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Clement Charpentreau
First Dutch F-35A grounded for three weeks after welcome blunder

As the Koninklijke Luchtmacht, the Dutch Air Force, was receiving its first operational F-35A fighter jet in Leeuwarden, on October 31, the whole country had eyes on the new aircraft. However, not everything went as expected....


Clement Charpentreau
British F-35Bs land for the first time on HMS Queen Elizabeth

For the very first time, F-35B Lightning II fighter jets of the Royal Air Force and the Royal Navy have landed on the HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier while off the coast of the United States....


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No paper plane: NASA supersonic X-59 QueSST is coming together

Following years of research and design engineering, NASA believes it has come up with a solution on how to reduce a sonic boom. The agency has been working with defense contractor Lockheed Martin to develop the technology that can overcome current noise restrictions for commercial supersonic flight over land and pave the way for establishing a new market of air travel. The project is known as X-59 Quiet Supersonic Technology or QueSST and, accord...


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The Netherlands to acquire nine additional F-35A fighter jets

The Dutch Ministry of Defense announced the planned acquisition of nine additional Lockheed Martin F-35A fighter jets. The contract is valued at €1 billion and should eventually be followed by another order for six more aircraft....


Clement Charpentreau
Lockheed Martin delivers first French KC-130J Super Hercules

The first KC-130J Super Hercules of the French Armée de l’Air landed at Orléans-Bricy Air Base on September 19, 2019. The aircraft was highly anticipated in France, as it will allow refueling the country’s helicopters in-flight....


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US administration approves $6.5 billion sale of F-35A to Poland

The State Department officially informed the Congress of its intention to proceed with the sale of 32 F-35A fighter jets to Poland. ...


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Airbus withdraws Eurofighter Typhoon from Canadian tender

Confirming the rumors that spread earlier this summer, Airbus announced its withdrawal from the Canadian fighter jet replacement tender, citing NORAD security requirements and recent changes to the industrial specifications....


Clement Charpentreau
US excludes Turkey from F-35 program, Russia sends counter-offer

After years of negotiations, the U.S. authorities finally began the process of excluding Turkey from the F-35 program due to its decision to acquire the Russian S-400 air defense system. Russia reacted by offering Turkey to buy its Sukhoi Su-35 fighter jets instead....


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Airbus and Boeing ready to drop the Canadian fighter jet tender?

Airbus and Boeing might consider withdrawing from the tender launched by Canada for new fighter jets. Both manufacturers allegedly believe that the process has been rigged in favor of Lockheed Martin....


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Japan finds some debris from its F-35A lost at sea

Japan announced on May 7, 2019, that it had found more debris, including part of the flight recorder, from the F-35 fighter jet that crashed into the sea a month before....