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B-2 downs raptor (the feathered kind)

Not one for the squeamish, perhaps, but a series of (literally) striking images has emerged from the current US Air Force detachment of two B-2 bombers to RAF Fairford in the UK. They show what happened when an unfortunate Buzzard (a bird of prey, or raptor) flew into the path of a B-2 as it […]

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Mixed fortunes for Russian fighters

Just when it all seemed to be going so well, one of Sukhoi’s prototype PAK-FA/T-50 fighters looks set to be out of action for a little while, due to a little bit of fire damage. There’s a popular post-prang saying in UK military circles: “That’ll buff-out”, and that is indeed the line that Sukhoi has […]

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Boeing defence prospects

The new issue of Flight International carries a couple of defence articles by our Asia editor Greg Waldron following the recent Shangri-La Dialogue event in Singapore: both concerning Boeing. Given the way that any manufacturer will talk up its prospects, it’s no surprise that Boeing Defense, Space & Security chief executive Chris Chadwick is on […]

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Fifty years young

In case you missed it, the Royal Air Force has got its first RC-135W Rivet Joint flying in the UK, six months after lead example ZZ664 had arrived at its Waddington ISTAR hub. A successor to the service’s previous Nimrod R1 fleet, the eventual complement of three Rivet Joints is on track to achieve full […]

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Can Canada can F-35 plan?

Things are hotting up in Canada over the nation’s F-18 replacement options, with the key question being whether Ottawa will go forward with previous plans to buy the F-35, or enter into a competitive process. Clearly worried by the prospect of the second option, the pro-F-35 ‘Canadian JSF Industry Group’ published an open letter ahead […]

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Vision of the future

A weekend treat, thanks to this shot from Lockheed Martin showing the present – and future – of the UK’s combat aircraft fleet. Taken earlier this year during a flight staged from Edwards AFB in California, it shows a pair of Eurofighter Typhoons of the Royal Air Force’s 41 Sqn fast jet and weapons operational […]

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Back from the brink

We’re back, after a couple of crazy weeks on the show circuit which kept me too busy to post here – for which, my apologies. If you missed them, our reporting teams were covering the events at AUVSI, and then the clashing ILA Berlin air show and EBACE business aviation get-together last week. So, where to […]

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The next Marine One

Considering the massive level of past media interest around the US VXX presidential helicopter replacement programme (particularly when the last attempt got cancelled in 2009), confirmation of Sikorsky’s win this time around with an S-92 derivative might have passed many people by. In what was a pretty special week for Sikorsky, the US DoD on […]

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A palpable hit

The folks at MBDA Inc in the USA have kindly posted a video compilation showing the results from a series of test firings involving the Brimstone missile conducted from an MQ-9 Reaper UAV earlier this year. We reported about the test campaign elsewhere on Flightglobal in January, and also in March – it was performed by […]

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Baltic air policing heats up

Things are getting a bit lively over the Baltic states, with NATO’s next round of air policing duty to be provided by not the usual one nation, but four. Poland is the lead nation for the long-planned, four-month stint, but the traditional four-aircraft commitment – being made with MiG-29s – isn’t enough, due to the […]

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