Increasing terrorist threats have led to a massive increase in special mission aircraft in Africa. Alan Warnes looks at the latest situation.
By Oscar Nkala| Six people were killed when a Libyan Air Force (LAF) MiG-21 fighter jet crashed into a house in the Watar district to the south of the city of Tobruk on Wednesday.
Russian Helicopters, part of State Corporation Rostec, delivered its Mi-17V-5 multirole helicopter to the Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government of the Republic of Kenya. The rotorcraft was
The Italian Air Force (IAF) has confirmed that it flew a Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules mobile hospital aircraft to Benina, Libya to evacuate 22 injured members of the Libyan National Army (LNA) to Rome where
By Oscar Nkala: A top official of Russian Helicopters has confirmed that the delivery of the 46 Kamov Ka-52 'Alligator' helicopters ordered by the Egyptian Navy in 2015 will start in the second half of this year.
Erwan de Cherisey takes a detailed look at the Ghana Air Force operation in Mali.
Vector Aerospace, that has facilities in South African and Kenya, has extended its tradition of serving the United States armed forces by providing support for the Airbus UH-72A Lakota.
With the introduction of a new glass cockpit, the Super Mushshak has been unleashed with a new lease of life. As a result, the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) Kamra, which builds the primary trainer, has won contracts with the air forces of Qatar and now
The Guizhou Aircraft Industries Corporation of China (GAIC) says it will soon deliver six FTC-2000 two-seater,advanced fighter-trainer aircraft to the Sudanese Air Force (SAF)interms of a deal signed early in 2015, reports Oscar
African customers of Cessna's Caravan account for around 10% of total production of the utility aircraft and military users are increasingly purchasing the type. But, asks Alan Dron, will the armed Combat Caravan find its way to the continent?
Aviation and high-integrity solutions pioneer Rockwell Collins has revamped its Middle East leadership to head an expansion programme.
Jon Lake looks at Saab's offerings to African maritime aircraft market and concludes that it is still the cheaper, 'lower end' solutions that are expected to be most in demand.
Kenya will soon be flying drones after it approved the policy procedures and regulations for remotely piloted aircraft systems.
Lockheed Martin has officially introduced the world to the latest member of the C-130J Super Hercules family: the LM-100J commercial freighter.
Alan Warnes takes a look at the maritime surveillance situation in Africa and finds it to be somewhat patchy.
Sudanese President Omar al Bashir signed several cooperation agreements with King Salman of Saudi Arabia during a brief visit to Riyadh last week, reports ch-aviation.
A Lockheed Martin C130J Hercules aircraft, operated by the Royal Air Force and commissioned by DFID, successfully conducted a technical flight at St Helena Airport on Sunday.
Senegal has upgraded its pair of Russian-supplied Mil Mi-24P 'Hind-F' helicopter gunships with a new Israeli high-definition electro-optical (EO) system.
During the Kenyan leg of her visit, Armed Forces Minister Penny Mordaunt met with the Kenyan Cabinet Secretary (CS) for Defence, Raychelle Omamo, to discuss the UK and Kenya's long-standing Defence relationship, and the pair spoke
Djibouti's Ivory Jet Services will add a maiden Dassault Aviation Falcon 900 to its fleet next year, reports ch-aviation.
An African C-130 Hercules could be completely rebuilt in Portugal. David Oliver looks at the company behind the project.
Egypt's naval air power is about to undergo a step-change with the purchase of 46 Kamov attack helicopters, to be carried on new, French-built Mistral-class amphibious assault ships. Alan Dron asks why such equipment is needed?
JSC Sukhoi Civil Aircraft (SCAC) and The Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute named after Professor N. Ye. Zhukovsky (TsAGI), an aircraft design and test centre, completed another series of tests with regard to Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ100)
The Nigerian Immigration Services (NIS) has allegedly failed to explain why it grounded three Dornier 228 turbo-prop surveillance aircraft, which could have been deployed effectively to provide aerial surveillance services to
Embraer has recently received the Provisional Type Certificate for the KC-390 Basic Vehicle.
Africa is a key market for Airbus Defence and Space. Jon Lake explores the company's current situation and looks at opportunities within the continent.
Co-operation between Boeing and South Africa's Paramount Group seems to have revitalized the African company's advanced high-performance reconnaissance light aircraft (AHRLAC) programme. Jon Lake reports.
Textron's Scorpion jet has successfully completed its first weapons exercise at White Sands Missile Range, while operating from Holloman Air Force Base (HAFB) in New Mexico. This exercise effectively demonstrated the Scorpion's close air support
A Kenya Air Force Force helicopter with officers on board crashed in Eldas, Wajir county on September 30.
Algeria's substantial order for Russian combat helicopters indicates concern about both terrorists and international rivals, according to specialists on the region.
Airbus Helicopters and Denel Aviation will cooperate on a programme to enhance and modernise South Africa's Rooivalk Attack Helicopter programme.
Erwan de Cherisey takes a close look at the Cameroonian Air Force's Z9WE attack helicopters.
Two Hongdu L-15 Falcon advanced jet trainers made their presence known on the opening day of AAD.
