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Russian Yak-130 crashes

A Russian Yak-130 advanced jet trainer crashed near the Borisoglebsk airfield in south-central Russia on Sept. 16. Konflikty.pl [Attribution or Attribution], via Wikimedia Commons Both crew members were able to eject safely. …read more...

New details emerge of Sino-Russian AHL helicopter concept

Chinese rotary-wing specialist Avicopter, a subsidiary of the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC), unveiled a revised model of its Advanced Heavy Lift (AHL) helicopter concept at the 2017 China Helicopter Exposition, which ran...

DRDO completes development trials of Astra BVRAAM

India’s state-owned Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has completed development trials of the Astra beyond-visual range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM). The final flight tests of the locally developed weapon system were conducted from 11–14...

Lockheed Martin completes preliminary review of heliborne EW system

Lockheed Martin has announced that its Advanced Off-Board Electronic Warfare (AOEW) system, which provides MH-60 helicopters with enhanced electronic warfare surveillance and countermeasure capabilities against anti-ship missile (ASM) threats, has passed the preliminary design...

Russia, China progress AHL helicopter project

Russian Helicopters and Chinese rotary-wing specialist Avicopter have finalised the technical parameters of their proposed joint programme to develop an Advanced Heavy Lift (AHL) helicopter, the Russian group announced on 15 September. Following talks...

DSEI 2017: Polaris introduces cargo MRZR

Polaris Defense debuted a modified MRZR-D4 high-mobility tactical vehicle at DSEI 2017 in London. Speaking to Jane’s , John Olson, the company’s vice-president and general manager, explained that Polaris’ UK business component led the...

IAF’s Astra BVRAAM completes development trials

The Indian Air Force’s (IAF) beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM), Astra, has successfully completed development trials over the Bay of Bengal, off the coast of Chandipur in Odisha, India. …read more Read more here:: Air...

DSEI 2017: Stream C UAS, SIGINT payload progress

Development of Threod Systems’ Stream C tactical unmanned aircraft system (UAS) has entered its second phase and the aircraft is expected to complete development in 2018. Speaking to Jane’s at DSEI 2017 in London,...

Qatar signs Statement of Intent for 24 Eurofighters

The defense ministers of Qatar and United Kingdom have signed a Statement of Intent over Qatar’s purchase of 24 Eurofighters. By Tuomo Salonen / SIMFinnish Aviation Museum (Kaivopuiston lentonäytös 9.6.2017) [CC BY 2.0], via...

Royal Navy makes U-turn on retirement of Harpoon

Jane’s was told at Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) 2017 that the Royal Navy has decided not to retire the Harpoon anti-ship missile in 2018 and the weapon will remain in service at...

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