The European branch of The DEW Line has been silent for the last few weeks, due to an extended spell of much-needed holiday leave, and also as a result of a reporting gig for me at the AUVSI convention in Washington DC, where I got the chance to work alongside my fellow blog contributor Dave Majumdar and our colleague Zach Rosenberg.
Still, not that much has being going on while I was away, bar a bit of serious brinkmanship over Syria, and the MAKS Moscow air show. You can check out our coverage from the latter here, if you missed any of the goings on from that one.
I’ll be heading over to the Royal Air Force’s Valley base on Wednesday this week to bring you an update on the service’s Hawk T2 (that’s the one BAE Systems would like the USAF to buy if the T-X programme ever gets moving) and wider MFTS training programme, and then will be at the DSEi show in London’s Docklands for the bulk of next week.
For now, here’s a bit of good news for the RAF that popped up at the end of August: the composite wing for its first A400M tactical transport has left Filton in the UK, on the way for Airbus Military’s San Pablo final assembly line in Seville, Spain. The first of 22 aircraft for the service, MSN16 should be delivered in September 2014. Turkey, meanwhile, is due to take delivery of its lead example, MSN9, in the coming weeks.