Tunisian Maule ISR Package Revealed

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armadainternational.com has received details of the Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) subsystems equipping the twelve Maule MW-7-10B light observation aircraft received by the Tunisian Air Force (TAF) in May 2016. The formal handover ceremony in May 2016, which was not publicised until a few months...

Flying the Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey

The Bell/Boeing CV/MV-22A Osprey tilt rotor aircraft is a technological marvel. It has the ability to take off and land like a helicopter, and the engines can be rotated forward 90 degrees to establish horizontal flight. The CV/MV-22A is currently in service with the...

Print me a UAV!

As the Royal Navy seeks to replace its Boeing/Insitu ScanEagle Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), armadainternational.com talks to experts from the University of Southampton, about 3D (Three Dimensional) printed UAVs, and what they can bring to military operations. In the second quarter of 2016, Southampton University,...

Crunching the Gears

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The Royal Air Force (RAF) is well on its way to clearing up the gearbox issues that have recently plagued its Airbus A400M-C1 Atlas turboprop freighters. These gearbox problems did cause, on one occasion, one of the four Europrop TP400-D5 turboprop engines used by...

UK details involvement with Antonov

During a visit to Ukraine on 20th January the United Kingdom’s defence secretary Sir Michael Fallon met the staff of Antonov in Kiev. Sir Michael was shown the prototype An-132D turboprop transport being jointly developed by Antonov and Saudi Arabia’s Taqnia Aeronautics and King...

The End of Charleroi

In the third of our four-part series on the potential effect of nuclear weapons on selected targets around the world, we examine the possible destructive effect of the most powerful nuclear weapon ever created; the Soviet Union’s RDS-220 hydrogen bomb. This weapon, which was detonated...

Missile Mishaps

The Royal Navy’s Lockheed Martin UGM-133A Trident D-5 Submarine-Launched Ballistic Missiles (SLBMs) are back in the headlines, following revelations on 22nd January that a test of one of the missiles in June 2016 went wrong. In the second of our four-part series on the potential...

There’s a Spy Ranger waiting in the sky

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Thales plans to deliver 70 of its new Spy Ranger Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) to the French Army between 2018 and 2019, the firm has told armadainternational.com. Pascal Sécretin, responsible for UAV products at Thales, argues that this new aircraft is particularly suited to supporting...

Preparing for Retirement

Tornado-GR4
The RAF will commence the drawdown of its Panavia Tornado-GR4 fighter force on 31 March, armadainternational.com has learned, when the jet’s training unit will disband.  15(R) Squadron located at RAF Lossiemouth airbase in northern Scotland, is the Tornado Operational Conversion Unit (OCU), which prepares pilots...

Camcopter to the Rescue

S-100 Camcopter
In November, Schiebel’s S-100 Camcopter Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) finished its third mission with the Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) charity assisting the rescue of stranded refugees in the Mediterranean fleeing war-torn North African and Middle Eastern areas. The S-100 has been providing support...

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