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  1. France is planning celebrations of a French Foreign Legion battle from 1863. Remy Gabalda/AFP

    France Plans Foreign Legion Celebration

    French Mirage fighters flying over a key Foreign Legion public parade marks American pilots' aid to France before the US entered the first world war, an Army officer said April 17.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  2. Joint strike fighters perform an aerial refueling mission. Estimated cost of the fighter has gone up although sustainment price estimates have declined. Master Sgt. Donald Allen / US Air Force

    F-35 Engine Cost Up, Sustainment Down

    The price tag for the Lockheed Martin F-35 joint strike fighter, the Pentagon's most expensive weapons program, increased $7.4 billion in 2013, according to a new US Defense Department report.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  3. Foreign delegations will attend a conference at the Eurosatory trade show that will focus on combat helicopters. Anthony Pecchi / Airbus Helicopters

    Foreign Delegations Invited to Eurosatory Conference on Helos

    The French Army Air Corps has invited some 20 foreign delegations to attend a three-day visit, with a focus on combat helicopters, at the Eurosatory trade show, an Army officer said April 17.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  4. The F-35 will make its international debut in July at the Royal International Air Tattoo and will also fly at the Farnborough International Air Show. Lockheed Martin

    F-35 To Fly at Farnborough Air Show

    The F-35 is heading for Britain in July to fly at the Royal International Air Tattoo and the Farnborough Air Show.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
  5. The Czech Republic plans to acquire new helicopters to replace its Mi-35s and Mi-24s. Here, an Mi-24 patrols in Venezuela. Pedro Rey/Agence France-Presse

    Czech Military Eyes New Multipurpose Helicopters

    The Czech Armed Forces are aiming to acquire 16 new multipurpose helicopters. Deliveries are scheduled to take place from 2016 to 2020, reported local news agency CTK.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
  6. A tiger-painted Czech Gripen operates in a NATO activity. Saab has submitted information to the Malaysian government about a possible Gripen lease. Milan Nikodym / Saab

    Saab Offers Info on Gripen Lease to Malaysia

    Saab has confirmed it has submitted proposals to the Malaysian government for the lease of Gripen fighters but said it wasn't responding to a formal request for information.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
  7. Italy's AgustaWestland is offering a variant of its AW109 to serve as a US Navy training helicopter. AgustaWestland

    AgustaWestland Pitches AW119 for US Navy Helicopter Trainer

    Helicopter maker AgustaWestland is touting the capabilities of its American-built AW119Kx as a candidate to replace the US Navy's current fleet of training choppers.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
  8. An MH-60R Seahawk helicopter operates during a vertical replenishment aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush. MCSN Andrew Johnson/US Navy

    DoD Looking for Ways Not To Break MH-60R Helicopter Deal

    The Pentagon will 'look at options' so it does not break a multiyear helicopter contract with Sikorsky and Lockheed Martin that includes about 90 aircraft, a senior US Defense Department official said.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
  9. Lt. Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski, commander of the Space and Missile Systems Center, has been nominated as the Air Force's top military acquisition official. Air Force

    US Air Force Names New Acquisition, Mobility Leaders

    The US Air Force is shuffling the command of several key programs, including missile systems and its new tanker plane, the service announced Monday.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
  10. Drone's Incursion: The wreckage of a suspected North Korean UAV is shown on Baengnyeong Island in this handout image from April 2. As a result, South Korea plans to buy radars to detect future threats. South Korean Defense Ministry via Getty Images

    N. Korea's Drones Prompt Seoul To Seek Radars

    In the wake of suspected infiltration by unmanned aircraft presumed to be made in North Korea, Seoul has laid out plans to buy low-altitude radars to help detect enemy drones.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
  11. Savings Questioned: The US Navy plans to cancel the purchase of 29 MH-60R Seahawk helicopters in 2016, but the cancellation fees could total as much, or more, as the purchase itself. MC3 Chris Cavagnaro/US Navy

