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RAF’s first A400M has arrived home

The Royal Ar Force has taken delivery of its first A400M when the transport plane landed at Brize Norton on Nov. 17. A formal acceptance ceremony has been scheduled for Nov. 27. …read more...

NASA’s WB-57 deployed to Africa

One of NASA’s three WB-57 has been photographed operating in Djibouti, Africa. The aging plane might be there to help generate high-resolution 3D maps. …read more Source:: Alert5 (Air)

US military looks for the elusive mothership

It’s a Hollywood sci-fi fantasy that has long eluded the Pentagon: a flying “mothership” that launches smaller aircraft. The Pentagon’s research agency put out a request to industry this month to outline how a...

Israel might order fewer F-35As in next round

Israel’s Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz said his country might order 10 to 15 F-35As for its second purchase. This is halve of what Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon had wanted. …read more Source:: Alert5...

Brazilian Navy KC-2 program back on track

The Brazilian Navy’s plan to have four ex-US Navy C-1A Traders converted into KC-2 Turbo Traders is back on track with M7 Aviation coming in to rescue the program. …read more Source:: Alert5 (Air)

USAF LITENING pods to be upgraded to G4 configuration

Northrop Grumman has received an award of $116 million to upgrade AN/AAQ-28(V) LITENING pod for the U.S. Air Force, Air Force Reserve, Air National Guard and Marine Corps. Once completed, all Air Force Block...

Brazil will eventually need 108 Gripens

At the International Fighter conference in London, an official from the Brazilian Air Force achknoledge that his service has a requirement for 108 Gripen fighters. These aircraft would be bought over three batches, the...

Luftwaffe’s A400M to have J-Music DIRCM

Germany has selected Elbit Systems’ J-Music multi-spectral directed infrared countermeasure (DIRCM) system to protect its A400M. …read more Source:: Alert5 (Air)

Update: SIGAR to review Afghan Super Tucano programme

A US Air Force programme to provide 20 A-29 Super Tucano light attack aircraft to the Afghan Air Force (AAF) is to be investigated by the US Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR)....

UWSA fielding Chinese FN-6 MANPADS

Myanmar’s largest and best-armed insurgent force, the United Wa State Army (UWSA), has carried out a broad upgrade of its anti-aircraft defences with the induction of Chinese third-generation FN-6 manportable air defence systems (MANPADS)....

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