Belgium acquires advanced UAVs with General Atomics Aeronautical Systems

Belgium’s acquisition of MQ-9B SkyGuardian unmanned air vehicles (UAVs) has been advanced, with General Atomics Aeronautical Systems receiving a contract worth almost $189 million. Announced via the US Department of Defense (DoD) in August, the Foreign Military Sales program deal covers four air vehicles and two ground control stations (GCS), plus spare parts and supportRead More

Lockheed Martin to build small satellite mesh network

The Space Development Agency (SDA) awarded a Tranche 0 contract of the Space Transport Layer to Lockheed Martin to demonstrate a mesh network of 10 small satellites that links terrestrial warfighting domains to space sensors – all launching in just two years. The $187.5-million contract for Transport Layer’s Tranche 0 is an initial test andRead More

THC to purchase 10 Airbus H125 helicopters

The Helicopter Company (THC), which is fully owned by the Public Investment Fund (PIF) of Saudi Arabia, recently announced that it has signed a purchase agreement with Airbus Helicopters to purchase 10 H125 helicopters. The deal comes as part of THC’s commitment to further expand its fleet and introduce new services that fulfill market demandRead More

GAM signs MoU with TVTC

Saudi Arabia’s General Authority for Military Industries (GAMI) has signed a MoU with the Technical and Vocational Training Corporation (TVTC). The MoU will support human capabilities in military industries sector and to contribute to advancing the development of the sector. It is hoped it the MoU will help more than 50% of the Saudi Arabia’sRead More

Patria reaches new milestone in Heavy Unmanned Ground Vehicles

The development of Patria’s Heavy Unmanned Ground Vehicles has reached a level where the Patria AMV 8×8 vehicle can be operated remotely beyond visual line of sight utilizing 5G and 4G networks. This enables vehicles operation even from longer distances with higher reliability. The demonstration of remote-controlled Patria AMV 8×8 vehicle under 5G network wasRead More

UK, US governments turn to startups for pressing challenges in the military space sector

The UK and US governments have turned to startups and inventors in a competition to adapt commercial technology solutions to answer pressing challenges in the military space sector. The two countries have jointly put up £1 million, or $1.3 million, to tap into potential new ideas in six technology areas from small companies, innovators andRead More

Bell Boeing delivers first V-22 Osprey to Japan

Bell Boeing delivered the first V-22 Osprey to Camp Kisarazu in Japan. The Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) is the first operator of the V-22 outside of the U.S. military. “The delivery of the first Japanese V-22 is an important milestone and represents our strong partnership with the Government of Japan,” said Shane Openshaw, BoeingRead More

Boeing completes delivery of military helicopters to IAF

Boeing has completed delivery of all new AH-64E Apache and CH-47F(I) Chinook military helicopters to the Indian Air Force (IAF). The final five of the 22 Apache attack helicopters were handed over to the IAF at Air Force Station, Hindan. Earlier in March, Boeing handed over the last five of 15 CH-47F(I) Chinook heavy-lift helicoptersRead More

Aircraft interiors could kill covid-19 says, AFRL

The US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) has shown that common ground heaters could be used to raise the temperature of aircraft interiors to levels sufficient to kill the coronavirus and other biological contaminants. In two tests conducted in May 2020, the interior of a Boeing C-17 cargo aircraft was sealed using materials common toRead More

FAA to implement safety management system (SMS) rule

A Federal Aviation Administration report completed in April establishes broad timelines for when the agency expects to implement a number of oversight changes, including creation of a safety management system (SMS) rule. FAA administrator Steve Dickson mentioned that rule on 17 June, calling it the most-critical means by which aerospace manufacturers can improve safety. TheRead More