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Northrop Grumman contracts L3Harris for C3 support of Australian Tritons

Northrop Grumman Australia has signed a contract with L3Harris for the operation and maintenance of command-and-control systems aboard the MQ-4C Triton multi-intelligence unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) fleet of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), Northrop Grumman announced on 16 April 2024. The interim sustainment support contract covers maintenance of the Triton’s wideband command, control and […]

Iran plays down Israeli airstrikes as world hopes the two countries will de-escalate

Reports of apparent Israeli airstrikes on the Iran cities of Isfahan and Tabriz during the night of 18/19 April 2024, in response to the Iranian attack on Israel on the night of 13 April, have left a confused picture of what actually happened and what its effects were. Video footage of explosions over Isfahan posted […]

UK MoD orders six H145s from Airbus for duties in Brunei and Cyprus

The Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S) organisation of the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has awarded Airbus a GBP 122 million (EUR 142.6 million) contract for six Airbus H145 helicopters to provide aviation support for UK troops in Brunei and Cyprus, DE&S announced on 18 April 2024. The contract, which fulfils a requirement that was formerly […]

US MDA selects Lockheed Martin to provide Next Generation Interceptor

On 15 April 2024 US the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) selected Lockheed Martin to deliver the United States’ new homeland missile defence capability in the form of the Next Generation Interceptor (NGI), Lockheed Martin announced on the same day. As the MDA’s NGI prime contractor, Lockheed Martin will provide “the most modern, reliable, and technically […]

Honduran MoD orders two more Airbus Helicopters H145s

The Honduran Ministry of Defence (MoD) has purchased two additional H145 helicopters, manufacturer Airbus announced on 10 April 2024. The H145s will be operated by the Honduran Air Force to perform passenger and cargo transport, search-and-rescue, firefighting, medical evacuation and other essential missions in the region. This new purchase follows an initial order signed in […]

The US State Department approves contractor logistics support for Iraqi Cessnas

The US State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale (FMS) to Iraq of C-172 and AC/RC-208 aircraft contractor logistics support and training and related equipment, the US Defense Security Co-operation Agency (DSCA) announced on 15 April 2024. The proposed sale, worth an estimated USD 140 million (EUR 131 million), has been passed to […]

Argentina signs purchase agreement for former Danish F-16s

The fighter fleet of the Argentine Air Force (Fuerza Aérea Argentina – FAA) is finally being reconstituted with the acquisition of 24 former Royal Danish Air Force (RDAF) Lockheed Martin F-16s. The purchase agreement for the aircraft was signed in Copenhagen on 16 April 2024 by Argentine Defence Minister Luis Petri, who was accompanied for the […]

In wake of Iranian attack on Israel, the world waits to see what comes next

With the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) having successfully blunted a significant Iranian missile and unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) attack – Iran’s first direct attack on Israeli territory – the world is waiting to see what comes next. The Iranian attack took place on the night of 13 April 2024 in response to an Israeli air […]

Airbus rolls out first A400M airlifter for Kazakhstan

The first A400M airlifter for the Kazakh Air Defence Forces has rolled out of the Airbus paint shop in Seville, Spain, Airbus Defence and Space announced on 15 April 2024. The aircraft, MSN 139, is one of two A400Ms ordered by Kazakhstan in September 2021 and will be delivered this year. Airbus is not disclosing […]

Embraer and Brazilian Air Force studying ISR variants of current Embraer aircraft

Embraer and the Brazilian Air Force (FAB) are beginning collaborative studies to identify potential platform adaptations for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) missions, the two organisations announced on 10 April 2024 at the International Air and Space Fair (FIDAE) in Santiago, Chile. The platforms to be considered are those already operational with the FAB, such […]

FMV orders more Litening pod capabilities for Swedish Gripen fleet

Saab has received an order from the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) for the procurement of additional Litening 5 target designator pods as well as maintenance capabilities, the company announced on 3 April 2024. The contract, valued at SEK 390 million (EUR 34 million), covers additional pods, maintenance capabilities and spare parts to be delivered […]

