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Category: Air

ESSM Block 2 enters LRIP

The U.S. Navy has given Raytheon a $77 million contract to Raytheon “for the engineering, test equipment, material and management necessary to transition Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile (ESSM) Block 2 engineering, manufacturing and development...

B-17F Memphis Belle back on display

The iconic B-17F Memphis Belle bomber is back on exhibit at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in Dayton, Ohio. The warbird was unveiled to the public on May 17, the 75th...

General Atomics to retrofit 122 MQ-9s

General Atomics was awarded a $206 million contract by the Pentagon to retrofit 122 MQ-9 Block 5 aircraft. By (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Erik Gudmundson) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons No details were...

Bell to delivery USMC’s last UH-1Y this year

The last UH-1Y ordered by the U.S. Marine Corps will be delivered by Bell this year, Flight Global reports. By Sgt. Austin Hazard (https://www.dvidshub.net/image/1193193) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons Delivery of the AH-1Z will...

AAHF offering rides in the AH-1F

The Army Aviation Heritage Foundation will be offering rides on the AH-1F attack helicopter in several Southern California locations this summer. The cost for each ride is either $325 or $525. Each person will...

RAF wants to replace E-3D

Jane’s says the Royal Air Force is looking at replacing the Boeing E-3D early warning aircraft instead of upgrading them. Photo: Sgt Jack Pritchard, DCC(RAF)/MOD [OGL], via Wikimedia Commons …read more Read more here::...

Russia to fly Tu-160 over Arctic

Russia is planning to fly its Tu-160 supersonic bomber over the Arctic later this year, commander of long-range aviation commander Maj. Gen. Sergei Kobylash has disclosed. By Dmitry Terekhov from Odintsovo, Russian Federation (TU-160)...

MiG-31 caught fire on the runway

A MiG-31 caught fire while the aircraft was on the runway in Russia’s Permsky Krai on May 18. No one was hurt during the incident. Russia says the fire started from the right engine....

Ronald Reagan CSG will delay its upcoming deployment

Aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan returned Japan May 17 and the ship will have to undergo repairs, delaying its upcoming deployment. By Camera Operator: PH1 JAMES THIERRY, USN [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons The...

Affinity hails UK Phenom, Prefect training milestones

With two of its new aircraft fleets already complete, the fixed-wing element of the UK Military Flying Training System programme recently achieved two key milestones. …read more Read more here:: Flight Global Military News...

BELL V-280 Valor makes first ever cruise mode flight

The newest V-280 Valor light tiltrotor aircraft by Bell has completed another milestone in its flight testing by flying in “cruise mode.” This is when the rotors pivot, in flight, from vertical lift mode...

China’s Z-19E Armed Helicopter Completes Firing Tests

China’s domestic Z-19E armed helicopter has completed firing flight tests, its developer the state-owned Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) said Wednesday. “The Z-19E has shown its maneuverability and operational capability in the just...

RAF starts talks on E-3D AWACS replacement

Key Points The RAF has begun to consider replacing its E-3D AWACS aircraft It is becoming increasingly costly to maintain the E-3Ds, meaning that replacing rather than upgrading them might be the most cost-effective...

Japan deploys second F-35A to Misawa Air Base

The Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) has deployed a second F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter to Misawa Air Base in northern Japan. The fifth-generation fighter, which arrived at Misawa on 15 May, was...

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