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  1. From left to right: Jean-Yves Le Drian, French minister of defense; Pascale Sourisse, senior vice president for international development for Thales; Maj. Gen. Hamad Bin Ali Al Attiyah, Qatar minister of state for defense affairs; Abdulaziz Falah Al-Dosari, assistant for technology to the minister of state for defense affairs. Thales

    Thales To Provide Qatar Military Satcom System

    Multinational defense giant Thales was awarded a contract Sunday to supply the Qatar armed forces with a military satellite communications system for their ground and naval forces.

    • Oct. 20, 2014
  2. South Korea may walk away from a deal with BAE Systems to upgrade its KF-16s, possibly opening the door for Lockheed Martin to get the contract. Senior Airman Taylor Curry / US Air Force

    F-16 Upgrade: Problems With S. Korea-BAE Deal Could Open Door to Lockheed

    South Korea is threatening to break an agreement with BAE Systems to upgrade its fleet of KF-16s, opening a window of opportunity for competitor Lockheed Martin to reclaim its dominance in the lucrative F-16 upgrade market.

    • Oct. 19, 2014
  3. An F-22 Raptor taxis in the Middle East prior to strike operations in Syria on Sept. 23. Concern over possible civilian casualties has limited the airstrikes approved over Iraq and Syria. Tech. Sgt. Russ Scalf / US Air Force

    One Month In, Mixed Reviews on Iraq, Syria Airstrikes

    On Sept. 23, the US began airstrikes against militants aligned with the Islamic States (IS) inside Syria, kicking off what President Barack Obama and top military leaders characterizes as a campaign that will last for some time.

    • Oct. 19, 2014
  4. Sources say Canadian special forces officials are interested in acquiring aircraft such as the US Air Force's MC-12W Liberty surveillance planes for their ISR capability. Senior Airman Elizabeth Rissmill / US Air Force

    Canada Seeks ISR Planes for Spec Ops

    Canada's special operations forces are planning to acquire a small fleet of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft to improve their capability to track and target insurgents on the ground.

    • Oct. 19, 2014
  5. The Air Force is looking at putting new engines on its B-52 fleet, but budget challenges will likely keep it from happening. Airman 1st Class Mozer Da Cunha / US Air Force

    USAF Strike Chief Urges B-52 Engine Replacement

    The head of US Air Force Global Strike Command wants the service to consider installing new engines on its aging B-52 fleet, but budget realities could intervene.

    • Oct. 19, 2014
  6. Japan's disaster medical assistance team DMAT carry away a patient during an Oct. 19 tsunami disaster drill from a US Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey on the Maritime Self-Defense Force ship Ise. Two US Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey planes took part in a tsunami disaster drill, despite protests from local people who question the safety of the tilt-rotor aircraft. Jiji Press / AFP

    US Osprey Aircraft in Japan Tsunami Drill Amid Protests

    Two US Marine Corps MV-22 Ospreys took part in a tsunami disaster drill in Japan on Sunday, despite protests from local people who question the safety of the tilt-rotor aircraft.

    • Oct. 19, 2014
  7. Spanish Defense Minister Pedro Morenes. Pierre-Philippe Marcou / AFP

    Spain To Train Iraqi Troops To Fight Islamic State

    Spain will begin training Iraqi forces later this year to battle Islamic State fighters but has ruled out taking part in ground operations in Syria, officials said Saturday.

    • Oct. 19, 2014
  8. A US-made Harpoon ship-to-ship missile is displayed in 2011. Patrick Lin / Getty Images

    Report: Taiwan Tests Submarine-Launched Missiles

    Taiwan's navy successfully test-fired two anti-ship missiles from a submarine, in the first such exercise since the weapons were acquired from the United States, local media reported Sunday.

    • Oct. 19, 2014
  9. India's Nirbhay cruise missile was first test-fired in March of 2013. PIB / AFP

    India Test Fires Nirbhay Cruise Missile

    India's homemade subsonic cruise missile Nirbhay, capable of carrying a nuclear payload and considered similar to the US Tomahawk cruise missile, was test-fired for the second time Friday from the missile testing center in the eastern state of Odisha.

