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Middle East UCAV capabilities building up

Posted 15 August 2018

David Oliver takes a look at the Middle East’s combat aerial vehicle capabilities.

in Defence / Features

Turkey plots flightpath for development of TFX fighter

Posted 10 August 2018

Turkey is pushing ahead with its ambitious plans to develop and deploy an indigenous fifth-generation fighter, known as the TF-X or Milli Muharebe Uçağı (national combat aircraft).

in Defence / Features

Saudi Arabia grows its Black Hawk fleet with $194m contract

Posted 27 July 2018

With about 80 aircraft delivered, the Sikorsky S-70 has become the backbone of Saudi Arabia’s rotary-wing fleet.

in Defence / Features

Kuwait probes Airbus Helicopters deal

Posted 20 July 2018

Kuwait Prime Minister, Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, has ordered an investigation into the €1 billion ($1.19 billion) order signed by the air force for 30 H225M Caracal multirole military utility helicopters, 24 of them for the Kuwaiti

in Defence

BAE Systems selects Raytheon's projector for UAE F-16 DLE HUD

Posted 17 July 2018

Raytheon will design, develop and manufacture the projector for BAE Systems' Digital Light Engine (DLE) Head-Up Display (HUD) on the F-16 Fighting Falcon for the United Arab Emirates (UAE) armed forces.

in Defence / Features

Boeing eyes up Middle East for tanker export

Posted 13 July 2018

As the combat aircraft inventories of Middle East nations continue to grow, air forces are increasingly seeking to back up their front-line units with support aircraft such as tankers. As Alan Dron reports, Boeing believes that its new

in Defence / Features

Upgrades will extend life of Omani F-16s

Posted 5 July 2018

Although it is now taking delivery of a squadron’s worth of Eurofighter Typhoon multi-role strike fighters, the Royal Air Force of Oman will continue to rely on its force of 23 F-156 Fighting Falcons for many years.

in Defence

Lockheed Martin to build 16 new F-16 Block 70 aircraft for Bahrain

Posted 26 June 2018

Lockheed Martin has received a $1.12 billion contract from the US Government to produce 16 new F-16 Block 70 aircraft for the Royal Bahraini Air Force.

in Defence / Features

Russia to base in Syria – permanently

Posted 25 June 2018

With its aerial intervention having played a major role in pushing back Daesh terrorists in Syria, Russia is now seeking to maintain a presence in the country with permanent bases.

in Air Transport / Defence / People

Air Force chief takes over as Civil Aviation Minister in Egypt

Posted 18 June 2018

Following a restructuring of the Egyptian government’s cabinet, Air Marshal Younes Al Masry has been appointed as the country’s Civil Aviation Minister.

in Defence / Features

The rescuers…

Posted 7 June 2018

The Abu-Dhabi-based National Search and Rescue Centre (NSRC) is the first of its kind in the UAE. Alan Warnes looks at how it came into being and what success it has had.

in Defence / Features

UAE in the swing with GlobalEye

Posted 18 May 2018

Saab unveiled its new GlobalEye swing role surveillance system (SRSS) aircraft during two days of ceremonies at Linköping, Sweden. The first day was closed, but was attended by a UAE delegation. Jon Lake reports.

in Defence

Aviall to lead AHRLAC supply chain, and join industry team Bronco Combat Systems

Posted 1 May 2018

Boeing, through its subsidiary Aviall, has announced Aviall’s leadership role in supply chain management for the production of the Advanced High- Performance Reconnaissance Light Aircraft

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Public-private collaboration is vital Hewson tells Aerospace Summit

Posted 1 May 2018

Collaborations that focus on shared opportunity, growth and progress are critical for global security, said Lockheed Martin’s CEO at the Global Aerospace Summit in Abu Dhabi today.

in Defence / Features

Boeing's $240 million Saudi AWACS contract

Posted 27 April 2018

The US Department of Defense has announced the award of a $240 million contract for Boeing to modernise Saudi Arabia’s fleet of five E-3A Sentry airborne warning and control system (AWACS) aircraft.

