Indra will work on the modernization of NATO’s AWACS, the early warning, surveillance, command and control aircraft.
50 C-130Js ordered to Lockheed Martin
Lockheed Martin received an order to deliver 50 C-130Js to the U.S. armed forces.
Tempest: Rolls-Royce manufactures electrical starter generator
The future sixth-generation British combat aircraft, Tempest, intended to replace the Eurofighter Typhoon within the RAF, will benefit from additional electrical systems, including an embedded turbine engine starting device developed by Rolls-Royce.
Burkina Faso selects Airbus C295
December was a successful month for the C295. Alongside Ireland and the Czech Republic, Burkina Faso also selected the Airbus aircraft.
MiG-27 retires in India
The 29th Indian MiG-27 Squadron, “Scorpions”, exits its last MiG-27M on December 27, 2019. The Indian Air Force received a total of 165 MiG-27ML aircraft between 1985 and 1994 and had until to seven MiG-27 squadrons.
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Italy boosts Piaggio Aerospace activity with several orders
Piaggio Aerospace ends 2019 with three new contracts worth €246 million. The Italian Ministry of Defense signs contract for nine copies of Avanti EVO turboprop aircraft as well as the modernization of the 18 copies in service within the Italian Armed Forces and technical-logistic support for Chinook.
Iran launches ballistic missiles against U.S. forces in Iraq
The United States Department of Defense announced on the night of January 7-8 that Iran had launched more than a dozen ballistic missiles against U.S. bases in Iraq.
Poland polices the Baltic airspace
Poland takes part in the air police mission in the Baltic states with its F-16 aircraft.
MBDA provides Germany with additional Meteor missiles
The German Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) awards a new contract to MBDA for additional Meteor missiles.
Tempest: Leonardo unveils new radar sensing technology
Leonardo UK has demonstrated the performance of a new radar receiver/warner technology as part of its on-going development work for Tempest program.
Crash of a Su-57
A Sukhoi Su-57 crashed into the taiga, in Khabarovsk Krai territory. The pilot managed to eject. According to the preliminary investigation, the cause is due to a malfunction of the tail flight controls.
Aeronautics: a growing industry for Europe
An ASD Communication study shows the crucial place of the aeronautical and defense industry in Europe.
First test fire for French UAVs
French Reaper drones stationed in Niamey conducted their first test firing.
Saab delivers Deployable Maintenance Facility to Hungary
Saab delivers first complete Deployable Aircraft Maintenance Facility to Hungary.
Israel sells radars to the Czech Republic
The Israeli Ministry of Defense announces the sale of radars to the Czech Republic.
Ireland and Czech Republic order Airbus C295 airlifters
Ireland joins Airbus C295’s customers for patrol operations while Czech Republic confirms its confidence in the medium airlifter acquiring two more.
C-130Js for New Zealand
The U.S. State Department approves the sale of C-130J aircraft to New Zealand.
Safran inaugurates Dassault Rafale's M88 maintenance training center
Safran Aircraft Engines inaugurated a maintenance training center at the Istres air force base for the M88 engine, which powers the Dassault Rafale.
The SLON blown at TsAGI
The future strategic transport aircraft to succeed the Antonov An-124 Ruslan is currently undergoing a wind tunnel testing campaign at the Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute (TsAGI) in Zhukovsky, Russia.
Airbus secures availability of the Tiger, Cougar and Caracal helicopters
Airbus Helicopters signs two global support contract for the Tigers in service in the French, German, and Spanish Armies as well as the Cougar and Caracal helicopters in service in the French Army and Air Force to boost their availability rate.
Russian Helicopters expects to sign a big contract in 2020
Russian Helicopters is moving towards the signature of a contract with Moscow for its Kamov Ka-52M attack helicopter project, according to Andrei Boginsky, General Director of the company.
The first modernized Tu-160M starts testing
Russia has assembled its first Tupolev Tu-160M, a strategic missile transport bomber that began its ground tests, preliminary to flight tests.
FCAS: Safran and MTU Aero Engines define partnership
Safran Aircraft Engines and MTU Aero Engines finally settled the details concerning their partnership to develop the engine of the next-generation European fighter aircraft NGF.
