Monday, January 23, 2017

Poland receive JASSM-ER cruise missiles

Poland has received the first batch of Lockheed Martin JASSM long range standoff precision strike missile to arms its F-16 C/D fighter jets, becoming the first export customer for the type.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Russia begin trials of Il-96 based tanker aircraft

Il-96-400T freighter VASO Copyright

Russia has commenced flight trials of its new longer range aerial refueling tanker based on the Il-96-400T commercial freighter aircraft.

Italian Air Force orders M-345 basic trainer

After completing maiden flight of the Aermacchi M-345 basic jet trainer aircraft recently, Leonardo has won the first order for the type from Italian Air Force.

Flynas orders 60 Airbus A320neo family aircraft

Saudi Arabia’s leading low-cost carrier, Flynas has signed an agreement with Airbus for 60 A320neo Family aircraft.

Boeing 747 cargo plane crashes in Kyrgyzstan

 A Boeing 747 cargo plane operated by Turkey based ACT Airline crashed near Bishkek-Manas International Airport (FRU) in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan while attempting to land at the airport at 1:20 GMT time.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Libyan MiG-23 fighter jet shot down

A MiG-23 fighter jet flown by forces loyal to Libya's internationally recognized government was shot down today by Benghazi Shura Council (BSC) fighters while carrying out a ground attack mission in the Ganfouda region.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Leonardo to develop new attack helicopter to replace A129

Leonardo has signed a contract with Italian Armament Directorate and Defense Ministry for the development of a new attack and escort helicopter for the Italian Army.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Thai Gripen C fighter crashes

A Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) Saab Gripen fighter jet crashed while performing aerial maneuvers during an air show at Hat Yai airport in Songkhla province.

U.S. Navy MH-60 helicopters to augment anti ship missile detection capabilities

U.S. Navy has awarded Lockheed Martin a development contract to provide its MH-60 helicopters with enhanced electronic warfare surveillance and countermeasure capabilities against anti-ship missile (ASM) threats.

Italy-France to jointly develop new Aster Block 1 NT missile

Italy has formally joined with France to develop a new air defense missile system under the B1NT program.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

India test guided Pinaka 2 MBRL

A guided version of the Pinaka multi-barrel rocket was successfully tested by India's Defense Research and Development Organisation on Thursday.

United plan early retirement for Boeing 747

United Airlines will bid farewell to its fleet of iconic Boeing 747 jumbo jets by this year end, against earlier plan to retire the fleet by the end of 2018.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Boeing vs Airbus 2016 performance

The two Western rival aircraft manufacturers, Boeing and Airbus marked a drop in net orders in 2016, while Airbus retained its order lead against Boeing, held since 2012.

Iran Air takes delivery of first A321

Iran Air has taken delivery of its first new passenger aircraft, an Airbus A321, in a handover ceremony held today in Toulouse, France.

GoAir firms up contract for 72 A320neo

GoAir, a low cost Indian carrier has penned a firm contract for 72 A320neo aircraft following its Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed during the Farnborough International Airshow.

Raptor's Increment 3.2B upgrade delayed further

The Increment 3.2B upgrade to U.S. Air Force's F-22A Raptor air superiority fighters have further delayed, following software stability issues and and performance shortfalls which were revealed during developmental testing.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

France orders Block 4 AASM Hammer guided bombs

The French Directorate-General for Armaments (DGA) has awarded Safran a contract to develop and deliver a low cost version of its AASM Hammer air-to-ground missiles to arm French Navy and Air Force Dassault Rafale fighter jets.

U.S. demonstrate swarming Perdix micro-drones

In its quest to develop autonomous systems, the secretive Strategic Capabilities Office (SCO) under U.S. Department of Defense have demonstrated the largest swarming of micro-drones over the China Lake in California.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Pakistan test fires submarine launched Babur-3 cruise missile

Pakistan has claimed to have tested a submarine launched version of its Babur-2 land attack cruise missile, with a range of 450 km.

France order Thales SpyRanger mini-UAVs

French Defence Procurement Agency (DGA) has selected Thales Spy Ranger mini surveillance and reconnaissance Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) to equip the French forces.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Airbus begin Beluga XL assembly

Airbus has began assembly of its new Beluga XL oversize cargo transport plane based on the bigger Airbus A330 widebody airliner platform at company’s production facilities in Toulouse, France.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Indian order boost Dassault's Rafale backlog

The 36 aircraft export deal signed with India, boosted Dassault's Rafale backlog to 110 aircraft in 2016, compared to 83 in 2015.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Engine fell off from B-52 bomber mid-flight

In a clear sign of ageing, a U.S. Air Force B-52H Stratofortress strategic bomber aircraft lost one of its engine during a flight from Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota, on Wednesday,

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

France and ETPS select PC-21 trainer

Pilatus Aircraft Ltd has bagged three orders for its PC-21 turboprop trainer for a total 21 aircraft.

Turkish ATR-72 TMPA Meltem 3 complete maiden flight

meltem 3 turkey

The first Turkish Maritime Patrol Aircraft (TMPA) under the Meltem III program for Turkish Navy had completed maiden flight from TAI's Akinci facility in Ankara, in July 2016.

Israel retires F-16A/B fighter jets

Photo by: IAF Maj. Ofer

Israel Air Force has retired the first generation Lockheed Martin F-16 A/B fighters, 36 years after induction in to service.

FAdeA delivers first upgraded IA-58 Pucara COIN aircraft

Argentina's state-owned Fábrica Argentina de Aviones SA (FAdeA) has delivered the first upgraded IA-58 Pucara turboprop light ground attack aircraft to Argentinian Air Force on Dec. 15.

Monday, January 2, 2017

SpaceX to restart Falcon 9 launch operations

Over the past four months, officials at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the U.S. Air Force (USAF), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), along with several industry experts, have collaborated with SpaceX on a rigorous investigation to determine the cause of the massive explosion that occurred September 1 at Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, resulting in loss of the Falcon-9 launch vehicle and its AMOS-6 satellite payload.

Russian air force inducts last batch of MiG-29SMT fighters

Photo: MiG Corp.
Mikoyan has delivered the last batch of four upgraded MiG-29 SMT multi-role fighters to Russian Air force.