Thursday, March 23, 2017

France launch Rafale F4 Standard development



French Defense Ministry has launched the development of the F4 standard upgrade for the Dassault Rafale fighter jet.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

F-35 fires MBDA ASRAAM air-to-air missile


The F-35 Lightning II stealth fighter jet has successfully conducted its first firing trials of the MBDA Advanced Short Range Air-to-Air Missile (ASRAAM).

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Fourth E-190E2 jet enters flight testing


The fourth prototype of the Embraer E190-E2 aircraft has completed maiden flight on last Friday, which lasted two hours.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

India test fire 400 km range BrahMos cruise missile


India has successfully test-fired an extended range (ER) version of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) Chandipur, off the coast of Odisha.

Friday, March 10, 2017

AVIC commence AG600 engine trials


AVIC has commenced engine ground trials of the AG 600 amphibious aircraft, ahead of taxi trials and maiden flight.

Bell unveils FCX-001 futuristic helicopter concept


Bell helicopters unveiled its future helicopter concept dubbed FCX-001 at the Heli Expo 2017 show.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Qatar Airways to lease LATAM A350 aircraft


Qatar Airways has leased the first of four Airbus A350 aircraft from Chile's LATAM Airlines.

Boeing 737 MAX 8 achieve FAA certification


The Boeing 737 MAX 8 has won U.S. Federal Aviation Administration certification for commercial operations, paving way for its first customer delivery in the coming months.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

AW609 program back on track, targets 2018 certification


During the HAI Heli Expo 2017, Leonardo revealed that the AW609 program is back on track after the fatal crash of second prototype in Oct 2015, and first customer delivery will be achieved in 2019.

Afghan Super Tucano fighter crashes during training


An Afghan Air Force A-29A Super Tucano turboprop aircraft has crashed during a routine training flight from U.S. Air Force's Moody Air Force base in Georgia, US.

Iran unveil Saba 248 light utility helicopter


Iran has unveiled a new home made light utility helicopter called Saba 248, powered by two turboshaft engines.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Boeing rolls out the first 737 MAX 9 prototype


Boeing has unveiled the second member of the MAX family, the 737 MAX 9 today from its Seattle facility.

Embraer rolls out E195-E2 jet


Embraer has rolled out the largest member of its E-jet E2 single aisle passenger jet family, the E195-E2.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

MBDA awarded Storm Shadow/SCALP mid-life refurbishment contract

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UK and France have jointly awarded MBDA a contract for mid-life refurbishment of the air-launched Storm Shadow/SCALP EG precision strike cruise missiles operated by the two countries.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Pilot error caused Shoreham hunter crash: AAIB


UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) has identified pilot error as the cause for the deadly crash of the Hawker Hunter aircraft on 22 August 2015 while maneuvering for the Shoreham Air Show.

Airbus-RAAF to develop automated aerial refueling for A330 MRTT

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Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) and Airbus have signed a research agreement to develop an automated aerial refueling system for the Airbus A330 multi-role tanker transport (MRTT) aircraft operated by RAAF.

Boeing-Leonardo pitches MH-139 for USAF Huey replacement

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Boeing has teamed with Italian Leonardo to offer latter’s AW139 based military helicopter for U.S. Air Force’s UH-1N “Huey” light utility helicopter replacement program.

Wing Loong II completes maiden flight

China has successfully completed maiden flight of its unmanned Wing Loong II combat drone equivalent to the U.S. MQ-9 Reaper.


An upgraded version of the Wing Loong I, the Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle (UCAV) performed its maiden 31 minute long flight from a airfield in Western part of China on last Monday.

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