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Royal Air Force retires E-3D Sentry AEW1

The UK officially retired its E-3D Sentry Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) fleet at a ceremony at RAF Waddington on September 28, marking the end of 30 years of service with the Royal Air Force (RAF)

US Navy receives first Block III Super Hornet

The US Navy has received its first of 78 contracted Block III Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornets, after the initial example departed Lambert International Airport in St Louis, Missouri, and arrived at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, on September 27

Belgian F-16s deploy to Landivisiau

Lockheed Martin F-16AM/BM (MLU) Fighting Falcons of the Belgian Air Component deployed to Landivisiau, Brittany in North-West France for a training exercise to maintain high level of qualifications, mainly at night whilst work is carried out on the infrastructure of Florennes Air Base

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100th ARW conducts ACE operations during Exercise High Life

The 100th Air Refueling Wing stationed at RAF Mildenhall, Suffolk, provided critical mission support during Exercise High Life, an Agile Combat Employment deployment to RAF Fairford, Gloucestershire, from September 13-16

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Nigerian A-29B delivery delayed in Iceland

Originally due to arrive at Scotland’s Prestwick Airport on September 19, six Sierra Nevada Corporation-Embraer A-29B Super Tucanos on a delivery flight to the Nigerian Air Force have been held captive at Keflavik, Iceland, due to poor weather conditions

Italian Navy receives final MH-90 MITT helicopter

NHIndustries has delivered the final MH-90 Maritime Italian Navy tactical transport (MITT) helicopter to the Italian Navy, where the type will be utilised for amphibious support and special forces operations

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F-117As conduct DACT training with 144th FW F-15s

Two Lockheed F-117A Nighthawks arrived at Fresno-Yosemite International Airport in California on September 13 to perform dissimilar air combat training (DACT) operations with Boeing F-15C/D Eagles assigned to the 144th FW

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RAF prepares to receive the Protector RG1

Throughout August and September, a General Atomics Aeronautical Systems MQ-9B SkyGuardian has been performing demonstration operations from RAF Waddington, Lincolnshire, as part of the SkyGuardian to the UK 2021 programme

South Korean UH-60Ps land on HMS Queen Elizabeth

Republic of Korea Navy-operated Sikorsky UH-60P Black Hawks landed on the HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08) for the first time this week during an at-sea Defence Engagement

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Qatari Hawks arrive at RAF Leeming

The arrival of the first two Qatar Emiri Air Force Hawk Mk167s at their new home of RAF Leeming, UK, where they will form part of a joint UK-Qatari fast-jet training squadron, marks the latest step in a burgeoning airborne relationship between the two countries

Draken to close UK-based helicopter training academy

Draken Europe has announced plans to close its UK-based Helicopter Academy at the end of this year with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic a key factor in the decision, as limitations on travel to and from the UK reduced its ability to secure new orders

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Turkish F-16s train with Polish forces during Enhanced Air Policing

Turkish Air Force Lockheed Martin F-16C/D Block 50+ Fighting Falcons currently deployed in Malbork, Poland for NATO Enhanced Air Policing conducted aerial manoeuvres with a Polish Air Force CASA C295M aircraft

B-2A Spirits conduct first-ever forward operations from Iceland

Three USAF Northrop Grumman B-2A Spirit stealth bombers from the 509th Bomb Wing at Whiteman AFB, Missouri, arrived at Keflavik Air Base, Iceland on August 23

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493rd FS deploys to RAF Leeming for Agile Liberty 21-2

The USAF’s 493rd Fighter Squadron ‘The Grim Reapers’ – a component of the 48th Fighter Wing – has deployed to RAF Leeming in North Yorkshire to participate in Exercise Agile Liberty 21-2

New Zealand sends C-130H(NZ) and personnel to Afghanistan

The New Zealand Defence Force has deployed around 80 military personnel alongside a RNZAF-operated Lockheed C-130H(NZ) Hercules aircraft to Afghanistan to support the ongoing evacuation efforts of coalition forces, civilians and collaborators from the country

Poland deploys F-16s to Iceland for the first time

As part of the NATO Icelandic Air Policing mission, the Polish Air Force has deployed multiple Lockheed Martin F-16C/D-52+ Fighting Falcon multi-role fighters to Iceland for a several-week deployment through September

French transports sent to Kabul to support mass withdrawal effort

With the ongoing deterioration of the security situation in Afghanistan, the President of the French Republic, Emmanuel Macron, has sent airlift assets from the French Air and Space Force to support evacuation efforts

Belgium sends multiple airlift assets to assist Kabul evacuations

Due to the ongoing situation in Afghanistan, the Belgian government approved evacuation operations from Kabul International Airport by Belgian defence air assets

Final US Navy E-2C completes PMI-2 process

The last US Navy-operated Northrop Grumman E-2C Hawkeye to complete the planned maintenance interval two (PMI-2) at the Fleet Readiness Center Southwest (FRCSW) departed NAS North Island, California, on August 3

British P-8A Poseidon MRA1 drops first torpedo

A recoverable exercise variant Mark 54 Lightweight Torpedo was dropped for the first time from a No 120 Squadron Poseidon MRA1 maritime patrol aircraft over the Moray Firth, near RAF Lossiemouth in Moray, Scotland - the home of the RAF's P-8A fleet - in late July

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Bell unveils design concepts for HSVTOL aircraft

Bell Textron revealed design concepts for military aircraft equipped with the company's High-Speed Vertical Take-Off and Landing (HSVTOL) technology on August 2

Norway's first P-8A Poseidon takes flight

The first Boeing P-8A Poseidon for the Royal Norwegian Air Force (RNoAF) performed its maiden flight on August 9. Taking off from Renton Municipal Airport, Washington with a destination of King County International Airport, Washington commonly known as Boeing Field

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64th FS F-35As play aggressor at Red Flag 21-3

During Red Flag 21-3, hosted at Nellis AFB, Nevada, between July 19 and August 6, Blue Air pilots of multiple US forces came across a simulated Red Air enemy that no other Blue Air pilots during Exercise Red Flag have come across before

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UK Sentry fleet stands down as disposal options considered

Following the completion of the last operational flight of the UK’s E-3D Sentry fleet, the UK Ministry of Defence is turning its attention to the potential sale or disposal of the aircraft

 

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