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

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
Defence

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
Defence

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
Defence

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

UK Carrier Strike Group commences historic deployment
Defence

The UK’s Carrier Strike Group had embarked on its maiden operational deployment, boasting 3,700 personnel and dozens of military aircraft. The UK’s flagship aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth is leading six Royal Navy vessels, a Royal Navy submarine, a US Navy destroyer and a Dutch frigate on a seven-month deployment through the Mediterranean, Indian Ocean,

Rohde & Schwarz awarded USAF T-7A avionics contract
Defence

Germany-based defence electronics group Rohde & Schwarz has been selected to deliver radio technology for integration on the US Air Force’s T-7A Red Hawk fleet. The group has been awarded a subcontract for the delivery of R&S MR6000R software defined, multiband-capable airborne transceivers for the US Air Force’s Boeing-built T-7A Red Hawk aircraft, used for

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