Stephan de Bruijn

Jordan welcomes another Air Tractor AT-802

A newly acquired Air Tractor AT-802F Fire Boss for the Royal Jordanian Air Force passed through Malta International Airport in Luqa on May 24, while making its delivery flight to Jordan

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Zimbabwe takes delivery of 18 Russian-built Ansat helicopters

The government of Zimbabwe took delivery of 18 Kazan Helicopters Ansat multi-purpose light helicopters at one time during a ceremony at Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport in Harare on May 18

NASA readies ex-USMC F/A-18D for chase mission ahead of X-59 testing

A former USMC-operated F/A-18D Hornet that was acquired by NASA from the US Navy in 2021 has been rolled out at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center – a part of Edwards AFB in California – after being rejuvenated and repainted ahead of its planned use in supporting the testing of the administration’s X-59 QueSST technology demonstrator

‘Tomcats’ return as USMC’s second F-35C Lightning II squadron

The USMC activated its second Lockheed Martin F-35C Lightning II squadron, Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 311 (VMFA-311) ‘Tomcats’ (code ‘WL-XX’), on April 14

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Malaysian Army chief announces Black Hawk acquisition

Chief of the Malaysian Army, Gen Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Zamrose Mohd Zain, announced on March 11 that the service’s Army Aviation branch will get four UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters, with the newly acquired utility helicopters expected to arrive in-country from May or June 2023

Leonardo to upgrade avionics of US SOCOM, Coast Guard C-27Js

Leonardo Societa per Azioni has been awarded a $91.9m contract by the US DOD to design, modify, integrate and install the 1.2+ avionics update package on the C-27J Spartan fleets operated by US Special Operations Command and the US Coast Guard

Wisconsin ANG's final 'Badgers' F-16C departs Dane County

The departure of USAF F-16C Fighting Falcon from Dane County Regional Airport, Madison-Truax Field, Wisconsin, on October 5 marked the end of F-16 operations by the Wisconsin ANG’s 115th Fighter Wing/176th Fighter Squadron ‘Badgers’ after three decades flying the type

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Netherlands purchases second-hand Gulfstream G650

Following the decision to buy five C-390 Millenniums as a replacement for the C-130H(-30)s, six additional F-35As and four additional MQ-9s, the Koninklijke Luchtmacht (KLu, Royal Netherlands Air Force) has purchased one more additional aircraft

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Kuwaiti H225Ms deliveries continue

A pair of H225Ms (formerly known as EC725 Caracals) destined for the Kuwait Air Force (KAF), serials 615 and 616, were seen test flying during September from the manufacturer’s facilities at Marseille/Marignane, France

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Qatar - An Air Force Reborn!

The Qatar Emiri Air Force is undergoing one of the most impressive expansion efforts of recent times to cement its position as a leading air arm in the Middle East. Combat Aircraft Journal updates the story of this unprecedented modernization effort.