F-16 Upgrade


Indonesia conducts maiden flight of upgraded F-16A

The Indonesian air force has conducted the maiden flight of an upgraded Lockheed Martin F-16A fighter.

U-2 spy plane - Lockheed Martin


U-2 spyplane fleet gets new high-powered camera

The electro-optical and infrared camera is to provide more precise, long-range tracking of stationary or moving targets in a wider range of weather conditions.

King Air 350ER ATOS


African navy customer fields Leonardo-adapted King Airs

Leonardo has supplied an undisclosed African navy with a pair of specially adapted Beechcraft King Air 350ERs, with the twin-turboprops optimised for maritime patrol duties.

USAF F-15C Gran Canaria Island Spain


US Air Force retires aircraft and looks to future war in $169bn budget proposal for 2021

While the total is unchanged from years prior, the service is asking to increase research and development in order to meet upcoming threats from China and Russia by 2030.

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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​IAI promotes Heron Mk II for Asian customers

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has launched its Heron Mk II unmanned air vehicle with a full-scale mock-up in the Singapore air show static park.



AeroVironment sees first foreign sale of Switchblade loitering munition this year

AeroVironment is displaying its Switchblade loitering munition at the Singapore air show as it aims to receive its first Foreign Military Sales order for the weapon in 2020.



UMS Skeldar eyes regional opportunities, but ship integration a challenge

UMS Skeldar is in discussions with Asia-Pacific navies to sell its V-200 vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) unmanned air vehicle, but the market is still developing, and integrating such a system onto a warship remains complicated.

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