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USAF to tool up Reaper amid spike in drone downings

The US Air Force has unveiled several important countermeasures and strategic priorities to protect unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) on deployment. The news comes on the back of an exponential jump in the number of UAVs lost in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. According to data gathered by Oxford-based NGO Drone Wars UK,

Marshall Aerospace and Defence pulls out of Wedgetail conversion

The UK’s Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group has confirmed that it has withdrawn from a project to convert five Boeing 737NGs into E-7A Wedgetail surveillance platforms for the Royal Air Force, saying the project was commercially unviable. The UK Ministry of Defence in March 2019 signed a £1.5 billion ($1.8 billion) contract with Boeing to

US withdraws from landmark 1992 Open Skies treaty

On Thursday, US officials signalled the country's intention to abandon a historic treaty which permits parties to conduct short-notice reconnaissance flights over one another's territory.

Audit questions OneSky value for money

Australia may end up paying too much for the combined civil and military air traffic management system OneSky, an Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) report says.

Defence seeking unmanned aircraft signature reduction concepts

The Department of Defence is inviting industry to submit innovative proposals to reduce the visual and acoustic signatures of unmanned aerial systems (UAS). “Defence is looking for outcomes to reduce both the visual and acoustic detection of UAS from ground-based observation without disrupting the operation of the aircraft,” Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne said in

RAAF logs 1,000th F-35A sortie

The RAAF detachment of F-35A pilots, maintainers and support personnel based at Luke AFB in Arizona has recorded the 1,000th sortie of an Australian F-35A. The milestone flight was recorded by one of the RAAF’s first two F-35A pilots, SQNLDR David Bell when he and 3SQN Commanding Officer WGCDR Darren Clare flew together on June 4.


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