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Pentagon kills RKV

The Pentagon has decided to pull the plug on the Redesigned Kill Vehicle (RKV) program after “exercising due diligence,” the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering says. Graphic: Raytheon The RKV was...

ROBOpilot first flight

The Air Force Research Laboratory and DZYNE Technologies Incorporated has figured out a way to convert a general aviation aircraft into an unmanned platform without making permanent changes to the plane. For more information,...

Swedish Armed Forces receive last NH90

The Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) announced on 20 August that it had handed over the last Helicopter 14 (NH90) to the armed forces in July. The handover took place in Marignane, France, after...

Poland upgrades W-3 helicopter to SAR variant

The Polish Armament Inspectorate announced on 12 August that it is to sign a PLN108 million (USD27.5 million) deal with Leonardo subsidiary WSK PZL-Świdnik to upgrade four W-3 Sokół transport helicopters to the search-and-rescue...

Poland upgrades W-3 helicopter to SAR variant

The Polish Armament Inspectorate announced on 12 August that it is to sign a PLN108 million (USD27.5 million) deal with Leonardo subsidiary WSK PZL-Świdnik to upgrade four W-3 Sokół transport helicopters to the search-and-rescue...

Taiwan MND pursues multirotor UAV developments

The Taiwanese Ministry of National Defense Armaments Bureau’s (MND AB’s) Materiel Production Center (MPC) has announced that it is developing a new family of indigenous surveillance and weaponised multirotor unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to...

China reiterates US sanctions threat

China reiterated a threat on 21 August to sanction US companies involved in supplying military equipment to Taiwan. The warning came in response to a US government announcement one day earlier, approving the sale...

US officials confirm Reaper downed in Yemen

A US military MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) was lost over Yemen’s Dhamar governorate late on 20 August, two US officials told Reuters on the following day. One official said it appeared that...

AMC C-130 Rainbow Fitting Inspections Near Completion

In less than two weeks, more than 100 Total Force C-130 Hercules aircraft have been cleared to return to worldwide operational duty, following a temporary removal from service Aug. 7 designed to address atypical...

Pilot error behind Swiss PC-7 crash

The pilot of a Swiss Air Force PC-7 flew the aircraft into a mountain in poor visibility in September 2017, investigations have concluded. Peter Bakema [GFDL 1.2 or GFDL 1.2], via Wikimedia Commons The...

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