May, 2009 Military Aviation News

India floats tender for combat, heavy lift helicopters


To replace its ageing helicopter fleet, the Indian Air Force (IAF) has released the much-awaited tenders for 22 combat and 15 heavy lift choppers to US, European and Russian manufacturers.

Egypt Intends To Purchase 24 More Lockheed Martin F-16s


The U.S. Department of Defense formally notified Congress on April 12 of Egypt's intent to purchase 24 more F-16 aircraft. This begins a 30-day review period.

Russia to upgrade military transport fleet, buy new planes


The acquisition of new aircraft for Russia's military transport aviation will begin in 2012, while modernized Il-76, An-22 and An-124 aircraft will remain in service for another 20-30 years, a senior Air Force official said on Friday.

Russian govt. approves Kyrgyz airbase lease extension to 49 years


The Russian government has approved the 49-year term of its lease of an airbase in Kyrgyzstan, with an automatic prolongation every 25 years.

Gripen policing the Baltic States’ airspace


The Czech Air Force is now responsible for protecting the airspace of the Baltic countries. Czech Gripens are therefore policing the skies over Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

Pakistan fighter jet crashes


A CHINESE-BUILT Pakistan Air Force FT-7 fighter jet crashed in central Pakistan on Friday during a training run but the pilots ejected safely, officials said.

Indian MiG-21 crashes in Rajasthan; pilot safe


In the third crash of a fighter plane in Rajasthan in a month, a MiG-21 went down in a village about 40km from Jodhpur on Wednesday. The pilot was brought down by villagers from a tree into which he fell after ejecting safely.

Iraq Orders C-130Js


In August 1990, Iraq’s Air Force had more than 500 aircraft in their inventory. The IqAF was decimated in 1991, after Saddam invaded Kuwait and ended up facing the US military and its allies. What remained was hobbled by extensive, and expensive, no-fly zones, until the war formally concluded in 2003 with a US-led invasion that eliminated Saddam’s regime. Rebuilding it under the new Iraqi government has been a slow process.

IAF practicing MIG-29/F-16 dogfights


Israel Air Force test pilots are flying MIG 29 jets and conducting dogfights against the IAF's F-16 fighters.

Rolls-Royce awarded $80 million contract for C-130J engine


Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, has been awarded a contract worth $80 million by the U.S. Air Force to provide AE 2100D3 spare engines and parts to power Lockheed Martin C-130J military transport aircraft for the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Marine Corps, the Royal Norwegian Air Force and the Indian Air Force.

First Russian AWACS plane put in service with Indian air force


The first Russian-made A-50 Mainstay AWACS aircraft developed on the basis of Il-76MD military transport plane officially entered service on Thursday with the Indian Air Force (IAF).

Iran, Israel ready to go to war


On April 18, the London Times reported that "the Israeli military is preparing itself to launch a massive aerial assault on Iran's nuclear facilities within days of being given the go-ahead by its new government."



Embraer delivered the 100th Super Tucano aircraft, today, at the Company’s headquarters in São José dos Campos, State of São Paulo, Brazil. The Brazilian Air Force (Força Aérea Brasileira – FAB) established the technical-operational requisites for this advanced turboprop, designated as the A-29 by the FAB, which has ordered 99 aircraft, and now receives this commemorative unit.

US bomber violates Pakistani airspace


A United States B-52 bomber aircraft on Tuesday violated Pakistan’s airspace over North Waziristan Agency.

In an extreme situation N. Korea could sell its nuclear capability to al-Qaeda


The latest North Korean nuclear test was not just a political act. Pyongyang is actively developing its nuclear capabilities. This is the opinion of Dr. Charles M. Perry, which he expressed in an interview with RIA Novosti. Dr. Charles M. Perry is vice president and director of studies at the Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis, Inc., and vice president of National Security Planning Associates, Inc.

Fifth-generation fighter to be developed in joint project


The development of the fifth-generation jet fighter is one of the most widely discussed issues in Russia's military. What's more, with its potential involvement in developing the jet fighter, India, one of Russia's long-standing partners in military technical cooperation, confirms its interest in Russia's future project.

India rejects Russian aerial tankers over poor maintenance


India has dropped Russia from a $1-bln tender to supply six aerial tankers for the Indian Air Force due to poor after-sales maintenance services, the Hindustan Times cited the air force chief as saying.

