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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 […]

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 […]

The F-35 JSF is Poland’s New Eagle

After much anticipation and effort in Poland, Airbus (Eurofighter) and SAAB (Gripen-E) accepted the inevitable and much-feared conclusion: The Polish MOD chose the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter for their Harpia (Eagle) Fighter Acquisition Programme that includes the purchase of 32 multi-role fighter jets from the USA. America in Central Europe As evidenced across the region, […]

F-35 for Poland

Poland will acquire 32 F-35A Lightning II 5th generation multirole fighter aircraft for US$4,6 billion (€4,1 billion). Deliveries should commence in 2024-2025. The Polish Ministry of Defence (MoD) signed a contract for delivery of 32 F-35A Lightning II multirole fighter aircraft during a special ceremony held at the 4th Training Aviation Wing in Deblin last […]

The Singapore F-35/JMMS Story

Just prior to the Singapore Airshow to be held from February 11-16, it was learned that the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) and Navy (RSN) will combine their operational capabilities with the procurement of F-35B short take-off and vertical landing (STOVL) fifth-generation stealth fighter aircraft. The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency’s Foreign Military Sales […]

Halo Lifejacket Awarded ETSO Approval

Survitec’s new passenger lifejacket solution for helicopter transfer, named Halo, has received European Technical Standard Order (ETSO) approval certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). Halo was officially unveiled during last year’s SPE Offshore Europe exhibition, in Aberdeen, Scotland. It is a one-size-fits-all, twin chamber lifejacket. And it is the first aviation lifejacket to […]

Satellite Management Affecting Orbit Design

The need for more communication infrastructure leads to more and more satellites roaming around the earth in a rather uncoordinated manner. “The number of satellites is growing exponentially and, with it, the risk of collision. To this we have to add the increase in debris that orbits without control,” Ignacio Mataix, Managing Director of Transportation […]

More Flankers in Africa

From a Central European perspective, a continent with so many reasons to flee, especially to Europe, would have other needs than the procurement of fighter jets. Many observers see fighter jets more as part of the problem that is driving Africans out of Africa. In discussions, one often hears the simplistic argument that arms sales […]

U.S. Navy Selects Leonardo for the AHTS Programme

Leonardo has received a $176.5 million contract for the production of the first batch of 32 TH-73A helicopters in support of the Advanced Helicopter Training System (AHTS) programme. Under the Advanced Helicopter Training System (AHTS) programme, the U.S. Navy has selected Leonardo’s TH-119 single-engine IFR helicopter to replace the ageing and increasingly difficult to maintain […]

Chinook Offered to Germany

Yesterday Boeing submitted its response to the call for tenders for Germany’s future heavy transport helicopter (STH). The invitation to tender was published by the German procurement agency BAAINBw in June 2019. The contract for the procurement of 44 to 60 helicopters, including maintenance, repair and training, is expected to be awarded in 2021. Boeing […]

Test Flights of the European Drone

Indra and the Galician company Gaerum have been working together on Targus, one of the largest civil drones in Europe, for several years. This work has now been rewarded by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), that approved Targus to start flight tests. It is the first time that a 1.25-ton aircraft prepared to fly […]

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