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Interview RAF fighter force commander

… and F-35B Lightnings.  With the Lightning Force embarked on the HMS Queen Elizabeth as part of Operation Firedrake … [500Ib] Paveway IV guided bombs in successful precision strikes.” While that was taking place, RAF Typhoons were also … joint British-Qatari Typhoon unit that reformed in July 2018, returned to the UK after being deployed for six months …

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Going MAD: Inside the airborne nuclear forces of NATO and Russia

… hardpoints and six on an MKU-5-6 rotary launcher. Up to 14 short-to-medium-range Kh-SD missiles (a tactical version … weapons unveiled by President Putin in March 2018. While the Kinzhal’s development remains a closely … air-launched ballistic missile capable of nuclear strikes   Russia’s Tu-160 Blackjack fleet supplements the …

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Duty done

… Powered by two Rolls-Royce BR700 turbofans rated at 14,750lb st (65.6kN), the type was capable of a maximum speed … arms fire following multiple improvised explosive device strikes while on patrol in southern Helmand in January 2011. … when the type’s out of service date was extended from 2018 to 2021, the government stated this would be: “achieved …

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Tornado battle hardened at retirement

Tornado PS12 XZ630 made its first flight on March 14, 1977 and was delivered to the Aeroplane and Armament … and its international coalition partners. On April 1, 2018, the Royal Air Force celebrated its centenary, which … These weapons enabled Tornado to conduct precision strikes against stationary or moving targets with Brimstone …

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B-52H repaired with new tail after lightning strike

… with a lightning arrester designed to mitigate damage from strikes, but this one seems to have been too strong for the … 19. USAF/MSgt Ted Daigle Accident Reports D: Feb 2, 2018 N: French Army Aviation Corps T: 2 x SA342L-1 Gazelle S: … rotorhead, which is required every 1,750hrs. On February 14 it was revealed that the replacement unit was not new but …