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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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AGE mechanics provide vital mission support

Posted March 4, 2016 by TSgt. James Hodgman

AGE mechanics at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, provide vital support to the mission. The 379th Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron’s Aerospace Ground Equipment Flight at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, is the largest AGE Flight in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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U.S. sending commandos, combat aircraft to Philippines

Posted April 15, 2016 by Lolita C. Baldor

In a military buildup certain to inflame tensions with China, the United States said April 14 it will send troops and combat aircraft to the Philippines for regular, more frequent rotations, and will conduct more joint sea and air patrols with Philippine forces in the South China Sea. The announcement by U.S. Defense Secretary Ash…

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