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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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Typhoon wins in Oman, but where next?

Defence sector news wasn’t in short supply while we were away enjoying an extended festive break, with aircraft sales, deliveries, accidents and new sightings all to be caught up on our flightglobal.com/defence channel. From my viewpoint in the UK, one of the most significant acts was the long-expected signature of a deal to supply the […]

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Saudi spending spree reaches trainer fleet

Yesterday saw the confirmation of an impressive 102-aircraft programme to equip the Royal Saudi Air Force with a new-generation pilot training fleet from 2014. Brokered under a new agreement between the Saudi Arabian and UK governments, the deal includes 22 BAE Systems Hawk advanced jet trainers and – as revealed exclusively by my colleague Stephen Trimble […]

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Red Arrows will bring colour to London Olympics

If you’re not subject to the pre-Olympics hype that is currently everywhere in the UK (and I’m pleased to say that I’m not, as I’m writing this blog post from Moscow), then the fact that it’s only (!) 100 days to go until the games open in London might have passed you by. The Royal Air […]

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Northern Exposure for L-15?

Canadian industry is eyeing the nation’s long-term need to train its military pilots, and thinking outside the box as part of the process – particularly with the Lockheed Martin F-35 in mind. Like Chinese out of the box (read on). Two long-term partnered training systems are already in place: the NATO Flying Training in Canada (NFTC) […]

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Wikileaks: India’s HAL hacks own Hawks?

Two years ago, the Indian Air Force blamed BAE Systems for a one-year delay in the assembly of 42 Hawk advanced jet trainers at Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL). BAE released a statement defending itself, but provided no details. Thanks to Julian Assange’s latest dump of US State Department cables, BAE’s side of the story emerges […]

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