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Brazilian Navy obtains support vessels

The Brazilian Navy (Marinha do Brasil) has acquired three vessels from Norwegian company Solstad Farstad. The Brazilian Navy and Solstad Farstad signed a deal on 4 April for three Anchor Handling Tug Supply vessels,...

Japan scrambled fighter aircraft 904 times in FY 2017

The Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) scrambled its fighter aircraft a total of 904 times in fiscal year 2017 (FY 2017) in response to foreign military aircraft approaching the country’s airspace, the Japanese Ministry...

UK Royal Air Force hit by pilot training bottleneck

Nearly 170 UK Royal Air Force (RAF) student pilots are waiting to complete their flight training because of blockages in the service’s training organisations preventing them from moving to the next stage in their...

Spain, Saudi Arabia ink pact on naval systems and vessels

Key Points Saudi Arabia has signed an agreement with Navantia on procurement of corvettes, with new industrial partnership with Navantia The development of industrial relationship works to position Saudi industry for future naval procurements...

F-35 completes developmental flight testing

Lockheed Martin and the Joint Program Office (JPO) have completed developmental flight testing of the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF), it was announced on 12 April. The milestone, which was slightly delayed...

Greek Mirage crashes with loss of pilot

A Hellenic Air Force (HAF) Dassault Mirage 2000-5 fighter aircraft crashed on 12 April, killing the pilot. The single-seat aircraft came down in the Aegean Sea while returning to base after having reportedly been...

AeroVironment demonstrates drone guiding missile attack

AeroVironment demonstrated the ability to use an unmanned aerial vehicle s camera and sensors to automatically guide a missile drone into a fast-moving unmanned boat. …read more Read more here:: Flight Global Military News...

Air Force Nears Releasing RFP For New A-10 Wings

A request for proposals to build new wings for the aging but heavily used A-10 Thunderbolt II close-air-support aircraft is slated to be issued in the current April-to-June quarter, service officials said April 12....

F-35’s 11-year flight test phase comes to an end

A Lockheed Martin F-35C on 11 April completed the final test flight of the programme s system development and demonstration (SDD) phase, capping off an 11-year-long saga spanning 9,200 sorties and 17,000 flight hours...

Two hurt when inert bomb drops from Mirage 2000D

Two workers at the Faurecia automobile parts factory in Nogent-sur-Vernisson were injured on Apr. 10 when an inert bomb fell off from a Mirage 2000D. By Captain Jason Smith, USAF [Public domain], via Wikimedia...

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