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Russia to reopen Crimea missile warning station

A disused missile early warning radar station in Sevastopol, Crimea, could be refurbished and reactivated. Russia’s Space Forces commander Lt. Gen. Aleksandr Golovko said new equipment would be added and the station could come...

Nigerian Air Force pilot beheaded by Boko Haram

The missing pilot of a Nigerian Air Force Alpha Jet is believed to have been executed by Boko Haram. A video of his beheading was obtained by The Associated Press. The whereabouts of the...

CV-22s could be stationed at Yokota Air Base

The U.S. Air Force may deploy 12 CV-22s to Yokota Air Base instead of Kadena Air Base in Okinawa. If approved, the aircraft would arrive in July next year. …read more Source:: Alert5 (Air)

China Touts Anti-stealth Radar

America’s most advanced stealth fighter poses a great risk to China’s air defense network – and the military is going to great lengths to learn how to shoot one down. …read more Source:: Defense...

India Offers To Spend $12B To Break Monopoly

The Indian government, acting on Air Force demands, has offered to spend $12 billion to encourage private firms to establish an aircraft manufacturing facility – a move that would break Hindustan Aeronautics Limited’s monopoly...

U.K. delays retirement of 2 Squadron

British Prime Minister David Cameron announced that 2 Squadron will not be disbanded as planned next year. The Tornado GR4 squadron, currently striking ISIL targets in Iraq, will stay for another 12 months. …read...

Australian PM Approves Iraq Combat Missions

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced Friday that Royal Australian Air Force F/A-18F Super Hornets will begin striking Islamic State (IS) targets in Iraq. …read more Source:: Defense News (Air)

To Boost Strike Force, UK Delays Retiring Jets

The British government has temporarily reprieved a Tornado GR4 strike squadron from the scrap heap in order to maintain sufficient numbers of aircraft for a sustained campaign against the Islamic State. …read more Source::...

Australia May Acquire Up To 4 More C-17s

Australian Defence Minister Sen. David Johnston announced Friday that up to four more Boeing C-17A Globemaster III strategic airlifters could be acquired for the Royal Australian Air Force. …read more Source:: Defense News (Air)

Air Force Works to Replace JSTARS Fleet

The Air Force is looking at a range of airframes as potential replacements for its aging fleet of E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar Systems. …read more Source:: DoD Buzz (Air)

DOD IG blasts USAF Reaper spending

​The US Air Force could waste nearly $9 billion on purchasing, operating and maintaining unmanned air vehicles it does not need, the Pentagon Inspector General (IG) has found. …read more Source:: Flight Global Military...

Italian army receives first F-model Chinooks

​AgustaWestland delivered the Italian army’s first two ICH-47F Chinook transport helicopters on 2 October, during a ceremony held at its Vergiate plant near Varese. …read more Source:: Flight Global Military News (Air)

US Air Force again seeks to upgrade B-52H radars

The US Air Force is breathing new life into an effort to upgrade the radar systems in its fleet of Boeing B-52H bombers initially announced four years ago. …read more Source:: Flight Global Military...

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