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Typhoon flies with heavy weapon load
The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) has begun heavy weapon load trials on Eurofighter Typhoon F.2 aircraft, preparatory to it assuming air-to-ground duties in 2008. The trials are being conducted by the RAF’s Typhoon Operational Evaluation Unit (OEU) – 17 (R) Squadron (Sqn) – at RAF Coningsby. On 24 September 2007, the squadron flew the first of a planned three trial sorties with its Typhoon F.2 Block 5 aircraft to test a weapon load of six Paveway II laser-guided bombs (LGBs), four AIM-120 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAMs) and two Advanced Short-Range Air-to-Air Missiles (ASRAAMs)

Potential J-10 sale to Iran arises
Iran, China and Russia may have reached agreement for the supply of Chengdu J-10 advanced combat aircraft to Iran, according to Russian media reports. The Russian business daily Kommersant published the story on 23 October but it was picked up and translated into English by the state-controlled Novosti news agency the following day

Mexico unveils plan to modernise air, land forces

Following the unveiling of an ambitious naval modernisation programme, Mexican Minister of Defence General Guillermo Galvan Galvan has announced plans for major new investment in the forces under his command. With nearly 200,000 personnel, the National Defence Secretariat (SEDENA) is by far the larger of Mexico’s two military ministries (the other being the Navy Secretariat, or SEMAR), but obsolescence and attrition has limited the operational capabilities of Mexico’s air and land forces

Source: Jane’s defence journal

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