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Adcom adds to Algerian force

Posted 23 May 2019

Footage shown on Algerian national TV and posted by the Algerian Ministry of Defence on its official Facebook page has revealed that two Emirati-developed unmanned air vehicles (UAVs) are now in service with the Algerian Air Force. Jon Lake reports.

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Full stop or full steam ahead?

Posted 14 May 2019

Wildly contradictory reports surround the status of Algeria’s ambitious plans to build large numbers of AgustaWestland AW109s, AW139s and AW101s in a new factory at Ain Arnat in Setif province, currently home to the 9 Regiment d’Hélicopteres d’Entrainment.

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Iraq takes more armed Bell 407GT helicopters

Posted 9 May 2019

Iraq is to buy five armed Bell 407GT helicopters to offset the combat losses of seven of its armed Bell IA-407s in recent years, writes Jon Lake.

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US ‘Little Birds’ flying to Lebanon

Posted 7 May 2019

Lebanon is to receive a new $120 million US military aid package, writes Jon Lake.

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Guardian move for Emirati Apache force

Posted 3 May 2019

The UAE is to procure nine new-build Boeing AH-64E Apache Guardians, and will upgrade eight of its existing AH-64D aircraft to the same standard, together with related equipment, training, and support, writes Jon Lake.

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Egypt inducts armed Chinese drones

Posted 29 April 2019

The Egyptian Ministry of Defence has confirmed that it has taken the Chinese-built Chengdu Wing Loong unmanned air vehicle (UAV) into air force service, writes Jon Lake.

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Anka-S hits the target

Posted 25 April 2019

Turkey’s Anka-S unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) is now operational with the Turkish Air Force in a revised form, according to a Twitter announcement by Ismail Demir, director of the Turkish Defence Industries Directorate (SSB).

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Why the Calidus truly is the light fantastic

Posted 15 April 2019

The UAE’s Calidus B-250 is bidding to become the next new generation light attack aircraft of choice. Alan Warnes reports.

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Turkey’s indigenous TAI T625 takes to the sky

Posted 11 April 2019

The first prototype of the Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) T625 multi-role helicopter made its 20-minute maiden flight on September 6 2018, at the company’s facilities in Ankara, writes Jon Lake.

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BAE Systems lays foundations for Qatar Technical Institute

Posted 11 April 2019

At a ceremony in Doha yesterday, foundations were laid to mark the start of construction of a new Technical Institute to provide dedicated technician training for Qatar Armed Forces.

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RBAF trains its attention on pilots

Posted 10 April 2019

RBAF commander, Major General Hamad bin Abdullah al Khalifah, now has to face up to the challenge of ensuring there are enough aircrews trained to fly when the new F-16s and AH-1Zs arrive.

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Battle-weary Bahrain looks to upgrade forces

Posted 3 April 2019

Royal Bahraini Air Force commander, Major General Hamad bin Abdullah al Khalifah, discusses his country’s major defence and security issues with Alan Warnes.

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Thoroughly modern military

Posted 25 March 2019

The Middle East continues to be a fruitful market for military helicopter suppliers – whether US, European or Russian – as several nations either modernise or look to expand their rotorcraft fleets.

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T129 ATAK to fly over Brazil

Posted 18 March 2019

Turkish Aerospace has announced the launch of its “T129 ATAK Brazil Roadshow” before LAAD, which will be held April 2-5, of 2019 in Rio de Janeiro.

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Airbus certifies A400M Cargo Hold Tanks refuelling unit

Posted 21 February 2019

Airbus has successfully completed the certification flight tests for the A400M Cargo Hold Tanks (CHT) refuelling unit, taking a new step towards the full certification of the aircraft for air-to-air refuelling operations as a

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Collins Aerospace redefines research partnerships at IDEX

Posted 19 February 2019

Collins Aerospace has been highlighting its commitment to training local talent and redefining aerospace research at IDEX 2019 – taking place 17th to 21st February at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) –

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IDEX: Lockheed Martin, SAAB and Diehl collaborate for new Falcon air defence

Posted 18 February 2019

Lockheed Martin, Diehl Defence and Saab announced a new collaboration to develop the Falcon air defence weapon system as the short and medium-range solution for current and emerging threats.

