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Moscow suffers blow as Ukraine downs two Russian command aircraft in one night

While operating over the waters of the Sea of Azov at approximately 2110hrs (local time) on the night of January 14, two high-value aircraft of the Russian Aerospace Forces were struck by Ukrainian missiles, with one crashing and the other being forced to make an emergency landing

Brazilian Air Force gains fifth modernised E-99M

Embraer Defense & Security announced it had handed over its fifth modernised EMB 145-based E-99M AEW&C aircraft to the Brazilian Air Force on November 23, marking an important milestone for the upgrade programme as it saw the first aircraft delivered in its Full Operational Capability configuration

NATO joins Wedgetail revolution as it confirms E-3A Sentry fleet successor

NATO revealed on November 15 that Boeing’s E-7A Wedgetail has been selected to succeed the alliance’s ageing E-3A Sentry airborne warning and control system (AWACS) fleet, which entered operational service with the organisation in 1982

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US border agency begins to scale back AEW-configured Orion fleet

The US Customs and Border Protection agency’s Air and Marine Operations branch has started scaling back its P-3B operations and has retired at least two of its radar-equipped Orions

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UK MOD told to reverse cut in E-7A Wedgetail fleet size by British MPs

The decision by the UK MOD to cut its E-7A Wedgetail AEW1 fleet from five aircraft to three is “perverse” and must be reversed, the findings of an aviation procurement investigation has said

Tinker AFB bids farewell to more E-3 Sentry AWACS

A further two E-3B/G Sentry aircraft have taken off from Tinker AFB for the final time, having been flown from the Oklahoma base to Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona, to be placed in long-term storage as the USAF continues to drawdown its ageing AWACS fleet

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UK airpower in crisis amid growing threat of war, MPs say

The state of UK airpower and its inability to counter the growing threat of war has been laid bare in a damning report by an influential group of British MPs

Northrop Grumman to deliver three unique E-2D Advanced Hawkeyes to France

Northrop Grumman has been awarded a $387m (€352m) contract modification to produce three uniquely configured E-2D Advanced Hawkeye airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft for the French Navy

USAF hopes to accelerate E-7 Wedgetail procurement

USAF Chief of Staff Gen Charles Q Brown Jr, RAF Chief of the Air Staff ACM Sir Richard Knighton, and his RAAF counterpart, AM Robert Chapman, have signed a “joint vision statement” committing the three air arms to cooperate in E-7A Wedgetail “capability development, evaluation and testing, interoperability, sustainment, operations, training and safety”

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UK MOD criticised over E-7A Wedgetail procurement in damning new report

The UK's decision to cut its order for Boeing E-7A Wedgetail AEW1 airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft from five examples to three has been described as an "absolute folly" in a damning new report by an influential group of MPs