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Week on the web 5 August

In his eponymous blog, David Learmount argues that the Air Algerie/Swiftair Boeing MD-83 crash was not in any way related to the two Malaysian misfortunes, but instead the result of bad weather, and rather “ordinary”. Ariel View continues to debate whether airliners should carry missile warning systems following a call by US legislators. Israel is […]

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Week on the web 29 July

The DEW Line provides a brief update on the Royal Navy’s CVF-class aircraft carrier programme. Less than two weeks after its naming ceremony, the 65,000t HMS Queen Elizabeth floated out at Rosyth, Scotland on 17 July. The ship is scheduled to begin sea trials in 2016. Second of class vessel HMS Prince of Wales will […]

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Week on the web 8 July

Farnborough, notes The DEW Line, is set for an Airbus-Boeing toe-to-toe – over their proposals for South Korea’s in-flight refuelling requirement. Seoul doesn’t have any tankers, but wants to support its F-15Ks, F-16Cs and future F-35s. Four tanker/transports are required, with a decision due by year-end. Airbus’s A330 MRTT is in use with Australia, Saudi […]

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Week on the Web 1 July

The DEW Line blog reveals how a Royal Air Force detachment, flying Eurofighter Typhoons in support of NATO’s Baltic Air Policing mission, were dispatched from Siauliai air base in Lithuania to monitor a Russian air force training formation that were flying in international airspace near to the Baltic states. The four groups of aircraft consisted […]

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Week on the web 17 June

In his Ariel View blog, Arie Egozi discusses how affordable weapons systems have allowed cost-conscious countries to adapt their civil helicopters for military missions. Israel Aerospace Industries is one of a number of companies which has “identified the need”, he says. IAI recently completed a series of demonstrations of its Laser Homing Attack missiles, launched […]

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Week on the web 10 June

The DEW Line reveals a fabulous shot from Lockheed Martin (pictured) showing the present – and future – of the UK’s combat aircraft fleet. Taken earlier this year during a flight from Edwards AFB in California, the picture shows a pair of Eurofighter Typhoons of the Royal Air Force’s 41 Sqn fast jet and weapons […]

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Week on the Web 3 June

From Arie “Ariel View” Egozi, our man in Tel Aviv: the French know wine, the Italians know pasta and the Israelis know unmanned air systems – like the British Watchkeeper (based on Elbit Systems’ Hermes 450, pictured) and France’s Harfang (a collaboration between the then-EADS and Israel Aerospace Industries). Now, via Airbus Defence & Space, […]

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Week on the web 13 May

Video footage of MBDA’s recent test firings of a Brimstone missile from an MQ-9 Reaper UAV can be viewed on The DEW Line blog. Each of the shots – which used a mix of telemetry and live warhead-equipped rounds – resulted in a direct hit, despite being conducted against small vehicle targets moving at up […]

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Week on the web 6 May

With Moscow flexing its muscles in the East, NATO has beefed up its air policing force in the Baltics. As detailed by The DEW Line, taking over from an increased detachment of 10 US Air Force F-15Cs from Lakenheath in the UK (pictured), which have been doing the job since 3 January, are Polish MiG-29s […]

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Week on the web 29 April

Washington DC bureau reporter Edward Russell marked Earth Day with a look back at what seems like an impossibly distant past – when a US president flew commercial. In December 1973, Richard Nixon left his presidential Boeing 707 behind and bought 24 seats on United Airlines flight 55 from Washington Dulles to LAX, flown by […]

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