Turkish Aerospace presents a new heavy helicopter powered by a Ukrainian engine manufacturer
At Le Bourget 2023, Turkish Aerospace Industries presented its new T925 heavy multi-role helicopter. This new project will accompany the 10-ton class multi-role attack helicopter known as the ATAK II.
The inexorable rise of China: a 40% expansion of its nuclear arsenal in four years.
The international sphere is currently shaken by the rapid evolution of the nuclear arsenal of the People's Republic of China. Over the past four years, China has drastically increased the size of its arsenal, reaching a staggering 40% growth. This raises pressing questions about how other nations around the world will react to this silent yet deeply concerning ascent.
Blinding the Russians: Mayak's long-range radar is destroyed.
Satellite images confirm that a large-scale Russian radar has been destroyed in Crimea. This radar is strategically important as it covers the low and medium-altitude airspace north of Sevastopol, as well as a portion of Ukrainian high-altitude airspace. This attack follows Ukraine's desire to reduce Russian detection and intelligence capabilities, including radars and electromagnetic intelligence ships.
Defence: unprecedented projection of the French Air Force in the Pacific
The French Air Force (Armée de l'Air et de l'Espace) is planning a new Pegasus mission, comprising 10 Rafales, 5 Airbus Phénix and 4 Atlas, for a month from the end of June to the end of July.
Crash of a Russian MiG-31: the wingman films the whole scene
A video posted on social networks confirms that a second Russian MiG-31 Foxbat suffered a serious mid-air fire. Last April, another Foxbat was filmed in similar conditions. While the videos confirm the primary cause of the loss of these two aircraft, it remains to be seen whether the Russian MiG-31s suffer from poor maintenance or serious technical problems.
Delta presents the largest transatlantic summer schedule in its history
The U.S. airline has launched a summer program with over 650 weekly flights between the two sides of the Atlantic, with a 30% increase in seat capacity compared with the summer 2022 season.
Air Transat adds ASL Airlines to its virtual interline platform
This platform now enables Canadian travellers to combine certain Air Transat and ASL Airlines flights to fly to Algeria (Algiers, Annaba, Bejaïa), via a connection via Paris CDG or Lyon.
Low-cost carriers continue to gain ground on legacy carriers
According to OAG statistics, low-cost airlines accounted for 32% of global seat capacity in March 2023, with large countries like India (74% of seats) where they are in the majority.
The global airline industry is set to return to profit at the end of the year
At its 79th General Assembly in Istanbul, IATA (the International Air Transport Association) announced that the global airline industry would be back in the black by the end of 2023, with an expected profit of $9.8 billion.
Tarmac Aerosave, an expert in aircraft and engine life cycle management, and Donecle, a manufacturer of drones specifically for aviation maintenance, have signed an agreement to develop automated aircraft inspections.
CFM and StandardAero expand LEAP open MRO network
CFM International and StandardAero have signed a CFM Branded Services Agreement (CBSA) for both LEAP-1A and LEAP-1B engines. Under the terms of the agreement, StandardAero will provide the full scope of LEAP Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul (MRO) services for operators worldwide.
MRO : Lufthansa Technik and Saudia Aerospace Engineering Industries signed collaboration agreement
Saudia Aerospace Engineering Industries (SAEI) and Lufthansa Technik Middle East (LTME) announced the recent signing of an agreement regarding a close cooperation in the field of aircraft component services on Boeing 777 and 787.
MRO : Joramco inks new maintenance agreement with Emirates
Under the agreement, Joramco will perform nose to tail C checks and modifications on Boeing 777 aircraft from the Emirates fleet.
H160 receives FAA certification
Airbus Helicopters has received Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification for the H160 helicopter, marking an important milestone in the aircraft's development and positioning it for entry into the US market.
Pratt & Whitney and Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance announce first GTF engine commissioning
Pratt & Whitney announced that Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance (AFI KLM E&M), has inducted its first Pratt & Whitney GTF engine. AFI KLM E&M joined the Pratt & Whitney GTF MRO network in 2022, with disassembly, assembly and test capabilities for PW1500G model engines for the Airbus A220 family.
Pratt & Whitney to equip up to 146 LATAM Airbus A320neo with GTF
Pratt & Whitney has announced that LATAM has selected GTF engines to power additional A320neo Family aircraft, adding to their initial order selecting GTF turbojet engines to power more than 40 aircraft in 2013. Including the remaining options, the agreement will cover a total of 146 aircraft.
Boeing's busy schedule continues
Committed to the certification of four aircraft (737MAX 7, 737MAX 10, 777-9, 777-8F), Boeing has also launched the ramp-up of production rates on the 737 MAX and 787, while pushing ahead with the Sustainable Flight Demonstrator and Wisk Gen6 innovation programs.
Poland deploys its Kamikaze UAV
The Warmate UAV is deployed in the Polish forces.
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.
Third Intelsat contract for Ariane 6
Arianespace and one of its major historical customers took advantage of World Satellite Business Week to announce the signature of a new launch contract, using the future European heavy launcher.
French electric propulsion supplier Exotrail wins new U.S. contract
The French nugget has been chosen by California-based Muon Space to equip the next phase of its climate monitoring constellation. This is Exotrail's sixth U.S. contract to date.
Third firing of the Ariane 6 upper stage
The German Space Agency's test center in Baden-Württemberg saw the ULPM grow for the third time, in a ground test lasting over 11 minutes.
Since February 27, a heavy transport plane Antonov 124-100 of the Russian company Volga-Dnepr is grounded at the Toronto airport. Following new sanctions put in place by Canada, responsibility for the aircraft will be transferred to the Ukrainian authorities. The Volga-Dnepr group is going through a very difficult period, with grounded planes, the obligation to separate 200 pilots,...
Numerous photos and videos confirm that the Russian Armed Forces are moving T-54 medium tanks on their rail network. Their final destination seems to be Ukraine, but their usefulness there will be limited and they will be very vulnerable to Ukrainian battle tanks, delivered battle tanks or modern anti-tank systems. The longer the conflict in Ukraine drags on, the more the Russian Land Forces seem to pull out older and older vehicles from their stocks.
French Crotale in Ukraine: first interception of a Russian missile
A video confirms the first confirmed destruction carried out by a Ukrainian Crotale NG anti-aircraft system. The Ukrainian Armed Forces have received two launchers and missiles from France to increase their anti-aircraft and anti-missile capabilities by the end of 2022.
Northern Macedonia confirms delivery of 4 Su-25s to Ukraine, talks underway for Mi-24s
Northern Macedonia has officially confirmed that this summer it transferred its 4 Su-25 attack aircraft to Ukraine. The latter had not been used since 2004 and will probably be cannibalized to maintain the Ukrainian Su-25 fleet. A delivery of Mi-24 Hind helicopter gunships is reportedly under discussion, but these are most likely Mi-24s that have also been retired and are not operational.
13 MiG-29s and Slovak anti-aircraft systems for Ukraine
Following the recent Polish announcement, Slovakia confirms that it will deliver 13 MiG-29 fighters, 10 of which are fully operational. A still unknown number of Kub-M2 short-range anti-aircraft systems will also be transferred to the Ukrainian Armed Forces.
Ukraine will receive Polish MiG-29s in the next few days!
Poland is about to deliver four of its MiG-29 fighter aircraft to Ukraine in the next few days. These aircraft will be joined by others that require maintenance before delivery. In total, the Ukrainian Air Force is about to receive more than a dozen Polish fighter jets... and perhaps more, if other countries decide to follow Poland.