Talks between France and Russia over Mistral ships are over

Posted in Navy on August 1st, 2015 Be the first to comment

An adviser to Russian President Putin said talks are effectively over and Moscow will soon announce the cancellation of the deal.

Севастополь - Saint-Nazaire décembre 2014
By Ludovic Péron (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons
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Dassault still finding it difficult to sell Rafale to India

Posted in Air Force, Industry on August 1st, 2015 Be the first to comment

Paris and New Delhi have missed a target to finalized the sale of 36 Dassault Rafale fighters to India.

Dassault Rafale C '142 - 113-GU' (14421567820)
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Israeli Air Force joins the 3D printer revolution

Posted in Air Force, Research, UAV on August 1st, 2015 Be the first to comment

The Israeli Air Force has been secretly testing out a 3D printer to manufacture parts for its Eitan UAV.

IAI Heron 1 in flight 1
By SSGT REYNALDO RAMON, USAF [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
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New highway under contruction in India will have a section built as fighter runway

Posted in Air Force on August 1st, 2015 Be the first to comment

The Indian Air Force is working with the Uttar Pradesh government to ensure that a stretch along the Lucknow-Agra Expressway will be able to land fighter jets in the future.

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Latvia to acquire FIM-92 Stinger

Posted in Air Defense on August 1st, 2015 Be the first to comment

Latvia is set to buy the FIM-92 Stinger MANPADS next year, Armed Forces commander Gen. Raimonds Graube said.

Launched FIM-92A Stinger missile
By Christopher O’Quin, U.S. Marine Corps (http://www.marines.mil; ID: 5966 (cropped)) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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25 years of continuous RC-135V/W service in U.S. Central Command’s AOR

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This month marks the 25th year that the RC-135V/W has been operating continuously in U.S. Central Command’s area of responsibility.

Gulf War RC-135
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F-35B is now operational

Posted in Marines on August 1st, 2015 Be the first to comment

The U.S. Marine Corps has declared the F-35B operational on the last day of July. VMFA-121 is the first unit in the world to have achieved Initial Operational Capability with the stealth fighter.

F-35B Lightning of VMFAT-501 takes off from Eglin AFB 2013
By U.S. Air Force photo by Samuel King [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
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KC-46’s fuel system damaged, could delay first flight

Posted in Air Force, Industry, KC-X on August 1st, 2015 Be the first to comment

The first fully fitted KC-46 prototype was at the fuel dock on Paine Field last week when a wrong chemical was pumped into its fuel system, causing damage.

KC-46A
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JASDF intercepts KJ-200 over East China Sea

Posted in Air Defense, Air Force on July 31st, 2015 Be the first to comment

Japan Air Self Defense Force fighters have encountered a PLA KJ-200 AEW aircraft over East China Sea on Jul. 30. It is the first encounter of the early warning aircraft by Japanese warplanes.

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Embraer will deliver first KC-390 to Brazilian Air Force in 2018

Posted in Industry on July 31st, 2015 Be the first to comment

Embraer says it will deliver the first KC-390 to the Brazilian Air Force in the first half of 2018 rather than the end of 2016.

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By Ministério da Defesa (Apresentação KC-390) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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