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First NATO E-3A to retire

NATO E-3A Component will officially retire its first aircraft when LX-N 90449 leaves the component on Jun. 23. It flew its last mission, an 11.5 hour mission, on May 13. Photo by Hay Janssen...

Video of surface-launched Sky Sword II

Taiwan’s Chung-Shan Institute of Science & Technology has released a video of the surface-launched version of the Sky Sword II radar guided air-to-air missile. Photos: CSIST …read more Read more here:: Alert5 (Air)

F-35 accident investigation board posts findings

​An accident investigation board has pegged the cost of last year’s “catastrophic engine failure” of an A-model Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter at $50 million. …read more Read more here:: Flight Global Military...

Thales developing counter-UAV technology

​Thales is embarking on the development of counter-unmanned air vehicle systems by adopting sensor technology that it has already developed to prevent malicious systems from flying near critical infrastructure and unwanted areas. …read more...

Nato’s First Alliance Ground Surveillance Aircraft Unveiled

Expanding NATO’s joint intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) capability, Northrop Grumman Corporation and its industry partners together with NATO leaders unveiled the first NATO Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS) aircraft to an audience of customers,...

Three JF-17s left Pakistan for Paris Airshow

Three JF-17s have departed Pakistan to participate in the upcoming Paris Airshow 2015. PAF spokesperson Air Commodore S M Ali said one aircraft will fly at the show. By Andres Ramirez [GFDL 1.2 or...

Last Kobalt-M spy satellite launched into space

Russia made a surprise launch of a Soyuz 2-1A rocket from the Plesetsk cosmodrome on Jun. 5. The payload is believe to be a Kobalt-M spy satellite. By NASA/Bill Ingalls [Public domain], via Wikimedia...

First flight test of SM-3 Block IIA

The U.S. Navy and Missile Defense Agency (MDA) has conducted the first flight test of the SM-3 Block IIA interceptor. Photo: Missile Defense Agency The test, designated SM-3 Block IIA Cooperative Development Controlled Test...

Parrikar spins web of confusion over India’s Rafale plans

India’s opposition Congress Party has demanded clarity from the government on its plans to acquire two squadrons of 36 Dassault Rafale fighters following conflicting statements by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar. Congress Party spokesman Abhishek...

Taiwan commissions two 3,000-tonne coastguard cutters

Taiwan’s Coast Guard Administration (CGA) has formally inducted two locally built cutters to enhance the service’s maritime patrol capabilities, an official from the CGA’s international affairs division confirmed on 8 June. The 3,000-tonne vessels,...

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