in Defence / Features

F-16Vs to the rescue of Bahrain's age concern

Posted 25 April 2018

Bahrain is to recapitalise its ageing fighter force with the purchase of 19 new-build Block 70 F-16Vs and via the upgrade of its 20 surviving Block 40 F-16C/Ds to the same standard.

in Defence / Features

Marks out of ten for Scorpion prototype

Posted 18 April 2018

Royal Saudi Air Force pilots flew a series of 10 evaluation flights in Textron AirLand’s production-representative third prototype while the aircraft was en route to participate in the Dubai Air Show. It is believed the UAE Air Force and Air Defence

in Defence / Features

Jordan grabs Grobs to revitalise training fleet

Posted 16 April 2018

The Royal Jordanian Air Force (RJAF) has completely revamped its pilot training system. Jon Lake reports.

in Defence

Algerian transporter crashes - 250 feared dead.

Posted 11 April 2018

An Algerian Air Force Ilyushin-76TD military transport plane has crashed more than 250 passengers and crew believed dead.

in Defence / Features

Turkey’s Defence Budget – the fallout from high inflation and a weak lira

Posted 11 April 2018

Fenella McGerty, principal analyst, defence budgets, Jane’s by IHS Markit gives her assessment of the current Turkish defence concerns

in Defence / Features

The power of two

Posted 10 April 2018

Following its participation in Exercise Blue Shield in Sudan and Exercise Red Flag in the USA, the Royal Saudi Air Force undertook a further major training exercise, Faisal-11, in Egypt. Jon Lake reports.

in Defence / Features

UAE banks on Trump to turn F-35 ban upside-down

Posted 3 April 2018

UAE wants to acquire F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, probably as part of a mixed fleet

in Defence

Qatar - option for 12 Rafale becomes effective

Posted 28 March 2018

The exercise by Qatar of the option for 12 additional Rafale becomes effective Saint-Cloud, 27 March 2018 – The exercise of the option for the purchase of 12 additional Rafale fighters for Qatar is now in effect.

in Defence

CAE to provide QEAF with NH90 training

Posted 15 March 2018

Yesterday at the Doha International Maritime Defence Exhibition & Conference (DIMDEX), CAE was awarded a subcontract from Leonardo Helicopters to provide the Qatar Emiri Air Force (QEAF) with a comprehensive NH90 helicopter training solution.

in Defence

Qatar signs contract for 28 NH90 multirole helicopters

Posted 14 March 2018

Qatar has signed a contract for the purchase of 28 NH90 military helicopters, during DIMDEX, Qatar’s biennial defence exhibition.

in Defence

Saudi to add 48 more Typhoons after Crown Prince UK visit

Posted 13 March 2018

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has signed a Memorandum of Intent with the UK Government aimed at finalising discussions for the purchase of 48 Typhoon Aircraft. The MoI was signed on 9 March, during a visit to the UK by Mohammed bin

in Defence / Features

Orders accelerate the Qatar fighter evolution

Posted 13 March 2018

Jon Lake reports on an unparalleled expansion for the Qatar Emiri Air Force

in Defence / Features

Force ready to strike against terror threat

Posted 5 March 2018

Jihadi militias sweeping across Iraq during 2014 and 15 saw many Middle Eastern government leaders breaking out into a sweat. As a direct result, several countries are now equipping their militaries to take on such armed groups, while at the same

in Defence

Training for UAE Air Force RQ-1E remotely piloted aircraft aircrews is underway

Posted 26 February 2018

Over the past several months, UAE Air Force RQ-1E remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) aircrews have completed several courses being delivered by CAE Maritime Middle East (MME), including an RPA Sensor

in Defence / Training

UMEX: CAE succeeding with UAE Air Force unmanned training

Posted 25 February 2018

Training company CAE revealed at UMEX event in Abu Dhabi today that over recent months, UAE Air Force RQ-1E remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) aircrews have completed several courses being delivered by its Maritime Middle East

in Defence / Features

Light fantastic

Posted 21 February 2018

Calidus, an Emirati industrial machinery and equipment company located in Abu Dhabi, unveiled its new B-250 light attack aircraft on the first day of the Dubai Air Show, after a campaign of teasing advertisements. Jon Lake reports.

