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  1. New Capability: British Royal Air Force Typhoons fly over Lithuania on April 28. PETRAS MALUKAS/ / AFP/Getty Images

    With AESA Radar, Eurofighter Strengthens Export Push

    Typhoon added its name to the list of fighters able to offer active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar capability last week when the four European partner nations in the program finally put their signature to an 800 million (US $1.25 billion) deal to develop and integrate the sensor.

    • Nov. 22, 2014
  2. New Capability: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe views the cockpit of an MV-22B Osprey Hyakuri Air Base during the Japan Air Self Defense Force's Air Review 2014 on Oct. 26. Staff Sgt. Warren Peace/ / US Marine Corps

    Japan Officially Selects Osprey, Global Hawk, E-2D

    Japan has officially decided to procure the V-22 Osprey for its military tilt-rotor requirement, as well as the Global Hawk unmanned surveillance system and E-2D Hawkeye command and control aircraft.

    • Nov. 21, 2014
  3. Airbus Military's first A330 multirole tanker transport for the Royal Saudi Air Force lands in Spain. France announced an order of 12 of the aircraft. Pablo Cabellos del Sol / Airbus Defence

    France Orders 12 A330 Tanker Transport Aircraft

    France has signed a 3 billion (US $3.8 billion) contract for 12 Airbus A330 multirole tanker transport aircraft, Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told a high-level conference on the French nuclear deterrent Thursday.

    • Nov. 20, 2014
  4. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, second from right, and Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Roivas, right, visit the Amari air base that hosts the defense alliance's air policy mission over the Baltic states on Nov. 20 in Amari, Estonia. Raigo Pajula / AFP

    NATO Reports 400 Intercepts of Russian Aircraft in 2014

    NATO said Thursday there have been around 400 intercepts of Russian military flights near its member countries this year, amid heightened tension between Moscow and the West over the Ukraine crisis.

    • Nov. 20, 2014
  5. An unmanned Fire Scout deployed for the first time with an MH-60R Seahawk aboard the littoral combat ship Fort Worth. MC2 Tim D. Godbee/U.S. Navy

    Fire Scout and Seahawk deploy together for first time on an LCS

    An MH-60R Seahawk helicopter and MQ-8B Fire Scout are deploying together on the same ship a first for manned and unmanned integration aboard a littoral combat ship.

    • Nov. 19, 2014
  6. Eurofighter Typhoons will be fitted with an active electronically scanned array radar. Eurofighter

    Eurofighter Nations Sign 1 Billion Development Deal for AESA Radar

    Britain, Germany, Italy and Spain have signed up for a 1 billion (US $1.2 billion) development and integration program to equip the Eurofighter Typhoon combat jet with an active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar.

    • Nov. 19, 2014
  7. Lt. Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski, military deputy for acquisition, says integration of the KC-46A has been a challenge. Chuck Schroeder/Boeing concept

    USAF Official: Boeing 'Challenged' by KC-46 Schedule

    The US Air Force's top military acquisition official says Boeing is being challenged by integration of its KC-46A Pegasus tanker, and warned that further slips may imperil key target dates.

    • Nov. 19, 2014
  8. Lt. Gen. Steven Kwast is president of US Air Force's Air University in Montgomery, Alabama. Albert Cesare/Montgomery Advertiser

    Interview: Lt. Gen. Steven Kwast

    Lt Gen Steven Kwast took over as commander and president of Air University, the center of education for the US Air Force at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama, on Nov 10.

    • Nov. 19, 2014
  9. Building Protection: The Aegis Ashore missile defense complex in Romania is scheduled to be operational in 2015. US Army Corps of Engineers

    Poland, Romania Eye Intensified Cooperation With United States

    As the conflict in Ukraine continues to upset the security balance in Eastern Europe, the governments in Poland and Romania are increasingly eager to establish the US Aegis Ashore missile defense system and provide ballistic missile coverage against Russi

    • Nov. 18, 2014
  10. Eurofighter consortium partners are expected to make an announcement about a program to fit the Typhoon with the Captor-E AESA radar. Eurofighter

