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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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British Army eyes Apache upgrade

The US Army will be withdrawing support for sustaining the AH-64D Apache Longbow’s Block I standard by 2017, which poses a bit of an issue for the UK. It’s less than a decade since the British Army’s Westland-completed Apache AH1s entered use (initial operating capability came in October 2004), but the service needs to act […]

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Special report: Savvy Swedes

Our new issue of Flight International contains an eight-page Sweden country special report, with a stunning cover image of an air force Gripen taken by Gunnar Ã…kerberg. I contributed an 1,800-word piece on the Swedish air force’s current activities, including a look back at the Gripen’s reconnaissance role over Libya (the nation’s first operational commitment with […]

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What we learned from Zhuhai

Flightglobal’s blockbuster defence offering this week includes a great analysis from our Singapore-based colleague Greg Waldron about the offerings on show at last week’s Airshow China event in Zhuhai. As expected, there was some interesting new kit to be seen, including a model of an advanced fighter concept, which looked more than a bit like the Shenyang […]

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Denmark falls for Romeo

AgustaWestland suffered a Danish tragedy on 21 November, when the nation’s defence ministry confirmed the selection of the rival Sikorsky/Lockheed Martin MH-60R Seahawk (US Navy image below) to meet its future shipborne helicopter requirements. Nine “Romeos” will be delivered between 2016 and 2018 under the deal, which still requires the final go-ahead from Denmark’s finance ministry. […]

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