After more than a decade of uncertainty, Canada has officially announced its order for 88 F-35A fighter jets. At the time, Canada was the only partner state in the F-35 development program that had not ordered an F-35. The slow pace of this acquisition had even forced the Royal Canadian Air Force to buy second-hand fighter jets from Australia to relieve its aging fleet of F/A-18 Hornets.
Northrop Grumman is developing the next-generation F-35 Lightning II radar for the future Block 4, of which the radar will be a major component... While waiting for the turbojet engine with a higher thrust. The AN/APG-85 radar will replace the AN/APG-81 currently in service on the single-engine aircraft.
Invasion of Taiwan by China?
It is possible that a Chinese invasion of Taiwan could result in significant losses for both sides, including the United States if it chooses to become militarily involved in the conflict.
War in Ukraine : Romania takes Kongsberg/Raytheon anti-ship missiles
Raytheon Missiles & Defense has been awarded a $209 million FMS contract to supply Romania with NSM anti-ship and land-attack missiles designed and produced by Norway's Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace.
Resumption of Rafale combat aircraft deliveries to France
This event marks the resumption of Rafale deliveries to France after an interruption of fouryears. The Rafale B359 is for the French Air and Space Force. It is part of the “tranche 4” order for 60 aircraft awarded in 2009.
The US Navy is also interested in the XQ-58A Valkyrie
In an announcement from the Pentagon, the U.S. Navy has joined the USAF as a user of the XQ-58A Valkyrie autonomous demonstration drone. Like the USAF, the Navy is looking to use two of these UAVs to conduct research to develop its future system of systems, to accompany its sixth-generation naval aircraft.
Airbus and VDL Group join forces to produce an airborne laser communication terminal
Airbus and VDL Group have signed a partnership agreement for the development and manufacturing of a laser communication terminal for military aircraft and UAVs, known as UltraAir. They now prepare a demonstration of a prototype and a first flight test in 2024.
American missiles for Ukrainian soviet-era anti-aircraft systems
Following the adaptation of the American HARM anti-radar missile to Ukrainian aircraft of Soviet origin, Ukrainian and American engineers have found a way to adapt American RIM-7 Sea Sparrow short-range anti-aircraft missiles to Ukrainian Buk anti-aircraft systems, also of Soviet origin. This delivery will ensure a flow of missiles to Ukrainian systems that have been adapted to fire this missile.
Rafael’s SPYDER now offering counter tactical ballistic missiles capabilities
In response to urgent operational requests from several existing customers throughout the world, Rafael will extend the capabilities of the SPYDER’s effectors as well as the implementation of various Counter-Tactical ballistic missiles derivatives across the system.
AMX-10 RC: light battle tank or armored combat vehicle?
The recent announcement of the delivery of the AMX-10 RC to Ukraine has launched many different classifications: light tank, battle tank, armored combat vehicle, etc. This article presents the French Armed Forces' point of view, a NATO definition of the battle tank and finally, a comparison of the characteristics of the AMX-10 RCR and the Leclerc battle tank according to this definition.
France to deliver Bastion and AMX-10 RC to Ukraine
French President Emmanuel Macron officially announced to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky that France will soon deliver Bastion armored personnel carriers and AMX-10 RC armored reconnaissance vehicles to Ukraine. The latter will be particularly useful for reconnaissance missions, but also for support missions, thanks to their mobility and 105 mm gun.
Egypt buys new Boeing CH-47F Chinooks to upgrade its fleet
The contract for 12 new CH-47Fs continues a long-standing partnership and will provide the Egyptian Air Force with advanced multi-mission helicopter capabilities. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in 2026.
First interception of a Chinese WZ-7 Soaring Dragon drone
While interceptions of Chinese aircraft are a daily occurrence in Japan, this new year begins with a double exception. On January 1 and 2, Japanese fighters took off to intercept a Chinese drone flying not far from Japanese airspace. This was a first, as it was the latest Chinese HALE reconnaissance drone, the WZ-7 Soaring Dragon.