    Industry: Bad Precedent Set if DoD Cancels Multiyear Helo Buy

    The US Navy, in its fiscal 2015 budget proposal, said it wants to cancel a planned buy of 29 MH-60R Seahawk helicopters in 2016.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
  12. A Starstreak missile system is demonstrated by British soldiers at Blackheath in southeast London. Thales UK hopes to market the system to the Malaysian military. Carl Court/Agence France-Presse

    Thales UK Joins With Global Komited To Market Starstreak in Malaysia

    With two Starstreak missile contract wins under its belt in the region recently, Thales UK is looking to extend its success by partnering with Global Komited to tackle an expected Malaysian requirement for very-short-range air defense weapons.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
  13. The UK may waive certification requirements for the three Rivet Joint aircraft it has purchased. Here, a Rivet Joint flies over Afghanistan. US Air Force

    UK May Waive Rivet Joint Certification Requirements

    Britain may waive its normal aircraft certification process to approve Royal Air Force operation of the RC-135W Rivet Joint signals intelligence aircraft, the Military Aviation Authority (MAA) said in its 2013 annual report.

    • Apr. 13, 2014
  14. An Army AH-64D Apache attack helicopter lands aboard the afloat forward staging base Ponce in 5th Fleet in 2012. The Army is considering expanding operations off Navy ships. MC1 Jon Rasmussen / Navy

    US Army Explores Sea-Basing Helos

    The US Army is considering certifying some of its attack helicopters to operate from ships — a mission historically conducted by the Marine Corps — as the service looks to broaden the role it would play in an Asia-Pacific battle.

    • Apr. 13, 2014
  15. For the past decade, Canada has tried to replace is CC-115 Buffalo, pictured, and C-130 Hercules search-and-rescue aircraft. Canadian Forces

    Canada Overhauls Requirements For SAR Aircraft Replacement

    The Royal Canadian Air Force has jettisoned years of work on the purchase of a new fixed-wing search-and-rescue (FWSAR) aircraft fleet, but insists it will be ready in the coming months to accept proposals from bidders.

    • Apr. 12, 2014
  16. Tusas Turkish Engine Industries wants to build the future engine to power the Anka UAV. Turkish Aerospace Industries

    Turkish Company Hopes To Build New Anka Engine, Win Exports

    Turkish national engine specialist Tusas Turkish Engine Industries (TEI), which agreed to produce prototype engines for the country's first indigenous UAV, has entered a partnership with GE Aviation and now anticipates export sales.

    • Apr. 12, 2014
  17. An artist rendition of a US Air Force KC-46 refueling a B-1B bomber. Boeing

    USAF Tanker Price Tag Projection Drops $1.8M Per Aircraft

    The projected price tag for the new Boeing KC-46 tanker has fallen $1.8 million per aircraft, according to a new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report.

    • Apr. 10, 2014
  18. An F-16 Fighting Falcon takes off for a Max Thunder sortie Nov. 5 at Kunsan Air Base, South Korea. US Air Force

    South Korea, US To Hold Largest-Ever Joint Air Drill

    South Korea's military said Thursday it would hold its largest-ever joint air drill with the United States as tensions mount over a series of threats from North Korea.

    • Apr. 10, 2014
  19. Japanese F-15 aircraft fly in formation in 2003 over the East China Sea. Koichi Kamoshida / Getty Images

    Japan Fighter Jet Dispatch Highest Since Cold War

    Japan dispatched fighter jets more often over the past 12 months than at any time since the Cold War ended, according to government figures, with the sorties mostly aimed at chasing away Chinese and Russian aircraft.

    • Apr. 10, 2014
  20. Bell Helicopter is pitching its 407GX to replace the US Navy's TH-57 training helicopter. Bell Helicopter

    Bell Pitches 407GX for Navy Trainer Helicopter Program

    Bell Helicopter is pitching its single-engine 407GX for the US Navy training helicopter replacement program, a company official said.

    • Apr. 9, 2014
  21. Lockheed Martin is proposing the S-3 Viking to replace the C-2A in the carrier-on-board-delivery role. Here, an S-3B launches from the flight deck aboard the USS Nimitz. US Navy

    Lockheed Revives an Old Idea for New Carrier Cargo Plane

    The Northrop Grumman C-2A has been a familiar sight aboard US aircraft carriers for decades, shuttling people and cargo from ship to shore in the carrier-on-board-delivery (COD) role.