    Action Pending on AESA Radar for Typhoon

    The four nations behind development of the Typhoon fighter are expected to announce they are moving ahead with a program to fit an active electronically scanned array (AESA) to the jet when the Eurofighter partner nations' ministerial meeting takes place

    • Nov. 18, 2014
  11. Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, left, sits in the cockpit of the 50th JF-17 Thunder aircraft, co-produced with the support of China National Aero-technology Import and Export Corp. AAMIR QURESHI/ / AFP

    Pakistan Continues JF-17 Upgrades, Possible Interest in FC-31 Emerges

    Pakistan continues to proceed with improvements to its JF-17 Thunder jet fighter program, but the recent Zhuhai air show also revealed possible longer term ambitions to acquire stealth aircraft, namely the Shenyang FC-31.

    • Nov. 18, 2014
  12. The fight over South Korea's KF-16 upgrade program has cost almost 200 employees their jobs at BAE's Fort Worth, Texas, facility. Senior Airman Taylor Curry/ / US Air Force

    KF-16 Fallout: BAE Cuts 191 Jobs

    BAE Systems has laid off 191 employees at a Fort Worth, Texas, facility as part of the continuing fallout from South Korea's cancellation of a contract to upgrade its fleet of F-16 fighters.

    • Nov. 18, 2014
  13. Craig McKinley has been named the new president and CEO of NDIA, effective Jan. 1. US Air Force Association

    McKinley Named President, CEO at NDIA

    The National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) announced today that retired US Air Force Gen. Craig McKinley will take over as president and CEO on Jan. 1.

    • Nov. 18, 2014
  14. Missile strikes by British Reapers against Islamic State targets in Iraq are increasing in intensity, the Royal Air Force reported Tuesday. Wikipedia

    UK Reapers Up the Intensity Against IS in Iraq

    Missile strikes by British Reapers against Islamic State targets in Iraq are increasing in intensity, the Royal Air Force reported Tuesday.

    • Nov. 18, 2014
  15. A ground-based Interceptor launches carrying a Raytheon-built Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle on June 22, 2014. The kill vehicle destroyed a simulated ballistic missile high over the Pacific Ocean. Missile Defense Agency/Raytheon

    MDA Aims for 2020 Fielding of Redesigned Kill Vehicle

    Deployed in 2004 as a bulwark against North Korea's missile program, the original exoatmospheric kill vehicle (EKV) was rushed into development and fielded as a prototype.

    • Nov. 18, 2014
  16. Helping the US: One of 30 US Air Force stations on the Distant Early Warning Line that runs about 3,600 miles across North America. Canada is quietly figuring out how it could aid in missile defense. Tech. Sgt. Donald L. Wetterman/ / US Air Force

    Canada Rethinking Opposition to MD Systems

    Once cautious about involvement in missile defense, Canada's military and government are slowly, but steadily, moving to a position where they could play a role in both ground-based and maritime systems.

    • Nov. 18, 2014
  17. Bolstering Aegis Fleet: Japan will add two Atago-class guided missile destroyers to its fleet in 2020-2021. Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force

    Japan To Focus on Atago, PAC-3 Upgrades

    Japan's ballistic missile defense (BMD) plans revolve around bolstering its Aegis-based fleet and upgrading its Patriot capabilities to counter a still-limited threat from North Korea.

    • Nov. 18, 2014
  18. The Army awarded Sikorsky a $771.9 million contract modification that includes 41 UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters. Sgt. 1st Class Jim Downen Jr. / US Army

    US Army, Navy Advance Multi-Year Sikorsky Deals Worth $1.3 Billion

    The US Army and Navy will go ahead with plans to buy 102 helicopters from Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., for $1.3 billion in fiscal 2015, according to Defense Department contract announcements released Monday.

    • Nov. 17, 2014
  19. Contractor Switch: South Korea is taking steps to bring in Lockheed Martin to upgrade its KF-16 fleet. SrA Taylor Curry/ / US Air Force

    S. Korea Moving Closer To Lockheed F-16 Deal

    South Korean officials are expected to approve a plan this week paving the way for Lockheed Martin to take over its F-16 upgrade program.

