Category: Helicopters & UAV/UAS

Boeing to Modernize Six Netherlands CH-47F Chinooks

Boeing and the Netherlands Ministry of Defence signed an agreement that will upgrade six Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) Chinook helicopters to the latest F-model configuration, ensuring commonality of systems for their entire fleet of 20 F-model Chinooks. Deliveries of the six modernized Chinooks are planned to begin in 2021. “The Netherlands’ Defence Materiel Organisation […]

EU Moves Forward on UAV Regulation

A European Union-wide agreement has been reached on future commercial operations of unmanned aerial vehicles (drones). The agreement aims to have the necessary regulations in place by 2019. The European Commission, national aviation authorities and the drone industry hammered out the details at a conference in Helsinki, the Finnish capital. The ‘Helsinki Declaration’ identifies three […]

Japan To Get Surveillance Drones Provided By Northrop Grumman

Pentagon announced that Northrop Grumman has won a $130 million contract to provide Japan with three Global Hawk drones. Northrop Grumman has received a contract valued at more than $130 million to provide Japan with three Global Hawk drones, the US Defense Department said in a press release. “Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, San Diego, California, […]

Royal Thai Police Becomes First H175 Operator In Asia Pacific

The Royal Thai Police has received two H175 helicopters from Airbus Helicopters, making it the first in Asia Pacific to operate the newest rotorcraft. The Royal Thai Police will be using this super medium aircraft, equipped with the latest aircraft technology and capabilities, for VVIP transportation and various police missions. “We welcome the Royal Thai […]

Boeing MH-139 Helicopter Could Save Air Force More Than $1 Billion

The Boeing proposal for its MH-139 helicopter to replace the U.S. Air Force’s aging Huey fleet could save more than $1 billion in acquisition costs and lifecycle expenses. The company today submitted its bid for the Air Force to buy up to 84 MH-139s to protect the country’s intercontinental ballistic missiles and meet certain domestic […]

UN Aviation Agency To Call For Global Drone Registry

The United Nations’ aviation agency is backing the creation of a single global drone registry, as part of broader efforts to come up with common rules for flying and tracking unmanned aircraft.  While the International Civil Aviation Organization cannot impose regulations on countries, ICAO has proposed formation of the registry during a Montreal symposium this […]

France to Start Equipping Its Drones With ‘Precision Guided’ Weapons

France announced its intention to start using armed drones on Tuesday, joining several states that use the deadly unmanned aircraft in various military conflicts. French Defense Minister Florence Parly said that France is going to start the process of arming its drones in the near future. The move will involve six US-made unmanned aircraft, which […]

Laserpas Project Reveals 10 Dangerous Objects Per Powerline Kilometer

Laserpas, a leading international Remotely Piloted Airborne System (RPAS) operator in the Baltic States, announced having completed another power grid inspection pilot project for one of the national transmission operators in the Baltics. Having inspected 330 kV power grid line spanning over 136,17 km, company uncovered over 1500 suspicious and dangerous trees, as well as […]

Iran To Build Civil Helicopters In Joint Venture With Russia

Iran’s Development and Renovation Organization (IDRO) and Russian Helicopters Company plan to team up to assemble light Russian helicopters in the Islamic Republic, IDRO’s deputy director Abolfazl Kiani Bakhtiari announced. Mr. Bakhtiari said that apart from the Russian Ka-226 and Ansat light multirole helicopters the Iranians would also assemble their own Saba-248 cargo and passenger […]

CASA Releases Discussion Paper and Opens Submissions For Drone Review

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) has opened submissions for its review into commercial and recreational operations of remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS), or drones. The regulator on Friday published a discussion paper on RPAS operations in Australia, noting there were about 50,000 drones used in this country currently, mostly for sport and recreational purposes. […]