Military

Rafale F3Rs deploy to Al Dhafra

A PAIR of Armée de l’Air (French Air Force) Rafale B fighters deployed to Base Aérienne 104 Al Dhafra, United Arab Emirates, for hot weather trials of the latest F3R capability standard this summer.

Major assembly of first Belgian A400M completed

AIRBUS DEFENCE and Security has completed major assembly of the first A400M for Belgium, c/n 106, on the Final Assembly Line (FAL) at Seville-San Pablo Airport, Spain.

First T-345A for Italian Air Force

THE FIRST M-345 for the Aeronautica Militare (Italian Air Force) made its maiden flight from Venegono, home of the Leonardo Aircraft factory, on August 13.

Nine additional F-35As for Netherlands

THE KONINKLIJKE Luchtmacht (Royal Netherlands Air Force, RNLAF) is to receive a further nine F-35As in addition to the 37 already ordered.

First French Air Force KC-130J delivered

A FIRST KC-130J for the Armée de l’Air (French Air Force) was delivered to Base Aérienne 123 Orléans- Bricy on September 19.

One final salute as Tucano bows out

The Royal Air Force retired the Shorts Tucano T1 today at RAF Linton-on-Ouse, with the graduation of the students of Basic Fast Jet Training (BFJT) course 274.

Italian AMX hits 30

THE AERONAUTICA Militare (Italian Air Force) celebrated two important milestones – 30 years of the AMX A-11 in Italian service and the 80th anniversary of the 51° Stormo – during an event at Istrana air base in the northeast of the country on September 13.

Paramount Group secures future of AHRLAC

The Aerospace Development Corporation (ADC), manufacturer of the Advanced High Performance Reconnaissance Light Aircraft (AHRLAC) aircraft has been "rescued" by Paramount Group.

USAF sees red with eagerly awaited aggressor training contract

The US Air Force (USAF) has selected several companies to provide its regular Combat Air Force (CAF) with adversary air (ADAIR) training operations in a huge multi-billion dollar contract.

ANALYSIS: Hypersonic missiles may save B-1B

WHILE SENIOR USAF officials consider divesting B-1Bs in favour of more B-21s, an experiment by the service’s 412th Test Wing (TW) may point to a reprieve for the bomber.