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F-35 on track to meet IOC targets

Both U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh are confident that the F-35 is on track to meet its initial operational capability (IOC) for this year and...

PAF S.211 flew CAP during Pope’s visit

Without any fighter aircraft of its own, the Philippine Air Force had to rely on the SIAI-Marchetti S.211 jet trainer to enforce no-fly zones during Pope Francis’ visit to the country this week. …read...

U-2 gets to stay around a little bit longer

The Pentagon has again reversed its decision to retire the U-2 and replace it with the RQ-4B Global Hawk. The fiscal 2016 budget request is likely to seek funding to keep the spy plane...

First F-35A for USAF Weapons School delivered

The first F-35A for the U.S. Air Force Weapons School was delivered straight from Forth Worth on Jan. 15. U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mikaley Towle “Certainly in the next year-and-a-half...

B-52 with modified bomb bay to begin testing

A modified B-52 Conventional Rotary Launcher with MIL-STD-1760 capability has been installed at Edwards Air Force Base. U.S. Air Force photo/Bobbi Zapka The 419th Flight Test Squadron will soon test the aircraft’s ability to...

Russia offers Indonesia defence offset co-operation

Russia has reiterated an offer to Indonesia to expand defence industry collaboration in a bid to consolidate its position in the market. The Indonesian Ministry of Defence (MoD) said the plan is centred on...

Boeing awarded LRIP contract for Super Hornet IRST

The US Navy (USN) has awarded Boeing a USD60.4 million contract for the procurement of six low rate initial production (LRIP) AN/ASG-34 infrared search-and-track (IRST) systems for the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet combat aircraft, the...

Peru orders additional C-27J transports

The Peruvian Air Force (Fuerza Aérea del Perú – FAP) has signed for a further two Alenia Aermacchi C-27J Spartan tactical airlifters under a USD100 million deal announced on 15 January. The deal, which...

Croatia to sell surplus military aircraft

Croatia is looking to sell a wide range of its surplus Croatian Air Force aircraft, with the state-owned Alan Agency issuing a new call to tender. The country hopes to sell seven Mil Mi-24V...

Scorpion ISR / Strike Aircraft

The Scorpion Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) / Strike aircraft is being developed by Textron AirLand, a joint venture between Textron and AirLand Enterprises. …read more Read more here:: Air Force technologie (Air)

Drone Pilots Get a Serious Raise from the Air Force

New Air Force Secretary Deborah James has made it clear that it’s about time the service’s drone pilot force gets paid. She announced Thursday that she was more than doubling monthly incentive pay for...

Drones Need Humans, Badly

WASHINGTON: Even unmanned aircraft need people to make them fly. Today, Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James announced stopgap measures to shore up overworked drone squadrons. At the same press conference, the service’s Chief...

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