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Airbus delivers 100th A400M

Airbus Defence and Space has recently completed the 100th delivery of its A400M Atlas heavy-lift tactical transport, with this example being handed over to the Spanish Air Force

More S-70is delivered to the Philippines

An additional five Sikorsky S-70i Black Hawk battlefield utility helicopters have been delivered to the Philippine Air Force, after being rolled off the Polish production line

Brazil to cut back KC-390 order

Brazil has announced it will reduce its Embraer KC-390 Millennium order in light of new budget restrictions brought on by the global COVID-19 pandemic, which have led to cutbacks on resources allocated to the defence sector

USAF releases report into C-130H3 accident in Iraq

An executive summary of the US Air Force Accident Investigation Board report into the accident involving a C-130H3 Hercules at Al Taji Army Airfield, Iraq, on June 8, 2020, has been released by Air Mobility Command

Kyrgyz Air Force Mi-8MT crashes near Kichi-Alai

A Mil Mi-8MT belonging to the Kyrgyz Air Force crashed near Kichi-Alai in the Nookat district of Kyrgyzstan’s Osh region on June 4

Ebbing ANGB selected to host FMS F-35 training centre

The Department of the Air Force has selected Ebbing ANGB in Fort Smith, Arkansas, as the preferred location for establishing an F-35 Lightning II training centre for Foreign Military Sales participants

US approves Australian AH-64E purchase

The US State Department has approved the possible Foreign Military Sale of 29 Boeing AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopters and associated equipment to the Australian government

Brazil green lights tanker transport acquisition

Brazil’s Ministry of Defence has approved the purchase of two multi-role tanker transport (MRTT) aircraft, which will supplement the Brazilian Air Force’s existing air-to-air refuelling fleet

US Navy to receive two more E-2Ds with upgraded software

Northrop Grumman has been awarded a contract to procure two additional E-2D Advanced Hawkeye Delta System/Software Configuration Build IV (DSSC-4) developmental test aircraft

Nigeria receives special mission Citation CJ3s, AW109s

Two Cessna 525B CitationJet CJ3s, which have been modified for maritime security missions, are ready to enter Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) service as part of the Deep Blue Project

USAF orders six more BACN Global 6000s

Six additional Battlefield Airborne Communications Node (BACN)-configured Bombardier Global 6000 aircraft have been ordered by the USAF

Top Aces flies its first ex-Israeli F-16A Netz

Top Aces, the advanced military adversary training provider, has flown the first of its newly-acquired fleet of former-Israeli Air Force F-16A/B Block 5 Netz fighters and has also achieved certification to operate the type

AFSOC receives final CV-22B Osprey

US Air Force Special Operations Command’s 727th Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron/20th Air Maintenance Unit rolled out the final Bell Boeing CV-22B Osprey at Cannon AFB, New Mexico, on May 22

Singapore begins two-month deployment to Guam

A contingent of air assets from the Republic of Singapore Air Force – including multi-role fighters and CAEW aircraft – has arrived at Andersen AFB, Guam, for a two-month deployment to the Pacific island

First Il-76MD-90A rolls off new production line

A new, upgraded and automated final assembly line at the CJSC Aviastar-SP JSC plant in the Russian city of Ulyanovsk has completed its first Ilyushin Il-76MD-90A heavy-lift strategic transport aircraft

Nigerian Air Force inducts JF-17 into service

Three newly delivered Chengdu Aircraft Corporation-Pakistan Aeronautical Complex JF-17 Thunder multi-role combat aircraft have been formally inducted into Nigerian Air Force service

JMSDF's first XSH-60L prototype takes flight

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries has flown the first prototype of the XSH-60L – a further development by the Japanese firm of the Sikorsky SH-60 Seahawk anti-submarine/anti-surface warfare helicopter

Patrouille Suisse F-5E crashes in the Alps

A Northrop F-5E Tiger II light fighter/jet trainer from the Swiss Air Force’s Patrouille Suisse aerobatic team crashed near the mountain resort village of Melchsee-Frutt in Switzerland’s Obwalden canton in the morning of May 26

Russia deploys Tu-22M3s to Syria for the first time

Three Tupolev Tu-22M3 'Backfire-C' long-range strategic bombers from the Russian Aerospace Forces have been deployed to Latakia-Khmeimim Air Base in Syria for the first time

CH-47F deliveries to Singapore begin

Delivery of the first Boeing CH-47F Chinook heavy-lift tactical transport helicopters to the Republic of Singapore Air Force has recently commenced

F-35As conduct acoustic and emissions testing at RAF Lakenheath

Two USAF-operated Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning IIs from the Vermont ANG – which recently arrived in the UK – are being used to prepare RAF Lakenheath, Suffolk, for the arrival of its first fifth-generation multi-role stealth fighters

French Navy orders two additional H160s

France’s Fleet Air Arm has ordered a further two Airbus Helicopters H160s, which will be delivered to the service in a search and rescue (SAR) configuration

Belarusian Yak-130 crashes in Baranovichi

A Yakovlev Yak-130 belonging to the Belarusian Air Force and Air Defence Forces crashed near a residential area in Baranovichi on May 19, killing both pilots

Five aircraft prototype contracts awarded for Armed Overwatch

Prototypes of five different aircraft have been ordered for competitive demonstrations under US Special Operations Command’s Armed Overwatch programme

USAF reveals latest KC-46A base candidates

Candidate locations for the next active-duty and Air Force Reserve Command (AFRC) main operating bases to host Boeing KC-46A Pegasus tanker aircraft have been selected by the USAF

 

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