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Moscow says Su-57 not redeployed back to Syria

Russia’s Ministry of Defense has refuted media reports that the Su-57 has been redeployed to Syria. The ministry says satellite photos showing the jet in Syria were taken back in 2018 when the fighter...

Japan releases details of crashed F-35A fighter jet

The Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) has released details of its crashed F-35A fighter jet. Japanese defense officials said on 10 April that an F-35A stealth fighter, one of the world’s most advanced warplanes,...

Japan cleared to buy 56 SM-3 Block IB missiles

The Trump administration has given the green light for Japan to buy up to 56 SM-3 Block IB missiles. U.S. Department of Defense Current Photos [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons The deal is worth...

Chinese navy trials laser weapon

Chinese media have reported that a prototype laser weapon is being tested by the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN). An article published on 5 April on the Sina news website contains several screengrabs taken...

Evaluations begin on Swiss fighter contenders

Switzerland has started the latest phase of its Air2030 fighter aircraft procurement programme after it began flight and ground tests on the five bidders’ platforms on 8 April. The test programme will involve the...

JASDF grounds F-35A fleet following crash

The Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) has grounded its fleet of Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters after one of the aircraft crashed into the Pacific Ocean off Aomori Prefecture, northern Japan,...

Iraq receives six more F-16s

Iraq added an additional six Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcons to its inventory on 6 April. The aircraft were received during a ceremony held at the Balad Air Base, attended by the commander of...

JASDF grounds F-35A fleet following crash

The Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) has grounded its fleet of Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters after one of the aircraft crashed into the Pacific Ocean off Aomori Prefecture, northern Japan,...

Brazilian AEQ develops 2,000 lb penetrator bomb

The Brazilian privately owned company AEQ is in the final phase of completing the development of its BPEN 2000 air-launched ground penetration bomb for use by tactical combat aircraft. The development, which was initiated...

Lockheed Martin plans for expansion in Poland

Lockheed Martin representatives have revealed plans to expand the company’s presence in Central Europe. Lockheed Martin’s executive vice-president Richard Edwards and vice-president Europe & Americas Jonathan Hoyle said on 5 April that the company...

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