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  1. Japan and Australia will handle heavy airframe maintenance for the northern and southern Pacific regions for the F-35. Lockheed Martin

    Japan, Australia Selected for Pacific F-35 Sustainment

    The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program has selected Japan and Australia to provide heavy airframe and engine maintenance in the Pacific, the Joint Program Office announced Wednesday.

    • Dec. 17, 2014
  2. Eye in Sky: Italian Air Force Reapers will be used to monitor crowds in Italian cities. IMPERI Roberto/ / Italian Air Force

    Italian Reaper Drones To Be Used for Crowd Monitoring

    As their deployment to Afghanistan comes to an end, unarmed Italian Reaper UAVs are to be used to monitor soccer games and demonstrations in Italy's cities, following a deal struck between the Italian Air Force and the country's police forces.

    • Dec. 17, 2014
  3. An Israeli Defense Ministry official on Wednesday characterized a test conducted the previous day of the new Arrow-3 as a 'no test,' given that 'conditions did not allow for' actual launch of the intercepting missile. Boeing

    'No Test' Declared for Arrow-3 Interceptor

    An Israeli Defense Ministry official on Wednesday characterized a test conducted the previous day of the new Arrow-3 as a 'no test,' given that 'conditions did not allow for' actual launch of the intercepting missile.

    • Dec. 17, 2014
  4. A handout photo released on Dec. 11 by the Dutch Defence ministry shows one of the two Russian SU-34 'Fullback' bombers being intercepted by Dutch F-16's over the Baltic Sea on Dec. 8. The two bombers were flying in international airspace in the direction of the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad, wedged between Poland and the Baltic states. AFP

    Russia Blames Hash For Sweden's Report Of Fighter Near-Miss

    Russia's ambassador to Denmark on Wednesday made light of Swedish concerns over a Russian military jet's alleged near-miss with a passenger plane, suggesting Swedish authorities may have smoked too much cannabis.

    • Dec. 17, 2014
  5. Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, speaks with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Dec. 11. FINDLAY KEMBER/AFP/Getty Images

    India, Russia Take Small Steps on Fighter Deal

    India and Russia have agreed to settle their differences over the Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA) program, which the countries are co-producing.

    • Dec. 16, 2014
  6. A handout photo released on Dec. 11 by the Dutch Defence ministry shows one of the two Russian SU-34 'Fullback' bombers being intercepted by Dutch F-16's over the Baltic Sea on Dec. 8. AFP

    Sweden and Denmark Summon Russian Ambassadors Over Air Incident

    Sweden and Denmark summoned Russia's ambassadors Monday in protest over a near miss between a Russian surveillance plane and a commercial aircraft, a further sign of rising military tensions in the Baltic.

    • Dec. 15, 2014
  7. A security guard stands next to models of Chinese rockets on display at the 64th International Astronautical Congress in Beijing on Sept. 24. The US and China have agreed to communicate directly on space safety issues. Mark Ralston / Getty Images

    China-US Space Relations See Small but Important Step

    China has taken a small, but potentially meaningful, step toward more normalized relations with the international space community, a top US general announced this month.

    • Dec. 14, 2014
  8. Poland will acquire joint air-to-surface standoff missiles for its F-16 fleet. Lockheed Martin

    JASSMs To Equip Polish F-16s

    Poland's Ministry of Defense has signed a deal with Lockheed Martin to acquire AGM-158 joint air-to-surface standoff missiles (JASSMs) for its fleet of 48 F-16 fighter jets. The contract is worth about US $250 million, the ministry said in a statement.

    • Dec. 11, 2014
  9. A column of Russia's Topol intercontinental ballistic missile launchers rolls through Red Square in 2013 in Moscow during the Victory Day parade. Yuri Kadobnov / Getty Images

    US Readying Military, Economic Options to Russian Missile Treaty Violation

    Pentagon and State Department officials are reviewing what military and economic options they can employ if Russia continues development of a cruise missile it has tested in violation of a cornerstone nuclear weapons treaty between Washington and Moscow,

    • Dec. 11, 2014
  10. An Iron Dome battery, a short-range missile defence system, on July 3 in Ashod, Israel. Jack Guez / AFP

    House Bill Would Add Funds to Several Israeli Missile Programs

    The defense appropriations bill agreed to by lawmakers this week calls for US funding for Israel's Iron Dome missile defense system to double, bringing Washington's investment in the program to over $1.2 billion since 2011.