    • Apr. 9, 2014
  22. It has been more than 24 months since an F-22 pilot experienced a hypoxia-like incident, Lt. Gen. Charles Davis said. Tech. Sgt. Dana Rosso / Air Force Reserve

    All F-22s To Have Backup Oxygen Systems Within 12 Months

    Full installation of automatic backup oxygen systems on the F-22 fleet is expected to be complete by this time next year, , a top US Air Force acquisition officer said April 8. Raptors in Alaska have already begun using the system.

    • Apr. 9, 2014
  23. The Navy's redesigned aircrew vest, in a new color and with better protection, will be distributed fleetwide by 2016 Navy

    Better Survival Vests Coming to Navy, Marine Aircrews

    Aircrews will soon be outfitted with safer aircrew vests.

    • Apr. 8, 2014
  24. The active US Army will receive National Guard Apache attack helicopters under a new plan. US Army

    US Army Guard Agrees to Controversial Apache Plan

    In a surprising move, the head of the US National Guard Bureau has given his blessing to the US Army's plan to move all of the Guard's Apache attack helicopters into the active force while receiving several hundred Black Hawk and Lakota multi-use helicopt

    • Apr. 8, 2014
  25. The Coast Guard could buy new Sikorsky H-60 helicopters to replace its fleet of MH-60 Jayhawks. Coast Guard

    Air Force Helo Purchase Could Help Coast Guard

    The Coast Guard could buy new Sikorsky H-60 helicopters or upgrade divested military aircraft to eventually replace its existing fleet of Jayhawk aircraft, the service's commandant said on Tuesday.

    • Apr. 8, 2014
  26. German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen would have more authority to take action against a hijacked place in German airspace under new legislation being debated. Agence France-Presse

    Germany Seeks Faster Reaction on Hijacked Aircraft

    German agencies are reviewing a proposal to give the defense minister authority to take military action against an airplane captured by terrorists in German air space.

    • Apr. 8, 2014
  27. A Mushshak aircraft crashed April 8 in Pakistan. Wikimedia Commons

    Two Pilots Killed In Pakistan Military Plane Crash

    A Pakistan army aircraft crashed near the city of Gujranwala on Tuesday killing both pilots on board, the military said.

    • Apr. 8, 2014
  28. Two senators say Air Force plans to stop A-10 flights and training in October are against the law. Master Sgt. Becky Vanshur / Air Force

    Lawmakers Say USAF Plans To Cut A-10 Flights and Training Are Illegal

    Two key senators say US Air Force plans to stop A-10 flights and training in October are against the law.

    • Apr. 8, 2014
  29. An AH-64 Apache assigned with the US Army Europe's 12th Combat Aviation Brigade prepares for departure during a March 28 exercise. Gen. Frank Grass, the National Guard's top general, appeared resigned to a plan that moves all of the branch's AH-64 Apache helicopters into the active Army. Spc. Glenn M. Anderson / Army

    US National Guard Chief: 'Decision Made' on Shifting Apaches to Active Army

    The National Guard's top general on Tuesday appeared resigned to a plan that moves all of the branch's AH-64 Apache helicopters into the active Army.

    • Apr. 8, 2014
  30. Italy's AgustaWestland is offering a variant of its AW109 to serve as a US Navy training helicopter. AgustaWestland

    AgustaWestland Pitches AW119 for US Navy Helicopter Trainer

    Helicopter maker AgustaWestland is touting the capabilities of its American-built AW119Kx as a candidate to replace the US Navy's current fleet of training choppers.

    • Apr. 7, 2014
  31. If the British government decides to rebuild its maritime patrol capabilities it may consider an acquisition of the Triton, a maritime version of the Global Hawk UAV. Northrop Grumman

    UK Team To Train on Triton as Government Ponders Maritime Patrol Future

    Britain's Ministry of Defence (MoD) is dispatching a team to train on Northrop Grumman's MQ-4C Triton UAV in the run-up to a possible decision next year on whether to re-establish a maritime patrol capability.

