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  1. Shiite Muslim volunteers join the Iraqi Army to fight against jihadist militants of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant. Iraq's ambassador to the US has urged the US to begin airstrikes against ISIL. Ahmad Al-Rubaye / AFP

    Iraqi Ambassador: US Should Begin Airstrikes in Iraq Now

    The Iraqi ambassador to the United States explicitly called for ramped up American military involvement in his country on Monday, asking the United States to launch air strikes against positions being held by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL

    • Jul. 21, 2014
  2. A Nigerian Air Force Mi-35 helicopter, similar to this Venezuelan Mi-35 seen in 2008, crashed July 21 in a restive part of the country. Pedro Rey / AFP

    Nigeria Air Force Helicopter Crashes In Restive Region

    A Nigerian helicopter crashed on Monday in an area where the military is battling Boko Haram Islamists, killing two of the three people on board, a statement said, but there was no indication the chopper was shot down by insurgents.

    • Jul. 21, 2014
  3. Monitors from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe and members of a forensic team inspect a refrigerator railroad car containing the remains of victims from the downed Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, at a railway station in the eastern Ukrainian town of Torez on July 21. Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has called on the West to provide precision strike weapons to his country, where the plane was downed by a missile on July 17. Bulent Kilic / AFP

    Ukrainian PM Calls On West for Weapons After Airliner Downed

    Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has called on the West to provide precision strike weapons to his country following the shootdown July 17 of a Malaysian Airlines plane over eastern Ukraine.

    • Jul. 21, 2014
  4. A pro-Russia militant holds up a stuffed animal as others look on at the site of the crash of a Malaysian airliner in rebel-held east Ukraine on July 18. Dominique Faget / Getty Images

    Airliner Strike Intensifies Urgency for E. European Procurement, Cooperation

    The shooting down of a Malaysian Airlines passenger aircraft over eastern Ukraine, where Russia-backed separatists are fighting against Ukraine's pro-government troops, is likely to further contribute to security concerns in Eastern Europe, where NATO all

    • Jul. 20, 2014
  5. A US Senate panel is calling on Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to reassess the value of an alternate power plant, such as the General Electric-Rolls-Royce F136 pictured here, for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. US Air Force

    Experts: Don't Bet on Revival of 2nd F-35 Engine

    The revival of the Pentagon's storied F-35 alternative engine program is unlikely despite a US Senate panel raising that possibility, experts say.

    • Jul. 20, 2014
  6. India's Light Combat Aircraft is expected to miss its 2014 deadline for final operational clearance. AFP

    India's 20-Year Late LCA Faces Fresh Delays

    India's Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Mark-1, already 20 years late, likely will miss its final operational clearance (FOC) deadline set for the end of 2014, an Indian Air Force source said.

    • Jul. 20, 2014
  7. A piece of the wreckage of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 is pictured in a field July 20 near the village of Grabove, in the region of Donetsk. The missile system used to shoot down a Malaysian airliner was handed to pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine by Moscow, the top US diplomat said Sunday. Bulent Kilic / Getty Images

    Report: US Believes Russia Gave Rebels Missiles That Downed Airliner

    The United States believes Moscow provided Ukrainian rebels with the missile launchers that downed Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, and moved them back into Russia after it was hit, US newspapers reported late Saturday.

    • Jul. 20, 2014
  8. Looking Skyward: Amazon's Jeff Bezos and Boeing have teamed up to compete for the XS-1 space plane program. David Ryde/ / Getty Images

    Civil Firms Looking to Military Space

    Some of the biggest names and deepest pockets in Silicon Valley are looking to space as their next big investment opportunity, and while the targets of their investment are primarily commercial, the Pentagon's in-house tech think tank is also drawing thes

    • Jul. 19, 2014
  9. Next Jets: South Korea seeks to replace its aging F-5 fighter jets with the KF-X. PARK JI-HWAN/ / AFP/Getty Images

    S. Korea Opts for Twin-Engine Fighter Development

    The South Korean military has chosen to equip its future fighter jet with two engines instead of one amid lingering worries over the economic and technical merits of the twin-engine aircraft development.

