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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...

Analysis: German Tornado/Typhoon Replacement

At the ILA Berlin Airshow Dirk Hoke, CEO of Airbus Defence and Space, and Eric Trappier, CEO and chairman of Dassault Aviation announced that...
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Combat Debut for AGM-158B JASSM-ER

The co-ordinated coalition strike against Syrian chemical weapons infrastructure on 14 April marked the combat debut of the $1.75 million Lockheed Martin AGM-158B JASSM-ER...

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