David Donald
Contributor - UK

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Aircraft

USAF Sends F-35s for First Combat Ops; RAF Set To Follow

Nearly three years after achieving IOC, the USAF's F-35As have been dispatched to the Middle East for the first operational deployment
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Japanese F-35 Crash: Undersea Search Begins

Following the loss of a Japanese F-35, the task of locating and retrieving the missing aircraft from a depth of nearly 5,000 feet is under way
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Switzerland Starts New Round of Fighter Trials

In the coming weeks Switzerland will evaluate the five contenders for its new fighter program against a common set of mission scenarios
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Japan Approved For Standard Missile Purchase

A large batch of SM-3 missiles has been requested and approved as part of Japan’s efforts to improve its anti-ballistic missile defenses
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Aircraft

Advanced Hawkeye Marches On

A new multi-year procurement contract completes the U.S. Navy’s purchase of 75 Advanced Hawkeyes, all of which will be capable of inflight refueling.
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U.S. Air Force Announces B-21 Basing Plan

Unsurprisingly, the Air Force plans to base to operate its B-21 Raiders at the bases that hcurrently host the types that the B-21 is replacing
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Boeing Awarded Multi-Year Super Hornet Deal; Navy Seeks More F-5s

Boeing has secured a multi-year contract for the supply of the latest Block III Super Hornet, and the Navy has requested funds for more.
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Australia Orders Sigint Gulfstreams

Australia is boosting its electronic support capability through the acquisition of four Gulfstream G550s outfitted for electronic reconnaissance.
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Turkey Receives Global 6000s for Jammer Conversion

The first two Bombardier Global 6000s have arrived in Turkey for outfitting with Aselsan's stand-off jammer suite.
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Aircraft

Prowler Bows Out After 48 Years

With the conclusion of Marine Corps EA-6B operations, the career of the Prowler electronic warfare platform has come to an end.
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Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

First Flight for the Low-Cost 'Loyal Wingman'

Working with AFRL, Kratos has flown a demonstrator of an expendable low-cost UCAV that can operate collaboratively with manned aircraft
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Aircraft

F-35C Achieves IOC; Singapore Details Initial F-35 Buy

The last of the three Lightning II variants to achieve IOC has reached the milestone, while Singapore is now talking numbers for its first F-35 purchase
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Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Boeing Lifts Lid on Loyal Wingman

During the Avalon show in Australia Boeing unveiled its loyal wingman UAV, which is being developed by Boeing Australia in partnership with the government
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Aircraft

Armed Black Hawk Debuts at IDEX

Eight years after they were ordered, the UH-60M Armed Black Hawk has now entered UAE Joint Aviation Command service
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Spain Joins FCAS/SCAF Program

Since observing the program since its inception, Spain has eyed participation in the Future Combat Air System, which has now been formalized
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Aircraft

Collins Aerospace to Supply T-X's Seats and Landing Gear

Collins Aerospace has been selected to provide two major systems for the Boeing/Saab T-X, including the latest ACES 5 ejection seat
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End of the Line for the Fleet’s Legacy Hornets

After 35 years of service, the "Legacy" Hornet is bowing out of the U.S. Navy's active-duty fleet as VFA-34 begns its conversion to the Super Hornet
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France Launches Rafale F4 Upgrade

France has formally launched the next major step in Rafale development, with the accent on improved networking.
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Airports

Farnborough Airport Sets Traffic Record in 2018

Last year's growth suggests a trend as the airport offers a home for aircraft squeezed out of London's commercial airports.
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Raytheon To Supply AESA Radar for Marine Hornets

Marine Hornets will receive e-scan radar so that they can maintain combat relevance while the Corps transitions to an all-F-35 fleet.
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Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Neuron Passes 150-flight Milestone

The Neuron UCAV technology demonstrator has now flown more than 150 times. Recent trials have been undertaken against Spanish Typhoon fighters.
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Aircraft

Gunships for Sale as Part of Mass Jordanian Sell-off

Jordan is in the process of rationalizing its air force by reducing the number of types on strength and removing redundant and aging aircraft.
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Aircraft

Saab Flies Second GlobalEye, Revises Gripen E Production

Saab has achieved a significant milestone in the GlobalEye program for the UAE with the first flight of the second aircraft
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Rotorcraft

SB>1 Defiant Breaks Cover

The Sikorsky-Boeing team developing the Defiant tactical/utility transport compound helicopter demonstrator has unveiled the prototype
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Aircraft

Leonardo Celebrates First M-345, TH-119 Flights

As the year draws to an end, Leonardo has achieved significant first flight milestones for two of its important defense programs
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Rotorcraft

KAI Unveils Light Attack Helicopter

With a first flight set for next spring, the LAH is an attack version of the H155 Dauphin developed jointly by KAI and Airbus
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Aircraft

Japan OKs Extra F-35 Buy in Fighter Re-equipment Plans

Japan's latest defense plan has been published and, as expected, it approves a major purchase of extra F-35s, including STOVL aircraft
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Aircraft

LRASM and Sea Venom/ANL: Anti-ship Missiles Make Progress

Two anti-ship missile programs have achieved significant progress as LRASM enters service and Sea Venom/ANL moves into qualification testing
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Airports

First Digital Tower in the UK Goes Active

The university hopes to transition exclusively to the digital control tower in six months, when it can close the visual tower.
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Meteor Goes ‘Live’ on Typhoon as ‘Blackjacks’ Head for Venezuela

RAF Typhoons are now operational in the air defense mission with the Meteor missile. The first "live" launch intercepted Russian Tu-160 strategic bombers
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