Defence

AIR International’s dedicated defence section will provide all the latest industry and operator developments from across the military aviation and space domains, from procurement and sustainment, to programme development and delivery.

French Navy to get two additional H160s

The French Armament General Directorate has confirmed an option to Airbus Helicopters, Babcock and Safran Helicopter Engines for two more H160 helicopters for the French Navy

Communications defined for T-7A Red Hawk

The T-7A Red Hawk advanced pilot training system for USAF pilots, development and manufactured by Boeing and Saab, will be fitted with Rohde & Schwarz’ MR6000R software defined, multiband-capable airborne transceivers

Bulgaria orders Saab’s deployable maintenance facility

Saab has signed a contract to deliver its Deployable Maintenance Facility for use by the Bulgarian Air Force, which will be used at numerous air bases through Bulgaria

Northrop Grumman wins contract for additional Coyotes

The US Navy has awarded Northrop Grumman a production contract for 18 additional GQM-163A Coyote supersonic sea-skimming target vehicles in a $55.4m deal, bringing the total orders to date up to 218 platforms

Canada’s future aircrew training programme moves forward

Babcock Canada and Leonardo Canada have signed a Letter of Intent to jointly pursue Canada’s Future Aircrew Training programme and to create a Canadian joint venture

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UK Space Command targets IOC in 2022

Less than two months after being officially formed, the UK’s nascent Space Command is looking to establish an initial operating capability by Q1 next year, with the establishment of an HQ at RAF High Wycombe likely the first step in the process

First Boeing-Saab T-7a Red Hawk spliced together

The front fuselage of the first Boeing-Saab T-7A Red Hawk advanced training aircraft has been joined with its aft section in St Louis, Missouri, in a process that took under 30 minutes due to model-based engineering and 3D design used in the key USAF programme

Global AW101 helicopter fleet hits flight hour milestone

The AW101 helicopter fleet, manufactured by Leonardo, has reached 500,000 global flight hours in a milestone for the multi-role, medium-lift platform

UK inks deal for 14 Chinook CH-47(ER) heavy-lift helicopters

The UK has agreed to purchase 14 Chinook CH-47(ER) heavy-lift helicopters from the US via a foreign military sales agreement, worth £1.4bn. Deliveries are scheduled to start in 2026, where the new helicopters will be based at RAF Odiham, the home of the UK’s Chinook fleet

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Crowsnest ASaC to leave UK service by 2029

Despite only beginning operational training in March this year, the UK’s maritime airborne surveillance and control (ASaC) capability, otherwise known as Crowsnest, is expected to leave service by 2029 and be replaced by an as-yet unknown sensor and platform combination