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Colombian ‘Hip’ helo crash kills 10

A Mil Mi-17 ‘Hip’ transport helicopter operated by the Colombian Army crashed in a remote northern region of the country on 16 January with the loss of all 10 on board, the service has...

India updates defence procurement processes

Key Points Government eases requirements on private-sector firms bidding to win defence development programmes The simplified ‘Make-II’ classification seeks to spur entrepreneurship and reduce reliance on imports India’s Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), chaired by...

Leonardo to lead EU maritime UAV demonstration

Leonardo is to lead an EU-funded demonstration of the use of unmanned air vehicles during maritime operations, with the work to include flight trials from next year. …read more Read more here:: Flight Global...

Irish Air Corps orders three PC-12NGs

The Irish Air Corps is to replace its aged fleet of Cessna FR172H utility aircraft with a trio of Pilatus PC-12NGs, with the new assets to be introduced from next year. …read more Read...

J-20 Fighter Takes Part In First Combat Exercises

The Chinese Air Force has deployed its best combat plane – the J-20 stealth fighter jet – to conduct exercises with other advanced jets. The Air Force of the People’s Liberation Army said in...

French Air Force officially welcomes first C-130J

France officially welcomed its first Lockheed Martin C-130J transport at Orleans airbase on Jan. 15 with Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly as guest-of-honor. Photo: Armée de l’Air France ordered two C-130J-30 airlifters and two...

France inducts first C-130J airlifter

The French Air Force (Armée de l’Air: AdlA) officially inducted into service the first of four Lockheed Martin C/KC-130J Hercules transport aircraft on 15 January. The transport variant C-130J-30 was handed over to the...

US launches new round of sanctions against Iran

The US government has launched a fresh round of sanctions targeting Iran’s political and defence industrial base. The US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) revealed on 12 January that...

Belgian NH90 NFH helos out of commission for radar repairs

Belgium’s fleet of naval variant NHIndustries NH90s has been removed from operations while a problem with the helicopters’ radar system is rectified, the Belgian Ministry of Defence (MoD) confirmed to Jane’s on 16 January....

India and Israel pledge deeper defence industrial ties

Key Points India and Israel to establish forum to pursue stronger industrial co-operation The move is intended to support India’s drive to boost indigenous manufacturing India and Israel have pledged to deepen defence industrial...

USAF integrates AgilePod onto light attack jet

The US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) demonstrated the flexibility of its open architecture AgilePod by fitting it aboard a Textron Aviation Defense Scorpion light attack/intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) jet. AgilePod is a...

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