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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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Israel takes delivery of new ‘Oron’ ISR aircraft

The Israeli Air Force’s (IAF’s) intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) unit, No 122 ‘Nachshon’ Squadron, has accepted its first Gulfstream G550 'Oron' – the third variant of its GV/G550 Nachshon family

AeroVironment to supply Puma 3 AE drones to NATO

US-based unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) manufacturer AeroVironment of Simi Valley, California, has received four contracts from the NATO Support and Procurement Agency for its Puma 3 tactical UAS

Contract awarded for Galaxy avionics upgrade

Key avionics upgrades to the US Air Force’s (USAF’s) Lockheed Martin C-5M Super Galaxy strategic transport fleet are to be carried under a US$92.8m contract, which was recently awarded to the Tyonek Native Corporation

Thailand retires L-39ZA/ART Albatros fleet

The Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) has finally retired its long-serving Aero Vodochody L-39ZA/ART Albatros training/close air support (CAS) aircraft

NATO receives fourth A330 MRTT

A fourth Airbus A330-243 Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) has joined the NATO Multinational MRTT Fleet (MMF)

Joint British-Qatari Hawk squadron to be based at RAF Leeming

UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace and his Qatari counterpart, Dr Khalid bin Mohamed Al Attiyah, have announced an expansion of the relationship between each nation’s air forces

Japan Coast Guard orders two more H225s

Airbus Helicopters announced on March 30 that the Japan Coast Guard had placed an order for an additional pair of H225 helicopters

US Army awards FLRAA demo and risk reduction contracts

US Army contracts have been awarded to the two companies competing in the Future Long Range Assault Aircraft (FLRAA) competition for Competitive Demonstration and Risk Reduction (CD&RR) Phase 2

Airbus flies 200th C295

Airbus Defence and Space has reached an important milestone with its C295 tactical transport family, following the maiden flight of its 200th example on March 29

Saudi Arabian National Guard orders additional UH-60Ms

Sikorsky has been awarded a US$99.89m contract modification to produce and deliver 25 additional modified UH-60M Black Hawk utility helicopters to the Saudi Arabian National Guard

Ilyushin’s Il-112V transport resumes flight testing

Russia’s Ilyushin Il-112V light military transport has resumed flight testing after the first prototype took to the air again from the VASO Aviation Plant airfield in Voronezh on March 30

Tyndall to host three new F-35A squadrons

A Record of Decision has been issued by the USAF, making Tyndall AFB, Florida, the official location to host three new squadrons of the Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II

SNC unveils AFSOC A-29B in heritage colours

Sierra Nevada Corporation has unveiled the second of three Embraer A-29B Super Tucano aircraft for US Air Force Special Operations Command in a special heritage colour scheme

Singapore receives first H225M

Airbus Helicopters confirmed on March 29 that it has handed over its first H225M medium-lift tactical transport helicopter to the Republic of Singapore Air Force

First modernised L-39C returned to Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan Air Defence Force capabilities have been enhanced following the recent return of at least one Aero Vodochody L-39C Albatros training/light combat aircraft, after completing a modernisation process

US Army orders 24 more HH/UH-60Ms

Sikorsky has been awarded a US$30.96m contract by the US Army to deliver 24 additional HH/UH-60M Black Hawk utility helicopters to the service

Indonesian Army receives third Bell 412EPi

Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) has recently completed the delivery of the first three new Bell 412EPis to the Indonesian Army’s aviation command as part of an order for nine examples of the utility helicopter

First F-16 arrives at Greenville for depot sustainment program

Lockheed Martin has received its first F-16 from the US Air Force as part of a US$900m indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract the company received in December 2020 to provide sustainment support and depot-overflow services for the type

Vietnam orders 12 L-39NGs

The Ministry of Defence of Vietnam has signed a contract with Czech Republic-based Omnipol for the supply of 12 Aero Vodochody L-39NG jet trainers, which will be employed by the Vietnam People’s Air Force

France orders TBM940s to replace ageing TBM700s

The French armaments directorate has ordered four six-seat Daher Aerospace TMB940 single-engine turboprops to gradually replace its three-strong fleet of TBM700As, which entered service almost 30 years ago

Additional AH-64Es delivered to the Army Air Corps

A further two Boeing AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopters have been delivered to the Army Air Corps, having arrived in the UK on March 11

Georgia’s first refurbished Su-25UB takes flight

The Georgian Armed Forces-Aviation and Air Defence Command is beginning to refurbish, upgrade and return its Sukhoi Su-25 Frogfoot ground attack/close air support (CAS) fleet to service after being grounded for several years

Final Sayonara for Japanese Phantoms

After retiring the last operational F-4EJ Phantoms from service, the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) has now also completed the withdrawal of the remaining examples of the type

Two more CV-22Bs for AFSOC

The Bell-Boeing Joint Project Office has been awarded a contract for the production and delivery of two additional CV-22B Ospreys to US Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC)

First two Dhruv Mk IIIs delivered to Indian Coast Guard

An additional two Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) Dhruv Advanced Light Helicopters (ALHs) have been officially delivered to the Indian Coast Guard

 

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