Belarus will receive new Mi-35 attack helicopters from Russia

Four Russian-made Mi-35 attack helicopters will arrive for the Air Force and Air Defence Forces of the Republic of Belarus in the fourth quarter of 2021, according to sources in the Belarusian Defense Ministry. Minister of Defense Viktor Khrenin in an interview with state-run TV channel Belarus-1 also confirmed that Belarus signed contract with Russia’s […]

Kratos gets $12.7M contract for ‘attritable’ unmanned combat air vehicle engine

U.S drone maker Kratos has announced that it was awarded a contract from the U.S. Air Force to complete cost optimized turbojet engine for future cruise missiles and ‘attritable’ unmanned combat air vehicles. On Tuesday, the company press release said that the Kratos’ Turbine Technologies Division has been awarded a $12.7 million task order under […]

Legendary VH-3 Sea King is one step closer to retire

The legendary VH-3 Sea King Presidential transport helicopter, better known as Marine One, is one step closer to its retirement, according to the U.S. Naval Air Systems Command. In a statement Friday, the Naval Air Systems Command said the Fleet Readiness Center East recently completed work on the last T58-GE-400B presidential helicopter engine supporting the Marines […]

Ukraine begins production of rotor blades for Mil family helicopters

The Ministry for Strategic Industries of Ukraine has announced that the Ukrainian defense industry achieved a significant milestone this month as part of an ongoing upgrade program and launches production of composite and steel rotor blades for Mil family helicopters. Production has now begun of an all-new, technologically-advanced, main rotor blades for Mi-8 and Mi-24 […]

Russia sends military helicopters to Central African Republic

Russia reportedly has deployed two Mi-8AMTSh Hipp military helicopters to the Central African Republic. On Friday, the heavy-lift An-124 Ruslan (Condor) cargo plane delivered two Russian Mi-8AMTSh Hipp multipurpose helicopters to the Bangui M’poko International Airport in the Central African Republic. According to Radio Liberty, Russia has already deployed hundreds of troops in the deeply […]

Skyeton develops light surveillance drone capable of 24-hour flight

Ukrainian-based aerospace company Skyeton has developed a new family of surveillance unmanned aircraft called the Raybird 3 and the Defence Blog decided to meet with the founder and current CEO of the company to chat about a new drone that can be flown for more than 24 hours depending on mission requirements. The Defence Blog: Skyeton company developed a […]

Northrop Grumman awarded $22 million by U.S. Navy for unmanned MQ-8 drone helicopter work

Northrop Grumman Systems has been awarded a $22 million contract modification by the U.S. Navy to provide services for Navy’s newest unmanned helicopters. San Diego-based company is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Northrop Grumman. The deal, which was a modification to a previous contract, exercises options to procure software and engineering sustainment services, software support, logistics, […]

South Korean Light Armed Helicopter cleared for active combat

South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) has reported that the new Light Armed Helicopter, commonly known as LAH, has been initially declared fit for combat. DAPA’s evaluation has concluded that the LAH program can transition from the development to the pre-production phase, according to multiple reports. The new helicopter, developed by the Korea Aerospace […]

Boeing delivers 14th CH-47 Chinook built for Royal Netherlands Air Force

The Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) has taken delivery of its 14th CH-47F Chinook helicopter from Boeing, according to a recent service news release. “Another nice step towards a modernized air force. The new Chinooks are on the way. Please be patient, 2021 in NL,” RNLAF said on its Twitter account. In 2016, the Netherlands acquired 14 […]

U.S. Navy tanker-drone take off for the first time with an aerial refueling pod

American plane-maker Boeing has reached a major milestone when its MQ-25 carrier-based tanker drone test article, also known as T1, completed the first test flight with an aerial refueling store. According to a company news release, Boeing and the U.S. Navy have for the first time flown the MQ-25 T1 test asset with an aerial […]