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Lufthansa Aviation Training GmbH puts first H145 simulator into operation

Lufthansa Aviation Training GmbH will be able to start training operations with the first Full Flight Simulators (Level D) for the Airbus H145/H135. This comes after qualification in accordance with EASA Level D by the German Federal Aviation Office on 27th August 2020. With the introduction of the FFS, Lufthansa Aviation Training is expanding its […]

BLACK EAGLE Family Goes Electric

Israeli Rotary Unmanned Aerial Systems (RUAS) company Steadicopter has unveiled electric variants of its BLACK EAGLE 25E and BLACK EAGLE 50E. Based on the company’s BLACK EAGLE platform, which has been proven for military needs, the new systems now enable high performance and operational flexibility for other security forces in a wide range of law enforcement, maritime, […]

Spain to Get 100 AMRAAMs

Spain will buy 100 AIM-120C-7/8 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAMs) from the United States at an estimated cost of US$248.5m in a deal that also includes one spare AMRAAM Guidance Section and related equipment such as containers and support equipment. The proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security of the United States by […]

Czech Republic to Receive H-1 Helos

The United States has awarded Bell Textron a US$272.2m contract for the production and delivery of eight UH-1Y VENOM and four AH-1Z VIPER helicopters to the Czech Republic with delivery expected to be completed in November 2023. The Czech Ministry of Defence announced on 12th December 2019 that the proposed procurement would be a decisive step into […]

Continuation of the successful series with UH-72B LAKOTA

Gerhard Heiming At the National Guard Association of the United States (NGAUS) virtual exhibition in Washington from 28th to 29th August 2020, Airbus Helicopters announced the launch of the latest version of the LAKOTA helicopter, with an order for 17 aircraft. The UH-72 belongs to the widely used H145 family, whose military and civilian versions […]


Since General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. and engineering and technology firm SENER began collaborating in 2008, the international partnership has resulted in significant agreements regarding the MQ-9A Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) for Spain and its adaptation to the requirements of the Spanish Armed Forces. The latest joint development effort is a NATO Pod, designed and […]

Japan to Buy More AMRAAMs

J C Menon Japan will buy another lot of 32 AIM-120C-8 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM), with support, for an estimated cost of US$63m, with Raytheon Missile Systems acting as the prime contractor. The State Department has made a determination approving the possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Japan and the Defense Security Cooperation […]

Cargo Delivery by UAV for Equinor

Jack Richardson Schiebel, together with partner Nordic Unmanned have successfully demonstrated to Norwegian energy company Equinor the cargo delivery capability of its CAMCOPTER® S-100 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) to offshore platform Troll A. This is a world’s first in terms of full-scale offshore UAV delivery from shore to an active oil and gas installation. The […]

U.K to Purchase 395 HELLFIRE Missiles

J C Menon The U.S. will sell 395 Lockheed Martin built AGM-114R2 HELLFIRE missiles to the U.K. for an estimated cost of US$46m in a possible Foreign Military Sale which will also include technical assistance, publications, integration support and other related elements of logistics and programme support. This proposed sale will support the foreign policy and […]

Melsbrook Hanger for A400M

Gerhard Heiming In preparation for operating the A400M transport aircraft, the Belgian Ministry of Defence is having a €134m hangar built at the Melsbrook airbase to allow the simultaneous maintenance of three A400Ms. With a floor space of 185m x 75m and a height of 30m, it will be the largest military hangar in Belgium. The […]

SkyGuardian for Belgium

Jack Richardson General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) has signed a Foreign Military Sales contract with the U.S. Air Force for the Belgian Ministry of Defence to acquire the MQ-9B SkyGuardian® Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS). The contract covers the design, development, integration and production of the RPAS with its EO/IR video and SAR/GMTI surveillance […]

First A350 Handed Over to the German Air Force

Gerhard Heiming Soon, members of the Federal Government, parliamentarians and members of the German Armed Forces will be able to go on long-distance journeys with the A350-900, one of the most modern passenger aircraft. The future flagship of the Federal Ministry of Defence’s (BMVg) Special Air Mission Wing in Hamburg was handed over in the […]

A400M for Luxembourg

Gerhard Heiming The only A400M transport aircraft ordered by Luxembourg became the property of the Luxembourg Armed Forces on 10th August 2020, though the aircraft will initially remain in Seville for the installation of special instruments according to the requirements of the Luxembourg and Belgian Armed Forces. The aircraft is scheduled to be delivered in […]

Second A330 MRTT for MMU

Gerhard Heiming The second Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft was handed over to the Multinational MRTT Unit (MMU) on 10th August 2020, after the first aircraft was handed over on 29th June. Following final assembly in Getafe, Spain, a team from OCCAR, NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) and the MMU have been conducting acceptance […]

IAI Upgrades Towed Decoys

Arie Egozi Israeli Aerospace Industries (IAI) has recently upgraded the capabilities of its towed decoy solutions, the demand for which has pushed IAI towards the development of a new Electronic Warfare system which provides an added layer of self-defence for aircraft. The system, which was developed by IAI’s electronics subsidiary ELTA Group, is towed by […]

India to Buy 106 Basic Trainer Aircraft

J C Menon India is to buy 106 basic trainer aircraft from Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) to end reliance on Swiss manufacturer Pilatus Aircraft Ltd. India’s Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) accorded its Acceptance of Necessity (AoN), the first step towards buying military hardware in India, for 106 Hindustan Turbo Trainer 40 (HTT-40) aircraft on 11th […]

Airbus Military to Upgrade US SOCOM CASA 212-200 CC60 Aircraft

J C Menon The U.S Army’s Special Operations Aviation Command (SOCOM) has awarded Airbus DS Military Aircraft Inc. a US$10m contract for the sustainment and modernisation of five CASA 212-200 CC60 aircraft. This includes new avionics suites and aircraft maintenance refreshes with the majority of the work to be performed in Mobile, Alabama and expected to […]

Ninox UAV Family Unveiled

Arie Egozi Israeli company SpearUAV has unveiled its Ninox family of encapsulated drones which can be launched instantly, and intuitively operated to provide on-demand and on-the-move intelligence capabilities that create new dimensions on the battlefield.  Compared to traditional drones of similar capabilities, Ninox offers both operational affordability as the drones can be launched manually or […]

Research to Kill Drone Operators

Arie Egozi Israel scientists are developing systems to not only intercept a drone but also to kill its operator. Researchers at Ben Gurion University, led by Dr. Gera Weiss and conducted by lead researcher Eliyahu Mashhadi, are developing a unique system that according to them, will be capable of pinpointing the operator. Mashhadi told ESD that a […]

New JHMCS Tested

Arie Egozi The new version of Elbit systems Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System (JHMCS) is being flight tested aboard the Lockheed Martin F-16V aircraft in the United States, following the completion of JHMCS II safety qualification testing, including wind-blast, tower and sled tests. These flight tests are part of the U.S. Air Force’s Military Flight Release […]

U.S Army Orders Nine CHINOOK Helicopters

J C Menon The U.S. Army Special Operations Aviation Command will buy nine more MH-47G Block II CHINOOK helicopters from Boeing at a cost of US$265m, adding to the 24 next-generation CHINOOKs already on contract. The majority of the work will be performed at its facility in Ridley Park, Pennsylvania and is expected to be completed […]

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