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Sikorsky to produce six more King Stallions

The US Department of Defense announced on October 26 that it had awarded Sikorsky a US$550m contract modification to produce and deliver six CH-53K King Stallion heavy-lift transport helicopters

RAF kicks off Exercise Crimson Warrior

The Royal Air Force (RAF) announced on October 20 that Exercise Crimson Warrior - the air arm's largest military exercise in over a decade - had begun

USMC F-35Bs receive ODIN hardware

The F-35 Joint Program Office announced on October 9 that the Operational Data Integrated Network (ODIN) support system has been loaded onto US Marine Corps (USMC)-operated F-35B Lightning IIs for the first time

USMC F-35Bs arrive at RAF Marham

Ten USMC-operated Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning IIs from VMFA-211 ‘Wake Island Avengers’ arrived at RAF Marham in Norfolk, UK, on September 3.

Five years of USMC F-35B ops

On July 31, 2015, the USMC officially declared that its F-35B Lightning II stealth fighter fleet had achieved its initial operational capability.

King Stallion completes two-week long sea trials

Sikorsky’s CH-53K King Stallion completed a two-week period of sea trials in the Atlantic Ocean earlier this month.

First KC-130J for VMGR-452

Lockheed Martin has handed over its first KC-130J Super Hercules multi-role tanker/transport to Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 452 (VMGR-452) ‘Yankees' – a US Marine Corps Reserve (USMCR) unit.

‘Black Knights’ accept seventh F-35C

Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 314 (VMFA-314) “Black Knights” welcomed its seventh Lockheed Martin F-35C Lightning II at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Miramar, California, on May 18.

BAE Systems to provide LAIRCM for US KC-130Js

The US Navy has contracted BAE Systems to install, integrate and test the Department of the Navy’s (DoN) Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures (LAIRCM) system on its Lockheed Martin KC-130J Hercules tanker/transports.

USMC performs first operational MQ-9A flight in Middle East

Pilots and sensor operators from the Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron 1 (VMU-1) ‘Watchdogs' have conducted the first operational flight of an MQ-9A Reaper unmanned combat air vehicle (UCAV) in the Middle East.