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7/10/2020
U.S. Carriers Send a Message to Beijing Over South China Sea
Faced with increasingly brazen Chinese efforts to exercise control over the entirety of the South China Sea, the U.S. military is using a series of big aircraft carrier operations to show allies that the United States isn’t about to turn its back on the hotly contested region.
7/10/2020
American Pilot Ejects From Afghan Air Force A-29 Light Attack Plane (Updated)
Details remain limited, but an Afghan Air Force A-29 Super Tucano light attack aircraft crashed earlier today, reportedly with a U.S. pilot on board. Reports also say this individual was injured after ejecting, but they have already been rescued. Their exact affiliation, such as whether they are a member of the U.S. military or a private contractor, is unclear as is whether there was also a member of the Afghan Air Force in the aircraft at the time of the accident.
7/9/2020
Indian Apache Attack Helicopters and MiG-29s Patrol Chinese Border
Following a period of high tensions with China and a brief clash with Chinese forces in mid-June, which resulted in over 150 Indian casualties, the Indian Air Force has begun to conduct night patrols using two of its most capable combat aircraft from forward basses near the Sino-Indian border. India notably has the advantage of considerably more airbases near the border region than China has, and currently relies on the MiG-29UPG medium fighter and the AH-64E Apache attack helicopter to patrol t
7/9/2020
Raytheon to build 58 AIM-9X short-range infrared-guided air-to-air missiles for the Navy and Air Force
U.S. Navy aerial warfare experts are asking Raytheon Technologies Corp. to build 58 AIM-9X precision short-range infrared-guided air-to-air missiles for jet fighters and other combat aircraft under terms of a $34.7 million order announced Monday.
7/9/2020
DoD Needs New Measures For Valuing Weapons
The Pentagon should not judge weapon systems on “overly simplistic metrics” but adopt a more holistic evaluation that weighs a weapon’s cost and capabilities against the total costs of achieving the mission, a new paper from the Mitchell Institute argues.
7/8/2020
Imagine This: India Starts Buying U.S. F-35 Stealth Fighters
Is India really getting ready to buy the F-35? Indian media reported back in 2018 that the Indian Air Force has asked Lockheed Martin to brief it on the capabilities of the F-35. Yet it's not clear if this is true, or even whether an F-35 is on the horizon.
7/8/2020
U.S., Russia Boost Shows of Force
As tensions between the United States and Russia have intensified, both nations have engaged in airborne “show of force” operations intended to demonstrate their intent to resist intimidation and defend their territories. Such operations can prove hazardous when the aircraft of one antagonist come perilously close to those of another, a phenomenon that has occurred on numerous occasions over the past few years.
7/8/2020
Saab starts Gripen E production in Brazil
Saab has started production of a Gripen E fighter at its facility in São Bernardo do Campo, Brazil. The aerostructures plant, called Saab Aeronáutica Montagens, is the first outside Sweden to produce large components of the combat aircraft, the company says on 7 July.
7/8/2020
Defence ministry approves purchase of 33 fighter aircraft for IAF, 248 indigenous missiles
In a boost to the armed forces, the Ministry of Defence Thursday cleared the purchase of 21 MiG-29 and 12 Sukhoi-30 MKI fighter aircraft, besides 248 indigenous long-range air to air missiles, Astra, among others. In total, the ministry cleared the purchase of platforms and equipment for the armed forces to the tune of Rs 38,900 crore. It has also approved the upgrade of the existing 59 MiG-29 aircraft for the Indian Air Force (IAF).
7/7/2020
Lebanon to sell outdated aircraft as Air Force eyes new trainers
The Lebanese government plans to sell five outdated Air Force Hawker Hunter fighter jets and three Sikorsky S-61 helicopters in an attempt to reallocate the service’s resources, a government source has confirmed to Defense News.
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