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  • Tunisia Signs Contract for T-6C Texan
    Tunisia Signs Contract for T-6C Texan 20 November 2020
    Tunisian National Defence Minister Imed Hazgui says the government has approved the purchase of eight T-6C Texan jet training aircraft. The U.S. State Department approved the sale of 12 T-6C aircraft to Tunisia in October last year. The U.S. State Department had also approved the sale of four AT-6 Wolverine light assault aircraft to Tunisia. In the official announcement there was no mentioning on the confirmation of a contract for four AT-6C Wolverine light attack aircraft...
  • First RC-2 In Japan Inventory
    First RC-2 In Japan Inventory 3 October 2020
    Japan's first RC-2 modern reconnaissance aircraft developed through the C-2 transport aircraft has been accepted into inventory. After years of testing, the Japan Air Self-Defence Forces launched the first RC-2 reconnaissance aircraft developed by Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI). Designed for the execution of electronic intelligence (ELINT) and long-range, long-lasting reconnaissance missions, the aircraft made its first flight in 2018. The RC-2 will replace the YS-11EB turboprop ELINT ai...
  • Second Deal with U.S. Customs and Border Protection
    Second Deal with U.S. Customs and Border Protection 25 September 2020
    Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC), aerospace and national security company owned by Eren and Fatih Özmen, was awarded a second $46,997,170 contract for two additional Multi-Role Enforcement Aircraft (MEA) by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), bringing total MEA aircraft orders to four in 2020. SNC has been the prime systems engineer and integrator for the MEA fleet since 2009. The MEA aircraft is a fully certified, highly-missionized version of the King Air 350, equipped w...
  • Chinese KJ-600 Performs Maiden Flight
    Chinese KJ-600 Performs Maiden Flight 8 September 2020
      China’s KJ-600 carrier-based Airborne Early Warning (AEW) aircraft performed its first flight on August 28th. China became the second country other than the United States to have successfully developed such a platform. China announced it was developing a sixth AEW&C plane, the KJ-600. China had been working on building its AEW&C jet since the 1960s with relatively little success. Chinese state media confirmed what foreign media outlets and social media...
  • The First Post-Pandemic Expo from Ukraine 27 August 2020
    Ukraine organises Arms and Security Fair annually in Kyiv. A second fair is organized in a separate hall. This year, the 17th Arms and Security will take place and the 12th the International Aviation and Space Hall (AVIASVIT) will take place. While no face-to-face fair has been held since March due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, Ukrainian officials will continue their work in this area until the last moment. We interviewed Ivan Tkachenko, Deputy General Manager of the International Exhibition Cent...
  • Light Reconnaissance Aircraft Delivery
    Light Reconnaissance Aircraft Delivery 11 August 2020
    Intelligence aircraft, developed from business jets and fixed-wing light aircraft, offer cost-effective solutions to users. The French defence procurement agency DGA announced the delivery of the first light intelligence aircraft on July 31. Within the scope of ALSR (Avions Légers de Surveillance et de Reconnaissance / Light Reconnaissance and Surveillance Aircraft) Program, Sabena and Thales were selected as the main contractors for the two ordered platforms in Jun...
  • AG600 Takeoff From Sea
    AG600 Takeoff From Sea 29 July 2020
    Amphibious aircraft are particularly important for the supply of areas that are not suitable for runway construction. China has announced that the AG600 amphibious aircraft makes its first flight from the sea. In the test flight conducted on July 26, the platform was took off from the Qingdao coast in Shandong District. The AG600 landed at Rizhao Shanzihe Airport after testing its manoeuvrability on a 31-minute trial flight. The platform had its first take off from the water on Octo...
  • Procurement Agreement for "Protector"
    Procurement Agreement for "Protector" 19 July 2020
    Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are important power factors for the armed forces, as they can operate in high enemy environments and attacking opportunity targets when necessary. The first acquisition agreement was signed for Protector RG1 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), developed in line with the requirements and demands of the UK. The platforms that are specified to enter the Royal Air Force inventory are classified as MALE (Medium Altitude Long Endurance). London, s...
