Super Hornet Withdrawn from Swiss AF Competition

Posted by Paul Fiddian on 01/05/2008 - 09:28:10

Super Hornet Withdrawn from Swiss AF Competition

Boeing announced on the 30th April that it had withdrawn its F/A-18E/F Super Hornet from a competition to provide the Swiss Air Force with a new combat aircraft to replace its fleet of Northrop F-5E Tiger IIs.Boeing’s pull of the Super Horn...

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Indian Air Force Hawk Takeoff Crash

Posted by Paul Fiddian on 01/05/2008 - 08:00:51

Indian Air Force Hawk Takeoff Crash

Indian officials confirmed on the 29th April that a Hawk Advanced Jet Trainer (AJT) had crashed during takeoff, but added that no serious injury was caused to either of the pilots.This was the first accident that an Indian Air Force Hawk ha...

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Russia Warned on South Ossetia, Abkhazia Deployments

Posted by Paul Fiddian on 30/04/2008 - 23:06:41

A warning has been issued to Russia by NATO concerning its build-up of troops in two Georgian breakaway regions — South Ossetia and Abkhazia.Such a troop concentration, said the alliance, effectively weakens Georgian territorial integrity.A...

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RAF Jets in at Least 21 Quick Reaction Launches

Posted by Paul Fiddian on 30/04/2008 - 22:54:06

RAF Jets in at Least 21 Quick Reaction Launches

Over the past 12 months, Royal Air Force combat jets have been involved in at least 21 Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) launches to counter Russian military aircraft, it emerged on the 30th April.The news was delivered by Bob Ainsworth, Armed For...

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Background Checks for US Navy Sailors in Japan

Posted by Paul Fiddian on 30/04/2008 - 22:03:58

The United States Navy is to carry out background checks on the 20,000 military personnel and civilians it has stationed in Japan, it emerged on April 30th.The assessments come after a string of recent incidents - among them, a murder.The C...

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400 Killed in Baghdad Violence, say Hospitals

Posted by Paul Fiddian on 30/04/2008 - 17:37:23

400 Killed in Baghdad Violence, say Hospitals

According to Baghdad-based hospital workers, the past month of violence involving allied and Shia forces has seen over 400 people killed.The majority of the fighting has taken place in Sadr City.Two US troopers were killed in the most recen...

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Air Force V-22s Operationally Ready, says General

Posted by Paul Fiddian on 30/04/2008 - 16:02:52

Air Force V-22s Operationally Ready, says General

The USAF’s Boeing/ Bell V-22 Osprey tilt-rotors performed so well during operational evaluations that, according to an air force general, they could be operationally deployed prior to their formal ”combat ready” deadline, sources close to t...

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Carrier's Gulf Deployment a "Reminder" to Iran: Gates

Posted by Paul Fiddian on 30/04/2008 - 12:53:04

Carrier's Gulf Deployment a

A US Navy aircraft carrier has been deployed to the Gulf region in a move Robert Gates, US Defence Secretary, referred to on the 29th April as a ”reminder” to Iran. He added, however, that the positioning of the vessel was not indicative of...

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William’s Secret Flight to Afghanistan

Posted by Paul Fiddian on 30/04/2008 - 11:32:06

William’s Secret Flight to Afghanistan

Prince William secretly travelled to Afghanistan to meet with British troops deployed there, it emerged today.RAF Wings CeremonyEarlier this month, William received his RAF wings at a ceremony held at RAF Cranwell.The Royal Prince flew to A...

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600 British Soldiers to be Deployed to Kosovo

Posted by Paul Fiddian on 29/04/2008 - 20:25:40

600 British Soldiers to be Deployed to Kosovo

Des Browne, Defence Secretary, announced on the 29th April that 600 British soldiers are to be deployed to Kosovo.Kosovo IndependenceThe deployment comes after NATO’s recent call for extra military personnel to keep order in the country, wh...

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