Depot-level maintenance on the F-35B at Fleet Readiness Center East at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point North Carolina


Nearly half of US F-35s not ready to fly

Analysis by auditors at the independent US Government Accountability Office found only 55% of the USA’s Lockheed Martin F-35 fleet

Norway F-35 highway landing


Norway completes first highway landing of an F-35A

F-35A stealth fighters from the Royal Norwegian Air Force landed on a rural highway in Finland before executing a quick transition into take off, testing the concept of distributed air combat operations pioneered by the Nordic countries using small, non-traditional land sites.

AMRAAM-ER fires from NASAMS in May 2021 in Norway c Raytheon


Air defence remains top priority for Ukraine aid

While Poland says it will pause the transfer of arms to Ukraine, the USA, UK and Canada continue sending military aid, focusing on ground-based air defence systems.

GCAP flags graphic


Will harmony continue as GCAP fighter partners discuss workshare terms?

A ‘spirit of equal partnership’ and harmonious relations between Italy, Japan and the UK have given their GCAP fighter effort a smooth start – but can that continue as all-important workshare discussions advance?



Canada approved to buy armaments for UAVs it does not yet have

Even though Canada has not yet made a decision in its Remotely Piloted Aircraft System programme, the US government has approved Ottawa to purchase $313 million in armaments for the General Atomics Aeronautical Systems MQ-9B, which is currently the sole competitor for the Canadian contract.



European buyer orders Elbit SkyStriker loitering munitions

Elbit Systems is to supply an undisclosed European customer with “several hundred” examples of its SkyStriker loitering munition, under a contract valued at $95 million.

HERON UK-c-Israel Aerospace Industries


2Excel teams with IAI to clear path for Heron operation in UK

UK-based 2Excel Aviation is to collaborate with Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) to develop the use of unmanned air vehicles (UAVs) in unrestricted UK airspace.

Flyby Jackal Martlet shot


Jackal armed UAV scores first order with 160-unit Taiwan deal

Flyby Technology – a UK-based developer of unmanned air vehicles (UAVs) – has scored a launch order for its armed Jackal drone, with a 160-unit commitment from Taiwan.