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NATO’s eastern (European) promise

My colleague Beth Stevenson had a busy time of it covering the NATO Summit for us in glamorous Newport, Wales late last week. Her analysis of the event will be appearing in the next issue of Flight International, but you can check out her news reports free on flightglobal.com already. So what did we learn? […]

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Draken’s New Model Air Force

Pick up the new issue of Flight International and you’ll find an interesting update on Draken International, following on from the company’s announcement at the Farnborough air show of plans at to add up to 28 Aero Vodochody L-159s to its fleet. You might never have heard of Draken (a name which has no reference to […]

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AHRLAC gets airborne

South Africa’s Paramount Group announced on 13 August that its AHRLAC [advanced high-performance reconnaissance light aircraft] has entered flight testing; just shy of three years after launching the indigenous project. “Unique-looking” is probably the nicest way to describe the prototype’s look, although we certainly do like the chosen camouflage scheme (squint a bit and it’s […]

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A very rare pair

Good news if you’re planning on visiting one of the UK’s air shows over the next few weeks, as the eagerly-awaited arrival of a Canadian aircraft nicknamed “Vera” means we’ll be getting the chance to see two Avro Lancasters in the air at the same time. The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum’s aircraft – a Mk […]

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India’s grand ambitions

The new issue of Flight International contains a great update from our correspondent Atul Chandra about the massive number of military aircraft programmes currently under way in India. From off-the-shelf buys (of the C-17 and C-130J transports, for example) to bilateral projects leading to local production (like New Delhi’s planned development of Sukhoi’s T-50/PAK-FA, and […]

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Denmark: and then there were three

Denmark is still about a year away from taking a decision in its new combat aircraft programme, but things got interesting early this week, as the deadline passed for bidders to submit responses to its April request for information. Boeing is pitching its F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and Eurofighter the Typhoon (the latter in a bid […]

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UK carrier floats out

Just to update our coverage of the Royal Navy’s CVF-class aircraft carrier programme, here’s a shot of the 65,000t HMS Queen Elizabeth floating out at Rosyth on 17 July. This followed hot on the heels of the vessel’s naming on 4 July. “Teams will now continue to outfit the ship and steadily bring her systems […]

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Farnborough and the F-35 waiting game

The Flight Daily News team is on site at the Farnborough air show, ahead of its opening day on Monday. For us here on The DEW Line, the big question remains whether the F-35 will be able to make the jump across the Atlantic in time to make an appearance here. I was at the […]

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UK carrier stat-attack

If there’s one thing the folks at the UK Ministry of Defence’s press office really love (besides us journalists, of course), it’s a good stat. And they certainly didn’t let us down when it came to putting the scale of the Royal Navy’s newly-named aircraft carrier the HMS Queen Elizabeth into simple terms that everyone […]

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So-low Turk

The Waddington air show pulled in the crowds at the RAF’s Lincolnshire ISTAR base over the weekend, and scored plenty of media coverage too – largely due to the contribution of the Turkish air force’s F-16 Solo Turk display. In case you haven’t seen it elsewhere, check out the attached video footage. We wouldn’t want […]

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