    • Oct. 17, 2014
  10. An MQ-1B Predator from the 414th Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron is shown on the flightline at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, in February 2012. Turkey has reportedly agreed to allow U.S. drone flights from Incirlik. Senior Airman Anthony Sanchelli / Air Force

    Report: Turkey Approves US Drone Flights To Monitor Islamic State

    Air Force drones in Turkey have reportedly received the OK to join the fight against the Islamic State.

    • Oct. 16, 2014
  11. Britain will include Reapers in its air campaign in Iraq. Sergeant Corrine Buxton/RAF

    UK To Add Reapers to Air Power Operating in Iraq

    Britain is adding Reaper remotely piloted aircraft to its forces deployed to fight Islamic State militants in Iraq, the government announced Thursday.

    • Oct. 16, 2014
  12. An Indian Navy Chetak helicopter demonstrates a search-and-rescue mission as the destroyer INS Ranjit sails in the background. A global tender to replace naval Chetak and Cheetah helicopters was canceled, and a new request for information has been issued. STRDEL/ / AFP

    India Cancels Navy LUH Tender; Issues New Request

    India has canceled yet another light utility helicopter (LUH) global tender, this time for the Navy, which has rushed to float a new request for information to domestic companies for the troubled program, said a Defence Ministry source.

    • Oct. 15, 2014
  13. The F-35 joint program office (JPO) announced Tuesday evening that it has reached an agreement with engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney on two key milestones  identifying the root cause of an engine issue that caused a fire in June, and on a contract for the next lot of engines for the stealthy fighter. Air Force

    Pentagon, Pratt Cut Deal for F-35 Engines, Modifications

    The F-35 joint program office (JPO) announced Tuesday evening that it has reached an agreement with engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney on two key milestones identifying the root cause of an engine issue that caused a fire in June, and on a contract for

    • Oct. 15, 2014
  14. Sailors conduct flight operations aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) on Oct. 11 in the Arabian Gulf. MC3 Brian Stephens / Navy

    Campaign Against Islamic State Named 'Operation Inherent Resolve'

    The war against the Islamic State now has a name: 'Operation Inherent Resolve.'

    • Oct. 15, 2014
  15. Tiluchi FAB-542 Wikimedia Commons

    Two Killed in Bolivian Military Plane Crash

    Two airmen died when their small military plane crashed while rehearsing stunts for the anniversary of the Bolivian air force, a local television station said Wednesday.

    • Oct. 15, 2014
  16. Kurdish people watch smoke billowing from Kobani on Oct. 15 as they gather on a hill overlooking the Syrian town. Aris Messinis / AFP

    US-led Strikes Kill 'Several Hundred' as Iraq, Kurds Battle Islamic State

    US-led air strikes on a Syrian border town killed 'several hundred' Islamic State fighters but it may still fall, officials warned Wednesday, acknowledging significant jihadist gains in Iraq and Syria.

    • Oct. 15, 2014
  17. A US airman prepares to do an inspection on a TPS-75 radar in 2012. The TPS-75 is being replaced by the Three-Dimensional Expeditionary Long-Range Radar (3DELRR) program. Staff Sgt. Nathanael Callon / US Air Force

    3DELRR Illustrates New Export Reality

    When the US Air Force selected Raytheon to produce its next-generation expeditionary radar system last week, it represented a big win for the Massachusetts-based company. But it was also a milestone for the Pentagon.

    • Oct. 14, 2014
  18. The X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV), the Air Force's unmanned, reusable space plane. US Air Force / AFP

    US Military's Robot Space Plane Due To Land This Week

    The US military's mysterious robot space plane is expected to land this week after a 22-month orbit, officials said Tuesday, but the craft's mission remains shrouded in secrecy.

    • Oct. 14, 2014
  19. The Boeing-Sikorsky team expect their SB-1 Defiant  pictured in an artist's concept  to make its first flight in 2017. The Defiant is based on Sikorsky's X2 twin-rotor technology. Boeing

    Sikorsky, Boeing Expect To Fly JMR Demonstrator in '17

    The SB-1 Defiant, being developed by Boeing and Sikorsky for the Army's Joint Multi-Role (JMR) program, is on track for first flight in fiscal 2017, executives for the companies said Tuesday.