    • Jul. 19, 2014
  10. Grim Task: Rescuers stand on the site of the crash of a Malaysian airliner carrying 298 people, near the town of Shaktarsk, in rebel-held east Ukraine. DOMINIQUE FAGET/ / AFP/Getty Images

    Analysts: Airliner Shootdown Points to Russian-Made System

    US officials said on July 18 that they were unsure if the BUK surface-to-air missile system suspected of shooting down a Malaysian Air flight on July 17 was transported over the border from Russia, or a Ukrainian system captured by pro-Russian separatists

    • Jul. 19, 2014
  11. People search for bodies on Fridayat the site of the crash of a Malaysian airliner carrying 298 people from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, near the town of Shaktarsk, in rebel-held east Ukraine. Pro-Russian separatists in the region and officials in Kiev blamed each other for the crash, after the plane was apparently hit by a surface-to-air missile. All 298 people on board Flight MH17 died when the plane crashed. Dominique Faget / AFP

    Ukraine Rebels Promise MH17 Investigators Safe Passage

    Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine agreed Friday to allow investigators access to the scattered crash site of a Malaysian airliner that was shot down, killing all 298 aboard.

    • Jul. 18, 2014
  12. A picture taken July 17 shows wreckages of the Malaysian airliner carrying 295 people from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur after it crashed, in rebel-held east Ukraine. Dominique Faget / AFP

    Reports: Malaysian Airliner Crashes in East Ukraine

    A Malaysian passenger liner flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur has crashed in insurgency-wracked east Ukraine, regional officials said Thursday, as Ukraine's president said the jet may have been shot down.

    • Jul. 17, 2014
  13. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Yoshikazu Tsuno / Getty Images

    Japan, Britain To Launch Joint Missile Research

    Japan said Thursday it would join forces with Britain to jointly develop missile technology for fighter jets, while also moving to export Japanese-made parts for US surface-to-air missiles.

    • Jul. 17, 2014
  14. A British RAF Tornado GR4 ground attack aircraft leaves RAF Marham in Norfolk, England. Gavin Fogg / AFP

    Selex Provides Jamming Pod for RAF Tornado Aircraft

    Selex ES has been contracted to design and develop a common jamming pod for RAF Tornado aircraft, the firm said Wednesday at the Farnborough International Airshow.

    • Jul. 16, 2014
  15. With its latest partnership agreement, Boeing could have a stake in the Aerosud/Paramount Advanced High Performance Reconnaissance Light Aircraft effort. AHRLAC

    Boeing Continues Partnership Strategy With Paramount Group Deal

    In what is the latest move by Boeing to collaborate with a company offering knowledge of an untapped market, the aerospace giant has signed an agreement with The Paramount Group of South Africa.

    • Jul. 16, 2014
  16. The Watchkeeper UAV could become part of Thales' plan to lease sensor capabilities. Thales

    Want To Lease a Watchkeeper UAV? Call Thales

    As part of a plan to lease and rent sensor capabilities to military and civilian customers, Thales has said it would consider leasing out the Watchkeeper UAV.

    • Jul. 16, 2014
  17. A demonstrator of Alenia's new M-345 trainer was flown at Farnborough. Alenia Aermacchi

    Alenia Flies New Trainer Demonstrator at Farnborough

    One year after announcing it at the Paris Air Show, Italy's Alenia Aermacchi has flown a demonstrator of its new basic advanced M-345 trainer at the Farnborough International Airshow.

    • Jul. 16, 2014
  18. A US Senate panel is calling on Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to reassess the value of an alternate power plant, such as the General Electric-Rolls-Royce F136 pictured here, for the F-35 joint strike fighter. US Air Force

    Senate Panel to Pentagon: 'Reassess' Value of Alternate F-35 Engine

    In the wake of an engine fire that grounded the F-35 fleet, a US Senate subcommittee wants senior Pentagon officials to consider reviving an effort to develop a second power plant.

    • Jul. 16, 2014
  19. The Atlas V launch vehicle currently handles most national security missions. Lockheed Martin

    USAF Seeks Space Launch Proposals From Industry

    The US Air Force this week opened competition for a national security space launch for the first time in a decade.

    • Jul. 16, 2014
  20. Tusas Turkish Aerospace Industries hopes to gain C-130 upgrade work outside of Turkey. Lockheed Martin

    Turks Seeking C-130 Upgrade Deals Abroad

    Turkey's national aerospace specialist has perhaps busied itself too long with upgrading the country's fleet of C-130 transport aircraft but it finally reached the delivery stage and is now confident it may win similar upgrade contracts abroad.

