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Boeing promises ‘Raptor-like’ F-15 Advanced Eagle displays at RIAT and Farnborough

In a debut performance in the United Kingdom, Boeing is promising ‘Raptor-like’ aerobatic routines with a pair of F-15 Advanced Eagle fighters at this month’s upcoming air displays at the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) and Farnborough International Airshow. Boeing will, in fact, be sending four F-15QA jets from its St Louis facility to the […]

Sweden proceeds with FMS purchase of another dozen UH-60M Black Hawks

The Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) announced on 10 July 2024 that it had proceeded with an order for 12 Lockheed Martin/Sikorsky UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters under the US Foreign Military Sales (FMS) construct. The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced that the US State Department had approved the sale on 29 May 2024. […]

Northrop Grumman reveals image of SHEPARD X-prime UAV it has built for DARPA

On 10 July 2024 Northrop Grumman released a photo of the Series Hybrid Electric Propulsion AiRcraft Demonstration (SHEPARD) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) it has built for the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Built in collaboration with Scaled Composites, a Northrop Grumman subsidiary, the SHEPARD is a DARPA ‘X-prime’ programme leveraging hybrid-electric architecture and […]

Saudi Arabia orders four more A330 MRTT aircraft from Airbus

Saudi Arabia has ordered four additional Airbus A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft for the Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF), Airbus announced on 10 July 2024. The first of these aircraft will enter into conversion at the beginning of 2026 ahead of entering service with the RSAF in 2027 to carry out both air-to-air […]

Despite Nunn-McCurdy breach, Sentinel ICBM programme must continue, says OSD

The US Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) has concluded that the US Air Force’s (USAF’s) LGM-35A Sentinel intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) programme, which is intended to replace the air force’s ageing LGM-30 Minuteman III ICBMs, must continue despite its estimated acquisition cost rising by 81% compared to estimates made in September 2020. The […]

Boeing delivers first CH-47F Block II Chinook helicopter to US Army

Boeing announced on 1 July 2024 that it had delivered the first CH-47F Block II Chinook heavylift helicopter to the US Army as part of its ongoing modernisation efforts. The aircraft is the first of up to 465 CH-47F Block I Chinooks that the army is expected to modernise to the new Block II configuration. […]

US DoD to upgrade its tactical aircraft presence in Japan

The US Department of Defense (DoD), in co-ordination with the Japanese government, announced on 3 July 2024 a plan to upgrade US tactical aircraft laydown across multiple military installations in Japan. The modernisation plan, which will be implemented over the next several years, “reflects over USD 10 billion (EUR 9.21 billion) of capability investments to […]

MBDA receives contract to supply Brimstone 3 for Luftwaffe’s Eurofighters

MBDA has received a contract from Germany to manufacture and supply Brimstone 3 precision strike missiles for the Luftwaffe’s Eurofighter combat aircraft fleet, the company announced on 5 July 2024. According to local reports Germany’s parliament approved the acquisition of 3,266 Brimstone 3 air-to-surface missiles for the Luftwaffe’s Eurofighter fleet, with the first batch of […]

GA-ASI teams with Lockheed Martin to develop net-enabled weapons capability for SeaGuardian

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) is collaborating with Lockheed Martin to provide a net-enabled weapons (NEW) capability for GA-ASI’s MQ-9B SeaGuardian medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), GA-ASI announced on 27 June 2024. The addition of a NEW capability for SeaGuardian will bolster the intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and targeting (ISR&T) capabilities of the […]

A pair of T901 Improved Turbine Engines have arrived at Sikorsky for Black Hawk integration

Two of the US Army’s T901 Improved Turbine Engines (ITEs) arrived at Lockheed Martin’s Sikorsky business in West Palm Beach, Florida, on 27 June 2024, marking a new phase in the further modernisation of the Black Hawk helicopter. The T901 engine, which is manufactured by GE Aerospace, will increase the UH-60M Black Hawk’s power by […]

F-35: the future of air dominance or a trillion-dollar trainwreck?