  • France to Improve Navy AEW&C Capability
    France to Improve Navy AEW&C Capability 8 July 2020
    Ship-based airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft are eyes of the carrier task force in front lines, especially in open seas. Being the only user of nuclear aircraft carrier expect the USA, France is on the way to improve its ship-based AEW&C capability. In this context, Washington approved the possible sale of three E-2D Advanced Hawkeye under the FMS (Foreign Military Sales) to Paris. The total cost of the platforms and the necessary equipment was es...
  • Bangladesh, Philippines may acquire KT-1 Woongbi trainers
    Bangladesh, Philippines may acquire KT-1 Woongbi trainers 23 June 2020
    The diplomats of Bangladesh and the Philippines to Republic of Korea (ROK) confirmed that there are ongoing discussions with Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) on potential sale of the company’s KT-1 Woongbi turboprop trainer aircraft. The announcement was coincidentally made at the day Turkish Aerospace Hürkus-B trainer crashed in Ankara Beypazari. In a report by Korea JoongAng Daily, Bangladesh Ambassador ROK Abida Islam confirmed her country is considering the ...
  • 400th V-22 Osprey delivered
    400th V-22 Osprey delivered 13 June 2020
    Bell Textron and Boeing announced they had delivered the 400th V-22 Osprey to the United States Department of Defence. The US Air Force Special Operations Command received the CV-22 on 2 June. The CV-22 is the Special Operations Forces (SOF) variant of the V-22 Osprey. The CV-22 Osprey is a tiltrotor aircraft that combines the vertical takeoff, hover and vertical landing qualities of a helicopter with the long-range, fuel efficiency and speed characteristics of a turboprop aircraft....
  • Additional A-29 Super Tucano for AFSOC
    Additional A-29 Super Tucano for AFSOC 14 May 2020
    Propeller driven ground attack aircraft offer cost effective solution in air-superiority environments. Platforms propelled by piston or turborpop engines can be equipped with weapons in different types and diameters. The U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) procured an additional A-29 Super Tucano for CAA (Combat Aviation Advisor) missions. Single aircraft to be acquired under the agreement, which signed with Sierra Nevada Corporation,...
  • Modernised Bear on Trials After Overhaul
    Modernised Bear on Trials After Overhaul 14 March 2020
    The Russian Armed Forces continues to modernize its systems. In this context, the strategic bomber power is also being renewed. Tu-95 (NATO Code: Bear), perhaps the most iconic aircraft of the Cold War, will remain in the sky for a long time. The Russian Aerospace Forces continuing to upgrade the aircraft that have been commissioned as missile carrier platform in recent years, in line with today's requirements. During the modernization works in Beriev Aircraft Pla...
  • Turkish Company to Procure Aircraft to US
    Turkish Company to Procure Aircraft to US 11 March 2020
    Sierra Nevada Corporation, which operating in the USA, will procure aircraft to the US Air Force. US Air Force has outperformed its decision phase in the ground attack aircraft procurement program. The long and tiring decision process of an aircraft has been winned by the A-29 Super Tucano, the platform proposed by the Sierra Nevada Corporation owned by the Özmen couple. Super Tucanos, which is in inventory of 14 countries, are powered by a Pratt & ...
  • Pentagon to Transfer F-35s budget to Trump’s Border Wall
    Pentagon to Transfer F-35s budget to Trump’s Border Wall 14 February 2020
    The Pentagon is seeking to divert $3.8 billion, mainly from its fiscal 2020 weapons procurement budget, to fund President Donald Trump’s border wall. The plan, which came from the Department of Homeland Security in January, will be officially released by the Office of the Secretary of Defence. A list of talking points was sent across the Pentagon earlier today, noting that the money will go toward funding a 230-mile long wall. The biggest item on the list is a $650 million Ame...
  • Spain Acquires 24 PC-21 Aircraft
    Spain Acquires 24 PC-21 Aircraft 1 February 2020
    Pilatus Aircraft announced that Spain had ordered 24 Pilatus PC-21 single-engine turboprop trainers to replace its obsolete Casa C-101 Aviojets used since 1980. The contract is worth €204.75 million and calls for the first six aircraft to be delivered by March. The Spanish Air Force, Ejército del Aire, is the third European air force to opt for the Swiss-produced PC-21, the Next Generation Trainer.  
