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  • JOBSS selected for RNLA

    Israel’s Bagira Systems has been awarded a contract by the Netherlands Ministry of Defence to supply a solution based on the company’s Joint-fire BattleSpace Simulator (JOBSS) as the Joint Fires Training and Exercise System (JFTES) for the Royal Netherlands Army (RNLA). JOBSS is already

  • Brazil likely to soon receive final modernised F-5s

    The Brazilian Air Force (FAB) is scheduled to receive its last two modernised Northrop F-5FM Tiger II fighters between October and November and this would conclude the F-5M programme, the service told Jane's . An April 2011 contract, worth BRL276 million (USD87 million), called for Embraer to

  • Army-2017: Burkina Faso orders two Mi-171Sh helicopters

    Burkina Faso has signed two agreements covering the delivery of two Mil Mi-171Sh transport helicopters and aviation weapons during Russia's Army-2017 show, Sergey Kornev, the deputy director general of the state arms export agency Rosoboronexport announced on 26 August. Kornev added that Burkina

  • Austria’s rift with Airbus hampers helicopter acquisition

    Key Points Austria's MoD has launched the procurement of 12 light multirole helicopters for EUR30–50 million Due to the legal dispute with Airbus over the 2003–2007 Typhoon acquisition, Vienna is trying to exclude Airbus Helicopters from bidding On 21 August, the Austrian Ministry of

  • Contract for first eight Saudi Chinooks awarded

    The US Department of Defense awarded a USD223 million contract to Boeing on 23 August to produce eight CH-47F Chinook heavy-lift helicopters for the Royal Saudi Land Forces Aviation Command (RSLFAC). The estimated completion date of the contract is 30 July 2021. It was announced in December 2016

  • Israeli Hermes 900 declared operational

    Key Points The IAF has declared the Kochav UAV is now operational The Kochav is almost certainly capable of carrying out airstrikes The Israeli Air Force (IAF) announced on 23 August that its Kochav unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) had become operational after successfully completing trials. Kochav

  • General Atomics aims for Protector UK military certification by 2021

    Key Points GA-ASI hopes to have its Protector UAV variant UK military certified by 2021 This could eventually lead to certification to fly in civil airspace and a new market for UAVs General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc (GA-ASI) is aiming to have its Protector, a variant of its Certifiable

  • General Dynamics demos ability to launch UAV from UUV

    General Dynamics demonstrated the ability to launch an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) from an unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) during the US Navy’s Advanced Naval Technology Exercise (ANTX) 2017. The company also displayed a prototype capability for deploying unmanned vehicles from a

  • Russian Helicopters produces first Mi-28UB

    Russian Helicopters has produced the first Mi-28UB 'Havoc' and is testing the combat helicopters, the company announced on 22 August. Eight Mi-28UBs will be delivered to the Russian Ministry of Defence by the end of the year, the company said. The holding company's CEO, Andrey Boginsky said that

  • Two more Mexican Air Force T-6C+ aircraft crash

    Two Mexican Air Force (FAM) Beechcraft T-6C+ Texan II aircraft crashed on 16 August, the Secretariat of National Defence (SEDENA) announced. According to SEDENA, the aircraft were on a training flight over the Santa Lucia Military Air Base N°1 (BAM N°1) when the two aircraft brushed

  • Chinese Xian H-6K with refuelling probe suggests new missions

    A vague image of a Xian Aircraft Corporation H-6K with a nose-mounted refuelling probe suggests additional missions may be in store for this much-modified 65-year-old medium bomber design, which first flew in 1952 as the Soviet-era Tupolev Tu-16. Appearing for the first time on 15 August on a

  • India approves Apache procurement for army

    India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has approved the INR41.7 billion (USD651.3 million) import of six Boeing AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopters for the Indian Army (IA). The six helicopters, which were approved on 17 August, are part of an option of 11 that was included in an INR139.5

  • Japanese navy helicopter crashes during VERTREP training, injures three

    A Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) CH-101 helicopter that was conducting vertical replenishment (VERTREP) drills on 17 August at the service’s base in Iwakuni, Yamaguchi Prefecture, has crashed. The accident took place at about 14:20 h local time as the aircraft was hovering close to

  • Taiwan makes progress with new jet trainer, MALE UAV

    Key Points Progress with a number of aerospace programmes was evident at Taiwan's TADTE exhibition this month Taiwan's first prototype XAT-5 Blue Magpie advanced jet trainer is on schedule to be rolled out by 2019 Taiwan’s National Chungshan Institute of Science and Technology (NCSIST) said

  • General Atomics’ Gray Eagle-Extended Range UAV performs 42-hour endurance flight

    Key Points General Atomics’ Gray Eagle-Extended Range flies for 42 consecutive hours This is an improvement of nearly 68% on its Gray Eagle predecessor General Atomics on 6 August performed a 42-hour endurance flight with its Gray Eagle Extended Range (GE-ER) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV)

  • UK details F-35B carrier trials

    The UK’s Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier is to spend eight weeks off the east coast of the United States carrying out flight trials next year with Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters embarked for the first time. Royal Air Force (RAF) Squadron Leader Andy Edgell, the

  • French Navy Atlantique shows new designation ability over Iraq

    A French Navy Dassault Atlantique 2 (ATL2) maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) has conducted a target designation mission for the first time in Iraq, according to the French armed forces central command (Etat-Major des Armées). Flying from Jordan the ATL2 with a forward air controller (FAC) on

  • Airbus Helicopters trials HFI system for German armed forces

    Airbus Helicopters has begun flight trials of a new hostile fire indicator (HFI) system that it is developing for the German armed forces, the company announced on 6 April. The first phase of the trials, which are being conducted on behalf of the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment Information

  • Motor Sich proposes Ukrainian Mi-8 MSB-V upgrades, new variants

    Ukraine's Motor Sich is offering a number of indigenously developed enhancements for the Ukrainian army's Mi-8 MSB-V medium multirole helicopters, which are aimed at addressing threats posed by anti-aircraft weapon systems employed by pro-Russian separatist militants in the contested eastern region

  • Bell Helicopter and Indonesia's PT Dirgantara expand collaboration on Bell 412

    Bell Helicopter and Indonesia's state-owned aerospace manufacturer PT Dirgantara (PTDI) have signed an agreement to expand their helicopter business activities in Indonesia. A statement by Bell Helicopter said the expanded "industrial and commercial agreement" would enable the two

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