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.

Rollout ceremony for Qatar's future fighter

Boeing has marked the rollout of the Qatar Emiri Air Force’s new F-15QA fighter at a ceremony attended by representatives from the US Air Force and QEAF at the company’s St Louis facility in late-August

Demand for F-16 fighter proving a boon to industry

Global demand for the evergreen F-16 fighter is continuing to provide industry associated with the platform unexpected benefits more than four decades after the earliest iterations of the type first entered service

Kazakhstan orders two Airbus A400Ms

The Republic of Kazakhstan has placed an order for two Airbus A400M aircraft plus associated maintenance and support, with the first platform scheduled to be delivered in 2024

Enhanced V-BAT completes flight testing

Northrop Grumman and Shield AI-owned Martin UAV have completed flight testing of a V-BAT unmanned aircraft system with new features including GPS-denied navigation and target designation capabilities

Leonardo’s MAIR system moves into production

Leonardo has announced that its Multi Aperture InfraRed (MAIR) threat warning system has gone into series production, with manufacturing underway on an initial batch for installation on a number of platforms including the Italian Army’s AW169M-based Light Utility Helicopter

US Space Systems Command declares GPS III satellites ready for launch

The US Space Force’s Space Systems Command has recently declared the eighth GPS III satellite as being available for launch, the third such vehicle within the programme to reach the status within the past three months

Lockheed Martin to support Indian Air Force’s C-130J fleet

Lockheed Martin has been awarded a US$328m, five-year contract from the Indian Air Force to provide support for the service’s fleet of 12 C-130J-30 Super Hercules aircraft

USSF Next Gen OPIR programme completes Block 0 GEO Space Vehicle CDR

The US Space Force’s Space System Command (USSF SSC), Next Generation Overhead Persistent Infrared programme (OPIR) successfully passed a major milestone on August 20. This came after completing its Block 0 Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (GEO) Space Vehicle Critical Design Review (CDR)

Leonardo, Northrop Grumman to deliver CIRCM pointer/trackers to US Army

Leonardo and Northrop Grumman have signed a five-year agreement for Leonardo to provide pointer/trackers for the US Army’s Common Infrared (IF) Countermeasures (CIRCM) programme as it enters full-rate production.

Russia orders first batch of modernised Ka-52Ms

Russian Helicopters has been contracted to supply the first batch of upgraded serial production Kamov Ka-52M 'Alligator' attack helicopters to the Russian MOD, with deliveries expected to begin in 2022