• Italian Reaper UAV crashes in Libya

    The Italian Air Force (Aeronautica Militare Italiana: AMI) lost an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) over Libya on 20 November, the country’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) confirmed. The General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) MQ-9 Reaper came down while flying over southern Tripoli. While

  • Dubai Airshow 2019: AEC targets growth on C4I, C-UAV systems

    Saudi Arabia’s AEC is targeting opportunities in the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) and counter-UAV markets with domestic technology, developing systems for deployment in the country, Jane’s has been told. The company displayed a C-UAV system at the Dubai Airshow, consisting of a

  • Dubai Airshow 2019: Diamond Aircraft adds TS-80 radar to DA62 MSA options

    Austrian aircraft manufacturer Diamond Aircraft and Italy’s Leonardo announced at the Dubai Airshow that the two companies were now offering the Leonardo Gabbiano Ultra-Light TS-80 radar as an option on the Diamond Aircraft DA62 MSA. Integration of the radar onto the aircraft is expected to

  • Dubai Airshow 2019: Leonardo launches Skydweller HAPS

    Italy’s Leonardo has taken a minority stake in Spanish/US firm Skydweller, which is developing a solar-powered high-altitude pseudo-satellite (HAPS) system. Speaking to media at the 2019 Dubai Airshow, Leonardo executives said the company has been working on the project for over a year, which

  • Dubai Airshow 2019: SAMI, BAE Systems collaborating on HAPS

    Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) and BAE Systems are collaborating on the development of the PHASA-35 high-altitude pseudo-satellite (HAPS) system. “We have an agreement with BAE Systems to make this a completely Saudi indigenous programme,” SAMI CEO Andreas Schwer told

  • Senegal orders three 62 m OPVs from Kership

    Senegal has signed a contract with French company Kership, a joint venture between Piriou and Naval Group, to procure three OPV 58 S offshore patrol vessels (OPVs). Under the terms of the contract, announced on 17 November, construction will start in early 2020, and all three OPVs are expected to

  • Morocco cleared to buy 36 Apache helos

    Morocco has been cleared to buy 36 Boeing AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopters for an estimated value of USD4.25 billion. Announced by the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) on 20 November, the US State Department approval covers the latest-variant Apache helicopters, as well as

  • Dubai Airshow 2019: R&D agreement reflects closer Franco-UAE industrial ties

    United Arab Emirates (UAE) offset authority the Tawazun Economic Council (TEC) is setting up a joint steering committee with French procurement agency Direction Générale de l'Armement (DGA), to foster defence research and development (R&D) activities. The two parties announced an

  • Dubai Airshow 2019: UAE-based Calidus secures domestic COIN aircraft order

    United Arab Emirates (UAE)-based Calidus has secured the first order for its B-250 turboprop aircraft designed for light attack counter-insurgency (COIN). The order, announced at the Dubai Air Show on 20 November, covers 24 aircraft and associated services for the UAE Air Force and Defence (UAE AF

  • Turkey will not seek additional S-400s beyond original contract

    A spokesman for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on 19 November that there are no plans at present to procure any more S-400 air-defence missile systems from Russia, beyond the terms of the original USD2.5 billion contract in 2017. In remarks posted on the Turkish presidential

  • D&S 2019: Thailand expands artillery production projects

    Thailand is expanding its programmes with Israel’s Elbit Systems to locally produce mortar systems and howitzers for the Royal Thai Armed Forces. Officials from the Thai Ministry of Defence (MoD) told Jane’s at the Defense and Security (D&S) 2019 show in Bangkok on 19 November that

  • DSEI Japan 2019: Barzan Holdings showcases multi-mission UGV

    Qatari company Barzan Holdings showcased a model of an 8×8 modular unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) at the 18-20 November DSEI Japan 2019 defence exhibition in Chiba. The multi-role platform, which is being developed in Qatar by Rheinmetall Barzan Advanced Technologies (RBAT) – a joint

  • Dubai Airshow 2019: UAE boosts AEW&C, tanker fleet

    The United Arab Emirates’ Air Force and Air Defence (UAEAFAD) announced on 19 November that it was in the closing stages of negotiations with Saab for an additional two GlobalEye airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft, as well as a further three Airbus A330 MRTT (multi-role

  • D&S 2019: Thai air force outlines ‘purchase and develop’ plan

    The Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) has outlined its commitment to a new policy aimed at supporting local technological advancement through procurements. The ‘purchase and develop’ policy is intended to increase self-reliance in line with a wider government target to develop the national

  • Yemeni rebels seize ships in Red Sea

    The Yemeni rebel group Ansar Allah (Houthis) announced on 18 November that its coast guard forces had seized three vessels in the Red Sea, the first time it has done this. It identified one as a Saudi ship called Rabigh 3 , which it said had entered Yemeni territorial waters close to the island of

  • DSEI Japan 2019: Rafael unveils new mobile fire detection and location system

    Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defense Systems unveiled a new vehicle-mounted passive electro-optical hostile fire detection and location system at the 18-20 November DSEI Japan 2019 exhibition held in Chiba. Called Land Spotter, the system, which can be installed on any tracked or wheeled vehicle,

  • Dubai Airshow 2019: Tawazun takes stake in VR-Technologies

    The UAE’s Tawazun is to take a 50% stake in Russian Helicopters subsidiary VR-Technology, the two companies announced on 18 November. Russian Helicopters plans to invest approximately EUR400 million (USD442.6 million) in the company, Russian Helicopters general manager Andrey Boginskiy told

  • Elbit launches Magni VTOL quadcopter

    Elbit Systems has launched its new Magni quadcopter unmanned aircraft system (UAS) to provide enhanced situational awareness for mobile ground forces at squad, platoon, and company levels. The vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) Magni is billed by the company as being a compact and lightweight

  • Dubai Airshow 2019: Beechcraft promotes new utility nose for King Air 350

    US general aviation company Beechcraft announced on 17 November that it has developed a new nose option for its King Air 350 family of aircraft. The new nose can be utilised for additional cargo space for civilian operators, oxygen bottles, and medical equipment for air ambulance operations, or

  • Dubai Airshow 2019: Indian down payment received for S-400

    Russia has received a down payment for the S-400 Triumf (Triumph, US/NATO designation SA-21 Growler) from India, Jane’s has been told. Speaking to journalists at the Dubai Airshow on 17 November, Rostec chief executive officer Sergei Chemezov said that production had already begun on the