News archive March 2013

29th March 2013

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Japan’s FDMA gets SATCOM ready Eurocopter

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B-2 stealth bombers conduct “extended deterrence” round trip mission from the U.S. to S. Korea

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[Poster] B-2 stealth bomber over South Korea explained

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Typhoon Impresses in the First Formal Display of 2013

BBMF Hurricane @ Duxford – 27Mar13

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GKN Aerospace to upgrade RAF Puma fuel tanks

VIDEO: F/A-18s, Su-30s, an A380, and a big bang at LIMA

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HMH-366 conducts joint training at Fort Bragg

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VMGR-252 Hercs support WTI

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MV-22B Ospreys thunder through Stuttgart skies

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Lewis-McChord receives its last C-17

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28th March 2013

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U.S. Flies Stealth Bombers Over South Korea

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Typhoon May Be Back in Race for Qatar Order

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USMC extends K-Max mission in Afghanistan

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Former USN chief suggests DOD should cancel F-35A in favour of C-model

First UK SAR AW189s to be delivered next year

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LIMA: Indonesia displays new C295

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AirTanker to start defensive aids upgrade on RAF Voyagers

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Lockheed awarded long-lead items contract for Japanese F-35s

Outgoing F-35 programme boss shares hard won lessons

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LIMA 2013: Companies pitch for Malaysian maritime patrol priority

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South African service centre established for Russian helicopters

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Ten years ago today: the U.S. Navy F-14 Tomcat’s attack on Saddam’s yacht

BBMF ENGINEERING UPDATE 28 MAR 13

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Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s last new C-17 Globemaster III arrives

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27th March 2013

Bristow Taps AgustaWestland as Part of U.K. Chopper Deal

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LIMA: Conformal tanks add fuel to Super Hornet campaign

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LIMA: Northrop, Saab eye Malaysian AEW requirement

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LIMA: Air Tractor goes on the offensive

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UK C-17 crews get iPads for electronic flightbag trial

Bristow wins £1.6bn UK search and rescue deal

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France says Malaysia can build jets if it buys Rafale

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Cassidian Produces the World’s Most Advanced Eurofighter

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1975: Sea King helicopter heralds new era in search and rescue

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China’s new stealth fighter’s missile launch rails prove Beijing can improve U.S. technology

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Follow me: Marines renew airborne certification

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Weather and aircraft serviceability permitting, Spitfire TE311 will have a “shake down flight” today after having several systems changed and checked.

The approximate times are:

1600 – 1630
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National finals of the Flying Start Challenge

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26th March 2013

Eurocopter Enters Race for Polish Chopper Deal

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Saab gets deal to complete Gripen E development

Embraer completes KC-390 critical design review

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Elbit details C-Music business opportunities

IN FOCUS: Canada’s mixed defence procurement record

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RAF Marham Will Be Home to the UK’s F-35s

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MOD Concludes Flight Trials

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China to buy Russian fighters, subs: state media

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B-52 Gets New Sniper Pod

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Congress reviews reserve forces equipment needs

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US firm to take over Duke of Cambridge’s helicopter fleet

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First operational lessons identified with NH90 Naval Frigate Helicopter

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F-35 stealth jump jet has lost 4.5% of testing time due to grounding orders

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B-52 bomber flying in your vicinity? Don’t worry, it may just be targeting your house

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US military helo pilot helps fight blaze near Seoul housing area

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25th March 2013

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RAF Eurofighter Typhoon Touches Down in Malaysia

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Chinook pilot awarded medal for Helmand rescue

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An amazing Mig-29 photoshoot: air-to-air with the Polish Fulcrums

Blue Angels perform last show for a while

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Air Force’s aging fleet gets no relief from budget cuts

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22nd March 2013

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Dambusters formation celebrated

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This is what taking off with an F-15 Eagle fighter jet looks like

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Marine Corps’ first operational F-35B conducts initial Vertical Landing

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Sikorsky hands over five S-70i helicopters to Colombia

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Beechcraft sues USAF over LAS decision

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PICTURES: Israel receives surplus CH-53s for spares

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US Navy may add conformal fuel tanks to F/A-18E/F Super Hornet fleet

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MBDA awaits launch decision for Anglo-French anti-ship missile

US Army seeks advanced engine for future rotorcraft

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Last Flight of Final Royal Air Force VC10 K4

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Tactical Targeting Network Technology for Deck Handling Trials of X-47B

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Joint STARS improves warfighter communication

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Mi-24, Legendary Russian Attack Helicopter, Turns 40 This Year

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First international student pilot flies F-35

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Saab signs airborne surveillance system support contract

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All Italian Air Force’s Eurofighter Typhoon units simultaneously deployed to Decimomannu

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UAE Air Force Mirage 2000 fighter jets operations at Nellis Air Force Base

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New images of the weird, futuristic “Project Zero” All-Electric Tilt Rotor unmanned aircraft released

HMH-366 heavy helicopters lift M777 howitzers

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VMFA-115 heads to Bahrain

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VMFA(AW)-533 welcomes new CO

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Lt. Col. Sarah M. Deal

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20th March 2013

U.S. Flies B-52 Bombers Over South Korea

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PICTURES: Israel’s first C-130J emerges

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PICTURE: USAF flies first F-15SA for Saudi Arabia