    • Dec. 10, 2014
  11. A Russian Tu-95 Bear long rang bomber aircraft. Getty Images

    NATO Intercepts Russian Bombers Over Baltic Sea

    NATO warplanes intercepted a 'significant' force of six Russian nuclear-capable bombers over the Baltic Sea, the alliance said in the latest such encounter amid tensions with Moscow over Ukraine.

    • Dec. 9, 2014
  12. Analysts have said the design of the Chinese J-31 stealth fighter, here performing at the Airshow China 2014 in Zhuhai on Nov. 11, resembles the Lockheed Martin F-35. Johannes Eisele / Getty Images

    Industry Fears Massive Losses Through Espionage

    To see the impact of cyber attacks on US industry and its Pentagon customers, one need look no further than last month's Zhuhai Airshow, where China's military showed off its J-31 stealth fighter and JY-26 'Skywatch-U' 3-D long-range air surveillance rada

    • Dec. 8, 2014
  13. Turkish TAI Launches Center for Space Programs

    Turkey's national aerospace company Tusas Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) has said that its ambitious space center has been completed and will be ready for operations after an official ceremony, a company source said.

    • Dec. 8, 2014
  14. Airmen install a new engine on a KC-10 Extender. A congressional move to block KC-10 retirements could create problems for the KC-46 program, which draws on existing maintainers. US Air Force

    Congressional Block on Tanker Retirements Could Delay KC-46

    The KC-46A Pegasus tanker is one of the three major recapitalization priorities for the Air Force. But with Congress moving to block retirement of older tankers, the Pegasus could find itself short on maintainers as it attempts to come online.

    • Dec. 7, 2014
  15. More Ops: An MQ-8B Fire Scout is deployed aboard the littoral combat ship Fort Worth. By 2016, the LCS will be the only type of Navy ship regularly operating the unmanned helicopters. MC2 Antonio Turretto Ramos/ / US Navy

    Fire Scout Helo Deployments Intensify

    An entirely new level of activity is taking place right now with the US Navy's Fire Scout unmanned helicopter program — for the first time, Fire Scout will be at sea on at least four ships at the same time — and they'll be different kinds of ships, and bo

    • Dec. 6, 2014
  16. New Threat: Russian soldiers stand guard near an S-400 Triumf surface-to-air launch vehicle outside Moscow on Aug. 13. China has reportedly purchased the system from Russia. KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/ / AFP/Getty Images

    China's Checkmate: S-400 Looms Large Over Taiwan

    Taiwan's F-16s face a growing threat from China's arsenal of surface-to-air missiles (SAMs). The latest and gravest is the Russian sale of 400-kilometer-range S-400 Triumf road-mobile SAM systems to China.

    • Dec. 6, 2014
  17. A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket launches NASA's tracking and data relay satellite payload. The Russian RD-180 engine is a key component in the Atlas V launch vehicle. United Launch Alliance

    Hyten: Clear Message on RD-180 Replacement as SpaceX Certification Looms

    The US Air Force's point man on space acknowledged Friday what he called 'clear' direction from Congress to move away from the Russian-made RD-180 rocket engine, but warned there are many details to be worked out before a replacement is selected.

    • Dec. 5, 2014
  18. Among the aircraft Ghana plans to acquire is the Super Tucano. Embraer

    Ghana Announces Plans for Combat, Trainer, Transport Aircraft Buys

    Ghanaian President John Dramani Mahama says his government has set aside $300 million for the purchase of new combat, trainer and transport aircraft to support United Nations peacekeeping operations.

    • Dec. 4, 2014
  19. Airbus Helicopters' EC645 T2 completed its first flight as the German military customer watched. Airbus Helicopters

    Helo for German Special Forces Conducts First Flight

    In June of 2013, the German Army ordered from Airbus Helicopters 15 new multirole helicopters for its KSK Special Forces Command.

    • Dec. 4, 2014
  20. Syrian troops drive past a damaged building on the outskirts of Damascus. LOUAI BESHARA/ / AFP

    Sen. Corker: In 2013, US Was Ready to Launch 'Very Brief' Airstrikes Inside Syria

    US forces were ready to strike inside Syria last year but the military mission ultimately was scuttled, says a senior GOP senator.

    • Dec. 3, 2014
  21. US-made F-4 Phantom fighter jets fly during the Army Day parade in 2010 in the Iranian capital Tehran. Behrouz Mehri / AFP

    US, Iranian Forces Operate In Separate Areas In Iraq, Officials Say

    Recent Iranian airstrikes against Islamic State jihadists in Iraq took place in an eastern region where US warplanes do not operate, the Pentagon said Wednesday, reflecting an accommodation between the two traditional rivals in their fight against a commo

    • Dec. 3, 2014
  22. Language agreed upon for the FY2015 National Defense Authorization Act, finalized by negotiators for the Senate and House Tuesday, essentially puts a timetable on the use of the RD-180, a key component in the United Launch Alliance's Atlas V space launch vehicle. Air Force

    Lawmakers Aim to End RD-180 Use by 2019

    If US lawmakers have their way, the Russian-built RD-180 engine will cease being used on military launches by 2019.

