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Lebanon to receive MD530Gs, ScanEagles from USA

Lebanon is to receive MD Helicopters MD530Gs and Boeing Insitu ScanEagle unmanned air vehicles as part of a new military assistance package from the USA. Announced by the US embassy in Beirut on 13...

Hard Lessons from America’s Longest Wars

This is one of two pieces by our contributor James Kitfield, who’s won more Gerald Ford Defense Reporting awards than anyone else (3), on the challenges and mistakes America has made in grappling with...

Martin-Baker to provide ejection seats for Taiwan’s AJT

Taiwan’s Aerospace Industrial Development Corp. (AIDC) signed an agreement with Martin-Baker in London on Dec. 12 for ejection seats that will be used in AIDC’s advanced jet trainer. Photo: Taipei Representative Office in the...

Raytheon to produce 618 JSOW for Saudi Arabia

Raytheon has received a $302 million contract to produce 618 AGM-154 Block III C Joint Standoff Weapon (JSOW) air-to-ground missiles for Saudi Arabia. By Hunini (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons Saudi...

B-1B fired production-configuration LRASMs

A B-1B crew successfully fired two production-configuration Long Range Anti-Ship Missiles (LRASM) simultaneously during a test at Point Mugu’s sea range. …read more Read more here:: Alert5 (Air)

IDF issuing soldiers with military smartphones

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) has begun issuing its first smartphone devices to ground forces, a senior officer from the Technological Research and Mission Support Division (LOTEM) said on 12 December. Colonel Avi Duek,...

Airbus flies Project EAGLE rotorcraft automation system

Airbus Helicopters has undertaken in-flight validation of its Project EAGLE on-board image processing system that is geared at furthering the automation of rotorcraft. The milestone aboard an H225 testbed, which was announced by the...

Rostec and UAC – a company too far?

Russian industrial conglomerate Rostec celebrated its 10th anniversary on 7 December, with the company recently expanding to take on a number of new firms. However, the brakes may soon be put on plans for...

DRC attack highlights MONUSCO capability gaps

More needs to be done to improve the UN Stabilisation Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s (MONUSCO’s) intelligence and rapid reaction capabilities, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, the UN’s under-secretary-general for peacekeeping operations, said in...

Bulgaria turns to Russia for MiG-29 logistics

On 7 December the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in Sofia invited Russian Aircraft Corporation MiG (RSK MiG) to provide the Bulgarian Air Force (BuAF) with integrated logistical support for its 15 MiG-29 ‘Fulcrum’ twin-engine...

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