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French Rafale jets strike IS in Iraq

France has conducted its first air strike against Islamic State (IS) militants in Iraq, the government announced on 18 September. French Air Force Dassault Rafale combat aircraft attacked and destroyed a depot in the...

Thai Navy orders EC645 helicopters

The Royal Thai Navy (RTN) has signed a contract with Airbus Helicopters to purchase five EC645 T2 medium multirole helicopters, industry and RTN officials confirmed to IHS Jane’s on 19 September. The contract, which...

AAD: Paramount confident of AHRLAC sales

Load pic Barcode: 1621290 Caption: AHRLAC made its first public flight when it flew into Waterkloof Airbase during AAD and was then on static display for the rest of the show. Credit: IHS/Patrick Allen...

Hollande Goes On Offensive With Iraq Airstrike Decision

President Francois Hollande kicked off a rare news conference Thursday with the dramatic announcement that France would conduct airstrikes in Iraq, as he sought to wrest back the initiative after a catastrophic few weeks...

Rolls-Royce completes V-22 engine upgrade flight tests

Rolls-Royce has completed a new engine upgrade for the AE 1107C Liberty turboshaft engines that power the US Air Force (USAF) and Marine Corps’ V-22 tilt-rotor aircraft fleet. …read more Source:: Air Force technologie...

New Nuke Cruise Missile As Crucial As New Bomber: Haney

ARMY & NAVY CLUB: In the dog-eat-dog, admiral-eat-general world of budget warfare in the age of sequestration, it’s easy to pit programs against each other. The Navy’s new nuclear missile submarine and the Air...

US Navy’s Triton UAV makes first cross-country flight

The US Navy’s newest maritime surveillance unmanned air vehicle made its first cross-country ferry flight and landed safely on 18 September at NAS Patuxent River in Maryland. …read more Source:: Flight Global Military News...

Denel readies A-Darter for Gripen NG qualification

​Denel Dynamics plans to start pre-qualification flight testing in November of the A-Darter air-to-air missile on the Saab JAS 39 Gripen NG, in anticipation of orders from the Brazilian Air Force, a company spokeswoman...

US Navy Awards GD $16 M for F/A-18 Mission Computers

General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), was awarded a $16.2 million contract by the U.S. Navy to produce Type-3 Advanced Mission Computers (AMC) for the F/A-18 E/A-18G...

Taiwan Retires Hawk Missiles

Taiwan will begin retiring its Hawk surface-to-air missile (SAM) system in 2015 as production of the new Tien Kung 3 (Sky Bow) SAM system ramps up, a Ministry of National Defense (MND) source said....

Amid Rooivalk restart talks, Denel eyes new platform

​An ongoing discussion about restarting Rooivalk production includes an option to design a new platform based on technology developed for South Africa’s indigenous attack helicopter, says Denel Group chief executive Riaz Saloojee. …read more...

USAF finalises Block 30 Global Hawk purchase

​The US Air Force has finalised a deal to purchase three more Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned air vehicles, filling its official requirement for the high-altitude, long-endurance type. …read more Source:: Flight Global...

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