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E-2D units will command future UCLASS fleet

​The US Navy has decided to embed its future unmanned surveillance and strike aircraft in the same air wing that operates the Northrop Grumman E-2C/D, an airborne command and control platform. …read more Read...

F-35 programme office defends gun and sensor

​Two critical close air support systems – a 25mm cannon and an electro-optical targeting system (EOTS) – will be available on the Lockheed Martin F-35 by 2017 and will meet expectations, say programme officials...

Japan offers Kawasaki P-1 to Britain

Reuters says Japan is keen to sell its Kawasaki P-1 maritime patrol aircraft to Britain. The sale was mooted at the Farnborough Air Show in July. …read more Read more here:: Alert5 (Air)

US border agency halts UAS fleet expansion plans

​The US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency no longer plans to acquire 14 more medium altitude unmanned air systems and faces stinging new criticisms about the effectiveness of the current fleet of 10...

US FAA awards UAV property surveillance exemption

​An unmanned air vehicle has been authorised to carry out aerial photography of real estate in the USA, following the first exemption award for this application by the Federal Aviation Administration. …read more Read...

US Deploys First MC-130J to Asia

Kadena’s newest aircraft touched down here, Dec. 21, 2014, after a flight across the Pacific to its new home with the 353rd Special Operations Group. The MC-130J Commando II is replacing the retiring MC-130P...

Aircraft Survivability Testing Lights Up the Night

BANG! The dark night sky lights up, broken by flashes of bright light. When the night settles in Huntsville, Alabama, residents near Redstone Arsenal do not anticipate the darkness lasting long. Twice a year,...

Analysis: End of year surge for Chengdu J-20 fighter programme

In November and December 2014 two additional prototypes of the Chengdu Aircraft Corporation’s (CAC) J-20 fifth-generation fighter emerged, advancing its development towards a possible initial operational capability (IOC) of 2017-18. The J-20 programme currently...

Charles de Gaulle could deploy to Gulf

A news report says French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle could be deployed to the Gulf region to conduct air strikes against ISIL. …read more Read more here:: Alert5 (Air)

Safran building new engine plant in Poland

A Safran subsidiary is opening a new plant in Poland designed to build engine parts that will create about 100 jobs, the company announced on 7 September. The plant, which will consist of approximately...

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