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A palpable hit

The folks at MBDA Inc in the USA have kindly posted a video compilation showing the results from a series of test firings involving the Brimstone missile conducted from an MQ-9 Reaper UAV earlier this year. We reported about the test campaign elsewhere on Flightglobal in January, and also in March – it was performed by […]

Baltic air policing heats up

Things are getting a bit lively over the Baltic states, with NATO’s next round of air policing duty to be provided by not the usual one nation, but four. Poland is the lead nation for the long-planned, four-month stint, but the traditional four-aircraft commitment – being made with MiG-29s – isn’t enough, due to the […]

RAF Typhoons follow the Bear

Thanks to the Royal Air Force for releasing some great Crown Copyright images of a quick reaction alert mission conducted by its Leuchars-based 6 Sqn on 23 April. A pair of Eurofighter Typhoons were launched “to intercept two unknown aircraft approaching the NATO Air Policing Area from the north,” the service says. It was probably […]

Coming from America: F-35s to visit UK

So, it’s official: the F-35 will be making its debut international show appearances in the UK this summer. We had been hearing rumours about this for quite a while from industry, but I wasn’t sure that it would actually happen, due to the tough schedule with getting the short take-off and vertical landing “B” up […]

Osprey meets… erm, ‘Phantom Badger’

I have to admit that my first reaction on receiving a press release titled ‘Boeing Phantom Badger certified for V-22 transport’ made me think: “What the heck is a Phantom Badger?” That’s more down to my lack of knowledge about ground vehicles, but seriously – where did that name come from? Apparently this is good […]

How will the UK fill its MPA gap?

A few interesting snippets have emerged about the UK’s work to retain core skills in the operation of maritime patrol aircraft, while it doesn’t actually have any of its own. I’ve been writing about Project “Seedcorn” – which has placed a little over 30 personnel with allied air forces operating types like the P-3 Orion […]

Carry on sailing

Newport News, Aircraft Carrier Alliance, DCNS: watch your backs, because you’ve got a new – and by the looks of it highly price-competitive – rival in the flat-top ship-building sector. According to Rex Features (which supplied the image), this is 80 year-old Wen Yuzhu’s cut-price homage to China’s lone aircraft carrier, the Liaoning; it even […]

Black Hawk town, Sweden

Sweden found itself in a tricky situation at the start of this decade, when it became clear that its delayed fleet of NH90s was going to be incapable of meeting requirements in Afghanistan for some more years, and no swift solution was seen to remedying the European type’s development difficulties. With doing nothing considered politically […]

Ta-ra to “Timmy”

The Royal Air Force’s tanker/transport fleet transition took another big step earlier this week, when the last operational sorties were performed with its Lockheed L-1011 TriStars. These included providing tanker support for a detachment...Show More Summary

Lovely Lavi

Well done to Alenia Aermacchi, for rolling out its first of 30 M-346 advanced jet trainers for Israel on 20 March. As shown in this company-sourced image, the Israeli air force has gone for a nice grey and black colour scheme for its aircraft – for which it has revived the name “Lavi”. As our […]

Cockpits and cameras: a bad combination

Be careful what you leave near the controls when you’re flying a military jet, was the clear message contained within an interim Service Inquiry report released by the UK Military Aviation Authority (MAA) earlier in the week. On 9 February, several people were injured when a Royal Air Force-operated Airbus A330 Voyager tanker/transport (Crown Copyright […]

Use the force, Luke

The first F-35A Lightning II to be assigned to a training unit at the US Air Force’s Luke AFB in Arizona flew in earlier this month, accompanied by one of the types that it will replace; the F-16. Flown from Lockheed Martin’s Fort Worth site in Texas – and also the 100th F-35 to have […]

Fighter Friday, part 2: Gripen E

As if bringing you one major European fighter programme update within a week wasn’t enough, two full days at Saab’s Linköping site on Monday and Tuesday allowed me to also get a full update on the status of the developmental Gripen E. If you are of the view that the design which won selection in Sweden, Switzerland […]

Fighter Friday, part 1: Typhoon

I’d been planning to prompt some discussion on The DEW Line earlier in the week about the Eurofighter programme, to coincide with a feature article of mine which appeared as the cover story for the latest issue of Flight International, but a four-day trip to Sweden means it’s now a Friday Fighter topic instead. Our […]

Singapore to join the MRTT club

We reported yesterday on Singapore’s confirmation of plans to buy the Airbus Defence & Space A330 multi-role tanker transport (MRTT); a story we had been hoping to cover at the air show there last month. The announcement was part of a long-term defence presentation given to parliament by defence minister Ng Eng Hen. In this, […]

Spy vs Spy; Hagel-style

Chuck Hagel’s announcement earlier this week of proposed platform cuts for the US Air Force and army will shake up Washington’s military machine in a big way – if the Department of Defense’s fiscal year 2015 proposal survives first contact with Congress. We’ve reported before about how the ground-attack-specialised A-10 could be flying towards a […]

Australia details P-8 introduction plan

Australia has confirmed a plan to buy eight 737-based P-8A maritime surveillance aircraft from Boeing, following the US and Indian navies in ordering the type (US Navy image below). The fact that Canberra has approved the roughly A$4 billion ($3.6 billion) transaction isn’t a surprise – it has been involved in the P-8 and precursor […]

F-35Bs pair up for STOVL test

Lockheed Martin issued a handful of nice images yesterday showing a first for the F-35 programme: a pair of STOVL-variant aircraft taking off and then transitioning back for landing while in close formation. Conducted from the US Navy’s Patuxent River test site in Maryland, “the mission measured the effects the aircraft had on each other […]

Super Hornet fights for survival

Rejections by India and more recently Brazil – combined with the looming end to a multi-year procurement deal for the US Navy – mean that the pressure is mounting on Boeing to secure extra orders for its versatile Super Hornet. As things stand, the last F/A-18E/F or EA-18G Growler will roll off the line in […]

Medium airlift and the big sales spat

If you thought that salesperson trash-talk at air shows is exclusively the reserve of Airbus and Boeing these days, think again. During two otherwise innocuous press briefings at the Singapore air show yesterday, the heat was well and truly turned up on an already simmering rivalry between the manufacturers of the C-27J (below) and C295 […]

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