The United States Air Force is planning to lease T-50A trainers made by Korean Aerospace Industries (KAI) and Lockheed Martin to teach pilots "tactical fighter skills," ahead of beginning training in their new T-7A Red Hawks. The USAF will lease between four to eight T-50A trainers, even as the jet lost the T-X contest to the T-7A, built by Boeing and Saab, in September 2018
The United States Air Force's Air National Guard (ANG) has contracted General Atomics for the provision of Detect and Avoid System (DAAS) for installation on two of its MQ-9 Remotely Piloted Aircraft. The DAAS will be equipped on one MQ-9 Block 1 and one MQ-9 Block 5 drones
The German military has proposed buying 90 Eurofighter jets from Airbus plus 45 FA-18s from Boeing to replace its ageing Tornados. In plans revealed to German publication
Saab has commenced manufacture of the Brazilian Air Force (FAB)s first two-seat Gripen F fighter jet. “Saab has performed the first metal cut for the two-seater fighter aircraft Gripen F, marking an important milestone in the programme,” the company said in a
Airbus has announced resumption of production and assembly activities at wing plants located in Spain, France and other European countries amid COVID-19 pandemic. “Airbus partially resumed production and assembly work in France and Spain on 23 March following a four-day pause
The F-35 Lightning II stealth jets Initial Operational Test and Evaluation (IOT&E) has been put on hold as the hosting Californias Edwards Air Force Base (EAFB) records four cases of COVID-19 novel coronavirus infection. The tests, if conducted, would have certified the Lockheed F-35 for full production
The Russian military lost two aircraft in crashes on Wednesday- an L-39 light attack aircraft and a Sukhoi Su-27 fighter. The L-39 trainer crashed at the Dmitrievskaya settlement in the Krasnodar Region on Wednesday morning, killing the pilot
Russian firm RT-Chemcomposite, a part of Rostec has developed high-tech glass for fighter jets, airliners and spacecraft cockpit windshields and windows which can withstand temperatures up to 160 degrees Celsius. The new materials are based on polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) and have high strength characteristics and thermal stability
Australian based Rheinmetall NIOA Munitions (RNM) has secured a contract to produce and export ammunition for the US F-35 Joint Strike Fighter programme. RNM will begin production of 25mm Frangible Armoured Piercing (FAP) projectiles at the federal government-owned Benalla plant in Victoria
Production at facilities of Aviation and defence firms such as Airbus, Dassault Aviation, MBDA and Leonardo has been hit due to COVID-19 pandemic now sweeping across Europe. Dassault Aviations plants that manufacture the Rafale fighter jet and Falcon business aircraft have been working at below par since last week
Boeing announced a temporary suspension of production at its Puget Sound area facilities in Washington state, its largest plant worldwide, over the accelerating spread of the coronavirus in the region. “Boeing is working to minimize this suspension's impact on the company's ability to deliver and support its defense and space programs, and ensure the readiness of our defense customers to perform their vital missions,” a company statement said Boeing plans to begin reducing production activity today and projects the suspension of such operations to begin on Wednesday, March 25, at sites across the Puget Sound area
Russia will offer an upgraded MiG-35 fighter jet equipped with an automatic landing and G-force protection systems as its entry for the Indian light fighter jet competition, sources told defenseworld.net Russia had received a request for information in 2019 and is awaiting a request for proposal from the Indian MoD to build over 100 jets in India, Director of the Russian Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSVTS) of Russia Dmitry Shugaev had told Interfax news agency last week
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