David Donald
Contributor - UK

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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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Aircraft

First F-35s Reach Australia; Tyndall Could Join F-35 Base Roster

The first F-35s for Australia have landed on their future home soil to begin the replacement of the "legacy" Hornet fleet
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Aircraft

Airbus and Lockheed Martin Team To Pursue U.S. Tanker Opportunities

Seven years after losing the re-competed KC-X program to Boeing, Airbus has returned to the U.S. tanker marketplace in a partnership with Lockheed Martin.
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Aircraft

KC-46 Completes Phase II Receiver Trials as First Delivery Looms

Despite the first delivery being delayed again, the Boeing KC-46 maintained its approval momentum with the completion of more receiver tests.
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Aircraft

Italy's F-35s First To Achieve IOC in Europe

On the last day of November the Italian air force chief announced that the service's first squadron of F-35As had attained IOC
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Aircraft

Super Tucano Ordered for Nigeria

Three years after Nigeria first expressed an interest in buying Super Tucanos for its fight against Boko Haram, an order for 12 has now been given to SNC
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Aircraft

Advanced IRST Programs on the March

Lockheed Martin has received EMD and LRIP contracts for the Legion Pod for the F-15, as well for a new phase of development for the Super Hormet's IRST
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Aircraft

‘Wrong-way’ Landing Caps Successful RN Deck Trials

The Royal Navy's first deck trials campaigns with the F-35B aboard HMS Queen Elizabeth have come to a successful comclusion
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Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Australia Selects Reaper for Armed RPAS Requirement

Following a competition with the IAI Heron TP, GA-ASI's Reaper has been chosen by Australia to answer its armed RPAS needs.
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Aircraft

Saab Sees First Gripen E Stores Releases, and Develops GaN Radar

The Gripen E has taken a significant step forward with its first missile firing, while Saab is to supply a GaN fighter radar to the U.S. for testing
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Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

U.S. Navy Commissions Dedicated UAS Test Squadron

The U.S. Navy has raised its unamnned air system developmental test unit to full squadron status, underlining the growing importance of the unit's work
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Miysis on Target in UK DIRCM Trials

Leonardo and Thales UK have joined forces to demonstrate a UK-soveriegn DIRCM capability based on the Miysis jammer and Elix-IR warning system
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Aircraft

F-35s Temporarily Grounded After First Crash; First Fleet F-35C Delivered

The Pentagon has issued a temporary grounding order for all F-35s as mishap investigators suspect a faulty fuel tube caused the recent F-35B crash
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Aircraft

First Production KC-390 Takes to the Air

Embraer has flown its first production KC-390, but it will not be going to the Brazilian air force right away, as it is needed for trials.
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Arresting Gear Completes Shore Testing for 'Props'

General Atomics is providing new launch and recovery systems for the U.S. Navy's next aircraft carriers.
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Aircraft

PC-21 Enters French Service

The Pilatus advanced trainer was selected by France in early 2017 to replace Epsilons and Alpha Jets.
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Italy Completes AARGM Operational Tests

Italy's Tornado ECR defense suppression aircraft become the fourth type—and the first non-U.S. aircraft—to be cleared to fire the AARGM missile.
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Rotorcraft

Raider Achieves 200 Knots in Flight Test

Sikorsky's S-97 technology demonstrator has surpassed the magic 200-knot mark for the first time.
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Rotorcraft

New Attack Helicopters for Lebanon and Kenya

MDHI's armed MD 530 light attack helicopter continues to find favor, as underlined by recent orders from Kenya and Lebanon
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Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Extended-range Gray Eagle Completes FOT&E

The long-range version of the U.S. Army's MALE unmanned air system has moved a step closer to operational deployment
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Rotorcraft

Royal Navy Bids Farewell to the Sea King

After 49 years of service the Sea King has retired from UK military service, leaving the Navy without an AEW capability until 2020
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