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25 November 2014 | Flight Global

F-35B makes first flight with UK weapons

​A UK test team has completed an initial series of handling flights of a Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II carrying trial rounds of the Raytheon Systems Paveway IV precision-guided bomb and MBDA ASRAAM air-to-air missile.

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21 November 2014 | Flight Global

Lockheed seals $4.7bn deal for latest lot of F-35 fighters

The US government and Lockheed Martin on 21 November finalised a $4.7 billion contract for 43 F-35 Lightning II aircraft. Included in the eighth low-rate initial production (LRIP) deal is $500 million in advanced procurement funding for later productions lots, according to the F-35 joint programme office. The deal includes 39 jets for the US military and 14 for various international customers.

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20 November 2014 | IHS Jane's

Russia flies first radar- and avionics-upgraded Tu-160 bomber

The first upgraded Tupolev Tu-160 'Blackjack' strategic bomber aircraft made its maiden flight on 16 November, Russian state media has announced. The flight, which took place out of the Kazan Aircraft Plant (KAPO) east of Moscow, lasted two hours and 40 minutes, the TASS news agency reported.

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20 November 2014 | IHS Jane's

Japan announces Global Hawk, Osprey, Hawkeye purchases

Japan has announced the selection of the Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Global Hawk for its high-altitude unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) requirement and the Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey for its tilt-rotor requirement. The Ministry of Defence (MoD) also confirmed that it would buy a Northrop Grumman E-2D Advanced Hawkeye airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft.

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20 November 2014 | IHS Jane's

Italy deploys latest Mangusta attack helo variant to Afghanistan

The Pakistan Air Force (PAF) has received into service 'a squadron' of Lockheed Martin F-16 fighter aircraft from the Royal Jordanian Air Force (RJAF), a senior PAF service official disclosed on 19 November. Speaking under the Chatham House Rule at the IQPC Fighter Conference in London, the officer said that the F-16A/B fighters had recently arrived in Pakistan, and will be used to augment the PAF's existing F-16 fleet, which is heavily involved in counterinsurgency operations along the country's border area with Afghanistan.

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20 November 2014 | RAF

€1bn Contract To Develop Cutting Edge Radar For Typhoon Announced

The £800m contract for the development of a new electronic radar system for the Eurofighter Typhoon has been signed in Scotland. The Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar capability contract was awarded to Eurofighter Jadgflugzeug GmbH by NETMA – the NATO Eurofighter and Tornado Management Agency - on behalf of the UK, Germany, Spain and Italy.

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20 November 2014 | Flight Global

Brazil begins flight training on Gripen

The first two Brazilian pilots to undergo training for the Saab Gripen NG multirole fighter have completed their first flight on the type: a 50min training sortie conducted over the Baltic Sea on 19 November.

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20 November 2014 | Flight Global

India resumes Su-30MKI flights following safety checks

​The Indian air force has resumed flying activities with its Sukhoi Su-30MKI combat aircraft, after removing a grounding order imposed after an uncommanded ejection involving the type on 21 October.

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20 November 2014 | Airbus Defence and Space

France announces order for Airbus A330 MRTT

Airbus Defence and Space has been selected by the French Ministry of Defence to supply 12 A330 MRTT new generation air-to-air refuelling aircraft for the French Air Force. The first delivery is foreseen for 2018, followed by the second in 2019, and then at a rate of one or two per year.

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19 November 2014 | ACC

F-35 and F-22 combine capabilities in operational integration training

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- The U.S. Air Force deployed four F-22 Raptors from Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, to Eglin Air Force Base, earlier this month for the unit's first operational integration training mission with the F-35A Lightning II assigned to the 33rd Fighter Wing here.

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