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Iraqi Air Force receives another six F-16s

A further six Lockheed Martin F-16C/D (Block 52+) Fighting Falcon multi-role fighters have been delivered to the Iraqi Air Force, bringing the air arm’s total F-16 fleet to 27. The delivery is part of an contract, worth $1.5-billion (USD), for… Continue Reading →

Combat aircraft arrive in Switzerland for fighter jet replacement bid

Fighter aircraft have begun to descend on Switzerland to compete in the nation’s “Air 2030” programme, which will see the winner replace the Swiss Air Force’s ageing Boeing (formerly McDonnell Douglas) F/A-18C/D Hornet and Northrop F-5E Tiger II fleets. The… Continue Reading →

Japanese F-35A Lightning II goes missing over the Pacific

A search mission is currently underway for a Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II multi-role stealth fighter operated by the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF), which went missing over the Pacific on Tuesday. The news was first reported on local Japanese… Continue Reading →

British F-35Bs set to strike on first overseas deployment

The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has announced that RAF Marham-based Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II’s will undergo the type’s first overseas deployment to RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus later this year. The deployment will be conducted by 617 Squadron, famously… Continue Reading →

Dutch F-16 shoots itself with its own cannon during drills

A Lockheed Martin F-16AM Fighting Falcon operated by the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) was forced to make an emergency landing after the multi-role fighter shot itself with its own cannon. The incident occurred on 21 January 2019, however, reports… Continue Reading →

Pentagon reduces US military’s F-35 order for 2020

The Pentagon is set to ask for a reduced number of Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II stealth fighters in its budget request for Fiscal Year 2020 (FY2020). Instead of the previously planned 84, the US military is looking to cut… Continue Reading →

RAF Typhoon FGR.4s deploy Brimstone in combat for the first time

The Royal Air Force (RAF) has announced that it’s Eurofighter Typhoon FGR.4 multi-role fighters, currently deployed as part of Operation Shader in the Middle East, have fired the Brimstone air-to-surface missile in combat for the first time. The mission saw… Continue Reading →

US Air Force set for F-15X Advanced Eagle acquisition

The United States Air Force is looking set to purchase 80 new-build Boeing F-15 Eagles. Dubbed the F-15X Advanced Eagle, the new aircraft will complement the US Air Force’s inventory of Lockheed Martin’s F-22A Raptor and F-35A Lightning II stealth… Continue Reading →

Royal Air Force ceases Tornado combat operations

The Royal Air Force (RAF) has recalled its final Tornado ground attack aircraft from combat operations in preparation for its retirement. The Tornado flew its last operational sortie out of RAF Akrotiri, Cyprus on 5 February 2019, where deployed aircraft… Continue Reading →

Typhoon and Super Hornet shortlisted for German Tornado replacement

The German Defence Ministry has shortlisted its options to two aircraft, with one of them going on to take-over the role of the Luftwaffe’s Panavia Tornado ECR/IDS fleet, which currently sits at roughly 85-90 aircraft. On 31 January 2019, German… Continue Reading →

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