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IDEX: EDIC Horizon to upgrade its Bell training fleet

Posted 18 February 2019

Abu Dhabi's EDIC Horizon, has announced plans to upgrade its existing fleet of Bell 206 helicopters with new single-engine glass cockpits.

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Defence spending on the up in the Middle East

Posted 18 February 2019

The Middle East is cited by Deloitte as one of the key regions that are expected to contribute to industry performance in the near term, in its 2019 global aerospace and defence industry outlook. It states that defence spending in the region is

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IDEX kicks off with billion dollar deals

Posted 17 February 2019

The strength of the defence industry in the Middle East was reinforced today with more than billion dollars of deals agreed at the biennial IDEX show in Abu Dhabi

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Sikorsky's Seahawks on the crest of a Saudi wave

Posted 8 February 2019

The Sikorsky S-70 is increasingly becoming the backbone of Saudi Arabia’s rotary-wing fleet and, as Jon Lake reports, a number of S-70 and UH-60 variants are now spread across several of the kingdom’s military and parapublic air arms.

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Hawks help fill Qatar’s training gap

Posted 7 February 2019

With a massive air force expansion under way, the Qatar Emiri Air Force (QEAF). will need to significantly boost its training system. As Jon Lake reports, BAE Systems hopes that its Hawk will provide the solution to the emerging requirement.

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Modernised Cobras give RJAF extra bite

Posted 5 February 2019

Jordan is upgrading an initial batch of 12 of its Bell AH-1 Cobras for continued service, extending their useful lives by at least 20 years. Jon Lake reports.

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Hezbollah drone operations celebrated in museum

Posted 4 February 2019

The Mleeta Resistance Tourist Landmark, also called the Mleeta Museum for Resistance Tourism, is widely referred to as the ‘Hezbollah Museum’.

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Diamond’s DART-550 aimed at the bullseye

Posted 30 January 2019

Diamond Aircraft Industries GmbH has enjoyed great success across the MENA region with its twin-engined DA42 Twin Star. Now, writes Jon Lake, it hopes to repeat this success with its new range of Diamond Aircraft reconnaissance trainer DART)

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F-5 fleet on red alert for aggressor role

Posted 28 January 2019

Most Middle East countries are beefing up their combat capabilities with new generation fighters as the threat from Russian and Iranian systems is a real concern to them. So, asks Alan Warnes, has the time come for a dedicated aggressor squadron to

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Turkish F-35 flies into turbulence

Posted 21 January 2019

Steadily worsening relations between the two countries has seen the US Congress pass legislation temporarily banning deliveries of the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II to Turkey. Jon Lake reports.

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First female fighter pilot makes history

Posted 18 January 2019

Pilot Officer Shaikha Aisha bint Rashid Al Khalifa has become the first Bahraini woman to fly a military aircraft in the history of the Royal Bahrain Air Force (RBAF), writes Jon Lake.

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Qatar signs MoU with U.S on Al-Udeid Air Base expansion

Posted 15 January 2019

An MoU securing the expansion and renovation of Al-Udeid Air Base in Qatar was signed on Sunday between U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his Qatari counterpart Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani.

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The drone rangers

Posted 14 January 2019

The Middle East conflict zones are being used for testing and evaluating UAV and counter-UAV technologies from more than a dozen countries. David Oliver reports

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Sanctions hold up the plan of ATAK

Posted 10 January 2019

The ink was still drying on Turkey’s deal with Pakistan for 30 T129 tactical reconnaissance and attack helicopters (ATAKs) when it appeared US sanctions could jeopardise the sale. Alan Warnes reports.

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Oman completes Typhoon deliveries

Posted 4 January 2019

The Royal Air Force of Oman (RAFO) has now received the final pair of Eurofighter Typhoons from BAE Systems, completing the delivery of the batch of 12 tranche 3 aircraft that now equip the re-formed No8 Squadron at Adam Air Base.

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"Daesh as an organisation, is probably the most despicable group I've seen."

Posted 17 December 2018

Group Captain Chas Dickens, OBE, commander of the UK Royal Air Force’s No903 Expeditionary Air Wing (EAW), gives a first-hand account of the UK’s combat air operations over Syria and Iraq to Jon Lake.

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Play it, SAMI

Posted 10 December 2018

A huge new player has emerged in the aerospace defence world. Alan Warnes finds out more.

