11 Killed on a Colombian ELINT Plane Crash

A Colombian Air-Force CN235 special-mission aircraft plane crashed on Friday in the north of the country, killing all 11 of those on board. The CN235 is manufactured by Airbus; the plane was produced in 1998 in Seville, Spain and was one of several aircraft converted to carry out Electronic Warfare missions.

Resurrected US Navy Traders to serve on Brazilian aircraft carrier

The Brazilian Navy is restarting the refurbishment of eight C1/S2 carrier based transport aircraft. If everything goes according to plan, four ex-US Navy C-1A Trader aircraft that have rested for 26 years in the aircraft boneyard in Arizona will return to sea, operating from the deck of Brazil’s aircraft carrier São Paulo.

IAI Secures La Quiaca Border Crossing in Argentina

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has recently completed the installation of the first secured border crossing in La Quiaca, Argentina, as part of a project that includes four border crossings characterized by different topologies.

Small Weapons for Light Fighters

As the U.S. Air Force is heading for a final selection of a Light Attack and Armed recce (LAAR) aircraft, final evaluation of the Brazilian Embraer A-29 Super Tucano and Hawker Beechcraft Defense Company (HBDC) AT-6 are performed. The AT-6 has been undergoing extensive weapon qualification and operational evaluation outlined in this article

Brazilian Air Force to Retire Mirage 2000 by Year’s End

Brazil plans to withdraw from service 12 Mirage 2000C/B fighters operating with the 1st Air Defense Group, currently providing the mainstay of the country’s air-defense force. The jet fighters also known as ‘Jaguars’ are operating from Annapolis, about 140 km from the capital Brasilia. These fighters were acquired from French Air Force surplus in 2005 for $74 millions to...

Lebanon orders armored vehicles from Italy and Brazil

The Italian vehicle manufacturer Iveco has signed a contract to sell 80 vehicles to the Lebanese military and police. The deal, worth about 30 million euros, includes 25 light armored vehicles and six mine protected armored vehicles to be produced in Italy and ten Brazilian produced VBTP-MR amphibious armored personnel carriers. The remaining vehicles include unarmored military trucks.

Brazilian Air Force (FAB) Receives the First Modernized A-1M

Embraer Defense & Security redelivered the first modernized A-1M (AMX) fighter jet to the Brazilian Air Force (FAB). The modernization of the A-1 (built during the 1980s under a Brazilian-Italian cooperation) include structural refurbishment extending the fighter's operational life through 2025. The modernization was performed at Embraer's industrial plant in Gavião Peixoto, in São Paulo. The A-1M program provides...

Counter-Drone Tech May Have Repelled the Assassination Attack in Venezuela

The failed assassination attempt in Caracas, Venezuela highlight the potential of drones as a weapon and a tool of terror, and the vulnerability of critical assets, even where drone countermeasures are active.

Elbit Systems’ Subsidiary to Produce Remote Weapon Stations in Brazil

Ares, a Brazilian subsidiary of Elbit Systems will supply the Brazilian Armed Forces remotely Controled Weapon Stations (RCWS). REMAX is a stabilized weapon station for 12.7/7.62 mm machine guns that was Specifically designed by Ares to meet Brazilian Army requirements as part of the VBTP program. The system have been successfully tested and fielded in Brazilian Army Guarani 6X6 vehicles.. Some of the Brazilian VBTP vehicles are also armed with a larger weapon station mounting the 30mm automatic cannon.

Upgraded AMX A-1M Marks First Flight in Brazil

The prototype of the upgraded AMX, designated A-1M flew today for the first time. The first flight was the kickoff mark for the aircraft’s flight test campaign. The A-1M program provides for refurbishing and upgrading of 43 FAB AMX subsonic fighters. Ten aircraft are already at the Company’s facilities, the first of two prototypes has already been completed and...

IAI to Convert Two Boeing 767 Into Flying Tankers for Brazil

The Brazilian Air Force Command has selected Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) to convert two Boeing 767-300ER commercial aircraft into military, multi-mission tanker and transport (MMTT) aircraft under project KC-X2. According to Israeli sources the conversion program will cover three aircraft with options for more in the future.

Colombian Kfirs intercept Russian bombers enrout to Venezuela

Two Russian Tupolev Tu-160 (NATO Reporting Name: Blackjack) strategic bombers triggered a diplomatic raw last week, violating Colombian airspace two times on a mission flown from Caracas, Venezuela to Managua, Nicaragua. The two bombers entered Columbian airspace as they were flying over an Colombian island in the Caribbean sea, without propper request. The aircraft were detected about 11:00 am...

Brazilian Air Force, Embraer Conclude the KC-390 Military Transport Aircraft PDR

The Brazilian Air Force (FAB) and Embraer Defense and Security concluded the preliminary design review (PDR) of the military transport jet aircraft KC-390 development project.

LAAD 2015: Expanding Brazil’s wheeled armored vehicle family

LAAD 2015 Report: Armored vehicles and protection systems