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VIDEO: RAF puts Hawk T2 through its paces

Thanks to the good folks at the Royal Air Force’s 4 Sqn for putting together a punchy video showing their Hawk T2 advanced jet trainer in action. There’s some nice footage of the aircraft being put through its paces from the unit’s Valley home on Anglesey in locations including the nearby Pembrey Range and in […]

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Russia’s T-50 fighter stretches its legs

Almost two years and more than 200 flights into its test programme, Russia’s PAK-FA/T-50 fifth-generation fighter has made its first “long-distance” sortie. Completed on 17 January using Sukhoi’s fourth prototype, the multi-legged flight between the Komsomolsk-on-Amur production plant and the Zhukovsky military test centre near Moscow covered a cool 3,400nm (6,300km). Piloted by Sergey Bogdan, […]

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‘Salut’ to France’s first A400M

Airbus Military has today released a fresh-from-the-paint-hangar image showing the first production A400M Atlas in the colours of launch operator the French air force. With some of the Armee de l’Air’s aged C160 Transall and C-130H Hercules tactical transports currently supporting its Operation Serval activity in Mali, MSN7′s move towards first flight and a mid-year delivery […]

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Friday fun: Royal Navy denies coup allegations

It’s hard to follow the excellence of Dave’s GI Joe drone operator post, but I thought that in the spirit of Friday, this computer-generated image (courtesy of Rex Features) depicting one of the UK Royal Navy’s future aircraft carriers parked outside the nation’s seat of power was worth an airing too. No, this isn’t some […]

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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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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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Free download: World Air Forces 2013

The current print issue of Flight International includes our annual World Air Forces directory; a detailed snapshot of the active-duty inventories of 160 nations around the globe. It’s no exaggeration to say that we work around the clock to bring you the directory, which this year pulls together data on almost 52,000 aircraft included in […]

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Defence – by a nose

Flightglobal and Flight International have been running a controversial Airbus advert this week, in which the company accuses rival airframer Boeing of “stretching the truth” in a bitter marketing war over their competing A320neo/737 Max and A380/747 products. Do we care, you might be asking? Well, perhaps unusually for The DEW Line, yes we do, as […]

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