Year: 2014

RAF Typhoon drops Paveway IV

First in-service release for new weapon No 1 (Fighter) Squadron, at RAF Lossiemouth, successfully released two live Paveway IV weapons at the Cape Wrath Training Area on 25 November as part of the Squadron’s work-up with the latest Typhoon capability

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F-35C goes to sea

First carrier landing for Navy Lightning II The US Navy marked the first carrier landing by the F-35C on November 3. F-35C CF-03 (SaltyDog 73) of VX-23 made the first arrested landing aboard the USS Nimitz off the coast of

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Last Operational CH-46E Squadron Becomes MV-22B Unit

Four US Marine Corps CH-46E Sea Knights perform a final air show appearance during a Marine Air-Ground Task Force demonstration on October 5 at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, California. The helicopters are from Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 364 (HMM-364)

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US Navy Plans to Order G550 CAEW for Range Support Mission

The US Navy will become the fourth customer to order the Gulfstream G550 CAEW, which is already in service with the Israeli Air Force and Republic of Singapore Air Force, while it has also been ordered by the Italian Air

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Peruvian Navy Acquiring All Five RNZAF SH-2G(NZ) Seasprites

Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) Kaman SH-2G(NZ) Super Seasprite NZ3601 ‘01’ participating in a force protection exercise in Jervis Bay, New South Wales, Australia, during Exercise Ocean Protector on February 7, 2006. All five of the RNZAF’s SH-2G(NZ)s have

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RAF Voyager

Feature on the new Royal Air Force Voyager tanker transports in the forthcoming December issue of CAM. With the RAF having completely retired the VC10 and Tristar, it has now taken delivery of nine of its planned 14 A330 Voyagers.

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First Australian F-35 flies

F-35A AU-1 makes maiden flight in USA Australia’s first Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter, made its inaugural flight on Sept 29. Lockheed Martin F-35 Chief Test Pilot Alan Norman, piloted the aircraft through a series of functional

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RAF makes first strikes of Iraq mission

Tornado GR4s use Paveway IV and Dual Mode Seeker Brimstone On 30 September Royal Air Force Tornado GR4s saw their first combat strikes as part of the international coalition’s operations to support the democratic Iraqi Government in the fight against

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Airstrikes in Syria

US and Arab allies strike Islamic State The US and several Arab allies have launched the first strikes against Islamic State (IS) militants inside Syria. The strikes were launched on 22 September. The US Department of Defense released the following

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First Turkish C-130 with Upgraded Avionics Delivered

The first Turk Hava Kuvvetleri (THK – Turkish Air Force) Hercules to be modernised with new avionics under the Erciyes programme, C-130E 13188, seen during its hand-over ceremony at TAI’s facilities in Ankara on August 8. TURKISH AEROSPACE Industries (TAI)

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