Boeing KC-767J Aerial Refueling Tankers Join Active Air Wing in Japan


The Boeing Company today announced that three KC-767J aerial refueling tankers recently achieved Initial Operational Capability (IOC) and have been placed in an active air wing in the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF).

Pakistani Immigrant Leads Air Department Aboard Carrier


A USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) officer has broken stereotypes in the Navy across all ranks during the past 22 years.

UAE still in talks to buy Rafale planes from France


The United Arab Emirates and France are continuing negotiations on the Gulf Arab state's potential purchase of French Rafale fighter planes, the UAE's foreign minister said on Monday.

IAF's first AWACS arrives from Israel


Escorted by combat jets, the first of three Indian Air Force (IAF) "eye-in-the-sky" airborne warning and control systems (AWACS) flew in from Israel to the Jamnagar airbase in Gujarat Monday and will be formally inducted into the force here Thursday.

Nuclear blast in North Korea: A face-saving reason for talks


The past few days shocked the Korean Peninsula at least twice. Roh Moo Hyun, who served as South Korea's president from 2003 to 2008, jumped from a 100-foot cliff on May 23 while hiking near his home. On May 25, North Korea expressed condolences to South Korea and at the same time announced a successful test of a nuclear weapon.

Bolivia set to order weaponry from Russia


Bolivia may order weaponry worth several million dollars from Russia in the near future, a deputy foreign minister said on Friday.

Australia to Acquire Eight P-8A Maritime Surveillance Aircraft


Australia has committed to buy eight Boeing P-8A maritime patrol aircraft as part of an investment of $A5 billion. These aircraft will maintain the capability currently provided by the AP-3C Orion aircraft, when that aircraft is retired in 2018 after 30 years of RAAF service.

Elmendorf to retire F-15s next year


The Air Force has announced plans to retire legacy fighters to fund a smaller and more capable force and redistribute people for higher priority missions. This proposal includes the 28-year presence of F-15s at Elmendorf drawing to a close in 2010 when the last of its 24 F-15s depart.

USAF officials announce Combat Air Forces restructure plan


Following the May 7 roll-out of the fiscal year 2010 budget proposal for the Department of Defense, Air Force officials announced plans to retire legacy fighters to fund a smaller and more capable force and redistribute people for higher priority missions.

How Sri Lanka's military won


Few believed him when Sri Lanka's powerful defence secretary said he required three years to defeat the once invincible Tamil Tiger rebels.

Boeing B-52 With Combat Network Communications Upgrade Makes 1st Flight


Boeing today announced the successful first flight of a B-52 Stratofortress upgraded with Combat Network Communications Technology (CONECT), a modification that equips the legendary B-52 with 21st-century situational awareness and mission flexibility. The aircraft made the 3.5-hour flight on May 21 from the Boeing Integrated Defense Systems facility in Wichita.

Boeing Wins $250M Special Ops Contract for ScanEagle ISR Services


Boeing announced today that it recently received a contract from U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) services using the ScanEagle unmanned aircraft system (UAS). The contract has a potential value of $250 million.

Russia freezes warplane contract with Syria


Russia has put on a hold a contract to deliver MiG-31E Foxhound interceptor-fighters to Syria, a Russian business daily reported on Wednesday, citing defense-industry sources.

Indonesian Military Plane Crashes


Indonesian officials say a military transport plane crashed into homes and burst into flames Wednesday near an air force base in East Java, killing at least 97 people and injuring more than 10 others.

Boeing to Develop Counter-Electronics High Power Microwave Aircraft


The Boeing Company was awarded a $38 million contract April 27 to develop and test a nonlethal, high power microwave (HPM) airborne demonstrator for the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory’s (AFRL) Counter-electronics High power microwave Advanced Missile Project (CHAMP).

Lockheed Martin Awarded Technology Development Contract for F/A-18E/F


Martin was awarded a $4 million contract by the Boeing Company for the technology development phase of the F/A-18E/F Infrared Search and Track (IRST) program.

Future Of Military Aviation Lies With Drones - US Admiral


Unmanned aircraft likely represent the future for U.S. military aviation, with next-generation bombers and fighter planes operating without pilots onboard, the top U.S. military officer said Thursday.