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BAE Systems shares future tech insights with Kuwait Uni students

Posted 5 December 2018

Students at Kuwait University have learnt more about how disruptive technologies are shaping the future global aerospace and defence industry.

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Saudi Arabia wound up by Russia's fantastic toys

Posted 30 November 2018

The Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) is looking to modernise the operational concepts at its Riyadh-based Air Warfare Centre. Alan Warnes reports.

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Leonardo’s air traffic control systems ready to support Bahrain Defence Force

Posted 15 November 2018

Leonardo, in the presence of Royal Bahrain Air Force Commander Major General Shaikh Hamad Al Khalifa, officially delivered air traffic control systems to the Bahrain Defence Force at the Bahrain Airshow

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Kuwait buzzing as Super Hornet deal is confirmed

Posted 12 November 2018

Kuwait has finally confirmed its long-awaited order for the Boeing Super Hornet, the US Department of Defense has announced. Jon Lake reports.

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Every picture tells a story: Photo reveals Saudi RE-3A revamp

Posted 9 November 2018

One of a pair of Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) RE-3 signals intelligence (SIGINT) aircraft has recently been upgraded. Jon Lake discovers more.

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High Spy. But will the UAE spy-planes be up to the challenge?

Posted 8 November 2018

Are the UAE’s new spy-planes modern enough? Alan Warnes has been finding out.

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Enough Eagles have landed for ops to begin

Posted 5 November 2018

The Iraqi Air Force has now received sufficient Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) T-50IQ Golden Eagle advanced trainer/light combat aircraft to start operations with the type.

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Iran continues to return grounded jets to airworthy status

Posted 2 November 2018

It is now 39 years since the revolution that removed the Shah of Iran, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, from his throne.

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Kuwait H225 deliveries begin

Posted 29 October 2018

The Kuwaiti Ministry of Interior announced the arrival of two Airbus H225 long-range helicopters from France on February 20. Newly trained Kuwaiti pilots flew them on their five-day delivery journey.

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Kuwait orders King Air 350 spyplanes

Posted 22 October 2018

The US State Department has approved a possible foreign military sale (FMS) for four Beechcraft King Air 350ER intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft to Kuwait at an estimated cost of $259 million, writes Jon Lake.

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Lockheed's jobs plan as part of 2030 vision

Posted 16 October 2018

As Saudi Arabia targets an aerospace and defence manufacturing revolution, Lockheed Martin looks to play its part. Beth Stevenson reports

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Egypt dogged by delays to Wild Wolves progress

Posted 11 October 2018

Jon Lake reveals that it’s good news and bad news for Egypt’s Rafales.

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US deal takes LAF to a new level

Posted 9 October 2018

Having taken delivery of the last four Embraer EMB 313/A-29 Super Tucano light-attack and reconnaissance aircraft, Lebanon has now announced a further $120 million defence aid package from the United States. Jon Lake reports.

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RSAF and Tunisian Air Force in joint exercises

Posted 4 October 2018

The Saudi Royal Air Force and the Tunisian Air Force are training together for the first time in a joint exercise in the North African country.,

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Russians deploy deadly S-300 to Syria

Posted 4 October 2018

Following the tragic shoot down of the Russian Air Force Ilysuhin Il-20 on September 17, the Russian MOD announced on October 3 it had deployed the deadly S-300 air defence system to Syria, reports Alan Warnes.

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Cobra strikes in the Middle East

Posted 26 September 2018

The United States has approved the potential sale to Bahrain of 12 Bell AH-1Z Viper attack helicopters at an estimated cost of $911.4 million, including spares, support, weapons and training. Jon Lake reports.

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Qatari Typhoon and Hawk deal becomes effective

Posted 18 September 2018

Qatar’s deal to buy 24 Typhoon jets and nine Hawks is now officially effective after BAE Systems received its first payment today.

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Bahrain's Blockbusters

Posted 14 September 2018

David Oliver looks at how the small Royal Bahraini Air Force is big on using new technology.

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GCC set for defence spending boom

Posted 6 September 2018

The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member states are forecast to spend over $100 billion on their defence capabilities for the first time next year, with increasing budgets in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) driving growth between 2018 and

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Elevating the LIFT

Posted 3 September 2018

Alan Warnes takes a look at the changes in lead-in fighter training (LIFT) taking place throughout the Middle East.