CH-53 King Stallion assembly goes into full production
Production of the CH-53K King Stallion has passed a major milestone: the U.S. Navy has granted Lockheed Martin approval to move into full production. In fact, Lockheed Martin plans to build more than 20 CH-53Ks each year until 2032.
9K33 Osa: new appearance of a Polish anti-aircraft system in Ukraine
A video published on 31 December confirms that Poland has secretly transferred at least one Osa short-range anti-aircraft system. Since the launcher is covered, it is impossible to confirm whether it is the version modernized in the early 2000s or an earlier version. This is not the first discreet Polish delivery in this field, as a video published at the beginning of December confirmed the transfer of at least one Polish S-125 anti-aircraft system.
First flight for the future Turkish stealth combat drone Kizilelma
Turkey continues to develop its drones, with the first flight of a jet-powered fighter aircraft expected to partially offset the country's ban on F-35 purchases.
Initial talks between Dassault Aviation and Colombia on Rafale purchase fail
Colombia has finally decided to launch an international tender open to countries that have fighter aircraft for sale and are able to deliver them quickly.
NORAD Tracks Santa: 67 years of tradition... after a wrong number!
On December 24, 1955, the NORAD officer in charge received a call from a child trying to reach Santa Claus. This call was quickly followed by other children. The military gladly responded. Since that day and every December 24, this very important command center in the United States organizes the live follow-up of Santa's tour around the world, mobilizing more than 1,200 American or Canadian military or civilian personnel.
Finland places order for Saab’s RBS 70 missiles
Saab has received an order from Finland regarding missiles for the RBS 70 ground-based air defence system. The order value is approximately SEK 800 million and deliveries will take place 2023-2026.
Historic visit of the Ukrainian President to the United States: meetings and new military aid... including the Patriot anti-aircraft system!
After decorating Ukrainian servicemen on the Bakhmut front, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is now in the United States, to meet with U.S. President Joe Biden and make a speech to the combined Senate and House of Representatives. This visit will also be an opportunity for the United States to announce new military aid to Ukraine, including for the first time the Patriot long-range anti-aircraft system.
The two Turkish A400Ms blocked in Kiev since February 24 return to Turkey
After 299 days in Ukraine, the two Turkish A400Ms were again visible on the aircraft tracking sites. They left Ukrainian airspace from the west of Ukraine to pass through northern Romania before flying towards central Turkey. No Turkish fighter aircraft were visible, but a Turkish tanker and above all a Turkish advanced air surveillance and command aircraft were also flying over Romania.
Saab Gripen E now in operation with Brazilian Air Force
The Brazilian Air Force (FAB) held a ceremony on 19 December at the Anápolis Air Base marking the beginning of operational activities of the Gripen E fighters by the First Air Defense Group.
42,000 $ per flight hour for the F-35: operating costs are not improving
The GAO published a report in November on 49 aircraft used within the Department of Defense. The F-35 was among the aircraft analyzed and several problems were highlighted, including slowed production due to an aircraft still in development, logistical problems and maintenance problems. The report also highlights problems with other aircraft, as well as the cost per flight hour, which for some aircraft is very impressive.
Germany officially orders 35 F-35A
With this announcement, Germany becomes the ninth country to purchase the fifth-generation F-35 fighter. The agreement includes the purchase of 35 F-35As, ammunitions, spare parts and maintenance support for five years. The Luftwaffe's first F-35A will be delivered in 2026.
American Patriot anti-aircraft systems to be delivered to Ukraine soon?
The decision has not yet been made, but the idea is clearly being advanced in the United States. The MIMI-104 is considered one of the best long-range anti-aircraft and anti-missile systems in the world. Thus, a delivery of a few launchers will significantly increase the anti-aircraft and anti-missile capabilities of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.
