RAF establishes first F-35B squadron

The Royal Air Force has established its first squadron of F-35B Lightning STOVL fighters, and at the same time has revived one of the most famous squadrons in its history. At an April 17 ceremony at Smithsonian Air & Space Museum in Washington DC, the RAF re-established 617 Sqdn to operate the F-35B with a combined cadre of RAF and Royal Navy crews. Better known as … [Read more...]

USMC classic Hornets equipped with APKWS

The US Marine Corps has completed its first operational flights of F/A-18A-D ‘classic’ Hornets equipped with the new BAE Systems Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS). The 2.75in precision-guided munitions add a new cost-effective weapon to the Hornet’s arsenal while also dramatically increasing the number of weapons the aircraft can employ against fast, moving … [Read more...]

Malaysia orders Kongsberg NSM

Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace AS has announced it has been awarded a €124m (A$199m) contract by Malaysia for the supply of Naval Strike Missiles (NSM) to equip the Royal Malaysian Navy’s six new Littoral Combat Ships. The vessels are based on the Swedish Gowind class design, and the order follows a 2015 agreement for the provision of NSM shipboard equipment to support … [Read more...]

US Navy conducts development testing using LVC

The US Navy’s Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD) has successfully conducted a series of development testing on Boeing P-8AC Poseidon mission systems in a Live, Virtual and Constructive (LVC) environment. The test event is the first time LVC has been used for such testing, and effectively reduced the time and cost of what would have been a six-month, US$12m … [Read more...]

Japan to be offered F-22/F-35 hybrid – Report

Lockheed Martin is reportedly in discussions with Japan about developing a new fighter which will integrate the kinematic capabilities of the F-22 Raptor with the advanced sensor and communications suites from the F-35 Lightning II. Reuters has reported the company has discussed the concept with Japan Self Defence Force officials, and, subject to approval by the US … [Read more...]