in Defence

Lockheed Martin delivers 400th C-130J Super Hercules Aircraft

Posted 14 February 2018

Lockheed Martin reached a major milestone with the delivery of its 400th C-130J Super Hercules aircraft on Feb. 9. This Super Hercules is an MC-130J Commando II Special Operations aircraft that is assigned to the U.S. Air

in Defence / Features

Middle East addicted to Game of Drones

Posted 9 February 2018

The Middle East is a keen acquirer of sophisticated military technology, so it is no wonder the region has taken an interest in unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) procurement. Beth Stevenson reports.

in Defence

BAE Systems to modernise head-up displays for UAE F-16s

Posted 9 February 2018

BAE Systems has been selected by Lockheed Martin to modernise head-up displays (HUD) on F-16 aircraft for the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Armed Forces, replacing the fleet’s analog system with advanced digital technology.

in Defence / Features

New Hornets carry a huge sting

Posted 6 February 2018

The Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet aircraft ordered by Kuwait last November will be delivered to the latest Block III standards, which transform the already impressive Super Hornet into a fully networked fighter, fit for service into the 2040s. Jon Lake

in Defence / Training

Turkey's Hurkus-B makes successful first flight

Posted 31 January 2018

Turkey's indigenous trainer Hurkus-B has successfully performed its first test flight at Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) facility.

in Defence / Features

Saudi's Poseidon adventure?

Posted 31 January 2018

A deal for between four and six P-8A maritime patrol aircraft was reportedly signed during a visit to Saudi Arabia by US President, Donald Trump, and his Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson. Jon Lake reports.

in Defence

US delivers 12 Black Hawks to JAF

Posted 31 January 2018

On Sunday, 28 January, the Jordan Armed Forces (JAF) officially received the final shipment of new Black Hawk helicopters from the United States, bringing the total to 12 aircraft received over the last nine months.

in Defence / Features

Crops and robbers...

Posted 26 January 2018

Today’s asymmetric and counter-insurgency operations have placed a premium on persistent, cost-effective, armed intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) and close air support aircraft that are able to detect and engage fleeting targets, and that can

in Defence / Features

Oman's new generation takes off

Posted 23 January 2018

The Royal Air Force of Oman (RAFO) has inducted the first of its newly acquired Eurofighter Typhoon swing-role fighters and BAE Hawk Advanced Jet Trainers, ushering in a new era for one of the UK’s oldest and closest regional allies. Jon Lake reports.

in Defence / Features

All eyes on the Hawk

Posted 17 January 2018

BAE Systems has flown the demonstrator for a new so-called Advanced Hawk configuration. Jon Lake takes a look at the new aircraft.

in Defence / Features

Amman on a mission

Posted 11 January 2018

The Royal Jordanian Air Force (RJAF) is in transition. With the recent delivery of the first Pilatus PC-21 trainer aircraft, it has taken a huge step forward in its future fighter pilot training capabilities. Frank Mink visited Amman to see the new arrival in action.

in Defence

Oman seeks to upgrade its fleet of F-16s

Posted 9 January 2018

Oman has filed a request to the USA’s Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) for a package of upgrades for its fleet of Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcons.

in Defence / Features

Typhoon blows into Qatar

Posted 5 January 2018

As Qatar surprises many analysts with its order for the Eurofighter Typhoon, Jon Lake explains why the procurement strategy makes sense.