    • Jul. 16, 2014
  21. The flight deck crew secures an F-35B Lighting II aircraft aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) following testing. Commandant Gen. Jim Amos said a recent fire in an F-35A was probably a 'one-off' incident. US Navy

    USMC Commandant: F-35 Engine Fire a 'One-Off' Incident

    As the Pentagon announced it was un-grounding the F-35 fleet following an investigation into a June engine fire, the commandant of the US Marine Corps reiterated his support for the fighter program and said the mishap amounted to a fluke.

    • Jul. 15, 2014
  22. A Pentagon spokesman confirmed Tuesday that the F-35 would not be making the trip to the Farnborough Air Show. US Air Force

    It's Official: F-35 Not Flying To Farnborough

    The F-35 joint strike fighter will not be flying at the Farnborough International Airshow, to the disappointment of attendees, program supporters and partnered militaries.

    • Jul. 15, 2014
  23. An EA-18G Growler launches from the aircraft carrier Carl Vinson. A Senate subcommittee added $1.3 billion for a dozen of the aircraft. MC2 John Philip Wagner/ / Navy

    US Senate Panel Proposes Keeping A-10, 11 Aircraft Carriers With $547.9B Defense Bill

    A US Senate panel on Tuesday approved nearly $550 billion in military spending as part of a bill that would keep alive weapon systems the Pentagon wanted to retire.

    • Jul. 15, 2014
  24. The P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft participates in a flying display at the 2014 Farnborough International Airshow. The Boeing Co.

    Boeing Sees UK C-17 Lease as Model for P-8

    As speculation grows that the UK could be interested in the Boeing P-8 maritime patrol aircraft, a Boeing official said the firm is looking at using its C-17 lease deal with the UK as a model for future P-8 customers.

    • Jul. 15, 2014
  25. A Eurofighter Typhoon is pictured during a July 14 flight demonstration at the Farnborough Airshow in Hampshire, England. Carl Court / AFP

    Eurofighter Aims for AESA on Typhoon Jets

    Eurofighter executives held out the prospects of Typhoon fighters being fitted with an operational active electronically scanned array radar (AESA) within three years at a briefing at the Farnborough International Airshow July 15.

    • Jul. 15, 2014
  26. Additional flight trials may be conducted on Taranis, an unmanned combat air demonstrator. BAE Systems

    UK Weighs Request for Additional Taranis Flight Trials

    The British government is considering an industry request to undertake a new phase of flight trials of the Taranis unmanned combat air demonstrator vehicle, according to program officials here at the Farnborough International Airshow.

    • Jul. 15, 2014
  27. US versions of Kongsberg's Joint Strike Missile will be produced by Raytheon, thanks to an agreement between the US and Norwegian companies. Kongsberg

    Raytheon To Produce US Variant of Kongsberg's JSM

    Potential US customers for Norwegian company Kongsberg's Joint Strike Missile (JSM) will have their weapons produced by Raytheon as a result of a teaming arrangement the two companies announced Tuesday at the Farnborough International Air Show.

    • Jul. 15, 2014
  28. Workers lift a damaged US-made AH-64E Apache attack helicopter on April 25 from a roof in Taoyuan, Taiwan. Sam Yeh / AFP

    Pilots Blamed for Taiwan Apache Crash

    Taiwanese investigators Tuesday said pilots of an Apache helicopter were to blame for a crash in which the US-made attack chopper careered into an apartment block earlier this year.

    • Jul. 15, 2014
  29. An S-300 anti-aircraft missile launches during a Greek Army exercise on the island of Crete. Russia has ordered four of the systems for neighboring Belarus. Costas Metaxakis / AFP

    Russia To Bolster Air Defense in Belarus With S-300 Systems

    The Russian Defense Ministry has ordered four S-300 surface-to-air missile systems to be supplied to neighboring Belarus. The systems, made by local defense company Almaz-Antey, will have a range of 300 kilometers.

    • Jul. 15, 2014
  30. Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff talk July 14 at Planalto Palace in Brasilia . Evaristo Sa / AFP

    Rousseff: Brazil Interested In Russian Air Defenses

    Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff told her Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Monday that Brasilia was keen on obtaining air defenses from Moscow and cooperating on nuclear energy.

    • Jul. 14, 2014
  31. A backdrop is installed ahead of a press briefing on the Lockheed Martin F-35 at the Farnborough International Airshow on July 14. CARL COURT / AFP/Getty Images

    Pentagon: 'Growing Evidence' F-35 Incident Not Systemic

    Pentagon officials are increasingly confident that a fire that heavily damaged an F-35A joint strike fighter on June 23 was the result of an isolated issue and not a fleet-wide design flaw that will require redesign or replacement of parts.

