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Boeing Marks 10,000 Laser JDAMS

Boeing [BA] has delivered 10,000 laser guidance kits for the Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAMs), a capability that was added to the bombs to enhance their ability to strike mobile targets. The delivery was...

Thai air force to order reconnaissance-roled Avanti II

​The Royal Thai Air Force’s deputy chief of air staff, Air Chief Marshal Sutthiphan Kritsanakhup and Piaggio Aero Industries’ government sales director Francescomaria Tuccillo on 29 September reached an agreement in Rome for the...

F-22 Continuing Operations in Syria

The kid gloves appear to be fully removed from the F-22 Raptor, with a US Air Force general indicating Monday that the fifth-generation fighter will be available for future operations over Syria for the...

Rotorcraft rivals trade blows over US Army trainer buy

Airbus Helicopters has defended the US Army’s decision to purchase 155 of its rotorcraft to operate as trainers without running an open competition, despite a rival’s bid to stop the proposed $1.16 billion acquisition....

Watchkeeper fully operational in Afghanistan, UK reveals

​The British Army’s Thales UK/Elbit Systems-developed Watchkeeper unmanned air system has become fully operational in Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence has announced. …read more Source:: Flight Global Military News (Air)

A-29 Super Tucano Arrives at Moody AFB

MOODY AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. – The first of 20 A-29 Super Tucano aircraft arrived here Sept. 26, in preparation for the Afghanistan pilot and maintenance training mission. The A-29 is a light air...

Dutch commit F-16s to anti-IS coalition

On 25 September, the Dutch government announced its decision to deploy eight Lockheed Martin F-16s to the Middle East in support of the international action against Islamic State militants. …read more Source:: Flight Global...

Vietnam acquires unmanned Orbiter 2

​Vietnam has acquired the Orbiter 2 unmanned air system, for use as an aerial forward observation asset for its artillery corps. …read more Source:: Flight Global Military News (Air)

Israel opens M-346 ‘Lavi’ training centre

The Israeli air force has inaugurated a new flight training center for the Alenia Aermacchi M-346 (“Lavi”) trainer at its Hazerim air base. …read more Source:: Flight Global Military News (Air)

NATO finishes AWACS commitment to Afghanistan

​NATO has completed a more than three-year commitment of Boeing E-3A airborne warning and control system (AWACS) aircraft to Afghanistan, with two of the command and control assets having returned to Europe. …read more...

Germany’s first A400M runs its engines

​Airbus has performed the first engine ground run with an A400M tactical transport for future operator Germany, with the milestone having being reached in accordance with a schedule to deliver the aircraft before the...

Oman to get Lanza surveillance radar system

Oman has ordered a new air defence surveillance system for its air force based on the Lanza 3D radar. The Spanish company Indra announced on 30 September that it will “integrate its most advanced...

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