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New Russian Checkmate fighter ‘capable of unexpected moves’

The single-engine jet is Sukhoi's fifth-generation fighter, capable of carrying a maximum payload of 7,400 kilograms with a flight range of 2,900 kilometres.

US, UK extend aircraft carrier co-operation arrangement

The long-standing allies have agreed to continue engaging in joint aircraft carrier operations aimed at strengthening interoperability. US Secretary of Defence Lloyd Austin and his UK counterpart Ben Wallace have met in Washington for high-level talks aimed at addressing shared security challenges, with the meeting culminating in the signing of a new agreement to enhance

Switzerland names F-35 as its next-gen fighter jet

The F-35A Lightning II has 0fficially been selected to replace the Swiss Air Force’s ageing fleet of F-5 Tigers and F/A-18 Hornets over the next decade. The Swiss Federal Council selected the Lockheed Martin-built aircraft following a competition that assessed the jet’s performance against three other contenders — Airbus’ Eurofighter Typhoon, Dassault’s Rafale, and Boeing’s

Israel successfully intercepts test drone through airborne laser weapon

The Directorate of Defense R&D in the Israel Ministry of Defense (MoD), Elbit Systems and the IAF, have effectively intercepted several UAVs using an airborne High-Power Laser Weapon System (HPL-WS). A high-power laser system was installed on an aircraft and was tested in a number of scenarios. It effectively intercepted and destroyed all of the

UK’s HMS Prince of Wales hosts F-35B for the first time

The Lockheed Martin-built fighter jet has landed on the HMS Prince of Wales as part of the Royal Navy’s acceptance training. The Royal Navy’s latest aircraft carrier, HMS Prince of Wales, has hosted a Royal Air Force F-35B Lightning as part of Sea Acceptance Trials conducted off the south coast of England — marking the first time

Lockheed Martin eyes 30% F-35 production increase

Global defence contractor Lockheed Martin confirmed it will ramp up production and delivery of F-35 aircraft in 2022 following supply-chain disruptions induced by the COVID-19 pandemic. The company is expected to deliver between 133 and 139 jets this year, increasing to 169 in 2022 and plateauing at 175 thereafter. Lockheed Martin increased its outlook for

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