Poker 2022-04: strategic air raid simulation for the French Air and Space Force
On the evening of December 13, the French Air Force launched its fourth and final exercise of the year 2022, simulating a strategic air raid over France. This operation, called Poker 2022-04, is obviously centered around the Rafale fighter aircraft of the Strategic Air Forces, but also includes other aircraft. Indeed, a Poker operation generally includes about 50 combat and support aircraft.
SCAF: Airbus successfully demonstrates the concept of dropping drones from an A400M
Airbus has officially announced that it has successfully demonstrated the release of a DO-DT25 test drone from a Luftwaffe A400M transport aircraft. This new capability for the A400M is a further step forward for the SCAF and in particular the projection capability of future UAVs in this program.
Alouette III leaves active service after 60 years of loyal service in the French Navy
After a 60-year career and a large number of missions carried out on the world's seas and oceans, the French Navy has definitively retired its last Alouette III helicopters. Their departure will be filled by leased Dauphin helicopters and militarized H160s for SAR missions, until the arrival of the first H160M Guépard Marine in 2029.
Successful multi-domain demonstration for Airbus
This summer, Airbus, for the first time in Europe, demonstrated its new system for controlling drones from an aircraft or helicopter. This demonstration launches phase 3 of the Bundeswehr-funded program, with a future demonstration involving real combat aircraft and helicopters controlling specially developed drones. This capability is expected to be operational by 2030.
India's future airborne fighter: the Rafale M outperforms the F-18
The Indian Ministry of Defense has reportedly received reports of Rafale M and Super Hornet land-based tests, and it appears that the Rafale is far more suitable for Indian naval aviation operations than the Super Hornet. The decision is now political.
Surprise appearance of a Polish S-125 anti-aircraft system in Ukraine
Poland never announced the delivery of mobile anti-aircraft systems to Ukraine, so the image published on social networks confirms that this is now the case. Ukraine still had some Soviet-era S-125s before the Russian invasion of February 2022, but the image clearly shows the Polish version, which was heavily modernized in the late 1990s.
Sabena technics delivers Bombardier G7500 modified with Leonardo MIYSIS DIRCM
Sabena technics has successfully delivered a Bombardier G7500 to an undisclosed VVIP customer after a complete system modification campaign, to add Self-Defense System (SDS) capabilities.
Ukrainian strikes in Russia: at least two Russian bombers damaged
Ground and satellite images now available confirm the damage of the December 5 attacks: Ukrainian drones damaged a Tu-22M3 bomber at the Russian air base of Dyagilevo and a Tu-95 bomber at the Russian air base of Engels-2.
First Mid-Range Capability prototype battery accepted by the US Army
The upcoming arrival of the Precision Strike Missile and Long Range Hypersonic Weapon will allow the US Army to increase its long-range strike capabilities. However, a capability gap exists between the maximum range of the PrSM and the minimum range of the LRHW. This problem should soon be filled by the Typhon or Mid-Range Capability system, whose first prototype has just been accepted by the US Army.
Explosions on two Russian strategic air bases: new Ukrainian drone or old Tu-141?
Explosions were seen at two Russian air bases and confirmed by Russian media and social networks. Several media outlets also announced that the cause of these explosions would be a Ukrainian suicide drone. These airbases are home to Tu-95 bombers used to launch missiles on Ukraine.
KMW and Elbit Systems intensify Rocket Artillery Cooperation
KMW and Elbit have established the concept “Euro-PULS” for the next generation European Long Range Rocket Artillery as the successor system for the MLRS.
Embraer supports lawsuit against Boeing for «talent poaching»
Embraer, together with other Brazilian entities of the Security and Defense sector, support the lawsuit against Boeing for its strategy of co-opting Brazilian engineers, reports AviacionLine.
Northrop Grumman’s C-UAS System of Systems Architecture Excels During Complex Live Fire Tests
Northrop Grumman's short range Counter Unmanned Aerial Systems (C-UAS) command and control (C2) system successfully completed its most complex system of systems test to date.
Raytheon Intelligence & Space demonstrates multidomain advanced tactical comms
Raytheon BBN, a subsidiary of Raytheon Technologies, recently showcased its Robust Information Provisioning Layer, or RIPL, solution during an Air Force Research Laboratory exercise.
