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  1. Turkey has finished upgrading the last of 41 Pakistani F-16 fighters. Aamir Qureshi / AFP

    Turkey Delivers Upgraded F-16s to Pakistan

    Turkey has delivered the last four F-16 fighter aircraft it upgraded for the Pakistani Air Force, the company tasked with the work said Sept. 2.

    • Sep. 2, 2014
  2. Iranian President president Hassan Rouhani, center, visits a display of Iran's new Nasr-e Basir missile on Aug. 24 as part of Iran's defense capabilities exhibition inside the defense ministry building in Tehran. AFP

    Iran Unveils New Missile, Radar Systems

    Iran unveiled a new surface-to-air missile Tuesday and two radar systems it said would improve its defenses against 'enemies.'

    • Sep. 2, 2014
  3. Ugandan soldiers, as part of the African Union Mission in Somalia arrive Aug. 31 in the town of Kurtunwaarey, Somalia, after having liberated it from Al Shabab. Tobin Jones / AFP

    US Targets Shebab Leader In Somalia Airstrike

    US forces have carried out airstrikes against the leader of Somalia's al-Qaida-linked Shebab rebels, with casualties reported but uncertainty hanging over the fate of the main target, officials said Tuesday.

    • Sep. 2, 2014
  4. 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. Massoud Hossaini / AFP

    Officials: US To Move Drone Base To Northern Niger

    The US military will shift its drone flights in Niger from Niamey to a base further north, allowing Washington to better track Islamist fighters in the region, a defense official said Tuesday.

    • Sep. 2, 2014
  5. MAIDEN VOYAGE: The first Airbus A400M new generation airlifter ordered by the Royal Air Force has made its maiden flight, marking a key milestone towards its delivery. The aircraft, known as MSN15, took off from Seville, Spain, at 14:25 local time (GMT+1) on 30 August and landed back on site 5 hours and 5 minutes later. Media Airbus Defence And Space

    Royal Air Force A400M Makes Its Maiden Flight

    The Royal Air Force's first Airbus A400M has made it's maiden flight moving Britain closer to becoming the third operator of the new European airlifter.

    • Sep. 1, 2014
  6. The United Arab Emirates is seeking tech transfer as part of talks on purchasing two Pleiades-type satellites. CNES artist's conception

    France, UAE Close In on Spy Sat Deal

    The United Arab Emirates and France are expected to finalize the Falcon Eye spy satellites deal within the coming weeks while looking into the purchase of 40 Dassault Rafale fighter jets.

    • Sep. 1, 2014
  7. This image of the Chinese J-11B fighter was taken from a US P-8A Poseidon aircraft over the South China Sea on Aug. 19. US Defense Department

    China Incident with US P-8 Sparks Debate on Pacific Posture

    When a Chinese J-11 fighter intercepted and flew within 20 feet of a US Navy P-8 Poseidon on Aug.

    • Aug. 31, 2014
  8. Changes Coming: Gen. Mark Welsh, Air Force chief of staff, addresses the National Guard Association of the United States Conference Aug. 24 in Chicago. Sources are concerned that an accelerated internal review could result in hasty decisions. Illinois National Guard

    Concern Over Speed of Air Force Process

    The US Air Force's top general said he wants to figure out the balance between the active, Guard and reserve components for the vast majority of his service's programs in time to drive fiscal 2016 decisions.

    • Aug. 29, 2014
  9. An Indian Army Chetak helicopter makes a fly-past during a National Cadet Corps parade in New Delhi. A competition to replace Indian Chetak and Cheetah helicopters has been canceled. Prakash Singh/ / AFP

    India Cancels $1 Billion Light Helicopter Tender

    India has canceled the purchase of 197 Light Utility Helicopters (LUH) worth $1 billion in which Airbus Helicopter's AS550 was competing with Russia's Ka-226T built by Kamov. The cancellation followed lengthy corruption investigations.