  • Maiden Flight from Baykar's “paluk”
    Maiden Flight from Baykar's “paluk” 6 December 2019
    Baykar Defence’s AKINCI UAV made its first flight. Baykar Defence Technical Manager Selçuk Bayraktar shared the information about the plane. Bayraktar AKINCI Attack -Unmanned Aerial Vehicle developed by Baykar took off for the first flight test at Çorlu Airport Command on Friday, December 6, 2019. AKINCI completed the first flight test. Bayraktar AKINCI TIHA performed its first engine test on 1 September 2019. Before the first flight test, Bayraktar AKINCI TİHA c...
  • Spain to Buy 24 Pilatus PC-21 Turboprop Trainers for €205M
    Spain to Buy 24 Pilatus PC-21 Turboprop Trainers for €205M 29 November 2019
    Spain will acquire 24 Pilatus PC-21 turboprop training aircraft to replace its Casa Aviojet C-101 jet trainers. Spain’s decision was announced on Nov. 26 on the government’s procurement platform, Plataforma de Contratacion del Sector Publico (PCSP). The first six PC-21s and one simulator are to be delivered by March 2020 to allow training of the first eight instructors. The PC-21 will be known as E.27 in Spanish service. According to PCSP, Pilatus will supply 2...
  • New Zealand to Acquire C-130J Aircraft
    New Zealand to Acquire C-130J Aircraft 26 November 2019
    The US State Department has decided to approve a possible Foreign Military Sale to New Zealand of five C-130J aircraft and related equipment for an estimated cost of $1.4 billion.  The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale. The Government of New Zealand has requested to buy five C-130J aircraft; 24 Rolls Royce AE-2100D3 turboprop engines (20 installed, four spares).  
  • Ukraine may Buy Super Tucano
    Ukraine may Buy Super Tucano 21 August 2019
      A Ukrainian Air Force Delegation visited Brazil to study the possible purchase of the Embraer EMB-314 Super Tucano according to Brazil-based infodefensa.com. The Embraer EMB 314 Super Tucano, also named A-29, is a Brazilian turboprop light attack aircraft designed and built by Embraer as a development of the Embraer EMB 312 Tucano. The Super Tucano can be used for both the trainer role and as a light attack aircraft. The aircraft is powered by a 1,200 kW (...
  • First Aid Support with Airborne
    First Aid Support with Airborne 21 June 2019
    The Indonesian Ministry of Defence signed a contract to supply six new Viking Canadair CL-515 and one upgraded Canadair CL-415EAF amphibious aircraft from Canadian-based Viking Air. Four of the CL-515 twin-turboprop aircraft will be delivered in "first responder" multi-mission configuration, while the remaining two will be handed over "in optimised aerial firefighter configuration", said the company in a statement. It also pointed out that, due to its flexible ar...
  • USAF Wants to Continue Light Attack Experimenting
    USAF Wants to Continue Light Attack Experimenting 14 March 2019
      Despite questions about its future, the Air Force’s light attack experiment is scheduled to continue as the service plans to procure about six turboprop aircraft in fiscal year 2020 while opening up the experiment to more platforms over the next few years. The US Air Force is requesting $35 million from the US Congress to continue its light attack experiment in 2019 with the purchase of several aircraft from Sierra Nevada-Embraer and Textron. The ser...
  • OCCAR Formally Invited Airbus To Lead European MALE RPAS Project
    OCCAR Formally Invited Airbus To Lead European MALE RPAS Project 11 November 2018
    The European Agency for the procurement of arms, or OCCAR, officially invited the aircraft manufacturer Airbus to participate into tender as the prime contractor for the European MALE RPAS Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) The European MALE RPAS, is also known as the EuroMALE. The UAV will be operated worldwide to especially support ISTAR (Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance) missions. The Agency announced on 8 November...
  • Unmanned Period in Airborne Early Warning
    Unmanned Period in Airborne Early Warning 9 November 2018
    China, introduced a new system in Airshow China 2018 China Electronics Technology Group Corporation (CETGC) introduced the UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) system, which was adapted to the airborne early warning mission. The system, described as “first of its kind” was introduced as JY-300. Platform has similar size with Caihong-4 (CH-4) unmanned aerial vehicle, is 11 meters long and has 20 meters wingspan. The platform, which is equipped with many radar and sensors includi...
