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Boeing and AAR to support RNLAF rotorcraft operations

Boeing has signed a letter of intent with AAR Aircraft Component Services to support Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) rotorcraft operations by cooperating on maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) capabilities. The collaboration between the companies will increase the readiness rates o

IAF to acquire indigenous Saras aircraft

The Indian Air Force (IAF) is planning to acquire 15 indigenous Saras aircraft from National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL) to train pilots to fly cargo aircraft. The Deccan Herald quoted NAL acting director Shyam Chetty as saying: “NAL signed a memorandum of understanding with IAF t

US to upgrade Taiwanese F-16 aircraft

The US has agreed to upgrade Taiwan’s existing fleet of F-16 A/B fighter jets, instead of selling new planes. According to the Associated Press, the US is expected to issue a formal notification of the intended deal by the end this month. The upgrade package has not been disclose

AAF receives first Cessna training jets

The Afghan Air Force (AAF) has received the first three Cessna 182 Turbo jets, which will be used as initial trainers for the undergraduate pilot training (UPT) programme. An additional six Cessna 208B Caravan aircraft, along with MD 530 and Mi-17 helicopters, will be used as fixed-wing,

Locked and loaded – the ethics of armed drones

The increased use of armed drones raised issues about the ethics of directing aerial attacks from miles away. Berenice Baker considers the concerns and examines whether international laws and military rules of engagement are keeping pace with rapidly developing technology.

IAF to operate Heron UAV this year

The Israeli Air Force (IAF) will begin operating the Heron TP unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) by the end of 2011. Built by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), the Heron TP drone, also called Eitan, has a 26m wingspan with a payload of about 1t and is capable of staying airborne for up to 45

Belarus likely to receive Russian Su-30K fighter jets

The Belarusian Air Force is likely to receive 18 outdated Russian Su-30K fighter jets, which were used by the Indian Air Force (IAF). According to Kommersant, IAF returned the aircraft to Russia’s Irkut aircraft corporation after replacing them with new advanced Su-30MKI fighters.

ATK supports USAF GPS III programme

ATK has delivered the first two A2100 composite satellite structures and the first ship set of propellant tanks to Lockheed Martin in support of the US Air Force (USAF) GPS III satellites programme. The delivery is a part of a contract awarded to ATK in April 2010 and also includes fabric

USAF F-22 fleet to resume flight operations

The US Air Force’s (USAF) advanced stealth fighter jet, F-22 Raptor, will soon resume operations after being grounded for four months over safety concerns regarding the aircraft’s oxygen system, air force chief of staff General Norton Schwartz has said. The entire fleet will undergo a tho

Russia to deploy air defence systems during Union Shield 2011

Russia will deploy the advanced S-400 and Pantsir-S air defence systems during the Union Shield 2011 exercise with Belarus this month, Russian Defence Ministry spokesman Colonel Vladimir Drik said. RIA Novosti reported the spokesman as saying that the air defence systems would be deployed