South Korea's future combat aircraft KF-X integrates MBDA Meteor
MBDA is selected by Korea Aerospace Industries to integrate its Meteor long-range air-to-air missile into the future South Korean KF-X combat aircraft.
Bangladesh and Thailand get more Leonardo-manufactured radars
Leonardo will provide Bangladesh Air Force with KRONOS LAND while Thailand gets NATO’s primary air defense sensor RAT31 DL.
MBDA’s Mistral 3 missile intercepts a drone
In front of 15 foreign delegations, MBDA’s teams carried out a demonstration of the Mistral 3 missile which destroyed its Mirach 40 mobile drone target located over 7 km away.
NATO welcomes its first RQ-4D
NATO has taken delivery of its first RQ-4D drone, to strengthen its surveillance capabilities.
Electronic warfare: ARCHANGE is launched
The French Minister of the Armies is launching the ARCHANGE program which is based on three Dassault Aviation Falcon 8X platforms that will replace the Transall C-160 Gabriel aircraft.
Dubai Airshow 2019: Elettronica, SteelRock and Invisible Interdiction focus on counter-UAV systems
During the Dubai Airshow, several companies presented their anti-drone vision and solutions. Whilst Invisible Interdiction focused on neutralization, Elettronica and SteelRock also displayed detection systems.
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Dubai Airshow 2019: partnership between Leonardo and IGG
Leonardo has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with IGG to analyse and explore the development of joined business activities in the UAE.
Dubai Airshow 2019: armed UAVs make their mark
All over the world, UAVs are being deployed by an ever-increasing number of armed forces — including in the Middle East, where China has emerged as the preferred supplier.
Counter-UAV: The UK issues a strategy
The United Kingdom has adopted an anti-drone strategy to set up initiatives to defend against malicious uses. The aim is to be able to protect sensitive infrastructures.
Missile defense: green light from Europe to the TWISTER project
The Council of the European Union approves the multi-role interceptor project Twister to defend against emerging threats, with entry into service by 2030.
LIBYA: DRONES TEST LABORATORY FOR A NEW TYPE OF AIR WARFARE
IN LIBYA, DRONES HAVE BECOME AN ESSENTIAL DEFENSE TOOL, ENABLING TO ALLEVIATE THE DEFICIENCIES AND WEAKNESSES OF THE STAKEHOLDERS’ AIR VECTORS.
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Dubai Airshow 2019: UAE launch Edge
The Dubai Airshow 2019 will be the opportunity for the new conglomerate of defense Edge, launched by the United Arab Emirates, to set up partnerships with European and American manufacturers.
Emirates take Boeing Chinook again
The United Arab Emirates will be able to reinforce their fleet of heavy helicopters Boeing Chinook with the decision of the U.S. Department of Defense to authorize the sale of ten additional copies.
Russian deployment in Serbia
Russia deployed air defense systems in Serbia as part of an exercise.
Airbus H125 makes its police debut in Austria
The Austrian Ministry of the Interior takes delivery of two Airbus Helicopters H125s equipped for law enforcement and search and rescue missions.
Germany takes delivery of its first NH90 Sea Lion
Airbus Helicopters delivered a first NH90 Sea Lion to Germany. It is also the 400th copy delivered in the world, all variants included. The German Navy has also ordered the NH90 to replace its 22 Sea Lynx.
The Indian forces have received their 194 Pipistrels
The Indian Armed Forces have just received their last batch of ultra-light Pipistrel aircraft ordered in 2015 for the training of their future pilots. Now 194 aircraft are into service in India.
Airbus pushes the A400M in South Korea
South Korea has expressed a need for a dozen military transport aircraft. Airbus Defense and Space logically pushes the A400M whose capabilities are so strategic.
Lithuania is interested by Black Hawk helicopters
The Lithuanian armed forces will replace their Mi-8 helicopters.
FCAS: the demonstrator is on track
French Minister of the Armed Forces Florence Parly announced progress in negotiations with Germany related to the FCAS program.
Elbit Systems wins contract in Asia
Elbit Systems has announced it has been awarded a contract in Southeast Asia for several drone models.
India takes delivery of its first Dassault Rafale
The Indian Air Force has just taken delivery of its first combat aircraft Dassault Rafale. The aircraft is part of an order for 36 copies, made in 2016 after a very long selection process. The whole Rafale aircraft will be delivered within three years.