Korean Aerospace Industries (KAI) unveiled a new helicopter variant to support special operations forces (SOF) at DX Korea 2022, which is being held in Seoul from 21 to 25 September. The Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) is a variant of KAI’s Light Armed Helicopter (LAH), which is in the final stages of development ahead of production for the Republic of Korea Army...

The US State Department has approved the possible sale of Sikorsky UH-60M Black Hawk Helicopters and related equipment to Australia under Foreign Military Sales (FMS). The estimated cost of the deal is AUD2.79 billion (USD1.95 billion). The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) delivered the required certification notifying the US Congress of this possible sale on...

Lockheed Martin has been awarded a USD504 million contract by the US Naval Air Systems Command to supply Australia with 12 more MH-60R Seahawk maritime helicopters under the foreign military sales (FMS) process. Work on the contract will be fulfilled at three locations across the US, and is expected to be completed by October 2026, according to an announcement from the...

According to Lara Seligman and Andrew Desiderion in Politico, the U.S. administration plans to formally ask Congress to approve an estimated $1.1 billion arms sale to Taiwan that includes 60 anti-ship missiles and 100 air-to-air missiles. The package is presumed to include 60 AGM-84L Harpoon Block II missiles for $355 million, 100 AIM-9X Block II Sidewinder tactical air-to-air...

The US State Department has approved the possible sale of Sikorsky UH-60M Black Hawk Helicopters and related equipment to Australia under Foreign Military Sales (FMS). The estimated cost of the deal is AUD2.79 billion (USD1.95 billion). The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) delivered the required certification notifying the US Congress of this possible sale on...

The Japanese government is procuring another MCH-101 airborne mine countermeasures (AMCM)-capable helicopter for the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF). The procurement has been highlighted as one of the main projects for fiscal year (FY) 2022 in the Japanese Ministry of Defense’s annual White Paper, Defense of Japan 2022. The publication has listed a projected...

L3Harris Technologies has announced that U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) has selected AT-802U Sky Warded strike aircraft for its Armed Overwatch program. The company said in a release that the award of the Indefinite Quantity, Indefinite Delivery contract includes a cost ceiling of $3 billion. The program includes delivery of up to 75 manned, fixed wing aircraft,...

Poland has signed for Leonardo AW149 helicopters, two weeks after the country’s defence minister said a deal would be sealed “in the near future”. Signed at the PZL-Świdnik production plant in southeastern Poland on 1 July, the deal covers 32 helicopters to be delivered from 2023 to 2029, as well as spares, support, and training. “The AW149 helicopters, in...

The Swedish government has contracted Saab to deliver two GlobalEye airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft for the country’s armed forces. The manufacturer announced the order on 30 June, saying the SEK7.3 billion (USD716 million) order will see the two aircraft delivered in 2027. The contract includes options for a further two GlobalEyes, for a...

Cyprus has ordered six Airbus Helicopters H145M rotorcraft for use by the Cypriot National Guard, with the option for a further six to follow at a later date. Announced by the manufacturer on 24 June, the deal comprises the latest five-bladed H145M D3 version of the battlefield utility helicopter to be flown by the Cypriot Air Force (Kypriaki Stratiotiki Aeroporia: KSA),...