• Netherlands commits to first operational F-35s

    The Netherlands announced on 15 December that it will sign a contract in April 2015 for an initial eight Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters (JSFs). In total the Netherlands is planning to buy 37 F-35s, with the first of the eight initial aircraft expected to enter service in

  • MQ-8B concludes successful US Coast Guard cutter demonstration

    Key Points USCG conducts radar-equipped Northrop Grumman MQ-8B Fire Scout UAS technical demonstration 10 days of testing off California saw system achieve all of the USCG's objectives A radar-equipped Northrop Grumman MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) has completed a 10-day technical

  • Aero Vodochody in talks with Thailand over L-39 replacement

    Czech aircraft maker Aero Vodochody is in negotiations with the Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) to supply replacements for at least four Aero Vodochody L-39 Albatros jet trainers. Aero is offering its L-159 ALCA or L-39NG as replacement aircraft. The RTAF currently operates a total of 36 L-39ZA/ART

  • Australia, Japan to provide F-35 heavy maintenance in Asia-Pacific

    Key Points Both Australia and Japan will conduct heavy maintenance on F-35 airframes, while F135 engine heavy maintenance will initially be provided by Australia The facilities are expected to be operational by 2018 The US Department of Defense has assigned maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO)

  • Indian defence minister details AW101 contract termination

    Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar provided confirmation and more details of the termination of India's contract with AgustaWestland for 12 AW101 helicopters on 16 December. Parrikar said in a written parliamentary reply that the Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) had paid a total of INR15.86 billion

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  • Portugal sells surplus C212s to Uruguay

    Portugal is to transfer to Uruguay two C212-300 Patrullero maritime surveillance aircraft formerly in service with the Portuguese Air Force (FAP). A contract for the transfer was signed in Lisbon on 18 December between Berta Cabral, Portuguese Secretary of State for National Defence, and her