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USMC shopping for MQ-9 class UAV

The U.S. Marine Corps has finally decided that it will need a medium- to high-altitude UAV similar in performance to the MQ-9. The service currently relies on hand-launched or small UAVs for its surveillance...

Greenert: USN looking at getting more Growlers

Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Jonathan Greenert said the U.S. Navy is looking at getting more EA-18Gs. But he did not elaborate on whether the new orders will be included in the fiscal 2016...

US Coast Guard receives first C-27J aircraft

The US Coast Guard (USCG) has received the first of 14 Alenia Aermacchi C-27J Spartan transport aircraft to be transferred from the US Air Force (USAF), it was announced on 14 November. Designated HC-27J,...

Albania receives final Cougar helicopter

Albania has received its fourth and final Airbus AS 532AL Cougar medium-lift transport helicopter, the country’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced. The country originally ordered the Cougar helicopters for the Albanian Air Brigade in...

J-10B crashes near Chengdu

A Chengdu J-10B fighter crashed on 15 November in Pi county (Pi Xian) near Chengdu city in Sichuan province, Chinese media reported. The pilot ejected safely and landed in a field. The aircraft landed...

ASPI says Australian F-35B purchase wouldn’t make sense

Acquiring Lockheed Martin Lightning II F-35B short take-off vertical landing (STOVL) fighters to operate from the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN’s) two 27,800-tonne Canberra class landing helicopter dock (LHD) amphibious ships would not be justified,...

Northrop to continue support for USAF Global Hawk systems

Northrop Grumman has been awarded a contract to continue the provision of logistics and sustainment services for the US Air Force’s (USAF) RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). …read more Source:: Air Force...

Pipavav posts Q2 loss, moves to ‘balance funds’

Pipavav Defence and Offshore Engineering (Pipavav), India’s biggest private sector naval shipbuilder, has announced financial losses and a move to “balance funds” in view of continuing high finance costs. Pipavav said in a statement...

Pentagon launches nuclear enterprise reform measures

Key Points DoD to invest billions in the US nuclear enterprise over the next five years The investments are part of an effort to ensure the continued safety and effectiveness of strategic deterrent forces...

Israel Air Force Hones Patriot Batteries for UAV Defense

With newly war-tested batteries of drone-killing Patriots, air defenders of Israel Air Force (IAF) Wing 168 are earning equal footing with F-16s in guarding the skies against new and growing unmanned threats. …read more...

F-16 pilots used IR senor on AGM-65 to spot Taliban

When the 389th Fighter Squadron deployed over Afghanistan, it did not have any targeting pod to help identify Taliban militants on the ground. The pilots then decided to use the infrared sensor on the...

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