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F-16s from 169th FW helped rescue stranded boaters

Two F-16s from the South Carolina Air National Guard’s 169th Fighter Wing were vectored to help locate a 25-foot pleasure boat with two stranded boaters aboard on Mar. 8. By United States Air Force...

U.S. Air Force wants smaller platform to replace E-8C

The U.S. Air Force wants a smaller airframe to host the next generation JSTARS battle management, command and control (BMC2) system. By United States Air Force [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons The contest to...

RQ-4B clocks 10,000 flying hours

A U.S. Air Force RQ-4B carrying the Battlefield Airborne Communications Node (BACN) payload has clocked 10,000 flying hours. U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Marie Brown The aircraft, # A2019, had been flying in South...

Australia upgrades F/A-18F’s RWR

Australia has managed to upgrade the radar warning receiver in the Royal Australian Air Force’s F/A-18F Super Hornets. “A44-203 Boeing F-A-18F Super Hornet RAAF (11677443834)” by Robert Frola – Flickr. Licensed under GFDL via...

15 L-159s sold to Iraq

The Czech Republic has approved the sale of 15 L-159 subsonic attack jets to Iraq. Iraq will get 10 L-159As and 2 L-159T1s, three L-159As will be used for spares. “Aero L-159 (4424558139)” by...

First MCH-101 delivered to JMSDF

The first Airborne Mine Counter Measures (AMCM) equipped MCH-101 helicopter has been delivered to the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force. Photo: AgustaWestland The development of the AMCM variant of the AW101/MCH-101 has been led...

Global Defence Technology: Issue 49

In this issue: Russia’s massive arms investment, a look inside the extreme weather testing facility for military aircraft, why the US Army’s JLENS surveillance blimp is causing privacy concerns, adapting the US Navy’s submarine...

First airborne MCM helicopter delivered to JMSDF

The Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) has taken delivery of the first MCH-101 helicopter airborne mine countermeasures (AMCM) variant from Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI) and AgustaWestland. Formally handed over at Kawasaki’s Gifu factory...

USN, USMC project future munitions shortages

The US Navy (USN) and US Marine Corps (USMC) may face future munitions shortfalls in the next five years, service leaders told Congress on 10 March. Admiral Jonathan Greenert, chief of naval operations, said...

Turkey retires RF-4E Phantoms after fatal crashes

Turkey is to retire its remaining RF-4E TM Phantom reconnaissance aircraft on 12 March following a series of crashes, it was announced on 11 March. General Abidin Ünal, commander of Combat Air Force and...

France completes testing of Neuron UCAV

France has completed its flight test campaign of the Neuron unmanned combat air vehicle (UCAV) technology demonstrator, the country’s defence procurement agency has stated. Flight trials were completed on 26 February, according to the...

Update: Bulgaria to be offered JF-17 fighter by Pakistan

Bulgaria is to be offered the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex/Chengdu Aircraft Industry Corporation (PAC/CAC) JF-17 Thunder combat aircraft, according to national media reports. The single-seat, single-engined fighter is to be offered by Pakistan as an...

Alcoa expands with titanium acquisition

Metals manufacturer Alcoa announced on 9 March that the company had acquired RTI International Metals in a deal worth USD1.5 billion. Publicly traded RTI is a supplier of titanium and specialty metal products to...

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