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...

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,...

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

Hard Landing Static Tests Completed for Russian MC-21 Airliner

December 7, 2022 @ 10:22 AM

Irkut Corporation and the Central Aero hydrodynamic Institute (TsAGI) have conducted the static tests of the MC-21 aircraft. The airframe underwent tests for its ability to withstand loads during a rough landing, that is, a landing with excess vertical speed

Japan Orders 2 Additional KC-46A Tankers

November 30, 2022 @ 02:28 AM

Boeing has won a contract to deliver two additional KC-46A Pegasus tankers to the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF), bringing the total on contract for Japan to six. This contract is worth nearly $400 million, as per a Pentagon

Russian Troops Receive Il-76MD-90A Transport Plane with Improved Engine and Range...

November 29, 2022 @ 06:03 AM

Aviastar-SP, a subsidiary of United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) handed over the next serial heavy military transport aircraft Il-76MD-90A, built in the interests of the Russian Ministry of Defense. “Today the Russian army received another serial Il-76MD-90A military transport aircraft