Swahili Aviation Aerospace, LLC and NMC-Wollard International complete sales of four Model 60 Tow Tr
Swahili Aviation Aersoapce, LLC and NMC-Wollard International, have completed sales of four Model 60 Tow Tractors to McEnso, Accra, Ghana, to be used for its Defence Force.
Recognising that many African economies are growing and noting that some African air forces need, or may soon need, new fighters, Saab is quietly promoting the Gripen. Jon Lake reports.
Despite fiscal concerns and a lower oil price, defence budgets in the Middle East are forecast to reach the spending highs of 2014 by 2019 at the latest, according to new analysis released today by IHS Markit.
QinetiQ and Paramount Group have signed a memorandum of collaboration to identify areas of mutual interest by sharing opportunity, design, technology and global market intelligence.
Airbus Defence has signed a contract with the German Defence Procurement Agency (BAAInBw) to provide Heron 1 surveillance drones in Mali.
Sukhoi Civil Aircraft (SCAC) has delivered two of its Sukhoi Business Jets (SBJ) to the Royal Thai Air Force, in a roll-out ceremony held at Sukhoi's base in Venice.
Kellstrom Defense Aerospace, in partnership with Astra Aircraft Corporation, has signed an exclusive five year contract with ARMSCOR for material support of the C-130B aircraft, operated by the South African Air Force (SAAF).
Leonardo-Finmeccanica has been selected to supply two Beechcraft King Air 350ER aircraft, including their mission systems and sensor load-outs, for an unnamed African customer.
French manufacturer Dassault achieved an air show world first today when its nEUROn unmanned combat air vehicle demonstrator was presented in flight today at an air meet at Istres organized by the French Air Force making it the first
Northop Grumman's navigation system will soon be offered on Beechcraft King Air special mission aircraft.
Diamond Aircraft has announced the completion of its improved and redesigned DA42 MPP Special Mission Aircraft.
The Diamond Aircraft DART-450 (Diamond Aircraft Reconnaissance Trainer) took its first flight last week.
African-based global defence and aerospace company, Paramount Group, has announced the launch of Mwari, a military variant of its Advanced High Performance Light Aircraft (AHRLAC) that comes with a South African designed, developed and tested advanced
Airbus Defense and Space has developed a counter-UAV system that detects UAVs at long ranges and offers electrical countermeasures.
In partnership with the Tunisian Foreign Investment Promotion Agency (FIPA), the USAID-financed Business Reform & Competitiveness Project (BRCP) sponsored a pioneering webinar to bring together Supplier
FL Technics has won a contract with the Ethiopian Air Force to supply spare parts and components for training, transport and multi-purpose aircraft.
Algeria is due to receive 40 Attack helicopters, as part of a contract deal with Russia.
UAV Industries has released 14 pilots equipped with unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) licenses.
South African defence company Paramount has secured essential technologies for its Mwari surveillance aircraft thanks to a deal with Boeing.
The US Air force has shut down its drone base in southern part of Ethiopia, Arbaminch town that it has been using to fight the islamist militant group in Somalia, Al Shabab, for the past four years, reports Kaleyesus Bekele
Airbus Defence and Space has secured its first order of the year for the C295W transport and mission aircraft, with Mali becoming the 23rd nation to order.
A North African country has ordered two MiG-29 fighter jets from Russia, with delivery expected this year, DefenceWeb has reported.
The European Union launched the EU Naval Force's 'operation Atalanta' in December 2008 as part of its comprehensive approach to Somalia. Dave Oliver reports from Djibouti on its progress to date.
The ability of the Rooivalk Attack helicopter will be shown to an audience during a three day demonstration this week.
The Cameroonian armed forces have been in bitter conflict with Boko Haram (now Islamic State's west Africa province) since 2014 in a bid to prevent the terrorists from expanding their foothold in the country's northern territory. Erwan de Cherisey reports.
Report by Kaleyesus Bekele, Addis Ababa: The US Air force has shut down its drone base in southern part of Ethiopia, Arbaminch town that it has been using to fight the islamist militant group in Somalia, Al Shabab, for the past four years.
An Airbus C295W aircraft owned by the Mexican Navy has made the first ever flight to the Antarctica.
The South African Air Force's involvement in the Democratic Republic of Congo over recent years has shown up a major weakness in the force's capabilities, but has also potentially given a new lease of life to a home-grown weapon system. Alan Dron reports.
Jon Lake looks at how the current Namibian Air Force developed from almost nothing just a few years ago.
Oscara Nkala and Jon Lake look at the rise and rise of the Força Aérea Nacional de Angola (FANA) – the Angolan Air Force.
A number of African countries have turned their attention to the Embraer EMB-314 A29 SuperTucano aircraft. Jon Lake looks at the reasons why.
The Boeing CH-47 Chinook heavy-lift helicopter is set to re-enter service with the Royal Moroccan Air (RMAF). Jon Lake reports.
