HEADLINES ARCHIVE

  • Romania buys Portuguese F-16s

    Romania has completed the purchase of 12 Lockheed Martin F-16AM/BM Fighting Falcons from Portugal, it was announced on 11 October. The aircraft package is understood to be worth EUR186.2 million (USD252.6 million), including nine former Portuguese Air Force aircraft, and three former US Air Force

  • Voyager poised to take on Falklands air bridge

    The Airbus Military A330-200 Voyager tanker-transport aircraft will take over the UK's Falkland Islands air bridge in the coming days, operator AirTanker disclosed on 1 October. The consortium is scheduled to pick up the trans-Atlantic route from the Royal Air Force (RAF) operated Lockheed L-1011

  • Sweden seeks more BvS10s

    Sweden is looking to purchase around 100 more BAE Systems BvS10 Mk IIB all-terrain vehicles, Swedish Defence Minister Karin Enstrom has stated. Enstrom made the call on 24 September in a local newspaper article, although no formal request to that effect is understood to have been made to contractor

  • South African Badger ICV contract delayed

    The South African National Defence Force's (SANDF's) new infantry combat vehicle was approved by Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula in February, but the contract has yet to be awarded by the state acquisition agency Armscor, according to Secretary for Defence Dr Sam Gulube. Speaking to

  • USAF F-16 lost in training accident

    A US Air Force (USAF) Lockheed Martin F-16D Fighting Falcon training aircraft crashed shortly after performing a 'touch-and-go' at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona on 26 June. The two-seat aircraft from the 309th Fighter Squadron, 56th Fighter Wing, reportedly suffered an engine malfunction before

  • UK donates RHIB to Kenya

    The Kenyan Navy has been donated a rigid-hulled inflatable boat (RHIB) from the UK as part of a wider effort to improve the African country's maritime security. "The boat is an interceptor, capable of quick reaction and rapid interdiction of suspect vessels," the British High Commission

  • NATO approves ConOps for post-ISAF Afghanistan mission

    Allied defence ministers approved a concept of operations (ConOps) for NATO's post-2014 training mission in Afghanistan on 5 June, although the mission's size and security arrangements for its force protection are yet to be finalised. "We have just

  • Norway conducts first armed NSM firing

    Norway has conducted the first vessel-to-vessel firing of the Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace (KDA) Nytt Sjomalsmissile/Naval Strike Missile (NSM) anti-ship cruise missile equipped with a live warhead, the Norwegian Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on

  • Selex ES gears up for Typhoon AESA first flight

    The first flight of the active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar being developed for the Eurofighter Typhoon combat aircraft will take place in the first quarter of 2014, with the four partner nations expected to sign a production contract shortly

  • Thales awarded GBP600 million contract to support "eyes and ears" of Royal Navy fleet

    The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has awarded Thales UK a contract worth up to GBP600 million (USD905 million) to provide in-service support for the major sensor systems of the Royal Navy's surface and underwater fleets for the next decade. The new

  • USN wrapping up study of how it spends its money

    Key Points The forthcoming USN review should help the service with its QDR plan A lack of maintenance is likely cutting short ship service life The US Navy is nearing completion of a service-wide review examining a range of topics from

  • Sequestration grounds USAF Thunderbirds display team

    The US Air Force (USAF) has stood down its Thunderbirds aerial demonstration team for the year, and has withdrawn its support from domestic and international public events as a cost-cutting measure in the face of sequestration, the service announced on 1

  • Thales awarded contracts for Astute-class sonars

    Contracts have been awarded for the supply of the integrated active/passive search and attack sonar suite for the UK Royal Navy's (RN's) last two Astute-class nuclear-powered attack submarines (SSNs). Under awards announced on 25 February, Thales UK will

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