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Australia Receives First Two Locally Based F-35s

The Australian Defence Force received its first two F-35A aircraft this weekend, becoming the seventh nation worldwide with Joint Strike Fighters on home soil, Lockheed Martin [LMT] said. The two aircraft arrived  at Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Williamtown on Dec. 10 local time, the company said."The arrival of the first F-35 aircraft to be…

U.K. Reveals Three Type 31e Frigate Builders Shortlist

The U.K. Ministry of Defence (MoD) on Monday announced the three competitors to build the planned Type 31e general purpose frigate for the Royal Navy.The ministry awarded contracts worth up to $6 million to teams led by BAE System, Babcock, and Atlas Elektronik UK to fund the next stage of their plans. The government plans…

Airbus Inks New Three-Year Dauphin Deal With Lithuania

The Lithuanian Air Force has renewed the HCare Infinite material management contract for its fleet of three Dauphin AS365 N3+ search-and-rescue helicopters, a deal under which the aircraft averaged 97 percent availability during the previous three years.The helicopters entered service performing SAR missions in 2015 with a three-year full warranty and Airbus’ commitment to maintaining…

MDA Scores SM-3 IIA Hit Using Japan Aegis Model

The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) and Navy successfully intercepted an Intermediate Range Ballistic Missile (IRBM) target with an Aegis Ashore-launched Raytheon [RTN] Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IIA interceptor in the Pacific Ocean this week using an Aegis configuration being developed for Japan.This operational live fire flight test, called Flight Test Integrated-03 (FTI-03), used an air-launched IRBM target…