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Hensoldt Awarded EUROFIGHTER Services Contract

Hensoldt has been awarded a contract worth a mid-three-digit million euro amount for the next phase of EUROFIGHTER maintenance. The contract covers service tasks for Hensoldt’s share of various EUROFIGHTER systems covering radar, self-protection and avionics, the company writes in a press release. Hensoldt’s service is to contribute to an increase in the number of […]

KALAETRON ATTACK to Neutralise Air Defences

By combining artificial intelligence, digitisation and Active Electronically Scanning Array (AESA) technologies, Hensoldt has developed a jamming system (“jammer”) called KALAETRON ATTACK, which jams even the latest Russian radars, protecting aircraft against enemy air defence, Hensoldt writes in a press release. According to the company, KALAETRON ATTACK has recently proven its effectiveness in current threat […]


Bell Textron has announced that it has signed a teaming agreement with Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC). As part of the collaboration, SNC has agreed to join Team INVICTUS as the mission systems integrator for FARA Increment 1. As the mission systems integrator for the Bell 360 Invictus, SNC is expected play a key role in […]

AeroVironment Demonstrates New Software at IMX/CE 22

AeroVironment has announced the successful maritime demonstration of Interoperability to Interchangeability (I2I) operations by the US Navy and Royal Navy using AeroVironment’s PUMA 3 AE small unmanned aircraft systems. The demonstration was part of a combined event – International Maritime Exercise 2022/Cutlass Express 2022 (IMX/CE 22), the company writes in a press release. IMX/CE 22 […]

Czech Defence Chief Signs Helicopter Beams

The Czech Republic’s Chief of Defence, Gen. Aleš Opata, visited Bell’s Amarillo Assembly Centre with delegates to observe the Czech Republic’s H-1 aircraft production line, Bell writes in a press release. During the visit, Gen. Opata signed the beams of the first AH-1Z and UH-1Y aircraft earmarked for delivery to the Czech Republic. According to […]

Diehl Defence & Hensoldt to Deepen GBAD Cooperation

Diehl Defence & Hensoldt have agreed to intensify their cooperation in the field of ground-based air defence, the companies write in a press release. Based on latest technologies, the plan is to offer improved capabilities against new and emerging threats. The companies thereby intend to make a contribution to addressing the changed threat situation for […]

Kongsberg to Supply F-35 Pylons

Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace AS has signed an agreement with Marvin Engineering (MEC) worth 240 MNOK to supply air-to-air pylons for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter programme, Kongsberg writes in a press release. The agreement covers the next three production lots (15-17) for all variants of the aircraft. JH

Lockheed Martin Delivers 500th C-130J

Lockheed Martin has delivered the 500th C-130J SUPER HERCULES airlifter, 26 years after the version’s first flight. The user of the jubilee aircraft is the 130th Airlift Wing in Charleston, West Virginia, which is currently converting its inventory of C-130s to C-130Js. The C-130J is the current production model of the legendary C-130 HERCULES, Lockheed […]

RUAG Expands Maintenance Capacity for Helicopter Components

RUAG is strategically targeting new markets in the helicopter sector and investing in optimising the maintenance of dynamic components. The upcoming investments in the future of the dynamic component workshop at the Alpnach site are expected to improve planning, adherence to schedules and reliability of maintenance work, the company writes in a press release. At […]

Airbus to Develop TIGER MKIII

On behalf of the French and Spanish procurement authorities, OCCAR has awarded a contract to Airbus Helicopters for the development, production, and initial in-service support of the TIGER MkIII attack helicopter upgrade programme, Airbus writes in a press release. The contract covers the upgrade of 42 aircraft for France (with the possibility to add another […]

Bell Begins Czech AH-1Z Production

Bell Textron has started production of the first AH-1Z VIPER for the Czech Republic at Bell’s Amarillo Assembly Centre, the company writes in a press release. The production of the VIPER joins UH-1Y production as part of the Czech Republic Foreign Military Sale (FMS) of a mixed fleet aircraft. Bell’s work beyond aircraft manufacturing includes […]

First Flight for Unmanned BLACK HAWK

At the US Army’s Fort Campbell base, Sikorsky, the helicopter division of Lockheed Martin, has conducted an unmanned flight of a BLACK HAWK helicopter. Sikorsky reported that the company had equipped the helicopter with a control system under the Aircrew Labor In-Cockpit Automation System (ALIAS) DARPA programme, which turned the BLACK HAWK into an Optionally […]

Patria and Pratt & Whitney Deepen Cooperation

Patria and Pratt & Whitney have signed a Letter of Intent to deepen their ongoing cooperation related to the F100-PW-220/220E and F100-PW-229 military jet engines operational in the F-16 and F-15 combat aircraft, Patria writes in a press release. The aim is to maintain and develop the existing relationship in support of maintenance, repair and […]

Spain Receives First CH-47F

Following a comprehensive modernisation effort, Boeing has delivered the first CH-47F CHINOOK transport helicopter to the Spanish Army. The company has announced that the Spanish Army’s entire fleet of 17 CH-47Ds will be upgraded to the new standard. According to the company, the CH-47F features a digital automatic flight control system, common avionics architecture and […]

German NH-90s to Receive AMPS

HENSOLDT is to equip 82 Bundeswehr NH-90 Tactical Transport Helicopters (TTH) with Airborne Missile Protection System (AMPS) technology, the company writes in a press release. For the first time, the KALAETRON radar warning receiver has been selected as an element of AMPS. After the integration phase, the helicopters are to be equipped within the framework […]

Russia to Display CHECKMATE at Dubai Air Show

According to Dmitry Shugaev, Head of the Russian Federal Service on Military-Technical Cooperation with Foreign States, the military part of the Russian national pavilion at the Dubai Air Show will feature a prototype of the CHECKMATE light tactical aircraft (LTA), Mi-28NE and Ka-52E combat helicopters plus the ORION drone. Both gunships are scheduled to participate […]

Continuous Support for TIGER Simulators

OCCAR has commissioned the TIGER Aircrew Training Means (ARGE TATM) consortium, consisting of Rheinmetall Electronics GmbH and Thales AVS France SAS, to continue the service support of the TIGER combat helicopter simulators. The Integrated Service Support contract, which will generate orders in the low double-digit million euro range for Rheinmetall, will cover the period from […]

Elbit IHADSS for US Army

The US Army’s AH-64 APACHE attack helicopters will be equipped with Integrated Helmet and Display Sight Systems (IHADSS) from Elbit System of America. Elbit reports that it has signed an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (ID/IQ) framework contract with the US Army worth a maximum of US$76M (equivalent to €66M) with a term of five years. A […]

Boeing Signs Block II CHINOOK Contract

The US Army has exercised options for four contracted CH-47F Block II CHINOOKs with the aircraft scheduled for delivery beginning in 2023. Separately, the Army has awarded Boeing a US$29M advanced procurement contract for the second production lot of CH-47F Block II aircraft. The Block II CHINOOK features multiple upgrades aimed at providing additional lift capability and […]

Establishment of the Franco-German C-130J Squadron

With the signing of the second intergovernmental agreement on Franco-German cooperation in the field of air transport, the German and French Defence Ministers, Annegret Kramp Karrenbauer and Florence Parly, cleared the last hurdle for the official founding of a joint Franco-German squadron on 1 September 2021. As the German MoD has announced, the core of […]

First Greek RAFALE Delivered

France has delivered the first Dassault RAFALE to Greece only after six months after the signature of the Contract for the acquisition of 18 examples. This first aircraft, as well as the next five to come from the French Space and Air Force, will train the Hellenic Air Force (HAF) Pilots and Technicians in France before […]

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