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Vickers VC10 at 60

To mark the 60th anniversary of the Vickers VC10's first flight, Key.Aero has collated a special collection of articles which tell the story of the quadjet's design and development whilst also examining its airliner origins and its later success as a military platform.

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India’s DRDO flies Autonomous Flying Wing Technology Demonstrator

India's Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully carried out the maiden flight of its Autonomous Flying Wing Technology Demonstrator on July 1. The sortie took place from the Aeronautical Test Range at Chitradurga, Karnataka.

Saab receives order for two GlobalEyes from Sweden

Saab signed a contract with the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) on June 30 for the GlobalEye airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft

Final two CH-47Fs delivered to Australia

A USAF-operated C-5M Super Galaxy has delivered the final two of an additional four CH-47F Chinooks to the Australian Army

US Army awards $2.28bn multi-year Black Hawk contract to Sikorsky

Sikorsky Aircraft has been awarded a multi-year contract by the US Army - worth $2,278,598,185 - for the acquisition of up to 255 H-60M Black Hawks

ILA Berlin 2022: Spain orders 20 Eurofighters under Project Halcón

Airbus Defence and Space announced at the ILA Berlin Airshow on June 23 that the NATO Eurofighter and Tornado Management Agency (NETMA) has signed a landmark contract for the acquisition of 20 latest generation Eurofighter jets

Swiss Air Force's ADS 15 reconnaissance UAV completes first local flight

A successful first flight in Switzerland has been completed by the Swiss Air Force’s Aufklärungsdrohnensystems 15 (ADS 15, Reconnaissance Drone System 15) at Emmen Air Base

Jordan finalises F-16 Block 70 order

Jordan has officially signed a Letter of Offer and Acceptance for the purchase of eight new-production F-16 Block 70s

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Netherlands selects C-390M to replace Hercules

Five Embraer C-390M Millennium transport aircraft are to be acquired by the Netherlands to replace the four current Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) C-130H/H-30 Hercules

65th AGRS re-form with Aggressor-schemed F-35As

During a ceremony at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, on June 9, the US Air Force’s 65th Aggressor Squadron (65th AGRS) was officially reactivated with the F-35 Lightning II as part of the 57th Wing/57th Operations Group.

Norway terminates NH90 contract

Norway’s Ministry of Defence (MOD) has decided to abandon introduction of the NH90 into Royal Norwegian Air Force (RNoAF) service and authorised the Norwegian Defence Material Agency to terminate the contract.

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Five killed in USMC MV-22B crash

A US Marine Corps MV-22B Osprey crashed in the southern California desert on June 8, killing all personnel on board

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New MH-139 Grey Wolves will go to Joint Base Andrews

Joint Base Andrews (JBA), Maryland, has been selected as the fourth base to host the US Air Force’s MH-139 Grey Wolf helicopter.

Pilot killed in US Navy Super Hornet crash

The pilot of a US Navy F/A-18E Super Hornet was killed when it crashed at around 1430hrs PST in the Mojave Desert near Trona, San Bernardino County, California, during a routine training mission

Germany to buy 60 CH-47F Chinooks

Germany has selected the Boeing CH-47F Chinook Block II to replace its current fleet of CH-53G Sea Stallions, which have been in service for almost 50 years

Final 130th AW C-130J delivered

Delivery of US Air Force C-130J-30 Super Hercules 19-5940 to McLaughlin Air National Guard Base, West Virginia, on May 26 marked the arrival of the eighth and final C-130J-30 for the West Virginia Air National Guard/130th Airlift Wing’s (AW’s) 130th Airlift Squadron.

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Ten Maryland ANG A-10Cs complete deployment to Europe

Maryland A-10C Thunderbolt IIs have completed a multi-week deployment to various locations In Europe, ten aircraft completed the deployment visiting multiple locations in Eastern Europe

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Norway receives final P-8A Poseidon

Norway has taken delivery of its fifth and final Boeing P-8A Poseidon. The aircraft, 9586 (c/n 66114/9026. FMS BuNo 169586, ex N688DS) Munin was handed over to the Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency (NDMA) and flown to Evenes Air Station, Norway, on May 27

Libya orders Hurkus C

A CONTRACT for the purchase of an unspecified number of Turkish TAI Hurkus C close air support and training aircraft has been signed by the Libyan Air Force (LAF), with the backing of the Libyan Government.

US approves sale of 23 CH-47Fs to Egypt

A possible Foreign Military Sale of 23 Boeing CH-47F Chinook heavy-lift tactical transport helicopters and related equipment to the Government of Egypt has been approved by the US State Department for an estimated cost of $2.6bn

Boeing begins new A-10C wing deliveries to USAF

Boeing announced on May 25 that, in partnership with sub-contractor Korean Aerospace Industries and other key suppliers, it has delivered the first new wing set for the A-10C Thunderbolt II fleet to the US Air Force.

Italian MOD finalises Avanti EVO order

Piaggio Aerospace announced while attending the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva, Switzerland, on May 24 that it has finalised an order for six Avanti EVOs with the Italian Ministry of Defence

South Korea selects Bell 505 as new military training helicopter

Bell Textron has announced selection of the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X by the Republic of Korea as its new rotary-wing trainer for the next-generation of both Republic of Korea Army (ROKA) and Republic of Korea Navy (ROKN) pilots.

Japan flies first series production UH-2

Japanese manufacturer Subaru announced on May 20 that it had carried out the maiden flight of the first series production UH-2 multi-purpose helicopter destined for Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) service.

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UK MOD issues RFI for New Medium Helicopter programme

A much-anticipated Request for Information (RFI) was issued by the UK MOD on May 18 for the New Medium Helicopter (NMH) contract to supply up to 44 NMHs to replace existing rotorcraft systems for Army and Strategic Commands

DARPA unveils Liberty Lifter heavy airlift seaplane concept

The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) unveiled a concept on May 18 for a new heavy airlift seaplane dubbed the Liberty Lifter. DARPA says it has launched the Liberty Lifter project to demonstrate a leap in operational logistics capabilities by designing, building and flying a long-range, low-cost X-plane capable of seaborne strategic and tactical lift.

 

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