    • Apr. 7, 2014
  32. Hungary is acquiring Mi-8 transport helicopters as part of an effort to improve its airlift capabilities. Here, a Croatian Mi-8 participates in a NATO exercise. NATO

    Hungary Buys Mi-8 Helos, Eyes $470M Aircraft Procurement

    The Hungarian Ministry of Defense has acquired three Mil Mi-8 transport helicopters produced by Russia's state-run Rosoboronprom and imported by a Hungarian defense firm.

    • Apr. 7, 2014
  33. US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, left, is welcomed by Sun Jianguo, deputy chief of general staff of the Chinese Peoples Liberation Army, upon his April 7 arrival at Beijing International Airport. Alex Wong / AFP

    China Gives US Defense Chief a Tour of Its Aircraft Carrier

    US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel got a first-hand look at China's new aircraft carrier on Monday as Beijing offered an unprecedented glimpse into its growing military clout.

    • Apr. 7, 2014
  34. After months of delays caused by technical disputes, Turkey has accepted its first A400M airlifter. Airbus

    Turkey Accepts First A400M

    Turkey has finally accepted its first A400M tactical transport aircraft from the Airbus consortium, ending a monthslong controversy over whether the aircraft met technical specifications.

    • Apr. 7, 2014
  35. US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, right, and Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera participate in an April 6 news conference at the Japanese Ministry of Defense headquarters in Tokyo . The US plans to send two more missile defense warships to Japan to counter the threat posed by North Korea's 'provocative' actions, Hagel said. Alex Wong / AFP

    Report: Japan To Strike Incoming North Korean Missiles

    Japan's defense chief has ordered the armed forces to shoot down any North Korean ballistic missiles that threaten to hit the country, according to media reports.

    • Apr. 6, 2014
  36. A move by Canada to postpone any F-35 buys until 2018 means decisions will wait until after the next federal election. US Air Force

    Canada: No F-35 Buys Before 2018

    Canada has told the US government it won't be in a position to purchase the F-35 fighter jet until 2018, a move that critics of the aircraft say intentionally delays the controversial procurement until after the next federal election.

    • Apr. 6, 2014
  37. A picture released April 2 shows a drone found March 24 that crashed in Paju, north of Seoul. AFP

    South Korean Army Says It Found Drone Suspected From North

    South Korean military said Sunday it found an unidentified drone suspected to be from North Korea, following the discovery of two similar objects near the border in recent weeks.

    • Apr. 6, 2014
  38. French Army officials hope the government will purchase the Watchkeeper UAV. UK Ministry of Defence

    French Unit May Work With UK UAV Team in Afghanistan

    Britain plans to send the Watchkeeper tactical UAV to Afghanistan this year, possibly with a French Army unit working with the British Army team flying the drone, a senior British officer said on April 3.

    • Apr. 5, 2014
  39. A C-17 military aircraft sits on the tarmac at the Kandahar air base in December. NATO has stood up a C-17 'Strategic Airlift Capability' at Pápa Air Base in Hungary. MARK WILSON / AFP/Getty Images

    Tanker Program May Advance NATO Equipment Sharing

    A European Defence Agency (EDA) effort to jointly purchase and share aerial refueling tankers with a number of nations could advance the NATO strategic weapons and equipment collaboration projects pushed by US and UK leaders.

    • Apr. 5, 2014
  40. Wish List: The US Air Force requested 12 General Atomics Reaper unmanned aircraft in the unfunded list. Getty Images

    DoD Sends Congress $36B Wish List, But Passage Unlikely

    The US military services have sent Congress wish lists that include $36 billion in priority items that were not included in the Pentagon's 2015 budget proposal.

    • Apr. 3, 2014
  41. Finland has lost interest in buying Lockheed Martin's MGM-140 Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) and may opt instead for the more affordable, Russian-built Iskander-E. US Army

    Finns May Turn to Russia for Tactical Missile System

    The likelihood of Finland acquiring a new surface-to-surface missile system from Russia has increased following a preliminary decision by the Finance Ministry here to opt for a more up-to-date and cost-efficient launcher-fired tactical missile.

