UK still to settle on new medium helicopter procurement strategy
The UK MoD has still to put forward requirements for its new medium helicopter acquisition, which could see offers eventually arrive from the likes of Airbus, Bell, Leonardo and Lockheed Martin.
US Army keeps FLRAA costs and risks under wraps
Ahead of a FLRAA contract award to Bell or a joint Boeing and Sikorsky team, the US Army has decided to keep manufacturing costs and programme risks confidential.
PREMIUM: Finland’s HX contest heats up as final offers arrive
Finnish decision-makers get ready to select a manufacturer to replace the country's F/A-18C/D fighter fleet.
PREMIUM: Spirit busy ‘optimising’ LANCA vehicle design ahead of 2023 first flight
Belfast-based Spirit Aerospace is looking ahead to a possible first LANCA flight in 2023, as it weighs up air vehicle design considerations.
23rd April 2021
Boeing's MQ-25 unmanned aerial refueller has benefitted from engine inlet analysis as the manufacturer looks ahead to low-rate production.
21st April 2021
New sustainment plans could see Lockheed Martin reduce operating costs of the F-35 to $25,000 per flight hour.
16th April 2021
Northrop Grumman expects to shortly integrate a maritime radar on its Firebird optionally piloted MALE UAV.
14th April 2021
The Royal Netherlands Air Force has welcomed a new CH-47F heavy-lift helicopter, fitted with an upgraded cockpit.
9th April 2021
A US DoD contract has revealed that the UK has agreed to buy an additional MQ-9 Reaper. The thinking behind this may be associated with a need to maintain unmanned operational output ahead of the introduction of the MQ-9B SkyGuardian.
8th April 2021
Countering peacekeeping threats by investing in new capabilities should be central to long-term Irish defence ambitions, a source says.
30th March 2021
A recent flight test using a 3D-printed hatch on Saab's Gripen fighter jet could lead to more efficient ways of repairing damaged aircraft on the frontline.
23rd March 2021
New international partners could be added to the UK's FCAS effort, as plans to secure a subsystems partnership with Japan are revealed.
22nd March 2021
On air force issues, much of what is in the UK's new Command Paper has previously been leaked to the media.
19th March 2021
Newly released data from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute shows that the US has consolidated its position as the world's leading arms exporter, increasing its lead over Russia in the process.
17th March 2021
UK interest in loitering munitions is growing, with confirmation in a new US DoD contract that it has invested in the AeroVironment Switchblade weapons system.
16th March 2021
The first part of the Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy has given the F-35 programme a financial shot in the arm, but a question mark over aircraft numbers looks only to be resolved once a 'Command Paper' is released on 22 March.
12th March 2021
The USMC is weighing up whether or not to reduce CH-53K heavy-helicopter numbers but a decision on that front has not been taken in line with schedule.
11th March 2021
Northrop Grumman has revealed a 20mm chain gun named Sky Viper — will it be considered as an alternative to the General Dynamics XM915 cannon?
8th March 2021
New possibilities for Israeli F-35s could be on the way, including the aircraft being fielded from 'Gulf soil' to better counter Iranian threats.
3rd March 2021
The US Army has just wrapped up almost a year's worth of FTUAS testing and is looking ahead to a formal acquisition. It could see fit to buy more than one aircraft type currently under consideration.
2nd March 2021
Poland has again changed its Kruk attack helicopter programme, with a handful of key decisions still to be made before a manufacturer can be selected to produce new aircraft.
26th February 2021
Northrop Grumman wants to extend existing JADC2 links with the US Army by supporting EDGE 21.
24th February 2021
The main F-35 production line was forced to close for a day to ensure employee safety, as Lockheed Martin continues to wait for the US DoD to approve full-rate production for the aircraft.
19th February 2021
Contrary to past reports linking Australia to interest in an order for HH-60W combat helicopters, there is no such connection, according to the country's Department of Defence.