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  • Helicopter Change in Inventory
    Helicopter Change in Inventory November 7 2019
    Poland plans to replace the Mil Mi-24 ‘Hind’ attack helicopter in its inventory with modern platforms under the Kruk (Raven) program. According to a spokesperson for the Ministry of National Defence (MND), the MND confirmed the high priority of the Kruk program. The MND is focused on the acquisition of two combat rotary-wing squadrons for the Ground Forces and additional helicopters for the Navy. While the platform to be purchased is not determined within the scope of th...
  • Indonesia to Procure two F-16 Squadrons November 5 2019
    Indonesian Air Force Chief of Staff Marshal Yuyu Sutisna stated his government’s wish to set two new F-16 Block 72 squadrons in the next strategic plan 2020-2024. He noted that Indonesia currently relies on F-16.  In total, the country has 33 F-16 Fighting Falcons. The fighter jets are stationed at squadron 16 of the Roesmin Nurjadin Airbase in Pekanbaru, Riau Province, and squadron 3 of Iswahjudi Airbase in Madiun, East Java. Indonesian Air Force &nbs...
  • A New Era of Maritime Patrol for the RAF
    A New Era of Maritime Patrol for the RAF November 4 2019
    The Royal Air Force has taken delivery of its first submarine-hunting Boeing Poseidon MRA1 Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA). The UK's last dedicated MPAs flew out of RAF Kinloss from Lossiemouth, in 2010. However, a growing Russian submarine threat in the North Atlantic prompted the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) to invest £3 billion in nine Poseidon aircraft to track maritime targets. The aircraft will eventually be based at RAF Lossiemouth in Moray, Scotland. An RAF crew wil...
  • British F-35B lands on HMS Queen Elizabeth for the First Time
    British F-35B lands on HMS Queen Elizabeth for the First Time October 20 2019
    British F-35B Lightning II jets of Number 617 Squadron a joint squadron composed of personnel from both the Royal Air Force and Royal Navy have landed on the HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier for the very first time. The United Kingdom's Ministry of Defence announced that British F-35B Lightnings landed for the first time on the new HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier, which is currently sailing off the US East Coast for the "Westlant 19" Carrier Strike Group deplo...
  • Saab Support for Pohjanmaa September 20 2019
    In accordance with Finland’s Ministry of Defence’s proposition, the Government of Finland has selected Saab as the combat system provider and integrator for the Finnish Navy’s four new Pohjanmaa-class corvettes. The Pohjanmaa-class corvette is a class of general-purpose surface combatants currently under development for the Finnish Navy as part of the Squadron 2020 (Laivue 2020) project.  Finland’s Ministry of Defence has stated that the contract is sche...
  • E-2D Advanced Hawkeye Delivered to the Squadron
    E-2D Advanced Hawkeye Delivered to the Squadron September 12 2019
    The U.S. Navy Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 120 (VAW-120), also known as “Greyhawks”, receive the first improved version of E-2D Advanced Hawkeye airborne early warning surveillance aircraft with aerial refuelling capability. The upgrades installed to support aerial refuelling include electrical and lighting upgrades and long endurance seats that will enhance the field of view in the cockpit and reduce fatigue over longer missions. The aerial refuelling capabil...
  • 11th C-17 for India
    11th C-17 for India August 29 2019
    India continues to add C-17 transport aircraft to its inventory. On August 26, Boeing delivered the 11th C-17 Globemaster III strategic transport aircraft to the Indian Air Force (IAF) in New Delhi. The aircraft, which is the last of 12 'white-tail' airlifters that Boeing built before closing down its C-17 production facility in Long Beach, California, in 2015, was acquired by the IAF for USD336.2 million.   The airlifter joins 10 other C-17s that are operated...
  • Additional F-16 Procurement
    Additional F-16 Procurement August 26 2019
    Romania continues to work with Portugal. Romania, which previously procured 12 F-16 jets from Portugal, will add an additional five platforms to its inventory. The Portuguese Government has approved the sale of the five F-16 aircraft to Romania, the price being at least EUR 130 million.  Before the summer recess, the Romanian Parliament approved the purchase of 5 aircraft. Defence minister Gabriel Leş announced on July 3 that they will have the same configuration as the other t...
