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4/26/2015
US, Allies Conduct 15 Airstrikes in Syria, Iraq
Coalition military forces continued to attack Islamic State in Syria and Iraq on Saturday. In Iraq, coalition forces conducted 11 airstrikes approved by the Iraqi Ministry of Defense, using fighter, attack, bomber and remotely piloted aircraft against IS terrorists, the U.S.-led coalition's command said in a statement.
4/26/2015
Military plane crashes after hitting another at Mexico Aerospace Fair
Two Mexican air force planes collided Saturday during an air show at Mexico's Aerospace Fair 2015 in the central state of Mexico, causing one of the planes to crash but without anyone being hurt. The accident took place at 11:05 a.m. and caused no injuries because those on the plane were able to eject before the crash, the National Defense Secretariat, or Sedena, said in a communique.
4/26/2015
Defending against China
China has now gone beyond simply bullying in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea). It is now creating islands by destroying reefs. It is also building an airfield on one of the islands it has created. China claims that its rise to superpower status is intended to be peace. But these actions tell a different story. It is clear that it wants complete control of the 1.7 million square miles that make up the East China and South China Seas where six other countries maintain various territorial
4/26/2015
Marines at Robins get more Super Cobra attack choppers
The Marine helicopter unit at Robins will be seen in the skies a lot more often. The unit is getting three additional AH-1W Super Cobra attack choppers from other active-duty squadrons that are getting the new AH-1Z. That takes the unit’s Super Cobra fleet from four to seven. Two of the choppers have arrived in the past two weeks, and the third is expected soon.
4/26/2015
USAF Says Will Continue Using Manned Planes As New Bomber Program Moves Forward
The U.S. Air Force does not share the U.S. Navy's view of air warfare's future. The Air Force will continue deploying manned aircraft and will implement this on future designs, unlike the Navy, which will start focusing on unmanned aircraft. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh, speaking at an event hosted by Defense One, explained the Air Force will continue working with unmanned combat aerial vehicles (UCAVs) in the future, expanding its current fleet.
4/26/2015
Protect the X-47B to safeguard innovation
Last week, the Navy made aviation history for the second time in two years by accomplishing yet another first for unmanned aircraft: a fully autonomous aerial refueling. This comes on the heels of the Navy's historic landing of a fully autonomous unmanned aircraft, the X-47B, on an aircraft carrier in 2013. To capitalize on these successes, the Navy plans to next retire the unmanned aircraft - built by Northrop Grumman - and stick them in a museum.
4/26/2015
The Cost Of Staying In The Air
One of the major differences between military aircraft is the amount of money it costs to keep them operational. This is usually given in cost per flight hour (for fuels, spare parts and maintenance) or annual operating costs (including upgrades). The following data is for 2014.
4/26/2015
IAF to get four more Tejas by end of this fiscal: National Aerospace Laboratories
The Indian Air Force is likely to get four more indigenously made light combat aircraft Tejas by the end of the current financial year from Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, National Aerospace Laboratories' Director Shyam Chetty said here today. "The four aircraft may adhere to international standards on end-to-end accuracy," Chetty said, adding, further research was on to meet the parameters stipulated by the IAF.
4/26/2015
Best Friends Forever: Pakistan to Receive 110 Fighter Jets From China
Friendship between China and Pakistan continues to strengthen as Beijing promised to deliver another 50 fighter jets to its southern neighbor over the next three years, a top Chinese official said, according to the Express Tribute.
4/25/2015
Why Does Putin Need an Aircraft Supercarrier?
Why is Russia planning on building an aircraft supercarrier in the next decade? The answer may seem self-evident: Russia wants to challenge the United States as a global power. One of the United States’s chief tools of projecting its power is its fleet of aircraft supercarriers: 11 ships with a capacity of more than 70 aircraft. Carriers have participated in nearly every U.S. armed conflict since World War II and have proven time and time again to be strategic military tools.
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