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Australia has introduced a series of changes to the way military airspace operates in the country following a two-year review designed to deliver more flexible and efficient airspace usage. The Civil Aviation Safety Authority says the changes are designed to provide civilian access to military access when safety and operational factors allow it.
Pratt & Whitney and Rolls-Royce have shipped the first production short take-off and vertical landing (Stovl) propulsion system to Lockheed Martin for installation in the F-35B.
Australia's first squadron of Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornets is now operational, following the recent retirement of the nation's General Dynamics F-111Cs.
The Indian air force's first of six Lockheed Martin C-130J tactical transports will be handed over to the US Air Force on 16 December, ahead of its delivery to the nation in late January.
With fewer than 500 full-text cables published by 1 December, the impact of the roughly 250,000 US diplomatic messages exposed by Wikileaks on the aerospace business remains unclear.
Boeing [NYSE: BA] today announced that U.S. Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) has awarded the company a $29.9 million contract for Cargo Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Services to support the U.S. Marine Corps. Boeing will provide two A160T Hummingbird unmanned vehicles, three ground control stations, spares, training and support.
Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has completed a flight test demonstration of new software developed for the U.S. Navy’s BQM-74E aerial target. The new software allows the target to fly complex fully autonomous missions.
As rivals in a race to open an international market for retrofitting active electronically scanned array (AESA) radars on Lockheed Martin F-16s, Raytheon and Northrop Grumman are looking for customers in opposite locations.
The Royal Bahraini Air Force is working towards achieving full operational capability with its new Sikorsky UH-60M Black Hawk utility helicopters, eight of which were delivered in early September.
Australia will retire its last General Dynamics F-111Cs in a ceremony at Royal Australian Air Force base Amberley in Queensland on 2 December. As the last operator of the swing-wing, long-range strike aircraft, the event will close a chapter in aviation history that began with the first flight of the F-111A prototype almost 46 years ago at the then-General Dynamics' factory in Fort Worth, Texas.
Could bad luck be coming in threes for the U.S. Air Force? This month, officials were sacked from the tanker-replacement program, concern grew about another slip in the F-35’s initial operating date, and South Korea is enduring the worst attack by North Korea in more than 50 years.
The continuing debate regarding the merits of an extra engine for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter surrounds a prime example of the waste that Defense Secretary Robert Gates is trying to eliminate. Support for an extra engine is another case of parochial interests trying to trump efficiency and military readiness.
The UK's Joint Force Harrier has conducted the last operations with its Harrier GR9 ground-attack aircraft from a Royal Navy aircraft carrier, with the organisation expected to end all flying activities within weeks.
Between 40 and 50 unmanned air vehicle models were on display at Airshow China in Zhuhai in mid-November, including fixed- and rotary-wing designs. While most of the systems appear to be aimed at intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance applications, several were depicted carrying missiles.
HMS Ark Royal, the United Kingdom’s Flagship, facilitated the last ever launch of the iconic Harrier GR9 aircraft from her decks at 0900 on 24 November 2010, approximately 40 nautical miles off the coast of Newcastle.
The first flight of the first PC-21 for the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Air Force & Air Defence has taken place on November 22, 2010, one year to the day after the contract was signed. The schedule agreed within the contract was always considered very aggressive but with supreme effort from all involved parties this key milestone has been achieved exactly as planned.
Defence and security company Saab has received an order from FMV (Swedish Defence Material Administration) for six Gripen aircraft intended for the Royal Thai Air Force. The order is worth approximately 2,2 billion SEK.
Pilatus has performed the first flight of a PC-21 trainer produced for the United Arab Emirates, ahead of starting deliveries to the Khalifa bin Zayed air college in Al Ain early next year.
The UK has accepted its seventh and last C-17 strategic transport from Boeing, as operations with the Royal Air Force's existing fleet have passed 60,000 flight hours.