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FA-50 takes part in RoKAF exercise for first time

RoKAF’s newly inducted FA-50 light attack aircraft is taking part in a large-scale air exercise for the first time. Exercise Soaring Eagle started on Feb. 2 at Cheongju city and will last for two...

Kazakhstan to buy Su-30SM

Kazakhstan has announced its intention to purchase the Su-30SM. The information was released by a statement from the press service of the Kazakhstan Ministry of Defense. The press statement was to announce the visit...

Carter, congressional defence heads to seek acquisition reform

Significance House and Senate armed services committee chairmen will make defence reform a top priority Ashton Carter, the presumptive next defence secretary, supports reform and possibly getting service chiefs more involved in acquisitions Some...

Elections may delay Wisla, other Polish programmes

Significance Upcoming elections could delay progress with Poland’s Wisla air defence programme The fact that Poland is currently running multiple procurement efforts is also complicating the process Poland’s long-running Wisla (Vistula) air and missile...

Update: KC-390 airlifter makes maiden flight

The Embraer KC-390 transport aircraft made its maiden flight from the company’s Gavião Peixoto production facility, north of São Paulo, on 3 February. The flight of the first of two prototype platforms lasted for...

Kazakhstan to acquire Su-30SM fighters

Kazakhstan is to acquire the Sukhoi Su-30SM ‘Flanker’ as it looks to recapitalise its Soviet-era fighter force, the government announced on 4 February. The disclosure was made by the Commander in Chief of the...

Separatists claim first airstrike on Ukrainian forces

Russian-backed separatists in the east of Ukraine claim to have conducted their first airstrikes against government forces. The claim by the self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic, which was reported by Russian state media on 5...

Navy’s UCLASS Competition Delayed Until Next Year

The start of a formal completion among vendors to build the Navy’s carrier-launched drone has been delayed until sometime in 2016 pending the results of an ongoing Pentagon review, Navy officials said. The Navy’s...

Next Defense Secretary Open to Keeping A-10 in Air Force

Defense Secretary nominee Ashton Carter agreed Wednesday to hear arguments from Joint Tactical Air Controllers (JTACS) for keeping the A-10 despite renewed efforts by the Air Force to retire the Thunderbolt. At his confirmation...

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