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Qatar contract for 28 NH90s comes into effect

Posted 21 August 2018

Leonardo has today announced that it has made effective the contract signed on 14 March 2018, for the supply of 28 NH90 medium twin-engine multirole military helicopters to the Ministry of Defence of Qatar and has therefore booked the order in

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UK boosts maritime presence with Wildcat

Posted 20 August 2018

Britain’s Royal Navy has deployed a pair of AgustaWestland AW159 Wildcat HMA.Mk 2 helicopters to Al Musanna air base in Oman, near Muscat. The move is part of the wider UK maritime presence in the region, known as Operation Kipon.

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Mighty task for Hercules in Middle East

Posted 16 August 2018

Nearly 200 C-130 Hercules aircraft have been operated by Middle East air forces since the first was delivered to Iran in 1962. Alan Warnes reports.

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Middle East UCAV capabilities building up

Posted 15 August 2018

David Oliver takes a look at the Middle East’s combat aerial vehicle capabilities.

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Turkey plots flightpath for development of TFX fighter

Posted 10 August 2018

Turkey is pushing ahead with its ambitious plans to develop and deploy an indigenous fifth-generation fighter, known as the TF-X or Milli Muharebe Uçağı (national combat aircraft).

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Saudi Arabia grows its Black Hawk fleet with $194m contract

Posted 27 July 2018

With about 80 aircraft delivered, the Sikorsky S-70 has become the backbone of Saudi Arabia’s rotary-wing fleet.

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Kuwait probes Airbus Helicopters deal

Posted 20 July 2018

Kuwait Prime Minister, Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, has ordered an investigation into the €1 billion ($1.19 billion) order signed by the air force for 30 H225M Caracal multirole military utility helicopters, 24 of them for the Kuwaiti

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BAE Systems selects Raytheon's projector for UAE F-16 DLE HUD

Posted 17 July 2018

Raytheon will design, develop and manufacture the projector for BAE Systems' Digital Light Engine (DLE) Head-Up Display (HUD) on the F-16 Fighting Falcon for the United Arab Emirates (UAE) armed forces.

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Boeing eyes up Middle East for tanker export

Posted 13 July 2018

As the combat aircraft inventories of Middle East nations continue to grow, air forces are increasingly seeking to back up their front-line units with support aircraft such as tankers. As Alan Dron reports, Boeing believes that its new

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Upgrades will extend life of Omani F-16s

Posted 5 July 2018

Although it is now taking delivery of a squadron’s worth of Eurofighter Typhoon multi-role strike fighters, the Royal Air Force of Oman will continue to rely on its force of 23 F-156 Fighting Falcons for many years.

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Lockheed Martin to build 16 new F-16 Block 70 aircraft for Bahrain

Posted 26 June 2018

Lockheed Martin has received a $1.12 billion contract from the US Government to produce 16 new F-16 Block 70 aircraft for the Royal Bahraini Air Force.

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Russia to base in Syria – permanently

Posted 25 June 2018

With its aerial intervention having played a major role in pushing back Daesh terrorists in Syria, Russia is now seeking to maintain a presence in the country with permanent bases.

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Air Force chief takes over as Civil Aviation Minister in Egypt

Posted 18 June 2018

Following a restructuring of the Egyptian government’s cabinet, Air Marshal Younes Al Masry has been appointed as the country’s Civil Aviation Minister.

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The rescuers…

Posted 7 June 2018

The Abu-Dhabi-based National Search and Rescue Centre (NSRC) is the first of its kind in the UAE. Alan Warnes looks at how it came into being and what success it has had.

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UAE in the swing with GlobalEye

Posted 18 May 2018

Saab unveiled its new GlobalEye swing role surveillance system (SRSS) aircraft during two days of ceremonies at Linköping, Sweden. The first day was closed, but was attended by a UAE delegation. Jon Lake reports.

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Aviall to lead AHRLAC supply chain, and join industry team Bronco Combat Systems

Posted 1 May 2018

Boeing, through its subsidiary Aviall, has announced Aviall’s leadership role in supply chain management for the production of the Advanced High- Performance Reconnaissance Light Aircraft

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Public-private collaboration is vital Hewson tells Aerospace Summit

Posted 1 May 2018

Collaborations that focus on shared opportunity, growth and progress are critical for global security, said Lockheed Martin’s CEO at the Global Aerospace Summit in Abu Dhabi today.

