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Recharging airborne drones using laser equipped tankers

The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA) has asked industry to propose methods of recharging drones in mid-air using a laser strapped to a USAF tanker. Combat Aircraft Journal reports...

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An investigation into the US military's close encounters with UFOs

A Congressional hearing has been told that military pilots have had several close encounters with unidentified flying objects. Combat Aircraft Journal investigates these ‘near misses’

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Behind-the-scenes on Italy's third F-35A rotation in Iceland

Combat Aircraft Journal reports on the Aeronautic Militare’s deployment of four F-35As Lightnings to Keflavik Air Base in Iceland for the third time

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CMV-22B Osprey: The US Navy's New Carrier Onboard Delivery Aircraft

It is only two years since the US Navy received its first new carrier onboard delivery aircraft. Combat Aircraft Journal reports on its progress

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Inside the biggest C-130 base in the world: Little Rock AFB

Little Rock Air Force Base in Arkansas is the largest C-130 base in the world and home of Stateside Hercules training. Combat Aircraft Journal pays a visit to this super base and talks to the personnel of the 19th AW

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Taiwan’s air defence network and China’s efforts to suppress it

David Axe reports on Taiwan’s air defence network and China’s efforts to suppress it

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What happened to the Northrop Grumman/EADS North America KC-45A?

Finding a new tanker for the USAF has never been an easy process. David Willis details the highs and lows of the Northrop Grumman/EADS North America KC-45A in the KC-X programme

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North Macedonia's Exercise Swift Response 22

The Swift Response 22 military exercise took place in May along the eastern flank of NATO, highlighting the ability of the US and its Allies to conduct near-simultaneous airborne operations from the Arctic Circle to the Balkans. Igor Bozinovski focuses on the role played by North Macedonia

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Inside ESQ601: Portugal's P-3C CUP+ Squadron

With the aging Lockheed Martin P-3 Orion commonly being replaced by the Boeing P-8A Poseidon, Joe Campion reports on how the Portuguese Air Force and its fleet prove the maritime patrol legend is still worthy of its role

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