First combat-coded F-35As arrived at Hill AFB

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Two of the first combat-coded F-35As for the U.S. Air Force arrived at Hill Air Force Base on Sept. 2. The jets will be assigned to the 34th Fighter Squadron.

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Saudi’s order for MH-60R confirmed

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An order from Saudi Arabia for 10 MH-60R helicopters has been confirmed, Jane’s reported.

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France believes Rafale has good chance to secure an order from Malaysia

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A senior French diplomatic source told Reuters that Paris is confident that Malaysia will select the Rafale as its next fighter.

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Feeding the Dragon: Russia’s Contribution to China’s Surface Warfare Capabilities

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The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) has published its study on how Russia’s military technologies help spur development in China’s anti-access/area-denial (A2AD) capability.

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Kremlin refutes report that Russian military pilots and aircraft are in Syria

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A spokesman from the Kremlin has refuted a report by Israeli news outlet Ynet that Russia military pilots and aircraft were sent to Syria to help government forces fight against ISIL.

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North Korean UAV entered DMZ several times during high-level talks

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Yonhap News Agency reported that a North Korean unmanned aerial vehicle flew inside the demilitarized zone (DMZ) several times during high-levels talks between both sides at Panmunjom last month.

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Both LRS-B designs are “very mature,” extensive testing done

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The U.S. Air Force has released some details on the Long Range Strike-Bomber (LRS-B) program during a meeting with outside stakeholders on Sept. 1.


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Le Drian discussed Rafale deal with Malaysia, but no Mistral

Posted in Air Force, Industry on September 2nd, 2015 Be the first to comment

During his visit to Malaysia, French defense minister Jean-Yves Le Drian spoke on the deal to sell 18 Rafale fighters but did not touch on the Mistral helicopter carrier during his meeting with his Malaysian counterpart Hishammuddin Hussein.

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Indian negotiating team given ‘go ahead’ to continue Rafale discussions with France

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India’s Defense Acquisition Council (DAC) has given the team handling the negotiations with France for 36 Rafale fighters the “go ahead to continue” discussions.

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Hungary takes over lead role in Baltic Air Policing

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The Hungarian Air Force has assumed the lead role in NATO’s Baltic Air Policing mission for the first time on Aug. 31.

Hand-over / take-over ceremony of the Baltic Air Policing Mission at Šiauliai Air Base, Lithuania.
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