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David Oliver


Typhoon Breeds Tempest

The three-year, $519 million (£425m) BAE Systems-led Project Centurion, has re-equipped the RAF’s Tranche 2 Typhoon fleet with MBDA’s Storm Shadow deep strike cruise missile, Meteor air-to-air missile and Brimstone precision attack missile, for operations into the 2040s. The next phase of the Typhoon enhancement...

Elbit Systems Launches Hermes Maritime Patrol

David Oliver - Elbit Systems announced at Paris Air Show that it has started operating a maritime unmanned aerial system (UAS) patrol service available to countries in the European Union (EU) under a contract between the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) and the Portuguese company CEiiA....

Spartan Leonardo adds Firefighter Role to C-27J Spartan

David Oliver - Leonardo has added firefighting to the roles of its C-27J Spartan tactical transport aircraft. The C-27J firefighter equipped with a roll-on/roll-off Fire Attack System (FAS) made by Simplex Aerospace, represents an effective solution in airborne firefighting technology and capability. Leonardo told...

Boeing Pitches T-X at Le Bourget

Boeing T-X
David Oliver - The first of two prototypes of the tandem-seat single-engine Boeing T-X powered by a General Electric F404 afterburning turbofan, BTX-1 flew on 20 December 2016. The twin tail design was fitted with a F-16 tricycle landing gear to save cost. Equipped...

Franco-German FCAS unveiled

David Oliver - Paris Air Show Review: The opening day of Le Bourget 2019 was dominated by the unveiling of New Generation Fighter (NGF) concepts including the Franco-German Future Combat Air System (FCAS). A full scale mock up of the FCAS and Remote Carriers (RC)...

Brazil’s SIATT partners with UK and Russia

David Oliver - At LAAD this year the Brazilian company SIATT-Engenharia, Indústria e Comércio, a specialist in intelligent weapons and integration of high technology systems, signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with UK defence and security electronics system specialist SEA to provide a basis...

Gripen E and Mosquito designed in Brazil

David Oliver - Akaer, the leading Brazilian Strategic Defence Company, designed and developed a new rear fuselage for Gripen E/F fighter aircraft for the Brazilian Air Force (FAB) under contract to Embraer. The new project takes advantage of the technology and experience developed by Saab...

More Brazilian P-3 Upgrades

David Oliver - Nine P-3 Orion aircraft were acquired by the Brazilian Air Force (FAB) from the US Navy in 2006, and were upgraded at Airbus Defence and Space facilities at Getafe in Spain, near Madrid. The upgrade package included the installation of Fully...

MBDA Sees Strong Year Ahead

David Oliver - MBDA held its annual UK press conference in London on 20 March when CEO Antoine Bouvier, chief financial officer Peter Bols and UK managing director Chris Allam reported on the company’s 2018 annual results and its vision for the future. Peter Bols...

Russia’s Rapid UAV Expansion

David Oliver - In eight year Russia has increased its operational UAV fleet to over 2,000 UAV systems, with new types currently under development. Since the beginning of the anti-terrorist operation in Syria in September 2015, Russian unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have performed more than 23,000...

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