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US Air Force re-starts SDB Increment I

The US Department of Defense’s fiscal year 2016 (FY 2016) budget documents have revealed that production of Boeing’s small diameter bomb (SDB) for the US Air Force (USAF) is to recommence in 2015 with...

Indian Navy to retire carrier Viraat in 2016

Key Points India’s ex-Hermes carrier is to retire in early 2016, following the International Fleet Review in Vishkhapatnam The Indian Navy will then only operate a single carrier, INS Vikramaditya , until the 40,000-ton...

Nicaragua to seek combat aircraft

Nicaragua plans to procure combat aircraft to begin to enforce its airspace sovereignty, specifically against illicit flights of drug trafficking organisations and over the expanded maritime territory that the International Court of Justice (ICJ)...

Franco-German Tiger helicopter simulators to be upgraded

The French and German armed forces are to have their simulation training facilities for the Airbus Helicopters EC665 Tiger attack helicopter improved under a contract awarded to Thales and Rheinmetall Defence Electronics (RDE). Announced...

South China Sea: Footprints in the sand

China’s island-building projects in the South China Sea are forcing countries near and far to reassess their approach to the area’s long-standing territorial disputes. James Hardy reports Compared with some of the world’s more...

Belgium prepares new round of defence cuts

Belgium’s military forces are bracing for another round of austerity measures, as Defence Minister Steven Vandeput prepares to unveil his plan for carrying out a EUR225 million (USD174.3 million) budget cut in 2015, rising...

Indonesia, Spain agree to extend C295 co-operation

Indonesia and Spain have agreed to extend an agreement between PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) and Airbus Defence and Space featuring PTDI’s licensed production Airbus C295 tactical transport aircraft for the Indonesian Air Force (TNI-AU)....

Export restrictions limit Predator potential

Following requested purchases of General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Predator/Reaper-series unmanned air vehicles by France and the Netherlands in recent weeks, the USA’s backing of an export licence for India but a rejection for Jordan...

IAI delivers first T-38 replacement wing

The US Defense Contract Management Agency has taken delivery of the first replacement wing for a US Air Force Northrop T-38 trainer from Israel Aerospace Industries. …read more Read more here:: Flight Global Military...

Global Defence Technology: Issue 48

In this issue: the F-35C proves its worth in carrier trials, transforming deployable communications for the NATO Response Force, Raytheon’s ISR software brings big data processing to laptops, DARPA’s call for aircraft carriers in...

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