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Australian Army receives first leased AW139

Deliveries of Leonardo AW139 rotorcraft to the Australian Army Air Corps have recently commenced under the Army Interim Commercial Helicopter Capability (AICH) programme

RAF names sixth Poseidon MRA1

Although it has yet to be delivered, the RAF’s sixth Boeing P-8A Poseidon MRA1 maritime patrol aircraft has been named ‘Guernsey’s Reply’ to honour the close bond between No 201 Squadron, the island of Guernsey and Flt Lt Herbert Machon OBE

USAF tests new Ghost Reaper capabilities on MQ-9A

Enhanced capabilities for the USAF’s General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI) MQ-9A Reaper RPAS fleet are being tested by the New York Air National Guard’s 174th Attack Wing

Peruvian Cessna U206G crashes following technical issue

A Cessna U206G Stationair 6 II belonging to the Peruvian National Police crashed at Pucallpa-Capitán FAP David Abensur Rengifo International Airport, located in the nation’s Ucayali region, on May 14

New heritage scheme for 124th FW A-10C

A USAF-operated Fairchild Republic A-10C Thunderbolt II from the Idaho Air National Guard’s 124th FW at Boise Airport-Gowen Field has been rolled out sporting a new World War Two heritage paint scheme

USAF F-35As arrive in France for Atlantic Trident

Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II fifth-generation multi-role stealth fighters and airmen from the USAF’s 4th FS ‘Fighting Fuujins’ have deployed to Base Aérienne 118 in Mont-de-Marsan, France, ahead of Exercise Atlantic Trident 21

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CSG21: USMC Ospreys embark on HMS Queen Elizabeth

A pair of USMC-operated Bell Boeing MV-22B Ospreys have landed on board the Royal Navy’s new flagship aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08), to support the work-up effort ahead of the Carrier Strike Group 21 deployment

Bell completes Jet Ranger X deliveries to Jamaica

Bell Textron has completed the delivery of six 505 Jet Ranger X helicopters to the Jamaica Defence Force’s Air Wing, which will use the fleet to support public safety and training operations

US Navy continues AARGM-ER testing on Super Hornet

The US Navy has completed an Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile-Extended Range (AARGM-ER) captive-carry test flight on a Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet carrier-based multi-role fighter

F-15EX Eagle IIs debut at Exercise Northern Edge 21

Just weeks after their delivery to Eglin AFB in Florida, the USAF’s first two Boeing F-15EX Eagle IIs have taken to Alaskan skies for Exercise Northern Edge 21, which is being held from May 3-14

Chinese Z-8AWJS crashes during aerial firefighting mission

A Changhe Z-8AWJS multi-role utility helicopter belonging to the Chinese People’s Armed Police-Forestry Corps crashed into Erhai Lake in Dali City – located in China’s Yunnan Province – on May 10

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CSG21: HMS Queen Elizabeth works up Carrier Strike Group operations

As the Royal Navy’s Carrier Strike Group 21 works up operations in preparation for Exercise Strike Warrior and HMS Queen Elizabeth’s (R08) subsequent maiden global deployment, the aircraft on board have been honing their readiness skills

USMC ceases operations with legacy KC-130T fleet

The USMC has finally concluded operations with the legacy Lockheed KC-130T Hercules tactical tanker-transport fleet after 60 years of service

Eielson’s second F-35A unit receives first two aircraft

The second of two combat-coded USAF Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II fifth-generation multi-role stealth fighter squadrons at Eielson AFB, Alaska, has received its first two aircraft

L3Harris and Air Tractor launch Sky Warden ISR aircraft

L3Harris Technologies and Air Tractor have teamed up to produce the AT-802U Sky Warden, which they describe to be an affordable, production-ready aircraft designed for airborne ISR and other missions in extreme combat environments

Sweden orders Grob 120TP as new basic trainer

The Swedish Defence Materiel Administration has signed a contract with Germany-based Grob Aircraft SE to deliver a new basic training aircraft system to the nation’s armed forces

USMC receives first APG-79(V)4 AESA radar prototype

Raytheon Intelligence & Space has delivered the first APG-79(V)4 active electronically scanned array radar prototype to the USMC for testing on the Boeing F/A-18C/D Hornet multi-role fighter

USAF deploys six B-52Hs to Qatar

Six USAF-operated Boeing B-52H Stratofortress strategic heavy bombers have been deployed to Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar to protect US and coalition forces as they conduct drawdown operations from Afghanistan

Final AC-130W training flight for 551st SOS

As part of the drawdown of US Air Force Special Operations Command’s 551st Special Operations Squadron at Cannon AFB, New Mexico, the unit has ceased training with its Lockheed AC-130W Stinger II gunships

India’s purchase of six more P-8Is gains US approval

The US State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale (FMS) of six Boeing P-8I Neptune maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) and related equipment to India for an estimated cost of US$2.42bn

L3Harris and Bye to develop all-electric multi-mission aircraft

L3Harris Technologies and Bye Aerospace have signed an agreement to develop an all-electric, multi-mission aircraft, which will provide ISR capabilities for domestic and international operators

First F-35A for Lakenheath enters production

Lockheed Martin’s production facility in Fort Worth, Texas, has started manufacturing the first F-35A Lightning II fifth-generation multi-role stealth fighter for the UK-based 48th Fighter Wing at RAF Lakenheath, Suffolk

Airbus demos ground-based operation of C295 FITS mission system

Airbus has successfully concluded a flight test campaign featuring a new capability for the C295 FITS mission system (COMMOMISS), which enables it to be remotely operated by ground-based crews

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CSG21: HMS Queen Elizabeth departs on historic first deployment

The Royal Navy’s new flagship aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, departed from HMNB Portsmouth, Hampshire, on May 1 for a final test of its Carrier Strike Group, before continuing with the commencement of its historic maiden deployment

US approves sale of additional CH-47Fs to Australia

The US State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale of four Boeing CH-47F Chinooks and related equipment to the Australian government for an estimated cost of US$259m

 

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