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Evaluation for Swiss Fighter and Air Defence Programmes

The Swiss procurement authority Armasuisse has received a second set of bids from the candidates for the Air2030 project, respectively for a New Combat Aircraft (NKF) and a Ground-Based Air Defence System with Extended Range (BodLUV GR). This follows extensive testing and hardware demonstrations following the first bid. The candidates had to perform tasks that […]

Final NATO AGS UAV Delivered

On 12 November 2020, the fifth and final NATO RQ-4D PHOENIX UAV landed at the Main Operating Base (MOB) of the NATO Alliance Ground Surveillance system (AGS) in Sigonella, Sicily, meaning the main part of the AGS has been delivered. The NATO Alliance Ground Surveillance Force (NAGSF) is currently preparing for Initial Operating Capability (IOC), […]

Russian Helicopters Mi-8AMT Kits for Kazakhstan

The Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant, part of the Russian Helicopters holding (itself a component of the Rostec State Corporation) has delivered two Mi-8AMT helicopter kits to Kazakhstan which will be assembled in the country. The delivery is based on a trilateral contract signed by Kazakhstan Engineering, Kazakhstan’s Aircraft Repair Plant No. 405 and Russian Helicopters for semi-knock-down (SKD) […]



GA-ASI Moves Sustainment Operations to Europe

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) opened a new customer service centre in Dresden, Germany on 5 October 2020. The centre provides sustainment capabilities for MQ-9 fleets in and near Europe, providing customer convenience and expanding opportunities for European aerospace suppliers. The service centre is a key part of General Atomics’ European Regional Sustainment Network (ERSN). […]

Taiwan to Buy Four UAVs

Taiwan is to buy four MQ-9B UAVs and related equipment for an estimated cost of US$600m. The principal contractor for the armed aircraft will be U.S-based General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI). The deal also includes: two Fixed Ground Control Stations, two Mobile Ground Control Stations and 14 Embedded Global Positioning System/Inertial Navigations Systems (EGI) with Selective […]

Latest Info on DEFIANT from AUSA

In a statement, the team said: “The Sikorsky-Boeing team continues to make great progress as we advance DEFIANT’s rigorous flight test program. With every flight, as we continue to increase DEFIANT’s speed, angle of bank and rate of climb, we are gathering important data, expanding our speed and maneuverability envelope and validating our modeling and […]



U.S Fighter Offer to Finland

The U.S has given approval for Finland to buy air-to-air missiles, air-to-ground precision guided munitions and related equipment for an estimated cost of US$12.5bn, should the country decide to purchase 64 F-35 aircraft. The proposed sale will replace Finland’s legacy F/A-18s HORNETS and enhance its air-to-air and air-to-ground self-defence capability. The package is broken down […]

U.S Allied Nation to get AeroVironment PUMA

AeroVironment has secured a US$8.3m firm-fixed-price U.S. Department of Defense Foreign Military Sales contract for Puma™ 3 AE tactical Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS), training and support to an allied nation, with delivery anticipated by March 2021. “The United States Department of Defense and the defense forces of 50 allied nations around the world rely on AeroVironment’s […]

PATRIOT Released for Switzerland

The US Government has agreed for Switzerland to purchase the MIM104 PATRIOT via an FMS from Raytheon, the Defence Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has announced. Switzerland intends to renew its ground-based air defence (Bodengebundene Luftverteidigung) as part of the BODLUV 2020 project, with the choice between SAMP/T (Surface-to-Air Missile Platform/Terrain) from Eurosam (MBDA/Thales) and the MIM104 […]



Japan to Buy RAM from the U.S

Japan will acquire 51 Raytheon-made Rolling Airframe Missiles (RAM) and related equipment for an estimated cost of US$55.311m. The U.S State Department has already made a determination approving the possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Japan. These RAM Block 2 Tactical missiles will provide significantly enhanced area defence capabilities over critical East Asian and […]

First H160 Full Flight Simulator

The first flight simulator for the new Airbus H160 helicopter with the Helionix avionics suite is ready for take-off following certification by the Direction générale de l’aviation civile, (DGAC), France’s civil aviation authority. A special feature of this training level D simulator is the all-electric Hexaline motion system with six degrees of freedom for simulation […]

Extra A330 MRTT for Luxembourg

Airbus has received a firm order for an additional Airbus A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) from OCCAR, Europe’s organisation for the management of cooperative armament programmes. The order, which OCCAR has placed on behalf of NATO’s Support & Procurement Agency (NSPA), follows the decision by Luxembourg to maximise its participation in the Multinational MRTT Fleet […]



Diehl Delivers Precision Ammunition

Diehl Defence has received an order from the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) to deliver GBU-54 weapon systems to the German Air Force. This is an air-to-surface weapon, equipped with the “Laser JDAM” (Joint Direct Attack Munition) conversion kit developed by Boeing. Through the combination of INS/GPS navigation, laser seeker and […]

First PATRIOT Battery in Romania

The Romanian Air Force officially received the material for its first PATRIOT battery on 17th September 2020 after the systems arrived in Romania and underwent acceptance tests at the National Air Defence Training Centre “Brigadier General Ion Bungescu” in August 2020. Romania has ordered seven PATRIOT systems in two lots. The first will be operated […]

Austria Selects AW169M 

Italy has been selected as the preferred partner-nation to replace the 19 flyable SA.316/319‚ ALOUETTE III helicopters stationed at the inner-alpine Aigen-im-Ennstal air base of the Austrian Air Force. Leonardo‘s AW169M has therefore beaten competition from the Bell-Textron Bell 429 and Airbus-Helicopters H145M, respectively the proposals by the governments of the USA and Germany, which […]



First Upgraded L-159 Delivered

Aero Vodochody has handed over the first of 16 single-seat L-159 ALCA aircraft to the 21st Tactical Air Force Base, Čáslav. These are undergoing periodic work after sixteen years of operation (PP16), meaning the operation of those light combat aircraft will be extended by another eight years on the basis of a contract with the Czech Military. […]

Greece Announces Major Arms Purchase

Greece has announced major arms purchases with “six emblematic decisions that multiply the power, functionality and effectiveness of Greek weapons,” in the words of Prime Minister K.Mitsotakis. These decisions include: The Hellenic Air Force will immediately acquire a squadron of 18 RAFALE fighter jets that will replace older MIRAGE 2000 fighters. The Greek PM said […]

F-35 Contract for Israeli Industry

Cyclone, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Elbit Systems, has been awarded a contract by Lockheed Martin to supply assemblies for the F-35’s Forward Equipment Bay – made from composite materials and the associated structures – across all F-35 aircraft variants. Elbit Systems will deliver more than 1,400 components to Lockheed Martin during the four year contract period. […]



SAR HERMES Trialled by UK

An Elbit Systems HERMES 900 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) has successfully completed a series of flight demonstrations for the UK’s Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) to test the capabilities of using a UAV to enhance Search and Rescue (SAR) capabilities in addition to the use of long-range unmanned capabilities in civilian airspace. Taking place off the West […]

U.S. Forces Using SKYLORD Drone

An operational pilot programme has been launched employing SKYLORD drones to defend U.S. forces from various inbound aerial threats including hostile drones. This follows a joint R&D programme led by the Directorate of Defense Research and Development (DDR&D) in the Israeli Ministry of Defence, together with Israeli company Xtend, and the Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office […]

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 […]




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