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Indian Navy leases Dornier 228 to Mauritius Coast Guard

An official ceremony was conducted at the Maritime Air Squadron of the Mauritius National Coast Guard at Plaisance/Sir Seewoosagur International Airport on September 13 to hand over a Passenger Variant Dornier on lease from the Indian Navy

AFSOC developing amphibious capability for MC-130J

US Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) is moving forward with long-standing plans to develop an amphibious capability for the Lockheed Martin MC-130J Commando II

USAF B-2A Spirit damaged in emergency landing

A USAF Northrop Grumman B-2A Spirit stealth bomber assigned to the 509th BW experienced an in-flight malfunction during a routine training mission on September 14 and made an emergency landing at Whiteman AFB

Indonesia’s first C-130J-30 in production

After much speculation over the last couple of years, it has finally been confirmed that the Indonesian Air Force has ordered the C-130J Super Hercules

£400m upgrade for RAF C-17As and Chinooks

The UK's Boeing Chinook HC5/HC6 helicopters are to be enhanced with state-of-the-art defensive systems, while the RAF's C-17A Globemaster III fleet will receive a software and hardware upgrade

New designation for Army Air Corps jungle support unit

The Army Air Corps' Brunei-based No 7 Flight - which operates the Bell 212 AH1/AH3 - has been re-designated as No 667 Squadron

Pakistan Navy inducts first Lineage 1000 maritime patrol aircraft

An induction ceremony was held at Pakistan Naval Station Mehran, Karachi, on September 2 for the Pakistan Navy’s first modern long range maritime patrol twin-jet aircraft, the Embraer ERJ-190ECJ Lineage 1000

F-15E completes first successful maritime JDAM test

Three USAF F-15E Strike Eagles from the 53rd Wing’s 85th Test and Evaluation Squadron ‘Skulls’ at Eglin AFB, Florida, supported a test as part of the Quicksink Joint Capability Technology Demonstration on August 26

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Argentina receives first C-12B Huron

After a slight delay, the first of ten former US Navy TC-12B/UC-12B Hurons for the Argentine Air Force has been delivered

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Bahrain Amiri Royal Flight receives new Avro RJ70

A new Avro RJ70 acquired by the Bahrain Amiri Royal Flight passed through Luqa Airport, Malta, during its delivery flight on August 27

US Reaper air strike in Afghanistan kills two ISIS-K members

An air strike using a General Atomics Aeronautical Systems MQ-9A Reaper unmanned aerial vehicle was carried out by the US military on August 28, targeting ISIS-K militants in Afghanistan

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New life for former US Army C-23B+ Sherpas

Three former US Army Short C-23B+ Sherpas have recently departed from storage with the 309th AMARG at Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona. Destined for a new life in civilian hands, the aircraft follow four others that left this year

Russia signs Tu-95MS, MiG-31 upgrade contracts

Modernisation contracts were signed at the international military and technical forum 'Army-2021', held at Kubinka Air Base near Moscow from August 22-28, for the Russian Aerospace Force’s MiG-31 fighter-interceptors and Tupolev Tu-95MS strategic missile carriers

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Qatar's first PC-24 enters final assembly

Pilatus Aircraft is progressing well with manufacture of the first of two Qatar Emiri Air Force PC-24 Super Versatile Jets. The first aircraft appeared outside at the factory on Stans Airfield, Switzerland, on September 1

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INSIGHT: An overview of the two-week airlift effort to evacuate Kabul

We give an overview of the massive two-week airlift from Kabul, which extracted thousands of Afghans and many other nationalities fleeing from the Taliban takeover

Irish Air Corps’ first C295W in production

The initial Airbus Defence C295W for the Irish Air Corps is progressing well on the production line at Seville-San Pablo Airport, Spain

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USAF releases report into MQ-9A crash in Africa

A newly released USAF Abbreviated Aircraft Accident Investigation Board report has revealed the previously unreported loss of an MQ-9A Reaper RPAS in an unspecified location in the US Africa Command Area of Responsibility on June 24, 2020

UK accelerates Hawk T1 retirement plans

Plans to retire the Royal Air Force's British Aerospace Hawk T1 fleet have been accelerated

Lockheed Martin receives Indian C-130J-30 support contract

Lockheed Martin announced on August 24 that it has been awarded a US$328.8m, five-year contract from the Indian Air Force to provide dedicated and comprehensive support for India's fleet of 12 C-130J-30 Super Hercules tactical transports

US State Department abandons seven CH-46Es in Kabul

Seven Boeing Vertol CH-46E Sea Knight helicopters operated by the US Department of State Air Wing (DoSAW) have been abandoned in Afghanistan

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Kenya receives three additional Grob G120TPs

An additional three Grob G120TPs have been delivered to the Kenyan Air Force

Qatar's first F-15QA officially rolled out

A formal roll-out ceremony for the Qatar Emiri Air Force's first F-15QA was held at Boeing’s facility in St Louis, Missouri, on August 25

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Russia signs contract for first upgraded Ka-52Ms

Russian Helicopters announced on August 24 that it had signed a contract with the Russian Ministry of Defence to supply the first modernised Ka-52M attack helicopters

Final MC-130H completes PDM process

The last USAF MC-130H Combat Talon II aircraft to receive programmed depot maintenance (PDM) at the Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex at Robins AFB, Georgia, has been completed

French Reaper launches GBU-12 for the first time in Niger

The French Air and Space Force announced on August 24 that it has for the first time launched a GBU-12 laser-guided munition from an MQ-9A Reaper Block 5 during an operational mission

 

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