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21 July 2014 | ACC

First look at upgraded B-1s

DYESS AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- For the first time students from the US Air Force Weapons School got to fly with the newly upgraded Sustainment Block-16 B-1B Lancer during the student's Integration Phase (IT) at Nellis AFB, Nev.

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21 July 2014 | RUaviation

Mexico to upgrade its Mi-17 helicopters

Russian Helicopters Holding Company will upgrade the multi-role Mi-17 helicopters operated by the air forces of Mexico, Lenta.ru reports with reference to sources close to the enterprise. According to the sources, at least 9 vehicles of the type were delivered to Russia by two An-124-100 transport aircraft during the period from mid-June to early July 2014. The first upgraded Mi-17 will be delivered to Mexico in 2015.

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17 July 2014 | Flight Global

RAF Tornados to get Brimstone 2 missiles in 2015

Missile systems manufacturer MBDA has started production of its Brimstone 2 air-to-ground missile and expects the type will enter service in 2015 on Royal Air Force Panavia Tornado GR4s.

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17 July 2014 | ACC

F-15E takes first flight with new radar system

MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho -- The first 389th Fighter Squadron F-15E Strike Eagle received a Radar Modernization Program upgrade here in June. The inaugural flight with the new radar system was flown by Capt. Matthew Riley, 389th Fighter Squadron pilot, and Maj. Jacob Lindaman, 389th FS weapon systems officer. [...] The RMP replaces the F-15E's more than 20-year-old legacy APG-70 mechanically scanned radar with an active electronically scanned array (AESA) system designated as the APG-82(V)1.

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17 July 2014 | NAVAIR

Navy says farewell to the C-9 Skytrain II aircraft

NAVAL AIR SYSTEMS COMMAND, PATUXENT RIVER, Md. — Ending its 41-year commitment to a workhorse aircraft, the U.S. Navy retired the last C-9B Skytrain II on June 28 to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group based in Tucson, Arizona. As of January, the Navy had four C-9B aircraft remaining in its inventory — one was retired in February and two were transferred to Marine Transport Squadron (VMR) 1 at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina, where they will continue service until replacement aircraft are purchased.

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16 July 2014 | Flight Global

RAF completes upgrades to Tornados in Afghanistan

The Royal Air Force is continuing to upgrade its Panavia Tornado GR4 ground attack aircraft despite the looming retirement of the type from operational service.

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16 July 2014 | Flight Global

RAF plans new Sentinel work

​Following UK Prime Minster David Cameron’s pledge to continue the in-service life of the Royal Air Force’s Raytheon-developed Sentinel R1 surveillance aircraft out to 2018, the squadron is making plans to extend the operational capability of the aircraft.

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16 July 2014 | RAF

CQWI 14

The Combined Qualified Weapons Instructor Course (CQWI) is currently underway and is being hosted by RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire

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16 July 2014 | ACC

F-35 returns to limited flight, officials rule out Farnborough

While the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter has returned to limited flying, it will not be appearing at the Farnborough International Airshow in the United Kingdom, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said during a Pentagon news conference July 15. The F-35 fleet was grounded July 3 in the wake of a June 23 engine fire on the runway at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. Navy and Air Force airworthiness authorities recommended the F-35's return to flight yesterday, pending approval by commanders. more...

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15 July 2014 | RUaviation

Tupolev Company starts upgrade of Tu-22M3 bombers

«This year we will start developing documentation and manufacturing the first prototypes. Speaking of our plans, the jet should perform its maiden flight in 2017 and after that its state testing will be started», — Deputy Technical Director of Tupolev’s Kazan-based engineering center, Andrey Levenets, said.

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