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Aircraft

Turkey Unveils Stealth Fighter and Combat UAV

Despite the setbacks imposed by the tragic earthquakes that hit Turkey in February, TAI lifted the veil on the country’s fifth-generation fighter program.
Turkish Aerospace Milli Muharip Uçak (MMU) fifth-generation fighter surrounded by ground crew during taxi testing
Aircraft

Latest-Generation Rafale Fighter Enters French Air Force Service

The F4 standard Rafale represents a major improvement in terms of communications, sensors and weapons capability.
Dassault Rafale F4 fighter
Aircraft

Embraer and IAI/Elta Launch Cost-effective AEW Aircraft

Technological advances have allowed Elta to develop a small, heavily automated surveillance system that can be carried by the Praetor 600 business jet.
Embraer/Elta P600 airborne early warning aircraft.
Aircraft

PAL’s Global 6500-based Maritime Patroller Emerges

While Saab has ceased marketing its Swordfish MPA, a similar aircraft is now being pitched by PAL as competition to Boeing’s P-8 Poseidon.
PAL P-6 maritime patrol aircraft.
Regulations and Government

MD Helicopters Launches Latest Cayuse Warrior Plus Version

The company says the latest iteration of the “Little Bird” offers similar capabilities to more expensive light attack/armed scout helicopters.
MD Helicopters Cayuse Warrior Plus
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

STOL Predator/Sky Guardian Variant Attracts Emirati Interest

The UAE had tried to order Predators earlier, but that deal ended over security concerns that scuppered the country's F-35 purchase.
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Aircraft

Hindustan Aeronautics Unveils Lead-in Fighter Trainer Project

India’s primary aircraft manufacturer is proposing a highly capable advanced trainer with the potential to be re-roled for operational duties.
HAL HLFT-42
Aircraft

Turkey’s Hürjet Trainer Powers up for First Flight

The Turkish Aerospace Hürjet advanced trainer has entered the pre-first flight test phase, including powering up the F404 engine for the first time.
Turkish Aerospace Hürjet P1 prototype being towed on airport taxiway
Aircraft

Chinese Balloon Downed in First Kill for the F-22 Fighter

The Chinese surveillance balloon had been tracked across Canada and the U.S. amid worldwide public interest.
F-22A Raptor 1st Fighter Wing

Typhoon Fighters To Protect the FIFA World Cup in Qatar

A joint UK/Qatari squadron has deployed from the UK to bolster the air defenses of Qatar during the world’s largest single-sport competition.
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Aircraft

Qatar Takes Delivery of Ready-to-fight Typhoon Fighters

With the arrival of the first Typhoons, the QEAF now has three modern front-line fighters in service, having already inducted the F-15QA Eagle and Rafale.
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Aircraft

Typhoon Looks to a Bright Future

Despite much talk surrounding the multinational Tempest program, the Eurofighter partners are implementing an aggressive plan for Typhoon development.
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Aircraft

Typhoon’s Electronic Attack Radar On Course for Flight in 2023

The UK-led ECRS Mk2 radar undergoes development for the Typhoon on a separate track from that of the German-Spanish ECRS.Mk 1.
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Aircraft

Partnerships Key as Tempest Begins To Take Shape

The UK is forging ties with Sweden, Italy and, increasingly, Japan as development of the Tempest and Future Combat Air System progresses.
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Aircraft

Aeralis’s Modular Aircraft Advances Toward the Hardware Stage

Aeralis has seen considerable progress in the development of its modular aircraft concept through a series of high-level agreements.
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Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Saudi Arabia’s Intra Pushes Ahead with Drone Programs

Intra is leading the drive for greater Saudi self-sufficiency in the unmanned air vehicle sector through two major programs.
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Aircraft

Growing Links Between Japan’s F-X and Anglo-Italian Tempest

Developing two aircraft with common basic requirements and timeline have drawn Japan and the UK closer together in terms of technology development.
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Aircraft

Korea's New Hunting Hawk Readies for First Flight

KAI expects to fly the prototype of its KF-21 Boramae multirole fighter this year.
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Aircraft

Taiwan’s Brave Eagle Leaves the Nest

Based on the design of the F-CK-1 fighter, the T-5 is now in the early days of its service with the Republic of China Air Force.
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Aircraft

Taiwan’s Viper Upgrade Fuels F-16 Resurgence

Taiwan led the effort to upgrade its F-16s in place of new aircraft procurement, and the idea has caught on, including in Singapore and South Korea.
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Aircraft

Bangladesh Sizes Up Typhoons for Fighter Requirement

Having operated Chinese and Russian equipment for many years, Bangladesh looks to the West for its new fighter equipment.
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Aircraft

Kuwait’s Typhoon Multirole Fighter is Now Flying

The first two of 28 Eurofighter Typhoons ordered by the Kuwait Air Force are now in pre-handover flight test.
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Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

SkyGuardian RPAS Undertakes European Trials

Trials have proven the ability of the SkyGuardian to operate in controlled airspace as the UK gears up to begin operations with the Protector RG.Mk 1.
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Training and Workforce

U.S. Air Force Graduates First Class of XPW Pilots

As part of its efforts to streamline the training system, the USAF is now training some multi-engine pilots using the T-1 Jayhawk entirely.
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Aircraft

Savage Cuts for the RAF in UK Defense Review

Speculation prior to the UK defense review suggested F-35 acquisition would be pegged at 48, but purchases will continue, although likely to be limited.
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Aircraft

Combat Debut for Typhoon/Storm Shadow Pairing

The Typhoon has been cleared to launch the Storm Shadow stand-off precision attack missile since early 2019, and has now used it in combat.
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Aircraft

RAF Sentinel Fleet Completes Last Surveillance Flight

After a relatively brief yet busy and productive career, the RAF’s Sentinel radar reconnaissance aircraft have been retired.
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Aircraft

Wolverine Light Attack Aircraft Joins the U.S. Air Force

The Beechcraft AT-6E is being procured to advance the U.S. Air Force’s efforts to improve the counter-terrorism capability of partner air forces.
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Aircraft

Team Tempest Reveals a Different Approach to FCAS

The team tasked with engineering the UK’s FCAS are concentrating on technology and capability development ahead of finalizing platform design.
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Avionics

Britain’s Long-awaited Radar Two Program Breaks Cover

Following Germany and Spain’s announcement of their AESA radar roadmap for the Typhoon fighter, the UK has revealed its own E-Scan plans.
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