacStar readies compact networking systems for USMC NOTM effort

    PacStar has been selected to provide the US Marine Corps (USMC) with a small, modular, networking on-the-move (NOTM) capability for tactical vehicles. In addition, the company will provide its 400-Series products to the US Army for the expeditionary tactical communications programme. Jeff

  • Turkey to start testing satcom control of Anka-S UAV

    Turkey’s domestically developed Anka-S unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) is scheduled to begin satellite communications (satcom) control tests as the last step before the completion of acceptance testing. Unlike the two Anka-A and single Anka-B prototypes already built by Turkish Aerospace

  • US clears Venom sale to Czech Republic

    The potential sale of Bell UH-1Y Venom utility and assault helicopters to the Czech Republic has been approved by the US State Department, it was announced on 23 October. The Foreign Military Sale (FMS), which is valued at USD575 million, covers 12 helicopters, mission equipment, spares, support,

  • First Mi-28UB helicopters to be delivered to Russian MoD in November

    Russian Helicopters, a Rostec holding company, has manufactured the first batch of Mi-28UB combat training helicopters, which will be delivered to the Russian Ministry of Defen?e (MoD) in November, the holding company has announced. “The aircraft have passed all necessary factory tests.

  • Two SSK builders opt out of India's Project-75(I) programme

    Key Points Two of six international SSK builders have opted out of India’s long-delayed Project-75(I) programme Mitsubishi Heavy Industries/Kawasaki Heavy Industries and Navantia did not respond to the RFI by its 16 October deadline Two of six conventional submarine manufacturers have opted

  • ADEX 2017: Saab touts GlobalEye and Swordfish for anticipated South Korean requirements

    Saab is promoting its GlobalEye airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) and Swordfish maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) for separate requirements that it expects to be issued by the South Korean government. Briefing at the Seoul International Aerospace and Defence Exhibition (ADEX) 2017,

  • Australia completes operational evaluation phase of the ScanEagle UAS

    Key Points The Royal Australian Navy has completed operational evaluation of the ScanEagle UAS Milestone paves the way for greater adoption of MUM-T operations across the service After executing a number of successful missions from an Adelaide (Oliver Hazard Perry)-class guided-missile frigate in

  • UK looks to replace Desert Hawk mini UAV

    British Army chiefs are hoping that the upcoming war fighting development experiment will generate the replacement for its fleet of 221 Lockheed Martin Desert Hawk Mk 3 mini-unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Senior army officers involved in intelligence, surveillance, targeting, acquisition, and

  • Four JASDF personnel missing following UH-60J helo crash off coast of Shizuoka Prefecture

    Four Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) personnel are missing, presumed dead, after their UH-60J search-and-rescue helicopter crashed off the coast of Japan's Shizuoka Prefecture on 17 October. The UH-60J vanished from radar screens some 30 km south of the JASDF’s Hamamatsu Air Base at

  • ADEX 2017: KAI refining KFX configuration ahead of key milestones

    Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) is in the process of refining the final configuration of its Korean Fighter Experimental (KFX) aircraft ahead of a number of milestones that are due in the coming months and years, Jane’s was told on 17 October. Speaking at the Seoul International Aerospace

  • Discovery Air Defence offering F-16s for USAF CAF Adversary Air competition

    Key Points Discovery Air Defence is offering F-16s for the USAF’s AdAir competition Discovery is part of a potentially crowded field aiming for a multi-billion-dollar programme Discovery Air Defence is offering General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon multirole fighters for the US Air

  • ADEX 2017: Honeywell seeks South Korean aircraft upgrade contracts

    US firm Honeywell is in discussions to upgrade a number of South Korean aircraft types as part of a wider effort to increase its national and regional portfolio. Speaking at the Seoul International Aerospace and Defence Exhibition (ADEX) on 17 October, Tim Van Luven, vice-president of Honeywell's

  • ADEX 2017: South Korea showcases unmanned solutions

    South Korean defence contractors have put unmanned aircraft systems (UASs)/unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) at the forefront of their exhibits at this year’s Seoul International Aerospace and Defence Exhibition (ADEX), as they look to showcase technologies and developments for a number of

  • FLIR Systems to provide PD-100 Black Hornet 2 micro-UAVs for Australian Army

    FLIR Systems has been awarded a USD6.8 million contract to supply an undisclosed number of its PD-100 Black Hornet 2 Personal Reconnaissance Systems (PRSs) to the Australian Army. The US-based company announced on 10 October that the micro unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to be delivered under the

  • 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

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