Archive | Defence with a ‘C’ RSS feed for this section

Stranded Sea King hitches a lift

Thanks to the UK Ministry of Defence for providing another item for the “not something you see every day” files, and for proving why the Royal Air Force calls the Chinook a “support helicopter”. A Sea King search and rescue crew from the Royal Navy’s HMS Gannet unit – located at Glasgow Prestwick airport – […]

Continue Reading

PICTURE: Brothers in arms

The UK Ministry of Defence has released a series of stunning Crown Copyright images from an ongoing air exercise involving the Royal Air Force and its French counterpart. Being staged as part of the multinational ‘Joint Warrior’ event, the allies’ Eurofighter Typhoon and Dassault Mirage 2000N communities have got together, for a ‘Capable Eagle’ series […]

Continue Reading

VIDEO: Watchkeeper UAV nears service use

Thales finally broke its silence on the status of the British Army’s Watchkeeper unmanned air system programme earlier this week, announcing that it had secured a key approval from the UK Military Aviation Authority (MAA). Dubbed a ‘statement of type design assurance’, the step validates that the Watchkeeper system, air vehicle – which has been […]

Continue Reading

Remembering the VC10

Just over two weeks ago, I was lucky enough to be able to hitch a ride on the last ever operational sortie flown by the RAF’s veteran Vickers VC10s; a type which had first entered use with the service in 1966. My report on the farewell outing for the UK’s self-styled “Queen of the Skies” […]

Continue Reading

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 […]

Continue Reading

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 […]

Continue Reading

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 […]

Continue Reading

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 […]

Continue Reading
cf-18verical.jpg

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 […]

Continue Reading

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.

Continue Reading