Defense

Essential news and analysis on the defense aerospace business. Your trusted source for new and ongoing programs and requirements in military aircraft (manned and unmanned), engines, avionics, weapons and associated systems, including ground-based air defense.

Aircraft

Germany to Build Brimstone Missiles

The precision-strike weapon will arm the Luftwaffe’s Typhoon fleet.
MBDA Brimstone 3 missiles
Training and Workforce

RAF Tests Inflight Augmented Reality Training

The trial involves Red 6’s ATARS system in a Hawk T.Mk 2
Representatives of BAE Systems and Red 6 pose with RAF officers in front of a Hawk T.Mk 2 during the Royal International Air Tattoo event held at RAF Fairford on July 19-21, 2024.
Engines

New U.S. Air Force Ops Platform Will Get Upgraded Engines

GE Aerospace Defense & Systems is pursuing new opportunities for its engines in military applications
The U.S. Air Force's Survivable Airborne Operations Center Boeing 747-8 aircraft
Aircraft

New NATO Member Sweden Lifts Lid on Future Fighter Studies

The Scandinavian state could buy into the multinational GCAP or FCAS programs, or could develop its own fighter system
Sweden's Koncept för Framtida Stridsflyg program
Aircraft

Gripen E Fighter Makes Progress On Home Front and In Brazil

Two-seat Gripen F warplane prepares for its first flight
Saab Gripen E fighter
Aircraft

NATO Plays the Agile Combat Employment Card

NATO state's military air arms are increasingly developing more agile means of going to war to improve their survivability
Swedish fighter jet
Aircraft

German Start-up ERC Unveils Emergency Medical eVTOL Aircraft

The Charlie aircraft will carry a pilot, doctor and passenger up to 190 kilometers
ERC-System Charlie eVTOL aircraft
Aircraft

Finland Chooses Challenger, Sweden Orders 3rd GlobalEye

Canadian airframer Bombardier is winning more defense business with Nordic states
Finland's coast guard MVX airborne surveillance aircraft will be based on the Bombardier Challenger 650
Aircraft

Leonardo Flies AW609 In Navy Aircraft Carrier Sea Trials

The aircraft has not yet received a civil type certificate
Leonardo AW609 tiltrotor operates on an Italian Navy aircraft carrier
Security

Intensifying Drone Threats to Civil Aircraft Prompt Innovation

Israeli companies have been busily developing new counter-drone solutions
Rafael counter-drone system
Accidents

Malawi's Vice President Killed in Aircraft Crash

Wreckage of the Malawi Defence Force twin turboprop was found in a mountainous area
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

U.S. Marines Will Evaluate Elroy's Autonomous Resupply Drone

The Chaparral aircraft heads to the Arizona desert in July
Elroy Air Chaparral C1 prototype is pictured during a flight test at dawn
Accidents

Iran Confirms Helicopter Crash Killed Its President

The Bell 212 was part of a convoy of three
Engines

Hermeus Begins Engine Testing for Quarterhorse Mk 2

Quarterhorse Mk 2 will fly at Mach 2.5 ahead of the Mach 4 Mk 3 Prototype
Hermeus preecooler testing with Pratt & Whitney F100 engine
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Mayman Unveils Razor Air Utility Vehicles for Military Roles

The new family builds on the company's earlier Speeder design
Mayman Aerospace Razor air utility vehicles
Fuel

SAF Deliveries Set To Increase for UK Military Aircraft

UK Ministry of Defence orders a 40 percent blend of sustainable aviation fuel
UK Royal Air Force aircraft
Aircraft

Hermeus Steps toward Hypersonic with Quarterhorse Mk 1

Quarterhorse Mk 1 will be the first Hermeus flying prototype
Hermeus Steps toward Hypersonic with Quarterhorse Mk 1 (Photo: Hermeus)
Training and Workforce

NBAA Promotes Dina Green to Chief of Staff

Green will also retain some duties from her former role of v-p of events
Dina Green, NBAA chief of staff (Photo: NBAA)
Aircraft

Leonardo Helicopter Deliveries Jump 24 Percent in 2023

Leonardo handed over 185 helicopters in 2023
AW139 india
Cabin Interior and Electronics

Iridium Adds Outerlink as Value-added Reseller

The VAR designation enables sales to government users
Iridium global coverage
Rotorcraft

Bell, Leonardo To Team on Tiltrotor Technologies

Effort will built on multi-decade cooperation between the companies
Bell Leonardo tiltrotor co-op
Training and Workforce

Thales To Provide Simulators for German Army H145Ms

The contract follows an order for up to 82 twins from Airbus Helicopters
Thales H145M simulator
Training and Workforce

U.S. Air Force Taps P1AR for 5-Year Training Contract

The first class of special missions aviators graduated in December
P1AR
Avionics

Black Hawk Lima To Fly with Genesys Avionics

Modernized Black Hawk UH-60Ls increase mission effectiveness
Genesys Avionics in Black Hawk Lima
Aircraft

Saab Eyes Southeast Asia for Gripen Multirole Fighter Sales

Saab has Thailand and the Philippines in its sights
Saab Grippen
Aircraft

Republic of Singapore Air Force Prepares for New Threats

The Republic of Singapore Air Force projected a strong presence at the Singapore Airshow
RSAF Apache AH-64D
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Latest Elbit Hermes UAV Sparks to Life

Hermes 650 multirole UAV boasts a 24-hour endurance
Hermes 650 Spark
Aircraft

RSAF Boeing F-15SG Fighter Jet Flies at the Singapore Airshow

The F-15SG is a special variant of the Strike Eagle made for Singapore.
RSAF Boeing F15SG flying with flares
Maintenance and Modifications

Bombardier Expands Cost-Per-Hour Program to Defense Business

Bombardier continues to build on its special mission portfolio
Bombardier global and challenger aircraft in defense configurations flying together.
Engines

Pratt & Whitney Wins Korean Engine Support Contract

P&W has signed a third contract for fighter engine support
Pratt & Whitney $355 million F100 engine sustainment contract for South Korea's F-15s, F-16s