  • Second Round of Amphibious Tests
    Second Round of Amphibious Tests 4 October 2018
    China's home-grown AG600 amphibious aircraft started its second taxi tests. High velocity tests also conducted on the water. During the tests, aircraft reached 145 km / h. During testing, the platform provided predetermined parameters. Stable and stable movements observed. Designed as the world's largest amphibian aircraft, the AG600 is powered by four turboprop engines. The platform, which has 12 hours’ endurance, will be used for search and rescue, forest fires and marine moni...
  • World’d Largest Amphibious Aircraft Completes Flight Trials 29 August 2018
    World's largest amphibious aircraft, the AG600, codenamed "Kunlong", completed trial ground flights and has entered a new test phase on the water-surface, the plane's manufacturer, the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC), said on Monday. The aircraft passed a series of tests since its maiden flight last December. Next, it will conduct tests and trial flights on the water, in Jingmen. The AVIC said in mid-May that China expected to deliver the AG600 to cus...
  • BT-67 to Africa
    BT-67 to Africa 8 August 2018
    The US Air Force plans to procure Basler DC3-TP67 (BT-67) special mission aircraft. Some modifications are planning on aircraft for FMS (Foreign Military Sales) customer request. Customer will be Mauritania and among the defense lobbies. It has been reported that the aircraft will be adapted to the ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance) and Medical Evacuation (MEDEVAC) missions. Six countries currently use BT-67 aircraft. BT-67 is a turboprop engine equipped...
  • The Looping Hercules
    The Looping Hercules 19 July 2018
    The LM-100J didloop maneuver. During the Farnborough International Airshow 2018, aircraft made a demonstration flight and did a "Loop" maneuver despite its big fuselage and turboprop engines.  "Loop" maneuvering was followed with interest. The civilian version of the C-130J-30 military transport aircraft, the LM-100J, was developed considering the needs of the civilian market. The aircraft, which made its first flight in May 2017 and equipped with ...
  • MQ-9 Block 5 Will Have Extended Range
    MQ-9 Block 5 Will Have Extended Range 18 May 2018
    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems has been awarded a $206 million contract to retrofit 122 MQ-9 Block 5 aircraft, the US Department of Defence announced on 16 May. Work is expected to be complete by 20 June 2024.  General Atomics will retrofit the MQ-9 Block 5 Reaper drones with extended-range, beyond-line-of-sight, and Barrett asymmetrical digital datalink computer (BADDC) router modification kits. These upgrades will enable the ...
  • Ecuador Inked Deal for STOL M28
    Ecuador Inked Deal for STOL M28 17 May 2018
    PZL Mielec, a subsidiary of Sikorsky, has signed an agreement with the Ecuador Army for an M28 short takeoff and landing (STOL) aircraft. The company plans to deliver the twin-engined, turboprop aircraft within this year. M28 is able to carry up to 2,300 kg of cargo and to operate in extreme environmental conditions without decreasing payload.  
  • New Zealand Certified The First Leased Aircraft
    New Zealand Certified The First Leased Aircraft 16 May 2018
    The Royal New Zealand Air Force's (RNZAF's) first leased Beechcraft King Air 350 aircraft has been certified for use, the Ministry of Defence announced on 10 May. New Zealand leased a total of four King Air 350s and the remaining aircraft will be delivered progressively into 2019.  The new aircraft will replace RNZAF's King Air 200 platforms. The aircraft will be used for pilot training and two of the four King Air 350s will be configur...
  • European MALE RPAS On Display at ILA
    European MALE RPAS On Display at ILA 27 April 2018
    The first full-scale model of the European Medium-Altitude Long-Endurance Remotely Piloted Aircraft (MALE RPAS) was unveiled on 26 April during a ceremony held at the 2018 ILA Berlin Air Show. The unveiling of the full-scale model comes after a nearly two-year definition study launched in September 2016 by the four participating nations Germany, France, Italy and Spain. The declaration of Intent to work together on a fully European MALE unmanned aerial system was signed by the ...
