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F-35C’s First Catapult Launches From USS Nimitz

SAN DIEGO: Yesterday, the F-35C made its first catapult takeoffs from the USS Nimitz. The video and photo have just been made available. No word on whether election shenanigans were involved… Make sure you...

Preparing for Future Combat Aerospace

Dassault Aviation and ourselves along with industrial partners have been awarded a pound120m contract by the UK and French governments for a two-year co-operative Future Combat Air System (FCAS) Feasibility Phase study, formally signalling...

Bidders line up for Polish attack helicopter contest

​Four companies have so far expressed an interest in Poland’s nascent requirement for 30 attack helicopters to replace its army’s fleet of aged Mil Mi-24s. …read more Source:: Flight Global Military News (Air)

Poland concludes JASSM purchase for F-16 fleet

​Poland’s government has concluded negotiations for the purchase of 40 Lockheed Martin AGM-158 Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missiles to equip its F-16 fighters. …read more Source:: Flight Global Military News (Air)

India restarts reconnaissance helicopter contest

​India’s defence ministry has released a fresh request for information (RFI) for reconnaissance and surveillance (RSH) rotorcraft to be acquired for the nation’s army and air force. …read more Source:: Flight Global Military News...

Israel completes F-16 Barak upgrade

The Israeli air force has completed an extensive upgrade of its Lockheed Martin F-16C/Ds, which one source says has brought the fleet back to “peak operational capability”. …read more Source:: Flight Global Military News...

F-35C Lightning II Completes 1st Carrier Launch

The F-35C Lightning II carrier variant Joint Strike Fighter completes its first carrier launch from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68), Nov. 4. The F-35 Lightning II Pax River...

Raytheon Begins Flight Testing DARPA’s PCAS Program

Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) began flight testing DARPA’s Persistent Close Air Support (PCAS) program. PCAS Phase 3 is an 18-month, $25.5 million effort scheduled to culminate in live-fire demonstrations. The program is designed to...

TANAN UAS set for surface vessel integration

Airbus Defence and Space (D&S) has teamed with DCNS to target the ship-based UAS market with the TANAN vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) UAS. The companies announced the cooperation agreement at Euronaval on 28...

U.S. Army replacing reservoir servicing units on AH-64s

AH-64s with the U.S. Army are getting their reservoir servicing units manufactured by Ohio-based Tronair Inc. replaced by another similar component from another company. The move came after the Army determined that hydraulic fluid...

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