Leonardo : Guardia di Finanza opens Air-Naval Operations Simulation Centre in Italy
Early this morning, the French Air Force sent two fighter jets and two tankers into Romanian airspace and the Black Sea. The objective of this eight-hour mission is not known, but it demonstrates once again the force projection capabilities of the Air Force: the fighters flew more than 1,900 kilometers before arriving at their patrol area.
An unidentified stratospheric balloon has flown over the American state of Montana. The nationality of this balloon has not been confirmed, but the American media seem to lean towards a balloon of Chinese origin. The theory that the balloon took images of intercontinental missile silos in the state is highly unlikely.
Leonardo : Guardia di Finanza opens Air-Naval Operations Simulation Centre in Italy
Guardia di Finanza (Italy’s Police Force, with general capability in economic and financial matters, is the only maritime Police Force in Italy) opened its Air-Naval Operations Simulation Centre.
105 new surveillance drones for the Ukrainian army
Germany's Quantum-System GmbH has agreed to deliver 105 Vector long-endurance reconnaissance drones to the Ukrainian Ministry of Defence. This contract follows a delivery of 33 Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) of the same model in August 2022.
DARPA launches Phase 1 of its strategic transport seaplane
DARPA has officially appointed two teams of industrialists to propose a seaplane concept with transport capabilities of over 100 tons. Both teams have already released an image of their concept, which turn out to be very different from each other.
Hensoldt and Fraunhofer work together on space surveillance radar
Hensoldt has agreed to cooperate with the Fraunhofer Institute for High Frequency Physics and Radar Technology FHR with the aim of transforming the technology demonstrator GESTRA (German Experimental Space Surveillance and Tracking Radar) into a series-production ready.
Air France-KLM Group is taking more Airbus A350-900 and A350F aircraft, turning options into firm orders. The A350Fs will join Martinair to replace the Boeing 747Fs. On the other hand, still nothing on the A350-1000. A big weakness for the Boeing 777-9 ?
The EES (Entry Exit System), which is intended to strengthen controls at the EU's external borders, has already been postponed several times at the request of the main players in the sector, citing a lack of preparation and allocation of sufficient staff.
Norse Atlantic Airways further expands its European network
The new Norwegian long-haul low-cost carrier will launch a daily service between Rome-Fiumicino and New York-JFK starting June 19.
Easyjet continues its recovery
The low-cost carrier posted a loss in the first quarter of 2022-2023 (completed Dec. 31) reduced to 133 million pounds from 213 million pounds in the same period of 2022.
39 new airlines have been created in 2022
According to figures provided by IATA (International Air Transport Association), this number of new entrants is lower than in 2021 (58 companies created), but higher than in 2020 (29 companies created).
Sabena technics continues its development by integrating within its group the activities of Fleet Management & CAMO, Powerplant & APU Boroscope, Aircraft Modifications and Flight Ops & OCC previously operated within Aéroconseil AKKODIS.
HAECO Xiamen to build world’s largest single span aircraft maintenance hangar in Xiamen Xiang’an International Airport
HAECO Xiamen, a member of the HAECO Group, participated in a groundbreaking ceremony to commence the construction of its new aircraft maintenance facility in Xiamen Xiang’an International Airport.
MRO : Jet Aviation Announces Extension of Boeing 777 Maintenance Capabilities in Basel
Jet Aviation Basel is now approved for heavy maintenance on the Boeing 777 up to and including 15-year checks.
MRO : HAECO et GE Aerospace signent un accord de service pour le moteur CF34-10A
HAECO et GE Aerospace ont signé un accord de services de marque GE (GBSA) pour les moteurs CF34-10A.
Gulfstream Aerospace announced that its latest jet, the Gulfstream G700, set 25 city-to-city speed records during its recent world tour. The records are pending certification by the american National Aeronautic Association and the FAI.
A year after Boom announced that Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro, N.C., would be the site of the Overture Superfactory, Boom has now begun construction of the Overture "Superfactory," a major milestone before the aircraft's production launch in 2024.
Leonardo and Safran join forces to power the AW09 single-engine helicopter
Leonardo and Safran Helicopter Engines today announced a partnership to enhance the capabilities and competitiveness of the new generation single-engine AW09 helicopter. Production helicopters will be equipped with the 1000 shp Arriel 2K, the next generation Arriel engine.
Airbus Helicopters performed steadily in a complex 2022
In 2022, Airbus Helicopters logged 374 gross orders (net: 362). Deliveries increased from 338 in 2021 to 344 in 2022, contributing to Airbus Helicopters’ preliminary 52% share of the civil and parapublic market.
Stratolaunch achieves a second captive flight with Talon-A
Stratolaunch's Roc completed its second Talon-A carrier flight on Jan. 13, 2023, during Roc's ninth flight and first flight outside the Mojave Desert test perimeter. The longest flight to date, this flight is intended to set the stage for Talon-A release testing, which the company plans to begin later this year.
Two MQ-9A Block 5 delivered to Spain
General Atomics delivered 2 UAV MQ-9A Block 5 to Ejercito del Aire (Spanish Air Forces)
Joint venture: Ukraine to produce Turkish UAVs
According to Vadym Ihorovych, Managing Director of Ukrspetsexport, Ukraine and Turkey are currently developing a joint venture for the production of Turkish UAVs.
Chernobyl : UAV Elios 2 sent into Reactor five
Flyability announced having conducted an inspection inside Chernobyl’s Reactor five, using its UAV Elios 2.
Aerospacelab sets up in France
The Belgian SME sets up its French subsidiary in Bordeaux-Mérignac.
A first exoplanet discovered by the James Webb Space Telescope
Every end of week, an image that made the news or caught our attention. On January 11, Nasa announced a new discovery of its fantastic space telescope.
First liftoff of the Electron microlauncher from Virginia
The small launcher from the U.S.-NZ company Rocket Lab flew its 33rd mission on January 24. It was launched for the first time from the Wallops Island base.
Ukraine, represented by Defense Minister Reznikov, has signed a contract with France and Thales for the future delivery of a short-range anti-aircraft system. Although specific details of the system are not yet known, the contract already specifies that the system will include a Thales Ground Master 200 medium-range radar.
The U.S. DoD has released images of the first batch of M2 Bradley armored vehicles for the Ukrainian Forces and on their way to Europe. The images confirmed that the Ukrainians will not be receiving an older version, but one of the latest variants of the armored infantry fighting vehicle.
HENSOLDT delivers more air surveillance radars to Ukraine
Hensoldt is supplying two more of its TRML-4D high-performance radars to strengthen Ukraine's air defence. The two radars will already be delivered in the next three months.
VIDEO - [UKRAINE / RUSSIA] 3 scenarios for the end of the conflict
General Michel Yakovleff is a recognized strategist who has worked in various organizations including NATO. In this interview captionned on the Air&Cosmos TV set, he shares with us three scenarios for the end of the Russia/Ukraine conflict and the potential impacts. An interview mixing strategy, history and geopolitics.
The cyber weapon in Ukraine: three lessons to be learned
At a press briefing of the French Ministry of the Armed Forces, the head of the Cyber Defense Command analyzed the use of cyber in the Russian-Ukrainian conflict, identifying three main lessons on the role of this "stealthy and discreet weapon, with a lightning effect".
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.