Dassault Rafale


Dassault’s Trappier blames politics for demise of Anglo-French fighter project

Dassault chief executive Eric Trappier regrets the breakdown of the UK-France defence partnership that would have seen his company team with BAE Systems on a next-generation fighter.

AT-6 Wolverine


​US government approves Tunisian AT-6C sale

The US government has cleared the sale of four Textron Aviation Beechcraft AT-6C Wolverine light-attack aircraft to Tunisia, with the deal worth $326 million.

Xian Y-20


Tanker variant of China’s Y-20 set to emerge: report

New variants of the Xian Y-20 strategic transport look set to make their public debut, as the four-engined type assists relief operations related to the Coronavirus outbreak in the city of Wuhan.

Lockheed Martin ARRW on carry test aboard B-52


Lockheed Martin’s hypersonic ARRW passes critical design review

ARRW is to officially pass the milestone on 27 February and the US Air Force is pleased with the missile’s development progress, says Lockheed Martin.

XQ-58A Valkyrie demonstrator in 2019 flight


UAVs could start replacing manned fighters in mid-2020s: USAF

As older Lockheed Martin F-16s approach the end of their service life five to eight years from now, the US Air Force (USAF) may consider replacing the manned fighters with attritable unmanned air vehicles (UAV).

US Air Force Research Labratory XQ-58A Valkyrie demonstrator - 2


Kratos begins XQ-58A Valkyrie production, despite funding delay caused by mishap

Kratos Defense and Security Solutions has started building production examples of its XQ-58A Valkyrie attritable unmanned air vehicle, despite an investigation into an October 2019 mishap which delayed an expected contract from the US Air Force.



Leonardo to test manned-unmanned teaming with Wildcat helicopter

Leonardo will in April begin a series of flight trials in the UK in which an unmanned air vehicle (UAV) will be controlled by the crew of Lynx Wildcat helicopter – so called Manned-Unmanned Teaming (MUM-T).

MQ-9 Reaper flies a training mission over the Nevada Test and Training Range Credit USAF - 1


General Atomics tests space laser communication system for MQ-9

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems has successfully tested on the ground a space laser communication system that it intends to use to securely transfer data between its MQ-9 Reaper unmanned air vehicle and satellites.



MQ-1C uses COMINT, SAR to target ground-based emitters

A General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI) MQ-1C Gray Eagle Extended Range (GE-ER) has used two sensors to identify and localise emitters on the ground to produce targeting data.

PHASA-35 maiden flight


BAE joins high-altitude race with maiden PHASA-35 flight

BAE Systems has performed a maiden sortie of its solar-powered PHASA-35 high-altitude pseudo-satellite (HAPS) from the Woomera Test Range in South Australia. Further flights will follow this year, says BAE.

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