Josef Campion

Top Aces flies F-16 Advanced Aggressor Fighter for the first time

Top Aces performed the first flight of its newly procured F-16 Advanced Aggressor Fighter (AAF) equipped with an Advanced Aggressor Mission System (AAMS) on January 19

Sikorsky-Boeing completes Defiant mission profile testing

The Sikorsky-Boeing SB>1 Defiant helicopter has successfully completed Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft (FLRAA) mission profile tests

Leonardo to deliver E-Scan radars for German and Spanish Eurofighters

Leonardo announced on January 14 that it has signed a contract worth €260m to develop and deliver the Hensoldt-led European Common Radar System (ECRS) Mk 1 radar for German and Spanish EF-2000s

Norway’s F-35s officially take QRA role from the F-16

The Royal Norwegian Air Force (RNoAF) F-35A Lightning IIs officially took the role providing Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) from the F-16AM/BM (MLU) Fighting Falcon fleet after 42 years of service to NATO and Norway on January 6

Netherlands reaches IOC with F-35

The Netherlands Ministry of Defence and Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) declared initial operational capability (IOC) for its F-35A fleet on December 27

SAAB and FMV sign contract for Gripen E Equipment

A contract has been signed between Saab and the Swedish Defence Material Administration (FMV) regarding new equipment for the Gripen E

MacDill AFB titled preferred location for next KC-46A Pegasus base

The US Department of the Air Force selected MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, for the preferred location to host the next active-duty KC-46A Pegasus unit on December 21

USMC complete testing for next-gen air-to-ground missile

The USMC recently completed joint air-to-ground missile (JAGM) testing on the AH-1Z Viper attack helicopter at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida

Belgium replaces Italy in Estonia for NATO Air Policing

Italy handed the Baltic Air Policing (BAP) baton at the start of December to Belgium, after a record-breaking detachment period

USMC one step closer to deploying the F-35C aboard carriers

VMFA-314 complete final integrated training cycle with CSG 3 and are now one step closer to being the first USMC unit to deploy aboard a carrier with the F-35C