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Boeing's $240 million Saudi AWACS contract

Posted 27 April 2018

The US Department of Defense has announced the award of a $240 million contract for Boeing to modernise Saudi Arabia’s fleet of five E-3A Sentry airborne warning and control system (AWACS) aircraft.

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F-16Vs to the rescue of Bahrain's age concern

Posted 25 April 2018

Bahrain is to recapitalise its ageing fighter force with the purchase of 19 new-build Block 70 F-16Vs and via the upgrade of its 20 surviving Block 40 F-16C/Ds to the same standard.

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Marks out of ten for Scorpion prototype

Posted 18 April 2018

Royal Saudi Air Force pilots flew a series of 10 evaluation flights in Textron AirLand’s production-representative third prototype while the aircraft was en route to participate in the Dubai Air Show. It is believed the UAE Air Force and Air Defence

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Jordan grabs Grobs to revitalise training fleet

Posted 16 April 2018

The Royal Jordanian Air Force (RJAF) has completely revamped its pilot training system. Jon Lake reports.

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Algerian transporter crashes - 250 feared dead.

Posted 11 April 2018

An Algerian Air Force Ilyushin-76TD military transport plane has crashed more than 250 passengers and crew believed dead.

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Turkey’s Defence Budget – the fallout from high inflation and a weak lira

Posted 11 April 2018

Fenella McGerty, principal analyst, defence budgets, Jane’s by IHS Markit gives her assessment of the current Turkish defence concerns

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The power of two

Posted 10 April 2018

Following its participation in Exercise Blue Shield in Sudan and Exercise Red Flag in the USA, the Royal Saudi Air Force undertook a further major training exercise, Faisal-11, in Egypt. Jon Lake reports.

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UAE banks on Trump to turn F-35 ban upside-down

Posted 3 April 2018

UAE wants to acquire F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, probably as part of a mixed fleet

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Qatar - option for 12 Rafale becomes effective

Posted 28 March 2018

The exercise by Qatar of the option for 12 additional Rafale becomes effective Saint-Cloud, 27 March 2018 – The exercise of the option for the purchase of 12 additional Rafale fighters for Qatar is now in effect.

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CAE to provide QEAF with NH90 training

Posted 15 March 2018

Yesterday at the Doha International Maritime Defence Exhibition & Conference (DIMDEX), CAE was awarded a subcontract from Leonardo Helicopters to provide the Qatar Emiri Air Force (QEAF) with a comprehensive NH90 helicopter training solution.

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Qatar signs contract for 28 NH90 multirole helicopters

Posted 14 March 2018

Qatar has signed a contract for the purchase of 28 NH90 military helicopters, during DIMDEX, Qatar’s biennial defence exhibition.

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Saudi to add 48 more Typhoons after Crown Prince UK visit

Posted 13 March 2018

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has signed a Memorandum of Intent with the UK Government aimed at finalising discussions for the purchase of 48 Typhoon Aircraft. The MoI was signed on 9 March, during a visit to the UK by Mohammed bin

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Orders accelerate the Qatar fighter evolution

Posted 13 March 2018

Jon Lake reports on an unparalleled expansion for the Qatar Emiri Air Force

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Force ready to strike against terror threat

Posted 5 March 2018

Jihadi militias sweeping across Iraq during 2014 and 15 saw many Middle Eastern government leaders breaking out into a sweat. As a direct result, several countries are now equipping their militaries to take on such armed groups, while at the same

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Training for UAE Air Force RQ-1E remotely piloted aircraft aircrews is underway

Posted 26 February 2018

Over the past several months, UAE Air Force RQ-1E remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) aircrews have completed several courses being delivered by CAE Maritime Middle East (MME), including an RPA Sensor

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UMEX: CAE succeeding with UAE Air Force unmanned training

Posted 25 February 2018

Training company CAE revealed at UMEX event in Abu Dhabi today that over recent months, UAE Air Force RQ-1E remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) aircrews have completed several courses being delivered by its Maritime Middle East

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Light fantastic

Posted 21 February 2018

Calidus, an Emirati industrial machinery and equipment company located in Abu Dhabi, unveiled its new B-250 light attack aircraft on the first day of the Dubai Air Show, after a campaign of teasing advertisements. Jon Lake reports.

