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28 January 2015 | Flight Global

Ukraine gives approval for An-70 production start

​The Ukrainian defence ministry has given its approval for Antonov’s An-70 tactical transport to enter series production for the nation’s air force, 20 years after the company’s first prototype took to the air. Confirmation of the move came during an event at Antonov’s facilities on 22 Jan

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28 January 2015 | DefenseNews.com

US Defense Budget Request Will Feature 6th Gen Fighter Development

[...] Pentagon acquisition chief Frank Kendall told a Senate panel that there is money in the next budget for the Air Force to begin work on its 6th generation fighter [...] The DARPA 6th generation fighter program has been dubbed the Air Dominance Initiative.

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28 January 2015 | DefenseNews.com

AFSOC in Pacific Welcomes MC-130J

The first of US Air Force Special Operations Command's MC-130J Commando II arrived in the Pacific, as the command retires the venerable MC-130P Combat Shadow.        

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28 January 2015 | RUaviation

Russian air force delivery of Sukhoi T-50 fighters will commence in 2016

Deliveries of T-50 (PAK FA) fifth-generation fighter will be started in 2016 as planned. It was stated by the Commander-in-Chief of the Russian air forces, Colonel General Viktor Bondarev, at a meeting with veterans of Barnaul military flight school disbanded in 2006, TASS reports.

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28 January 2015 | Flight Global

Bulgaria turns to Poland for MiG-29 maintenance

Bulgaria is in negotiations to shift the maintenance of its RAC MiG-29 fighters from Russia to Poland's Military Aviation Works No. 2 (WZL-2) in Bydgoszcz, defence minister Nikolai Nenchev has announced.

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27 January 2015 | DefenseNews.com

Zambia To Boost AF Trainer, Lift Capabilities

The Zambian Air Force will take delivery of an undisclosed number of trainer, transport and fighter aircraft and aerial defense systems this year as part of a major re-equipment program to improve operational and airlift capabilities. [...] "The expected machines include additional SF 260TW trainer aircraft, the C-27J transport aircraft, the L-15 fighter aircraft and the Mi-17 helicopters. These machines will greatly improve the aircraft capability of the Air Force and we are indebted to the government for this gesture. Allied to this is the procurement of air defense equipment such as P-18 radars,"        

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26 January 2015 | IHS Jane's

Boeing awarded Indonesian AH-64E contract

Boeing has been awarded a USD295.8 million firm-fixed-price foreign military sales contract for eight AH64E Apache Guardian attack helicopters for Indonesia, the Department of Defence (DoD) disclosed on 27 January. The contract will be complete by 28 February 2018.

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26 January 2015 | Flight Global

UK details operational conversion unit plan for F-35

​The UK’s future operational conversion unit for the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II is expected to begin providing training using five of the stealthy aircraft, the Ministry of Defence has revealed.

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23 January 2015 | Flight Global

Finnish NH90s creep towards 50% operational serviceability rate

​Ahead of the delivery of its final NH Industries NH90 transport helicopter in the coming weeks, the Finnish army is only achieving an approximate 40% operational serviceability rate on the current fleet, its chief of aviation has claimed.

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22 January 2015 | IHS Jane's

Bahraini air force details modernisation plans

The Royal Bahraini Air Force (RBAF) is to embark on a comprehensive modernisation plan to enhance the capabilities of both its fixed- and rotary-winged combat fleets, a senior officer disclosed on 22 January. Speaking at the IQPC International Military Helicopter conference in London, Colonel Salah

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