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Pentagon wants allies’ commitment to F-35 block buys

Key Points The Pentagon’s F-35 programme manager wants multi-year purchase commitments from allies US law forbids the Pentagon from entering multi-year contracts for weapons before a programme enters full production, so it is pressing...

Alenia decides not to contest Indian MTA requirement

Alenia Aermarchi has decided not to offer its C-27J Spartan transport aircraft to India, telling IHS Jane’s that it is too advanced for the basic requirements of the Medium Transport Aircraft (MTA) programme. “Alenia...

Pentagon signs Lot 8 F135 Contract

Key Points Pentagon signs LRIP 8 deal for F135 engines The engine’s cost has dropped 4.5% over the LRIP 7 cost The US Department of Defense has agreed with Pratt & Whitney on terms...

Euronaval 2014: Philippine OPV contract confirmed

The Philippines Coast Guard will receive a new 82 m offshore patrol vessel (OPV) by around 2016, shipbuilder OCEA told IHS Jane’s at the Euronaval exhibition in Paris. A EUR90 million (USD113 million) contract...

New Zealand receives final NH90 helo

The Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) has received into service the last of eight operational NHIndustries NH90 Tactical Transport Helicopters (TTHs) it ordered in 2006, the defence force announced on 31 October. The...

UK ponders Afghan request for air support

Afghanistan’s government has asked the UK to continue to provide close air support (CAS) for its ground troops after NATO forces pull out of the central Asian country at the end of the year...

A-10 retirement restrictions imperil F-35A IOC for USAF

Key Points The USAF’s F-35A fleet might not be operationally deployable by August 2016 as planned Experienced A-10 maintenance personnel were expected to comprise the majority of new F-35 maintainers, but lawmakers are working...

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