  • Texan II Inspections Continue
    Texan II Inspections Continue 5 April 2018
    The US Air Force's (USAF's) search for a root cause of hypoxia-like physiological events occurred on T-6 Texan II turboprop trainer and light-attack aircraft still continues. In a statement dated 3 April, USAF said another inspection will be initiated at Edwards Air Force Base. During the tests, the T-6 aircrew breathing system will be characterized through all phases of flight. Testing will start in early April and conclude by mid-May 2018. Two T-6 aircraft, ...
  • $19 Million Technology Investment for UAV Engines
    $19 Million Technology Investment for UAV Engines 28 February 2018
    UAV Turbines, a developer of advanced heavy-fuel microturbine propulsion systems, announced that it has entered into a $19 million Technology Investment Agreement (“TIA”) with the US Army to collaborate in development of an efficient and reliable/durable small turboprop gas turbine engine for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV).  This initiative is part of the Army’s “Reliable Advanced Small Power Systems (RASPS) Technology Demonstration” program whose ...
  • AHRLAC Proposes BRONCO II for OA-X program
    AHRLAC Proposes BRONCO II for OA-X program 23 February 2018
    AHRLAC Holdings, a joint venture between the Paramount Group and Aerosud, launched the Bronco II light attack aircraft for the U.S. Air Force’s (USAF) lightweight ground-attack aircraft program, the OA-X. Named after the OV-10 Bronco, a twin-engine turboprop aircraft designed for counterinsurgency (COIN) operations, the Bronco II is based on the AHRLAC aircraft platform, but with U.S. subsystems and weapons. Chairman of South Africa-based Paramount Group Internationa...
  • 15 SARAS Mk2 Order Commitment by Indian Air Force 23 February 2018
    India’s indigenous light transport aircraft SARAS has successfully completed a test flight on 21 February, Indian Ministry of Science & Technology announced. This was the second of the 20 test flights planned for SARAS PT1N. The first successful test was carried out on 24 January 2018. According to National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL), which carries out design and development of the aircraft, the production model design is expected to be read...
  • Texan Delivery to the UK
    Texan Delivery to the UK 21 February 2018
    The first two Texan T6C advanced turboprops have been delivered to the UK Royal Air Force (RAF), announced on 16 February. The trainer aircraft arrived at RAF Valley Station.  Manufactured by Textron Aviation, the aircraft is a part of a planned fleet of 10 to be used in Basic Flight Training from 2019. The Texan T6C fleet will offer trainee fighter pilots a lead-in aircraft to prepare them for their Advanced Jet Training on RAF's existing fleet of Hawk T2 aircraft whi...
  • Countdown Began for New Transport Aircraft
    Countdown Began for New Transport Aircraft 19 January 2018
    The Voronezh Aircraft Manufacturing Plant (VASO) accelerated the process of the new Il-112V light transport aircraft. In the statement made by officials, it is stated that the first prototype is in the final assembly phase and the production of the second prototype is started. Second half of 2018 was marked for the first flight, while the first prototype assembly is scheduled to be completed in April. The platform which developed to replace An-26 (NATO Code: Curl) transport aircraft...
  • AG600, makes successful maiden flight in China
    AG600, makes successful maiden flight in China 24 December 2017
    The world’s largest amphibious aircraft, AG600 known as 'Kunlong' in China, made its one hour long maiden flight.  Powered by four turboprop engines, the AG600 can carry 50 people during maritime search-and-rescue missions. It had previously been scheduled to make its first flight earlier this year but it is unclear why it was delayed after ground tests took place in April. State-owned Aviation Industry Corp of China (AVIC) has spent almost eight years developing the aircra...
  • Taiwan Took Delivery of Orions
    Taiwan Took Delivery of Orions 14 November 2017
    Taiwan has taken full delivery of the 12 P-3C Orion aircraft military aircraft acquired from the United States to boost its anti-submarine warfare capabilities and will hold a ceremony in December to commission the Air Force said Sunday. The P-3Cs will replace a fleet of 11 S-2T anti-submarine aircraft that has been in service for more than 40 years.  The relevant sales contract was signed in 2007 and valued $1,9 billion. The P-3C Orion is a four-engine turboprop anti...