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Six more US Special Ops MH-47Gs ordered

Boeing has been awarded a contract to supply an additional six MH-47G helicopters by US Special Operations Command.

Three more RAAF F-35As delivered

A further three Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) F-35A Lightning IIs have been delivered. They arrived at RAAF Base Williamtown, New South Wales, on November 20.

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Two more A330 MRTTs ordered by the UAE

Airbus Defence and Space announced on the first day of the Dubai Air Show, November 14, that the United Arab Emirates Air Force & Air Defence (UAEAF&AD) has formally ordered two additional Airbus A330 Multirole Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft.

Thailand becomes international launch customer for AT-6 Wolverine

Textron Aviation Defense announced on November 14, the first day of the Dubai Air Show, that it has signed up the Royal Thai Air Force RTAF) as the international launch customer for the Beechcraft AT-6 Wolverine.

Algeria’s first C-130J being readied for delivery

Lockheed Martin is preparing to deliver the first Super Hercules for the Algerian Air Force, which has now been undergoing flight testing for several months from the manufacturer’s facility at Greenville- Donaldson Airport, South Carolina

Lockheed Martin awarded $10.8bn F-22 contract

Lockheed Martin was awarded a $10,8bn indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract on November 5 by the US Air Force Life Cycle Management Centre for Advanced Raptor Enhancement and Sustainment (ARES) for the F-22 Programme Office

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Report cites pilot error as cause of fatal USAF T-38C crash

A US Air Force Air Education and Training Command Accident Investigation Board Report has found that pilot error was to blame for a fatal crash involving a T-38C Talon near Dannelly Field in Montgomery, Alabama, on February 19, 2021

First operational test mission for the F-15EX

Full, large scale operational tests with the US Air Force’s first two Boeing F-15EX Eagle IIs recently got underway at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada. The 57th Wing at Nellis announced on October 22 that the new type’s first-ever operational test missions were being undertaken at Nellis from October 18-25, paired with F-15Cs and F-15Es

Another successful USMC Australian rotation concluded

Another US Marine Corps (USMC) Marine Rotational Force-Darwin (MRF-D) deployment to Australia has successfully concluded. After an eight-month stay in the Northern Territory, the contingent of approximately 2,200 Marines and their equipment which made up the tenth iteration of MRF-D made their way home during September and October

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New Malaysian Navy AW139s test flying

Two Leonardo AW139 maritime operations helicopters (MOH) destined for Tentaru Laut Diraja Malaysia (TLDM – Royal Malaysian Navy) service have recently been test flying in Italy while being prepared for delivery.

Indonesia receives second new-build NC212i transport

A new NC212i light transport aircraft has been delivered to the Indonesian Air Force by PT Dirgantari Indonesia (PTDI)

India's third MH-60R completes pre-delivery testing

Lockheed Martin India announced on October 13 that the third Sikorsky MH-60R Seahawk for the Indian Navy - serial IN753 - has completed pre-delivery testing ahead of schedule

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Overheating APU caused nearly US$3m of damage to USAF F-22

A new US Air Force Aircraft Accident Investigation Board Report has revealed that an overheating auxiliary power unit (APU) caused nearly US$3m of damage to an F-22A Raptor in a previously unreported incident at Nellis AFB, Nevada, on October 30, 2020

New Zealand retires first P-3K2 Orion

The Royal New Zealand Air Force retired its first Lockheed P-3K2 Orion maritime patrol aircraft on September 24, after 55 years of operational service

Second Boeing 737 arrives in the UK for Wedgetail conversion

A second Boeing 737 has been delivered to the UK for conversion to E-7A Wedgetail AEW1 airborne early warning and control configuration for the RAF

USAF’s first Europe-based F-35A unit activated at Lakenheath

During a ceremony at RAF Lakenheath, Suffolk, on October 1, the USAF re-activated the first USAFE Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II fifth-generation multi-role stealth fighter squadron as part of the resident 48th FW

Australia to buy attrition replacement for lost Growler

US State Department approval has been granted for the possible Foreign Military Sale of a single US Navy Boeing EA-18G Growler to the Australian government, which will act as an attrition replacement for an example that was damaged beyond repair by an engine fire on January 27, 2018

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Power on for Portugal’s first KC-390

Embraer is making good progress with manufacture of the first Portuguese Air Force KC-390 Millennium, after the air arm revealed that the aircraft had achieved ‘power on’ for the first time at Embraer's factory in Gavião Peixoto, Brazil, on September 21

Boeing awarded contract for five German Poseidons

Boeing has been awarded a contract for the production and delivery of five Lot 12 P-8A Poseidons for the government of Germany

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Rolls-Royce wins $2.6bn B-52H re-engining contract

Rolls-Royce has emerged as the winner of the competition to re-engine the USAF's 76-strong fleet of Boeing B-52H Stratofortress long-range strategic heavy bombers, beating off competition from GE Aviation and Pratt & Whitney

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India finalises acquisition of 56 Airbus C295s

India has formalised the acquisition of 56 Airbus C295 medium transport aircraft to replace its ageing fleet of HAL/BAe 748M Subroto aircraft, which are primarily referred to locally as the Avro, after the company which originally designed the type. The finalisation of the deal was announced by Airbus Defence and Space on September 24

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Colombia takes delivery of two ex-USAF C-130Hs

Two ex-USAF Lockheed C-130H Hercules tactical transports were handed-over to the Colombian Air Force during a formal donation ceremony in Colombia at El Dorado, Bogotà, on September 21

US completes first Turkish KC-135R upgrade

A Turkish Air Force-operated Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker has recently been returned to Turkey after completion of a Block 45 upgrade

Sixth Poseidon MRA1 delivered to the RAF

The RAF took delivery of its sixth Boeing P-8A Poseidon MRA1 on September 21. The aircraft - serial ZP806 'Guernsey's Reply' (c/n 66106/8680, ex N665DS), callsign ‘Poseidon 1’ - landed at RAF Lossiemouth in Moray, Scotland, at around 0840hrs following a transatlantic ferry flight

Smart heritage scheme for South Dakota ANG F-16C

A US Air Force/South Dakota Air National Guard (SDANG) F-16CM Fighting Falcon from the 114th Fighter Wing’s 175th FS ‘Lobos’ has been painted in a stylish blue and white colour scheme to commemorate the SDANG’s 75th anniversary

 

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