    • Aug. 29, 2014
  10. Officials say an engine fix is near at hand for the F-35, following a June fire. Matthew Short / Lockheed Martin

    USAF Chief: Pratt Close To Developing F-35 Engine Fix

    Engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney is close to performing tests on a potential design change for its F135 engine following a June incident that led to the devastation of an F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

    • Aug. 28, 2014
  11. India and Japan will discuss the possible joint production of the Japanese company ShinMaywa's US-2 amphibious aircraft during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Tokyo visit Aug. 30-Sept. 3. AFP

    India-Japan Talks To Focus on Strategic Ties, Possible Aircraft Deal

    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's upcoming visit to Japan will include talks on possible joint production of amphibious aircraft and other matters related to strategic and defense ties between the two countries.

    • Aug. 28, 2014
  12. The solar-powered Zephyr UAV demonstrated the ability to conduct an extended flight during times of limited sunlight. Airbus

    Zephyr Solar UAV Operates 11 Days in Winter Conditions

    Airbus' Zephyr 7 solar-powered UAV has recorded an 11-day, non-stop flight in winter weather conditions, the company said Thursday.

    • Aug. 28, 2014
  13. Provocative Act: This image of the Chinese J-11B fighter was taken from a US P-8A Poseidon aircraft over the South China Sea on Aug. 19. US Defense Department

    China Defense Ministry Tells US To Stop 'Close-in' Surveillance

    China's military on Thursday told the United States to end air and naval surveillance near its borders, saying it was damaging relations between the Pacific powers and could lead to 'undesirable accidents.'

    • Aug. 28, 2014
  14. Airmen prepare to do an inspection on a TPS-75 radar in 2012. The 3DELRR program will replace the AN/TPS-75 system. Staff Sgt. Nathanael Callon/US Air Force

    US Air Force 3DELRR Contract Expected Soon

    The US Air Force could award the contract for its Three Dimensional Expeditionary Long-Range Radar (3DELRR) program as early as next week, sources tell Defense News.

    • Aug. 27, 2014
  15. An F-15C assigned to Barnes Air National Guard Base, Mass., is seen in 2013. US Air Force

    USAF F-15C Crashes, Pilot's Status Unknown

    A Massachusetts Air National Guard F-15C crashed at about 9 a.m. in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. The pilot's status is unknown.

    • Aug. 27, 2014
  16. A Patriot missile system is seen in 2013 at a Turkish military base in Kahramanmaras.. AFP

    Holland To Terminate Patriot Mission in Turkey

    The Dutch defense ministry announced Aug. 26 that the Netherlands no longer had the resources to maintain the Patriot batteries deployed in southern Turkey, prompting Turkey to seek a replacement.

    • Aug. 26, 2014
  17. An E2-C Hawkeye launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) on Aug. 16 in the Arabian Gulf. MC3 Brian Stephens / US Navy

    US: No Plans To Coordinate With Syria On Fighting Islamic State

    The United States said Tuesday it would not coordinate with the government of President Bashar al-Assad on targeting Islamic State militants on Syrian territory, as preparations for possible air strikes gathered pace.

    • Aug. 26, 2014
  18. Seeking New Markets: Textron AirLand is planning to develop a trainer variant of its Scorpion aircraft to compete for the US Air Force's T-X trainer replacement competition, as well as international markets. Textron AirLand

    Textron AirLand Developing Scorpion Trainer Variant

    Textron AirLand plans to enter a modified version of its Scorpion aircraft into the US Air Force's T-X trainer replacement competition, a top company official said.

    • Aug. 26, 2014
  19. An Islamist fighter from the Fajr Libya (Libyan Dawn) coalition flashes the V sign for victory on Aug. 24 at the entrance of Tripoli international airport. Mahmud Turkia / Getty Images

    US Says UAE Bombed Libya Islamists as Turmoil Deepens

    UAE warplanes secretly bombed Islamist militia targets in Libya, apparently catching Washington off guard, as turmoil in the North African country deepened with the Islamists naming a rival premier.

    • Aug. 26, 2014
  20. German Patriot missile launchers are deployed at the Gazi barracks in Kahramanmaras, southern Turkey on March 25. Turkey is seeking to purchase its own air defense system. JOHN MACDOUGALL / AFP/Getty Images

    Turkey Extends Deadline in Disputed Air Defense Contract

    For a fifth time since September, Turkey's procurement authorities extended a deadline for all three bidders in a disputed air defense contract to submit their renewed proposals.