    • Apr. 3, 2014
  42. The Air Force's 2015 unfunded priorities list includes five HC-130Js. Air Force

    USAF Submits $8B Unfunded List to Congress

    The US Air Force has sent Congress an $8 billion unfunded priorities list, with more than $3.3 billion eyed for new procurement programs, according to a copy of the list obtained by Defense News.

    • Apr. 3, 2014
  43. Airpower From Russia: An Indian Air Force Sukhoi Su-30 flies past during a demonstration at Aero India 2009 in Bangalore. India signed a contract with Russia to acquire 272 of the fighter jets, with 140 being produced domestically by state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. Agence France-Presse

    Faulty Avionics Gear Grounds Some Indian Su-30s

    Avionics failures have led to the grounding of more than 20 of India's Sukhoi Su-30 fighter jets, with Indian and Russian officials each suggesting the problem subsystems could have been supplied by the other side.

    • Apr. 1, 2014
  44. Breakthrough: Oto Melara says the Italian Defense Ministry is testing its Vulcano range of guided munitions, which the company aims to have in production by 2016. Oto Melara

    Oto Melara's Vulcano Munitions Ready for Sale

    After years of putting its faith in the development of guided munitions — for both naval and land use — Italy's Oto Melara now claims it has working technology and a range of products ready for sale.

    • Apr. 1, 2014
  45. Canada will upgrade four more CP-140 Aurora aircraft but has dropped plans to buy large, long-range maritime patrol aircraft. Royal Canadian Air Force

    Canada To Seek Less Expensive Maritime Patrol Plane, Upgrade More Auroras

    Budget problems have scuttled Canada's quest for a large, long-range maritime surveillance aircraft, with the focus now shifting to the acquisition of a smaller, more affordable plane, military and industry officials said.

    • Mar. 30, 2014
  46. Members of a committee against the purchase by Switzerland of 22 Gripen fighter jets made by Sweden's Saab stand Jan. 14 behind boxes containing a petition with more than 100,000 signatures calling for a nationwide referendum in Bern. Fabrice Coffrini / Getty Images

    Report: Spying Fears Plague Swiss Fighter Deal

    Ahead of a Swiss referendum on the country's plan to buy 22 fighter jets from Sweden, a report raised concerns Sunday that a US-made communication system onboard could be used for spying.

    • Mar. 30, 2014
  47. The US Air Force plans to retire the U-2 spy plane, left, and turn its mission over to the Global Hawk unmanned aircraft. US Air Force (left); Northrop Grumman

    Scrapping U-2 Won't Save As Much As Touted

    Retiring all of its U-2 spy planes and replacing them with Global Hawk UAVs won't save as much money as the US Air Force had said it would, since the unmanned systems will need upgrades to handle the mission, according to experts and service data.

    • Mar. 29, 2014
  48. South Korea has chosen to purchase the F-35 for its stealth capabilities, dropping an option to buy Boeing's F-15 Silent Eagle. US Air Force

    S. Korea Wants Lockheed To Invest in Fighter Plan

    South Korea will ask Lockheed Martin to invest in the country's KF-X fighter jet development project as part of offset deals over its selection of the F-35 joint strike fighter.

    • Mar. 29, 2014
  49. An Mi-17 helicopter is used by the Peruvian Army to fight terrorism and drug trafficking. Peru is South America's oldest operator of the Russian-made Mi-series helos. Agence France-Presse

    FIDAE: Russian Helicopters Optimistic About South America

    Russian Helicopters and Oboronprom came to the FIDAE air show to promote the Mi-171A2, an upgraded version of the family of Mi-8/Mi-17 medium-lift helicopters.

    • Mar. 28, 2014
  50. Saab and Pilatus will jointly promote the PC-21 if Sweden replaces its current trainer aircraft. Pilatus

    Saab, Pilatus To Promote the PC-21 if Sweden Seeks New Trainer Aircraft

    Saab and Pilatus Aircraft will cooperate in bidding the Swiss company's PC-21 if the Swedish Air Force opt to replace its SK 60 trainer.

    • Mar. 28, 2014
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