    • Nov. 17, 2014
  20. First delivery of an A400M was officially received Monday by the Royal Air Force. Airbus Defence and Space

    RAF Takes Delivery of First A400M Atlas

    The Royal Air Force has officially taken delivery of its first Airbus A400M Atlas airlifter with the aircraft landing at the Brize Norton airbase Monday.

    • Nov. 17, 2014
  21. UAV-Killing Iron Dome Eyed as Cheaper Option to Patriot

    Israel has a generational commitment to its Patriot force, cemented by growing interoperability with sister systems from US European Command and significant support elements for US batteries stocked here and available to Israel in time of need.

    • Nov. 17, 2014
  22. A leaked US document has put the Canadian government under fire over the proposed F-35 purchase. Lockheed Martin

    US Document Riles Critics of Proposed Canadian F-35 Buy

    A leaked US document has raised new questions about Canada's involvement in the F-35 program and given critics of the fighter jet as well as opposition members of Parliament new ammunition to accuse the Canadian government of misleading the public about t

    • Nov. 16, 2014
  23. A Patriot surface-to-air missile battery is positioned in the Mediterranean coastal city of Haifa north of Israel in August 2013. Jack Guez / Getty Images

    Israel Air Force Hones Patriot Batteries for UAV Defense

    With newly war-tested batteries of drone-killing Patriots, air defenders of Israel Air Force (IAF) Wing 168 are earning equal footing with F-16s in guarding the skies against new and growing unmanned threats.

    • Nov. 16, 2014
  24. Cross-talk: A US Air Force claim that it needs to retire the A-10 for its maintenance teams has reignited deep mistrust between the service and the Hill. Senior Airman Ashley Taylor/ / US Air Force

    Fight Over A-10 Re-opens Hill, US Air Force Divide

    After a relatively quiet summer, the battle for the future of the A-10 Warthog exploded in the last two weeks, reopening deep fissures between Congress and the US Air Force that seem to show the two sides at a total stalemate.

    • Nov. 15, 2014
  25. Export Ambitions: A Chinese J-31 stealth fighter performs at the Airshow China 2014 in Zhuhai on Nov. 11. JOHANNES EISELE/ / AFP/Getty Images

    With J-31 Flight, China Makes a Statement

    When China's stealthy, twin-engine J-31 took to the skies over Airshow China in Zhuhai last week, the skies were cloudy, but the message the country wanted to send was clear.

    • Nov. 15, 2014
  26. Retired Lt. Gen. David Deptula has been barred from doing business with the Pentagon through February of 2016 as the result of an investigation. Center for a New American Security

    Former Air Force General Debarred by General Counsel

    The US Air Force has barred a retired general from business dealings with the Pentagon through Feb. 1, 2016, following an investigation by the General Counsel's office over ties to a failed airship contract.

    • Nov. 14, 2014
  27. Textron AirLand has selected Honeywell to provide the engine for its Scorpion jet. Textron AirLand

    Honeywell to Supply Textron Scorpion Engine

    Textron AirLand has selected Honeywell Aerospace to provide the engine for its new Scorpion jet, the companies announced Thursday.

    • Nov. 14, 2014
  28. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announced increased funding requests for the nuclear mission following a review that found poor morale and aging infrastructure. US Defense Department

    Hagel Directs Leadership Changes, New Funding for Nuclear Community

    US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has directed the Air Force to elevate its top nuclear missile leadership, and authorized the Defense Department to request a 10 percent increase in funding for its nuclear enterprise every year for the next five years to a

    • Nov. 14, 2014
  29. Italy will send four Tornado aircraft to Iraq to serve in a reconnaissance role. MENAHEM KAHANA/ / AFP

    Italy To Send 4 Tornados for Recon in Iraq

    Italy will send four Tornado aircraft to join coalition operations against the Islamic State in Iraq, a Defense Ministry spokesman said on Friday.

    • Nov. 14, 2014
  30. Craig McKinley, the former Chief of the National Guard Bureau who retired as a four star general, has led the Air Force Association since October 2012. He is stepping down early next year. Courtesy

    Air Force Association Head Stepping Down

    The head of the Air Force Association is stepping down to take a new job, with his last day coming around Feb. 1. 2015.

