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Algerian Su-24 crashed

An Algerian Air Force Su-24 crashed on Oct. 13 near Hassi Bahbah in the Djelfa region. Both crew members did not survive. …read more Source:: Alert5 (Air)

UK Voyager refuels USMC Harriers for first time

The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) recently refuelled United States Marine Corps (USMC) McDonnell Douglas AV-8B Harrier II combat aircraft for the first time using its Airbus Defence and Space (DS) Voyager KC3 tanker-transport...

U.S. Army testing IAI’s ArrowLite small UAS

The U.S. Army is testing 13 ArrowLite small UAS made by IAI. The Israeli company hopes to break into the American UAV market with hand-launched unmanned air vehicles. …read more Source:: Alert5 (Air)

Su-30MKI in special markings crashed

A Indian Air Force Su-30MKI painted in special markings has crashed 20km from Pune airbase on Oct. 14 at 1741hrs local time. A photo of the crash site is in the source. Both pilots...

US Military's Robot Space Plane Due To Land This Week

The US military’s mysterious robot space plane is expected to land this week after a 22-month orbit, officials said Tuesday, but the craft’s mission remains shrouded in secrecy. …read more Source:: Defense News (Air)

Airbus threatens to move helicopters out of Germany

Airbus Group’s CEO Tom Enders revealed on 14 October that the company was considering moving new helicopter development and production out of Germany in order to protect future rotary-wing platforms from being subject to...

Indian Su-30 crashes near Pune

The Indian Air Force (IAF) suffered its sixth crash this year on 14 October when a Sukhoi Su-30MKI multirole aircraft crashed 20 km from Pune. The aircraft took off on a routine training sortie...

First A400M for Germany makes maiden flight

The first of 53 contracted Airbus Defence and Space (DS) A400M Atlas airlifters for the German Air Force made its maiden flight on 14 October. The nearly five-hour flight of aircraft MSN018 took place...

Indian MoD hands HAL RfP for more Hawks

India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) dispatched a request for proposal (RfP) to Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) for 20 additional BAE Systems Hawk Mk 132 Advanced Jet Trainers (AJTs) in early October. The RfP was...

India cancels naval utility helicopter programme

Key Points The Indian MoD has decided to cancel its plans to buy 56 naval utility helicopters Meanwhile, a former naval chief has slammed the MoD for preventing the navy from making procurement decisions...

UK Voyagers refuel USMC Harriers for first time

The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) recently refuelled United States Marine Corps (USMC) McDonnell Douglas AV-8B Harrier II combat aircraft for the first time using its Airbus Defence and Space (DS) Voyager KC3 tanker-transport...

Egypt, UAE hold another joint exercise

In a reflection of the ever-closer defence ties between Egypt and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the two countries are holding their third military exercise in eight months. The Egyptian Ministry of Defence (MoD)...

Afghanistan to weaponise MD 530F helos

The Afghan Air Force (AAF) is to arm its MD Helicopters Inc (MDHI) MD 530F helicopters to give them a dual role as both training and close-support platforms, the company confirmed to IHS Jane’s...

AUSA 2014: US Army preps Apaches for sea-basing

The US Army is preparing its Boeing AH-64 Apache attack helicopters for combat in a maritime environment as the US continues its ‘pivot to Asia’, a top army official said on 13 October at...

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