in Defence / General Aviation

Chinese take over Diamond for a GA jewel in the crown

Posted 27 December 2017

Chinese automotive and aviation company Wanfeng has bought the majority of shares in Austria’s Diamond Aircraft, the fourth largest general aviation manufacturer in the world.

in Defence / Features

First UAE spyplane breaks its cover

Posted 27 December 2017

In addition to its openly acknowledged procurement of three Saab GlobalEye airborne early warning aircraft, based on Bombardier’s Global 6000 platform, the UAE is also set to receive two further Global 6000s converted for electronic intelligence

in Defence

Qatar adds 12 more Rafales and 50 A321s as French President visits

Posted 7 December 2017

Qatar has taken up the option to buy 12 additional Dassault Rafale fighters announcing the deal at a event with the President of the French Republic, Emmanuel Macron, and HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani,from the Qatar

in Defence

UAE and Saudi Arabia forge closer defence ties

Posted 7 December 2017

The UAE and Saudi Arabia have formed a new alliance on a wide range of key areas including defence, political institutions and the economy.

in Defence

Thales to develop defence service centre in Abu Dhabi

Posted 16 November 2017

Thales is to establish a dedicated UAE Defence Service Centre in Abu Dhabi, with the goal of being closer to its customers and to offer a consolidated suite of services.

in Defence

Dubai Airshow: UAE buys five C295 transporters

Posted 15 November 2017

The United Arab Emirates Air Force & Air Defence has ordered five Airbus C295 medium transport aircraft.

in Defence

Dubai Airshow: Pakistan JF-17 returns to Dubai

Posted 13 November 2017

The JF-17 Thunder will be returning to the Dubai Air Show this year following its absence in 2015. Alan Warnes reports.

in Defence

Dubai Airshow: Scorpion arrives from Saudi Arabia

Posted 13 November 2017

Airland Textron flew its Scorpion ISR light attack aircraft into Dubai on Thursday from Saudi Arabia.

in Defence

Dubai Airshow: Why TAI boss is a man on a mission

Posted 12 November 2017

Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) president and CEO, Dr Temel Kotil, is a man on a mission at the show. Alan Warnes discovers why.

in Defence / Features

Trump pressured to export Reaper to the Middle East

Posted 20 October 2017

A group of 20 Republican and two Democrat members of the US House of Representatives, led by Congressman Duncan Hunter, have written to President Donald Trump asking him to approve export sales of the General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper armed

in Defence / Features

Super Tucano to boost Lebanon terror fight

Posted 12 October 2017

Lebanon has never had a lot of money to spend on defence. As Alan Dron reports, its latest purchase, although modest, has an important role to play in maintaining the small nation's territorial integrity from Daesh terrorists.

in Defence / Business Aviation

NBAA: Blackhawk boosts 350ER performance for Middle East missions

Posted 10 October 2017

Special mission operators in harsh environments such as the Middle East will benefit from a new modification to the King Air 350ER currently being tested by Texas-based Blackhawk Modifications.

in Defence / Features

JSF in the mix for UAE

Posted 9 October 2017

Jon Lake looks at the latest moves in the UAE's long-running search for a next-generation fighter.

in Defence / Features

Iraq trains its focus inwards

Posted 28 September 2017

The Iraq Air Force is aiming to decrease its overseas training requirements. It aims to improve its ability to train its pilots and maintenance technicians while significantly reducing costs and also enhancing its ability to take over the sustainment of its

in Defence / Features

Oman continues to build bridges with India

Posted 25 September 2017

The Royal Air Force of Oman (RAFO) has completed the latest in a reciprocal series of joint exercises with the Indian Air Force (IAF). Jon Lake reports.

in Defence / Airports

Rubb and Alireza tie up for Saudi military hangars

Posted 20 September 2017

Rubb Buildings has linked up with Saudi Arabian company, Haji Abdullah Alireza to work on a number of significant aircraft hangar projects together. The two companies consolidated their relationship at DSEI, the London defence show,

in Defence / Features

Indian signs are looking good

Posted 19 September 2017

The UAE is developing closer defence ties with India, as Jon Lake discovers.