    • Dec. 3, 2014
  23. The latest version of the fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill bars the transfer of Apaches to the active force in 2015. US Army

    NDAA: US Army Apache Consolidation Blocked Until 2016

    Congress would authorize the active-duty Army to begin absorbing the Army National Guard AH-64 Apaches as part of the Army's aviation restructuring proposal, but not until 2016, according to compromise National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) language re

    • Dec. 3, 2014
  24. US Air Force maintainers examine an engine on a C-130 Hercules in Afghanistan. The compromise Pentagon authorization bill funds the C-130 Avionics Modernization Program. Capt. Raymond Geoffroy/US Air Force

    NDAA Limits Air Force Retirements, Offers C-130 Compromise

    The compromise National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) language, revealed Tuesday evening, limits the US Air Force’s ability to retire any aircraft in what is a clear message from Congress that the service has not earned its trust on major issues, such as the retirement of the A-10 or U-2.

    • Dec. 3, 2014
  25. A compromise NDAA, if approved before Congress leaves next week, will block the US Air Force's proposed retirement of its A-10 fleet but approve White House plans to arm Syrian rebels. Capt. Susan Harrington / US Air Force

    Compromise NDAA Blocks A-10 Retirement, OKs White House's Syrian Rebels Plan

    House and Senate negotiators have agreed on a Pentagon policy measure that blocks A-10 retirements and greenlights plans to arm Syrian rebels, a measure that should hit the House floor this week.

    • Dec. 2, 2014
  26. Journalists look at a model of a Tienkung III (Sky Bow III) missile (front) and a Hsiungfeng III missile (back) at The Chungshan Institute of Science and Technology on Dec. 2 in Taoyuan. Sam Yeh / AFP

    Taiwan Develops New Missiles To Counter China's Threat

    Taiwan arms developers said Tuesday that new surface-to-air missiles would defend its airspace for 'up to 20 years' as it aims to update weaponry to counter a perceived military threat from China.

    • Dec. 2, 2014
  27. A former Israeli defense minister says the Lavi fighter, long since canceled, could still compete in world markets. Bukvoed/\ / Wikimedia Commons

    Former Israeli DM Still Promotes Lavi 27 Years Since Cancellation

    A three-time former Israeli defense minister and principal driver behind the long-defunct US-Israel Lavi program insists it is not too late to revive the Israeli-designed fighter to compete against the French Rafale in India.

    • Dec. 2, 2014
  28. Indian Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, left, discusses finalizing the sale of 126 Dassault Rafales with his French counterpart across the table, Jean-Yves Le Drian, on Monday. Vijay Kumar/ / Indian Defence Ministry

    India, France Agree to Finalize Rafale Deal by Spring

    India will fast-track the finalization of the US $12 billion plan to purchase 126 Dassault Rafale jets, according to a senior Indian Defence Ministry official, almost three years after India made Dassault its preferred bidder.

    • Dec. 1, 2014
  29. An E-2D Advanced Hawkeye launches from Naval Station Norfolk during its inaugural test with the squadron on Nov. 20. MC3 Shane A. Jackson/ / US Navy

    Rockwell Collins Selected for E-2D Trainer Upgrade

    The US Navy has selected Rockwell Collins to upgrade its E-2D Hawkeye training system, the company announced today.

    • Dec. 1, 2014
  30. CX-1 supersonic anti-ship cruise missile at the Zhuhai Airshow in China. Wendell Minnick / Staff

    China's CX-1 Missile Now Exportable

    China's new CX-1 supersonic anti-ship cruise missile is ready for export to America's friends and foes alike, with potential markets including Iran, Pakistan and African and South American countries.

    • Nov. 30, 2014
  31. Argentina is seeking a replacement for its Dassault Mirage jets. Wikipedia

    Argentina's Jet Fighter Replacement Options Narrow

    The UK's moves to block the sale of Gripen fighters to Argentina has triggered a round of angry accusations in Buenos Aires, while laying bare Argentina's dilemmas in replenishing its fighter fleet after years of neglect.