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Lockheed Martin delivers 400th C-130J Super Hercules Aircraft

Posted 14 February 2018

Lockheed Martin reached a major milestone with the delivery of its 400th C-130J Super Hercules aircraft on Feb. 9. This Super Hercules is an MC-130J Commando II Special Operations aircraft that is assigned to the U.S. Air

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Middle East addicted to Game of Drones

Posted 9 February 2018

The Middle East is a keen acquirer of sophisticated military technology, so it is no wonder the region has taken an interest in unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) procurement. Beth Stevenson reports.

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BAE Systems to modernise head-up displays for UAE F-16s

Posted 9 February 2018

BAE Systems has been selected by Lockheed Martin to modernise head-up displays (HUD) on F-16 aircraft for the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Armed Forces, replacing the fleet’s analog system with advanced digital technology.

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New Hornets carry a huge sting

Posted 6 February 2018

The Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet aircraft ordered by Kuwait last November will be delivered to the latest Block III standards, which transform the already impressive Super Hornet into a fully networked fighter, fit for service into the 2040s. Jon Lake

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Turkey's Hurkus-B makes successful first flight

Posted 31 January 2018

Turkey's indigenous trainer Hurkus-B has successfully performed its first test flight at Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) facility.

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Saudi's Poseidon adventure?

Posted 31 January 2018

A deal for between four and six P-8A maritime patrol aircraft was reportedly signed during a visit to Saudi Arabia by US President, Donald Trump, and his Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson. Jon Lake reports.

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US delivers 12 Black Hawks to JAF

Posted 31 January 2018

On Sunday, 28 January, the Jordan Armed Forces (JAF) officially received the final shipment of new Black Hawk helicopters from the United States, bringing the total to 12 aircraft received over the last nine months.

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Crops and robbers...

Posted 26 January 2018

Today’s asymmetric and counter-insurgency operations have placed a premium on persistent, cost-effective, armed intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) and close air support aircraft that are able to detect and engage fleeting targets, and that can

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Oman's new generation takes off

Posted 23 January 2018

The Royal Air Force of Oman (RAFO) has inducted the first of its newly acquired Eurofighter Typhoon swing-role fighters and BAE Hawk Advanced Jet Trainers, ushering in a new era for one of the UK’s oldest and closest regional allies. Jon Lake reports.

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All eyes on the Hawk

Posted 17 January 2018

BAE Systems has flown the demonstrator for a new so-called Advanced Hawk configuration. Jon Lake takes a look at the new aircraft.

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Amman on a mission

Posted 11 January 2018

The Royal Jordanian Air Force (RJAF) is in transition. With the recent delivery of the first Pilatus PC-21 trainer aircraft, it has taken a huge step forward in its future fighter pilot training capabilities. Frank Mink visited Amman to see the new arrival in action.

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Oman seeks to upgrade its fleet of F-16s

Posted 9 January 2018

Oman has filed a request to the USA’s Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) for a package of upgrades for its fleet of Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcons.

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Iraq takes more armed Bell 407GT helicopters

Iraq is to buy five armed Bell 407GT helicopters to offset the combat losses of seven of its armed Bell IA-407s in recent years, writes Jon Lake.

Battle-weary Bahrain looks to upgrade forces

Royal Bahraini Air Force commander, Major General Hamad bin Abdullah al Khalifah, discusses his country’s major defence and security issues with Alan Warnes.

BAE Systems lays foundations for Qatar Technical Institute

At a ceremony in Doha yesterday, foundations were laid to mark the start of construction of a new Technical Institute to provide dedicated technician training for Qatar Armed Forces.

Turkey’s indigenous TAI T625 takes to the sky

The first prototype of the Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) T625 multi-role helicopter made its 20-minute maiden flight on September 6 2018, at the company’s facilities in Ankara, writes Jon Lake.

RBAF trains its attention on pilots

RBAF commander, Major General Hamad bin Abdullah al Khalifah, now has to face up to the challenge of ensuring there are enough aircrews trained to fly when the new F-16s and AH-1Zs arrive.

Anka-S hits the target

Turkey’s Anka-S unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) is now operational with the Turkish Air Force in a revised form, according to a Twitter announcement by Ismail Demir, director of the Turkish Defence Industries Directorate (SSB).

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