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Regional Defense & Security News

The first M-345 HET (High Efficiency Trainer) production basic/advanced trainer aircraft successfully performed its maiden flight at Venegono Superiore airport (Varese, Italy) today with pilots Quirino Bucci and Giacomo Iannelli onboard. Quirino Bucci, Aircraft Division’s Trainer Project Test Pilot, said: “The airplane performed excellently, perfectly meeting design...

The first pre-serial L-39NG trainer and light attack aircraft with serial number 7001 made its first flight on 22nd December, at Aero Vodochody Airport. The new generation of the Czech jet trainer was piloted by Aero’s test pilots David Jahoda and Vladimír Továrek. At 10:38am, the aircraft took off from the runway, climbed up to 5,000 ft. and after 26 minutes successfully...

The Russian Defence Ministry plans to sign a long-term contract with the Izhevsk Electromechanical Plant Kupol for the period up to 2027 for the supply of new anti-aircraft missile systems (SAM) of the Tor-class, including upgraded ones based on experience acquired in Syria and in the Arctic. It was announced during the visit to the Plant by Deputy Defence Minister Aleksander...

The Eurofighter will be equipped with a new generation of radar which will enhance the aircraft’s capabilities and survivability. In the Euroradar consortium, the sensor solutions provider HENSOLDT is pressing ahead with the development of the Eurofighter’s new Captor-E radar system. Following the successful acceptance test, HENSOLDT has now delivered the second antenna...

Kick-starting the modernisation of Ukraine’s helicopter fleet, Airbus Helicopters has delivered the first two H225s, out of an order for 21 aircraft, to the Ukrainian Ministry of Interior. One aircraft is destined for search and rescue missions and the other one will be operated by the National Guard for law enforcement missions. The H225 helicopters were repurposed...

Airbus Defence and Space has been awarded a contract to provide Hungary Air Force with a Surface-to-Air Missile Operations Center (SAMOC). This complete infrastructure will allow country-wide coordination, at a strategic level, of all Ground Based Air Defence (GBAD) assets. SAMOC guarantees common situational awareness on attached units, using synchronization and distribution...

The US State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Turkey of 80 Patriot MIM-104E Guidance Enhanced Missiles (GEM-T) missiles, 60 PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) missiles and related equipment for an estimated cost of $3.5 billion.  The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying...

The Hungarian Ministry of Defence has ordered 16 H225M multi-purpose helicopters equipped with the HForce weapon management system. Together with the helicopters, Airbus will also provide an extensive training and support package to ensure the highest level of operational availability. “I am thankful for the trust that the Hungarian Government has placed in our company...

RAF Typhoons launched from RAF Lossiemouth this morning for the first time with the Meteor Air-to-Air missile in defence of UK airspace during a Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) mission. This event represents the culmination of many years of research, development and testing to bring this advanced weapon into service on front-line aircraft. RAF Typhoons maintain a constant state...

Saab has received an order for RBS 70 BOLIDE missiles from Irish Defence Forces, the total order value is approximately 60 MSEK and deliveries will take place in 2019-2022. Ireland has been a RBS 70 customer for more than 30 years; this order contains the BOLIDE missile, which is latest missile available for the RBS 70 system. “With this order Ireland continues to...