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RSAF Hermes 450 UAV reaches FOC

​The Royal Singapore Air Force’s Elbit Systems Hermes 450 unmanned air vehicle fleet has reached full operational capability (FOC), some eight years after the system was delivered to the force. …read more Read more...

In a spin: the US Army’s Top 10 helicopter types

​In the week that a senior US Army aviation official conceded that the branch’s planned modernisation and Future Vertical Lift projects cannot both be funded in the face of potential further sequestration cuts, our...

Tough Choices For DoD On Long Range Strike Bomber

WASHINGTON: When the Pentagon picks the winner of the Long Range Strike Bomber (LRSB) contest in the next few months, it faces an interesting choice. It could give Lockheed Martin — which is doing...

China Developing a Stealth Front-line Bomber

China is developing a new stealth all-weather attack aircraft / fighter-bomber to firm up the PLA bomber force. The new Chinese front-line bomber is designed to penetrate hostile territory and destroy ground and surface...

Russian Eastern MD Aviation Performed Air Superiority Missions

In the course of the large-scale command-and-staff training concerning aviation groups and Air Defence of the Eastern MD, aviation units located in Primorsk Krai, Transbaikalia Territory, Khabarovsk Krai and Kamchatka Krai performed air superiority...

Airbus D&S focuses on commercialisation of Zephyr HAPS

​Airbus Defence & Space is preparing for full commercial operations of its Zephyr high altitude pseudo satellite (HAPS), envisioning the establishment of launchpads that could deploy an aircraft anywhere in the world within 24h....

56th Fighter Wing flew its 1,000th F-35A sortie

The 56th Fighter Wing flew its 1,000th F-35A training sortie on Mar. 31. The flight was flown by Maj. Joshua Arki from the 61st Fighter Squadron. U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Staci Miller …read...

David’s Sling interceptor passes fourth trial

Israel’s Ministry of Defense announced that the David’s Sling missile interception system has passed its fourth trial and is on course for deployment by next year. Photo: Israeli Ministry of Defense מינהלת חומה במפא״ת...

RQ-4 spying for Latin American nations

An official briefing obtained by War is Boring said the U.S. Air Force has been using the RQ-4 to help allies in Latin America and the Caribbean to spy on drug fields and rebel...

F-35 has fought against the F-16

Aviation Week reported that the F-35 has tangled with the F-16 in a dogfight. Results from the mock combat suggests the F-35 can be cleared for greater agility. By United States Air Force [Public...

FMV testing new software for Gripen C/D

A Saab JAS-39 Gripen with new software is currently undergoing testing with the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration, FMV. Johannes Jansson/norden.org [CC BY 2.5 dk], via Wikimedia Commons …read more Read more here:: Alert5 (Air)

India unwilling to discuss FGFA project with Russia

Business Standard revealed that India’s defense ministry has stop responding to Russia’s request on negotiating the FGFA fighter development contract. By Aleksandr Medvedev (http://russianplanes.net/id62440) [GFDL or GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons Letters obtained by Business...

First flight of Jaguar IS with DARIN III upgrade

The first SEPECAT Jaguar IS upgraded to the DARIN III standard has made its first flight recently. By SSGT Mathew Hannen, USAF, uploaded by User:Chanakyathegreat [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons The first flight was...

Airbus completes Polish C295 offset obligation

The Polish Ministry of Economy (MoE) announced on 1 April that Airbus had completed its offset obligations for the procurement of Airbus C295M aircraft that were first ordered in 2001. According to the MoE,...

Mexican Navy to acquire additional Black Hawks

Key Points Mexican Navy planning to procure four UH-60Ms The new Black Hawk contract is expected to be completed before the end of 2015 Four additional Sikorsky UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters are to be...

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