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...

Tilting with Valour

Bell Helicopter is on course to perform the first flight of its V-280 Valour tilt-rotor by September 2017, the company tells Armada. Bell Helicopters under contract from the US Department of Defence to provide one of the Joint Multi-role Technical Demonstrator platforms that could lead to...

Aegean Tensions

It was revealed that on 9 December 2015, two Türk Hava Kuvvetleri (TAF/Turkish Air Force) General Dynamics/Lockheed Martin F-16C multi-role combat aircrafts were placed under radar lock by a Russian Navy destroyer sailing close to the Greek island of Lemnos in the Aegean Sea. The incident follows...

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