UKMFTS Moves Forward

The eighth of 29 Airbus Helicopters H-135T3 light utility helicopters for the rotary-wing training component of the UK Military Flying Training System (UKMFTS) programme has arrived at Airbus Helicopters’ UK facility at Oxford Airport in central England. A $1.4 billion amendment to the UKMFTS contract...

Rostec tests Ka-52k helicopters in marine conditions

Ka-52K helicopters manufactured by Russian Helicopters holding company (part of Rostec State Corporation) completed the first phase of testing in marine conditions. The machines are currently in the premises of Kamov Design Bureau where specialists finish assessing the condition of helicopters and their components after performing tasks in harsh climatic conditions. Two...

Who Goes There?

Identifying friends and enemies is a problem as old as warfare itself. The risk of inadvertently attacking one’s own side is an ever-present danger for military operations, particularly those involving aircraft, where the speed of warplanes and missiles makes the timely determination of identity...

Dumb Bombs with Graduate Degrees

Pakistani JF-17 Thunder
From the early days of aerial warfare, air forces around the world have sought ways to increase the accuracy and lethality of air-delivered ordnance, but it was not until advances in microchip technology that air forces were able to use precision guidance kits which...

Finding the X-Factor

In a recent assessment of the global market for trainer aircraft, the Teal Group, a consultancy based in Fairfax, Virginia, anticipates a global market for 2737 trainer aircraft, worth $32.3 billion over the next decade. The group’s assessment is a major increase from the...

USAF Buys a Bigger Bang

The US moves ahead with nuclear modernisation against a backdrop of deepening crises and fiscal uncertainty. The Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons of 1968 committed its signatories to “pursu(ing) nuclear disarmament aimed at the ultimate elimination of their nuclear arsenals.” As much as...

Sikorsky pitches the M-28 for Brazilian Army

PZL Mielec has demonstrated its M-28 Skytruck turboprop transport/freighter for an expected Brazilian army and air force requirement. A European aerospace company vying to enter the Latin American market is Poland’s PZL Mielec owned by Lockheed Martin/Sikorsky. During the LAAD 2017 exhibition held in Rio...

Shayrat splashed, but questions remain

BGM-109C
Justin Bronk, airpower research fellow at London’s Royal United Services Institute, explains why Russian air defence systems may have failed to shoot down any of the cruise missiles the US Navy launched at targets in Syria on 7th April. The 7th April strikes against...

Hurkus-C Deliveries Expected In 2018

The Turkish Air Force (TAF) is expected to receive the first of ten Turkish Aerospace Industry’s (TAI) Hurkus-C light strike aircraft in 2018. This follows the certification of the aircraft by the European Aviation Safety Agency in March 2016. The expected entry into service was...

RAF ASRAAM Integration Advances

F-35B-ASRAAM
A live firing of MBDA’s Advanced Short Range Air-to-Air Missile (ASRAAM) from a Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning-II fighter has taken place; marking the first time a non-US made weapon has been dropped from the type. The infrared-guided ASRAAM is being certified for use on the...

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