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Indian defence minister admits DRDO failings

Nine major Indian defence programmes continue to be plagued by time and cost overruns, as well as technological challenges, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar told parliament on 27 February. He said that despite having spent...

Italy assembles first F-35A outside US

The first Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter assembled outside the main US plant in Fort Worth, Texas, was completed at the F-35 Final Assembly and Check Out (FACO) facility in Cameri,...

Indian MoD looking at responses to naval helo RfI

India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) is evaluating responses from around 10 local manufacturers to its October 2014 request for information (RfI) for its Naval Utility Helicopter (NUH) programme. The MoD extended to 28 February...

Iran reveals new Soumar ground-launched cruise missile

On 8 March Iran’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) unveiled a new ground-launched cruise missile designated the Soumar at a public ceremony in Tehran. The event was attended by senior Iranian officials, including the defence...

First Italian-assembled F-35 rolls off the line

The first Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II built outside the United States on 12 March rolled off the final assembly and check out (FACO) line in Cameri, Italy. …read more Read more here:: Flight...

Saab upbeat over Gripen E prospects beyond Brazil

​Saab’s final assembly work on its first prototype Gripen E/NG fighter is “well under way”, the company says, as officials report unprecedented market interest in the product. …read more Read more here:: Flight Global...

Helicopter firms weigh up bids for UK Apache requirement

​Manufacturers are considering their response to a request for information (RFI) issued by the UK ministry of defence (MoD) covering the replacement or upgrade of the nation’s fleet of AH-64D Apache attack helicopters. …read...

UK hits halfway mark on defence helicopter upgrades

With an ongoing upgrade of the UK’s military helicopter fleet around 50% complete, discussions have already begun within the defence ministry looking at future rotorcraft requirements beyond the middle of next decade. …read more...

E-2D embarks on first deployment aboard USN carrier

Five Northrop Grumman E-2D Advanced Hawkeye airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft arrived on board the US Navy’s Nimitz-class USS Theodore Roosevelt carrier on 11 March, marking the first deployment for the aircraft....

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