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Latest IL-76 set to feature DAS

Recently released imagery and reports in the Russian media suggest that the new Ilyushin IL-76MD-90A transport aircraft will be equipped with a defensive aids suite (DAS). Data have previously pointed to an optional electronic...

Navantia lays keel for first RAN replenishment vessel

Spanish shipbuilder Navantia held a keel-laying ceremony for the first of two auxiliary oiler replenishment (AOR) vessels ordered by the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) at its Ferrol yard on 17 November. According to Navantia...

KAI selects Harris payload carriage and release systems for KFX

Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) has selected Harris Corporation to supply bomb rack units (BRUs) for South Korea’s next-generation Korea Fighter Experimental (KFX) development programme, the Melbourne, Florida-based company announced on 14 November. Harris said...

Queen Elizabeth to formally join fleet

The UK Royal Navy’s first Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carrier is to complete its contractors’ sea trials and formally join the fleet on 7 December. UK defence secretary Gavin Williamson made the announcement on 16...

Indian Army issues RFI for 60 short-range UAVs

The Indian Army’s (IA’s) Director General of Artillery has invited responses from local vendors by 28 December to its request for information (RFI) for the development and supply of 60 short-range remotely piloted aircraft...

United Arab Emirates orders 5 Airbus C295 aircraft

The United Arab Emirates Air Force & Air Defence has ordered five Airbus C295 medium transport aircraft. The agreement, announced at the Dubai Airshow, takes the C295 orderbook past 200, underlining the type’s market...

First Tu-160M2 airframe rolled out

The first Tu-160M2 supersonic strategic bomber was rolled out at the PJSC ‘Tupolev’ Gorbunov Aircraft Plant’s factory in Kazan, Russia, in mid-November. The roll-out took place in the presence of the commander of Long-Range...

Brazil’s GESPI finalises new 70 mm air-launched rocket

Brazil’s GESPI Defense Systems has finalised development of its self-funded 70 mm/2.75 inch calibre Strike-70 unguided air-to-surface rocket. The certification phase of the Strike-70 was completed on 31 October with an undisclosed number of...

DoD Buys Ride On Virgin’s New Satellite Launcher

The U.S. Department of Defense has purchased its first flight on LauncherOne, Virgin Orbit’s new satellite-launching rocket, the company said Nov. 16. Under an other-transaction-agreement (OTA) award from the Air Force’s Space and Missile...

TransCom Faces Deployment Delays After Hurricane Season

A busy hurricane season amid ongoing worldwide deployments hit Transportation Command — the U.S. military’s global defense transportation system — hard, the head of the command said Wednesday. “We have a finite force when...

AW129’s successor designated as AW249

A report by Dominic Perry for Flight Global says the successor for the AW129 Mangusta attack helicopter has been designated as AW249. By Matt Morgan [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons Primary contractor –...

Taiwan converts Mk 82 into depth charge

Taiwan has converted the Mk 82 general-purpose bomb into a depth charge and it will be deployed on its P-3C. A separation test from the Orion has been carried out successfully. Video: RoCAF …read...

FRC East marks another F-35 milestone

Fleet Readiness Center East achieved another milestone for its support of the F-35 Lightning II program. The depot received its first U. S. Navy F-35C Lightning II, carrier variant, for maintenance Nov. 9. The...

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