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Raytheon 727 Testbed participates in Valiant Shield

Raytheon Multi-Program Testbed (RMT) Boeing 727-223, N289MT, was one of the more unusual participants in Valiant Shield 22 (VS 22), the ninth iteration of the biennial exercise.

Brazil's first A330-243 inducted into operational service

A ceremony was held at Galeão Air Base, Rio de Janeiro, on July 26 to formally induct the first Airbus A330-243 into Brazilian Air Force service

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UK MOD releases report into last year’s Royal Navy Hawk T1A crash

A UK Ministry of Defence Service Inquiry report into the loss of Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm-operated Hawk T1A (serial XX189) – assigned to 736 Naval Air Squadron – on March 25, 2021, was released on July 28

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US State Department approves German F-35A purchase

In a further step towards Germany’s purchase of the F-35A, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced on July 28 that US State Department approval had been granted for the proposed Foreign Military Sale to the German government of F-35 aircraft, munitions and related equipment for an estimated cost of $8.4bn.

USSOCOM orders up to 75 AT-802U Sky Wardens for Armed Overwatch duty

US Special Operations Command (SOCOM) has awarded a contract worth up to $3bn to L3 Communications Integrated Systems for procurement of up to 75 Air Tractor AT-802U Sky Warden aircraft, in support of the Armed Overwatch programme

Indian Navy commissions two new Dhruv ALH Mk III squadrons

Two new Indian Navy squadrons have recently been commissioned to operate the HAL Dhruv Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) Mk III

AT-6E Wolverine achieves USAF Military Type Certification

Textron Aviation Defense’s Beechcraft AT-6E Wolverine has achieved Military Type Certification from the US Air Force.

PHOTOS: ROKAF KA-1 and USAF A-10Cs Buddy Sqn air-to-airs

Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) KA-1 Woongbi aircraft and US Air Force A-10C Thunderbolt IIs undertook a week-long training event in mid-July as part of the long-running Buddy Squadron (BS) programme, formerly known as the Buddy Wing.

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First ex-RAF E-3D Sentry AEW1 departs on delivery to Chile

Following the sale of two retired Royal Air Force E-3D Sentry AEW1s to the Chilean Air Force, the first of the two aircraft departed from their base at RAF Waddington, Lincolnshire, on July 25 to begin its delivery flight to Chile

Leonardo contracted by UK MOD for Proteus VTOL UAV demonstrator

A four-year contract, valued at €71m (£60m), has been awarded to Leonardo by the UK MOD's Defence Equipment and Support Future Capability Group to deliver the Rotary Wing Uncrewed Air System (RWUAS) Technology Demonstration Programme, or RWUAS CCD Phase 3 TDP