News archive January 2013

31st January 2013

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UK extends support role in Mali, but rules out UAVs

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UK adds detail to 10-year defence equipment plan

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RAF Squadron Takes Delivery of 100th Eurofighter Typhoon

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IL-476 Airlifter Makes First Long Test Flight

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Modernization of the Indian Air Force

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Thales Delivers First Maritime Surveillance Aircraft to Turkey

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Helicopter commanders prepare for post-Afghanistan realities

Israel strikes weapons convoy and research center inside Syria

[Photo] An unusual visitor at Decimomannu airbase: German Air Force A319CJ
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30th January 2013

Philippines To Buy 12 S. Korean Fighter Jets

Eurocopter works to fend off upgrade challenge for US AAS deal

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PICTURES: Alenia Aermacchi offers new-generation SF-260TP trainer

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US Air Force hopes to upgrade aggressor F-16s

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Details of Chinese Y-20 emerge

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Poland launches comprehensive helicopter fleet renewal

Mali Air War update

[Photo] B-52 Stratofortress bomber banks on approach to Nellis Air Force Base

First AW159 “Wildcat” production model for the Royal Navy makes maiden flight (Video)
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29th January 2013

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Israel tests Thrust pod for combat helicopter training

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Engineers discover culprit behind F-35B fueldraulic line failure

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AIM-9X Block II performing better than expected

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UK deploys Sentinel for Mali surveillance role

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PICTURE: Tunisia’s first C-130J rolls out

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PICTURES: Royal Navy Wildcat makes flight debut

China’s Y-20 transport conducts maiden flight

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US planes deliver French troops to Mali

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Canada moves on CF-18 fleet replacement

Eurofighter Typhoon, F/A-18 Hornet and F-5 Tiger jets supporting World Economic Forum 2013 security

French Foreign Legion paradrop over Timbuktu, Mali. As seen from a drone

[Photo] Inside a spooky U.S. Army King Air 300 over Afghanistan, performing counter-IED. At night

[Video] Nellis Air Force Base’s Red Flag: B-1 Lancers’ night departure
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26th January 2013

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IN FOCUS: India special report

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Israel acquires surplus CH-53 helicopters for spares

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Vietnam takes delivery of last Spanish-built C212

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IN FOCUS: Chinese air force not yet a match for Japan’s

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Lockheed hopes to firm up F-35 Lot 6 & 7 contracts before mid-year

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Photographer captures six F-22 Raptor fighter jets trailing three tankers over the Mediterranean Sea

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“Russia not selling Tu-22M Backfire bombers to China” Russia’s state arms export corporation says

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24th January 2013

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Spanish army to get first NH90 helicopter before end-2013

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Eurocopter boss targets increased deliveries, after record 2012

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US Navy can’t award V-22 multi-year contract until US passes budget

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First French personnel to begin A400M training

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PICTURE: India’s first C-17 enters flight testing

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UK confirms September retirement for aged VC10s

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F-35C First In-Flight Dual Refueling

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KC-135 tankers get a boost from innovative, fuel-saving engines

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Swedish Gripens Get Into Action At Red Flag 2013

Helicopter pilot becomes RAF chief for first time in 95-year history
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23rd January 2013

Italy To Send 3 Planes to Mali for Logistical Support

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USAF delays Afghan Light Air Support source selection

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Burma’s buried Spitfires: the inside story of one man’s obsession

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22nd January 2013

AgustaWestland, Embraer plan Brazil helicopter assembly line

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PICTURE: Austria’s first Hercules enters modernisation programme

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AirTanker performs first airline operations with A330 Voyager

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UK yet to decide on Merlin HC3 upgrade details

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India Buys 99 GE F414 Engines to Power LCA

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Embraer to Modernize AEW&C Aircraft for the Brazilian Air Force

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Sikorsky, Boeing in Joint Bid for Joint Multi-Role Helicopter

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21st January 2013

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IN FOCUS: Italy updates on NH90 service in Afghanistan

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IN FOCUS: Mixed reaction over US plans for new prototype attack helicopter

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Boeing Makes Best-And-Final Contract Offer to SPEEA

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Russian T-50 Fighter Jet Completes First Long-Range Flight

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Sweden to Buy 60 Gripen E Fighters

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The Netherlands deploys NH90 for the first time

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20th January 2013

Panetta Touts U.S.-U.K. Aircraft Carrier Cooperation Effort

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F-35B Flights Suspended Following Fueldraulic Failure

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Israeli 707 tests commercial anti-missile system

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PICTURE: South Korean army tries out Unmanned Little Bird

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Bell Helicopter Delivers 100th H-1 Helicopter to the US Marine Corps

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MV-22 Ospreys Conduct First Flights in Japan

Sikorsky/Boeing Back Together Again on Joint Multi-Role

Rockwell Collins Upgrades HH-60G Fleet
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18th January 2013

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Newquay’s Classic Air Force to open in March

