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May 28, 2012

Devil Is in the Details for BD II Stop Work

Bedeviled by technology snags, the U.S. Air Force has finally stopped work on its contract with little-known MAV6 to build an intelligence-collecting....More
May 27, 2012

Airbus Military A400M Type Certification Seen in July

Airbus Military expects to receive the A400M type certification in July with the start of the key functional reliability testing merely “a question....More
May 27, 2012

Finally ... First F-35B Flight out of Eglin

The F-35B today conducted its first flight out of Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., one of several steps needed to officially stand up pilot training for....More
May 21, 2012

Why Defense Profit Margins Could Hold Steady

A Wall Street research firm says defense contractors should be able to maintain their profit margins even as Pentagon spending declines. “Over the....More
May 21, 2012

A Question Of Capabilities

The news on Afghanistan coming out of NATO's 20-21 May Chicago summit is not too good, with Pakistan being difficult about reopening supply routes....More
May 21, 2012

AGS a Go

NATO has signed a $1.7 billion contract to acquire five Northrop Grumman Global Hawk Block 40s, marking a key milestone as the alliance works to....More
May 21, 2012

Just, wow.

Date, check - it's not April 1. Breakfast did not include anything hallucinogenic.  The CNO is really endorsing the development of an Air Force long....More
May 18, 2012

Australian Tiger Fleet Hits Another Snag

Australia’s experience with the Eurocopter Tiger armed reconnaissance helicopter continues to be problematic. The army has now stopped all flights....More
May 14, 2012

McKeon vs. Panetta

The foundations of an election-year battle on defense spending are solidifying, now that the defense secretary and the top Republican on defense....More
May 14, 2012

C-27J Down Under

Australia has selected the C-27J over the C-295 as its battlefield airlifter. Alenia Aermacchi announced in a press release today that Australia will....More
May 11, 2012

AvWeek Investigates LCS-1 Problems

Aviation Week Naval Editor Mike Fabey says it best and most succinctly in the lead paragraph of his major investigative piece. The Littoral Combat....More
May 11, 2012

New USAF Chief Identified

The Obama administration and the Pentagon announced May 10 that a native Texan and Air Force Academy graduate-cum-commandant who started his USAF....More
May 11, 2012

F-35 vs F/A-18E/F: Australia Punts on Both

Australia is holding off on buying the initial batch of operational F-35s. For some time, that was expected to be good news for Boeing, but that no....More
May 11, 2012

Dutch F-35A Powers Up

The first Dutch F-35 continues its way to first flight. The aircraft recently underwent engine runs. (Photo: Dutch defense ministry)....More
May 11, 2012

Dutch Test Apache Maritime Operations

A Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) Apache combat helicopter landed on a Royal Netherlands Navy ship, the Hr. Ms. Rotterdam, for the first time in....More
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