D-Day: Aerial Armada

Graham Pitchfork describes the massive airborne assault that paved the way for D-Day

CH-53K successfully completes aerial refuelling test

Sikorsky’s CH-53K King Stallion has successfully completed air-to-air refuelling tests, demonstrating the platform’s long-range capabilities for the US Marine Corps (USMC).

Blue Air Training acquires Broncos

US-based close air support (CAS) contractor, Blue Air Training, has added seven North American-Rockwell OV-10D+/G Broncos to its fleet.

USAF, Boeing agree on final KC-46 RVS 2.0 design

The US Air Force (USAF) and Boeing have reached two agreements on the final design of the KC-46A Pegasus’ Remote Vision System (RVS) – which is known as RVS 2.0.

AFRC receives first Combat King II

Lockheed Martin has delivered a first HC-130J Combat King II for the US Air Force Reserve Command (AFRC) to Patrick Air Force Base (AFB), Florida.

US Navy procures two additional E-2Ds

Northrop Grumman has been awarded a contract to supply and support an additional two E-2D Advanced Hawkeyes for the US Navy.

US approves South Korean F-16 IFF/Link 16 upgrades

The US State Department has approved the possible Foreign Military Sale (FMS) of identification friend or foe (IFF) systems and Link 16 tactical data links to South Korea, as part of the country’s F-16 upgrade effort.

Israel hosts US F-35s in first joint training exercise

Israeli Air Force (IAF) Lockheed Martin F-35I Adir fighters and US Air Force (USAF) F-35A Lightning IIs have taken part in exercise Enduring Lightning – the first joint training exercise dedicated to the fighter to be held by Israel.

“Ugly Angels” declared fully operational on MV-22B

The US Marine Corps’ (USMC’s) Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 362 (VMM-362) ‘Ugly Angels’ has been declared fully operational capable and is now ready to support operations as part of the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW).

US contracts Lockheed Martin for 78 more F-35s

Lockheed Martin has been contracted to produce 78 more F-35s for the US Air Force (USAF), US Marine Corps (USMC) and US Navy, in a contract modification worth roughly US$4.7bn.

Draken launches Mirage F1M combat training missions

US-based adversary air (ADAIR) contractor, Draken International, has commenced training operations with the US Air Force (USAF), using its ‘new', second-hand Mirage F1M fighters.

Boeing receives new Poseidon production contract

Boeing has been contracted to produce a further 18 P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft – a deal which includes more aircraft for the US Navy and the first examples for New Zealand and South Korea.