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Cuba praises innovations to preserve combat capabilities

The Cuban vice minister of the Revolutionary Armed Forces, General Alvaro Lopez Miera, gave awards to six military and civilian personnel on 12 January for undertaking science and technology (S&T) projects to improve Cuba’s...

UK cuts support spending to boost naval and land projects

UK ministers have cut some GBP1.4 billion (USD2.1 billion) from its 10-year defence procurement spending plans and re-allocated spending from logistic support budgets to bolster new equipment purchasing, according to the country’s spending watchdog,...

UK reveals full extent of Afghan hail damage

A freak hailstorm that struck southern Afghanistan in 2013 cost the UK government nearly GBP13 million (USD20 million) in damaged aircraft, IHS Jane’s has learned. The figure, which was received on 13 January via...

Russia to build more Arctic airfields

Russia is to have 14 operational airfields in the Arctic by the end of the year, state media quoted defence officials as saying on 13 January. Ten airfields will be constructed by the end...

UK reforms 12 (B) Squadron as third Tornado unit

The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) reformed 12 (Bomber) Squadron as its third Panavia Tornado GR.4 unit on 12 January, less than a year after it was disbanded. The ceremony, which took place at...

Netherlands to host first European UAV training facility

​The Netherlands government and Strat Aero have signed a letter of intent for the establishment of an unmanned air vehicle training facility focused on the General Atomics Aeronautical Systems MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper...

Pentagon Still Pushing To Retire A-10 and Close Bases

The Pentagon renewed its commitment Friday to retiring the Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt ground attack aircraft and closing excess military bases in the U.S., setting up another battle with Congress in budget hearings to...

Chengdu J-10B Fighter Jet That Entered Chinese Service

Chengdu J-10B fighter jet that entered Chinese service. The J-10B is an improved variant of the Chengdu J-10 manufactured by the state-owned Chengdu Aircraft Industry Corporation, also known as the Chengdu Aerospace Corporation, a...

Four Polish MiG-29s Deploy to Lithuania

On January 8 four MiG-29 fighters of the Polish Air Force will land at the Lithuanian Air Force Base at Šiauliai to join the Baltic Air Policing Mission. The Polish contribution will reinforce the...

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