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NATO sending three monitors to Russia war-games but wants more

Posted September 1, 2017 by Lorne Cook

NATO said Aug. 30 it will send three experts to observe military exercises between Russia and Belarus next month but alliance Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg wants the two countries to allow broader monitoring. Russia and Belarus say the Zapad 2017 exercise, which runs from Sept. 14 to Sept. 20 not far from the borders of NATO…

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Afghan Air Force receives first delivery of UH-60s at Kandahar Airfield

Posted September 27, 2017 by Tech. Sgt. Veronica Pierce

Air Force photograph by Tech. Sgt. Veronica Pierce An Afghan Air Force UH-60 is towed as two AAF A-29s taxi for take-off Sept. 18, 2017, at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan. The UH-60 was the first to arrive in Afghanistan as part of modernization efforts to transition the AAF to a more sustainable and modern helicopter fleet….

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Iraq Air Force graduates first craftsman maintenance technicians

Posted January 9, 2018 by Staff Sgt. William Banton

Courtesy photograph Iraq Air Force Brig. Gen. Husni Khazaal Al maliki, Al Muthana Technical Wing commander and Lt. Col. Ronald Llantada, 770th Air Expeditionary Adviser Squadron commander speak at a graduation ceremony, Dec. 27, 2017. The Iraq Air Force certified their first 7-level craftsman C-130 Hercules maintenance technicians at the ceremony. The Iraq Air Force…

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No. 2 spender China to boost defense spending in 2018

Posted March 7, 2018 by Christopher Bodeen

China’s defense budget will rise 8.1 percent to 1.1 trillion yuan ($173 billion) this year as the country prepares to launch its second aircraft carrier, integrate stealth fighters into its air force and field an array of advanced missiles able to attack air and sea targets at vast distances. The figure released in a report…

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Japanese AWACS fleet to get $208 million in upgrades

Posted May 18, 2018 by Benjamin Newell

Air Force photograph by Alejandro Pena A Japan Air Self-Defense Force E-767 Airborne Warning and Control System aircraft taxis before takeoff on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Aug. 14, 2015. JASDF AWACS will get upgrades following the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center award of $208 million in February 2018 to the Boeing Co. for installation…

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Lockheed-Martin built F-35 comes home to RAF Marham

Posted June 8, 2018 by PRNewswire

The United Kingdom has welcomed home its first four F-35B advanced fighter aircraft, which will be flown by the Royal Air Force and Royal Navy.

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DOD report details China’s growing military, economic power

Posted August 22, 2018 by Jim Garamone

China is not an enemy, but it is certainly an adversary of the United States, and the Defense Department’s 2018 report to Congress examines the trends in Chinese military developments.

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F-35B jets join forces with British aircraft carrier to make history

Posted October 1, 2018 by

The first F-35 Lightning fighter jets landed on the deck of the United Kingdom’s new aircraft carrier last week making history and marking the beginning of more than half-a-century of ‘Carrier Strike’ operations.

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F-35B completes initial testing aboard HMS Queen Elizabeth

Posted October 22, 2018 by

Navy photograph During the first few days of the First of Class Flight Trials (Fixed Wing) in September to October, the F-35 Pax River Integrated Test Force team worked on getting four ITF test pilots daytime qualified with two F-35B test jets from the ITF while embarked on the HMS Queen Elizabeth. The primary objective…

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China unveils stealth combat drone in development

Posted November 9, 2018 by Dake Kang and Christopher Bodeen

A Chinese state-owned company says it is developing a stealth combat drone in the latest sign of the country's growing aerospace prowess. The CH-7 unmanned aerial vehicle also underscores China's growing competitiveness in the expanding global market for drones. China has won sales in the Middle East and elsewhere by offering drones at lower prices and without the political conditions attached by the U.S.

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