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NATO, EUMS to structure CBRN reach-back together

NATO’s centre of excellence in the Czech Republic will soon structure its information exchanges and other activities on chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) reach-back with the EU Military Staff for the first time....

Benelux countries agree to joint air policing

Belgium, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands signed an agreement on 4 March on the joint air policing of their territories. Under the agreement – signed in The Hague by Dutch defence minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, her...

Turkish F-4 Phantom crashes, two dead

A Turkish F-4E-2020 Phantom fighter aircraft crashed on 5 March during a training exercise with Azerbaijan near the town of Konya, killing both crew. The aircraft, from the Turkish Air Force’s 112 Squadron, had...

EU looks to strengthen counter arms trafficking efforts

The EU needs a new approach to preventing illegal arms trafficking, the European Parliament’s political grouping of members known as the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats Group (ALDE) stated during a 3 March hearing...

Bulgaria to be offered JF-17 fighter by Pakistan

Bulgaria is to be offered the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex/Chengdu Aircraft Industry Corporation (PAC/CAC) JF-17 Thunder combat aircraft, according to national media reports. The single-seat, single-engined fighter is to be offered by Pakistan as an...

China announces 10% military spending increase

China’s government announced on 5 March a 2015 defence budget of CNY886.9 billion (USD141 billion), which it said is a 10.1% increase over military spending in 2014. State news agency Xinhua stated the budget...

Germany approves Sea Lion helo procurement

Germany has approved the purchase of 18 Sea Lion-variant NH90 helicopters valued at EUR1.4 billion (USD1.6 billion), the Reuters news agency reported on 4 March. The deal, which had already been previously announced, was...

Navy readies for UCLASS competition

Key Points The USN has delayed a UCLASS competition until FY 2016 Fielding is planned for 2022, service officials said The US Navy (USN) is preparing to begin a competition for the Unmanned Carrier-Launched...

Germany finalises order for 18 naval NH90s

​Germany has finally confirmed a deal that will see it order 18 new NH Industries NH90 NFH helicopters for its navy, at the same time trimming commitments for the troop transport variant and Airbus...

Unmanned aircraft push EASA to modernise regulatory model

​The introduction of unmanned air vehicles into EASA’s area of control has caused the safety authority to adopt a more open-minded attitude to aircraft regulations. …read more Read more here:: Flight Global Military News...

SENER joins Predator B team for Spanish campaign

​Spain’s defence ministry is being offered the General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Predator B unmanned air system, under a new teaming agreement between the US company and SENER. …read more Read more here:: Flight Global...

European regulators target harmonised UAV guidelines

​Representatives from the European Commission and ICAO have expressed a desire for global unmanned air vehicle regulations to be more aligned, so that integration of the technology can be more consistent. …read more Read...

RUAG demonstrates Dornier 228NG in Oman

​RUAG has promoted its Dornier 228NG utility aircraft to several potential users in Oman, including conducting a series of demonstration flights over a three-day period. …read more Read more here:: Flight Global Military News...

US Army engineers define future aviation fleet

The U.S. Army science and technology community is charting the future of military vertical lift aviation that will enable warfighters to accomplish missions not possible today. The Army, supported by NASA and the Navy,...

First SH-2G(I) flight at RNZAF Base Auckland

New Zealand’s new SH-2G(I) Super Seasprite has made its first flight at RNZAF Base Auckland today. The crew were CDR Owen Rodger, LT Ben Melville and LT Mark Sharples. Photos: RNZAF …read more Read...

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