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U.S. Air Force hosts European Tanker Symposium

Posted May 15, 2012 by Story and Photos by SrA. Rachel Waller

Capt. Aaron Marx (right) demonstrates the capabilities of a KC-135 Stratotanker to Royal Air Force Flt. Lt. Damian Massingham in a flight simulator at Royal Air Force Mildenhall on May 11, 2012. The flight simulator session was part of the European Tanker Symposium, a...

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Pakistan says it test-fires short-range missile

Posted May 14, 2012 by

Pakistan’s military says it has successfully test-fired a short-range missile capable of delivering a nuclear warhead. A military statement says the Hatf III Ghaznavi with a range of 180 miles was launched May 10 at the conclusion of the annual field training exercise of Army Strategic Force Command. It is the second such test by…

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U.K. reverses decision on JSF jet deal

Posted May 10, 2012 by by David Stringer

Britain’s defense secretary is ditching proposals to buy a particular type of F-35 Joint Strike Fighter – reverting to an original plan previously criticized by Prime Minister David Cameron. Defense Secretary Philip Hammond told lawmakers May 10 that Britain would no longer purchase F-35c variants of the Lockheed Martin fighter jet because the cost of…

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News Briefs May 10, 2012

Posted May 10, 2012 by

Air Force whistle-blowers to get protection Air Force officials say there will be no actions taken against two whistle-blower pilots who complained about problems with the F-22 fighter jet, including comments made during a recent “60 Minutes” television interview. Lt. Gen. Janet Wolfenbarger, assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition, told a Senate subcommittee…

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Prince Harry calls for unity in supporting wounded warriors

Posted May 9, 2012 by by Donna Miles

Great Britain’s Prince Henry of Wales, commonly known as Prince Harry, urged the U.S. and British publics last night to unify in supporting wounded warriors and families of the fallen, particularly as the drawdown of military operations in Afghanistan takes the media spotlight off their continuing needs. Prince Harry accepted the Atlantic Council’s Distinguished Humanitarian…

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Pentagon sending trainers back into Yemen

Posted May 9, 2012 by

The Pentagon is sending military trainers back into Yemen for what it calls “routine” cooperation with Yemeni security forces. A Pentagon spokesman, Navy Capt. John Kirby, said May 8 that “small numbers” of U.S. trainers have returned to Yemen recently. He would not be more specific about the number or when they arrived there. Yemen…

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Boeing, EVA Air announce order for three 777s

Posted May 8, 2012 by

Boeing and Taipei-based EVA Air May 8 finalized an order for three 777-300ERs (Extended Range) airplanes. The order also includes purchase rights for an additional four airplanes. “The 777-300ER is the flagship of our long-haul fleet and will play an important role in growing our global operations,” said Chang Kuo-wei, president of EVA Air. “The…

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Lockheed Martin completes delivery of 17 CC-130J Super Hercules aircraft to Canada

Posted May 8, 2012 by

The Royal Canadian Air Force formally accepted the 17th Lockheed Martin CC-130J Super Hercules in ceremonies in Marietta, Ga., May 8, completing the order placed in December 2007. The aircraft will be flown to Canadian Forces Base Trenton later this week. The original contract called for all 17 aircraft to be delivered by the end…

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Mideast nuclear conference in jeopardy

Posted May 8, 2012 by by George Jahn

Hopes dimmed May 8 for staging major nuclear talks later this year between Israel and its Muslim rivals, as Iran and Arab countries at a 189-nation conference accused Israel of being the greatest threat to peace in the region and Egypt warned that Arab states might rethink their opposition to atomic arms. Because Israel has…

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Australia delays delivery of 12 F-35 fighters

Posted May 4, 2012 by by Rod McGuirk

Australia announced May 3 that to cut costs it is pushing back delivery of most of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighters it plans to buy from the United States. Defense Minister Stephen Smith said delaying delivery of the advanced warplanes two years, to 2019, would save the government 1.6 billion Australian dollars ($1.6 billion) over…

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