in Defence

Qatar in surprise order for Typhoon

Posted 18 September 2017

BAE Systems and its Eurofighter consortium – including Leonardo and Airbus – are still on cloud nine following this week's order for 24 Typhoon fighters from Qatar.

in Defence

Bahrain looks for 19 F-16V fighters

Posted 14 September 2017

Formal steps are being taken to allow Bahrain to order a further 19 F-16V aircraft according to papers released in Washington.

in Defence

Ka-226T successfully tested in Iran

Posted 14 September 2017

Russian Helicopters together with Iran Helicopter Support and Renewal Company (IHSRC) successfully completed testing of the light multirole helicopter Ka-226T that was carried out in Iran in August–September 2017.

in Defence / Features

A tale of fact and fiction

Posted 13 September 2017

Iran paraded many new defence products and capabilities during a major show in April but what was actual achievement and what was merely propaganda? Babak Taghvaee sorts out the fact from the fiction.

in Defence

Russian Helicopters to unveil helicopter Ka-62 at Eastern Economic Forum

Posted 6 September 2017

Russian Helicopters Holding is to present the Russain and international audience with a brand new utility helicopter Ka-62.

in Defence / Airports

US F-18 closes Bahrain Airport after "uncomfortable" landing

Posted 12 August 2017

An American Navy F-18 crashed on the runway at Bahrain's Muharraq International Airport today (Saturday).

in Defence

Kurt Amend named chief executive of Raytheon Arabia

Posted 10 August 2017

Raytheon Company has announced that Kurt Amend will become Chief Executive of the Raytheon Arabia business unit.

in Defence

Boeing to modernise next-generation Chinook

Posted 31 July 2017

Boeing will build and test three U.S. Army CH-47F Block II Chinook helicopters as part of a modernisation effort that will likely bring another two decades of work to the company's Philadelphia site.

in Defence

Bahrain orders Sniper targeting pods

Posted 11 July 2017

The Bahrain Defence Force (BDF) has ordered Lockheed Martin Sniper Advanced Targeting Pods (ATP) for its F-16 fleet, becoming the 25th international customer for the programme.

in Defence

Bahrain to purchase Lockheed Martin's Sniper Advanced Targeting Pod

Posted 11 July 2017

Lockheed Martin has received a direct commercial sale contract from the Bahrain Defense Force (BDF) to provide Sniper Advanced Targeting Pods (ATP) for its F-16 fleet, becoming the 25th international customer for

in Defence

Sukhoi Superjet 100 confirmed its ability to fly from short runways

Posted 10 July 2017

Since the beginning of July 2017 Sukhoi Superjet 100 has successfully performed flights to one of the oldest airports of Northern Europe – Bromma (Sweden). It has relatively short runway of 1660 m and it is situated

in Defence

Oman gets first Typhoon

Posted 27 June 2017

The Royal Air Force of Oman has received its first Eurofighter Typhoon combat jet - part of a batch of 12 - with its arrival marked with a ceremony, held last week in the presence of the Commander of the Royal Air Force of Oman - Air Vice-Marshal Mattar bin Ali bin Mattar Al

in Defence / Training

Kuwait to utilise Thales for Caracal training

Posted 20 June 2017

Airbus Helicopters has selected Thales to provide flight and training solutions for Kuwait Air Force and National Guard H225M Caracal transport helicopters

in Defence

Airbus VSR700 helicopter demonstrator performs first autonomous flights

Posted 20 June 2017

Airbus Helicopters recently started autonomous flight trials of a VSR700 Optionally Piloted Vehicle (OPV) demonstrator, paving the way for a first flight of the actual VSR700 prototype in 2018.

in Defence

PARIS AIRSHOW: Kuwait forces to use Thales flight simulators to train Caracal helicopter pilots

