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Alenia offers M-346 Master to Thailand

Alenia Aermacchi is offering its M-346 Master advanced jet trainer aircraft to Thailand as a replacement for its ageing Aero Vodochody L-39 Albatros platforms, the company told IHS Jane’s on 19 December. No further...

AF Delivers Iraqi F-16s for Training in US

For more than 65 years the Air Force has embraced the concept of flexibility being the key to airpower. Now Airmen from the Arizona Air National Guard are sharing that capacity to find creative...

Germany receives first A400M airlifter

​Germany has taken delivery of its first A400M tactical transport, with its air force becoming the fourth to introduce the type. …read more Read more here:: Flight Global Military News (Air)

Dutch F-35As to arrive home in 2019

The Dutch government announced that the country’s first F-35A fighter will arrive home in 2019. The first jets will go to the air base at Leeuwarden. …read more Read more here:: Alert5 (Air)

NASA funds study on SR-72 concept

Lockheed Martin has been awarded a $892,292 contract by NASA to study the feasibility of the turbine-based combined cycle (TBCC) propulsion system that the former proposed for its SR-72 concept. …read more Read more...

USAF T-38 lost rear canopy during take-off

A T-38 assigned to the 1st Fighter Wing lost its rear canopy while taking off from Langley Air Force Base on Dec. 16. The jet made an emergency landing at Newport News-Williamsburg International Airport....

Netherlands commits to first operational F-35s

The Netherlands announced on 15 December that it will sign a contract in April 2015 for an initial eight Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters (JSFs). In total the Netherlands is planning...

German Typhoons not subject to Russian aggression

The German Air Force (GAF) is not seeing a more confrontational attitude from Russian pilots it is intercepting over the Baltic region, despite concerns being raised by Western leaders of increased aggression over recent...

Boost for Australian Defence and Aerospace Industries

Minister for Defence Senator David Johnston today welcomed the announcement by the US Department of Defense that Australia has been selected to provide support to Joint Strike Fighters (F-35) in the Asia Pacific Region....

Australia seeks comment on new defence export laws

The Australian Department of Defence released a draft copy of proposed amendments to the country’s Defence Trade Controls Act 2012 on 17 December, with the government seeking industry comments on the proposed changes throughout...

USN studies radars and rockets for Fire Scout UAVs

Key Points A competition for a maritime search radar for the MQ-8C could open next year Fire Scout’s existing EO/IR sensors provide targeting, but USN also needs a radar for broader searches The US...

Russia plans to receive 55 PAK-FAs by 2020

The Russian Air Force (VVS) will have received 55 Sukhoi PAK-FA (T-50) fighter aircraft by 2020, according to Vladislav Goncharenko, the deputy director of the United Aircraft Corporation’s (UAC’s) combat aircraft department. The first...

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