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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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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Osprey meets… erm, ‘Phantom Badger’

I have to admit that my first reaction on receiving a press release titled ‘Boeing Phantom Badger certified for V-22 transport’ made me think: “What the heck is a Phantom Badger?” That’s more down to my lack of knowledge about ground vehicles, but seriously – where did that name come from? Apparently this is good […]

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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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Carry on sailing

Newport News, Aircraft Carrier Alliance, DCNS: watch your backs, because you’ve got a new – and by the looks of it highly price-competitive – rival in the flat-top ship-building sector. According to Rex Features (which supplied the image), this is 80 year-old Wen Yuzhu’s cut-price homage to China’s lone aircraft carrier, the Liaoning; it even […]

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