Iran's "Simorgh" Regional Transport Aircraft Undergoing Initial Flight Tests

December 20, 2023 @ 11:55 AM

Iran's "Simorgh" transport plane, a reverse-engineered AN-140 of Ukrainian origin set to be manufactured at a new plant in Iran, is currently undergoing initial flight tests. This week, Mohammad Mohammadi-Bakhsh, Head of the Civil Aviation Organization of the Islamic Republic, announced the establishment of an aircraft plant dedicated to advancing the...

North Korea Suspected of Upgrading Russian Il-76 Cargo Plane for Advanced Surveillance

December 18, 2023 @ 01:06 PM

New satellite imagery has revealed potential modifications to a Russian-made military transport plane in North Korea, indicating the conversion of the aircraft into an airborne command center equipped with a powerful radar. The suspected modifications were identified by an open-source intelligence analyst who observed the Soviet-designed Ilyushin Il-76 cargo plane at...

Indonesian Air Force Inducts Five NC-212i Tactical Transport Aircraft

December 12, 2023 @ 08:59 AM

Indonesian Minister of Defense Prabowo Subianto officially handed over five indigenously made NC-212i transport aircraft to the countrys Air Force at Halim Perdanakusuma Air Base on Tuesday. The five aircraft are part of the procurement of nine NC-212i aircraft for the Indonesian Air Force which will strengthen Air Squadron 4 Air...

Rostec Unveils Plans for PAK DA Next-Generation Strategic Bomber Testing Base

December 7, 2023 @ 05:14 AM

Rostec specialists are currently engaged in establishing a testing base for the airborne launchers of the forthcoming next-generation strategic missile-carrying bomber, PAK DA. The state-owned company confirmed this in an official statement Wednesday

Airbus Conducts Flight-Test of A400M Roll-on/Roll-off Firefighting Kit

December 6, 2023 @ 12:09 PM

Airbus has completed a new flight-test campaign for the A400M Roll-on/Roll-off firefighting prototype kit, showcasing its capabilities by dropping 20,000 litres of retardant and creating high concentration lines over 400 meters on the ground. Over a two-week period in south-western and central Spain, the A400M performed six drops, three using red-coloured...

Airbus' EcoPulse Hybrid-Electric Aircraft Makes First Flight

December 6, 2023 @ 08:51 AM

The EcoPulse hybrid-electric distributed propulsion aircraft demonstrator, a joint venture by Daher, Safran, and Airbus aimed at advancing aviation's decarbonization agenda, has performed its first flight test in hybrid-electric mode. Taking off from Tarbes Airport on November 29 at 10:32 hrs CET, the EcoPulse demonstrator completed a 100-minute test flight

U.S. Navy Salvages P-8A from Hawaiian Bay, Aircraft Can be Returned to...

December 5, 2023 @ 09:01 AM

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U.S. Approves $582M Sale of RE-3A Tactical Airborne Surveillance System Modernization to...

December 5, 2023 @ 06:43 AM

The State Department has approved a Foreign Military Sale to Saudi Arabia for the modernization of RE-3A Tactical Airborne Surveillance System Aircraft, along with related equipment, at an estimated cost of $582 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified Congress of this potential sale

South Korea Chooses Embraer's C-390 Over Lockheed Martin, Boeing Transport Aircraft

December 4, 2023 @ 01:56 PM

South Korea's defense authorities announced on Monday their selection of Brazil's Embraer C-390 for the Air Force's latest large transport aircraft. Lockheed Martin and Airbus were among the contenders passed over for the 710 billion won ($544

Canada Chooses Boeing's P-8A Poseidon for Multi-Mission Aircraft Project

December 1, 2023 @ 07:59 AM

Canada has officially chosen Boeing's P-8A Poseidon for its Multi-Mission Aircraft project in a deal valued at $5.9 billion

Saudi to Replace C-130H Aircraft with C-390, Signs MoU with Embraer

November 30, 2023 @ 11:02 AM

Embraer has concluded a memorandum of understanding with Saudi Arabia Military Industries (SAMI) for the potential sale and maintenance of C-390 Millennium aircraft for the countrys Air Force. The announcement was made via Embraer's official website following the signing of the memorandum during the visit of the President of Brazil to Saudi Arabia on November 29

Boeing Secures $2.3B Contract for Additional KC-46A Pegasus Tankers

November 29, 2023 @ 06:02 AM

Boeing has clinched a $2.3 billion contract for 15 additional KC-46A Pegasus tankers in a Lot 10 deal awarded by the U