The Alenia Aermacchi M-346 “MASTER” makes its first three aircraft formation flight


The 60-minute flight was made by the two prototypes and LRIP00, representative of the series production configuration, while the M-311 aircraft acted as camera ship.

Israel nuclear programme 'real danger'


Israel's alleged atomic arsenal poses "the real danger" in the Middle East and not Iran's nuclear programme, Arab League chief Amr Musa said on Sunday.

Zardari seeks US drones 'ownership'


President Asif Ali Zardari has said Pakistan’s nuclear arms are in safe hands and those foreign governments, which could have apprehensions in this regard, are satisfied with the security situation in the country and with the command and control system that Islamabad already has. The matter of acquisition of technology in order to tackle militancy and terrorism had been taken up in his talks with the US leaders during his visit to Washington and there would be a breakthrough and good news very

Northrop Grumman Highlights Maritime Defence Capabilities At IMDEX Asia 2009, Singapore


Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) will display a range of its maritime defence capabilities and programmes including navigation and ship control systems, landing platform dock (LPD) amphibious ships and the International Patrol Frigate, at the International Maritime Defence Exhibition & Conference (IMDEX), Singapore.

Czech Air Force Acquires C-295 Military Transport Aircraft


The Ministry of Defence of the Czech Republic has signed an agreement for the acquisition of four C-295 military transport aircraft from Airbus Military. The agreement extends to logistical support. These aircraft will replace the former fleet of Antonov An-26 aircraft.

India to acquire first AWACS Aircraft


India is expected to acquire its first Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) next week, officials said on Monday, crowning its drive to achieve air dominance over rival Pakistan.

U.S. buys Su-27 fighters from Ukraine for 'aggressor' training


The United States has bought two Su-27 Flanker fighter jets to help train U.S. pilots to cope with the growing number of Russian 4th-generation aircraft sold around the globe, a U.S. online magazine said.

Russia to start flight tests of 5th-generation fighter by yearend


A Russian deputy prime minister said Monday that flight tests of a fifth-generation fighter will start in Russia by the end of 2009.

B-1B makes impact throughout Southwest Asia


Before late 2008, the B-1B Lancer was known primarily as a bomber, but since then the aircraft was modified to include the Sniper Advanced Targeting Pod now provides nontraditional intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance to ground forces.

USAF, ROKAF put Max Thunder into full swing


U.S. and Republic of Korea Air Force personnel began the second 7th Air Force-designed Max Thunder bilateral air training exercise here May 7.

Boeing Delivers RAAF C-17 Aircrew Training System


Boeing has delivered a C-17 Aircrew Training System (ATS) to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), making Australia the first C-17 ATS customer outside the United States.

RSAF gets 4 F-15SG jets


THE Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) has received its first four F-15SG fighter jets, armed with the most advanced air-to-air missiles and the sharpest sensors outside the United States.

Pentagon budget scraps funding for 2nd F-35 engine


Defying Congress for a fourth straight year, the Pentagon on Thursday submitted a budget proposal for fiscal 2010 that once again zeros out funding for an alternate engine for the F-35 fighter plane being developed by General Electric Co and Rolls-Royce Group Plc.

Russian bombers continue routine patrols over Atlantic, Arctic


A pair of Russian Tu-95 Bear strategic bombers have carried out a routine patrol flight over the North Atlantic and the Arctic, an Air Force spokesman said on Thursday.

IAI Will Exhibit a Wide Array of Advanced Systems at the Singapore International Maritime Defense Exhibition and Conference– IMDEX Asia 2009


Israel Aerospace Industries' (IAI) exhibit at the International Maritime Defense Exhibition and Conference (IMDEX Asia 2009) will feature a broad range of products and technologies that demonstrate the company's leadership in developing solutions to meet current and future maritime needs.

Boeing Unveils US Navy Paint Scheme for P-8A Poseidon


The first painted P-8A Poseidon aircraft rolls out of the paint hangar at Boeing's Renton, Wash., facility, displaying its new U.S. Navy livery.

Test Proves Raytheon KillerBee UAS Can Be Recovered At Sea


Raytheon Company's KillerBee unmanned aircraft system demonstrated it can be recovered from a net on a moving platform, simulating an at-sea recovery.

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