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Blooding the Raptor

With a detachment of Lockheed Martin F-22s having been deployed in the Middle East region for quite a while now, it’s not that surprising to see that the Raptor has finally been given the chance to drop weapons in anger for the first time. There have been quite a lot of cynical comments out there […]

NATO’s eastern (European) promise

My colleague Beth Stevenson had a busy time of it covering the NATO Summit for us in glamorous Newport, Wales late last week. Her analysis of the event will be appearing in the next issue of Flight International, but you can check out her news reports free on already. So what did we learn? […]

Draken’s New Model Air Force

Pick up the new issue of Flight International and you’ll find an interesting update on Draken International, following on from the company’s announcement at the Farnborough air show of plans at to add up to 28 Aero Vodochody L-159s to its fleet. You might never have heard of Draken (a name which has no reference to […]

AHRLAC gets airborne

South Africa’s Paramount Group announced on 13 August that its AHRLAC [advanced high-performance reconnaissance light aircraft] has entered flight testing; just shy of three years after launching the indigenous project. “Unique-looking”...Show More Summary

Cameron’s big agenda

The Middle East is currently living up to its reputation as being a hotbed of conflict, with Israel and Gaza carrying out daily attacks on each other and a terrorist stronghold spreading across Iraq. The USA has got stuck in as expected, and is conducting air strikes against Islamic State militants in Iraq – albeit […]

A very rare pair

Good news if you’re planning on visiting one of the UK’s air shows over the next few weeks, as the eagerly-awaited arrival of a Canadian aircraft nicknamed “Vera” means we’ll be getting the chance to see two Avro Lancasters in the air at the same time. The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum’s aircraft – a Mk […]

India’s grand ambitions

The new issue of Flight International contains a great update from our correspondent Atul Chandra about the massive number of military aircraft programmes currently under way in India. From off-the-shelf buys (of the C-17 and C-130JShow More Summary

Denmark: and then there were three

Denmark is still about a year away from taking a decision in its new combat aircraft programme, but things got interesting early this week, as the deadline passed for bidders to submit responses to its April request for information. Boeing is pitching its F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and Eurofighter the Typhoon (the latter in a bid […]

UK carrier floats out

Just to update our coverage of the Royal Navy’s CVF-class aircraft carrier programme, here’s a shot of the 65,000t HMS Queen Elizabeth floating out at Rosyth on 17 July. This followed hot on the heels of the vessel’s naming on 4 July. “Teams will now continue to outfit the ship and steadily bring her systems […]

Farnborough and the F-35 waiting game

The Flight Daily News team is on site at the Farnborough air show, ahead of its opening day on Monday. For us here on The DEW Line, the big question remains whether the F-35 will be able to make the jump across the Atlantic in time to make an appearance here. I was at the […]

UK carrier stat-attack

If there’s one thing the folks at the UK Ministry of Defence’s press office really love (besides us journalists, of course), it’s a good stat. And they certainly didn’t let us down when it came to putting the scale of the Royal Navy’s newly-named aircraft carrier the HMS Queen Elizabeth into simple terms that everyone […]

So-low Turk

The Waddington air show pulled in the crowds at the RAF’s Lincolnshire ISTAR base over the weekend, and scored plenty of media coverage too – largely due to the contribution of the Turkish air force’s F-16 Solo Turk display. In case you haven’t seen it elsewhere, check out the attached video footage. We wouldn’t want […]

A United sensitivity campaign

The UN appears to be maintaining an air of sensitivity in its acquisition of unmanned technology; wise in light of the botched media image that derived from the CIA’s unmanned air vehicle operations in Pakistan and Yemen. When organisations such as the CIA and the UN – not directly affiliated with military intervention – consider […]

Responses fuel South Korean tanker battle

We can look forward to the big two tanker manufacturers going toe-to-toe at the Farnborough air show in just over a fortnight’s time, with Airbus and Boeing having submitted responses to a request for proposals for South Korea’s in-flight refuelling requirement. Seoul doesn’t have any tankers, but wants the capability to provide support for its […]

My name is Su(-27)!

The Royal Air Force detachment flying Eurofighter Typhoons in support of NATO’s Baltic Air Policing (BAP) mission had an interesting day at the office in Lithuania earlier this week. On 17 June, the quick reaction alert at Siauliai air base was put into action, in response to “four separate groups of aircraft in international airspace […]

B-2 downs raptor (the feathered kind)

Not one for the squeamish, perhaps, but a series of (literally) striking images has emerged from the current US Air Force detachment of two B-2 bombers to RAF Fairford in the UK. They show what happened when an unfortunate Buzzard (a bird of prey, or raptor) flew into the path of a B-2 as it […]

Mixed fortunes for Russian fighters

Just when it all seemed to be going so well, one of Sukhoi’s prototype PAK-FA/T-50 fighters looks set to be out of action for a little while, due to a little bit of fire damage. There’s a popular post-prang saying in UK military circles: “That’ll buff-out”, and that is indeed the line that Sukhoi has […]

Boeing defence prospects

The new issue of Flight International carries a couple of defence articles by our Asia editor Greg Waldron following the recent Shangri-La Dialogue event in Singapore: both concerning Boeing. Given the way that any manufacturer will talk up its prospects, it’s no surprise that Boeing Defense, Space & Security chief executive Chris Chadwick is on […]

Fifty years young

In case you missed it, the Royal Air Force has got its first RC-135W Rivet Joint flying in the UK, six months after lead example ZZ664 had arrived at its Waddington ISTAR hub. A successor to the service’s previous Nimrod R1 fleet, the eventual complement of three Rivet Joints is on track to achieve full […]

Can Canada can F-35 plan?

Things are hotting up in Canada over the nation’s F-18 replacement options, with the key question being whether Ottawa will go forward with previous plans to buy the F-35, or enter into a competitive process. Clearly worried by the prospect of the second option, the pro-F-35 ‘Canadian JSF Industry Group’ published an open letter ahead […]

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