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China builds massive seaplane: state media

China has completed production of the world’s largest amphibious aircraft, state media has said, the latest effort in the country’s program to wean itself off dependence on foreign aviation firms. The state-owned Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) unveiled the first of the new planes, dubbed the AG600, Saturday in the southern port city of

India inks $1 billion deal with Boeing to buy four spy planes

India has signed a billion-dollar deal with Boeing to buy four maritime surveillance planes, defence and aviation sources said on Wednesday, as it looks to counter China in the Indian Ocean. The deal for four P-8I aircraft follows India’s earlier purchase of eight of the planes from the American aerospace giant in 2009. “The deal

C-17 gains valuable training through integration at Red Flag 16-3

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE: Since its maiden flight in 1991, the C-17 Globemaster III has served as the most reliable and maintainable cargo aircraft in the U. S. Air Force arsenal with the ability of rapid and strategic cargo and troop delivery. During Red Flag 16-3, the 437th Airlift Wing, Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina,

US Government Approves Next Gen Counter IED System

In today’s rapidly changing battlespace, our adversaries are using technology to their advantage to turn the most commonplace devices into explosives. The U.S. Navy recently approved Symphony Block 40, Lockheed Martin’s (NYSE: LMT) counter-improvised...Show More Summary

Lockheed’s Second T-50A Aircraft for T-X Competition Takes Flight

Lockheed Martin and Korea Aerospace Industries successfully completed the initial test flight of its second T-50A configured aircraft in Sacheon, South Korea. The T-50A is the company’s aircraft offering in the U.S. Air Force’s Advanced Pilot Training (APT) competition. “We now have two aircraft in flight test proving our upgrade, and we’re nearing completion of

Syrian Air Force to Get Russian Su-24M2 Frontline Bombers

The Syrian Air Force has received a batch of Su-24M2 (NATO reporting name: Fencer-D) frontline bombers supplied by Russia, according to the AMN news agency. “The Syrian Air Force has received several Su-24M2 aircraft supplied by Russia in order to beef up the Damascus’ combat capabilities to fight against international terrorism. At present, two Su-24M2

NATO Announces 3 Billion EUR Investment In Defence Technology

The NATO Communication and Information (NCI) Agency is announcing business opportunities in cyber, air and missile defence as well as advanced software, worth 3 billion EUR. This comes in parallel to decisions taken at the Warsaw Summit to strengthen the Alliance’s deterrence and defence. The investments, planned between now and 2019, will further strengthen NATO’s

Navy Conducts First LCS Harpoon Missile Test At RIMPAC

Littoral combat ship USS Coronado (LCS 4) successfully executed the first live-fire over-the-horizon missile test using a Harpoon Block IC missile, July 19, during the Navy’s Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise. The test event validated the operation of the Harpoon missile aboard a littoral combat ship and provided the necessary engineering data to support

China says sensitive issues could damage ties with US military

Failure to properly handle sensitive issues between the US and China could “very likely disturb and undermine” their military-to-military relations, a top Chinese official told US National Security Advisor Susan Rice Monday. Rice is the highest-level US official to visit the capital since an international tribunal this month rejected China’s vast territorial claims in the

China victory as SE Asian nations go easy on sea row

Southeast Asian nations Monday ducked direct criticism of Beijing over its claims to the South China Sea, in a diluted statement produced after days of disagreement that gives the superpower a diplomatic victory. The 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) avoided mention of a ruling by a UN-backed tribunal in early July that rejected

U-2 returns to Red Flag

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE: The 9th Reconnaissance Wing is taking part in Red Flag 16-3, which is nothing new, as the wing regularly supports Red Flag exercises. What makes this Red Flag different is they are operating from Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, and not from their home station of Beale AFB, California. “It’s been

Realistic army training leads to real-life preparedness

In a combat theater soldiers face small arms fire and exploding ordnance attacks, but for Reserve Soldiers it can be difficult to simulate these real world threats during monthly battle assemblies. To achieve the most realistic training possible, Reserve units teamed up with Active Army and Army National Guard units here at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin

U.S. Soldiers train ‘jump’ crews, work with South Korean partners

Artillery Soldiers got the opportunity to cross-train on other jobs inside their M109A6 Paladin self-propelled howitzers, during a recent “jump crew” training. During the live fire exercise, Soldiers from Battery B, 1st Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment worked with South Korean partners at Nightmare Range, near Topyong-ri, South Korea. The purpose of the exercise, which

Greece Launches P-3B Orion Upgrade

The Hellenic Navy, Lockheed Martin and Hellenic Aerospace Industry (HAI) hosted a ceremony today at HAI’s facilities here to recognize the official launch of the Hellenic Navy P-3B maritime patrol aircraft modernization and upgrade program. On July 13, the first of two Hellenic Navy P-3B Orions were successfully transferred from Elefsis Air Base to HAI’s

Boeing hit by $2.1 bn in tanker, production costs

Boeing warned Thursday that second-quarter earnings will be hit by $2.1 billion in unexpected after tax costs, including its third charge in a year on a large Air Force tanker contract. Boeing said its quarterly earnings release on July 27 will recognize $393 million in costs associated with the KC-46 tanker program, a next-generation military

A-10s Deploy to Slovakia for Cross-Border Training

The 122nd Fighter Wing has deployed eight A-10 Thunderbolt IIs and about 140 Airmen here for a month-long combined training event in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve. The Airmen will conduct training and familiarization events alongside Slovak Armed Forces, a NATO ally. In addition, they will also participate in cross-border training with other deployed U.S.

New Russian Navy Destroyer to Replace Several Warship Types

The Project 23560 Leader-class destroyer will replace several warship types at once in the Russian Navy’s inventory, including guided missile cruisers and large antisubmarine warfare (ASW) ships. The Severnoye Design Bureau has started working on her engineering design, according to the Izvestia daily. The ship will displace about 17,500 tons, which will make her close

Australian Defence Force PC-21 Completes First Flight

Pilatus Aircraft Ltd is pleased to announce that the first of 49 PC-21 aircraft destined for the Australian Defence Force has successfully completed its initial production test flight at the factory in Stans, Switzerland. The flight took place only seven months after contract signature. Under a contract signed in December 2015 aimed at harmonizing Australian

Airbus to Operate Heron 1 Drones for Germany In Mali

The German Defence Procurement Agency (BAAInBw) and Airbus Defence and Space have signed a contract to provide Heron 1 surveillance drones to support the Bundeswehr mission in Mali. Similar to the mission in Afghanistan active since 2010, the unmanned aerial systems will be leased from Israeli manufacturer IAI and operated by Airbus. Military missions will

Iran Confirms Delivery of Russian-Made S-300 Missile Systems

Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehghan confirmed the receiving of Russian-built S-300 surface-to-air missile (SAM) systems, the Tasnim news agency has reported, referring to a source in the majlis (Iran’s parliament). Show More Summary

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