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  • Mexico selects Grob trainer

    The Mexican Air Force (FAM) has selected the Grob Aircraft G120TP twin-seat turboprop as its new elementary trainer. A deal worth USD110 million for 25 G120TPs, along with a flight simulator and logistics support plus options on a further 15, was first reported by local media on 21 July. Sources

  • Indonesia commissions first two of three Bung Tomo-class corvettes

    Indonesia's Defence Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro presided over a commissioning ceremony for the Indonesian Navy's (Tentera Nasional Indonesia - Angkatan Laut: TNI-AL) first two of three Bung Tomo-class corvettes at Barrow-in-Furness, UK, on 18 July. The 95 m F 2000 vessels, KRI Bung Tomo and KRI

  • Libya's anti-Islamist offensive suffers setback

    The anti-Islamist campaign led by the renegade general Khalifa Haftar appeared to suffer a significant setback on 21 July when the radical group Ansar al-Sharia overrun two neighbouring bases in Benghazi. The Camp 319 and 36th Battalion bases in the city's Bu Atni neighbourhood were defended by the

  • Russia receives first serially upgraded Il-38N MPA

    The first serially produced Il-38N 'May' maritime patrol and anti-submarine warfare aircraft has been handed over to the Russian Navy by the Ilyushin Aviation Complex. The Il-38N is an upgrade to the original Il-38 maritime patrol aircraft (MPA), a derivative of the Il-18 'Coot' transport aircraft,

  • Ukraine to mobilise further personnel

    Ukraine has backed a further mobilisation of its armed forces, with a decree being signed by President Petro Poroshenko and approved by Parliament on 22 July. National Security and Defence Council (NSDC) Secretary Andriy Parubiy presented the bill to Parliament, saying that the mobilisation has

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  • Ukraine loses two Su-25 combat aircraft to ground fire

    Two Ukrainian Air Force (Povitryani Sily: PS) Sukhoi Su-25 'Frogfoot' ground attack aircraft were shot down by separatist forces in the east of the country on 23 July, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has confirmed. The two single-seat Su-25s were brought down near the village of Dmytrivka, near the

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