    • Oct. 14, 2014
  20. Testing: The ITEP program seeks to develop a replacement for the General Electric T-700 engines that power AH-64 Apaches, like this one, and UH-60 Black Hawks. Sgt. Harley Jelis / NY Army National Guard

    ATEC Successfully Tests Second ITEP Engine

    The Advanced Turbine Engine Company (ATEC) has successfully completed a second test of its HPW3000 engine, its offering for the Army's Improved Turbine Engine Program (ITEP) program.

    • Oct. 14, 2014
  21. An F/A-18E Super Hornet flies alongside the flight deck the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) on Oct. 10 in the Arabian Gulf. MC3 Joshua Card / Navy

    US Military: 21 Strikes Slow Islamic State Advance

    US-led aircraft hammered Islamic State jihadists with 21 bombing raids near Kobane on Monday and Tuesday amid signs the strikes had 'slowed' the group's advance on the Syrian border town, the American military said.

    • Oct. 14, 2014
  22. New Helos: India's light utility helicopters are meant to replace its Cheetah helos, license-produced by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited. Hindustan Aeronautics Limited

    India Tries New Tack in Troubled Helo Program

    The Indian Defence Ministry, after twice failing to acquire light utility helicopters (LUHs) for the Air Force through global tenders, is turning to domestic firms to fill the bill.

    • Oct. 13, 2014
  23. Bell's V-280 Valor on display at the Association of the US Army meeting in Washington on Monday. Mike Morones/ / Staff

    Bell Unveils New 'Valor' Tiltrotor

    Bell Helicopter on Monday unveiled a full-scale model of its V-280 Valor the next generation in tiltrotor aircraft at the Association of the United States Army annual meeting here.

    • Oct. 13, 2014
  24. New Life for Hornets: The service life of Canadian CF-18s will be extended under a new plan that is expected to push back the purchase date of F-35 joint strike fighters. US Navy

    Canadian Jet Extension Plan Will Delay F-35 Buys

    Canada plans to conduct yet another modernization of its CF-18 fighter jets, an effort that will further delay purchases of the F-35 joint strike fighter.

    • Oct. 10, 2014
  25. A Canadian F-18 Hornet from the 409th Tactical Fighter Squadron launches a laser-guided bomb during one of the unit's Weapons Systems Evaluation Program scenarios in this file photo. Canadian lawmakers have approved sending aircraft to participate in airstrikes in Iraq. Air Force

    Canada Brings '6-pack Strategy' to Air Campaign Against Islamic State in Iraq

    Canadian lawmakers have approved sending up to six CF-18 fighter aircraft to participate in airstrikes in Iraq, along with one CC-150 aerial refueling tanker, two CP-14 Aurora surveillance aircraft and one airlift aircraft, according to the Canadian prime

    • Oct. 10, 2014
  26. The head of Air Force Global Strike Command wants to find ways to modernize his B-52 bombers, like the one seen here, in a faster and more efficient manner. Capt. Jeffre Nagan/Air Force

    Global Strike Looking at AFSOC Acquisition Model

    The head of Air Force Global Strike Command wants to modernize his fleets at a rapid pace, and he believes Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) may be the model to follow.

    • Oct. 9, 2014
  27. BAE announced management job cuts that will heavily fall on company plants that assemble Typhoon combat jets in addition to other work. BAE Systems

    BAE To Cut 440 Management Jobs

    BAE Systems is to ax up to 440 management jobs at its Military Air and Information (MAI) business in the UK, the company said Thursday.

    • Oct. 9, 2014
  28. An Afghan Air Force G222, designated C-27A by the US government, at Kabul International Airport in July 2011. Staff Sgt. Matthew Smith/Air Force

    DLA Junks Multimillion Planes For Afghan Air Force, Sells Scrap For 6 Cents A Pound

    Sixteen unusable transport aircraft that the U.S. government bought for the Afghan Air Force have been scrapped for pennies on the dollar, according to the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction.

    • Oct. 9, 2014
  29. Maj. Gen. Jeff Burton and Maj. Gen. David S. Baldwin, in an opinion piece written for Army Times, share their concerns over the active Army's plan for the National Guard's Apaches.

    Opinion: A Better Plan For Army Aviation

    The active component Army is working to implement a plan that will erode the National Guard, and they are doing it under the guise of '

    • Oct. 9, 2014
  30. A-10 Thunderbolt IIs fly a combat mission over Afghanistan. Sharp disputes arose again at a congressional hearing over Air Force plans to replace the A-10 as a close-air support platform. Staff Sgt. Aaron Allmon/Air Force

    US Airstrikes in Afghanistan Hit Two-year High

    As the US approaches the end of major combat operations in Afghanistan, the number of airstrikes there hit their highest point in two years in August.