    • Jul. 14, 2014
  32. US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, shakes hands with Qatar's Minister of State for Defense Affairs Hamad bin Ali al-Atiyah after signing a weapons agreement July 14 at the Pentagon in Washington, DC. Mandel Ngan / AFP

    US: Qatar To Buy Patriot Missiles in $11B Deal

    Qatar will buy US Patriot missiles for the first time in a major arms deal worth $11 billion, officials said Monday, as Washington awaits a decision by the Gulf state on a lucrative fighter jet contract.

    • Jul. 14, 2014
  33. A KC-390 is on the assembly line. Embraer

    Embraer: First Flight for KC-390 On Track

    The first flight of Embraer's KC-390 tactical airlifter remains on schedule to take place by the end of this year, according to program Vice President Paulo Gastao Silva.

    • Jul. 14, 2014
  34. Russian Deputy Minister for Industry and Trade Yuri Slyusar, right, attends a press briefing along with other delegates in the Rostec chalet. Britain said it had barred a Russian delegation from attending the air show because of the Ukraine crisis, sparking an angry reaction from Russia. LEON NEAL/ / AFP/Getty Images

    Russian Deputy PM Suggests Farnborough Pullout

    Russia's deputy prime minister is recommending his country pull out of the Farnborough International Airshow after a number of Russian delegation members were denied visas to attend.

    • Jul. 14, 2014
  35. BAE hopes to link the training systems of the F-35 and Eurofighter Typhoon programs. Copyright Eurofighter-Geoffrey Lee

    BAE Working F-35 and Typhoon Interoperability

    The F-35 joint strike fighter may well come to rule the skies of the future, but for decades to come it will need to work with existing 'fourth-generation' fleets.

    • Jul. 14, 2014
  36. The US State Department is eyeing changes to trade export laws that would ease rules on sales of unmanned systems like the Predator. US Air Force

    US Official: Unmanned System Export Review Looking at MTCR

    Long-awaited changes to how the US handles the export of unmanned systems are coming, although anyone in industry hoping for a quick turnaround may be disappointed.

    • Jul. 14, 2014
  37. US company Raytheon -- maker of Patriot missile launchers like this one at a Turkish military base in Gaziantep -- and competitor Eurosam have been asked to keep open their competing offers to supply a new long-range air and anti-missile defense system to Turkey. NATO nations have been calling on Turkey to rethink its selection last year of a Chinese company's system. Bulent Kilic / AFP

    Turkey Looks for Possible Chinese Missile Replacement

    Amid pressure on Turkey to abandon its selection of a Chinese missile defense system, Raytheon has been asked by the governments of Turkey and the US to keep its Patriot offer open until August 30, officials said.

    • Jul. 14, 2014
  38. An F-16 fighter jet from the South Korean Air Force flies over Seoul Air Base in September. AFP/Getty Images

    BAE Aims For Half of $10 Billion F-16 Upgrade Work

    After breaking Lockheed Martin's monopoly on F-16 upgrade work with a contract in South Korea, BAE Systems is now aiming to capture more than half of what it believes is a $10 billion market in upgrades on the fighter over the next decade.

    • Jul. 14, 2014
  39. A technology transfer package includes having Brazilian firms build 80 percent of the airframe of the Gripen E fighters the country will buy. Stefan Kalm / Saab

    Brazil To Mostly Build Its Gripen E Fighters, Saab Says

    Brazilian firms will build 80 percent of the airframe of the Gripen E fighters due to be purchased by Brazil, the head of Saab said on Monday.

    • Jul. 14, 2014
  40. Small Weapon, Big Future? The FreeFall Lightweight Modular Missile is shown on a rail. Thales and Textron anticipate a growing market. Thales

    Mini-Munitions Drawing Big Attention

    Could small be the next big thing when it comes to air-launched weapons? Thales UK is betting it will be and has developed a mini precision-guided bomb to grab part of the market.

    • Jul. 14, 2014
  41. A Swedish manufacturer Saab's Gripen F fighter performs during a flight demonstration in 2012. The head of Boeing's defense arm said the new trainer the US firm is co-designing with Saab for the US Air Force will look different than the Gripen. Fabrice Coffrini / AFP

    Boeing Defense Head: Saab Team-Up Offers 'Forward Thinking Approach'

    When Boeing and Saab unveil their co-design of a new trainer for the US Air Force, it will look different from the Swedish firm's Gripen fighter, the head of Boeing's defense arm said Sunday.

