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UK confirms Norfolk home for F-35 squadrons

In what must be one of 2013′s least surprising announcements, the UK Ministry of Defence has confirmed that its future fleet of F-35 Joint Strike Fighters will be operated from the Royal Air Force’s Marham base in Norfolk. Here’s a Lockheed Martin shot showing one of the UK’s test aircraft, during its first speaking engagement […]

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NATO AGS and the Anglo-French contribution

NATO’s Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS) programme has got off the ground at last, with 13 nations having agreed to fund the acquisition and initial operation of five MP-RTIP-equipped Northrop Grumman Block 40 Global Hawks. Signed on the sidelines of NATO’s Chicago Summit, the AGS deal is worth $1.7 billion. That’s a major investment to make […]

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Explaining the UK’s F-35 variant switch: a Top 10 guide

The UK government has finally ‘fessed up to having got its plans spectacularly wrong on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter/Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carrier combo, which means that it now loves the short take-off and vertical landing (STOVL) B-model once more (Lockheed Martin image of aircraft BK-1 below). I wrote about the announcement as the Ministry of Defence’s […]

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