    • Oct. 9, 2014
  31. Rep. John Carney visits with approximately 100 members of the Delaware Air National Guard Monday in New Castle to discuss his legislation to modernize the Air Guard's fleet of C-130H aircraft in a safe and cost-effective way. Suchat Pederson/The (Del.) News Journal

    Congressman Pushes to Update C-130 Fleet

    John Carney has a bill in search of sponsors. A lot of them. And he knows it.

    • Oct. 9, 2014
  32. The X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle taxis in a 2010 test. Air Force

    NASA: Secret X-37B Space Plane Will Use Shuttle Hangars

    NASA today confirmed long-known plans for a secretive military space plane program to take over the use of two former shuttle hangars at Kennedy Space Center.

    • Oct. 9, 2014
  33. The US Air Force's E-8 joint surveillance target attack radar system aircraft is built by Northrop Grumman. The aircraft provide ground commanders with ISR. Senior Airman Jared Trimarchi/ / US Air Force

    Questions Ahead for JSTARS Replacement

    The service's joint surveillance target attack radar system (JSTARS) aircraft fleet is due for a replacement, but questions remain whether the program is viewed as a large enough priority in Congress to secure funding.

    • Oct. 9, 2014
  34. A U.S. F-15 crashed in the United Kingdom on Oct. 8 and the pilot safely ejected. Wikipedia

    US Air Force F-15 Crashes in England

    A US F-15D Eagle from Royal Air Force Lakenheath crashed in the United Kingdom today during training.

    • Oct. 8, 2014
  35. Airmen prepare to do an inspection on a TPS-75 radar in 2012. The 3DELRR program will replace the AN/TPS-75 system. US Air Force

    USAF Awards Next-Gen Radar Contract to Raytheon

    The US Air Force's next-generation expeditionary radar will be produced by Raytheon, the service announced Monday.

    • Oct. 6, 2014
  36. A US Army Apache helicopter flies over Iraq in 2008. Army pilots for the first time used an Apache attack helicopter to strike Islamist militants in Iraq over the weekend, according to CENTCOM. Army

    US Army Apache Helos Used in Strikes Against Islamic State

    US Army pilots for the first time used an Apache attack helicopter to strike Islamist militant targets in Iraq over the weekend, according to a statement by CENTCOM.

    • Oct. 5, 2014
  37. Prosecutor Eugenio Fusco speaks during the trial to Giuseppe Orsi on June 19, 2013. Defense claims Orsi is a victim of a corporate power struggle. Getty Images

    Defense Claims Corporate Clash Fueled Orsi Bribery Allegations

    Days before an Italian court rules on whether former Finmeccanica CEO Giuseppe Orsi offered bribes to win a helicopter contract in India, his lawyer has claimed Orsi was the victim of a power struggle inside the group.

    • Oct. 5, 2014
  38. New Technology: Chinese media claims Beijing has developed radars that can detect stealth aircraft, such as the F-22 Raptor. Tech. Sgt. Ben Bloker/ / US Air Force

    China Touts Anti-stealth Radar

    America's most advanced stealth fighter poses a great risk to China's air defense network and the military is going to great lengths to learn how to shoot one down.

    • Oct. 4, 2014
  39. Commercial Support? India wants to encourage private industry to establish a military aircraft production facility for the light combat aircraft Mark 2. Above, a Mark 1 version takes off in Bangalore. STRDEL/ / AFP

    India Offers To Spend $12B To Break Monopoly

    The Indian government, acting on Air Force demands, has offered to spend $12 billion to encourage private firms to establish an aircraft manufacturing facility a move that would break Hindustan Aeronautics Limited's monopoly on aircraft manufacturing af

    • Oct. 4, 2014
  40. The British government has temporarily reprieved a Tornado GR4 strike squadron from the scrap heap in order to maintain sufficient numbers of aircraft for a sustained campaign against the Islamic State. RAF

    To Boost Strike Force, UK Delays Retiring Jets

    The British government has temporarily reprieved a Tornado GR4 strike squadron from the scrap heap in order to maintain sufficient numbers of aircraft for a sustained campaign against the Islamic State.

