PLAAF bombers carried out exercise in Western Pacific via Luzon Strait

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China announced today that its bombers have ventured into the Western Pacific for exercises the first time.

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Taiwanese defector to China says M503 airway has military, political objectives

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A former RoCAF F-5 fighter pilot who defected to China in 1981 says Beijing set up M503 airway with military and political objectives.

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India to buy 2 A330s and transform them into AEW&C platforms

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India’s Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) has approved the purchase of two Airbus A330s and convert them into early warning aircraft.

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Airbus Voyager KC2 EC-335 MRTT016 (6803596745)” by Alan Wilson from Weston, Spalding, Lincs, UK – Airbus Voyager KC2 ‘EC-335 / MRTT016′
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U.S. Navy TH-57C hard landing

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A U.S. Navy TH-57C landed hard at Navy Outlying Landing Field Site 8 in Florida on Mar. 27 and the helicopter subsequently rolled on its right side. Photos of the scene is in the source.

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TH57C boat ops” by BryanwxupOwn work. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

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Laws may have been broken in Philippine’s procurement of 21 UH-1Ds

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The Manila Times has obtained documents suggesting that Department of National Defense officials may have broken laws in the purchase of 21 UH-1D helicopters.

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UH-1N-3” by PH2 BALLARD – http://www.dodmedia.osd.mil/DVIC_View/Still_Details.cfm?SDAN=DNST8207722&JPGPath=/Assets/Still/1982/Navy/DN-ST-82-07722.JPG. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

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Italian Army, Navy eying AW609

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The Italian Army and Navy believe the AW609 tilt-rotor has a role to play in boosting their capabilities.

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BA609 02” by Dmitry MottlOwn work. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

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U.S. Special Forces operating UAVs in Lebanon

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The Daily Star revealed that U.S. Special Forces have been operating two Aerosonde MK 4.7 UAVs out of Hamat air base, Lebanon.

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First deployment for AW159 Wildcat

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The AW159 Wildcat is deploying for the first time, HMS Lancaster left Portsmouth on Mar. 28 for a nine-month tour.

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Florida ANG F-15Cs deploying to Europe

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Florida Air National Guard’s 125th Fighter Wing will deploy 12 F-15Cs and approximately 200 airmen to Europe as part of Operation Atlantic Resolve.

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Former Sri Lanka Air Force chief questioned over MiG-27 purchase

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The former chief of the Sri Lanka Air Force, Air Marshal Roshan Goonetileke, was questioned by police’s Financial Crimes Investigation Division on Mar. 27 over potential irregularities in the puchase of MiG-27s in 2007.

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Sri Lanka Air Force MiG-27” by Gira2be – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:SLAF_pic_1_mig_27.jpg. Licensed under CC BY 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

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