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PLAAF operating ECM variant of Y-9 aircraft

State-owned broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV) has shown images of an electronic countermeasures (ECM) variant of the Shaanxi Y-9 four-engined, turboprop aircraft painted in the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) colour scheme: an...

Northrop Grumman starts AARGM-ER engineering and manufacturing

Northrop Grumman received a $323 million contract from the US Navy for engineering and manufacturing development work on its Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile-Extended Range (AARGM-ER), an air-launched weapon designed to seek and destroy radar...

ANALYSIS: Why Dassault trusts in abilities – not luck

Although it has a manufacturing presence throughout France, Dassault’s headquarters is in the Parisian suburb of Saint-Cloud, its heavy black gates a stone’s throw from the river Seine. …read more Read more here:: Flight...

Last EA-6B Prowler squadron will officially disband in June

The latest squadron of legendary Northrop Grumman EA-6B Prowler electronic-warfare aircraft will officially disband in June, according to Defense Visual Information Distribution Service. The unique EA-6B Prowler aircraft was in service for the Marine...

Argentina orders three more Pampa IIIs

On 7 March the Argentine government approved the purchase of another three FAdeA IA-63 Pampa III Block 1 advanced jet trainer/light strike aircraft for the Argentine Air Force (Fuerza Aérea Argentina: FAA) for a...

Russian MoD reinforces VSHORAD

The Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has said that it is reinforcing its land forces’ very short-range air defence (VSHORAD). “State trials of the Derivatsiya-PVO 57 mm self-propelled anti-aircraft gun [SPAAG] system are set...

Ukraine receives Bayraktar armed UAVs from Turkey

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko announced on 6 March the delivery of a batch of Bayraktar TB2 armed unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) from Turkey. “Now, exercises with the new, powerful Bayraktar TB2 unmanned aerial vehicle...

Poland implements modernisation plan for 2017–26

Polish Defence Minister Mariusz Błaszczak signed the Armed Forces Technological Modernisation Plan (TMP) 2017–2026 on 28 February. “Security has been, is, and will be a priority for us. The plan assumes modernisation worth PLN185...

USMC retires Prowler electronic attack jet

The US Marine Corps (USMC) has retired the Grumman EA-6B Prowler electronic attack (EA) aircraft after more than 40 years of service. With the US Navy (USN) having already retired its Prowler jets in...

Japan launches third Shikishima-class vessel

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) launched a 6,500-tonne patrol vessel for the Japan Coast Guard (JCG) on 8 March. The 150 m vessel, which has been named Reimei , will be the third Shikishima-class ship...

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