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UAE signs mega deal to buy almost 100 aircraft from France

A record-breaking contract has been signed between France and the United Arab Emirates Air Force and Air Defence (UAEAF&AD) to acquire a record total of 80 Rafale F4s and 12 Airbus H225M Caracal helicopters

Protector passes system testing milestone

Royal Air Force Protector RG1 Remotely Piloted Air System (RPAS) development has passed another key milestone in the project with completion of a series of system level tests by its manufacturer, General Atomics- Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI)

Canada future fighter contest now a two-horse race

The department of Public Services and Procurement (PSPC) of the Canadian Government announced on December 1, that its future fighter capability project (FFCP) is down to only two remaining bidding companies

Last TLP flying course of 2021

The last flying course of the Tactical Leadership Programme (TLP) 2021 commenced on November 15 and is due to conclude on December 3

100 ARW receives Block 45 KC-135

The 100th Air Refueling Wing (ARW) at RAF Mildenhall, Suffolk, has received its first KC-135R Block 45 Stratotanker

First Spanish Air Force A330-200 is delivered

The first of three Airbus A330-200 (local Spanish designation T-24) aircraft ordered by the Ejército del Aire (Spanish Air Force) was delivered on November 30

Poland takes over Air Policing in Lithuania

Poland has taken over responsibility for NATO's Baltic Air Policing (BAP) mission from Šiauliai Air Base in Lithuania

RNLAF F-16s travel to Italy for training exercise

Between November 12-26 the Koninklijke Luchtmacht (KLu)/Royal Netherlands Air force (RNLAF) sent multiple F-16AM (MLU) Fighting Falcons over to Gioia del Colle Air Base, Italy, for Exercise Gioia Falcon

RAF Chinook and Puma mark 90 years of joint service

A joint flight with both specially painted Chinook HC.6 (ZD984) and Puma HC.2 (XW224) helicopters took place on November 25 to celebrate the combined 90 years of service between the aircraft

Video shows moment British F-35B crashes during take-off

An extraordinary video which appears to show a British Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II crashing into the Mediterranean during take-off, has been circulating on social media

Brazilian Navy receives first naval combat H225M

Airbus helicopters has announced the delivery of the first naval combat configured Airbus H225M to the Marinha do Brasil/ Brazilian Navy on November 24

RAAF bids farewell to the Classic Hornet

After over three and a half decades of service, the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) has farewelled the F/A-18A/B Hornet via an end of era event hosted on November 29

RAF to carry out ACE deployment in Outer Hebrides

Commencing November 29, the RAF will deploy both aircraft and personnel to Stornoway Airport on the Isle of Lewis, Scotland, for a training exercise to develop the Agile Combat Employment (ACE) concept

Slovenia to Purchase a C-27J from Italy

A Government to Government (G2G) agreement was signed on November 17 between Slovenia and Italy which will see Slovenia procure a Leonardo Company C-27J Spartan tactical transport aircraft from Italy

HMS Queen Elizabeth hosts Italian F-35s during cross deck exercise

HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08) welcomed Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II stealth fighters from both the Marina Militare/ Italian Navy and the Aeronautica Militare/ Italian Air Force during a cross deck exercise with Italian Carrier, ITS Cavour, on November 21

Norway receives first P-8A Poseidon

The Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency (NDMA) accepted the first of five Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft on November 18

RAF refuels Qatari Rafales for the first time

The Qatari Emiri Air Force's (QEAF) Dassault Rafales have conducted air-to-air refuelling (AAR) missions with a RAF Voyager KC2 Tanker for the first time during week-long Exercise Galway in Qatar

Exclusive video of B-1B airborne refuelling mission

Go behind the scenes with Key.Aero to RAF Mildenhall and onboard a 100ARW KC-135 performing an air-to-air refuelling mission in support of the 9th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron carrying out a Bomber Task Force Europe mission from RAF Fairford.

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MOD confirms retired RAF Sentinel sale to the US

The UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) has confirmed that the retired fleet of RAF Sentinel R1s are to be sold to a consortium instead of being scrapped, this is due to the sales bid being deemed more value for money to the UK taxpayer than the original fait of scrapping

Indonesia orders Airbus A400M

During the Dubai Airshow on November 18, the Indonesia Ministry Of Defence has placed an order for two Airbus A400M aircraft with a letter of intent (LOI) for the future acquisition of four additional aircraft

NATO RQ-4D Phoenix completes 24hr mission

A NATO Air Ground Surveillance (AGS) RQ-4D Phoenix has completed its first ever 24-hour long mission after departing to the Black Sea region and returning 24hrs later to its home air base in Sigonella, Italy, on November 16

British F-35B crashes in the Mediterranean

The UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) has confirmed that a Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II fifth-generation multi-role stealth fighter, assigned to No 617 Squadron ‘The Dambusters’ aboard HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08) has crashed into the Mediterranean Sea

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Swiss Hornets arrive at RAF Leeming for Yorknite 2021

Multiple Schweizer Luftwaffe/ Swiss Air Force Boeing F/A-18C/D Hornets touched down at RAF Leeming, North Yorkshire on November 15 with a four-week air-to-air and night operations training deployment ahead

RPAS to potentially deliver critical supplies to the frontline

The UK Ministry of Defence has initiated an agile procurement approach undertaken via a collaboration between DE&S FCG, the Royal Navy's OCTO, and the Royal Navy’s 700X Squadron with an objective to identify a RPAS to be used to transport critical cargo to the front line

AN-124 to provide NATO strategic airlift for next five years

A contract between NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPSA) and Antonov has been signed for AN-124-100 Ruslans to be utilised within the Strategic Airlift International Solution (SALIS) programme for the next five years

 

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