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My name is Su(-27)!

The Royal Air Force detachment flying Eurofighter Typhoons in support of NATO’s Baltic Air Policing (BAP) mission had an interesting day at the office in Lithuania earlier this week. On 17 June, the quick reaction alert at Siauliai air base was put into action, in response to “four separate groups of aircraft in international airspace […]

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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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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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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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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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RAF Typhoons follow the Bear

Thanks to the Royal Air Force for releasing some great Crown Copyright images of a quick reaction alert mission conducted by its Leuchars-based 6 Sqn on 23 April. A pair of Eurofighter Typhoons were launched “to intercept two unknown aircraft approaching the NATO Air Policing Area from the north,” the service says. It was probably […]

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Coming from America: F-35s to visit UK

So, it’s official: the F-35 will be making its debut international show appearances in the UK this summer. We had been hearing rumours about this for quite a while from industry, but I wasn’t sure that it would actually happen, due to the tough schedule with getting the short take-off and vertical landing “B” up […]

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How will the UK fill its MPA gap?

A few interesting snippets have emerged about the UK’s work to retain core skills in the operation of maritime patrol aircraft, while it doesn’t actually have any of its own. I’ve been writing about Project “Seedcorn” – which has placed a little over 30 personnel with allied air forces operating types like the P-3 Orion […]

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Black Hawk town, Sweden

Sweden found itself in a tricky situation at the start of this decade, when it became clear that its delayed fleet of NH90s was going to be incapable of meeting requirements in Afghanistan for some more years, and no swift solution was seen to remedying the European type’s development difficulties. With doing nothing considered politically […]

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