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A400M gearbox fix slips into 2018

The process for approving a permanent propeller gearbox fix for the Airbus Defence & Space A400M will take longer than previously expected, according to propulsion system supplier Europrop International. …read more Read more here::...

Russia rolls out new Tu-160M2 supersonic strategic bomber

The first of Russia’s new production Tupolev Tu-160M2 Blackjack supersonic strategic bomber for the Russian Aerospace Force was rolled out from the Kazan Aviation Enterprise production facility on 16 November. The new bomber is...

First Japanese-Built F-35B Lands at Misawa AB

MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan: A Defense Contract Management Agency government flight representative landed the first Japanese-made F-35B on Misawa AB’s runway, Nov. 2. Maj. Elijah Supper piloted the brand-new aircraft from the Mitsubishi Heavy...

UAE Will Upgrade Fleet of Mirage 2000-9 Fighter Aircraft

Today, during the Dubai Airshow, the United Arab Emirates Armed Forces have announced their intention to sign with Dassault Aviation a contract for the upgrade of their Mirage 2000-9 fleet. Dassault Aviation welcomes this...

Norway to buy 60 AIM-120 C-7s

The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency has notified Congress Nov. 14 on a possible sale of 40 AIM-120 C-7 air-to-air missiles to Norway. By: Senior Airman Mark Hoyt, U.S. Air Force [Public domain], via...

VMFA-121 at MCAS Iwakuni is now at full strength

All F-35Bs that VMFA-121 is suppose to deploy to Japan have arrived at MCAS Iwakuni on Nov. 9. A U.S. Marine Corps F-35B Lightning II aircraft with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 121 arrives...

CH-53K to appear at Berlin airshow next year

Lockheed Martin has been cleared to bring the Sikorsky Ch-53K heavy-lift helicopter to the Berlin airshow next year, making it the variant’s first international debut. The CH-53K King Stallion arrives at Naval Air Station,...

First E-2D for Japan makes maiden flight

The first Northrop Grumman E-2D Advanced Hawkeye E-2D Advanced Hawkeye airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft for Japan made its maiden flight on 13 November. The milestone, which was announced by the aircraft...

UAE orders 5 C295s

It was announced on the last day of the Dubai airshow that the United Arab Emirates Air Force & Air Defence has placed an order for five Airbus C295 medium transport aircraft. By Outisnn...

Japan’s first E-2D has flown

Northrop Grumman announced on Nov. 13 that Japan’s first E-2D early warning aircraft has flown at the company’s Aircraft Integration Center of Excellence in St. Augustine, Florida. Photo: Northrop Grumman The company added that...

DARPA’s XAI seeks explanations from autonomous systems

Through its Explainable Artificial Intelligence (XAI) programme, the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is working on technologies to enable autonomous systems to better explain their actions. In situations where autonomous systems provide...

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