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Swedish Black Hawks get set for Afghan duty

It’s a busy time for the Swedish Defence Helicopter Wing, with two of its aircraft types being readied for operations in Afghanistan and off the Horn of Africa and the Somali coast. Two of the nation’s swiftly-acquired Sikorsky UH-60M Black Hawks will begin flying operational missions from Mazar-e-Sharif air base on 1 April, with their […]

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Drone stats: how the UK has adjusted Reaper weapons use

Thanks to Chris Cole at the Drone Wars UK website for providing The DEW Line with the most detailed stats we’ve seen so far about the Royal Air Force’s use of armed Reapers in Afghanistan over the last half-decade. Here’s a Crown Copyright image showing one of the type on the ground at Kandahar airfield, […]

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Special report: Savvy Swedes

Our new issue of Flight International contains an eight-page Sweden country special report, with a stunning cover image of an air force Gripen taken by Gunnar Ã…kerberg. I contributed an 1,800-word piece on the Swedish air force’s current activities, including a look back at the Gripen’s reconnaissance role over Libya (the nation’s first operational commitment with […]

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Hermes accident rate prompts UK action

The British Army’s interim use of leased Hermes 450 unmanned air vehicles has involved an eye-watering 11 crashes in Afghanistan since 2007, according to armed forces minister Andrew Robathan. I filed an initial news story about the disclosure earlier today, but hope to get an answer from the army soon with regard to the categories of accident […]

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