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The Kinzhal (Dagger) hypersonic air-to-surface missile, seen here loaded under a MiG-31K, weighs about 4,000kg.
A pair of production­standard MiG-31Ks each toting a Kinzhal missile at the V-Day parade in Moscow on May 9, 2018.
The MiG-31K was a fast-track development under a classified programme to field a system with an air-launched missile capability able to strike ground and sea surface targets with conventional or nuclear warheads.
Although the French C-135FRs are among the oldest operational airframes in the world, they are a key element in long range strikes, such as the one over Syria on April 14, 2018.
Besides the four new Hercules that the Armee de l'Air will receive over the next two years, its 14-aircraft C-130H/C-130H-30 fleet will be modernized as well.
RAF Atlas C1 ZM409 takes off from Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort on January 25, 2018 carrying cargo back to the UK as part of No.617 Squadron’s homebound deployment to RAF Marham.
To mark 75 years since the establishment of 35 Squadron, an anniversary tail flash has been applied to C-27J Spartan transport aircraft A34-006. Formed at RAAF Base Pearce on March 11,1942, 35 Squadron has provided airlift to a range of operations throughout its career, and today is based at RAAF Base Richmond. The tail flash includes a high-visibility orange wallaby, similar to that worn by the squadron's DHC-4 Caribou transport aircraft during the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s.
Royal Australian Air Force 11 Squadron P-8A Poseidon A47-006 loaded with two ATM-84J Harpoon training rounds during a training sortie over the Southern Ocean.
Mirage 2000N 356/125-BX was one of the aircraft from EC 2/4 'La Fayette' that went on a farewell tour across France in April 2018.
After a three-decade career with the Forces Aeriennes Strategiques, the Mirage 2000N will be retired from operational service this summer.
The Korsar UAS is a fully funded Russian MoD programme designed for military use. Production is expected to be launched in the second half of 2018 and fielding into service next year.
F-35B Lightning II ZM148 (c/n BK-14) on the flight line at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, South Carolina on December 14, 2017. The aircraft, the final one to be delivered to the UK contingent at Beaufort, is shown after it's delivery flight from Lockheed Martin's plant at Fort Worth.