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Qatar cleared to buy another 24 AH-64Es

The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency has notified Congress on the potential sale of 24 AH-64E Apaches to Qatar. Photo by Capt. Brian Harris [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons The whole entire package, including...

High resolution photo of the GAU-5A

U.S. Air Force fighter and bomber pilots who have to eject during combat will now have access to a new semi-automatic carbine that comes as part of the ACES II survival kit. Airman First...

DARPA wants to teach AI how to dogfight

DARPA has created the Air Combat Evolution (ACE) program to automate air-to-air combat with the help of artificial intelligence (AI). Credit: DARPA The research agency says this will free combat pilots to become mission...

US GAO says MQ-4C Triton UAV development cost grows

Key Points A US congressional watchdog said Triton UAV development has grown by 2% from last year Wing development has been challenging due to the difficult maritime environment in which the aircraft will fly...

Qatar cleared for further Apache procurement

Qatar has been cleared to buy a further 24 Boeing AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopters to add to the 24 already under contract. The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on 9 May...

Second mercenary pilot identified in Libya

A man who was purportedly captured when his aircraft was shot down by the Libyan National Army (LNA) faction during the recent fighting around Tripoli has been identified as a Portuguese national. In a...

Australia lays keel for first Arafura-class OPV

Key Points Australia has laid down its first Arafura-class offshore patrol vessel The ship is on track to be launched in 2021 Keel for the first Arafura-class offshore patrol vessel (OPV) has been laid...

Abraham Lincoln in CAS exercise with Romania

The Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group (CSG) and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 7 conducted a close air support (CAS) exercise with Romanian joint terminal air controllers (JTACs) from May 3-5. U.S. Navy photo by...

Russia to convert Tu-214 into AEW platform

The Russian Aerospace Forces has approved the project to turn the Tu-214 airliner into an airborne early warning (AEW) platform. Dmitry Terekhov from Odintsovo, Russian Federation [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)] Jane’s says the new...

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