First Light Combat Aircraft Tejas Mk1A Takes Maiden Flight

March 28, 2024 @ 01:36 PM

India's state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has announced that the first Light Combat Aircraft Tejas Mk1A series soared into the skies from the HAL facility in Bengaluru. The maiden flight lasted 18 minutes, the company said

S.Korea Seeks to Resolve KF-21 Payments Impasse with Indonesia

March 28, 2024 @ 07:39 AM

South Korea has initiated talks with Indonesia in an effort to address pending issues related to Jakarta's participation in the KF-21 fighter jet development project. The Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) convened

French DGA Tests Thales' Infrared Optics for Rafale F4.2 Upgrade

March 28, 2024 @ 05:23 AM

The French Directorate General of Armaments (DGA) has revealed ongoing testing of Thales' new infrared optics for the Infra-Red Search and Track (IRST) system Front Sector Optronics (FSO), slated to equip the Rafale F4.2 aircraft of the French air force and navy

Finland's Patria to Produce F-35 Jet's Landing Gear Doors

March 27, 2024 @ 11:28 AM

Patria has signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with Lockheed Martin to set up a landing gear doors production line at Patrias Halli facility in Jämsä, Finland for supply to the F-35 global fleet. This long-term agreement entails the manufacturing of 400 sets of F-35 landing gear doors

Argentina to Buy 24 Used F-16 Aircraft from Denmark

March 27, 2024 @ 08:32 AM

Danish Defense Minister Troels Lund Poulsen met his Argentine counterpart, Luis Alfonso Petri, in Buenos Aires on Tuesday to finalize a letter of intent on the potential sale of 24 Danish F-16 fighter jets to Argentina. "I have had a good and extremely fruitful meeting with my Argentinian defense minister colleague,...

S. Korea to Upgrade F-15K Fighter Jet's Long Range Mission Capabilities

March 23, 2024 @ 08:49 AM

South Korea's Air Force is launching the "F-15K performance improvement project" to enhance radar systems and augment the long-range mission capabilities of its F-15K fighter jets. The Defense Security Committee recently approved a procurement plan to advance the project through foreign procurement, specifically the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program, the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) said in a

Sweden Advances Future Fighter Analysis with Saab, GKN Aerospace Contracts

March 23, 2024 @ 05:50 AM

Sweden has initiated the early stages of assessing its future fighter requirements, with the Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) awarding contracts to Saab and GKN Aerospace for concept studies on the aircraft and propulsion system respectively. Signed on March 22, the

S.Korea Oks Mass Production for KF-21 Fighters; to Limit Initial Production to...

March 23, 2024 @ 05:33 AM

The South Korean government approved the initial mass production plan for its KF-21 fighter jets on Friday, with 40 units planned in total, but contracts for only 20 units are set for this year. The Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) stressed the urgency of replacing outdated F-4 and F-5 aircraft

French DGA Receives Two Twin-Seater Rafale B Aircraft for Upgrade to F4.1...

March 22, 2024 @ 07:40 AM

The French Directorate General of Armaments (DGA) took delivery of two twin-seater Rafale B aircraft, designated "B364" and "B363," at the Dassault Aviation site in Mérignac (Gironde), set to undergo upgrades to the F4.1 standard

Korean KF-21 Jet Completes First Aerial Refuelling Test; No Extension for Indonesia's...

March 19, 2024 @ 11:34 AM

South Korea's domestically developed KF-21 Boramae fighter jet underwent its maiden aerial refueling test on Tuesday, announced by the state arms procurement agency Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA). The Air Force's KC-330 tanker aircraft refueled the KF-21 prototype over waters off the southern coast after takeoff from an air base in Sacheon, 296 kilometers southeast of Seoul

Japan to Lift Export Restrictions on F-X Fighter Jet in Joint Partnership...

March 19, 2024 @ 10:57 AM

The Japanese government is poised to greenlight the export of a stealth fighter jet, currently under development in collaboration with the United Kingdom and Italy. The decision to ease export restrictions comes as part of Japans endeavor to loosen stringent post-war export regulations targeting weaponry