• F-35 completes Block 2B weapon accuracy trials

    The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter passed its latest milestone with the final weapon delivery accuracy test for a Block 2B munition, it was announced on 11 December. The 6 December drop, which took place at the Air Force Flight Test Center at Edwards Air Force Base in

  • Further delays for modernisation of Russian Air Force Tu-160 bombers

    The modernisation of 16 Tupolev Tu-160 'Blackjack' strategic bombers, which according to the long range plans of the Russian Air Force (VVS) should have been completed in 2017, may be delayed to 2019 or beyond, IHS Jane's has been told by some of the specialists assigned to the project. At present

  • Iran rolls out another medium-range SAM

    Iran has continued to increase the confusion surrounding its air defence programmes by announcing that another medium-range surface-to-air missile (SAM) called the Sayyad-2 has gone into production. The Sayyad-2 was first mentioned in April 2011, when the Iranian media reported that it had been

  • Poland receives final C295s

    Poland has received its final two Airbus Military C295 transport aircraft after the aircraft arrived at the 8th Air Base Krakow-Balice on 2 November. The deliveries complete an order for five C295 transport planes signed on 29 June 2012. The USD262 million contract includes a 10-year logistic

  • 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

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    The US Air Force (USAF) has stood down its Thunderbirds aerial demonstration team for the year, and has withdrawn its support from domestic and international public events as a cost-cutting measure in the face of sequestration, the service announced on 1

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