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12/26/2014
Blame Game: Speculation Rife After Jordanian Jet Crash in Syria
A Jordanian F-16 was downed in Syria on Wednesday, with ISIL claiming responsibility for the crash after capturing its pilot. The US, however, refutes that the terrorist group shot it down, but did not offer any other details about its version of events.
12/26/2014
Diversifying arms
Diversifying the sources of Egypt’s armaments became a priority among state strategists after the 30 June Revolution. Overreliance on one provider was now seen as shortsighted. Egypt was also keen to ensure its armaments policy responded to international political developments, including the growing influence of China and Russia.
12/26/2014
Russian Army to Receive Corsair Surveillance Drones in Late 2016
Russia's United Instrument Corporation (UIC) will start supplying the small-class Corsair surveillance unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to the Russian Armed Forces in late 2016, the company's CEO Alexander Yakunin told RIA Novosti. "We are currently implementing a big project on the creation of a prospective small-class Corsair UAV and organization of its serial production. The production is scheduled to begin in the first quarter of 2017 and reach its planned capacity before the end of 2017.
12/26/2014
Iranian Army Detects Foreign Spy Planes During Large-Scale Drills: Reports
Iran's military have detected and issued warnings to several foreign aircraft intercepted during the first day of a large-scale military exercise, Tasnim News Agency reported on Thursday, quoting the Iranian Air Defense Force Commander, Farzad Esmaili. Farzad Esmaili told Tasnim that the mentioned aircraft were not from countries in the region. He did not specify their number.
12/26/2014
US Federal Aviation Bans Flights Over Simferopol, Dnipropetrovsk
The United States’ Federal Aviation Administration has extended its earlier flight regulations introduced previously, which forbids flights over Ukraine's city of Dnipropetrovsk and the Russian city of Simferopol in Crimea.
12/25/2014
China will have better aircraft carriers than India, Japan: Kanwa
If China can successfully carry out its Type 001A aircraft carrier program, the People's Liberation Army Navy will eventually have better carriers than its Indian and Japanese counterparts, according to Kanwa Defense Review, a Chinese-language military magazine based in Canada.
12/25/2014
Cockpit video of Turkish 4-Star General flying F-16 solo display at the age of 62
Solo Türk is the name of the solo aerobatics demo team of the F-16 combat plane whose role is to display the capabilities and skills of the Turkish Air Force pilots. Established in 2011, as part of the Turkish Air Force’s 100th anniversary, the TuAF F-16C Block 40 aircraft in a stunning bright black, silver and golden livery has become one of the highlights of airshows across Europe.
12/25/2014
Air Force Range Infrastructure Study Underway
The Air Force began a major study into the future of its test-range infrastructure, one which could decide how the service runs its live-flight testing for the next 20 years. Ed Chupein, chief for Air Force ranges, airspace and operations sustainment, told Defense News that a review is underway to provide Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh with options on how to revitalize the training infrastructure.
12/25/2014
Sad and Hopeful Tales of Extinct Air Forces
Air power is tough. All the world’s air forces work hard to maintain old warplanes and acquire expensive new ones and still fund adequate training—all in the context of national strategy and air power doctrine that can be complex, confusing, even self-defeating.So it should come as no surprise that, sometimes, countries fail to do air power right—or at all.
12/25/2014
US think tank proposes shake-up of Taiwan defense
" Fears of war between Taiwan and China have eased in recent years, but the growing gap in their military capabilities has prompted a U.S. think tank to lay out a radical new approach in how Taiwan could defend itself if China invaded, relying less on conventional forces and more on guerrilla-style tactics and cyberwarfare.
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