RSAF A330 MRTT in a refuelling operation with a RSAF F-15SG fighter c Airbus


US Air Force wants to use private in-flight refuelling tankers in two years

The service wants to contract 5,000 flight hours to support around 1,100 sorties annually.

USS Ford c USN_Petty Officer 2C Ruben Reed

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Why the US Navy is thinking hard about smaller aircraft carriers

The supercarrier – the long arm of the USA’s military power – is getting its biggest rethink since the end of the Cold War

F-35B landing vertically


US Marine Corps backs away from tailor-made aircraft - and their expense

Expeditionary demands have honed the US Marine Corps into a unique force with enviable equipment – but its Pacific pivot means much could change

Gripen F demonstrator - Saab


Saab commences production of first Brazilian Gripen F

Saab has cut metal on the first two-seat Gripen F for the Brazilian air force.

Boeing MQ-25 T-1 - 970

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Boeing pushes away new capabilities for MQ-25A to focus on basics

By keeping its eye on two goals - refuelling fighters and operating from a carrier - the MQ-25A Stingray development team expects its unmanned air vehicle (UAV) to achieve initial operational capability (IOC) by 2024; other functions can come later

MQ-4C Triton


​Northrop turns to Canberra to shore up Triton production

Northrop Grumman says Australia should consider advancing its acquisition of the US Navy’s MQ-4C Triton UAV following the Trump administration’s proposal to pause production for the programme in FY2021 and FY2022.



AeroVironment starts flight testing larger Switchblade with greater range

A larger Switchblade could possibly carry tank-piercing munitions and be cheaper than Javelin anti-tank missiles, which cost roughly $250,000 each.

V-150 pair


UMS Skeldar launches lightweight V-150 UAV

UMS Skeldar has unveiled a lightweight addition to its range of vertical take-off and landing unmanned air vehicles, with the V-150 to be available for delivery from later this year.

Boeing Airpower Teaming System rendering

In depth

5 technologies needed to make attritable UAVs work

Aircraft developers believe these five pieces of technology need to be improved to make attritable aircraft work.

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