ARTEMIS programme receives first repatriated Swiss F-5

The first of 22 repatriated Swiss F-5 Tiger II aircraft arrived at the Tactical Air Support facility at Cecil Field in Jacksonville, Florida, on 21 March 20224 for the second phase of the Avionics Reconfiguration and Tactical/Modernization for Inventory Standardization (ARTEMIS) programme, Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) reported on 4 April. Arrival of the aircraft, […]

Greece signs LOA for 35 UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters

The Greek government signed a letter of offer and acceptance (LOA) on 5 April 2024 for 35 Sikorsky UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters, parent company Lockheed Martin announced the same day. The helicopters are being acquired through the US government’s Foreign Military Sales (FMS) construct. The US State Department approved an FMS covering 35 UH-60M Black […]

Italian Air Force retires its AMX light attack aircraft after 35 years’ service

On 5 April 2024 the Italian Air Force (Aeronautica Militare) officially marked the retirement of its AMX Ghibli light attack aircraft after 35 years of service. A formal phase-out ceremony was held for the type at the Aeronautica Militare’s 51st Stormo (Wing) at Istrana Air Base near Treviso in northern Italy, where the 51st Stormo’s […]

LRASM test sees four missiles in simultaneous flight

The US Navy, in partnership with Lockheed Martin, has successfully conducted a Long-Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) flight test with four missiles simultaneously in flight, Lockheed Martin announced on 3 April 2024. During the 12th Integrated Test Event (ITE-12), the date of which was not disclosed, the US Navy “was able to demonstrate the weapon’s inherent high-end […]

Eagle Passive Active Warning Survivability System completes operational testing

The US Air Force (USAF) recently completed initial operational test and evaluation (IOT&E) of the Eagle Passive Active Warning Survivability System (EPAWSS), BAE Systems announced on 2 April 2024. EPAWSS provides critical electronic warfare (EW) capabilities for the F-15E Strike Eagle and F-15EX Eagle II aircraft. “EPAWSS was designed for upgradeability and rapid capability insertion,” […]

Paradigm Parachute acquires three quarters of ASR-Pioneer assets

Pensacola-based Paradigm Parachute & Defense announced its successful acquisition of ASR-Pioneer assets on 3 April 2024. The USD 2.25 million (EUR 2.08 million) acquisition includes all assets from Airlift Technologies International, Strong Enterprises, and ASR-Pioneer’s Mississippi-based operation. The acquisition totalled three quarters of all assets of ASR-Pioneer. “This is an exciting time of innovation and […]

Ukrainian bomb-laden UAV attack reaches factory in Tatarstan

Ukraine has used bomb-laden unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to attack a factory in Russia’s Tatarstan region more than 1,200 km from unoccupied Ukrainian territory in what appears to be the Ukrainian military’s deepest strike of the war so far. The factory, located in the town of Yelabuga, is believed to be a site where Shahed […]

RNLAF orders upgrades for its expanded fleet of MQ-9A Reaper UAVs

The Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) is working with General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) to upgrade its growing fleet of MQ-9A Reaper unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), GA-ASI announced on 26 March 2024. After receiving four MQ-9A Block 5 Reapers in 2022, the RNLAF ordered another four in August 2023 and is now making upgrades to […]

Denmark signs LoI regarding sale of 24 F-16 fighters to Argentina

Denmark has agreed in principle to sell Argentina 24 F-16 fighters. A letter of intent (LoI) regarding the sale was signed in Buenos Aires on 26 March 2024 by Danish Defence Minister Troels Lund Poulsen and Argentine Defence Minister Luis Alfonso Petri. “I have had a good and extremely fruitful meeting with my Argentinian defence […]

A dozen allies agree to expand NATO Flight Training Europe initiative

Twelve NATO allies – Belgium, Czechia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Romania, Spain, Türkiye and the United Kingdom – agreed on 25 March 2024 to further expand military aviation training across the alliance through the NATO Flight Training Europe (NFTE) initiative. This will include the first ever placement of around 50 student pilots […]

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