    • Nov. 14, 2014
  31. Congressional supporters continue to block US Air Force efforts to retire the A-10. Senior Airman Sierra Dopfel / US Air Force

    Congress Likely To Reject A-10 Partial Retirement Plan

    A plan by the US Air Force to partially retire the A-10 Warthog fleet appears to be dead on arrival, based on comments made by top Senate and House members Thursday.

    • Nov. 13, 2014
  32. Under the original deal, BAE would have upgraded 134 KF-16 fighters for South Korea. South Korean Defense Ministry / AFP

    BAE Sues South Korea Over F-16 Upgrade Cancellation Fees

    South Korea is claiming BAE owes it $43 million in punitive costs over a recently canceled F-16 upgrade program and BAE is taking the Asian country's military acquisition arm to court in order to block those charges.

    • Nov. 13, 2014
  33. Pakistan hopes to soon complete a deal to acquire Mi-35 helicopter gunships after winning Russian approval for the sale. Russian Helicopters

    Pakistan Wins Approval To Purchase Mi-35 Helo

    Pakistan's attempts to acquire new helicopter gunships appear to be nearing success with news that a deal for Mi-35 Hind helicopters has been approved.

    • Nov. 13, 2014
  34. An F/A-18E Super Hornet lands Oct. 31 on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). MC2 John Philip Wagner Jr. / US Navy

    US Forces Carry Out Most Strikes Against Islamic State

    US forces have carried out the overwhelming majority of airstrikes against Islamic State jihadists since August, with American warplanes conducting about 85 percent of the raids, the Pentagon said Wednesday.

    • Nov. 13, 2014
  35. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Stephane De Sakutin / AFP

    Sources: Turkey Could Scrap Controversial Chinese Missile Purchase

    Turkey could scrap a controversial plan to buy missile defense systems from China that alarmed the United States and its Western allies, Turkish and European sources said Wednesday.

    • Nov. 12, 2014
  36. Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, center left, sits next to the captured US RQ-170 Sentinel high-altitude reconnaissance drone and its locally made copy May 11 while visiting the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Aerospace Force exhibition in Tehran. AFP

    Iran Shows Its Copy of US Drone In Flight

    State television aired footage Wednesday of the test flight of a drone which Iran says it reverse engineered from a US aircraft that came down over its territory in 2011.

    • Nov. 12, 2014
  37. On display is a model of the FT-1 solid launch vehicle for emergency satellite launches. Wendell Minnick/Staff

    China's Emergency Sat Launch Vehicle Raises Eyebrows

    The China Aerospace Science and Industry Corp. (CASIC) displayed a model of its FT-1 solid launch vehicle for emergency satellite launches at the Airshow China here near Hong Kong.

    • Nov. 12, 2014
  38. China's NORINCO shows off its Sharp Eyes III rotary UAV at Airshow China in Zhuhai this week. Wendell Minnick/ / Staff

    China's NORINCO Gets Into UAV Biz

    China North Industries Corp. (NORINCO), better known for building tanks and infantry vehicles, has developed an unmanned helicopter. The company revealed its Sharp Eyes III UAV this week at Airshow China in Zhuhai.

    • Nov. 12, 2014
  39. China's FM-3000 air defense missile system is intended for regional air defense. Wendell Minnick/Staff

    China Displays New Air Defense System

    The China Aerospace Science and Industry Corp. (CASIC) showed off its new FM-3000 air defense missile system at the Airshow China here.

    • Nov. 12, 2014
  40. China Aerospace Science and Industry Corp. says its multipurpose, subsonic WJ-5oo UAV has an angular, stealthy design that gives it a low radar signature. Wendell Minnick/ / Staff

    China's CASIC Reveals New Stealthy WJ-500 UAV

    The China Aerospace Science and Industry Corp. has unveiled a new WJ-series UAV.

