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First British-built Sentinel in formal flight testing

14 Apr 2006

The first Sentinel R Mk1 aircraft to be completed in the UK recently left Raytheon's Broughton facility in North Wales for Greenville, Texas, where it will join the U.S.-built aircraft to undertake formal flight testing.

The British aircraft will return in late spring to undertake further flight trials in the UK. The Sentinel R Mk1, based on a Bombardier Global Express business jet, will form part of the MOD's Airborne Stand Off Radar (ASTOR) system.

Based at RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire, the aircraft will be operated by 5 Squadron, which has been re-formed for the purpose on April 1, 2004. The ASTOR Squadron will be able to operate at long distances, giving battlefield commanders accurate and up-to-date information about forces, infrastructure and vehicle movements.

The first ASTOR aircraft was modified and integrated in the USA while the remaining four Sentinels are being modified by Raytheon Systems Limited, the prime contractor, in the UK .



2017

4 December 2017 | RCAF

RCAF announces pilot and theme for 2018 CF-18 Demonstration Team

Captain Stefan Porteous will pilot the RCAF’s CF-18 Demo Hornet for the 2018 airshow season. This year, the fighter jet’s paint scheme will commemorate the 60th anniversary of the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD).

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6 November 2017 | Lockheed Martin

International Allies Receive F-35 Full Mission Simulators

Lockheed Martin recently delivered F-35 Full Mission Simulators (FMS) to the Israeli, Italian, Japanese and Norwegian Air Forces – the first-ever deliveries to international F-35 operators. The simulators are critical components of the pilot training capability at F-35 operating bases in these four countries, where they will facilitate pilot qualification training, continuation training and mission rehearsal training.

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6 November 2017 | Defense-Aerospace

Norway Receives First Three F-35s

On November 3rd, three Norwegian F-35 aircraft flew from Fort Worth, Texas and landed at Ørland Air Base, Norway. “Receiving the first three aircraft is a major milestone for Norway. On November 10th, Norway will celebrate First Aircraft Arrival of the first three F-35s on Norwegian soil. Achievi...

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6 November 2017 | Air Forces Monthly

339 Mira disbands at Andravida

An official ceremony was held at Andravida air base on October 31 for the disbandment of 339 ‘Aias’ Mira, one of the two locally based F-4E (AUP) Phantom II squadrons belonging to the Hellenic Air Force’s 117 Combat Wing. The…Read more ›

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5 November 2017 | IHS Jane's

Montenegrin military modernisation includes Bell 412EPI helicopters

The Armed Forces of Montenegro (Vojska Crne Gore, VCG) will be equipped with three Bell 412EPI twin-engine utility helicopters as part of the modernisation process it began after the country joined NATO in June. The contract, expected to be finalised and signed in early 2018, includes EUR29.9

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5 November 2017 | Google News

Dubai Airshow flying display announced

Dubai Airshow has announced the first round of aircraft taking part in the flying display at this year’s event. Aerobatic displays at this year will include PLAAF August 1st Air Demonstration Team from China performing in J10As and the Russian Knights in Sukhoi SU30Ms, in addition to the UAE’s Al Fursan flying their Aermacchi MB-339NATs.

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3 November 2017 | Defense-Aerospace

F-35 Detachment Arrives in Okinawa

KADENA AIR BASE, Okinawa --- Twelve U.S. Air Force F-35A Lightning IIs and approximately 300 Airmen from the 388th and 419th Fighter Wings, Hill Air Force Base, Utah, arrived here for the aircraft’s first operational deployment to the Indo-Asia-Pacific region Nov. 2. This is the first time the F-35s have deployed as part of a planned U.S. Pacific Command Theater Security Package.

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2 November 2017 | IHS Jane's

Chile eyes F-16 upgrades, new AESA radars

The Chilean Air Force is studying options for upgrading its fleet of 46 F-16 fighters to keep the aircraft up-to-date through the 2030s, and any resulting programme would become the service's top priority, senior military sources in Santiago told Jane’s . The plan, set to be launched between

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2 November 2017 | Flight Global

New long-range missile project emerges in US budget

The existence of a two-year-old project to develop a new air-to-air missile capable of intercepting targets at great distances has emerged in US budget documents. The Office of the Secretary Defense (OSD) launched a two-year engineering assessment of a new long-range engagement weapon (LREW) designed with the goal of “maintaining air dominance”, according to budget documents released last March.

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1 November 2017 | Flight Global

Czech Republic shortlists UH-1Y and AW139 for helicopter acquisition

The Czech Republic has shortlisted bids from Bell Helicopter and Leonardo Helicopters for a 12-unit requirement for multirole rotorcraft.

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