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Russia’s KBM details Verba MANPAD

Russia’s Engineering Design Bureau (KBM), a subsidiary of Rostec’s High-Precision Systems, has detailed its newest 9K333 Verba (Willow) man-portable air-defence (MANPAD) system. According to a company spokesperson, the Verba can engage fixed- and rotary-wing...

KAI rolls out Light Attack Helicopter prototype

Korean Aerospace Industries (KAI) unveiled the first prototype of the Light Attack Helicopter (LAH) at its headquarters in Sacheon city on 18 December, marking the start of the LAH programme’s test and evaluation phase....

USAF receives first LRASM missiles

The US Air Force (USAF) has received into service the first Lockheed Martin AGM-158C Long-Range Anti-Ship Missiles (LRASMs), the company announced on 18 December. The rollout of an undisclosed number of missiles to unspecified...

New Delhi launches satellite for use by Indian Air Force

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) launched a communication satellite on 19 December designed to “significantly enhance” the network-centric and communication capabilities of the Indian Air Force (IAF), officials have told Jane’s . The...

Lesotho commissions H125 helicopter

The Lesotho Defence Force (LDF) Air Wing commissioned a new Airbus Helicopters H125 on 17 December, the government announced. The helicopter joins two H125s that entered service in 2017 and, according to Deputy Prime...

Czech Republic signs for RBS 70 NG

The Czech Republic Ministry of Defence (MoD) has signed a SEK365 million (USD42.3 million) contract with Saab Dynamics to acquire the new RBS 70 NG manportable very short-range air defence (VSHORAD) system. The contract,...

NATO completes Super Puma deliveries to Spain

The NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) has delivered the last of four Airbus Helicopters H215 Super Puma medium-lift rotorcraft to Spain, the agency announced on 18 December. The final helicopter joined the previous...

Belgium retires Sea King helos

Belgium has retired the last of its Westland Sea King Mk 48 helicopters, with a final flypast on 19 December. The last three Belgian Air Component (BAC) search-and-rescue (SAR) helicopters performed a farewell overflight...

F-22s from Tyndall AFB have relocated to Alaska

An unspecific number of F-22s assigned to the 95th Fighter Squadron from Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, have relocated to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Caitlin Russell...

LRASM has been delivered to B-1B operational units

Lockheed Martin has delivered the first Long Range Anti-Ship Missiles (LRASM) to U.S. Air Force B-1B operational units, achieving Early Operational Capability (EOC) status ahead of schedule. Lockheed Martin successfully tested a production-configuration Long...

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