Pentagon eyes block buy of more than 400 F-35s

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U.S. Defense Undersecretary Frank Kendall told reporters that the Pentagon is seeking congressional approval for a three-year block buy of F-35s in fiscal 2018.

Flickr - Official U.S. Navy Imagery - Two jets are on a formation test flight in the Atlantic test range.
By Official Navy Page from United States of America Andy Wolfe/U.S. Navy [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
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India will soon test Barak 8

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The Indian Navy will soon test the Barak 8 air defense missile during the monsoon season on board INS Kolkata.

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A common weapon launcher for Eurofighter?

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BAE Systems put up a press release on May 28 saying that it had secured a £1.7 million contract to develop a common weapon launcher for the Eurofighter, but the link has since been removed.
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U.S. Marines conduct night ordnance load on F-35B at sea

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For the first time, U.S. Marines practiced loading and unloading weapons on the F-35B while at sea and at night.

Marines conduct night ordnance load on F-35B at sea
U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Cpl. Anne K. Henry
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Su-35S with three KAB-1500L LGBs

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An early Su-35S production aircraft with three inert KAB-1500L laser-guided bombs at Zhukovsky earlier this month.

Taiwan scrambled RF-5E to monitor French Mistral-class Dixmude

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Taiwan was caught off-guard when French Mistral-class helicopter carrier Dixmude was underway off its eastern coast earlier this month.

BPC Dixmude
By Simon Ghesquiere/Marine Nationale (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
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USN operating flights out of Malaysia to search for boat refugees

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The U.S. Navy has been operating flights out of Subang, Malaysia to search for boat refugees from Bangladesh and Myanmar on the northern end of the Malacca Strait.

A U.S. Navy P-3C Orion aircraft attached to Patrol Squadron (VP) 26 participates in an antisubmarine warfare exercise as part of Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) 2013 in the Gulf of Thailand 130607-N-AX577-006
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MiG-31 shot down cruise missile

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A Russian Air Force MiG-31 successfully shot down a cruise missile fired from a Tu-95MS in Russia’s northwestern region.

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By Dmitriy Pichugin (http://russianplanes.net/id49677) [GFDL 1.2 or GFDL 1.2], via Wikimedia Commons
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Readout from crashed A400M’s black boxes point to assembly QA issue

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Airbus group’s chief of strategy Marwan Lahoud told the German daily Handelsblatt that readout from the black boxes of the A400M that crashed suggest issues with quality control during the assembly process.

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Russia to buy at least 50 new Tu-160s

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“No less than 50 (Tu-160) aircraft over time will be purchased in order to cover the costs that will go into production,” Russian Air Force Commander Col.Gen. Viktor Bondarev said.

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