• IAF carries out first-ever aerial refuelling of Tejas LCA

    The Indian Air Force (IAF) carried out its first-ever mid-air refuelling of the indigenously developed Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Mk 1 on 4 September. The modified LCA, which had taken off from Maharajpur Air Force Base (AFB) in Gwalior, “carried out a series of test profiles”,

  • Indian MoD issues follow-on RFP for 200 Ka-226T helicopter

    India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has issued a follow-on request for proposal (RFP) to the India-Russia Helicopters Limited Company for 200 Kamov Ka-226T ‘Hoodlum’ light multirole helicopters that are to be acquired for the Army Aviation Corps (AAC) and the Indian Air Force (IAF)

  • Maiden flight for Turkish T625 helo

    The T625 medium-lift multirole helicopter developed indigenously by Turkey made its maiden flight on 6 September, Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) announced. The twin-engined helicopter flew for 20 minutes at TAI’s Ankara facility in the Turkish capital, during which an initial assessment

  • NAVAIR receives modified G550 ahead of range support telemetry installation

    The US Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) has taken delivery of a modified Gulfstream G550 business jet that will now be further customised by Raytheon to serve as a telemetry range support aircraft (TRSA) on the Point Mugu Sea Range off California. Accepted on 30 July by NAVAIR’s Tactical

  • KC-46 achieves US FAA certification

    Key Points Boeing achieved US FAA certification for its KC-46 aerial refuelling tanker The certification is a key milestone as the company works towards first delivery in October Boeing on 4 September achieved a key milestone in the KC-46 Pegasus aerial refuelling tanker programme when the US

  • China begins series-producing FTC-2000G aircraft

    China’s Guizhou Aviation Industries Corporation (GAIC) has begun series-producing the locally developed FTC-2000G advanced jet trainer (AJT)/light attack aircraft to meet the demand from the international market, according to a 5 September report by the state-owned Xinhua news agency. The

  • India issues RFI for 75 mini remotely piloted aircraft systems

    India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has invited responses by 26 November to a recently issued request for information (RFI) regarding the import of 75 high-altitude mini remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPASs) for the Indian Army (IA). Released on 31 August, the RFI requires that the unmanned

  • Kenya receives Fennec helicopters

    The Kenya Air Force (KAF) has taken delivery of at least four Airbus H125M (formerly designated the AS550) Fennec helicopters, according to photographs released on social media. Margot Kiser, the journalist who published the photographs, reported that eight former United Arab Emirates (UAE) Fennec

  • Poland to conduct Baltic air policing with F-16s because of MiG-29 grounding

    Poland’s Ministry of National Defence (MND) has decided to deploy four F-16Cs on NATO’s Baltic Air Policing (BAP) quick reaction alert mission in January 2019 instead of the four MiG-29A fighters originally planned. In May the Polish Air Force decided to send four MiG-29s and personnel

  • Saudi AH-6i crashes during training sortie

    A Boeing AH-6i light attack and reconnaissance helicopter operated by the Saudi Arabian National Guard (SANG) crashed on 6 September, killing one of the two crew members and injuring the other. The incident, which was confirmed by the SANG shortly after, saw the ‘Little Bird’-variant

  • US extends Super Tucano procurement contract for Afghanistan

    The US Department of Defense (DoD) has extended the indefinite-delivery/indefinite quantity (ID/IQ) contract it has in place with Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) to deliver SNC-Embraer A-29 Super Tucano light attack turboprop aircraft to Afghanistan. The DoD announced on 4 September that it is

  • France receives first two Pilatus PC-21 training aircraft

    The French Air Force (FAF) has received its first two PC-21 training aircraft, the Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA), France's defence procurement agency, announced on 31 August. The advanced trainers arrived at the FAF's fighter training school in Cognac on 30 August for

  • Chilean Air Force receives MH-60M Black Hawks

    The first three of six Sikorsky/PZL Mielec MH-60M (S-70i) Black Hawk helicopters on order for the Chilean Air Force were rolled out on 30 August at a ceremony at the 2nd Air Brigade facilities in Santiago. The helicopters arrived on 22 July and performed several certification and training flights

  • UAVOS showcases latest UAVs

    UAVOS Inc, a US-based company specialising in the design, development and manufacturing of unmanned vehicles and associated control systems, is partnering with India’s Bharat Drone Systems to develop a range of air vehicles and technologies to meet emerging Indian armed forces requirements.

  • UMS Skeldar details V-200B development

    An increase in reliability and safety of the newly launched Skeldar V-200B unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) contributed to its selection by the German Navy for use on board its K130 Braunschweig-class corvettes, UMS Skeldar officials told Jane’s . The latest version of the rotary-wing UAV was

  • Japan showcases latest capabilities during ‘Fuji Firepower’ 2018

    The Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) took the opportunity at this year’s ‘Fuji Firepower’ exercise to highlight its latest land and amphibious warfare capabilities and demonstrate its ability to secure the country’s outlying islands with a combined arms display at the

  • F-35B conducts trials with UK-built weapons

    The UK’s F-35B Lightning has conducted its first trials armed with UK-built weapons, Defence Procurement Minister Stuart Andrew has said. A Royal Air Force (RAF) pilot from 17 Squadron took off from Edwards Air Force base in southern California carrying Advanced Short-Range Air-to-Air

  • Austria to receive new helicopters

    On 22 August the Austrian cabinet’s ministerial council announced that additional funding in the “high hundreds of millions of euros” had been added to the agreed government budget to launch the long-delayed replacement of the air force’s 21 remaining Alouette III

  • Indonesia develops gunship variant of CN-235 aircraft

    Key Points PT Dirgantara has confirmed plans to market a gunship variant of the CN-235 turboprop aircraft Work on a demonstrator platform is currently under way, and the company aims for its first flight in 2019 Indonesian state-owned aircraft manufacturer PT Dirgantara (PTDI) has begun work on a

  • USN plans externally mounted gun system fit for MH-60S

    The US Navy is looking to fast-track the integration of an externally mounted gun on MH-60S combat support helicopters, with in-flight live trials planned for later this year. MH-60S helicopters are currently configured for either search-and-rescue (SAR) or surface warfare (SUW) defensive air

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