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    The first upgraded Tupolev Tu-160 'Blackjack' strategic bomber aircraft made its maiden flight on 16 November, Russian state media has announced. The flight, which took place out of the Kazan Aircraft Plant (KAPO) east of Moscow, lasted two hours and 40 minutes, the TASS news agency reported.

  • France orders 12 Airbus MRTTs

    France has announced on 20 November its order of 12 Airbus A330-200 MultiRole Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft for the Armee de L'Air. The purchase has been valued at around EUR3 billion (USD3.8 billion) by the French Ministry of Defence (MoD). In French Air Force service the MRTTs will be known

  • Japan announces Global Hawk, Osprey, Hawkeye purchases

    Japan has announced the selection of the Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Global Hawk for its high-altitude unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) requirement and the Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey for its tilt-rotor requirement. The Ministry of Defence (MoD) also confirmed that it would buy a Northrop Grumman E-2D Advanced

  • New Zealand receives first batch of T-6C Texans

    The Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) has received four Beechcraft T-6C Texan II trainers and three more are en route, officers told IHS Jane's on 20 November. Wing Commander Chris Andrews, director of operations at 488 Wing, said the final four would arrive by mid-2015 to fulfil a contract

  • Pakistan receives 'a squadron' of surplus Jordanian F-16s

    The Pakistan Air Force (PAF) has received into service 'a squadron' of Lockheed Martin F-16 fighter aircraft from the Royal Jordanian Air Force (RJAF), a senior PAF service official disclosed on 19 November. Speaking under the Chatham House Rule at the IQPC Fighter Conference in London, the officer

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    Tokyo is shrugging off the post-1945 constraints on its military and developing new operational concepts and capabilities in response to China's rise. James Hardy reports
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    The F-35 programme has had its fair share of challenges, but meeting key programme milestones in the new year would signal that the largest weapons acquisition effort in history is finally on track. Marina Malenic reports
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