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First person to fly the B-1A has passed away

Retired Col. Charles C. “Charlie” Bock, who flew the B-1A on its maiden flight, has passed away on Aug. 21. Photo: DOD During his test flying career, Bock also flew the first B-58 Hustler...

MAKS 2019: Russia unveils export variant of Su-57

Rostec’s Rosoboronexport unveiled the Su-57E, an export variant of its only fifth-generation fighter aircraft, at the 2019 MAKS international airshow being held in Zhukovskiy near Moscow on 27 August–1 September. A Sukhoi Su-57E was...

Saab flies third GlobalEye

Saab has flown the third GlobalEye airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft ahead of the commencement of deliveries to its launch customer, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), early next year. Aircraft 9787 made...

Four Danish F-16s heading to Baltics next week

Four Royal Danish Air Force F-16s are heading to the Baltics next week to take up the NATO Air Policing mission there. Gerard van der Schaaf [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons Meanwhile, the...

China, Russia Sign Heavy Helicopter Deal

China and Russia have fully agreed upon and signed a commercial contract on a joint heavy helicopter development project, said Miao Wei, China’s Minister of Industry and Information Technology, on Wednesday. “For the next...

USN’s update on MQ-25A program

The U.S. Navy published an update on the MQ-25A program on its Tester newsletter a few hours ago but the page is now offline. We managed to download screenshots of the article before the...

Chinese CH-4 UAV arrives in Surabaya for demonstration flight

A single Chinese-made CH-4 medium-altitude, long endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) has arrived in Indonesia for demonstration flights, the Indonesian Navy’s (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Laut: TNI-AL’s) aviation squadron confirmed to Jane’s...

UK begins ‘Westlant 19’ carrier deployment

The UK Royal Navy (RN) aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth sailed from Portsmouth on 30 August to undertake operational trials off the east coast of the United States. Known as ‘Westlant 19,’ the deployment...

Japanese MoD asks for 1.2% budget increase for FY 2020

Japan’s Ministry of Defense (MoD) proposed on 30 August a defence budget of JPY5.32 trillion (USD50 billion) for fiscal year 2020, putting a stronger emphasis on three new defence domains: cyber, space, and electronic...

MAKS 2019: Radar MMS unveils BPV-45 Briz VTOL UAV

Saint Petersburg-based Radar MMS has developed the BPV-45 Briz (Breeze) tactical vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), which was unveiled at the MAKS 2019 aerospace and defence exhibition being held in...

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