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Airmen, aircraft participate in major South Korean defense expo

Posted October 30, 2015 by SSgt. Amber Grimm

Nearly 150 U.S. service members and a handful of aircraft, including an F-22 Raptor demonstration, entertained a record-breaking crowd for the 2015 Seoul International Aerospace and Defense Exhibition at the Seoul Airport Oct. 24-25.

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China’s Xi moves to take more direct command over military

Posted April 22, 2016 by Christopher Bodeen

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, April 9, 2014. Hagel met with Xi to discuss mutual state and defense issues. BEIJING–Chinese President Xi Jinping has assumed a more direct role over the country’s powerful armed forces as head of its increasingly…

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UK rescue squadrons to relocate to Italy

Posted November 9, 2015 by

Royal Air Force photograph by SrA. Erin O’Shea An HH-60G Pave Hawk assigned to Royal Air Force Lakenheath’s 56th Rescue Squadron flies over Scotland during exercise Joint Warrior 15-1, April 22, 2015. The Air Force announced Nov. 6 that the 56th and 57th Rescue squadrons from RAF Lakenheath are relocating to Aviano Air Base, Italy,…

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French company scores huge Australian submarine contract

Posted April 27, 2016 by RodMcGuirk and Raphael Satter

Australia’s largest-ever defense contract has gone to a French shipbuilder to produce a new generation of submarines, thrilling officials in Paris and inaugurating half a century of close defense cooperation between the nations. French state-controlled defense contractor DCNS won out over Germany’s ThysennKrupp Marine Systems and Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries to build 12 conventional submarines…

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Norwegian F-35 flies for first time under Norwegian command

Posted December 18, 2015 by A1C Ridge Shan

Maj. Morten Hanche, a Royal Norwegian Air Force F-35 Lightning II student pilot training with the 62nd Fighter Squadron at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., flew the first Norwegian F-35 sortie Dec. 14.

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Ash Carter accuses Russia of ‘nuclear saber-rattling’

Posted May 4, 2016 by Robert Burns

STUTTGART, Germany–Defense Secretary Ash Carter used a U.S. military changing-of-the-guard ceremony May 3 to blast Russian aggression in Europe, saying Moscow is “going backward in time” with warlike actions that compel a U.S. military buildup on NATO’s eastern flank. “We do not seek a cold — let alone a hot — war with Russia,” Carter…

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First A-29 Afghan pilots graduate, ready for combat

Posted December 23, 2015 by SrA. Ceaira Tinsley

A new era for the Afghan air force began Dec. 18, when the 81st Fighter Squadron graduated the first class of A-29 Super Tucano combat-ready attack pilots at Moody Air Force Base, Ga.

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Russian military shows off its elite aerobatic flying teams

Posted May 23, 2016 by

KUBINKA AIR BASE, Russia–The Russian military’s elite aerobatic squadrons have marked their 25-year jubilee with an air show outside Moscow. The Strizhi (the Swifts) aerobatic team flying MiG-29 jets and the Russkiye Vityazi (the Russian Knights) operating the heavier Su-27 fighters performed May 21 before enthusiastic crowds at their home base west of the Russian…

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Russian PM: West is rekindling the Cold War with NATO moves

Posted February 15, 2016 by David Rising

MUNICH, Germany–Russia’s prime minister accused NATO Feb. 13 of restarting the Cold War amid increased military maneuvers and troop deployments to countries neighboring Russia, moves the alliance’s top official defended as a necessary response to aggression from Moscow. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev told a meeting of top defense officials, diplomats and national leaders that…

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Russia looks to revive its aircraft industry with new plane

Posted June 13, 2016 by AP

Russia presented June 8 a new airliner that is intended to revive the nation's aircraft-making prowess and reduce its reliance on Western planes.

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