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​Lockheed remains optimistic on F-35 buys

Despite a recent report predicting reduced acquisitions and rising costs for the F-35, prime contractor Lockheed Martin believes there are still opportunities to grow the orderbook for the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF). …read more...

Gripen withdrawal narrows Belgian fighter contest

Stockholm has withdrawn Saab’s Gripen E from a high-profile competition in Belgium, narrowing the field to a choice between the Dassault Rafale, Eurofighter Typhoon and Lockheed Martin F-35. …read more Read more here:: Flight...

UK’s Typhoon transition on target after Brimstone test

BAE Systems says the UK’s phased replacement plan for the Panavia Tornado GR4’s strike capabilities remains on schedule, following a successful first separation of an MBDA Brimstone air-to-surface missile from a Eurofighter Typhoon. …read...

​Manila set to receive two Cessna 208B ISR aircraft

The Philippine air force is on the verge of receiving two Cessna 208B Caravans equipped for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaisance (ISR) missions. …read more Read more here:: Flight Global Military News (Air)

The birth of the Cobra

Air & Space Magazine spoke to former Bell engineer Mike Folse, the man who created the AH-1 attack helicopter. Link to the story is below. Source: Redstone Arsenal archives …read more Read more here::...

C-5Ms assigned to Dover AFB grounded

Eighteen Lockheed C-5Ms assigned to Dover Air Force Base have been grounded for inspections following an incident in Spain whereby a C-5M had a nose gear locking issue while landing. By United States Air...

Russia considering STOVL fighter

Russia’s Deputy Defense Minister Yury Borisov said on Jul. 17 that his ministry is in talks with the Russian aerospace industry on “the development of an aircraft with a short take-off and landing, possibly...

U.S. transferring two Cessna 208s to Philippines

In an interview with ANC news channel, the U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim disclosed that Washington is preparing to transfer two Cessan 208s with intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities to Manila. …read...

He outran a FTC-2000

Chinese sprinter Zhang Peimeng was a guest in CCTV variety show Cheers Science in which he had to race against a GAIC FTC-2000 and Chengdu J-10. Zhang beat the FTC-2000 but lost to the...

Airbus and Thai Airways discuss MRO joint venture

Key Points Airbus and Thailand’s national airline negotiate terms of partnership to support aircraft from eastern Thai airport Joint venture would be part of Thailand’s efforts to enhance MRO capability in the country Airbus...

Lockheed clarifies weak F-35 deliveries, backlog data

Lockheed Martin officials have used the company’s 18 July earnings call to clarify weak data points that were released earlier the same day with its second-quarter results. These include shipments of the Lockheed Martin...

Grob 120TP prepares for UKMFTS

KBR-Elbit Systems joint venture Affinity Flying Training Services announced on 14 July that the Grob 120TP Prefect basic trainer has received military release to service. The Prefect will be the first aircraft to enter...

Bell Helicopter strengthens position in Poland

The Polish Armaments Group (Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa: PGZ) announced on 18 July that it had signed a Letter of Intent (LoI) on co-operation in support of marketing the Bell AH-1Z Viper and UH-1Y Venom...

Russian Helicopters unveils Mi-171Sh-VN gunship

The Russian Helicopters holding, a subsidiary of the Rostec state corporation, has unveiled a new variant of the Mi-171Sh (Hip-H) utility helicopter reconfigured for special operations. Designated Mi-171Sh-VN, the helicopter was unveiled at the...

Singapore Armed Forces offer assistance to Philippines

Singapore’s defence minister, Ng Eng Hen, has offered Manila support in its campaign against insurgent groups as the Philippine military seeks to end the ongoing clashes with Islamic State-linked militants in the southern Philippine...

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