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Ellsworth Air Force Base set to be first operational home for the B-21 Raider

The United States Air Force (USAF) has announced that Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota is the “preferred location” for the first operational and formal training squadrons for the Northrop Grumman B-21 Raider long-range, deep-penetration strategic stealth bomber. The announcement was… Continue Reading →

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 →

Italian government cancels P.1HH Hammerhead MALE UAV order

The Italian government has cancelled its order for eight Piaggio P.1HH Hammerhead medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicles, but may order more P-180 Avanti II’s to help save the Italian manufacturer. Italy’s Ministry of Defence placed an order for eight… 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 →

Silent Knight Radar to be integrated onto US Air Force CV-22B Ospreys

Defence contractor, Raytheon, has been awarded a contract to integrate its next-generation multi-mode K-band AN/APQ-187 Silent Knight Radar (SKR) onto the United States Air Force’s (USAF) 52 Bell-Boeing CV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft. The contract modification, worth $15m (USD), adds to… 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 →

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