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RNLAF F-16 Deployments

25 Mar 2005

On next Tuesday, 29 March 2005, a detachment of four RNLAF F-16s from Leeuwarden AB will be deployed to Siauliai AB in Lithuania to defend the air space of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Since the three Baltic states joined NATO in March 2004, other NATO members are taking turns to carry out the air-policing task. The three states do not own any combat aircraft themselves, the most potent aircraft available is the unarmed L-39 jet trainer operated by Lithuania. Although there is no specific threat, the NATO treaty requires the policing of the air space of all its members. The 80-men detachment from the Netherlands will start the air-policing mission on 1 April 2005, relieving the Norwegian F-16 detachment, until 1 Jule 2005, when Germany takes over.

Yesterday, 24 March 2005, another detachment of four RNLAF F-16s left Volkel AB for Afghanistan, where they will be available to ISAF from 1 April 2005 onwards for the period of one year. The detachment of 100 personnel and F-16s will be temporarily based at Kabul airport, until reconstruction of infrastructure and preparations for the F-16s are finished at Bagram AB. During previous deployments, the F-16s were operated from Manas Internation Airport in Kyrgyzstan.



2019

23 August 2019 | Embraer

Portugal Signs Contract for 5 Embraer KC-390s

Évora, Portugal, August 22, 2019 – The Portuguese Government and Embraer signed today, at a ceremony held at Embraer's facility in Évora, a contract for the acquisition of five multi-mission airlifters Embraer KC-390. Additionally, services and support and a flight simulator are included in the contract as part of the process to modernize Portuguese Air Force capabilities to support national Armed Forces operations and increase readiness in missions of public interest. Deliveries are scheduled to start in 2023.

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23 August 2019 | RCAF

RCAF modernizing and increasing the CH-149 Cormorant search and rescue fleet

Investments in the CH-147 Cormorant helicopter fleet, announced on August 22, 2019, will see the fleet augmented by a minimum of two helicopters. The fleet will undergo upgrades and enhancements that will extend the life of the aircraft to at least 2042.

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22 August 2019 | RAF

Red Arrows Join New York Flypast

The Red Arrows have joined their United States counterparts in a historic 19-aircraft flight down New York.

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23 July 2019 | Combat Aircraft

ATAC moves ahead with Mirage aggressors

Textron Airborne Solution’s Airborne Tactical Advantage Company (ATAC) has started high-speed taxi tests of its new Dassault Mirage F1s at its base at Alliance Airport, Texas. It initially tested Mirage F1CR registration N618AX (ex-French Air Force serial 229). On July 22, its two-seat Mirage F1B registration N601AX also joined testing (ex-French serial 502). ... Read more ›

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30 May 2019 | Flight Global

Japan receives first E-2D Advanced Hawkeye

The Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) has taken delivery of its first Northrop Grumman E-2D Advanced Hawkeye airborne early warning & control (AEW&C) aircraft.

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28 May 2019 | RAF

Transatlantic Season for Red Arrows gets Underway

Following months of training, the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team has been given the go-ahead to begin one of its busiest ever seasons. The Red Arrows’ 2019 campaign will culminate in a major tour of North America and displays and flypasts across the United Kingdom and mainland Europe.

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27 May 2019 | Lockheed Martin

Sikorsky Formally Responds to Call for Competition for Germany’s New Heavy Lift Helicopter

BERLIN May 27, 2019 – Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company, formally responded to the German Air Force "Schwerer Transporthubschrauber" (STH) Program call for competition. Sikorsky expects to offer the most modern heavy lift helicopter in production, the CH-53K King Stallion, in response to the official Request for Proposals, which is expected this summer. The new STH heavy lifter will allow the Bundeswehr to move troops and equipment more quickly, safely and effectively than ever before.

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26 May 2019 | Airbus Helicopters

French Ministry of the Armed Forces brings development of future Joint Light Helicopter forward

Marignane, The French Minister of the Armed Forces, Florence Parly, has announced that the launch of the Joint Light Helicopter (Hélicoptère Interarmées Léger; HIL) programme has been brought forward to 2021. The HIL programme, for which the Airbus Helicopters’ H160 was selected in 2017, was initially scheduled for launch in 2022 by the current military budget law. Launching the programme earlier will enable delivery of the first H160Ms to the French Armed Forces to be advanced to 2026.

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24 May 2019 | ACC

Hill Airmen deploy F-35 to Europe as part of Theater Security Package

The U.S. Air Force has deployed one squadron of F-35A Lightning II fighter jets, Airmen, and associated equipment to Aviano Air Base, Italy, from the 388th and 419th Fighter Wings, at Hill AFB, Utah, to participate in exercises and conduct training with other Europe-based aircraft as part of a Theater Security Package for the European Deterrence Initiative. The TSP provides a more robust U.S. military rotational presence in the European theater capable of deterring adversaries and assuring partners and allies of U.S. commitment to regional security.

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21 May 2019 | Combat Aircraft

USAF aggressor plans laid out

The USAF plans to reactivate the 65th Aggressor Squadron at Nellis AFB, Nevada, and will assign nine early production F-35As to the unit. The move is part of an initiative to improve training for fifth-generation fighters against stealthy opposition. The…Read more ›

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