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A400M performs maximum-capacity airdrop

​Airbus has demonstrated one of the A400M’s key contractual requirements, with an aircraft from the manufacturer’s “Grizzly” development fleet having performed a maximum-capacity airdrop. …read more Source:: Flight Global Military News (Air)

Australia debuts armed Super Hornets over Iraq

​Royal Australian Air Force combat aircraft have performed their first operational mission over Iraq, the nation’s Department of Defence has confirmed. …read more Source:: Flight Global Military News (Air)

Sikorsky Unveils S-97 Raider Helicopter

Sikorsky Aircraft today unveiled the first of two S-97 Raider helicopter prototypes, signaling the start of activities in the program’s test flight phase and a major step toward demonstrating the new – and first...

Australia to Buy 2-4 More C-17s

The Australian Government has begun the process of purchasing two additional C-17A Globemaster strategic airlift aircraft, Minister for Defence Senator David Johnston announced today. Senator Johnston said should the Government elect to exercise this...

Dutch F-16s heading to Jordan

The last five of eight Dutch F-16s bound for Jordan have left Volkel Air Base. They will participate in air strikes on ISIS targets in Iraq. …read more Source:: Alert5 (Air)

UAE procures IOMAX Archangel Border Patrol Aircraft

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has signed a contract to procure “an enhanced squadron” of IOMAX Archangel Border Patrol Aircraft (BPA), the company told IHS Jane’s on 6 October. The contract, which was awarded...

NAVAIR set to finalise MSST re-baseline

The US Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) expects to be in a position to formally re-baseline the troubled GQM-173A Multi-State Supersonic Target (MSST) acquisition effort around the end of this year, IHS Jane’s has...

Flight test success for BQM-177 target

The US Navy’s (USN’s) next-generation BQM-177A Subsonic Aerial Target (SSAT) has successfully completed a first contractor development test flight at a range off of southern California. Performed in late September, the test was the...

India puts out RfI for recce, surveillance helo

India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) dispatched a request for information (RfI) on 29 September to local vendors for reconnaissance and surveillance helicopters for the Army Aviation Corps (AAC) and the Indian Air Force (IAF)....

USN to base F-35C at NAS Lemoore

Key Points The US Navy plans to base 100 Lockheed Martin F-35C combat aircraft at Naval Air Station Lemoore in California from 2016 The navy was also considering NAF El Centro for F-35C home-basing...

Italian Army Aviation receives first ICH-47F

The Italian Army received its first ICH-47F Chinook from manufacturer AgustaWestland in an official ceremony on 2 October. The aircraft was received by the 1st ‘Antares’ Regiment, based at Viterbo, home of the Army...

German Eurofighters facing serviceability issues

German equipment inventories are suffering from serviceability issues, a report on the current state of service and availability of equipment ordered by Germany’s Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen has revealed. Von der Leyen...

US attack helicopters strike in Iraq

US attack helicopters have carried out their first air strikes against Islamic State fighters to the west of Baghdad. The intervention of US Army attack helicopters was part of a co-ordinated air operation involving...

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