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UK F-35s make first combat strikes from HMS Queen Elizabeth

The UK has for the first time demonstrated its restored Carrier Strike capability, with Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightnings operating from the 65,000t vessel HMS Queen Elizabeth striking targets in the Middle East on 18 June.

KC-46A Pegasus connects with an F-15 Strike Eagle for an aerial refueling test over California in 2018 - 970


USAF seeks initial bids to deliver “Bridge” tankers after 2029 under KC-Y effort

The US Air Force is seeking industrial partners to deliver up to 160 “Bridge” tankers, a commercial aircraft-based aerial refueling jet that the service intends to acquire after Boeing stops producing KC-46As in 2029.

Boeing T-7A c Boeing


US Air Force T-7A advanced jet trainer delayed by up to 15 months

The US Air Force’s T-7A Red Hawk advanced trainer has fallen as much as 15 months behind schedule after parts shortages, initial design delays and the discovery of aircraft wing rock.

USAF airman use Fuel Powered Additive Injector Cart to convert commercial-grade fuel to military-grade fuel in Saudi Arabia c USAF


USAF demos converting commercial-grade jet fuel into military fuel for ‘Agile’ operations

The ability to refuel at commercial airports would allow US military aircraft to operate or transit from more locations. 

Hero-120 OPFM Multi-Canister Launcher c UVision


US Marine Corps to buy UVision Hero-120 loitering munition

The US Marine Corps plans to acquire an undisclosed number of UVision Hero-120 loitering munitions to be mounted and launched from two types of armoured ground vehicles and an autonomous boat.

Area-I Altius 600 being launched from moving Polaris Dagor vehicle as part of Edge 21 c US Army


US Army looks for vehicle-launched swarming loitering munition ideas

The US Army is looking for prototypes and ideas for loitering munitions swarms that can work together with little or no control from a human operator.



IAI signs $200 million UAV contract with Asian customer

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has signed a $200 million contract with an unnamed country in Asia related to its Heron unmanned air vehicle (UAV).

New General Atomics Air-launched effect c General Atomic


General Atomics teases new addition to its portfolio of air-launched effects

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems is teasing a new air-launched effect, a part of a growing portfolio of in-development drones that it plans to launch from its MQ-9A Reaper and MQ-1C Gray Eagle unmanned air vehicles.