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No more A380s? Why Airbus' bet on 'superjumbo' jets failed

No more A380s? Why Airbus' bet on 'superjumbo' jets failedIt’s official: Airbus will pull the plug on its A380 double-decker jet. The latest A380 is now expected to roll off the assembly line in 2021.



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Singapore Plans to Buy F-35 Fighter Jets to Replace F-16 Fleet

Singapore Plans to Buy F-35 Fighter Jets to Replace F-16 FleetThe Air Force’s F-16s that were in service since 1998 will retire soon after 2030, Defense Minister Ng Eng Hen said in a Facebook post the same day. Singapore has an annual defense budget of S$ 14.76 billion ($ 10.9 billion), the Straits Times reported in March 2018.



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Russian fighter jets land in Crimea amid Ukraine tensions

Russian fighter jets land in Crimea amid Ukraine tensionsMore than a dozen SU-27 and SU-30 fighter jets which Russia is deploying to boost its air force, amid heightened tensions with Ukraine, arrived in Crimea on Saturday. A Reuters witness saw the jets land at Belbek air base in Crimea, which was annexed by Russia in 2014 after Moscow-leaning Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich fled Kiev following street clashes and violent protests.



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US to stop ‘inflight refuelling’ of Saudi-led coalition jets in Yemen

US to stop ‘inflight refuelling’ of Saudi-led coalition jets in YemenThe US will stop the “inflight refuelling” of Saudi-led coalition jets in Yemen amid growing anger over civilian casualties from the kingdom’s air strikes. The decision by Americans to pull out also comes amid outrage by US politicians from both political parties over the killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. The Saudis said it had “requested cessation of inflight refuelling” by the US, which appeared to suggest it was the kingdom was behind the decision.



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French President Macron regrets Belgium choosing Lockheed jets

French President Macron regrets Belgium choosing Lockheed jetsBRATISLAVA/PARIS (Reuters) – French President Emmanuel Macron said on Friday that he regretted Belgium’s decision to choose Lockheed Martin’s F-35 stealth jets over the Eurofighter Typhoon planes. “It’s a decision that was the result of a process which I greatly respect and which was linked to political constraints specific to Belgium, which are not for me to comment upon, but strategically it goes against European interests,” said Macron at a news conference held with Slovakia President Andrej Kiska. “For my part, I regret the choice that was made.” On Thursday, Belgium announced its decision to go with the Lockheed Martin planes to replace its ageing F-16s in a 4 billion euro ($ 4.5 billion) deal, saying the decision came down to price.



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Most F-35 jets resume flights after engine inspections: Pentagon

Most F-35 jets resume flights after engine inspections: PentagonMore than 80 percent of Lockheed Martin Co-made F-35 fighter jets in the United States and around the world have cleared engine inspections and are now approved for flights, the Pentagon said on Monday. Last week, all U.S. and international F-35 fighter jets made by Lockheed Martin were grounded so that fuel tubes could be examined. The Pentagon said it is working closely with United Technologies Corp’s Pratt & Whitney, the maker of the F-35′s engine, to rapidly procure more parts to minimize the time it will take for remaining repairs.



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US Air Force optimistic on hurricane-hit fighter jets

US Air Force optimistic on hurricane-hit fighter jetsThe United States Air Force said Sunday that a group of F-22 stealth fighters left behind at a base to ride out Hurricane Michael were intact but it was too soon to say whether all of them would fly again. Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida was hit by the Category 4 storm on October 10 and suffered extensive damage, with some hangars partially stripped of their roofs, according to official footage of the coastal facility. Numerous reports had speculated on the fate of an unspecified number of the ultra-advanced fifth-generation fighter jets that could not be flown out to safe havens due to maintenance or safety reasons.



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RAF fighter jets intercept Russian bombers over North Sea

RAF fighter jets intercept Russian bombers over North SeaRAF Typhoon fighter aircraft were scrambled to monitor two Russian planes approaching UK airspace, the Ministry of Defence has said. The Russian Blackjack long-range bombers were not talking to air traffic control, making them a hazard to all other aviation, the department said. RAF Lossiemouth-based fighter jets intercepted the bombers over the North Sea between 40 and 100 nautical miles from the coast, according to the RAF. They added the Russian aircraft were in the UK "area of interest", although they did not enter UK territorial airspace. Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said: "Russian bombers probing UK airspace is another reminder of the very serious military challenge that Russia poses us today. Why are Russian bombers flying close to Britain? "We will not hesitate to continually defend our skies from acts of aggression. Once again the rapid reactions of our RAF have demonstrated how vital our Armed Forces are in protecting Britain." Russian aircraft are routinely intercepted, identified and escorted by the RAF.  



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US sanctions Chinese military unit for buying Russian jets, missiles

US sanctions Chinese military unit for buying Russian jets, missilesThe United States expanded its sanctions war against Russia to China on Thursday, announcing punitive measures against a Chinese military organization for buying Russian fighter jets and missiles. Stepping up pressure on Moscow over its “malign activities,” the US State Department said it was placing financial sanctions on the Equipment Development Department of the Chinese Ministry of Defense, and its top administrator, for its recent purchase of Russian Sukhoi Su-35 fighter jets and S-400 surface-to-air missiles.



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US hits China with sanctions for buying Russian fighter jets and missiles

US hits China with sanctions for buying Russian fighter jets and missilesThe sanctions will sharpen tensions with Beijing. The US has sanctioned the Chinese military for buying Russian fighter planes and missiles, and blacklisted more than 30 Russians, most of whom have been indicted for their role in Moscow’s effort to subvert the 2016 US election. The new sanctions unveiled by the state department on Thursday will sharpen tensions with Beijing amid a brewing trade war – and further sour relations with Moscow.



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