Posted 19 June 2017

Thales has been selected by Airbus Helicopters to provide the Kuwait forces with flight and mission training solutions for the pilots and crews of its Caracal helicopters.

in Defence

Qatar signs agreement with U.S. for purchase of F-15 Fighter Jets

Posted 16 June 2017

The State of Qatar and the United States signed on Wednesday an agreement for the purchase of F-15 fighter jets, with an initial cost of $12 billion.

in Defence

Oman to update air worthiness rules of RAFO fleet with Air Partner

Posted 13 June 2017

Air Partner's aviation safety consultancy company Baines Simmons has been awarded a contract to provide aviation safety consultancy services to the Royal Air Force of Oman (RAFO).

in Defence

13 die in Turkish military helicopter crash near Iraqi border

Posted 1 June 2017

Thirteen high-ranking Turkish military officials were killed yesterday when their helicopter crashed in the south east of the country, In a statement, the army said the AS 532 Cougar had crashed shortly after taking off

in Defence

Libyan C-130 destroyed in oilfield crash

Posted 30 May 2017

A Lockheed C-130 Hercules transport plane which was on charter an oil company in Libya, has crashed killing three of the four crew.

in Defence

Boeing completes radar upgrade for Saudi Arabia's AWACS fleet

Posted 30 May 2017

Boeing last week completed a series of upgrades that substantially enhance the technological capabilities of Saudi Arabia's E-3A Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft.

in Defence

Oman receives first Eurofighter Typhoon

Posted 19 May 2017

The first Eurofighter Typhoon for the Royal Air Force of Oman (RAFO) has been formally presented in a ceremony held this week at BAE Systems' Military Air & Information business at Warton, Lancashire, in the UK.

in Defence

Lockheed Martin to deliver Sniper Pods for Kuwait Hornet Aircraft

Posted 16 May 2017

Lockheed Martin has received a delivery order from the U.S. Air Force to provide Sniper Advanced Targeting Pods (ATP) to the Kuwait Air Force for its F/A-18C/D Hornet aircraft.

in Defence

Boeing demonstrates airborne networking system

Posted 10 May 2017

Boeing and the U.S. Air Force recently demonstrated that multiple aircraft and ground stations can efficiently and securely communicate using the Boeing-developed Talon HATE airborne networking system.

in Defence / Features

Iraqi An-32s pressed into service as bombers

Posted 24 April 2017

When operations by the so-called Islamic State (also known as Daesh) began to ramp up in 2014, the Iraqi Air Force was sorely lacking in close air support and ground attack capabilities.

in Defence / Features

Al Tariq guided bombs in service and combat-proven

Posted 20 April 2017

Denel Dynamics' annual report has revealed that 600 Al Tariq guided weapons have now been delivered to the United Arab Emirates, under a programme that was earlier delayed by technical challenges.

in Defence / Training

Iran unveils new military trainer

Posted 17 April 2017

In a ceremony attended by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Saturday, Iran unveiled the latest domestically-made military products developed by the Defense Ministry, including the country's first homegrown jet trainer, dubbed Kowsar.

in Defence / Features

Syria gains more upgraded Su-24M2 bombers

Posted 13 April 2017

The Syrian Arab Armed Forces are receiving 10 examples of the Sukhoi Su-24M2 'Fencer-D' attack aircraft from Russia, augmenting an unknown number of existing 'Fencers'. Jon Lake reports.

in Defence / Features

Kuwait plans for Eurofighter as delegation visits Italy

Posted 13 April 2017

ALAN WARNES in TURIN. – Among the many guests at the unveiling of the 500th Eurofighter at Leonardo's Turin-Caselle facility, on Tuesday was a small Kuwait delegation. It was headed up by the Kuwait Ambassador to Italy, His

in Defence / Features

Growing controversy surrounds UK-supplied weapons in Yemen

Posted 10 April 2017

The British Government has said that it is “deeply concerned” by reports of the Saudi use of UK weapons against civilian targets in Yemen, though Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said he did not believe the “threshold” had been

in Defence / Features

UAE ops using Wing Loong drones

Posted 29 March 2017

In recent years, the UAE has embraced a more active military role on the world stage, deploying forces in the Balkans and Afghanistan, as well as in Libya during the 2011 civil war. As Jon Lake reports, the nation has also played a major role in operations against

in Defence

Dyncorp International to provide aviation field maintenances services for US Army in Egypt

