Military

Canadian SAR aircraft rolled out

AIRBUS MILITARY ROLLED out the first CC-295 Fixed Wing Search and Rescue (FWSAR) aircraft for the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) from the paint hangar at its facility in Seville, Spain, on October 8.

Japanese Pegasus enters production

BOEING BEGAN ASSEMBLING the first KC-46A aerial refueling tanker for Japan at its 767 production facility in Everett, Washington on September 11.

Advanced Hawkeyes for France

FRANCE’S MINISTER OF defense has confirmed plans to acquire three E-2D airborne early warning and control aircraft for the French Navy at a cost of around $1.09 billion.

Orions for Argentina

THE ARGENTINE NAVAL Aviation Command will acquire four retired P-3C maritime patrol aircraft from the US under the terms of an agreement with the US Department of Defense.

Aussie Hornets return

SIX ROYAL AUSTRALIAN Air Force F/A-18As returned to RAAF Base Williamtown, Australia, after completing the first air combat exercise on Japanese soil.

New versions of P-1 planned

KAWASAKI HEAVY INDUSTRIES (KHI) plans to develop an electronic warfare version of its jet-powered P-1 maritime patrol aircraft.

'Little Birds' for Thailand

THE US DEFENSE Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) recently notified the US Congress of the potential sale of eight Boeing AH-6i light attack/reconnaissance helicopters and associated equipment to Thailand in a deal worth around $400 million.

MV-22 upgrade, maintenance contract awarded to Bell-Boeing

Bell-Boeing awarded a contract to provide upgrades and maintenance on US Marine Corps (USMC) MV-22B Osprey tiltrotors.

Airbus unveils secretive LOUT UAV

Airbus Defence and Space has unveiled its Low Observable UAV Testbed (LOUT), a secretive programme which has been in development since 2007.

Japan seeks F-15J 'Super Interceptor' upgrade

The US State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to Japan for the modernisation and upgrade of up to 98 Mitsubishi F-15J Eagle air superiority fighters, under an effort that will produce Japanese Super Interceptors (JSI).