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27 May 2015 | IHS Jane's

First upgraded Skyhawk jet handed over to Brazil

The Brazilian Navy took delivery of its first upgraded Douglas AF-1 Skyhawk from aerospace conglomerate Embraer on 26 May under the A-4BR programme. The single-seat AF-1 has now been redesignated AF-1B and is expected to remain in service until 2028. The upgraded twin-seat aircraft will be

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25 May 2015 | IHS Jane's

Belgian NH90s reach initial operational capability

Belgium's NHIndustries NH90 multirole helicopters have declared their initial operating capability, it was announced on 20 May. The chief of the Belgian Air Component, Major General Frederik Vansina, said the 18th Squadron in Beauvechain was now ready for operations in a non-hostile environment.

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23 May 2015 | DefenseNews.com

Sikorsky S-97 Raider Achieves First Flight

The Sikorsky S-97 Raider hit an important milestone Friday with the successful first flight of its experimental rotorcraft.        

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22 May 2015 | Flight Global

US government clears MH-60R sale to Saudi Arabia

​The US State Department has approved a requested sale of 10 Sikorsky/Lockheed Martin MH-60R Seahawk anti-submarine helicopters to the Saudi Arabian government.

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30 April 2015 | Flight Global

Russia to reestablish Tu-160 supersonic bomber production line

​The Russian defense ministry has confirmed that it will restart the production line for the Soviet-era Tupolev Tu-160 “Blackjack” supersonic strategic bomber.

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30 April 2015 | RAF

Red Arrows and new Team Leader begin 2015 season following display approval

After months of training, the Red Arrows’ 2015 display season is officially getting underway, with a new Team Leader taking over this year.

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30 April 2015 | NATO News

Norway takes the lead in NATO’s Baltic Air Policing mission

Norway will assume lead responsibility for NATO’s air policing mission over the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania on Friday (1 May 2015). The United Kingdom will also rejoin the mission while Italy and Belgium will continue their participation. A handover ceremony is taking place on Thursday (30 April 2015) at Šiauliai airbase in Lithuania, where Italy will formally transfer lead responsibility for the mission to Norway.

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30 April 2015 | Flight Global

Sweden to boost operational readiness with Gripen

The Swedish government has outlined its defence priorities for the period to 2020, with new measures to include increasing the number of fully operational Saab Gripen squadrons and potentially ordering a further 10 E-model examples.

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29 April 2015 | IHS Jane's

Qatar selects Rafale fighter aircraft

Qatar will sign for 24 Dassault Rafale combat aircraft to fulfil its fighter procurement requirement on 4 May. The upcoming contract, which was announced by Dassault on 30 April, will be signed in Doha during a visit by French President François Hollande. The deal follows French media reports

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29 April 2015 | Flight Global

Peru accepts first locally-assembled KT-1P trainer

​Peruvian company Seman has delivered its first locally-­assembled example of the Korea Aerospace Industries KT-1 trainer to the Latin American ­nation’s air force.

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