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Iran airs images allegedly extracted from U.S. drone

Posted February 8, 2013 by Nasser Karimi

The Iranian FARS news agency released this photograph of what it claims is the production line of an Iranian copy of the U.S. ScanEagle drone. Iran’s state TV has broadcast footage allegedly extracted from the advanced CIA spy drone captured in 2011, the latest in a flurry of moves from Iranian authorities meant to underline…

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Ahmadinejad unveils Iran’s newest fighter jet

Posted February 5, 2013 by Ali Akbar Dareini

Iran on Feb. 2 unveiled its newest combat jet, a domestically manufactured fighter-bomber that military officials claim can evade radar.

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China test flies heavy air force freight plane

Posted January 30, 2013 by

China said it successfully tested a heavy air force freighter that could be a mostly home-grown substitute for the older Russian planes it now uses while substantially boosting the Chinese military’s global reach. The Y-20 flew took off from its development base near the northwestern city of Xi’an Jan. 26, the China Daily and other…

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U.K. military must do more on cost overruns

Posted January 11, 2013 by Cassandra Vinograd

Britain’s defense ministry needs to set more realistic price and delivery forecasts for its largest equipment projects, a watchdog group said Thursday after finding cost overruns in the hundreds of millions of pounds and numerous deadlines pushed back. The National Audit Office’s report looked at Britain’s 16 largest military equipment projects and found costs have…

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Elbit Systems awarded Israel Ministry of Defense contracts

Posted January 4, 2013 by

Elbit Systems Ltd. announced Dec. 31 that it was awarded various contracts by the Israel Ministry of Defense, in a number of fields of activity for a total value of approximately $315 million. The contracts relate to the following areas: Avionics S ystems : battle management systems and avionics for helicopters, virtual training for the…

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Philippines to acquire helicopters, trucks in bid to modernize military

Posted December 28, 2012 by

The Philippine’s defense chief says the government has signed separate contracts worth 163 billion pesos (about $39 million) with Italian and South Korean companies to supply helicopters and trucks as part of efforts to modernize its poorly equipped military. Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin said Dec. 27 the Philippines will purchase three multi-purpose AW 109 helicopters…

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Boeing delivers first new jet to Iraq in decades

Posted December 17, 2012 by Adam Schreck

The first new Boeing jetliner sold to Iraq in 30 years touched down in Baghdad Dec. 15, signaling the country’s determination to rebuild its economy after decades of war and sanctions. Iraq is eager to improve its creaky aviation industry, which lags far behind that of its energy-rich neighbors. Boeing’s delivery of the twin-aisle 777-200LR…

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Canada to consider other planes besides F-35

Posted December 14, 2012 by Rob Gillies

Canada is considering buying fighter jets other than U.S.-made F-35′s because of escalating costs associated with Lockheed Martin’s troubled Joint Strike Fighter program, the country’s defense minister said Wednesday. Defense Minister Peter MacKay said the government needs to ensure a balance between military and taxpayer interests. MacKay said Canada needs to have all viable options…

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Afghan AF, NATO Air Training Command sign joint strategic flightplan

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Maj. Gen. Abdul Wahab Wardak, commander of the Afghan air force, and Brig. Gen. Steven Shepro, commander of NATO Air Training Command-Afghanistan, signed the first-ever combined strategy into effect at a Nov. 28 ceremony at the NATC-A headquarters at the Kabul International Airport in Afghanistan. All three Wings and key leaders witnessed the ceremony. The…

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Germany to take stake as EADS shakes up ownership

Posted December 7, 2012 by Jamey Keaten

European aerospace and defense company EADS announced Dec. 7 a new ownership structure in which Germany is set to join France and Spain as state shareholders – even as overall government influence shrinks at the company. The parent company of plane maker Airbus, the archrival of U.S.-based Boeing, said the deal would eventually give the…

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