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Norway to deploy F-35 to Iceland

Norway will send its new F-35 fighter to Iceland for the first time in March. The detachment will be part of the Iceland Air Policing mission. A total of 130 personnel will be deployed....

Poland signs F-35 deal

Polish Defence Minister Mariusz Błaszczak signed a USD4.6 billion contract for 32 F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) aircraft on 31 January at the 4th Training Aviation Wing Headquarters in Dęblin. This is...

UAVOS advances unmanned VTOL UAV developments

UAVOS has expanded its product portfolio of vertical take-off and landing unmanned aerial vehicles (VTOL UAVs) with the UVH R22 platform, which is derived from the Robinson R22 single-engine light utility helicopter. According to...

Syrian offensive captures key town in Idlib

Syrian government troops have launched a two-pronged offensive along the M5 highway running through Idlib province, prompting Turkey to threaten intervention. After capturing Maarat al-Numan, Idlib province’s second-largest city, on 27–28 January, Syrian forces...

Saab launches Gripen and GlobalEye evaluations for Finland

Saab has officially launched the flight evaluation phase of its Gripen E/F fighter and GlobalEye airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft for Finland’s HX programme. Gripen E test aircraft 39-10 arrived at Tampere-Pirkkala...

South Korean agencies to develop UAV engines

South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) and the country’s Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy (MOTIE) signed an agreement on 30 January to collaborate on developing turbofan engines for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)....

Singapore commissions final three Littoral Mission Vessels

Key Points Singapore has commissioned all eight Littoral Mission Vessels it ordered in 2013 All vessels were delivered, and commissioned according to schedule The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) has commissioned its final three...

IAI develops new Heron MK II UAV

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) announced an improved version of its Heron medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) on 29 January, saying it will be displayed during the Singapore Airshow in February. Avi Blesser,...

F-16 maintenance discovery changes Air Force training standard

The Colorado Air National Guard’s 140th Wing Aircraft Structural Maintenance and Non-Destructive Inspection section made a significant finding on the F-16C Fighting Falcon aircraft that has led to a fleet-wide investigation. “Even the most...

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