Let’s Get Linky!

The E-3 family
The Link-16 radio communications protocol, of which the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) commenced development in the 1970s, and which commenced fielding in the mid-1980s, revolutionised air-to-air and surface-to-air/air-to-surface communications. According to Bruce Eteson, technical director of data link systems at BAE Systems, Link-16...

Shining Diamonds

Making its public debut at this year’s Paris Air Show held between 19th and 23rd July was Diamond Aircraft’s DA-62 Multi-Purpose Platform (MPP). This new aircraft is a seven-seat development of the firm’s DA-42 piston engine light aircraft. Powered by twin Austro Engines AE300 diesel...

Strike from the Sea

SOF troop
Armada launches its new Stirling column providing the latest news and developments in the Special Forces community. Named after David Stirling, the founder of the Special Air Service, we hope he would have enjoyed it. Despite ongoing operations on land involving Special Operations Forces (SOF),...

CONTROP reports sale of several EO/IR Payloads

Ideal for Airborne Surveillance Missions, CONTROP highlights the iSky Family of six (6) EO/IR Payloads suitable for most platform sizes and applications.   19 June 2017 - CONTROP Precision Technologies Ltd. – a world leader in EO/IR surveillance, defense and homeland security solutions – is announcing the...

Rotors Over The Ocean

This year’s Farnborough International Airshow held in the United Kingdom in July saw a number of significant announcements regarding the naval support helicopter domain, with acquisitions ongoing and being aggressively pursued around the globe. The show saw the signing of a Strategic Partnering Arrangement (SPA)...

Blue Thunder Over London

In response to the 2nd June acts of political violence in London, the Blue Thunder unit of the British Army’s Special Air Service (SAS) was deployed for the first time in the UK. Blue Thunder is a 70-person unit formed after the Islamic State...


SCHIEBEL CAMCOPTER® S-100 COMPLETES SUCCESSFUL QUALIFICATION FLIGHTS ON FRENCH NAVY’S BPC DIXMUDE Montpellier / Vienna, 21 June 2017 – Schiebel’s CAMCOPTER® S-100 Unmanned Air System (UAS) once again convinced with its outstanding maritime capability when successfully completing qualification flights for the French Navy from 29...

Elbit Systems Reveals SkEye WAPS™

The system provides a unique, “Eye in the Sky”, overall situational awareness of “on-the-ground” intelligence data, and enables a large number of users to receive real-time, high-resolution imagery and even go “back-in-time” Elbit Systems will reveal at the 2017 Paris Air Show in Le Bourget,...

The Man Who Fell To Earth

Parachutes have been providing soft landings for people who have needed to leave airborne aircraft, either in an emergency or by design, for more than a century, enabling escape from damaged aircraft and the delivery of troops behind enemy lines during airborne assaults or...

Cost versus Credibility

C-295 Persuader MPA
While a maritime patrol capability is important for many countries, not all can afford aircraft than can provide a full spectrum of capabilities. However, inexpensive but effective is a difficult goal to attain in what is often a multi-mission domain. When the British government announced...

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