Pentagon Budget 2024: US Air Force requests divestment of 310 aircraft

by Zach Rosenberg

The USAF has requested to divest a total of 310 aircraft and helicopters during fiscal year (FY) 2024, including the last remaining Boeing KC-10 tankers and the first block of F-22s.

The USAF aims to retire all 24 KC-10s, ending the type's run as the USAF's largest air-to-air tanker. The aircraft will be replaced by the Boeing KC-46. Though smaller and capable of passing less fuel to receivers, the KC-46 is meant to serve as a bridge tanker until the planned introduction of the Next-Generation Air-refueling System (NGAS) in the 2030s.


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Chadian Air Force unveils Aksungur UAV

by Jeremy Binnie

Chad's new Aksungur is seen warming up for take-off in a still from a video released by the AAT. (Armée de l'Air Tchadienne)

The Chadian Air Force (AAT) has revealed it has received at least one Turkish Aerospace (TUSAŞ) Aksungur unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).

It released a video on 21 April that included footage of an Aksungur with AAT markings and the Turkish-format serial 23013 taking off from Adji Kosseï Air Base at N'Djamena International Airport armed with eight MAM-L small laser-guided bombs. The video also featured AAT personnel being trained by TUSAŞ in Türkiye.


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US Navy accepts first two Textron T-54 deliveries

by Zach Rosenberg

The first of two Textron T-54s delivered to the US Navy, intended to replace the T-44s. The deliveries were announced on 22 April. (US Navy)

US Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) accepted delivery of the first two Textron T-54 Multi-Engine Training System (METS) aircraft at Naval Air Station (NAS) Corpus Christi, Texas, the service announced on 22 April. The aircraft are set to begin training students at NAS Corpus Christi's Training Air Wing Four in boreal spring 2025, the US Navy (USN) told Janes .


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US Department of State approves Basler BT-67 sale to Argentina

by Zach Rosenberg

The BT-67 is no stranger to Antarctica's harsh climate. This picture displays a Basler BT-67 (re-engined DC-3) in polar configuration equipped with snow skids. (Basler)

The US Department of State has approved Argentina's request to purchase Basler BT-67s, support equipment, and training for up to USD143 million, the department announced on 18 April.

“The proposed sale will … [provide] additional capacity for airdrop and airlift operations to service Antarctica during the winter season,” the announcement read. “This will reduce the burden on other airlift assets in Argentina.”


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