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Germany to purchase F-35 jets

The German government announced on 14 March that it will purchase 35 Lockheed Martin F-35 stealth fighter aircraft to replace its aging Tornado fleet. German Defence Secretary Christine Lambrecht decided to procure the F-35 aircraft from the U.S. after considering other available options. https://twitter.com/bundeswehrInfo/status/1503405015129546761 The German...

“High risk” transfer of Polish MiG-29 jets to Ukraine rejected

The proposal by the Polish government to transfer its entire fleet of MiG-29 combat aircraft to Ukraine was rejected by the U.S. on the grounds that it was too "high risk" and had the potential to drastically escalate the conflict. Washington rejected Poland's offer to...

UK plans to deliver Starstreak air-defence system to Ukraine

UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said UK is exploring donating Starstreak anti-air missiles to Ukraine. Speaking in the House of Commons, Mr Wallace said Ukraine's anti-air capability 'needs strengthening' because Russian forces are 'changing their tactics' to focus more on shelling and air strikes. Designed...

RAF F-35 Lightnings deploy to Estonia

F-35B Lightning aircraft from RAF Marham have arrived at Amari airbase in Estonia to carry out NATO enhanced Vigilance Activity. This activity provides air policing of NATO airspace, further contributing to the security of Europe. Previously the airbase has been regularly used by RAF Typhoons...

Finland set to increase defence budget

Government ministers in Finland will meet soon to discuss raising the budget for Finland's Defense Forces Yle reported. The move comes amid heightened tensions with Russia over the invasion of Ukraine. In the face of conventional, hybrid, and cyber threats from Russia, Finland's Defence Forces...

Russian fighters violate Swedish airspace during joint Finland-Sweden military drills

In an incident which the Swedish Air Force described as "particularly serious" given the current war in Ukraine, four Russian military aircraft violated Swedish airspace on Wednesday. Sweden called the Russian actions unprofessional and irresponsible. Swedish broadcaster SVT reported that two Sukhoi SU-27 and two Sukhoi...