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Malaysia transfers first S-61 Nuris to army control

​The Royal Malaysian Air Force has formally handed over an initial two of its Sikorsky S-61 “Nuri” transport helicopters to the nation’s army, with the pair having received special “digital” colour schemes. …read more...

Turkey expects new delays in Airbus A400M delivery

Turkey is preparing for further delays in the delivery of two A400M military transport aircraft it ordered from Airbus Group, according to defence officials in Ankara. It signed a deal for 10 of the...

Russia’s Arctic Command requires up to 100 Mi-8s

Russia’s recently formed Arctic Command will need up to 100 specially modified Mi-8 helicopters, Deputy Defense Minister Yury Borisov was quoted by news agency TASS. By Alex Beltyukov [CC BY-SA 3.0, CC BY-SA 3.0...

New rail-guided satellite launch system to debut in October

A new rail-guided satellite launch system for the Pentagon’s Operationally Responsive Space office will lift off into space from Hawaii this October. Photo: Sandia National Laboratories Super Strypi is jointly developed by Sandia National...

Tu-22M3s off east coast of Sweden

Two Russia Tu-22M3 strategic bombers appeared off the east coast of Sweden along with two Su-27s as escorts on Mar. 24. “Russian Air Force Tupolev Tu-22M3 Beltyukov” by Alex Beltyukov – http://russianplanes.net/EN/ID56447. Licensed under...

Ukrainian Mi-24 crashed

A Ukrainian Army Mi-24 has crashed in Vasylkiv district of Kyiv region on Mar. 24. One person on board was killed and two others injured. “Mil Mi-24P, Ukraine – Army AN1387321” by Oleg V....

Canada to carry out airstrikes in Syria

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper told Parliament that the government plans to carry out airstrikes in Syria. By RAF-YYC from Calgary, Canada (CF188786 and CF188787Uploaded by russavia) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons The...

McCain wants UCLASS to have 4,000lb payload

U.S. Sen. John McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Serves Committee, has written a letter to Defense Secretary Ash Carter, asking him to build the UCLASS as a strike platform with 4,000lb payload. By...

No F-35 and DoD flight demos at Paris Airshow

Despite an increase in the U.S. presence at this year’s Paris Airshow, the Pentagon will not be sending the F-35 there to attend the show. “General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon 0007 (4827140206)” by Ronnie...

SOM Air-to-Surface Cruise Missile

Stand-Off Missile (SOM) is Turkey’s first indigenous long-range, autonomous, high-precision air-to-surface cruise missile. It was designed and developed jointly by TUBITAK Defense Industries Research and Development Institute (TUBITAK SAGE) and Roket… …read more Read...

Japan commissions helicopter carrier Izumo

The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) commissioned first-in-class helicopter carrier JS Izumo (DDH 183) in a ceremony in Yokohama on 25 March. The 248 m-long vessel, which displaces 24,000 tonnes at full load, is...

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