Posted 28 March 2017

The US Army has engaged defense contractor DynCorp International to provide aviation field maintenance services in Egypt and the Netherlands on behalf of the Aviation Field

in Defence

Lockheed Martin's UAE chief executive delivers keynote address at Interpol Security Forum

Posted 28 March 2017

Robert S. Harward, chief executive of Lockheed Martin UAE, has delivered a keynote speech to 500 global attendees at the Unity for Security Forum, in Abu Dhabi.

in Defence

Airbus Defence and Space appoints four new Executive Committee members

Posted 28 March 2017

Airbus Defence and Space has appointed Jana Rosenmann, Grazia Vittadini, Bernhard Brenner and Peter Weckesser as new executive committee members.

in Defence

Alligators will be with Egypt Navy this year says Russian Helicopters

Posted 27 March 2017

A top official of Russian Helicopters has confirmed that the delivery of the 46 Kamov Ka-52 'Alligator' helicopters ordered by the Egyptian Navy in 2015 will start in the second half of this year.

in Defence / Features

Turkey in pilot crisis after failed coup attempt

Posted 21 March 2017

After a failed coup attempt and a series of subsequent purges, Turkey's air force has undergone a major reorganisation, with several units disbanded and large numbers of personnel arrested. As a result, the force now faces serious pilot

in Defence / Features

Helicopter bonanza!

Posted 7 March 2017

It has been an impressive couple of months for Middle East air forces. The US Government approved deals with Qatar for 72 F-15QAs and also Kuwait for 40 F/A-18E/F Super Hornets in mid-November, but in early December came a bonanza of possible helicopter sales valued at more

in Defence

Raytheon wins Qatar early warning radar contract

Posted 26 February 2017

Qatar has signed a billion dollar deal with Raytheon for an early warning radar system.

in Defence

Boeing receives contract from the UAE to provide C-17 Globemaster III support and training

Posted 22 February 2017

Boeing has received a two-year, $18.7 million contract from the United Arab Emirates to provide C-17 Globemaster III logistics support and training simulator maintenance.

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New Rockwell Collins leadership to expand Middle East presence

Posted 20 February 2017

Aviation and high-integrity solutions pioneer Rockwell Collins has revamped its Middle East leadership to head an expansion programme.

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Middle East UCAV capabilities building up

David Oliver takes a look at the Middle East’s combat aerial vehicle capabilities.

Kuwait probes Airbus Helicopters deal

Kuwait Prime Minister, Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, has ordered an investigation into the €1 billion ($1.19 billion) order signed by the air force for 30 H225M Caracal multirole military utility helicopters, 24 of them

Upgrades will extend life of Omani F-16s

Although it is now taking delivery of a squadron’s worth of Eurofighter Typhoon multi-role strike fighters, the Royal Air Force of Oman will continue to rely on its force of 23 F-156 Fighting Falcons for many years.

Russia to base in Syria – permanently

With its aerial intervention having played a major role in pushing back Daesh terrorists in Syria, Russia is now seeking to maintain a presence in the country with permanent bases.

Turkey plots flightpath for development of TFX fighter

Turkey is pushing ahead with its ambitious plans to develop and deploy an indigenous fifth-generation fighter, known as the TF-X or Milli Muharebe Uçağı (national combat aircraft).

Lockheed Martin to build 16 new F-16 Block 70 aircraft for Bahrain

Lockheed Martin has received a $1.12 billion contract from the US Government to produce 16 new F-16 Block 70 aircraft for the Royal Bahraini Air Force.

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