Software and hardware problems have already added millions of dollars to the cost of ongoing F-35 upgrades, and years to the original timescales. At present, there seems little prospect of any imminent solution. The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II family divides opinions. Its manufacturer calls the F-35A “stealthy, speedy and the future of air dominance […]

Austria proceeds with purchase of a dozen UH-60M Black Hawks

Austria has proceeded with a EUR 715 million contract to buy 12 UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters from Lockheed Martin (Sikorsky) under the US Foreign Military Sales (FMS) construct, with deliveries to begin from 2028. The contract was signed on 30 June 2024, with Austrian Defence Minister Klaudia Tanner quoted in local media reports as saying, […]

Hanwha Aerospace secures contract to supply powerplants for South Korea’s KF-21 fleet

Hanwha Aerospace, South Korea’s leading aerospace and defence company, announced on 25 June 2024 that it has signed a contract with South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) to supply the first mass production engines for the indigenously developed KF-21 fighter. The contract is valued at around USD 401 million (EUR 372 million) and runs […]

Scandinavian ascendance: the modernisation of the Swedish Air Force

While multiple fleet replacement issues were already leading the Swedish Air Force toward a busy procurement period, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has brought even more vigour to the air force’s modernisation plans. As the Swedish Air Force (SwAF) entered the 2020s it already had multiple fleet replacement issues ahead, but Russia’s February 2022 all-out invasion […]

Portugal set to become launch customer for Embraer’s NATO-configured A-29N

Embraer’s efforts to produce a NATO-configured version of its A-29 Super Tucano turboprop light attack aircraft/trainer, designated the A-29N, have paid off with the aircraft’s selection by Portugal. Speaking to the National Defence Commission of the Portuguese Parliament on 25 June 2024, Portuguese Defence Minister João Nuno Lacerda Teixeira de Melo referred to the acquisition […]

Swedish FMV orders third GlobalEye AEW&C platform for Swedish Air Force

Saab announced on 27 June 2024 that it had received a contract that day from the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) for a third GlobalEye airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft for the Swedish Air Force (SwAF). The order value was given as approximately SEK 2.6 billion (EUR 0.23 billion) and the delivery period […]

Boeing completes Block III upgrade and SLM work on first two Super Hornets ahead of schedule

Boeing has completed work on the first two Block II Super Hornets to undergo a Block III upgrade and service life modification (SLM) and has delivered them back to the US Navy, the company announced on 27 June 2024. One aircraft was delivered one month ahead of schedule from Boeing’s facilities in St Louis, Missouri, […]

Eurosatory 2024: Granta Autonomy personally testing its mini-UAVs over Ukraine’s front lines

There must be very few companies that personally test their products on the Ukrainian front line, but one that does is nascent Lithuanian mini-unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) specialist Granta Autonomy. Exhibiting at Eurosatory 2024, held in Paris from 17 to 21 June, Granta Autonomy’s stand even features surveillance footage of Russian troops in Ukraine recorded […]

Eurosatory 2024: Software Drop 4 for F-16V’s Viper Shield EW suite is complete, says L3Harris

Continuing the development of its AN/ALQ-254(V)1 Viper Shield digital electronic warfare (EW) suite for the Lockheed Martin F-16 Block 70/72 (F-16V) multirole fighter, L3Harris announced at the Eurosatory 2024 defence exhibition in Paris that it has completed the system’s fourth software drop. Anna Gragossian, general manager for surveillance solutions at L3Harris’ Space & Airborne Systems […]

NHI and NAHEMA launch comprehensive NH90 upgrade programme

NH Industries (NHI) and the NATO Helicopter Management Agency (NAHEMA) have signed a contract to launch the development and qualification of the NH90 Block 1 upgrade (also known as Software Release 3), Airbus announced on 13 June 2024. NAHEMA acted on behalf of Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, and Italy. This programme is part of the […]

Israeli Ministry of Defense signs LOA for third squadron of F-35s

The Israeli Ministry of Defense’s mission to the United States has officially signed a letter of offer and acceptance (LOA) to acquire a third squadron of Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighters for the Israeli Air Force (IAF), Lockheed Martin announced on 4 June 2024. The agreement was signed by retired Israeli brigadier general Mishel […]

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