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24 July 2015 | Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin Receives $1.5 Billion Missile Interceptor Deal

DALLAS, July 24, 2015 – United States and allied military forces are set to upgrade key missile defense capabilities under a new $1.5 billion contract for production and delivery of Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) missiles and PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement (PAC-3 MSE) missiles. The contract includes PAC-3 and PAC-3 MSE interceptor deliveries for the U.S. Army, and Foreign Military Sales of PAC-3 interceptors, associated equipment and spares for the Republic of Korea, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Taiwan and the United Arab Emirates.

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24 July 2015 | Flight Global

Jordan acquires ex-Israeli Cobra attack helicopters

​Israel has transferred 16 Bell AH-1 Cobra attack helicopters to Jordan to assist its air force in the fight against Islamic State militants, US sources have confirmed.

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23 July 2015 | IHS Jane's

RAF stands up first operational A400M squadron

The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) activated its first operational unit to operate the Airbus Defence and Space (DS) A400M Atlas transport aircraft on 23 July. A ceremony marking the standing-up of 70 Squadron took place at the type's main operating base at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire.

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22 July 2015 | Flight Global

Indian Su-30s start joint exercise with RAF Typhoons

​Four Sukhoi Su-30MKI fighters from the Indian air force's 2 Sqn have begun their involvement in a UK-based exercise also involving Royal Air Force Eurofighter Typhoons.

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22 July 2015 | ACC

First F-35 fighter squadron activated at Hill

HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah -- The jets won't arrive for another few months, but the first F-35 fighter squadron has officially started work at Hill Air Force Base. The 34th Fighter Squadron -- affectionately known as the Rude Rams -- was reactivated at Hill Friday afternoon, marking the beginning of the F-35's combat era for both the 388th and 419th Fighter Wings. The fighter squadron is a historic one, with a past that can be traced back to Word War II and includes participation in conflicts from Vietnam and the first Gulf War to Iraq and Afghanistan, post Sept. 11, 2001. The squadron was mothballed as an F-16 unit in 2010 as part of an Air Force restructuring plan to retire planes and save money, but it returns to accommodate the F-16's replacement, becoming the first operational Air Force unit to fly combat-coded F-35s.

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20 July 2015 | IHS Jane's

Egypt receives first Rafale fighters

The first three of 24 Dassault Rafale fighter aircraft for Egypt arrived in-country a day after being formally handed over on 20 July. The three twin-seat variant aircraft arrived in Cairo on 21 July, having been officially handed over during a ceremony at the Dassault Aviation Flight Test Centre

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20 July 2015 |

Lockheed to Buy Sikorsky Helicopter for $9 Billion

WASHINGTON — Defense giant Lockheed Martin will buy American helicopter maker Sikorsky Aircraft from United Technologies for $9 billion in cash, UTC announced Monday.        

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14 July 2015 |

US Delivers First Batch of F-16s to Iraq

Four US F-16 warplanes landed in Iraq on Monday, the first batch of a much-delayed delivery aimed at boosting the ailing Iraqi military's capacity, the defense ministry said.        

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11 July 2015 |

Analysts: India's LCA Will Miss Another Deadline

Delayed by more than 15 years, India's homegrown Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Mark-1 is ready for critical test flights necessary for its final operational clearance (FOC) at the end of the year, but analysts and Indian Air Force (IAF) officials say that clearance will slip again, to next year.        

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9 July 2015 | Flight Global

US conducts first flight test of guided B61-12 nuclear bomb

​The US Air Force and National Nuclear Security Administration have conducted the first flight test of the jointly developed B61-12 guided nuclear bomb from an F-15E Strike Eagle at the Tonopah Test Range in Nevada.

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