Rafael's C-Dome tested aboard SAAR 6 Corvette
The C-DOME is an advanced naval configuration of RAFAEL’s IRON DOME aerial defense system and is operated from the Missile Ship (INS) ‘Oz’ from the Sa’ar 6 ‘Magen’ Class Corvette.
French aid to Ukraine: 2 Crotale NG anti-aircraft systems and 2 MLRS Unitary Rocket Launchers
Sébastien Lecornu, French Minister of Defense, confirmed in an interview that France has delivered two Crotale NG anti-aircraft systems and two Unitary Rocket Launchers to the Ukrainian Armed Forces. He also announced that a Ukrainian request was also being analyzed by the Ministry of Defense.
China unveils two models of sixth generation aircraft: flying wing or more traditional aircraft?
At the recent Zhuhai Airshow, two futuristic aircraft designs caught the eye. China is one of the countries interested in developing and building a sixth generation aircraft for its air force. The two models are different: a flying wing following many American sixth-generation projects and a more classic plane but surprisingly resembling a video game plane.
Ukraine's missile defense system makes a splash with the Iris-T
The recent Russian cruise missile strikes are also accompanied by numerous videos of interceptions. With the increase in quantity but also and above all in quality of the equipment delivered, the Ukrainian anti-aircraft defence is gradually becoming more powerful. The German Iris-T medium-range system seems to be particularly effective against Russian air targets.
Zhuhai Air Show, the future of Chinese combat aviation: sixth generation aircraft, hypersonic space drone, new tanker,...
From November 8 to 13, the China International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition was held at Zhūhǎi-Jīnwān Airport (Guangdong, China). This year's show included a new hypersonic space drone, two sixth-generation aircraft concepts, and the refueling aircraft variant of the Y-20 transport aircraft. It is also an opportunity to see which foreign aircraft have been copied by Chinese manufacturers.
XQ-58A Valkyrie transfers to Eglin Air Force Base: autonomous drone testing to begin before Collaborative Combat Aircraft
Little by little, the US Air Force is preparing its future systems, including future UAVs to accompany manned aircraft. To achieve this, many projects and prototypes have been developed, including the XQ-58A. The latter had carried out its flight tests in Arizona, and the transfer to Eglin Air Force Base in Florida heralds the start of full-scale tests, including the accompaniment of manned combat aircraft, in complete autonomy.
Montenegro Air Force spends 200,000 hours battling wildfires using Bell 412 EPi
Montenegro Air Force rely on their three Bell 412 EPis helicopters to fight country-wide wildfires every summer.
New deliveries of equipment to Ukraine: 90 improved tanks, 1,100 rounds of ammunition, ASPIDE anti-aircraft system,...
The United States, the Netherlands and the Czech Republic have arranged to deliver 90 T-72B tanks to Ukraine, but before they are delivered, some systems will be upgraded. Deliveries of anti-aircraft equipment also continue, with a new Italian system. Italy is also talking about the possibility of delivering long-range anti-aircraft systems. The list of recent deliveries continues with technical support from Lithuania, the delivery of Greek armor and perhaps a future delivery of Swedish self-propelled howitzers.
An-225 Mriya: Antonov CEO confirms construction of second An-225
This information was announced at the opening of an exhibition on the An-225 Mriya at Leipzig/Halle airport in Germany. This second An-225 would use the second fuselage and other parts built up to 1994, as well as parts taken directly from the An-225 destroyed at Hostomel at the start of the war in Ukraine.
Already three A-10 Thunderbolt II equipped with new wings
Since the beginning of October, the US Air Force has finished replacing the wings of three A-10 Thunderbolt II attack aircraft. These aircraft are the first to receive these new wings, increasing their life expectancy. In service since 1976, they are highly valued by ground troops and are constantly being upgraded. Earlier this year, the last A-10Cs received the Suite 10, the latest upgrade to this venerable ground support aircraft.