At Albertville in the French Alps, Thales and SAF Helicopteres, a specialist in mountain aerial work and helicopter emergency service (HEMS) operations, share a training facility equipped with two Thales Reality H full flight simulators
Sagem has joined with AOI-Aircraft Factory to offer its Patroller unmanned vehicle to the Egyptian armed forces.
For the first time in the company's history, the South Africa defence and technology group, Denel, is now ranked among the top 100 global defence manufacturers and the second largest in the southern hemisphere.
French authorities have today stepped up the search operation in the vicinity of Reunion following the discovery of debris suspected to have come from the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.
MTU Aero Engines has received approval from the Federal Aviation Office (LBA) to maintain the propulsion system powering the A400M military transport aircraft.
Group chief executive of South African state-owned Denel, Riaz Saloojee, hopes to get approval from the government to restart the Rooivalk combat helicopter production line.
This first delivery comes just five months after the Egyptian decision to acquire 24 Rafales (16 two-seaters and eight single-seaters) in order to equip its Air Force with a latest-generation multirole fighter
Thales and Textron AirLand have successfully jointly integrated Thales' I-Master radar on to Textron AirLand's Scorpion Jet, the two companies said at the Paris Air Show today.
Sikorsky – one of the biggest names in the rotor wing market – is looking for a new owner.
Mali's Minister of Defence,Tieman Coulibaly, signed a contract with Embraer today for six A-29 Super Tucano light attack and advanced training turboprops at the Paris Air Show.
The Russian minister of industry and trade, Denis Manturov, has presented his results after visiting Egypt on its 'Trade and industrial dialogue Russia-Egypt' trip with talks of
French aircraft manufacturer LH Aviation says it has temporarily suspended the construction of its new factory plant in Morocco due to 'significant disagreements' with local business partner Mohsin Karim
The Air Force of Zimbabwe (AFZ) has confirmed the loss of a Karakorum K-8 light attack aircraft which crashed and caught fire during a training exercise ahead of prestigious aerial displays which were to be performed at this
Opportunities for South African defence and security products in South and Latin America are growing, and Denel is stepping up its marketing efforts in these key markets, says the Group CEO of Denel SOC, Riaz Saloojee, as the
Saab, through its local South African company, Saab Grintek Defence (Pty) Ltd has received follow-on orders from Hindustan Aeronautic Limited (HAL), India, for serial production of an integrated electronic warfare
Paramount Group has signed an MoU with Motor Sich JSC of the Ukraine to collaborate in the production and modernisation of helicopters and aviation engineering components.
Paramount Group is preparing for the industrialisation of its AHRLAC (Advanced High-Performance Reconnaissance Light Aircraft) including the construction of a state-of-the-art factory and a new runway, as global interest in the aircraft
Denel will use its presence at the Abu Dhabi Defence Exhibition next week to market its technology and products to defence decision-makers in the Middle East and North Africa.
France's defence minister arrived in Cairo today to sign the formal documents with the Egyptian government for the purchase of 24 Dassault Rafale fighter jets.
The Nigerian Air Force has taken delivery of a pair of VIP-configured AgustaWestland AW101 Mk 641 helicopters. The first was delivered to Nigeria as NAF280 on 30 September 2014, and the second (as NAF281) on 21 November 2014.
Mauritania's latest ISR aircraft is a Basler BT-67 – the turboprop-powered conversion of the 1935-vintage Douglas DC-3/C-47 Dakota!
The Republic of Djibouti has received a Xian MA-60 twin turboprop transport, which it has put into service in the VIP, personnel transport and cargo transport roles. According to some sources the aircraft will be the first of a pair of MA-60s for the Djibouti air force.
The Tunisian Air Force's HH-3E Jolly Green Giant helicoptersare set to be replaced by 12 Sikorsky S70 Black Hawks – but it remains unclear whether these will be donated or sold to Tunisia by the USA.
Paramount Group's AHRLAC has reached a milestone of 50 hours of successful incident free test flying, with 55 flights made since July at the airport north of Pretoria, South Africa.
Royal Navy helicopters from the UK have delivered essential materials to Northern Sierra Leone as part of the ongoing efforts to tackle Ebola.
The Aviation Register of Interstate Aviation Committee (IAC AR) issued a Supplemental Type Certificate for the Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ100), permitting the usage of Vertical Navigation (VNAV) functionality at all stages of flight.
South Africans could see a boost to opportunities to sell to the UK defence industry – and UK small and medium size businesses are also being encouraged to look to Africa, according to the regional director of the UK's Trade & Investment
Lockheed Martin is confident that its relaunched LM100J will see further sales in Africa following a successful relaunch of the civil variant of the popular Super Hercules military transporter.
A NIGERIAN Air Force (NAF) Alpha Jet, serial number NAF-466, went missing on September 12 in the far northeast of the country. It was not until two days later on September 14 that the NAF revealed the aircraft had disappeared. There has been no word on the possible fate of
Airbus Defence and Space is to sell off a number of its business divisions in order to focus on Space (launchers & satellites), military aircraft, missiles and the related systems and services.
The United States Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) has contracted AAR to set up a dedicated rotary-wing operation to provide airlift for its Africa Command across four central African countries beginning next month.