  • The US Plans $8 Billion Fighter Jet Sale to Taiwan
    The US Plans $8 Billion Fighter Jet Sale to Taiwan August 17 2019
    Republic of China (Taiwan) Air Force (RoCAF) has confirmed it will be getting new F-16s. An infographic put out by the RoCAF has confirmed that it will be getting new F-16s. The RoCAF says it will stand up a new tactical fighter wing for these new jets. It should be made up of three squadrons. The jets will also come with conformal fuel tanks and uprated engines – which could mean the GE F110. Earlier, the Washington Post said the Trump administration has put up the $8 billion...
  • Second Batch of Apaches Arrived Home in India
    Second Batch of Apaches Arrived Home in India August 10 2019
    The second batch of four Boeing 'AH-64E(I)' Apache Guardian helicopters for the Indian Air Force (IAF) arrived at the Hindon Air Force Station (AFS) on the outskirts of New Delhi on 30 July. All eight platforms are delivered a few weeks before schedule. Delivery of the remaining 14 Apache Guardians is scheduled to be completed by 2020. Thereafter, the IAF is expected to fly the aircraft to Pathankot AFS, which is located close to India's border with Pakistan, f...
  • Indian First AH-64Es Reaches Home on Jul. 27
    Indian First AH-64Es Reaches Home on Jul. 27 July 21 2019
    The first batch of AH-64E Apache attack helicopters for the Indian Air Force (IAF) will reach Hindon Airbase in Ghaziabad on Jul. 27. It is likely that there will be three to four helicopters in this consignment. But the deployment of Apache's first squadron in Pathankot will take another month. India has purchased 22 Apache helicopters from the United States. The first squadron of the Apaches will be stationed at Pathankot and the first Commanding Officer will be Grou...
  • The Netherlands to Acquire Eight or Nine Extra F-35 Fighter Jets
    The Netherlands to Acquire Eight or Nine Extra F-35 Fighter Jets July 20 2019
    The Netherlands buys new F35 fighter jets. It is probably eight or nine. They come on top of the 37 that the previous cabinet had already decided on. And with the next cabinet, the defence budget will have to rise again. We are also obliged to do so within NATO, "says Defence Minister Ank Bijleveld in an interview with Trouw . Within NATO we still dangle at the bottom in terms of spending. So we will have to take extra steps. Next year we will have a recalibration of the defenc...
  • Australia is Looking for a New Platform
    Australia is Looking for a New Platform July 15 2019
    The Australian government has begun its search for a new armed attack helicopter to replace the Tiger fleet. Under the Land 4503 programme, the Australian Government is seeking information to acquire a total of 29 airframes. Of these 29, 24 are to be based at a single location, with a further five to be used for training operations. The timelines for the programme anticipate an initial operating capability of a squadron of 12 aircraft by 2026, with full operational capability from 2028. The p...
  • A400M Acts as Tanker
    A400M Acts as Tanker July 9 2019
      The German Air Force Luftwaffe cleared the A400M for air-to-air refuelling, and has also deployed an A400M to Jordan on its first operational air tanker mission. The A400M is now being tested abroad as a tanker aircraft as part of Operation Counter ISIS, it refuels German and Allied aircraft in the air. Since August 2018, the certification of the A400M as refuelling aircraft in the AAR (Air-to-Air-Refuelling) version has been in progress. Air transport squ...
  • F-35I Adir was in the Mediterranean Sea
    F-35I Adir was in the Mediterranean Sea July 2 2019
      The "Tri-Lightning" 2019 international aerial exercise was held over the Mediterranean Sea with the participation of the F-35I Adir fighter jet. The IAF's 140th ("Golden Eagle") Squadron participated in the USAF-led exercise alongside aircraft from the Royal Air Force and the United States Air Force. This was the first time that the IAF's "Adir" Division participated in an exercise alongside international aircraft of the same model. In th...
  • CF-18 Lifespan Increases
    CF-18 Lifespan Increases June 28 2019
    Two-stage modernization will be carried out by 2032 for 76 CF-18 combat aircraft in the Royal Canadian Air Force inventory. The first phase of the development of the CF-18 platform, which has not been modernized since 2008, is scheduled to begin summer 2019. Phase 1 of the project is expected to begin in summer 2019, with upgrades completed by 2025.Phase 1 will provide upgrades to address CF-18 interoperability and regulatory deficiencies to address new and changing standards. Phase 2 will ai...
