• USAF A-10 'Warthogs' join war against the Islamic State

    US Air Force (USAF) Fairchild A-10C Thunderbolt II ground attacks jets have arrived in Kuwait to begin flying strike missions against Islamic State targets in Iraq and Syria as part of Operation 'Inherent Resolve'. The USAF public affairs office in Kuwait announced the deployment of the A-10C

  • F-35 procurement programme leaks cloud Canadian fighter plans

    Canadian defence sector stakeholders are scratching their heads yet again, following the leak earlier this month that suggested the government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper has not been upfront regarding its jet fighter procurement plans. Officially, the Tory government had committed to

  • Russia ready to supply 'standard' Su-35s to China, says official

    Russia is ready to supply 'standard' versions of the Su-35 combat aircraft to China, Sukhoi first deputy director general Boris Bregman recently told IHS Jane's . "During talks we informed the Chinese side that we can supply a standard version of the Su-35 fighter, which has been fully

  • Colombia takes delivery of Hermes 900

    The Colombian Air Force (FAC) took delivery of an Elbit Hermes 900 medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial system (UAS) in early November during a public event in Colombia, according to local press reporting on 24 November. Colombian sources indicated that the Hermes 900 is undergoing

  • Europe kick-starts tanker procurement project

    Europe has formally begun the acquisition process for a new aerial refuelling capability under the Multinational MultiRole Tanker Transport (MRTT) Fleet (MMF) project, it was announced on 21 November. With the European Defence Agency having already harmonised requirements, a co-operation agreement

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    The CH-47 Chinook has been the stalwart of global military heavy-lift operations for decades. Jamie Hunter analyses the helicopter's service life and future upgrade programmes
  • Briefing: Japan's new dawn

    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
  • Fifth-gen ramp-up

    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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