    • Nov. 30, 2014
  32. Replacement Weapon: A Rafale flies with the air-sol moyenne portée-améliorée nuclear missile. The successor to the missile has been dubbed the ASN4G. French Defense Ministry

    France Studies Nuclear Missile Replacement

    France has launched studies for an airborne nuclear-tipped missile to replace the current weapon, with the focus on stealth and hypersonic technology on the next-generation atomic arms, Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said.

    • Nov. 29, 2014
  33. Dassault Aviation organized a formation flight of the nEUROn unmanned combat air vehicle, with a Rafale fighter and a Falcon 7X business jet. Dassault

    Airbus Group Sells Part of Its Stake in Dassault Aviation

    Airbus Group, in an off-market block trade, has sold to Dassault Aviation 810,072 Dassault Aviation shares at a price of €980 (US $1,224) per share, representing a total of about €794 million pre-transaction costs, according to an Airbus Group statement.

    • Nov. 28, 2014
  34. Brazil joins New Zealand as export customers for the Sea Ceptor. MBDA

    Brazil Orders Sea Ceptor Air Defense Missile

    Brazil has become the second export customer for MBDA's Sea Ceptor air defense missile the company announced Friday.

    • Nov. 28, 2014
  35. The Czech Republic plans to purchase transport aircraft and helicopters. Among the helos to be replaced will be the Mi-17. Czech Ministry of Defense

    Czech Military Eyes New Transport Aircraft, Helicopters

    Czech Defense Minister Martin Stropnicky has unveiled plans to acquire new transport aircraft and helicopters. The two tenders are expected to be launched in 2015, reports local daily Mlada fronta DNES.

    • Nov. 28, 2014
  36. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency said the State Department has OK'd an $800 million sustainment deal for Iraq's C-130E and C-130J cargo aircraft, pending congressional approval. Airman 1st Class Kedesha Pennant/ / US Air Force

    US State Dept. Clears $800M C-130 Support Deal for Iraq

    The US State Department has approved an $800 million sustainment deal for Iraq's fleet of C-130E and C-130J cargo aircraft, the government announced Tuesday.

    • Nov. 26, 2014
  37. Four French Air Force Mirage 2000N fighter aircraft fly in formation. Miguel Medina / AFP

    France To Send 6 Mirage Jets To Jordan Against Islamic State

    The French government said that six Mirage fighter jets would be deployed to Jordan on Thursday to assist in the fight against the Islamic State group.

    • Nov. 26, 2014
  38. A Rolls-Royce maintainer checks an engine on a V-22. The company reached a two-year agreement with the US Marines this week. Stephen M. Smith/Rolls Royce

    Rolls Signs Two-Year Deal on V-22 Engines

    Engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce will continue to provide support for the Pentagon's fleets of V-22 Osprey aircraft under a two-year agreement, the company announced.

    • Nov. 26, 2014
  39. French President François Hollande is placing a hold on the delivery of a helicopter carrier to Russia due to the situation in Ukraine. Philippe Wojazer / AFP via Getty Images

    France Suspends Mistral Warship Delivery to Russia

    French President François Hollande has placed a hold on the delivery of the first Mistral helicopter carrier to Russia in view of the deadly conflict in east Ukraine, the president's office said on Tuesday.

    • Nov. 25, 2014
  40. Louis Chenevert, chairman and CEO of United Technologies, is retiring effective immediately, according to a company statement released Monday. Thos Robinson / Getty Images for USO of Metropol

    United Technologies CEO To Retire

    Louis Chenevert, chairman and CEO of United Technologies, plans to retire, according to a company statement released Monday.

    • Nov. 24, 2014
  41. An F-35B and F-35C in formation. Lockheed Martin

    UK Confirms First F-35 Orders

    Britain on Monday announced it signed a contract with US manufacturer Lockheed Martin to buy the first of 14 F-35B combat jets.

    • Nov. 24, 2014
  42. Airbus Defence and Space executive vice president for military aircraft Domingo Ureña Raso said a partnership with Lockheed or Boeing is worth considering. Getty Images

    A NATO Fighter?

    Just imagine it: Airbus teams up with Lockheed Martin or Boeing on a program to build a NATO fighter.

    • Nov. 23, 2014
  43. A German Patriot missile launcher is deployed at the Gazi barracks in Kahramanmaras, southern Turkey, in March. John Macdougall / Getty Images

    Turkey May Restart Missile Defense Program

    Turkey's procurement bureaucracy is rethinking a multibillion dollar program to build the country's first air and missile defense program, keeping 'all options open,' including scrapping the existing competition and merging it with a longer-range program

    • Nov. 23, 2014
  44. 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
  45. 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
  46. 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
  47. 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
  48. 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
  49. 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
  50. 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
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