    • Jul. 13, 2014
  42. Familiar Look: The Pterodactyl, which appears somewhat similar to the US Predator, is displayed at the Zhuhai Airshow. Wendell Minnick/Staff

    China Develops Mature, Broad-Based UAV Sector

    Over the past five years, China has built a formidable unmanned aircraft sector that has reached beyond traditional defense companies and displayed unique capabilities while also replicating advanced Western products, experts say.

    • Jul. 13, 2014
  43. An F-35A flies a flight test at sunset at Edwards Air Force Base, California. Lockheed Martin

    Kendall: Fan-Blade Rubbing Cause of F-35 Fire

    Inspectors now believe they know the cause of the fire that damaged an F-35A the morning of June 23, but remain unclear on why the incident occurred.

    • Jul. 13, 2014
  44. Three drones are seen during a July 9 live-fire military missile drill at a military base in Chiupeng, in Taiwan's southern Pingtung county. Sam Yeh / AFP

    Reports: Taiwan Starts Using Drones To Spy on China

    Taiwan has started using unmanned surveillance aircraft to spy on China to reduce the risk to its pilots from an increased deployment of Chinese missiles, media reported Sunday.

    • Jul. 13, 2014
  45. Foothold in Africa: Multirole Russian Su-30 aircraft are popular among some African air forces seeking fighters that can operate in adverse conditions, day and night. VASILY MAXIMOV/AFP/Getty Images

    Multirole Combat Jets Propagate Across Sub-Saharan Africa

    Sub-Saharan African countries have ramped up acquisition of sophisticated multirole fighter aircraft and combat helicopters in a continental buying spree driven by efforts to confront evolving security threats, but also by national aspirations to assert r

    • Jul. 13, 2014
  46. A UH-60 Black Hawk assists in airborne operations June 22. Sgt. Sara Marchus / US Army National Guard

    Raytheon Expects Boomerang System OK By End of Year

    Raytheon is undergoing developmental test on its Boomerang Air system and expects to get clearance from a US military customer by the end of the year, opening up the potential for the helicopter-mounted weapons fire detection system for major sales.

    • Jul. 13, 2014
  47. New Plan: US industry and military leaders have unveiled a plan to cut costs in the F-35 program through investments in research and development. From left to right: Bennett Croswell with Pratt & Whitney, Lorraine Martin with Lockheed Martin and Air Force Lt. Gen. Christopher Bogdan appear at the Royal International Air Tattoo in the UK. Aaron Mehta/staff

    F-35 Makers Chip in $170M to Shrink Costs

    The F-35 Joint Program Office (JPO) is trying anew to drive cost out of the plane, with industry partners agreeing to spend $170 million on internal research and development (IRAD).

    • Jul. 12, 2014
  48. Helo Swap: Brig. Gen. Michael Lundy, commanding general of the US Army Aviation Center of Excellence, above, briefs Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on the Army's helicopter restructure plans at Fort Rucker, Alabama, on Thursday. A US Army UH-72A Lakota, left, lifts off at Fort Rucker. Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz/US DoD

    US Army General: Black Hawks Better Suited for Guard Mission

    The US Army's plan to shift National Guard AH-64 Apaches into the active duty in exchange for UH-60 Black Hawks will allow governors to better respond to state disasters, the general in charge of training the service's helicopter pilots said.

    • Jul. 12, 2014
  49. Weapons Plan: A deal has been signed to integrate two missile types onto the AW159. AgustaWestland

    AgustaWestland Heads for Farnborough Weapons Deal

    AgustaWestland has signed a contract with the UK Ministry of Defence for platform integration of the two new missile types planned to arm AW159 Wildcat helicopters, scheduled to enter service with the Royal Navy.

    • Jul. 11, 2014
  50. US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel greets Roberta Pinotti, Italian defense minister, prior to meetings at the Pentagon in Washington on June 27. SAUL LOEB / AFP/Getty Images

    Pinotti Presses Case for More Italian F-35 Work

    As the Pentagon prepares to pick a candidate by year's end to carry out airframe maintenance on Europe-based F-35 joint strike fighters, Italy's defense minister has said Cameri Air Base in northern Italy is the favorite.

    • Jul. 11, 2014
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