• Uruguayan Navy receives Skymasters from Chile

    The small Uruguayan Naval Aviation (ANU) service has received three Cessna O-2A Skymaster light utility/observation aircraft donated by the Chilean Naval Aviation service. The aircraft left the Chilean base at Viña del Mar on 13 August and, with stops at Concón, Carriel Sur, Neuquén

  • Australian Army acquires DJI Phantom 4 UAVs

    The Australian Army (AA) has acquired the DJI Phantom 4 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) as the service seeks to broaden its reconnaissance and situational awareness capabilities. The Department of Defence (DoD) in Canberra announced in a statement that Sydney-based personnel of the 17th Combat

  • HMS Queen Elizabeth sets sail for F-35 trials

    The Royal Navy’s (RN's) new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth sailed from its home port of Portsmouth for the United States for the first time on 18 August to carry out flight trials with F-35B Lightning combat aircraft. The 65,000-tonne carrier is expected to arrive off the US east coast

  • RoKN considering F-35Bs for carrier operations

    The Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN) has issued a tender for a research project to explore the possibility of operating the short take-off and vertical landing (STOVL) variant of the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) from its recently launched Dokdo-class landing platform

  • Turkey begins ground tests of T625 multipurpose helicopter

    Turkey has begun ground tests on a prototype of the indigenously-produced T625 multipurpose helicopter, the production of which has been completed by Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI), the Directorate of Turkish Defence Industries (SSB) and TAI tweeted on 19 August. This will be followed by flight

  • Dynetics, Raytheon chase HEL TVD prize

    The US Army Space and Missile Defense Command (SMDC) has selected two competitor solutions to proceed to the Preliminary Design Phase of the High Energy Laser Tactical Vehicle Demonstrator (HEL TVD) programme with the award of separate USD10 million development contracts to Raytheon and an industry

  • Chilean Navy buys Chinese UAV to secure facilities

    The Chilean Navy’s Marine Corps has ordered a Mavic Pro four-engine, rotary-wing unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) from Chinese manufacturer DJI to address a security requirement following an open tender. The UAV, which has no infrared capacity but features good low-light performance, will be

  • UAE deploys Wing Loong II UAV to Eritrea

    The United Arab Emirates has deployed at least one of its new Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) Wing Loong II unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to its base at Assab airport in Eritrea, satellite imagery has confirmed. A DigitalGlobe image from 3 August shows a UAV with dimensions matching

  • Spain seeks UAVs to protect overseas training missions

    The Spanish Ministry of Defence (MoD) has opened a bidding contest to supply unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to help protect troops posted on overseas training missions. Some EUR4.3 million (USD4.9 million) has been budgeted for the class 1 small remote aircraft (20 kg), which are expected to be

  • Bundeswehr orders rotary-wing UAV for K130 corvette

    The Bundesamt für Ausrüstung, Informationstechnik und Nutzung der Bundeswehr (BAAINBw), Germany's Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology, and In-Service Support, announced on 9 August that it had signed a contract at the beginning of the month with Elektroniksystem-

  • Qatar on track to receive Apaches from 2019

    Qatar is on track to receive its recently ordered Boeing AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopters from 2019 through to mid-2020. The Qatar Emiri Air Force (QEAF) project officer said on 13 August that the first batch of 24 helicopters ordered in 2016 will be received before the end of next year.

  • Malaysia considers mix of manned, unmanned aircraft for maritime surveillance requirements

    Key Points The Malaysian government is studying further options for the country’s maritime surveillance requirements Country will likely operate a combination of manned and unmanned systems to fulfil the role The Malaysian government is considering a mix of both manned, and unmanned aerial

  • RAF revises Hercules plans to reflect Iraq loss

    The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) is to adjust the composition of its planned future Lockheed Martin C-130J Hercules fleet to reflect the recent loss of an aircraft on operations in Iraq. The RAF fields both the ‘short-bodied’ C-130J (designated C5 in RAF service) and

  • Slovakia completes first overhaul of AAF Mi-17V-5 helicopter

    Slovak aircraft repair company Trencín (LOTN) has completed the first general overhaul of an Afghan Air Force (AAF) Mil Mi-17V-5 transport/utility helicopter under a contract awarded in 2016 through NATO’s Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA), the Slovak Ministry of Defence (MoD)

  • Zephyr claims new endurance record

    The Airbus Defence and Space (DS) Zephyr ‘pseudo-satellite’ unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) has logged another endurance record, the company announced. The first production-standard Zephyr S landed just under 26 days after departing on its maiden flight on 11 July, logging the longest

  • USAF to procure and modify Basler ISR aircraft, likely for Mauritania

    The US Air Force (USAF) is looking to procure one Basler DC3-TP67 (BT-67) special mission aircraft and to modify another for a Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customer, which is likely to be Mauritania. An amended request for information (RFI) issued by the service on 6 August calls for the

  • LM completes C-5M upgrades for US Air Force

    Lockheed Martin has completed a 20-year effort to upgrade 52 of the US Air Force’s (USAF) C-5A/B/C Galaxy strategic transport aircraft to the C-5M standard. The company announced on 6 August that the last aircraft to go through the USAF’s final Reliability Enhancement and Re-engining

  • PLANAF’s first regiment of Hongdu JL-10H trainers enters service

    The Chinese Navy has commissioned its first regiment of Hongdu Aviation Industry Group JL-10H advanced jet trainers/light attack aircraft, the service announced on its WeChat web page on 3 August. Images of the commissioning ceremony, which was held at the People’s Liberation Army Naval

  • Bulgaria overhauls Mi-17 and Mi-24 helicopters

    On 30 July, the Bulgarian Ministry of Defence published a tender for the general overhaul of two Mi-17 transport and four Mi-24V combat helicopters of the Bulgarian Air Force (BuAF). The deadline for submission of bids is 3 September, with a framework agreement covering a period of 48 months to be

  • CASC highlights enhanced CH-804C hybrid UAV

    The China Academy of Aerospace Aerodynamics (CAAA), the flight technology development arm of the state-owned China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC), has developed an improved version of its Cai Hong 804C (Rainbow 804C, or CH-804C) hybrid fixed-wing/vertical take-off and landing

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