    • Aug. 26, 2014
  21. A test flight of the US Army's Advanced Hypersonic Weapon failed Monday morning. The weapon had a successful test flight in November of 2011, seen here. US Army

    US Army's Hypersonic Missile Fails During Test

    The US Army's new Advanced Hypersonic Weapon failed during an early morning test Monday, the Pentagon announced.

    • Aug. 25, 2014
  22. US Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh stressed in his Aug. 23 speech at the General Conference of the National Guard Association of the United States (NGAUS) that each component of the service has a important role to play and that all three arms of the Air Force should work together seamlessly. Facebook

    USAF Chief: Expect Further Integration of Guard, Active

    The US Air Force's top uniformed official expects to see the lines between the active, guard and reserve components continue to come down as the service looks for ways to operate effectively under limited budgets.

    • Aug. 24, 2014
  23. A handout picture released by the official website of the Iranian President, shows president Hassan Rouhani, center, and Iran's Defense Minister Hossein Dehqan, second right, visiting Iran's defense capabilities exhibition on Aug. 24 in Tehran. AFP

    Iran Unveils New Missiles, Drones

    Iran on Sunday unveiled two new missiles and two new drones it said have been added to its arsenal, in a ceremony attended by President Hassan Rouhani.

    • Aug. 24, 2014
  24. The Iranian nuclear power plant of Natanz. Henghameh Fahimi / AFP

    Iran Says It Downed Israeli Drone Over Nuclear Site

    Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard said it has brought down an Israeli stealth drone above the Natanz uranium enrichment site in the center of the country.

    • Aug. 24, 2014
  25. Photo of a Chinese J-11B that the Pentagon said intercepted a Navy P-8 on August 19. Department of Defense

    China: Criticism of US Navy Jet Encounter 'Groundless'

    The Chinese Defense Ministry on Saturday called US criticism of an encounter between one of its jets and a US Navy surveillance plane 'totally groundless.'

    • Aug. 23, 2014
  26. Spent bullet shells litter the ground as a member of the Islamist-linked militia of Misrata walks past following three days of battles in the area of Tripoli's International airport, on Thursday. MAHMUD TURKIA / AFP/Getty Images

    New Mystery Air Raid Over Tripoli Kills 10 Libyan Islamists

    Using the cover of darkness to mask its identity, a mystery warplane launched a raid near Tripoli airport overnight, killing at least 10 Islamist, a Libyan militia spokesman said Saturday.

    • Aug. 23, 2014
  27. These images of the Chinese J-11B fighter were taken from a US P-8A Poseidon aircraft over the South China Sea on Tuesday. The fighter is seen beginning a pass under the Poseidon, then crossing the P-8A's nose and showing weapons  a display of potentially hostile intent. US Defense Department

    Chinese Fighter Buzzes US Patrol Aircraft

    A Chinese high-performance fighter intercepted and buzzed a US Navy P-8A maritime patrol and surveillance aircraft on Tuesday in international air space over the South China Sea, the Pentagon confirmed on Friday.

    • Aug. 22, 2014
  28. French soldiers use a Mistral missile in 2009. Francois Mori / AFP

    Hungary Signs Air Defense System Upgrade Deal With MBDA

    The Hungarian Ministry of Defense has signed a deal with European missile producer MBDA to upgrade the Mistral 2 short-range surface-to-air missile systems operated by the country's armed forces.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  29. The US Air Force has issued a request for information, the first step to replacing the Russian-made RD-180 engine used for military launches. Patrick H. Corkery/ULA

    USAF Issues RFI for New Rocket Engine

    The US Air Force is officially looking into a replacement for the Russian-made RD-180 rocket engine.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  30. An F/A-18E Super Hornet lands on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) on Aug. 14. MC3 Preston Paglinawan / US Navy

