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ADEX 2023: Korean Air readies MALE UAV for production

The Aerospace Business Division of Korean Air showed its new MALE UAV – known variously as the MUAV and later the KUS-FS – at the Seoul International Aerospace and Defense Exhibition (ADEX) 2023 in South Korea from October 17-22

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ADEX 2023: KAI expects next LAH production contract by end of year

KAI is awaiting a second production contract for Light Attack Helicopters (LAH) from Seoul, and this follow-on order is now expected to be placed before the end of 2023

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Boeing suffers over $2bn loss in producing the USAF's next 'Air Force One’

Cost overruns on its project to provide the USAF with two new Presidential transports have caused Boeing to declare an additional $482m loss on the programme, bringing the firm’s total loss on the project to $2.4bn

Korean Air delivers first AH-6 Little Bird fuselage to Boeing

South Korea’s largest airline and flag carrier, Korean Air, announced on June 26 that it had formally delivered its first AH-6 Little Bird helicopter fuselage to Boeing Defense, Space & Security

Russia welcomes new Su-35S batch as fighter production ramps up

Another batch of Sukhoi Su-35S Flanker-E multi-role fighters has been handed over to the Russian Ministry of Defence, with the completion of this latest delivery being confirmed by Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation – a subsidiary of the state-owned Rostec State Corporation – on June 23

Boeing outlines plan to cease Super Hornet production

Boeing has revealed that it will complete new-build production of the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet in late 2025, following the delivery of the final examples to the US Navy

Russia receives more Su-57s as production ramps up

Russia’s state-owned Rostec State Corporation announced on December 28, 2022, that another batch of serial production-standard Sukhoi Su-57 fifth-generation multi-role stealth fighters has been handed over to the Russian Ministry of Defence

Lockheed Martin to build nearly 400 F-35s under new $30bn contract

The F-35 Joint Program Office and Lockheed Martin rounded off 2022 by finalising a $30bn contract for the production and delivery of up to 398 F-35s for both US and Foreign Military Sales customers under Low-Rate Initial Production Lots 15, 16 and 17

Belgium’s first F-35A is now in production

The Belgian Ministry of Defence revealed that the manufacturing process of the country’s first F-35A Lightning II has begun at Lockheed Martin’s production facility in Fort Worth, Texas, on November 14

First MESA sensor is installed on to RAF E-7A Wedgetail

The first of three RAF Boeing E-7A Wedgetail AEW1 airborne early warning and control aircraft received its Multi-role Electronically Scanned Array (MESA) sensor on November 4