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Friday fun: spot the difference

I stumbled on a Rex Features image yesterday showing a Yak-130 flying at the MAKS air show in a cracking new red colour scheme, and it reminded me of a recent return to the air for its blood brother: Alenia Aermacchi’s M-346. It’s interesting to look at the two aircraft together, bearing in mind that […]

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Winging it back to The DEW Line

The European branch of The DEW Line has been silent for the last few weeks, due to an extended spell of much-needed holiday leave, and also as a result of a reporting gig for me at the AUVSI convention in Washington DC, where I got the chance to work alongside my fellow blog contributor Dave […]

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Crunch time for Rafale production rate?

In its proposed defence planning law for the six-year period spanning 2014 to 2019, the French defence ministry has proposed slashing its number of received Dassault Rafales to just 26 aircraft. With the company currently delivering in the region of eleven Rafales to the nation’s air force and navy per year (that’s “one per month” in […]

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Saudi Typhoon deliveries, and a Tranche 3 spotter’s guide

In its interim results announcement made on 1 August, BAE Systems confirmed that it will be delivering a further six Eurofighter Typhoons to Saudi Arabia this year, pushing the nation’s fleet of the type to 34 aircraft, against a current order for 72. Just before the Paris air show, I got the chance to have […]

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Canada’s F-35 procurement saga

Flight International’s Canada special was released today. Our cover story is about Canada’s military aircraft procurements and focuses on that nation’s quest to replace its ageing fleet of 78 Boeing CF-18 Hornet fighters with the Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. Read the full story here. You actually will have to register for access to […]

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New contributor joins The DEW Line

Flightglobal’s Singapore-based reporter Greg Waldron has joined existing contributors Craig Hoyle and Dave Majumdar on The DEW Line, and will be bringing us his take on the defence topics making headlines in the Asia-Pacific region. In addition to filing here, Greg will also continue to post on non-defence topics on our Asian Skies blog.

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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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UK’s first F-35 flies

The United Kingdom’s first Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II production jet made its inaugural test flight on 13 April.

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Rafale’s loss is another’s billion-dollar fighter contract

Morocco’s decision to reject the Dassault Rafale in favor of the Lockheed Martin F-16 is stunning even a week after it was confirmed. G2 Solutions Michel Merluzeau, unquestionably the best French-born aerospace analyst based in Seattle, does some detective work to attempt to discern how Dassault and France could have lost the contract. In the […]

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Post-AFA: Notes from an interview

Major General Ng Chee Khern, chief of the Republic of Singapore Air Force, sent me an invitation to interview him when he came to Washington DC this week. As the head of one of the most sophisticated — and secretive — air forces in the world, I was very glad to accept the offer. I […]

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