HEADLINES

  • 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

  • India commissions third Kamorta-class anti-submarine corvette

    Key Points The Indian Navy has commissioned its third Kamorta-class corvette Platform will improve the Indian Navy’s anti-submarine warfare capabilities, particularly in the Indian Ocean region The Indian Navy has officially inducted its third Kamorta (Project 28)-class anti-submarine

  • Peruvian Navy commissions new social action platform

    The Peruvian Navy commissioned Lake Titicaca I , an Itinerant Social Action Platform (Plataforma Itinerante de Acción Social: PIAS) on 16 October to assist communities in the Puno region that borders Lake Titicaca. The vessel is equipped to provide health, government, and banking services to

  • 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

  • Brazil soon to evaluate locally developed fast attack vehicle

    The Brazilian Army Evaluations Center (CAEx) will trial a pilot batch of the 4x4 Chivunk unarmoured air-transportable fast attack vehicle developed by the Army Technological Center (CTEx). CAEx later in October will begin a preliminary evaluation of 10 vehicles manufactured between 2013 and 2017 by

  • Leonardo pitches M60 tank upgrade in Bahrain

    Leonardo unveiled a new M60 main battle tank (MBT) upgrade aimed at the Middle-East market during the BIDEC defence show in Bahrain from 16 to 18 October. Leonardo Defence Systems and Leonardo Land & Naval Defence Electronics are proposing a modular upgrade solution covering all aspects of the

  • 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

  • Belgian UAV crashes in Portugal

    A Belgian unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) crashed near Portugal’s Beja air base on 10 October, Portuguese media have reported. The Belgian Ministry of Defence (MoD) told Jane’s the B-Hunter UAV made a forced landing. “On the evening of 10 October, the B-Hunter made a precautionary

  • Image suggests DART-450 turboprop is possible candidate for new PLAAF basic trainer

    The Diamond Aircraft Industries DART-450 tandem turboprop-powered trainer has emerged as a possible candidate for a new People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) basic training aircraft, according to information provided by Chinese reporter Wu Jie. The journalist posted a photograph on his

  • Indonesian Navy commissions two AS 565 MBe helicopters, VIP transport aircraft

    The Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia-Angkatan Laut: TNI-AL) has commissioned its first two new AS565 MBe Panther helicopters and a Beechcraft King Air 350i transport aircraft. The assets were inducted on 13 October at an airbase in Juanda, Surabaya in a commissioning ceremony presided

  • Practika, TechImpex detail latest vehicle upgrade efforts

    Ukraine’s Practika displayed a newly configured version of its Otaman 8x8 armoured vehicle at the Arms and Security Exhibition 2017 in Kiev. Otaman is based on the chassis and suspension of either a BTR-60 or BTR-70 and introduces a range of enhancements. The first prototype Otoman was

  • Robotics Design Bureau launches RSVK-M2 UGV

    Ukraine’s Robotics Design Bureau unveiled its second generation RSVK unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) at the Arms and Security Exhibition 2017 in Kiev. The RSVK-M2 is a 6x6 multirole platform that was shown configured for an armed role but which is designed to also provide logistics,

  • Pearson Engineering takes aim at Spanish armoured vehicle programmes

    Pearson Engineering of the United Kingdom will supply General Dynamics European Land Systems - Santa Barbara Sistemas with one set of combat engineering and countermine equipment for installation on one of the five 8×8 Vehículo de Combate sobre Ruedas (VCR) prototypes under development for

  • SAPA Transmission powers Spanish Piranha

    Spanish firm SAPA Transmission’s latest SW 624 continuously variable automatic transmission will be fitted to the Spanish Army’s General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS) Santa Barbara Sistemas-MOWAG 8x8 Piranha 5 armoured fighting vehicles (AFV), the company has confirmed to

  • Brazilian Navy up-arms Seahawk helicopter

    The Brazilian Navy’s HS-1 ‘Guerreiro’ squadron has recently armed its SH-16 Seahawk (local designation for Sikorsky S-70B) helicopter with a light door pintle weapon system. The weapon mount from an unidentified origin is armed with the FN Herstal MAG 58M 7.62x51 mm machine gun

  • MTRS Increment 2 to feature clean-sheet design

    Endeavor Robotics will deliver a new product design under the US Army’s widely anticipated Man Transportable Robotic System Increment 2 (MTRS Inc II) effort, rather than modifying one of its existing platforms. “A lot of design and development effort has already gone into this robot; we

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