Latest Super Puma variant battles for utility deals

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[Photo] Royal Air Force of Oman C-130 landing at Pisa

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An unbelievable image proves the shape of the B-2 stealth bomber was suggested by Mother Nature

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19th March 2013

Lockheed Announces New Aeronautics, F-35 Execs

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USAF orders Sierra Nevada and Embraer to continue working on Afghan LAS contract

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Timelapse video of forward Island being installed on UK’s future supercarrier

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First Polish Avionics-Modernized MiG-29 makes maiden flight

“Welcome to Russia, Blue Angels”: the first U.S. military presence over Moscow since the end of the Cold War

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(Finally) U.S. Air Force to add a new Helmet Mounted Cueing system to the Raptor stealth fighter

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18th March 2013

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Germany finalises cuts to NH90, Tiger helicopter orders

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IN FOCUS: Sweden hails Gripen’s evolution at Red Flag

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Embraer details progress on Brazilian air force upgrades

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Four rivals to enter Danish dogfight

China sees export potential for Y-20

Brazil selects IAI 767 tanker to replace KC-137s

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No tanker role for UK A400Ms

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Embraer flight-testing India’s last AEW EMB-14

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Embraer launches KC-390 critical design review

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Fly-By-Wire F-15SA makes first flight

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Final Rooivalk Handover Cements Relationship Between Denel and SAAF

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ETPS Flying Test Beds – Airplanes by Design

Northolt Nightshoot XIV

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We are pleased to announce that we will be taxying XL231 ‘Lusty Lindy’ in May 2013

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15th March 2013

U.S. Fighters Verbally Warn Iranian Jet Trailing Predator

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32 USAF C-130s in 8 States Spared Budget Ax

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F-35 Production On Track, Program Chief Says

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These are the planes the Air Force doesn’t want you to photograph from short distance

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Iranian F-4 Phantom jets fail to intercept U.S. Predator off Iran. Once again. Scared by F-22 escort?

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14th March 2013

Denmark Relaunches Fighter Jet Competition

Dassault shows signs of business jet market recovery

Israel prepares to host Blue Flag combat exercise

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A400M gets lift with full civil type certification

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AirForces Monthly Issue 001 is now available for you to download electronically!!

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New ‘Hawks’ class rises to challenge

Embraer: Design Review of KC-390 To Be Completed Next Week

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Report: Surge in N. Korea Air Force Sorties

Indian police launch sweeping probe of AW101 deal

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RCAF CC-130J simulators certified to Level D

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Convoy operation looks to the skies

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‘Ace of Spades’ det joins 26th MEU

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13th March 2013

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PICTURE: Joint Strike Missile makes F-35 debut

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F-35 makes precautionary landing in Texas on its way to Nellis Air Force Base

Have you ever wondered why the AH-64 is called “Apache”? The American Indian tribes tradition

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Cool Red Flag 13-3 Video showing Mass Launch

Budget crunch keeps Air Force C-130s from Thailand exercise
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12th March 2013

Mildenhall unit bids farewell to long-serving special ops aircraft

GAO: F-35 Program Improving But Still at ‘Financial Risk’

Singapore set to complete F-35 assessment

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USAF testers prepare for F-35 operational evaluation

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USAF investigating new displays for F-15C Eagle

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USAF to evaluate Scorpion helmet display on F-22 Raptor

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RAF puts Typhoon upgrade through paces during Red Flag

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Cope Tiger 13 commences in Thailand

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Boeing to Consolidate Flight Training Facilities In North America

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Regardless of all the sensors, here is why F-35 pilots need to visually check their 6 o’clock

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Typhoon – the best is yet to come

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11th March 2013

Beechcraft To Again Challenge USAF LAS Decision

Upgraded Early Warning Aircraft Arrive In Taiwan

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Russia to replace current bombers with subsonic flying wing

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Israel’s F-15I upgrade tackles new threats

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PICTURES: Second RNLAF F-35 rolled out

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PICTURE: First production A400M makes maiden flight

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PICTURE: Flight testing begins on uprated Puma HC2

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Saudi Medevac to Be Equipped with AW139 Helicopters

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Rolls-Royce M250-C47E to power MD 540F helicopter

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Mig fighter jets take off and land on highway as North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un proudly watches

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Excellent video of F-22 Raptor stealth fighter operations at Red Flag 13-3

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Stunning MiG-21 Highway Operations in the Polish equivalent of Top Gun

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Air Force releases photo of F-22 stealth fighter with Area 51 base in the background

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Poland starts own F-16 Viper Maintenance Center

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3rd March 2013

Australia Touts KC-30A, Vigilare Advances

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Here is how a Royal Canadian Air Force F-35 in special color scheme could look like

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[Photo] Six C-130 Hercules aircraft practice large formation airlift tactics and procedures

[Video] U.S. tanker refuels French Rafale combat planes over Mali

Pentagon F-35 Chief batters Lockheed Martin and Pratt & Whitney over program
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2nd March 2013

Australia moves closer to Super Hornets purchase

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F-35s cleared to resume flight operations

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USAF Selects Super Tucano

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A330 for Saudi Air Force

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Saab Receives Order for Upgrade of Mission System Erieye for Brazil

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US Air Dominance: Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance

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Sikorsky, Boeing to submit X2-based JMR proposal