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16 June 2017 | Defense-Aerospace

Antonov’s An−132D Flies to France for Paris Air Show

On June 15, 2017, the new AN−132D aircraft−demonstrator, flew from Kyiv to Le Bourget, France, to have an international debut at the 52nd International Paris Air Show. It will be demonstrated as part of the show’s flight programme, and will also remain on static display throughout the show. The ...

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15 June 2017 | Flight Global

​Qatar orders 36 F-15QA fighters

Qatar has signed a deal for 36 Boeing F-15QA fighter aircraft. The deal is reportedly worth $12 billion, according to media reports quoting official Qatari sources. [...] In November 2016, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) expressed optimism that the deal would go through. The original number, however, was for 72 F-15QAs. The F-15QA is an advanced variant of the two-seat F-15E Strike Eagle. Equipped with an active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar, it is effective in both air-to-air and air-to-ground missions.

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15 June 2017 | Combat Aircraft

Gripen E makes maiden flight

Saab’s JAS 39 Gripen E has made its maiden flight today. It flew from Saab’s Linköping site this morning. The Gripen E will operate at a higher all-up weight than the JAS 39C variant: 16.5 tonnes compared to 14 tonnes.…Read more ›

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14 June 2017 | Flight Global

KC-390 tour kicks off with Swedish evaluation

Embraer has embarked on a 40-day international sales tour with its KC-390 tanker/transport, which will bring the twinjet to Sweden before making a debut Paris air show appearance next week.

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13 June 2017 | IHS Jane's

Images show Myanmar Air Force JF-17/FC-1 conducting flight tests in China

Images have emerged on Chinese online forums showing what appears to be one of the first Pakistan Aeronautical Complex/Chengdu Aircraft Industry Corporation (PAC/CAC) JF-17 Thunder/FC-1 Xiaolong multirole combat aircraft on order for the Myanmar Air Force (MAF) conducting test flights in China.

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9 June 2017 | USAF News

Luke AFB temporarily cancels F-35A local flying ops

The 56th Fighter Wing at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona, cancelled local flying operations today for F-35A Lightning II aircraft due to a series of five incidents in which pilots have experienced hypoxia-like symptoms.

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6 June 2017 | Combat Aircraft

First Japanese-assembled F-35

The first Japanese-assembled F-35A was unveiled out of the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) Komaki South F-35 Final Assembly and Check Out (FACO) facility on June 5. The Japan F-35 FACO is operated by MHI with technical assistance from Lockheed Martin.…Read more ›

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1 June 2017 | Raytheon

Stinger missiles with proximity fuzes destroy UAVs in first-ever test

During a recent Army test, a pair of Raytheon Company Stinger anti-air missiles equipped with new proximity fuzes intercepted two small unmanned airborne systems—an MQM-170C Outlaw and an unidentified smaller system—for the first time. Proximity fuzes allow missiles to destroy targets by making contact or by detonating in close range. The Stinger weapon system is a lightweight, self-contained air defense system that can be rapidly deployed by ground troops and on military platforms. It is combat proven in four major conflicts and is now deployed in more than 18 nations and with all four U.S. military services. "Stingers are usually loaded with direct impact warheads, which is appropriate for larger targets such as cruise missiles and aircraft," said Kim Ernzen, vice president of Raytheon's Land Warfare Systems product line. "The new proximity fuze gives ground forces the ability to engage small, elusive targets using a proven, familiar system."

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26 May 2017 | MILAVIA News

Air National Guard paint facility completes 149th F-16 heritage paint scheme

A U.S. Air Force F-16 assigned to the 149th Fighter Wing, Texas Air National Guard, was painted with World War II heritage markings by the Air National Guard Paint Facility in Sioux City, Iowa.

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25 May 2017 | IHS Jane's

US Navy kicks-off Super Hornet Block 3 effort with IRST contract

The US Navy (USN) has begun the process of upgrading its F/A-18E/F Super Hornet to the latest Block 3 standard, with a contract award to Boeing to incorporate the Block 2 Infrared Search and Track System (IRST) onto the combat aircraft.

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