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

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...

Replacing the Ex-Pistols

On 18th January the US Army announced that Sig Sauer had been selected to provide its XM17 Modular Handgun System (MHS). The selection followed two years of tests for a replacement for the force’s current Beretta M9 pistol which has been in service for over...

Suited and Booted

Med-Eng’s new EOD-10 Advanced Bomb Suit (ABS) has been designed to reduce the physiological burden for the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) technicians. At the heart of protecting EOD technicians is the ABS. Made using layered light weight, high-strength materials such as Nomex, Kevlar, foams and...

Kuznetsov transits through English channel

The Russian Navy’s flag ship the Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier is on her way home. She passed through the English Channel on 24th January, heading back to her Kola Bay naval base in the Barents Sea. She took a similar route on 21st October 2016,...

There’s a Spy Ranger waiting in the sky

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

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...

US Armour Returns To Europe

January has witnessed US Army heavy armour returning to Europe for the first time since 2004 following the move of 2000 combat vehicles from the 3rd Armoured Brigade Combat Team (ABCT) of the 4th Infantry Division from Fort Carson, Colorado to Europe.   Since arriving...

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