Camcopter demos new COMINT and Imaging payloads to Australian Army

Schiebel, in cooperation with ELTA Systems and Overwatch Imaging, integrated two new payloads for an active army exercise. The Australian Army recently conducted a two-week test program with the Camcopter S-100 UAS to gain further insights into future capabilities and payloads in support of Project Land 129-3. Specifically, they tested ELTA Systems’ state-of-the-art ELK-7065 Compact […]

California Army National Guard new UH-60Ms made debut during Camp Fire

Two of the Army’s newest helicopters worked their first wildfire missions recently as the California National Guard supported state agencies battling the deadly Camp Fire in Northern California. A pair of UH-60M Black Hawk medium-lift helicopters from the California Army National Guard’s 1st Assault Helicopter Battalion, 140th Aviation Regiment, deployed from Joint Forces Training Base, […]

New foldable drone flies through narrow holes in SAR missions

Inspecting a damaged building after an earthquake or during a fire is exactly the kind of job that human rescuers would like drones to do for them. A flying robot could look for people trapped inside and guide the rescue team towards them. But the drone would often have to enter the building through a […]

German Armed Forces order seven Airbus H145s to replace UH-1Ds

The procurement office of the German Armed Forces’ (Bundeswehr) has ordered seven H145 helicopters to replace their Bell UH-1D search and rescue fleet. The aircraft will be delivered in 2020 and will be stationed at the sites in Niederstetten, Holzdorf and Nörvenich. Airbus Helicopters will also be responsible for logistics support, repair, and maintenance of the […]

MCL renews Electronic Counter Measures support contract for UK MoD

UK-based military technology company Marlborough Communications (MCL), has been awarded a 2½ year in-service support contract by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) as the preferred supplier of Electronic Counter Measures (ECM) support and test solutions. Valued at nearly £750K, this extends MCL’s previous two-year contract, and will see MCL repair and maintain ECM capabilities and […]

Kaman commits to a third K-Max production batch

Kaman Aerospace has announced two new orders for its K-Max helicopter, and a commitment to another production batch.  The company resumed K-Max production in 2015 after a more than decade long hiatus with an initial commitment to build at least ten new aircraft.  With eight commitments to date, the new orders conclude the second production […]

Manitoba Government privatises aerial firefighting fleet

The Government of Manitoba has contracted with Babcock Canada to provide services for the suppression of wildfires, including the use of water bombers, Infrastructure Minister Ron Schuler has announced. The transaction is the result of a competitive RFP process. “Our government is committed to protecting Manitobans from wildfires and that’s what this agreement delivers,” said […]

Spanish Air Force receives fourth SAR Airbus H215

The Ministry of Defense and the Spanish Air Force received their fourth H215 helicopter at the local Airbus Helicopters plant in Albacete yesterday. The new helicopter will be assigned to the 802 Squadron of Air Forces / RCC Canarias of the Air Force, based in Gando (Gran Canaria) and will be dedicated to search and rescue […]

Simplex update from Zhuhai Air Show

This year’s Zhuhai International Air Show, which was held between November 6-11, saw Oregon-based Simplex Aerospace marketing its wares in the International Hall. The company is the world’s leading developer of rotorcraft aerial firefighting systems with over 30 models operating around the world today. Within the past four years, Simplex has developed five new helicopter […]

China’s AG600 amphibious water-bomber stays in the static display

The AG600 Kunlong amphibious aircraft built by AVIC did not fly at the recent Zhuhai show, but at least it was parked in the static display.  The huge turboprop made its first flight on December 24, 2017 from Zhuhai where it was built and carried out its first water landing on October 20, 2018 at […]