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SME exports are growing through offsets, says DAPA

South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) has said its emphasis on driving exports through its defence offset policy is paying dividends, especially for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). DAPA’s associated agency, the Defense...

Peruvian trainer aircraft crashes

A Peruvian Air Force MD Alarus CH-2000 training aircraft (FAP-497) crashed on 4 February in Santiago de Surco district, Lima. The two-person crew only suffered light injuries. The aircraft is one of three assembled...

Indonesia, Russia look to deepen defence ties

Indonesia and Russia have vowed to strengthen defence ties to support procurement and military-technical co-operation, according to official statements by the two governments on 7 February. The pledge was made during a meeting in...

HELRAS dipping sonar completes acceptance tests on Seagull USV

Israeli systems house Elbit Systems has successfully integrated an L3 Technologies Helicopter Long-Range Active Sonar (HELRAS) active low frequency dipping sonar into its Seagull multimission unmanned surface vehicle (USV). The company announced on 7...

France and Germany award first FCAS contract

French Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly and her German counterpart, Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen, announced the launch of the joint concept study (JCS) for the Franco-German Future Combat Air System (FCAS) at...

Raytheon looks to install F-35’s DAS on helicopters

After winning a contract in June 2018 from Lockheed Martin to develop and produce the F-35 Lightning II s next-generation electro-optical Distributed Aperture System (DAS), Raytheon said it is looking at also installing the...

France To US: You’re Really Important To Our New Fighter

France’s commitment to a cutting-edge sixth-generation fighter — working in tandem with drones and long-range sensors — is a sign of its commitment to deterring Putin’s Russia. …read more Read more here:: Breaking Defense...

Dassault Aviation handed over first Rafale to Qatar

Dassault Aviation has handed over the first Rafale fighter aircraft to the Qatari Emiri Air Force. On 6 February a ceremony hosted by Eric Trappier, Dassault Aviation Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, was held...

Sikorsky stays defiant over SB-1 helicopter prospects

Sikorsky remains confident that the SB-1 Defiant helicopter it is jointly developing with Boeing can achieve a target speed of around 270kt (500km/h), even though the technology demonstrator is yet to leave the ground....

Qatar takes delivery of first Rafale

The first Dassault Rafale for the Qatari Emiri Air Force has been handed over to the customer on Feb. 6 in Merignac, France. The Gulf state ordered 24 Rafales in May 2015, followed by...

Avro Lancaster FM104 being restored back to airworthy

British Columbia Aviation Museum on Vancouver Island, British Columbia is slowly restoring Avro Lancaster FM104 back to flying condition. airforcefe from Richmond [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons The project is expected to take...

Russia launches development of new medium-range missiles

Russia has begun developing new medium-range missiles, Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu told a teleconference at the National Defence Control Centre in Moscow on 5 February. “In 2019–20, we will develop a ground-based version of...

Watchkeeper achieves full operational capability

The British Army has declared full operational capability (FOC) for the Watchkeeper tactical unmanned aerial vehicle (UAS), Jane’s has learned. The milestone, known as FOC 2, was “achieved on 30 November 2018”, said a...

French airstrikes hit Chadian rebels

French Mirage 2000 jets carried out a series of airstrikes against a rebel force in northeast Chad on 5–6 February, the French Ministry of Defence (MoD) said in a statement. It reported that a...

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