• Italy deploys latest Mangusta attack helo variant to Afghanistan

    Italy has deployed the latest version of the AgustaWestland Mangusta attack helicopter, the AW129D, to Afghanistan. Task Force 'Fenice', the Italian Army Aviation component of Train Advise Assist Command West (TAAC-W) in Afghanistan, started testing the new version of the helicopter in early

  • Ukraine outlines reasons for high aircraft loss rate

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  • Further tanker schedule slips could derail key milestones, says USAF

    Key Points Unanticipated KC-46A integration difficulties have eaten away the margin for delays built into the programme's schedule Any additional delays could cause Boeing to miss key milestones A top US Air Force (USAF) official has warned that any more delays to Boeing's KC-46A Pegasus aerial

  • USMC to hurry Harrier phase-out, stretch Hornets to save USD1 billion

    Key Points The AV-8B jump jet is now scheduled for 2025 retirement, while legacy Hornets will instead stay in the fleet until 2030 The USMC said the move enables a 'cost avoidance' of USD1 billion The US Marine Corps (USMC) plans to retire its ageing Boeing AV-8B Harrier jump jet fleet in 2025,

  • Ukraine outlines reasons for high aircraft loss rate

    A lack of experience and training, as well as poor tactics and intelligence not being acted on are the primary reasons for losses being incurred by the Ukrainian Air Force in the restive east of the country, a senior service official noted on 19 November. Speaking under the Chatham House Rule at

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  • Brazilian Army set to choose its 4x4 armoured vehicle

    Four industry teams have until mid-December to deliver offers to the Brazilian Army (Exército Brasileiro) for an initial tranche of 32 4x4 tactical armoured vehicles, following a request for proposals issued in October. Italy's Iveco Defence Vehicles together with its Brazilian operation Iveco
  • US Navy supply ships collide in Gulf of Aden

    Two US naval supply ships collided in the Gulf of Aden on 20 November, US Navy (USN) officials announced. Lewis and Clark-class dry cargo/ammunition ship USNS Amelia Earhart (T-AKE 6) and Henry J Kaiser-class fleet replenishment oiler USNS Walter S Diehl (T-AO 193) were conducting an underway

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