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Switzerland selects F-35A as new fighter

Switzerland’s Federal Council determined at its meeting on June 30 that the procurement of 36 Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II fifth-generation multi-role fighters represented the most suitable solution for protecting the Swiss population from future air threats

Australia receives two additional Chinooks

A pair of additional Boeing CH-47F Chinook heavy-lift tactical transport helicopters have been delivered to the Australian Army Aviation Corps

GA-ASI rolls out first MQ-9A Reaper for the RNLAF

During a ceremony at General Atomics Aeronautical Systems production facility in Poway, California, on July 7; the first MQ-9A Reaper UAV for the Royal Netherlands Air Force – serial M-001 – was formally unveiled

USMC starts divesting RQ-21A Blackjack UAVs

As part of the radical re-organisation of the USMC under the Force Design 2030 programme, the service has retired its first two Boeing Insitu RQ-21A Blackjack UAVs

USAF releases new artist’s rendering of B-21 Raider

A new graphic showing an artist’s concept of the Northrop Grumman B-21 Raider was released by the USAF on July 6

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Germany orders five P-8A Poseidons

The German Federal Ministry of Defence signed a letter of offer and acceptance on June 30 for the purchase of five Boeing P-8A Poseidons through the US government’s Foreign Military Sales programme

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Marshall returns first overhauled KC-130J to USMC

Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group has completed and redelivered the first USMC Lockheed Martin KC-130J Hercules tactical tanker-transport to undergo a planned maintenance interval at its maintenance, repair and overhaul facility in Cambridge, UK

Multiple fatalities in Philippine C-130H crash

A Lockheed C-130H Hercules tactical transport belonging to the Philippine Air Force crashed while attempting to land at Jolo Airport on Jolo Island in the nation’s Sulu province on July 4, killing 47 people

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US Navy buys RAF E-3D for E-6B training

An RAF Boeing E-3D Sentry AEW1 airborne early warning and control aircraft has been sold to the US Navy for use as an in-flight trainer in support of the Boeing E-6B Mercury programme

French ALSR deploys to Djibouti for trials

One of the French Air and Space Force’s two new Beechcraft King Air 350ER VADOR intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft has been recently deployed to Djibouti for hot weather trials

Belarus delivers four MiG-29s to Serbia

Four Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-29 Izdeliye 9-13 (Variant 9-13) Fulcrum-C multi-role fighters have been delivered to the Serbian Air Force and Air Defence by the Republic of Belarus

Colombia receives first two T-6C Texan IIs

The Colombian Air Force has taken delivery of its first two Beechcraft T-6C Texan II single-engine turboprop training aircraft

New Grand Caravans join Paraguayan Air Force

A further two brand-new Cessna 208B Grand Caravan EX light transport aircraft have entered service with the Paraguayan Air Force

Nine more CH-53Ks ordered for USMC

Lockheed Martin subsidiary Sikorsky has been awarded a contract to build nine more CH-53K King Stallion in a deal which also includes a contract option for a further nine of these heavy-lift transport helicopters

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USAF receives 46th KC-46A

The USAF’s 77th Air Refueling Squadron ‘Totin Tigers’ – a component of the 916th Air Refueling Wing – has received its seventh Boeing KC-46A Pegasus, marking the 46th example of the tanker to be delivered to the air arm

US green lights F-16 sale to the Philippines

US State Department approval has been given for a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Philippine government of Lockheed Martin F-16 Block 70/72 Fighting Falcon multi-role fighters and related equipment for an estimated cost of US$2.43bn

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Super Tucanos delivered to Turkmenistan

While no order has been officially announced, deliveries of new Embraer A-29B Super Tucano light attack aircraft to the Turkmenistan Air Force have recently begun

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Boeing awarded production contract for new RAF Chinooks

Boeing has received a Foreign Military Sales contract to provide 14 new H-47 Extended Range (ER) Chinook heavy-lift tactical transport helicopters for the RAF

US Army orders more AH-64Es from Boeing

The US Army Contracting Command has contracted Boeing to remanufacture an additional 12 AH-64D Apache Longbow attack helicopters into the AH-64E Apache Guardian configuration

Australian F-35As participate in Arnhem Thunder 21

Royal Australian Air Force-operated Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning IIs have been deployed to RAAF Base Darwin, Northern Territory, to participate in Exercise Arnhem Thunder for the first time

Manufacture of first two B-21 Raiders completed

Significant progress has been made with the new Northrop Grumman B-21 Raider long-range strategic stealth bomber, following the revelation that the first two prototypes have now been completed at Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale, California

Bulgarian MiG-29 crashes into the Black Sea

A Bulgarian Air Force-operated Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-29 'Fulcrum' crashed into the Black Sea off the nation’s Shabla peninsula in the early hours of June 9

Ecuador receives final three H145Ms

Airbus Helicopters has completed the delivery of six H145M utility helicopters to the Ecuadorian Air Force

Croatia opts for second-hand Rafales

Croatia has decided to purchase 12 second-hand Dassault Rafale F3-Rs from France to replace the nation's matured Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21bis-D/UMD fleet, which currently comprises just eight airframes

Contract issued for Philippine Hercules refurbishment

Tyonek Services Overhaul Facility has been contracted to perform Excess Defense Article regeneration work on a number of Philippine Air Force C-130 Hercules tactical transports under the US Foreign Military Sales programme

 

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