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KC-46A Edges Nearer to Service Entry

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Jon Lake - Boeing has announced that its KC-46A Pegasus tanker has completed the second phase of flight testing in support of receiver certification. This followed three weeks of flight tests with Boeing F-15E Strike Eagles, although Phase II also included using Lockheed F-16s,...

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

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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 Britain’s initial block of 18 Joint Strike Fighters and was delivered to U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, South Carolina,...

British Defence Exports on the rise

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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 was the second highest annual figure in the past decade - British defence equipment exports totaled $12.6bn (£9.8bn) in 2013...

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 on the F-22 Raptor and F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter. Rather than offering a new ‘hybrid’ design, however, Armada...

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 the two companies would jointly develop a Future Combat Air System (FCAS). This would be a ‘system of systems,’ that...

Combat Debut for AGM-158B JASSM-ER

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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 (Joint Air-To-Surface Standoff Munition – Extended Range). The weapons were fired by a pair of Rockwell B-1B Lancers operated by the...

Missile and Air Attacks Target Syrian Chemical Sites States President Trump, UK and France

Over the night of 13/14 April the United States, the United Kingdom and France launched airstrikes against multiple targets inside Syria suspected of being used in connection with chemical weapons. President Donald Trump said that the actions were to establish a deterrent “against the production,...

USAF Remains Unhappy Over F-35A Costs

The US Air Force (USAF) may have to cut its planned buy of 1,763 Lockheed Martin F-35A Joint Strike Fighters by about one third (590 aircraft) if it cannot bring spiralling support costs under control, according to an internal USAF analysis reported by Bloomberg...

RAF’s Centenary Marked by Continuing Deployment on Operation Shader

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Britain’s Royal Air Force (RAF) celebrated its 100th anniversary on Sunday 1 April 2018. But while the service prepares for an anniversary parade and flypast in London on 10 July, and for a host of other events over the summer, the service is continuing...

Russia’s S-500 Prometheus SAM nears service entry

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Russia’s existing in-service ‘double digit’ Surface to Air Missiles (SAMs), the S-300 (known as the SA-10, -12 and -20 to NATO) and the S-400 Triumf (SA-21) are deadly, long-range missile systems that have dramatically shifted the balance in contested airspace, making the world a...

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