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Yak-152 trainer to make maiden flight ‘in autumn’

The Yakolev Yak-152 basic trainer aircraft is expected to make its maiden flight “in autumn”, state media announced on 27 January. The tandem twin-seat, single piston-engined trainer is currently being assembled at the Irkutsk...

Textron reports higher 2014 sales

US conglomerate Textron – the company behind Bell Helicopters – reported improved sales and earnings for 2014. Sales reached USD13.8 billion during the 12 months: up from USD12 billion last year. Earnings, meanwhile, increased...

Taiwanese defence minister stands down

Taiwanese defence minister Yen Ming resigned on 27 January, with defence officials citing personnel reasons for his stepping down. Yen was appointed defence minister in August 2013. He will reportedly now serve as a...

Russian bombers fly more long-range ‘patrols’

The Russian Air Force (Voyenno-Vozdushnye Sily – VVS) has conducted a series of ‘long-range aviation patrols’ with its Tupolev Tu-95 ‘Bear’ strategic bombers over the Atlantic Ocean and Norwegian Sea in the west and...

Israeli Artillery Corps now operating Hermes UAVs

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) has revealed that its ground forces are operating medium-altitude, long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs): a job that has previously been the sole responsibility of the Israeli Air Force. The...

Dassault sales plunge 20% in 2014

France’s Dassault Aviation reported sales of EUR3.6 billion (USD4 billion) for the 12 months to 31 December; down 20% on the previous year. Orders, meanwhile, climbed 11% to end the year at EUR4.6 billion....

Cameroon takes delivery of Chinese patrol boats

Cameroon has taken delivery of the two patrol vessels that were completed in China last year, Airbus Defence and Space satellite imagery has confirmed. The imagery from 23 January shows two 64 m vessels...

Boeing BDS reports 2014 sales and earnings decline

Boeing’s Defense, Space & Security (BDS) business reported lower sales and earnings for 2014, reflecting lower deliveries of key platforms during the 12 months. Sales dipped 7% to USD33.2 billion, while operating earnings dipped...

USAF selects Boeing 747-8 as next Air Force One

Boeing’s 747-8 wide-body jet airliner has been selected by the US Air Force (USAF) to serve as the next presidential aircraft, commonly known as Air Force One. …read more Read more here:: Air Force...

Tejas Light Combat Supersonic Fighter

The Tejas single-seat, single-engine, lightweight, high-agility supersonic fighter aircraft has been undergoing flight trials in preparation for operational clearance. …read more Read more here:: Air Force technologie (Air)

Ukraine gives approval for An-70 production start

​The Ukrainian defence ministry has given its approval for Antonov’s An-70 tactical transport to enter series production for the nation’s air force, 20 years after the company’s first prototype took to the air. Confirmation...

Boeing 747-8 selected as next Air Force One

The U.S. Air Force announced that the Boeing 747-8 has been selected as the next presidential aircraft, commonly known as Air Force One. …read more Read more here:: Alert5 (Air)

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