    CENTCOM: US Aircraft Bomb Targets in Northern Iraq

    American warplanes have bombed Islamist militants in northern Iraq near the Mosul dam, the US military's Central Command said on Thursday, in the latest air attack on the extremists.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  31. The United Launch Alliance has received two more RD-180 engines. The Russian-made engines, used to launch satellites aboard the Atlas V vehicle, have become controversial since Russia's invasion of Ukraine. ULA

    ULA Receives RD-180 Engines Despite Russia-Ukraine Crisis

    The United Launch Alliance (ULA) received a pair of RD-180 rocket engines this week, the first delivery since Russia's invasion of Ukraine kicked off a national debate about the use of the Russian-made engines for national security launches.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  32. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Jiji Press / Getty Images

    Report: Japan Mulls Building Its Own Fighter Jets

    Japan is considering building its own fighter jets after years of playing second fiddle in a US construction partnership, a report said Thursday, in a move likely to stoke fears of its military resurgence among Asian neighbors.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  33. Lockheed Martin's F-16V passed a major milestone this week. Neal Chapman/Lockheed Martin

    Lockheed: F-16V Passes Radar Integration Milestone

    Lockheed Martin has moved forward with a major milestone on its F-16V upgrade, the company announced this week.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  34. Top officers at Central Command, which oversees military operations in the Middle East, are urging that the list of Islamic State targets be expanded, according to Pentagon officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the plans. MCSN Andrew Schneider / Navy

    Officials: Commanders Want To Expand Iraq Airstrikes

    U.S. military commanders in the Middle East are urging the Pentagon to intensify the air war against Islamic State targets in Iraq, two Defense Department officials said Wednesday.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  35. Pakistan Air Force F-16B models take part in a 2010 Red Flag exercise at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. The Pentagon has told international operators of the F-16B model to inspect their jets for cracks. Airman 1st Class Daniel Phelps / US Air Force

    Pentagon Tells International Partners to Inspect F-16B Fleet for Cracks

    As the Pentagon works to analyze and repair widespread cracks in its F-16D fleet, it is recommending that partner nations closely inspect their F-16B and D models.

    • Aug. 20, 2014
  36. Upgrading the Air National Guard's fleet of C-130H Hercules cargo transports, seen here dropping heavy equipment payloads during a training exercise in April, is a priority for the head of the Guard. Capt. Raymond Geoffroy / US Air Force

    Equipment Balance: Air National Guard Juggles National, Local Demands

    The US Air National Guard has always been defined by its ability to fulfill both military and civil missions.

    • Aug. 20, 2014
  37. New York Army National Guard UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters lift 105mm howitzers to a location at Fort Drum, New York. Black Hawk modernization is a major challenge facing the National Guard. Sgt. 1st Class Steven Petibone / US Army National

    Black Hawk Modernization Tops Army Guard Priorities

    The US Army has been saying for a decade that once the last American soldier leaves Afghanistan, the service will need at least two to three years of additional supplemental funding to reset and modernize.

    • Aug. 20, 2014
  38. Lt. Gen. Stanley 'Sid' Clarke is director of the US Air National Guard. North Carolina Air National Guard

    Interview: Lt. Gen. Stanley 'Sid' Clarke, Director of US Air National Guard

    Over the past decade-plus, the US National Guard has established itself as a core part of America's military action overseas. At the same time, the Guard has to balance its military actions with its responsibilities at home.

    • Aug. 20, 2014
  39. A pro-Russia militant stands guard on a road near Donetsk on Aug. 18. Dimitar Dilkoff / Getty Images

    Russia Stages New Military Exercises

    The Russian defense ministry said Wednesday it was conducting fresh military exercises in the south of the country as fighting intensified between rebels and government forces in Ukraine.

    • Aug. 20, 2014
  40. More than half of the US Air Force's F-16D fleet has been grounded after cracks were discovered in a routine inspection. Chad Bellay / Lockheed Martin

    US Air Force Grounds 82 F-16Ds After Cracks Discovered

    The US Air Force has grounded over half of its F-16D Fighting Falcons, the service's Air Combat Command (ACC) announced Tuesday.

