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IAI offering BLACK HAWK upgrade package

Arie Egozi Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is in negotiations with potential customers for the upgraded version of the BLACK HAWK helicopter. Though these are overseas are customers, with whom the negotiations are in various stages, it seems that the Israeli Air Force (IAF) is also evaluating the upgrade for its fleet of BLACK HAWKS, with the […]

Saab Delivers the First GlobalEye

Jack Richardson Saab delivered the first GlobalEye Swing Role Surveillance System to the United Arab Emirates today with two more to follow under the initial contract signed in late 2015, while the country also announced its intention to complete a contract amendment for the purchase of an additional two systems in November last year. “The […]

Su-57: what is the future?

Yury Laskin/Jack Richardson Nicknamed “FELON” by NATO and developed by the Sukhoi design bureau, the Su-57 is a promising fifth-generation, multi-role, fighter which is designed to destroy all types of air, ground and surface targets. However, it is now apparent that the Su-57 will not, at least in the immediate future, replace the Su-27/35 “FLANKER” family […]

Logistics Support Contract for NH90 Helicopters

Gerhard Heiming On behalf of the NATO Helicopter Management Agency (NAHEMA), the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) has signed the 4th Logistics Support Contract for NH90 helicopters with NHIndustries. NAHEMA member countries Belgium, France, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands will benefit from the contract. The contract, which came into force on 1st April 2020, continues […]

Further CH-53K King Stallion trials

The CH-53K King Stallion has carried out more successful air-to-air refuelling tests. It has demonstrated long-range logistics support capabilities for the U.S. Marine Corps. The 4.5 hour test was accomplished over the Chesapeake Bay with a KC-130J aerial refueling (AR) tanker. “The aircraft went to the tanker this week and it was very successful, proving […]

KazUAV helps enforce Kazakhstan lockdown

Jack Richardson Kazakhstan is using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) to patrol and monitor illegal border movement and slow the spread of coronavirus. The country’s leading drone service provider KazUAV, a member of Japan-based Terra Drone Corporation, has been working to keep communities safe amid the COVID-19 pandemic. KazUAV has been helping the Nur-Sultan Police Department […]

General Atomics deploys SkyGuardian in joint tests with NASA

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI) has carried out a key flight of its SkyGuardian Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA). The flight, on 3rd April 2020, formed part of a joint flight demonstration with NASA. The aircraft took off from GA-ASI’s Gray Butte Flight Operations Facility near Palmdale, California. From there, it flew through the National […]

First RNLAF CH-47F Chinook delivered

Boeing has recently delivered the first CH-47F Chinook to the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF), continuing a track record of on-time deliveries to customers. The RNLAF will operate a fleet of 20 CH-47F Chinooks. This is the newest configuration in use by countries around the world and has features including an upgraded cockpit. “The RNLAF […]

Predator Mission Trainer operational

CAE has installed a Mission Trainer for the Predator Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) in the Grand Sky Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Business Park near Grand Forks, North Dakota. The new facility is located at the Flight Test and Training Center (FTTC) of General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI). It will be used to advance the quality […]

$2 Billion Standard Missile-3 Contract

The U.S. Missile Defense Agency has awarded a contract worth $2.1 billion for the production and delivery of SM-3 Block IB interceptors to Raytheon. SM-3 is a ballistic missile interceptor that can be launched on land and at sea. Full-rate production was reached in 2017. SM-3 is deployed worldwide and has achieved more than 30 […]

Gripen F Fighter Production Started

Saab has performed the first metal cut for the two-seater fighter aircraft Gripen F, marking an important milestone in the programme. Gripen F is under development for the Brazilian Air Force (FAB) and shares the same advanced design and features as Gripen E, but with seat, displays and controls for a second crew member. Gripen […]

Rheinmetall Ammunition from Australia for Joint Strike Fighters

The joint venture Rheinmetall NIOA Munitions builds a facility at its Benalla plant in Victoria/Australia for the production of medium-calibre ammunition for the American combat aircraft Joint Strike Fighter and starts production of 25 mm Frangible Armour Piercing (FAP) projectiles. The new production line in Benalla has been designed for the production of medium-caliber ammunition […]

Brazilian Air Force’s Surveillance Radars

Raytheon is modernizing the Brazilian Air Force’s surveillance radars across the Amazon. For this the company will upgrade seven legacy radars to the next-generation Monopulse Secondary Surveillance Radar system, Condor Mk3, increasing efficiency and reducing electric energy consumption. “This modernization effort expands our long-term partnership in Brazil with the Commission for Implementation of the Brazilian […]

Royal Netherlands Air Force Signs Maintenance Contract

RUAG MRO Switzerland has won the tender for a new maintenance contract by the Royal Netherlands Air Force for its PC-7 training aircraft. The contract has a term of further two years, until the end of 2022 and includes the option to extend until the end of its life cycle in 2026. The partnership between […]

Integrated Counter-UAV Solution

Frequentis and Hensoldt have signed a letter of intent to intensify cooperation on integrated counter-drone solutions for airports. Frequentis brings in mature components in the areas of unmanned traffic management (UTM)/ATM/drone detection, data fusion and exchange (MosaiX SWIM), shared situational awareness and ATM monitoring data automation (SDDS-NG, MSDF, PRISMA), inter-agency incident management (ICM) and operational […]

Tested Heavy Fuel Engine for the Camcopter

The Camcopter S-100 has successfully completed heavy fuel engine acceptance tests for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). For this task Schiebel has engineered a new proprietary heavy fuel engine, the S2. Delivered as a next generation replacement for the current propulsion unit, the S2 further increases the overall capability of the system. The new lightweight […]

DARPA’s Space Launch Challenge Fails

This Monday DARPA’s Launch Challenge ended without a successful space launch. The only Launch Challenge participant – Astra – cancelled its launch with less than a minute left in the countdown before liftoff. Astra faced technical and weather-related issues during the roughly two-week window of the Challenge campaign, which ran February 17 to March 2 […]

Gripen for Canada

Yesterday Saab announced that leading Canadian aerospace companies IMP Aerospace & Defence, CAE, Peraton Canada and GE Aviation are part of the “Gripen for Canada Team”, that will bid for Canada’s Future Fighter Capability Project (FFCP). Saab is offering Gripen E, with the support of the Swedish government, for Canada’s future fighter requirement of 88 […]

Four H160 for the French Navy

In a partnership with Airbus Helicopters, Babcock and Safran Helicopter Engines, the French procurement agency DGA is providing the French Navy with four H160 helicopters for search and rescue (SAR) missions. The helicopters will bridge the gap between the withdrawal of Alouette III and the entry into service of H160M Guépard from 2026 for a […]

Russian Combat Aircraft Exports

Details were released earlier this year to several Russian media outlets and ESD about the Russian Federation’s combat aircraft exports. The airframe exports total 32 and comprise three types of aircraft, namely 12 Su-30SM, 10 MiG-29M/M2 and 10 Yak-130. All aircraft were produced for combat or combat training roles by the United Aircraft Corporation and […]

MicroLite Launch in Singapore

At the Singapore Air show, that starts tomorrow, Rafael will unveil MicroLite, a lightweight, EO/IR sensor for airborne Wide-Area Persistent Surveillance missions. MicroLite is a compact, lightweight EO/IR Intelligence, Surveillance, Targeting and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) system, for small aerial platforms such as UAVs, manned aircraft, aerostats and observation balloons. By simultaneous scanning with a high-resolution MWIR […]

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