Indonesian Air Force Receives First C-130J-30 Super Hercules

February 22, 2023 @ 05:31 AM

Lockheed Martin delivered the first of five C-130J-30 Super Hercules tactical airlifters to the Indonesian Air Force (IDAF) today. The IDAF's new C-130J-30s offer increased cargo capacity, speed, range, power, performance and lower operating costs over its legacy C-130s

Embraer-Lockheed Martin Vie for IAF Transport Aircraft Contract

February 15, 2023 @ 04:13 PM

Embraer and Lockheed Martin are trying to sell multi-mission tactical air transport aircraft, C-390 Millennium and C-130J, to the Indian Air Force. The IAF issued a Request for Information (RFI) in December to acquire a medium transport aircraft (MTA) which has the capability of lifting 18-30 tones

Nepal Orders Poland’s M28 Block 5 Aircraft

February 4, 2023 @ 07:28 AM

Polands PZL Mielec has won $30.4 million to provide M28 Block 05 aircraft to Nepal

DARPA Initiates Design Phase of Liberty Lifter Seaplane Project

February 3, 2023 @ 05:56 AM

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has initiated design work on America's most ambitious and revolutionary transport plane ever, the Liberty Lifter Seaplane.Two teams -- General Atomics working with Maritime Applied Physics Corporation and Aurora Flight Sciences working with Gibbs & Cox and ReconCraft -- will develop designs for...

China Tests Quick Deployment with Y-20 Transport Aircraft

January 19, 2023 @ 07:45 AM

Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Air Forces surface-to-air missile unit for the first time tested its quick deployment capability by flying with Y-20 large transport aircraft during recent exercises. Long-range, rapid deployment of heavy surface-to-air missiles has great tactical and even strategic significance, as it enables the PLA to enhance regional...

Sabena technics, Thales to Upgrade French CN-235 Fleet

January 19, 2023 @ 06:28 AM

The consortium formed by Sabena technics and Thales will upgrade the French Air and Space Forces fleet of CN-235 twin-turboprop tactical transport and logistics aircraft. The 27 CN-235s will be upgraded with state-of-the-art avionics to allow integration into general air traffic, significantly enhance capabilities for tactical and public service operations, increase fleet availability and extend service life to 2040 and beyond

France to Modernize CN235 Aircraft, Leclerc Tanks

January 14, 2023 @ 09:15 AM

Frances Directorate General of Armaments (DGA) has awarded contracts for the upgrade of CN235 transport aircraft and 50 Leclerc tanks. Sabena Technics Bod and Thales Avs France SAS won €107 million on December 20 to renovate cockpit of the Air Forces CN235-200 and CN235-300 aircraft

Japan to Replace U-125A Planes with Satellite-based Radio Equipment for SAR Missions...

January 3, 2023 @ 12:28 PM

Japans government wants to phase out the Air Self-Defense Forces U-125A search and rescue (SAR) planes with new satellite-based radio equipment to locate pilots in distress. According to the ASDF, a total of 26 U-125A jets are currently deployed at air rescue units across the country, including in Hokkaido, Miyagi, Akita, Niigata, Ishikawa and Shizuoka, Fukuoka, Miyazaki and Okinawa prefectures

Chinese Yun-5B Aircraft Tested to Drop Fire-Fighting Bombs

January 2, 2023 @ 07:02 AM

Chinas state-owned company Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) said its Yun-5B fire-fighting aircraft completed all tests involving dropping of fire-fighting bombs. The Yun-5B fire-fighting aircraft has now entered the comprehensive final stage, laying a solid foundation for subsequent product development and airworthiness certification

Russia Plans A-50U ‘Flying Radar’ Upgrade Based on Ukraine Experience

December 14, 2022 @ 01:55 PM

Russia is planning to upgrade A-50U airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft following the results of their deployment to Ukraine. "A-50U aircraft are actively employed for accomplishing missions in the special operation

In a First, Airbus & German Military Launch Drone from A400M Cargo...

December 13, 2022 @ 10:25 AM

Germanys Bundeswehr, Airbus, the German Aerospace Center DLR, and German companies SFL and Geradts jointly carried out the worlds first successful launch and operation of a Remote Carrier flight test demonstrator from a flying A400M on December 12. Multiplying the force and extending the range of unmanned systems will be one of the future roles of Airbus military transport aircraft in the Future Combat Air System (FCAS)

New Zealand Receives First Boeing P-8A Poseidon MPA

December 9, 2022 @ 12:47 PM

Boeing handed over first of four Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft to New Zealand in a ceremony at the Museum of Flight. The delivery comes four years after the New Zealand Government entered into an agreement with the U