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South Africa eyes C-390 to replace ageing C-130BZ fleet?

At the request of the South African Air Force (SAAF), Embraer Defense & Security will deploy a multi-mission C-390 Millennium to AFB Waterkloof in Pretoria on November 24, where the medium-lift strategic airlifter will demonstrate its capabilities to the air arm, which has long been searching for a successor to its ageing C-130BZ Hercules fleet

Russia welcomes another modernised Il-76MD-90A airlifter

The United Aircraft Corporation – a subsidiary of Russia’s state-owned Rostec State Corporation – has delivered another deeply modernised Il-76MD-90A Candid heavy-lift strategic transport to the Russian Ministry of Defence

Portugal’s first C-390 enters operational service

After an initial entry into service ceremony was held at Embraer’s facility in Gavião Peixoto, Brazil, on October 16; the first C-390 Millennium for the Portuguese Air Force arrived at Beja Air Base, Portugal, at approximately 1630hrs (local time) on October 19

Pentagon considers changes to DC National Guard

The US DOD is reportedly developing plans to restructure the DC National Guard. The moves are intended to address issues that were highlighted by the response to the post-election riots that occurred in Washington DC on January 6, 2021, following the Presidential election and another incident that occurred in 2020

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PAS 23: Portugal shows off first C-390 Millennium

Embraer exhibited the first C-390 Millennium medium-lift transport aircraft for the Portuguese Air Force at the Paris Air Show from June 19-22

Russia receives another Il-76MD-90A strategic airlifter

Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation – a subsidiary of the state-owned Rostec State Corporation – announced on May 30 that it has delivered another Ilyushin Il-76MD-90A Candid heavy-lift strategic transport to the Russian Ministry of Defence

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Chinese Y-20A airlifter makes another rare visit to Austria

In what is a rare visit to Europe, the People’s Liberation Army Air Force has flown a Xi’an Y-20A Kunpeng heavy-lift strategic transport to Innsbruck Airport, marking the second time in less than a year that China has dispatched one of its airlifters to Austria

Airbus trials outsized military cargo loading system on Beluga

Airbus Defence and Space announced on September 21 that it has developed a loading system to lift outsized military cargo into the Beluga A300-600ST freight aircraft, revealing that the capability was successfully tested in a verification exercise with the German Armed Forces – the system’s first customer – in Manching, Germany

Final Airbus A321LR delivered to the Luftwaffe

Lufthansa Technik has delivered the second and final Airbus A321LR strategic transport to the Luftwaffe (German Air Force), following an intensive testing and acceptance programme

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ILA Berlin 2022: Luftwaffe receives first Airbus A321LR

Lufthansa Technik AG handed over the first of two Airbus A321LR (Long Range) strategic troop transports to the Luftwaffe at the ILA Berlin Airshow on June 23