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Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 267 used new auxiliary fuel tanks to fly the AH-1Z Viper and UH-1Y Venom helicopters farther than ever, during flights based from Okinawa, March 10-14. The helicopters demonstrated a 25% range increase, according to Capt. Christopher Millar, a UH-1Y Venom pilot with HMLA-267, a squadron...
The People's Republic of China Airborne Corps receives new Y-12D twin-engine turboprop transport aircraft. The new Y-12D aircraft to replace Chinese aging fleet of Shijiazhuang Y-5 single-engine biplane transport aircraft. The Y-12D is a military version of Harbin Y-12 utility aircraft built by Harbin Aircraft Industry Group (HAIG) with upgraded engines driving four-bladed propellers. The Y-12 started as a development...
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Russian armed forces have conducted a major military exercise in the Crimean peninsula, that Russia annexed in 2014. Over 2500 paratroopers from the Russian airborne forces trained with the ships and troops of the Black Sea Fleet. As a uniquely Russian feature the airborne forces or VDV are a...
On 15 March Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko announced that Ukraine's defense enterprises would soon create a new light strike aircraft to replace the Soviet-made L-39, Su-25 and MiG-29 aircraft. During a visit to the Ivchenko-Progress engine design bureau located in Zaporozhye, President Poroshenko got acquainted with the "mock-ups" of a platform for...
The Syrian and Lebanese media released a photo of Israel Elbit Skylark surveillance drone downed above Quneitra province, Syria. According to the Syrian military, the Skylark was downed over Quneitra in the Syrian Golan Heights by Syrian Defence Forces. Lebanese terror group Hezbollah posted pictures of the downed drone on its social media...
Saudi Arabia has signed a contract for the acquisition of 300 of the newest Chinese strike-capable reconnaissance unmanned aerial long-haul vehicles Wing Loong II (also known as Pterodactyl II). China's state-run Xinhua news agency reported on 28 February said the deal represented the "biggest overseas purchase order in the history...
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The Ukraine-made Antonov An-132D, has passed engine tests and is expected to make its maiden flight in the first half of this year. Let's remind that roll out ceremony of the AN-132D aircraft demonstrator was held on December 20, 2016. This is the first plane developed by Antonov Company in...
The F-35 Lightning II stealth fighter jet has successfully conducted its first firing trials of the MBDA Advanced Short Range Air-to-Air Missile (ASRAAM). The trials are the first time a British-designed missile has been fired from the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, and the first time any non-US missile has been...

Germany looks to develop its own sixth generation stealth fighter jet

Germany and Airbus Defense and Space said they're in the initial stages of a new program to build the Luftwaffe's sixth generation fighter, which...

South Korea and the U.S. conducts exercise on destroying North Korean...

South Korea and the U.S. have conducted an exercise on destroying North Korean chemical weapons, according to American military forces in Korea Sunday. The U.S....

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Ukraine to develop new light strike aircraft

On 15 March Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko announced that Ukraine's defense enterprises would soon create a new light strike aircraft to replace the Soviet-made...

Syria shoots down Israeli Skylark surveillance drone

The Syrian and Lebanese media released a photo of Israel Elbit Skylark surveillance drone downed above Quneitra province, Syria. According to the Syrian military, the Skylark was...