  • First F-16 Block 50 Hit 10,000th Hour
    First F-16 Block 50 Hit 10,000th Hour June 23 2019
    F-16 Fighting Falcon Block 50 aircraft in the US Air Force inventory left behind an important milestone.   90-808 serial number F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft of the 14th Fighter Squadron of the 35th Fighter Wing stationed in Misawa, Japan, hit the 10,000th flight hour. The platform, which has been in operation for 29 years, became the first Block 50 platform to reach 10,000 hours in the US inventory.
  • First V-22 Osprey in the Museum
    First V-22 Osprey in the Museum June 10 2019
    One of the latest developed platforms the US inventory, the V-22 Osprey, will be displayed in the museum. The US announced the first time a V-22 Osprey was given to the museum.   The platform, which was announced to be exhibited at the Pax River Naval Aviation Museum, had been stored at Patuxtent Naval Airbase Facilities for some time. The platform, which was announced to be an MV-22B, which made its first flight on 23 August 1997 and served in the Marine Corps, was d...
  • First Rafale Squadron Arrives in Qatar
    First Rafale Squadron Arrives in Qatar June 7 2019
      Qatar Receives first Rafale Squadron. Qatar Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani attended a reception ceremony to welcome the first squadron of Rafale fighter jets of the Qatari Amiri Air Force from France. The deal for the Rafale fighter jets was concluded in May 2015 with French company Dassault Aviation SA. France’s delivery comprised five Rafales, out of the first batch of 24 that Qatar ordered in 2015; a s...
  • Özgür Program with Digital Camouflage
    Özgür Program with Digital Camouflage June 3 2019
    A Turkish F-16C Block 30 of the Squadron 132 has recently appeared with a new "fractile" (digital) variant, consisting of a mix of pixels in the shades of the classic variation. “Özgür Program” means end of dependency on avionics computers. The digital version has been implemented by Turkish Aerospace (TUSAŞ) to Hurkuş training aircraft.
  • Croatia Turns to Sweden, U.S. for Fighter Purchase
    Croatia Turns to Sweden, U.S. for Fighter Purchase May 24 2019
      After failing to secure second-hand F-16s from Israel, Croatia has approached Sweden and United States to buy new fighters, Defence Minister Damir Krsticevic said. Zagreb was close to striking a deal on buying a squadron of used and refitted F-16 fighter jets from Israel, but eventually Israel informed Croatia it could not sell the planes as it could not secure an approval from the United States. Israel’s F-16s are equipped with advanced systems that US allows...
  • Poland Eyes F-35 for Harpia Requirement
    Poland Eyes F-35 for Harpia Requirement May 22 2019
    Poland Air Forces decided on Harpia program, which includes the exchange of Soviet-era Su-22 and MiG-29 fighter aircrafts, part of the Polish Air Force inventory.  Polish Vice-Minister of Defence Wojciech Skurkiewicz announced that the first squadron of 16 Lockheed Martin F-35 fighters will be acquired during the current planning period, while a second squadron would be procured after 2026. Skurkiewicz mentioned about the fifth-generation combat aircraft to be supplied in total...
  • Time to Modernization of Portugal Inventory
    Time to Modernization of Portugal Inventory May 15 2019
    The Força Aérea Portuguesa (Portuguese Air Force, FAP) received the first of three upgraded F-16s on 9 May.  Two single-seat F-16A Block 15s and a single twin-seat F-16B Block 15 jet were supplied by the USA, FAB inventory will have all the modernization aircraft end of the 2019. The aircraft was the first of two single-seat F-16AMs, the second of which is scheduled for delivery in late July, to be followed by a twin-seat F-16BM in late 2019. They w...
  • Apaches to be Guardian of India
    Apaches to be Guardian of India May 13 2019
    India, taking important steps in the field of defence and modernizing the tools in its inventory, took another step. The New Delhi administration announced the first AH-64E (I) Apache Guardian attack helicopter has been delivered. The Indian Air Force has made a statement on delivery. The first platform was delivered to India at a ceremony held at Boaing's Mesa Facility in Arizona. Three more Apache helicopters will be put out production line and the first delivery package, whic...
