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F-35 pilot requalified to refuel aircraft

Maj. Michael Slotten, a F-35A pilot assigned to 421st Fighter Squadron, was requalified to refuel aircraft on Jul. 11 at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany. U.S. Air Force Maj. Michael Slotten, 421st Fighter Squadron F-35A...

VMM-262 in Philippines for MASA 19.2

Ospreys from VMM-262 and the 3rd Battalion, 6th U.S. Marine Regiment are in Philippines for the semiannual Marine Aviation Support Activity (MASA) 19.2. A U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor...

Multinational MRTT Unit established

The Multinational Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) Unit (MMU) has been established, the Luftwaffe announced on its website on 10 July. Multinational MRTT Force (MMF) programme executive board chair, Royal Netherlands Navy Commodore Dick Kreiter,...

Aeralis, Thales sign Tempest training MOU

Aeralis and Thales have agreed to develop a bespoke training system for the UK Royal Air Force’s (RAF’s) future Tempest combat aircraft. A memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the two companies announced on 15...

Qatari Coast Guard inaugurates main base

The Qatari Coast Guard’s new main base was officially inaugurated on 14 July, a milestone event in the major expansion in the force’s capabilities. Located about 30 km north of Doha and called the...

SAMI acquires aircraft MRO company

Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) has acquired a majority stake in maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) provider Aircraft Accessories and Components Company (AACC), further expanding the government’s investment in domestic defence capabilities. Part of...

China’s Skyrizon bids to acquire Motor Sich stake

Chinese aerospace firm Skyrizon has renewed its bid to acquire a controlling stake in Ukrainian aircraft engine manufacturer Motor Sich. Reports in China have said the stake is worth more than 50%. The acquisition...

Fighters Dominate the Military Fixed-Wing Market

The strategic important of the military fixed wing aircraft platforms have been proven multiple time since its use in the World Wars. The air superiority of the fixed wing aircraft has helped US Defense...

1st Boeing P-8A Poseidon for UK takes flight

The first Boeing [NYSE: BA] P-8A Poseidon for the United Kingdom Royal Air Force (RAF) took off from Renton, Wash. at 10:00 a.m. Pacific on July 12, marking the first flight of this inaugural...

France considers acquiring CH-47 Chinook helicopters

The French Air Force is considering the purchase of an undisclosed number of U.S.-made CH-47 Chinook heavy-lift helicopters. The reporter of Challenges business magazine, Vincent Lamigeon said in a separate Twitter post on Monday...

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