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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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CSG21: HMS Queen Elizabeth departs on historic first deployment

The Royal Navy’s new flagship aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, departed from HMNB Portsmouth, Hampshire, on May 1 for a final test of its Carrier Strike Group, before continuing with the commencement of its historic maiden deployment

US approves sale of additional CH-47Fs to Australia

The US State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale of four Boeing CH-47F Chinooks and related equipment to the Australian government for an estimated cost of US$259m

Malta’s sole Islander to be upgraded

Britten-Norman has been contracted to provide a mid-life update for the Armed Forces of Malta’s sole BN-2T Turbine Islander light utility aircraft

QinetiQ adds three new helicopters to its fleet

UK-based QinetiQ has invested in three more helicopters as part of the continuing modernisation of its fleet

VMFA-211 F-35Bs arrive in the UK ahead of carrier deployment

Ten USMC-operated Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning IIs have arrived in the UK prior to joining the Royal Navy’s new flagship aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08), for its 28-week maiden deployment, which will begin in May

Top Aces gains German adversary training contract

Germany has contracted Canada-based Top Aces to provide fast-jet adversary air training services for the Bundeswehr (German Armed Forces)

Fire Scout crashes into the USS Charleston

A US Navy-operated Northrop Grumman MQ-8B Fire Scout has crashed into the side of the Littoral Combat Ship USS Charleston (LCS-18), while the vessel was transiting through the Western Pacific to Guam on April 26

Zimbabwean AB412SP crashes near Harare

An Agusta-Bell 412SP utility helicopter belonging to the Air Force of Zimbabwe crashed into a house in the Hukuru area of Arkturus – 32km southeast of Harare – on April 23

Kenya’s first C-145A enters service

Kenya has taken delivery of the first of three surplus USAF PZL Mielec C-145A Combat Coyote (M-28 Skytruck) light transport aircraft

Indian Navy activates first Dhruv Mk III unit

Indian Naval Air Squadron 323 ‘Harriers’ has been formally commissioned as the first unit to operate the latest variant of the indigenously developed HAL Advanced Light Helicopter, otherwise known as the Dhruv Mk III

Poland confirms order for five surplus USAF C-130Hs

Poland’s Minister of National Defence, Mariusz Błaszczak, has confirmed that the acquisition of five second-hand USAF Lockheed C-130H Hercules tactical transports has been finalised

Argentina acquires second-hand 737-700

A 17-year-old, second-hand Boeing 737-700 Next Generation is set to join the transport fleet of the Argentine Air Force

US approves MQ-9B sale to Australia

The US State Department has approved the possible Foreign Military Sale of 12 ‘weapons-ready’ GA-ASI MQ-9B remotely-piloted aircraft to the Australian government

Three more F-35Is delivered to Israel

A further three Lockheed Martin F-35I Adirs have been delivered to the Israeli Air Force (IAF), bringing the service’s total fleet size to 27 aircraft

Gabonese Super Puma crashes following engine failure

A Gabonese Army-operated Eurocopter (now Airbus Helicopters) AS332M1 Super Puma crashed in the Minkébé National Park – located in Gabon’s Ogooué Ivindo province – on April 18

Qatar orders two Pilatus PC-24s

A pair of Pilatus PC-24 light business jets have been ordered by the Qatar Emiri Air Force, which will use the type to conduct training and VIP transport operations

Indian Navy MH-60R completes first flight

The first production Sikorsky MH-60R Seahawk for the Indian Navy has completed its maiden flight

Three more Rafales delivered to India

A fifth batch of Dassault Rafale EH multi-role fighters have been delivered to India, bringing the Indian Air Force’s fleet to 17 aircraft

Second F-15EX Eagle II arrives at Eglin

The second Boeing F-15EX Eagle II multi-role fighter for the USAF has been delivered to the 53rd Wing at Eglin AFB in Florida

France orders eight more Caracals alongside second VSR700 prototype

France has ordered a further eight Airbus Helicopters H225M Caracals for the French Air and Space Force along with a second prototype of the maritime VSR700 vertical take-off and landing unmanned aerial vehicle

Elbit to supply M-346s to Greece for new training school

Elbit Systems has been awarded a contract, worth approximately US$1.65bn (€1.38bn), for the establishment and operation of the Hellenic Air Force International Flight Training Centre

Jolly Green II completes developmental testing

The USAF’s new combat search and rescue helicopter, the Sikorsky HH-60W Jolly Green II, has completed its developmental test programme at Eglin AFB in Florida

Bell starts production of Bahraini AH-1Zs

Bell has commenced production of the 12 AH-1Z Viper attack helicopters, which have been ordered by the Kingdom of Bahrain

Norway’s first Poseidon enters final assembly

Boeing is preparing to commence final assembly of the Royal Norwegian Air Force’s (RNoAF’s) first P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft

South Korea orders 12 MH-60R Seahawks

Lockheed Martin has received an order for 12 Sikorsky MH-60Rs for the Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN)

 

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