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Litening pod

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Published in December 2020/January 2021 issue - Targeting pods have matured and are turning the laser-guided bomb from bludgeon to rapier! Though guided munitions date...
RAF Typhoon Eurofighter at the US Exercise Red Flag 2014.

Survivability Through Digital Stealth

Can reprogrammable electronic warfare systems provide protection for tactical aircraft in a dynamic and changing threat environment? Leonardo believe in rapidly reprogrammable electronic warfare (EW) systems. Not only...
Rafale-F4

Rafale F4 launched

Jon Lake - On 14 January 2019, the French government signed a $2.26 billion (€2 billion) contract with Dassault Aviation for a batch of...

RAF Typhoons Carry Brimstone Over Syria

Jon Lake - The RAF’s Typhoon Force has flown its first operational sortie carrying the new-to-Typhoon MBDA Brimstone 2 precision attack missile. On 30 January, Air...
RAF-Tornado-Force

RAF Tornado Bows Out

Jon Lake - On 31 January 2019, the RAF Tornado Force flew its final operational sortie on Operation Shader - the UK element of the...
MRM

Four generations of strike fighters?

When UK Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson announced that the RAF’s F-35Bs were ready to deploy, having attained initial operating capability (IOC), he did so...
KC46

KC-46A Edges Nearer to Service Entry

Jon Lake - Boeing has announced that its KC-46A Pegasus tanker has completed the second phase of flight testing in support of receiver certification....
First-Tranche

First Tranche of 18 F-35B’s for UK Nears Completion

Jon Lake - In mid-November the UK took delivery of its 17th Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning aircraft. The aircraft was the penultimate aircraft in...
F-35-UK

British Defence Exports on the rise

The UK’s Defence Security Organisation (DSO) revealed that the British defence industry secured export orders valued at $11.6 billion (£9 billion) in 2017. This...

F-22 Raptor Resurrection?

In late April there were a flurry of press reports suggesting that Lockheed Martin was planning to offer Japan a new fighter design based...

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