    • Oct. 3, 2014
  41. Sikorsky hopes to conduct the first flight of its newly unveiled S-97 Raider this year. Sikorsky

    Sikorsky Unveils Raider Prototype

    Sikorsky unveiled its first S-97 Raider prototype Thursday, kicking off the test flight phase of the experimental helicopter program.

    • Oct. 3, 2014
  42. The first A-29 Super Tucano of the Pentagon's Light Air Support program, destined for the Afghan Air Force, has been delivered to the Air Force in Jacksonville, Florida. Embraer/SNC

    Brazil's Embraer Officially Enters US Defense Market

    With the delivery of its first A-29 Super Tucano to the US Air Force, Brazil-based Embraer now has a foothold in the defense market in America. The question is how the company expands from here.

    • Oct. 3, 2014
  43. A handout photo taken by the Australian Defence Force on Sept. 24 shows a Royal Australian Air Force F/A-18F Super Hornet taxiing down the runway after arriving at Australia's main support base in the Middle East. SERGEANT HAMISH PATERSON/ / AFP

    Australian PM Approves Iraq Combat Missions

    Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced Friday that Royal Australian Air Force F/A-18F Super Hornets will begin striking Islamic State (IS) targets in Iraq.

    • Oct. 3, 2014
  44. Australia May Acquire Up To 4 More C-17s

    Australian Defence Minister Sen. David Johnston announced Friday that up to four more Boeing C-17A Globemaster III strategic airlifters could be acquired for the Royal Australian Air Force.

    • Oct. 3, 2014
  45. On Hold: An Italian Eurofighter Typhoon performs at the Royal International Air Tattoo this year. Deliveries are on hold after after a manufacturing problem was discovered. Geoffrey Lee/ / Eurofighter

    Manufacturing Fault Suspends Typhoon Deliveries to Germany, Italy, Spain

    Eurofighter Typhoon deliveries to Germany, Italy and Spain have been halted while the fighter company and the governments discuss commercial issues related to the discovery of a manufacturing fault, program sources said.

    • Oct. 2, 2014
  46. The Air Force is disputing a DoD IG report that says the service failed to effectively justify the need to buy 401 MQ-9 Reapers. Paul Ridgeway/US Air Force

    US Air Force Rebuts Defense Department Report on Planned Reaper Buys

    The US Air Force issued a quick rebuttal to a Defense Department Inspector General report on its MQ-9 Reaper acquisition program, saying the agency used outdated information to criticize the service's purchase of the drones.

    • Oct. 2, 2014
  47. A Royal Air Force (RAF) Tornado GR4 returns to Akrotiri British airbase on Sept. 30 following an armed mission in Iraq. Cpl. Neil Bryden, RAF / AFP

    British Jets Strike Islamic State Jihadists in Iraq

    British fighter jets fired on Islamic State (IS) militants west of Baghdad and in northwest Iraq in two rounds of airstrikes Wednesday, the defence ministry in London said.

    • Oct. 1, 2014
  48. French president Francois Hollande, center, attends an Oct. 1 meeting focused on the Iraqi conflict with French Army Chief of Staff Gen. Pierre de Villiers and French President's chief of staff general Benoit Puga at the Elysee Palace in Paris. Alain Jocard / Getty Images

    France To Deploy More Fighter Jets, Warship in Islamic State Fight

    The French military said Wednesday it would deploy three more fighter jets and a warship to the Middle East to boost support to Iraqi forces fighting Islamic State jihadists.

    • Oct. 1, 2014
  49. Aerojet Rocketdyne has submitted information on its AR1 system, shown here in single-booster configuration, for the US Air Force's competition for a next-generation rocket engine. Aerojet Rocketdyne

    Aerojet Rocketdyne Enters RD-180 Replacement Competition

    Aerojet Rocketdyne is poised to enter the US Air Force's competition for a next-generation rocket engine, announcing it has submitted information on its AR1 system in response to the service's request for information.

    • Oct. 1, 2014
  50. A sale of Patriot missiles to Saudi Arabia has been approved by the US State Department. Tech. Sgt. Michelle Larche / US Air Force

    US State Department Clears Saudi Patriot Missile Sale

    The US State Department has cleared a potential sale of enhanced Patriot air defense system missiles to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

    • Oct. 1, 2014
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