  • Super Étendards On the Way
    Super Étendards On the Way April 22 2019
      In 2017, Super Étendard aircraft which made an agreement for procurement in 2017, were set up for their new homes. The platforms that Argentina procured from France departed for the country by ship. Argentina, which was seen to have taken protective measures in order not to be affected by the sea conditions, bought five of the total. In addition, the simulator, eight spare engines and large amounts of spare parts were purchased together with the aircraft. Bue...
  • Japan Confirms F-35A Fighter Jet Crashed
    Japan Confirms F-35A Fighter Jet Crashed April 10 2019
    The Japan Air Self-Defence Force confirmed Wednesday morning local time that a missing F-35A has crashed. The pilot remains missing. The crashed aircraft, which the JASDF identified as serial number 79-8705, was the first of 13 Japanese F-35As assembled so far by Mitsubishi’s final assembly and check out facility in Nagoya. Japan had only stood up its first F-35A squadron at the end of last month, with the 302nd Hikotai established in Misawa with 13 F-35As following its transfer from Hy...
  • Decoy Procurement to F-35s
    Decoy Procurement to F-35s April 9 2019
    Australia has announced a $ 78 million decoy procurement. Decoys that will be used in F-35A Lightning and F/A-18F Super Hornet platforms will be purchased under Air 6000 Phase 3 project. It is stated that the systems will be supplied in order to ensure the safety of the aircraft in high-density combat areas. It will also procured from Thales Australia. Australian Defence Minister Christopher Pyne, who made a statement about the procurement process, reported that the number of platfo...
  • Japan Declares F-35A Lightning II Fully Operational
    Japan Declares F-35A Lightning II Fully Operational April 1 2019
    The Japan Air Self Defence Force (JASDF) has fully activated its first squadron of F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters with the 302nd Fighter Squadron on 29 March 2019. The 302nd Squadron transitioned from the F-4EJ Phantom Kai to the F-35A Lightning II.
  • After 43 Years of Service, The Sea King Gives Way to The NH-90
    After 43 Years of Service, The Sea King Gives Way to The NH-90 March 22 2019
    The Airbus NH-90s are now in complete charge of Belgian safety in the North Sea. This Thursday, March 21, 2019, after 43 years of service, the Sea King helicopters of 40 Squadron bowed out on their last operational flight. Not without a certain emotion of the crews as well as the many Belgians who came to attend the eve Very popular with the population since they were at the centre of the television series "Windkracht 10", the 5 Sea Kings of the Air Component of the Belgia...
  • AFSOC Receives Block 30-Upgraded Ghostrider Gunship
    AFSOC Receives Block 30-Upgraded Ghostrider Gunship March 12 2019
      The US Air Force's Special Operations Command (AFSOC) has received the first upgraded Lockheed Martin AC-130J Ghostrider gunship. In a press release, it is stated that the Block 30 Ghostrider has better software and avionics technology than the previous Block 20 version. Including a new sensor, updated crew seats with additional safety features, and new technology, routers and networks. As with the AC-130W Stinger II, the AC-130J is equipped with the P...
  • US Declares F-35C IOC
    US Declares F-35C IOC March 4 2019
    The US Navy declared that its F-35C Joint Strike Fighter was operationally ready to deploy and conduct missions around the world. The F-35C Lightning II, the aircraft carrier variant of the Joint Strike Fighter, has met all requirements and has achieved Initial Operational Capability (IOC), the commander of Naval Air Forces and the deputy commandant of the Marine Corps for aviation announced Feb. 28 in a joint statement. To declare IOC, the first operational squadron must be properly manned, ...
  • ESSM to New Corvette
    ESSM to New Corvette February 22 2019
    Finland has chosen the air defence missile for the new corvettes to be procured under the Squadron 2020 Program. The platforms to be named Pohjanmaa class will be equipped with ESSM. Finnish Minister of Defence Jussi Niinistö announced the authorization of the Finnish Defence Forces Logistics Command for the procurement of missiles. The main element of the air defence system, which will be called ITO20, will be the ESSM. Missiles will also be integrated into the four Pohjanmaa ...