    • Aug. 19, 2014
  41. Italian officials are investigating the collision of two Air Force Tornado aircraft. JACK GUEZ/ / AFP/Getty Images

    Italian Air Force Jets Collide

    Two Italian Air Force Tornado aircraft reportedly collided during a training mission in central Italy on Tuesday, crashing and sparking a large forest fire.

    • Aug. 19, 2014
  42. An X-47B lands the aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt. MCSA Alex Millar/Navy

    US Navy Flies Manned, Unmanned Carrier Jets Together For First Time

    It was one small button push for man and one giant catapult launch for the US Navy's unmanned air combat program Sunday as the X-47B flew its first takeoffs and landings with F/A-18s on the aircraft carrier Roosevelt.

    • Aug. 18, 2014
  43. Nigeria Air Force Institute Develops Aircraft Trainer, but Funding Short

    The Nigeria Air Force Institute of Technology (NAF-IT) says it has designed and developed the country's first indigenous light trainer aircraft, intended to replace the service's fleet of aircraft imported from the 1970s and 1980s, now grounded by a lack

    • Aug. 17, 2014
  44. An Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighter sits atop an armed military vehicle on Aug. 16 in Bashiqa. Ahmad Al-Rubaye / Getty Images

    US Jets Strike Armored Vehicles in Iraq

    US jets and drones launched more airstrikes in northern Iraq on Thursday to destroy vehicles operated by extremist fighters from the so-called Islamic State, the military said.

    • Aug. 16, 2014
  45. Homegrown Plane: Japan reportedly plans to test fly its next-generation indigenous fighter  its first locally built fighter since the F-2, here  in January. Airman 1st Class Courtney Witt/ / US Air Force

    When Will Japan's Prototype Fighter Fly?

    When will Japan's ATD-X indigenous stealth fighter prototype make its first flight? Hard to tell.

    • Aug. 16, 2014
  46. US President Barack Obama makes a statement on the situation in Iraq on Aug. 14 at Martha's Vineyard, Mass.. Nicholas Kamm / AFP

    Obama: 'We Broke the ISIL Siege of Mount Sinjar'

    US President Barack Obama declared Thursday that US airstrikes had broken the siege of an Iraqi mountain sheltering civilian refugees and that troops conducting reconnaissance there would be withdrawn.

    • Aug. 14, 2014
  47. An MQ-1 Predator armed with an AGM-114 Hellfire missile flies a training mission. The Pentagon is seeking additional funding for the program. US Air Force

    Defense Panels Hold Up $7M Funding Shift for Hellfire Missiles for Now

    Two US Senate committees are holding up $7 million in new monies for the missile that has been America's munition of choice against al-Qaida.

    • Aug. 14, 2014
  48. The second production F-35 is flown during an airframe loads envelope expansion mission June 11. Tom Reynolds / Lockheed Martin

    Further Restrictions Lifted for F-35 Test Fleet; Army Awarded Contract

    The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter test fleet will be able to fly six hours between engine inspections for weapon test and refueling missions, as restrictions on the fifth-generation fighter continue to ease.

    • Aug. 13, 2014
  49. Democratic Rep. Ron Barber first won passage of an amendment during the House Armed Services Committee's mark-up of its 2015 National Defense Authorization Act that would block Air Force plans to retire the venerable A-10 fleet. Weeks later, he was a co-sponsor of an amendment on the House floor to the 2015 defense appropriations bill that would prohibit the service from spending any funds to retire the planes.

    In Tight Re-election Race, Rep. Barber Touts A-10 Advocacy in New Campaign Ad

    An Arizona congressman who has led the fight on Capitol Hill to block plans to retire the A-10 attack plane is touting his victories here in a new campaign ad back home.

    • Aug. 13, 2014
  50. A U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey aircraft takes off from the USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19) on June 20. Staff Sgt. Lukas Atwell / Marine Corps

    US Military Aircraft Operating In Northern Iraq

    US helicopters and MV-22 Ospreys are on the ground in northern Iraq and operating from a secure airfield protected by Kurdish forces, the latest sign of an expanding Iraq mission that now includes about 1,000 US troops, defense officials said Wednesday.

    • Aug. 13, 2014
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