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Taiwan retires UH-1H today

The Republic of China Army retired its UH-1H fleet today and declared the UH-60M fleet fully operational. A ceremony was held at Tai Chung Lung Hsiang base to mark the event. Photos: MND For...

US approves upgrade for Japanese Eagles

The United States has authorised an upgrade to Japan’s fleet of Mitsubishi-Boeing F-15J Eagle fighter aircraft, with the State Department announcing its decision on 29 October. As noted by the US Defense Security Cooperation...

US DoD awards first block-buy for F-35

The US Department of Defense (DoD) has agreed a USD34 billion deal with Lockheed Martin for the production and delivery of 478 F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) aircraft, the company announced on...

Whistleblower’s complaint against P&W to proceed

A whistleblower’s complaint against Pratt & Whitney alleging that the company had sold defective parts for the F119 engine will be allowed to proceed, U.S. District Judge Janet C. Hall has ruled. http://www.dodmedia.osd.mil [Copyrighted...

Brazil buys new submarine rescue ship

After completing negotiations on 23 October that began months ago, the Brazilian Navy has acquired the offshore support vessel DSV Adams Challenge to replace its current submarine rescue ship, NSS Felinto Perry (K-11). Purchased...

SPH contender plans new centre in Leipzig

Lockheed Martin subsidiary Sikorsky and Rheinmetall announced on 29 October that they will establish a logistics and fleet management hub at Leipzig/Halle Airport, if Germany selects the CH-53K King Stallion to meet its STH...

China’s civil-military integration gathers pace

China’s push towards greater civil-military integration in science and technology appears to be gaining momentum as reflected in the 20-22 September Military and Civilian Equipment Technology Achievement Exhibition held in the Chinese city of...

Mercury Systems eyes big boost from new radar contract

Mercury Systems could benefit significantly from its involvement in a new US Army radar contract, according to the US-based defence electronics company. Mercury, a member of the Raytheon-led team that won the USD384 million...

Six dead in Colombian Bell 412EP crash

A Colombian Air Force (FAC) Bell 412EP twin-engine utility helicopter that served as the nation’s presidential helicopter crashed in central Colombia on 25 October. The aircraft had taken off from Captain Germán Olano Moreno...

Taiwan retires Huey helos

Taiwan retired the last of its Bell UH-1 ‘Huey’ helicopters on 30 October, national media reported, marking and end to 50 years of national service. The final UH-1Hs were withdrawn from Republic of China...

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