  • Phénix's France – Djibouti Flight
    Phénix's France – Djibouti Flight January 20 2019
    French Armed Forces Ministry announced Phénix’s long range mission from France to Djibouti. From January 8 to 18, 2019, as part of its operational evaluation of its new Airbus A330 Phénix tanker aircraft, the French Air Force deployed a very long-range fighter patrol first to Djibouti, and then onwards to Reunion Island, in the Western Indian Ocean. Three Rafale B two-seat fighters belonging to the 2/4 "Lafayette" squadron, accompanied by two C-135F tan...
  • French MN Gets First F3R-Standard Rafale
    French MN Gets First F3R-Standard Rafale January 15 2019
    The French Navy (Marine Nationale/ MN) has received the first Dassault Rafale combat aircraft (serial number 30) to be upgraded to the latest F3R standard. The F3R standard of the Rafale offers several hardware and software enhancements over the F3 aircraft. The first aircraft will be prepared for delivery to the fighter detachment of the 10 Squadron of the Naval Aviation Experimental and Evaluation Centre, located at Hyères near Marseilles. If the forthcoming trial...
  • A400M Passes First Phase of Beach Landing Trials
    A400M Passes First Phase of Beach Landing Trials December 15 2018
    Royal Air Force Members of 206 Squadron, supported by LXX Squadron Engineers based at RAF Brize Nortonhave complete beach landing trials in Southern Wales. According to a release, beaches are routinely used by the RAF for training operations with other tactical airlifters. “The A400M showcased its superb tactical capabilities on natural surfaces by performing take-off, landing and taxiing manoeuvres” press release reads. Next challenge will be conducting same o...
  • British MoD Awards £160m Contract to Prepare RAF Lakenheath for US F-35s
    British MoD Awards £160m Contract to Prepare RAF Lakenheath for US F-35s November 21 2018
    UK Ministry of Defence announced that it has awarded a contract worth £160m to Kier VolkerFitzpatrick to deliver infrastructure to ready RAF Lakenheath for two squadrons of US F-35s. The Suffolk airbase will be the first permanent international site for US Air Force F-35s in Europe and it will support US Air Force capability in the UK. The contract awarded to Kier VolkerFitzpatrick includes the construction of a flight simulator facility, a maintenance unit, new hang...
  • RAAF Testing External Fuel Tanks On C-130J
    RAAF Testing External Fuel Tanks On C-130J November 20 2018
    The Royal Australian Air Force is testing out the feasibility of fitting external fuel tanks to its C-130J transports and the first aircraft, A97-440, was recently handed over to No. 37 Squadron with those external tanks hanging beneath its wings.
  • 138 F-35 for UK
    138 F-35 for UK November 17 2018
      UK will get minimum 48 F-35B to generate two front-line squadrons of F-35B Lightning’s by 2023.   British Ministry of Defence revealed its F-35B acquisition plans. Ministry answered Lord West of Spithead’s question about the minimum buy of F-35B aircraft to ensure the ability to deploy two carriers with the planned 35 jets on each carrier in a national emergency.   Lord’s question referred F-35Bs as “Se...
  • Unmanned Fleet to Navy
    Unmanned Fleet to Navy October 23 2018
    The US Navy has announced a new air squadron. This fleet, which is located on the Naval Air Base at Patuxtent River, and different from others.  Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 24 (UX-24) named squadron which started its mission on October 18th, will use Northrop Grumman production MQ-8 Fire Scout, AeroVironment production RQ-20 Puma, Insitu RQ-21 Blackjack and Aeronautics RQ-26 Aerostar vehicles. Squadron will have 23 fixed-wing and rotary-wing UAVs. In April, the n...
  • STM Delivers One Of İts Largest Single-İtem Export Projects: Fleet Tanker To Pakistan Navy
    STM Delivers One Of İts Largest Single-İtem Export Projects: Fleet Tanker To Pakistan Navy October 16 2018
    The Pakistan Navy Fleet Tanker (PNFT), one of the biggest single-item export projects of the Turkish defence industry, was delivered to the Pakistan Navy at a commissioning ceremony held in Karachi.   Pakistani President Arif Alvi, Defence Industries President Professor İsmail Demir, Defence Technologies Engineering and Trade Inc. (STM) Chairman İhsan Kaya, STM General Manager Murat İkinci, STM Karachi Director Halil Baş and the military authorities of the two countri...