Archive | January, 2013

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GI Joe Drone Operator action figure?

I’m sure you are all familiar with the GI Joe line of military-themed toys and their associated cartoons from the 1980s. Internet comedians “Funny or Die” have created this hilarious spoof commercial for a drone operator action figure and associated vehicles. Much like the iconic comedy Office Space, which documents American work life, there is […]

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Behind the numbers: are the UK’s top military procurements still a mess?

Its publication might have come a month later than usual, but the release of the UK National Audit Office’s (NAO) annual Major Projects Report on 10 January still provides the usual fascinating insight into the at-times bizarre world of defence procurement, British-style. Over the years, we’ve become used to the report detailing what the BBC’s […]

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India picks A330 tanker – again

Airbus Military earlier this week confirmed what lndian media reports had suggested late last year – that its A330 multi-role tanker transport (MRTT) has been selected by the nation’s air force for the second time. Pitted against the Ilyushin Il-78MK, seven of which are already flown by the Indian air force, the modified A330 (Airbus […]

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US Navy’s first Lockheed Martin F-35C training aircraft

Lockheed Martin has released a photo of the US Navy’s first operational (training) F-35C Joint Strike Fighter–Bureau Number 168733. The aircraft will be used for training at Eglin AFB, Florida, where it will serve with VFA-101, the “Grim Reapers”, once it is delivered later in the year. A previous incarnation of the unit had previously […]

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Falklands rhetoric – calm down, folks.

So, 2013 has started with a decades-old spat between the UK and Argentina over the ownership of the Falkland Islands flaring up again, with strong rhetoric coming from both Buenos Aires and London within the last few weeks. Speaking on the BBC’s Andrew Marr show yesterday, prime minister David Cameron said the UK would maintain […]

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Typhoon wins in Oman, but where next?

Defence sector news wasn’t in short supply while we were away enjoying an extended festive break, with aircraft sales, deliveries, accidents and new sightings all to be caught up on our flightglobal.com/defence channel. From my viewpoint in the UK, one of the most significant acts was the long-expected signature of a deal to supply the […]

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