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DSEI 2017: Roketsan targets Eastern Europe

Turkey’s Roketsan is moving to target opportunities in Eastern Europe, and is looking at building on its position as a key supplier to Raytheon’s Patriot ground-based air defence (GBAD) system, company representatives have told...

Bell Helicopter preps for V-280 ground test

Key Points Bell Helicopter is preparing for a ground test of its V-280 tiltrotor prototype The ground test is an important milestone in an aircraft’s development Bell Helicopter will soon perform its initial ground...

Croatia to arm OH-58D helicopters with Hellfire missiles

On 7 September, the government of Croatia approved funding to purchase AGM-114 Hellfire missiles for the Croatian Air Force. The missiles will arm the 16 recently acquired Bell OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopters donated to...

DSEI 2017: Lockheed Martin launches Outlander UAV

Lockheed Martin UK unveiled a new canister-launched small unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) at Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) 2017. Known as the Outrider, the 1.7 kg fixed-wing UAV is capable of being launched...

Zambia inaugurates L-15 training centre

Zambia’s President Edgar Chagwa Lungu officially opened a new training centre at Lusaka Air Abase to support the Zambian Air Force’s new HAIC L-15 jets, it was announced on 5 September. In a statement...

USAF steps up use of air power in Afghanistan

The US Air Force (USAF) stepped up the use of air power in Afghanistan in August, releasing more ordnance than in any other month since August 2012, according to recently released data by US...

US Navy tightens unmanned tanker requirements

The US Navy solidified parameters for its unmanned MQ-25 Stingray, setting up a spartan platform that will satisfy not much more than carrier suitability and air refueling requirements. …read more Read more here:: Flight...

​US State Department approves F-16V sale to Bahrain

The US State Department has approved the sale of 19 Lockheed Martin F-16V aircraft to Bahrain, offering a critical lifeline to the Falcon s production line. …read more Read more here:: Flight Global Military...

Leonardo confident on UK RWUAS programme

Leonardo Helicopters is hopeful that early next year it can begin development work on a clean-sheet, rotary-wing unmanned air system (RWUAS) for service entry in the mid-2020s. …read more Read more here:: Flight Global...

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