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Argentine Pucarás to return with a new mission

The Argentine Air Force (FAA) has decided to restart work on a Pucará aircraft prototype, the IA-58H, with Pratt & Whitney PT-6A-62 engines and complete its certification in July, a senior FAA source told...

US Air Force XQ-58A Valkyrie completes second flight

The US Air Force (USAF) Kratos XQ-58A Valkyrie long-range, high subsonic, unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) demonstrator completed its second flight on 11 June, according to a service statement. The aircraft completed all test objectives...

F125 frigate Baden-Württemberg joins German Navy

The F125 frigate Baden-Württemberg entered service with the German Navy on 17 June 2019 following a commissioning ceremony in the presence of German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen, ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) has...

France replaces Caracal lost in crash in 2014

The Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA), the French defence procurement agency, ordered an H225M Caracal helicopter to replace one lost in Burkina-Faso in November 2014, the agency and Airbus announced on 14 June. The...

Italian Cabinet releases funds for defence procurement

Italy’s Ministry of Economic Development, alongside the Ministry of Defence, agreed on 13 June to allocate more than EUR7.2 billion (US8.1 billion) toward long-term defence procurement. The funds should allow the armed forces to...

US shipping ‘emergency’ munitions to Saudis

The United States is in the process of delivery munitions to Saudi Arabia without Congressional approval because of an emergency, a senior State Department official told the House Foreign Affairs committee on 12 June....

CENTCOM says Iranian MANPADS fired at UAV

Iranian personnel attempted to disrupt US surveillance of one of the two tankers that was attacked in the Gulf of Oman on 13 June by firing a man-portable air defence system (MANPADS) at an...

AESA technology could migrate to electronic warfare equipment

Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) technology, typically associated with radar systems, is being explored to aid electronic warfare (EW) equipment. AESAs use multitudes of transmit/receive (TR) modules on their surface. In the radar domain,...

Paris Air Show 2019: Leonardo pitches C-27J Firefighter

Italy’s Leonardo has been promoting the C-27J in a newly revised firefighting configuration. The new roll-on, roll-off fire attack system (FAS) has been made by Simplex Aerospace in collaboration with the European SCODEV Consortium....

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