Royal New Zealand Air Force C-130H c RNZAF


Royal New Zealand Air Force to buy five Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules

The first Super Hercules is scheduled to be delivered in 2024, with the full fleet starting operations by 2025, says defence minister Ron Mark.

Turkish A400M


How A400M Atlas spanned the globe during coronavirus response

Airbus Defence & Space and the Spanish air force have detailed the A400M’s major contribution to international pandemic response.

US Navy captive carry test AARGM-ER on FA-18E


US Navy completes first captive carry flight test of AARGM-ER on F/A-18 Super Hornet

The US Navy (USN) completed the first captive carry flight test of an Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile – Extended Range (AARGM-ER) missile on a Boeing F/A-18E Super Hornet on 1 June.



GE Aviation delivers first F414 engine for South Korea’s KF-X fighter

Flight tests on the twin-engined KF-X are planned to start in 2023, with the development programme scheduled to be finished in 2026.

MQ-9 Reaper flies a training mission over the Nevada Test and Training Range Credit - USAF - 2


US Air Force begins search to replace General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper in 2030

The MQ-9 was given initial operating capability in 2007 and has been used extensively against insurgents and terrorists in the Middle East. However, it is vulnerable to surface-to-air missiles fielded by advanced adversaries such as China and Russia.

AR500C prototype test flight


AVIC’s AR500C unmanned helicopter completes maiden sortie

AVIC’s unmanned helicopter prototype has completed its first test flight in Jiangxi province in eastern China.

Northrop Grumman MQ-8C Fire Scout lands on guided-missile destroyer USS Jason Dunham via Northrop Grumman


Mini torpedo could be air-launched from US Navy aircraft: Northrop Grumman

The company recently manufactured and tested its first prototype of the Very Lightweight Torpedo for the US Navy.

US Air Force Research Laboratory XQ-58A Valkyrie demonstrator


US Air Force launches Skyborg competition, artificial intelligence for loyal wingman UAV

The US Air Force has launched a competition to design the artificially intelligent software that would control its planned fleet of loyal wingman unmanned air vehicles.



MQ-8C starts flight tests with new radar

Flight tests of the Northrop Grumman MQ-8C Fire Scout UAV with an advanced search radar are underway with the US Navy.

F-16 with Sniper pod c Lockheed Martin


Lockheed Martin Skunk Works demos autonomous reconnaissance pod

Lockheed Martin’s Advanced Development Programs, also known as Skunk Works, has demonstrated an artificial intelligence-powered intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance pod autonomously searching out and confirming a target in a demonstration.

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