• Eurosatory 2018: RADA unveils radar developments

    Israeli company RADA Electronic Industries has unveiled two new radars that are designed to meet what it sees as growing requirements in advanced militaries. RADA CEO Dov Sella told Jane’s that a number of Western militaries have already signed contracts for the purchase of the new

  • USAF F-15C fighter aircraft crashes off Okinawa

    A US Air Force (USAF) F-15C Eagle multirole fighter aircraft operating from Kadena Air Base in Japan crashed into the sea off the island of Okinawa on 11 June. “The pilot successfully ejected and was safely recovered by search and rescue teams,” announced the airbase in a Twitter post

  • USAF grounds B-1Bs over ejection-seat concerns

    The US Air Force (USAF) has grounded its fleet of Rockwell B-1B Lancer bombers while it conducts a safety review. The suspension of all flight activities was ordered by General Robin Rand of the Air Force Global Strike Command (AFGSC) on 7 June, following an earlier emergency landing of a B-1B

  • FLIR Systems adds Black Hornet 3 to its PRS family of micro UAVs

    FLIR Systems is offering a new version of its Black Hornet Personal Reconnaissance System (PRS) that enables the Nano Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (NUAV) the ability to navigate in GPS-denied environments. The Black Hornet 3 is a new UAV, completely designed from scratch compared with earlier Black

  • Embraer pitches Super Tucano to Europe

    Embraer is looking to secure its first European customer for the EMB-314/A-29 Super Tucano light attack turboprop, a company official said on 7 June. Speaking at the SMi Close Air Support (CAS) conference in London, Embraer’s vice president for sales in Europe and North Africa, Simon Johns,

  • Jordan receives first upgraded Cobra helos

    Jordan has received back into service the first of 12 Bell AH-1F Cobra attack helicopters that are being put through an extensive upgrade process. Northrop Grumman, which as a subcontractor to Science and Engineering Services (SES) is updating the avionics of the 1980s-vintage helicopters,

  • Philippines seeks additional FA-50 light attack aircraft from South Korea

    The Philippines is looking to acquire a further 12 Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) FA-50PH Fighting Eagle light combat and trainer aircraft to add to 12 already received, national media reported on 8 June. Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana was quoted as saying that the country’s President

  • Image emerges of China’s stealthy Dark Sword UCAV

    An image of what appears to be a full-scale model or technology demonstrator of the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC)’s An Jian (Dark Sword) unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV) emerged on Chinese online news portals and social media on 5 June – nearly 12 years after a

  • Ethiopia receives surplus US Hercules airlifter

    Ethiopia has received from the United States a surplus Lockheed Martin C-130 Hercules transport aircraft, the US Embassy in Addis Ababa announced on 7 June. The C-130E adds to one already donated by the US government in 2014 to aid airlift duties for the Ethiopian contingent fighting as part of the

  • First UK F-35Bs arrive in-country

    The Royal Air Force (RAF’s) 617 ‘Dambusters’ Squadron arrived in the UK with the first of its Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters (JSF) on 6 June. Four of the squadron’s short take-off and vertical landing (STOVL) jets touched down at their future

  • Taiwan grounds F-16 fighter aircraft fleet following crash

    The Republic of China Air Force (RoCAF) has temporarily grounded its fleet of F-16 multirole fighter aircraft following the crash on 4 June of a single-seat F-16A while on a training mission in northern Taiwan. The Ministry of National Defense (MND) said that the pilot, Major Wu Yen-ting, was

  • USAF Reaper deployment to Greece is part of deepening US–Greek co-operation

    The US Air Force (USAF) has deployed MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to Larissa, Greece, the US Embassy tweeted on 31 May. The Reapers, which are unarmed, are from the Air National Guard’s 110th Attack Wing. US Air Forces in Europe (USAFE) told Jane’s , “the MQ-9s are

  • Bolivia inducts new light aircraft

    The Bolivian Air Force (Fuerza Aérea Boliviana: FAB) received five new aircraft during a ceremony held at the ‘Germán Busch’ Military Aviation College (Colegio Militar de Aviación: COMILAV) on 31 May. The platforms are three Cessna 210 Centurion, one Beechcraft Baron 55,

  • Indian Jaguar crashes, senior officer killed

    A SEPECAT Jaguar combat aircraft of the Indian Air Force (IAF) crashed on 5 June, with the loss of the senior officer pilot. The single-seat jet came down in a field in the Kutch district of Gujarat state, in the northwest of India near the border with Pakistan. The pilot, Air Commodore Sanjay

  • Taiwanese F-16 fighter aircraft goes missing during training exercise

    A single-seat Republic of China Air Force (RoCAF) F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter aircraft has gone missing while conducting a training mission near the city of Keelung, 23 km northeast of Taipei. RoCAF officials said the aircraft disappeared from radar screens at 13:43 h (local time) on 4 June, 30

  • US Navy officially inducts Triton UAV into service

    The US Navy (USN) has officially commenced operations of its Northrop Grumman MQ-4C Triton Broad Area Maritime System (BAMS) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), it was announced on 1 June. A ceremony to formally induct the high-altitude long-endurance (HALE) UAV into service with Unmanned Patrol

  • Russia’s new Katran UAV to enter trials in mid-2018

    Russia unveiled its Katran rotary-wing unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) during the Victory Day Parade in May. “The trials of the Katran UAV are scheduled for this summer [mid-2018],” a Russian aerospace industry source told Jane's . The Katran is designed for firesupport and reconnaissance

  • Japan seeks Cobra replacement

    Japan has issued a request for information(RFI) to replace its ageing Fuji-Bell AH-1 Cobra attack helicopters. The RFI, reported by national media earlier in May, is aimed at finding a replacement for the 71 AH-1S helicopters fielded by the Japanese Ground Self Defense Force (JGSDF) since 1979 (of

  • Russian Helicopters firms up Mi-171Sh update

    The Ulan-Ude Aircraft Plant (U-UAZ), a subsidiary of Rostec’s Russian Helicopters, has finalised the development of an updated Mil Mi-171Sh medium helicopter – unveiled as the Mi-171Sh-VN prototype at the 2017 MAKS Airshow in Russia – and plans to actively market it internationally

  • Kazakhstan orders four more Mi-35 helicopters from Russia

    Kazakhstan has ordered four more Mil Mi-35M (‘Hind-E’) combat helicopters from Russia, according to a 29 May statement by the TASS news agency. “A new contract for four Mi-35 helicopters has been signed this year,” Vladimir Drozhzhov, the deputy head of Russia’s

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