    • Nov. 12, 2014
  41. The S100 Seaplane fixed-wing UAV, built by Shanghai UVS Intelligence System Co., is on display in Zhuhai this week for Airshow China. Wendell Minnick/ / Staff

    China Unveils First Amphib UAV

    The first Chinese-made amphibious UAV has been unveiled at the Airshow China in Zhuhai, in the southern province of Guangdong near Hong Kong.

    • Nov. 12, 2014
  42. Not quite dead yet: With Congress steadfastly defending the A-10, could a compromise be in the works? Senior Airman Shawn Nickel/ / US Air Force

    USAF Discussing A-10 Compromise With Congress

    The US Air Force is trying to work out a compromise with Congress to retire a percentage of the A-10 fleet in order to move maintainers to the F-35 joint strike fighter, according to two service officials.

    • Nov. 11, 2014
  43. A female and a male pilot of a J-10 fighter jet of the Bayi Aerobatic Team of PLA's (Peoples Liberation Army) Air Force walk Nov. 11 after a flight at the Airshow China 2014 in Zhuhai. Johannes Eisele / AFP

    China's First Female Aerobatic Fighter Pilots Take Flight

    The first women fighter pilots to join China's famed aerobatic team showed off their skills in J-10 jets Tuesday as Beijing put on a display of its growing military might.

    • Nov. 11, 2014
  44. The holographic ground control system allows a controller to experience the entire UAV mission through a human-machine interface. Wendell Minnick / Staff

    China Developing Holographic UAV Control Center

    China's biggest aviation manufacturer, Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC), is developing a holographic ground control system (GCS) for UAVs.

    • Nov. 11, 2014
  45. The PL-9C surface-to-air missile is road-mobile and can be used against UAVs, helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft. Wendell Minnick/Staff

    China Unveils New Short-Range SAM System

    Aviation Industry Corporation of China unveiled its new PL-9C surface-to-air short-range missile system at Airshow China here.

    • Nov. 11, 2014
  46. In this June 13, 2010, file photo, a US Predator unmanned drone armed with a missile sits on the tarmac of Kandahar military airport in Afghanistan. Pentagon planners are exploring ways to launch and recover drones from larger aircraft to get them closer to the fight. Massoud Hossaini/AFP

    Pentagon Seeks Aircraft-based Drones for Future Missions

    The Pentagon is looking for ways to base multiple unmanned drones aboard larger aircraft, from which the drones will depart and return after they fly intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions in hard-to-reach areas, according to a new request

    • Nov. 11, 2014
  47. US Air Force Col. Andrew MacDonald, 162nd Operations Group commander, helps Iraqi Air Force Brig. Gen. Abdulhussein Lafta Ali Ali buckle into an F-16D Fighting Falcon before an orientation flight at Tucson International Airport in 2012. Maj. Gabe Johnson/ US Air Force

    Islamic State Threat Delays Delivery of F-16s to Iraq

    The Islamic State threat has delayed the initial delivery of F-16 fighter jets to Iraq, the US Defense Department announced Monday.

    • Nov. 11, 2014
  48. A model of the J-31 fighter is shown at the 2014 Zhuhai airshow. China announced at the current show that it would export the stealthy aircraft. Wendell Minnick/Staff

    China Plans To Export J-31 Stealth Fighter

    China plans to export its stealthy twin-engine J-31 fighter, which would become the first aircraft of its kind available to global customers who cannot afford the Lockheed Martin F-35.

    • Nov. 10, 2014
  49. An interceptor of the Barak-8 air and missile defense system designed for Israeli and Indian forces launches for its final development test in Israel on Nov. 10. Israel Aerospace Industries

    Israel Concludes Developmental Testing of Barak-8 Missile Defense System

    Israeli and Indian forces are mere months away from initial deployment of respective sea- and land-based Barak-8 defenses following a successful Monday morning test here capping six years of cooperative development.

    • Nov. 10, 2014
  50. A Sukhoi Su-35 fighter jet takes off during a test flight ahead of the public opening of Airshow China 2014 in Zhuhai. JOHANNES EISELE/ / AFP

    Fighter Surprises Unveiled at Zhuhai Preshow

    A preshow tour of the 10th Airshow China, held here, revealed fighter surprises not seen at previous shows.

    • Nov. 10, 2014
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