Airbus Says A400M Military Plane To Enter Service Soon

U.S. To Provide Transport Planes To French Forces In Mali

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IN FOCUS: Seoul weighs options in F-X III fighter contest

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Lockheed addresses Pentagon F-35 DOT&E report

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General Dynamics and Alenia Aermacchi team up on T-X bid

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Swedish government approves 60-aircraft Gripen E programme

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Airbus details bumper 2012 for military transport sales

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Pratt & Whitney to deliver last F-22 Raptor engine

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16th January 2013

 

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Russian built AW139 helicopter takes flight

Inside the Lockheed Martin F-35B

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Inside the F-35, the world’s most futuristic fighter jet

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PICTURE: Kazakhstan receives C295 transports from Airbus Military

Rolls-Royce wins Saudi Tornado support deal

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Egypt orders six additional C295s

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PICTURE: First production A400M gets French colours

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PICTURE: RAF C-17 delivers French armoured vehicles to Mali

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South Korea picks AW159 for maritime helicopter deal

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Pentagon lowers F-35 performance bar

Panetta Reaffirms U.S. Commitment to F-35 in Italy

Budget Woes Could Impact USAF’s KC-46, Experts Warn

DoD To Delay USAF Personnel Reduction at Portuguese Base
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14th January 2013

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T-Rex Lives! NACRA Flying Testbed Proves Worth

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2012 Cormorant Trophy Goes to Canadian SAR Squad

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EADS AAS-72X+ Crosses U.S. After Army Demo

First HH-60G helicopter radio upgrade complete

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AUSA Aviation: Industry warns of dangers of delaying new rotorcraft

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Elbit Systems wins IAF Flight Academy awards

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New Rolls-Royce service centre opens at RAF Marham

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Boeing receives new US Navy C-40A Clipper order

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Thales simulators support RAF Tornados

U.S. Air Force F-16 Recovered From North Pacific

U.S. Army AH-64E Is Now the ‘Guardian’

LAS Program Can Go Ahead, But Future Is Unclear

AF Typhoon Aircraft Exercise In UAE

Britain Sends Aircraft to Mali To Assist French Troops

VIDEO: BAE releases footage of Typhoon Meteor firing

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PICTURE: Sensor-equipped Euro Hawk gets airborne

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Colombian air force to boost C295 fleet to six transports

Technical issues delay Turkish F-35 order

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France details combat intervention in Mali

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Israeli pilots give detailed assessment of V-22 tiltrotor

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USAF tackles F-35 sustainment cost estimates

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USAF committed to new bomber despite declining budgets

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Royal Navy to face surveillance, transport helicopter shortages

UK SAR contest down to two bidders

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UK MoD reviews retirement plans for RAF transports, tankers

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Voyager fuel costs, A400M levy top UK MoD overspend

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US Army fields first AH-64E unit, but more improvements to come

U.K. Set To Order Brimstone Missiles, Replenish RAF Stocks

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9th January 2013

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Upgraded RAF Chinook operational in Afghanistan

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Northrop Grumman Delivers Global Hawks to US Air Force

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PICTURES: Damaged Sea King hoisted by Mil Mi-26

Brazil signs AEW modernisation deal

NH Industries aims for new NH90 orders in 2013

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USAF to field F-22 life support mods this January

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IN FOCUS: China’s new strategic airlifter

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UK reveals expenditure on delayed Watchkeeper programme

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India selects Airbus Military MRTT for six-aircraft deal

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PICTURES: German army Tigers arrive in Afghanistan

France’s Hollande To Push for Rafale Sale in UAE

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Budgets, Possible Upgrades Slow U.S. Army’s Kiowa Helicopter Replacement

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4th January 2013

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Boeing to Provide 2 More C-40A Transport Aircraft to US Navy

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Russian Helicopters to Open Helicopter Assembly Plant in India

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PICTURE: Belgium accepts first NH90 transport helicopter

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Alenia Aermacchi awarded Israeli M-346 support contract

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Landing gear collapse suspected in Israeli F-16 accident

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3rd January 2013

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U.K. SAR Helo Program Down To Two Bidders

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Russian Air Force Gets First Six Su-35S Fighter Jets

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Taiwan upgrades dozens of fighter jets

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Philippines to buy three naval helicopters

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‘Big Red One’ aviators implement new survival training scenario

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AgustaWestland Signs Sea King Support Contract

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Typhoon fires Meteor

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RAF Typhoon upgrade complete

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PICTURE: Airbus Military flies winglet-equipped C295

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Chinese Y-20 revealed in new online pictures

US Navy moves to purchase up to 72 Boeing P-8s

Oman to obtain 12 Typhoons, eight Hawks

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India receives first P-8I Neptune aircraft

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Third Voyager arrives at RAF Brize Norton

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PICTURE: Polish air force retires last An-2 transport

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PICTURES: Brazilian air force display team unveils new Super Tucano

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PICTURE: TAI completes Turkish F-16 deliveries

Iran Claims Shooting Down 2 U.S.-Made RQ-11 Drones