• Bell-Boeing delivers first Common Configuration V-22

    Bell-Boeing has delivered back to the US Marine Corps (USMC) the first MV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft to go through the US Department of Defense’s (DoD’s) Common Configuration Readiness And Modernization (CC-RAM) programme. Boeing announced on 10 December that the first of 129 Block B
  • USAF retires CALCM cruise missile

    The US Air Force (USAF) has retired the Boeing AGM-86C/D Conventional Air-Launched Cruise Missile (CALCM) that has been operational for nearly 35 years. The event, announced on 4 December, saw the 2nd Bomb Wing at Barksdale Air Force Base (AFB) in Louisiana disassemble and decommission the final
  • MDHI reveals Block II advancement for MD 530G helo

    MD Helicopters Inc (MDHI) has announced an improved Block II (2) variant of the MD 530G armed reconnaissance/light attack rotorcraft that it has developed in partnership with Elbit Systems of Israel. The enhanced version of the ‘Little Bird’-variant helicopter, the existence of which
  • AFRICOM says Russian air defences shot down UAV

    A Russian air defence system was responsible for shooting down a US unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) over Libya on 21 November, US Africa Command (AFRICOM) told Reuters on 7 December. AFRICOM spokesman Colonel Christopher Karns told the news agency that a US assessment had concluded that either
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