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USMC and US Navy perform simultaneous manned and unmanned operations

The USMC’s Operational Test and Evaluation Squadron One (VMX-1) and the US Navy’s Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 23 (HSC-23) teamed up to conduct development in integrating manned and unmanned rotary-wing aircraft at Naval Air Facility El Centro, California, on March 10

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Ukrainian Su-27 diverts fully armed to Romania

A Sukhoi Su-27 Flanker of the Ukrainian Air Force fully armed landed at 95th Air Base of the Romanian Air Force (RoAF) in Bacău

USAF deploy F-22 Raptors plus other assets to the Middle East

Post multiple attacks throughout January which threatened US and Emirati armed forces stationed In Abu Dhabi, USAF F-22 Raptors deployed to Al Dhafra Air Base, in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on February 12

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Portugal's military cooperation with Angola

The Military Cooperation between Portugal and Angola started in 1998, in Aeronautical Military School of National Air Force (EMAFAN) near the city of Lobito, Angola, with the objective to help the instruction of the military formation and to provide support on the organisation and efficiency of the military training institutes

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Portugal prepares for the arrival of KC-390 at Beja Air Base

As the Portuguese Air Force prepares for the scheduled arrival of its first Embraer KC-390 in March 2023, work is underway on the infrastructure at Base Aérea 11/Beja Air Base, the selected home of the new transport aircraft

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Portuguese P-3C Orion supports search for missing adventurer

While the P-3C maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) might more commonly be associated with anti-submarine warfare operations, one of, if not the most, important missions the type will regularly undertake will be that of search and rescue (SAR)

Germany and Denmark strengthen NATO Air Policing operations in Romania and Lithuania

During February and March, nations Germany and Denmark have and will deploy fighter assets under the ‘plug & fight’ series in Romania and Lithuania, in reaction to Russia's military activity on the borders of Ukraine

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Behind the scenes: Portugal deploying F-16s to Iceland

Portuguese Air Force F-16AM (MLU) Fighting Falcons from Esq201 "Falcoes" and Esq301 "Jaguares" departed Base Area 05, Monte Real, in the early hours of January 27 for a NATO Icelandic Air Policing detachment

Top Aces flies F-16 Advanced Aggressor Fighter for the first time

Top Aces performed the first flight of its newly procured F-16 Advanced Aggressor Fighter (AAF) equipped with an Advanced Aggressor Mission System (AAMS) on January 19

Sikorsky-Boeing completes Defiant mission profile testing

The Sikorsky-Boeing SB>1 Defiant helicopter has successfully completed Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft (FLRAA) mission profile tests

Leonardo to deliver E-Scan radars for German and Spanish Eurofighters

Leonardo announced on January 14 that it has signed a contract worth €260m to develop and deliver the Hensoldt-led European Common Radar System (ECRS) Mk 1 radar for German and Spanish EF-2000s

Norway’s F-35s officially take QRA role from the F-16

The Royal Norwegian Air Force (RNoAF) F-35A Lightning IIs officially took the role providing Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) from the F-16AM/BM (MLU) Fighting Falcon fleet after 42 years of service to NATO and Norway on January 6

Netherlands reaches IOC with F-35

The Netherlands Ministry of Defence and Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) declared initial operational capability (IOC) for its F-35A fleet on December 27

SAAB and FMV sign contract for Gripen E Equipment

A contract has been signed between Saab and the Swedish Defence Material Administration (FMV) regarding new equipment for the Gripen E

MacDill AFB titled preferred location for next KC-46A Pegasus base

The US Department of the Air Force selected MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, for the preferred location to host the next active-duty KC-46A Pegasus unit on December 21

USMC complete testing for next-gen air-to-ground missile

The USMC recently completed joint air-to-ground missile (JAGM) testing on the AH-1Z Viper attack helicopter at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida

Belgium replaces Italy in Estonia for NATO Air Policing

Italy handed the Baltic Air Policing (BAP) baton at the start of December to Belgium, after a record-breaking detachment period

USMC one step closer to deploying the F-35C aboard carriers

VMFA-314 complete final integrated training cycle with CSG 3 and are now one step closer to being the first USMC unit to deploy aboard a carrier with the F-35C

UK MOD announces recovery of crashed F-35B

The UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) has officially announced that the British F-35B which crashed on take-off from HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08) on November 17 has been recovered from the Mediterranean Sea

Indian defence chief killed in helicopter crash

India's Chief of Defence Staff, Gen Bipin Rawat, has been killed after an Indian Air Force Mi-17V5 helicopter in which he was travelling crashed on the morning of December 8

KC-46A Pegasus receives more approvals

The KC-46A Pegasus reached its fourth Interim Capability Release (ICR) following approval from Gen Mike Minihan, commander of Air Mobility Command on December 6, marking the latest milestone in the US Air Force's ongoing tanker programme

RAF C-17 takes part in exercise Clockwork for the first time

RAF Air Mobility Force (AMF) assets from RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire, have started deploying personnel from all three UK MOD services to Northern Norway for an annual cold weather training exercise

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COVID-19 forces Swiss Cougars to depart Leeming early

The detachment of three Schweizer Luftwaffe (Swiss Air Force) Eurocopter AS532UL Cougars at RAF Leeming, North Yorkshire, have packed up much earlier than expected and head back home to Switzerland due to the latest variant of COVID-19 crisis ongoing in Europe

F-16 Fighting Falcons for Draken US

US-based adversarial support contractor Draken US has signed contracts to procure over 20 F-16 Fighting Falcons from the Netherlands and Norway

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Seymour Johnson F-15Es to train at RAF Lakenheath

US Air Force F-15E Strike Eagles of the 336th FS from the 4th FW at Seymour Johnson AFB, North Carolina, are currently at RAF Lakenheath, Suffolk, to undergo further training with NATO Allies and partners

 

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