August, 2017 Military Aviation News

Anytime, anywhere: combat controllers enable global access in Estonia

08/17/2017

A quiet, rural highway in northern Estonia transformed into a bustling military airfield as combat controllers guided A-10C Thunderbolt IIs onto the 50-foot-wide freeway during a flying training deployment, Aug. 10, 2017. A small force of eight 321st Special Tactics Squadron combat controllers surveyed the two-lane highway, deconflicted airspace and exercised command and control on the ground and in the air to land A-10s from the Maryland ANG's 104th Fighter Squadron on the Jägala -Käravete High

Rebels say they shoot down Syrian military jet, army confirms crash

08/16/2017

The Syrian military said on Tuesday that one of its jets crashed in southern Syria, state television reported, hours after Western-backed rebels said they had shot it down and captured the pilot. State-owned Ikhbariya television quoted a Syrian army source as saying an investigation was under way to determine what caused the crash. It did not mention the fate of the pilot.

The Real Reason Kim Is Threatening Guam

08/16/2017

On a steamy May afternoon at Anderson Air Force Base in Guam, military air traffic converges from all over the world: gray B-52s from North Dakota, KC-130 tankers from Pennsylvania and C-130s from South Korea.

Procurement a key priority for Israel's new air force chief

08/16/2017

The appointment of Maj Gen Amikam Norkin as the Israeli air force's new commander could expedite some of its procurement plans, including for the Boeing KC-46A tanker, Lockheed Martin F-35 and longer-endurance unmanned air vehicles.

Argentina halts talks linked to Kfir buy

08/16/2017

Argentina has stopped negotiations about a possible purchase of upgraded Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) Kfir fighters, despite indications earlier this year that a deal for 12-14 aircraft could be finalised.

Australia joins Germany in grounding Tiger attack helicopters

08/16/2017

Investigations are ongoing into the late July accident involving a German army-operated example that came down in unexplained circumstances around 44nm (82km) northeast of Gao. Berlin immediately withdrew its Tigers from service, although its four aircraft remaining in Mali – deployed as part of a multinational fight against an Islamic insurgency – will be allowed to perform missions in emergency situations, says its defence ministry.

RSAF F-15SG fighter jets to take part in US air warfare exercise

08/15/2017

The Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) will take part in this year's Exercise Red Flag - Nellis air combat exercise in the United States, the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) said in a press release on Monday (Aug 14). The RSAF will deploy eight F-15SG fighter aircraft and more than 100 personnel from its Peace Carvin V detachment in Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, to participate in the large-scale exercise.

Mobility Air Forces, Combat Air Forces operate together during Mobility Guardian

08/15/2017

Exercise Mobility Guardian highlighted the close relationship between Mobility and Combat Air Forces, who teamed up to execute approximately 90 sorties together, July 31 to Aug. 12, 2017. The exercise provided the MAF and CAF opportunities to integrate combat capabilities in a dynamic, highly contested environment to help ensure future mission success at both the tactical and strategic level.

Upgraded maritime Jaguar makes first flight

08/15/2017

Indian state-owned airframer Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL) has performed the maiden flight of an upgraded two-seat, maritime-strike Sepecat Jaguar fitted with an active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar.

Pakistan, Russia to Foster Defense Industry Cooperation

08/15/2017

Moscow and Islamabad will increase cooperation in areas of mutual interest, including the energy and defense industries, Pakistani Ambassador to Russia Qazi Khalilullah said Monday at a gala evening held to mark the 70th anniversary of Pakistan’s independence from the then-British Empire.

Iranian, US Aircraft Had Another ‘Unsafe and Unprofessional’ Encounter in Gulf

08/15/2017

For the second time in less than seven days an Iranian military drone buzzed a US Navy aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf, creating a “dangerous situation with the potential for collision” with US jets, the US Navy said Monday.

US Pilot Belly-Lands A-10 Warthog (PHOTOS)

08/15/2017

A US airman in Michigan was forced to make the least-worst decision out of a set of bad options after radio communication died, the plane’s canopy flew off, and the landing gear wouldn’t release.

RUSSIA UNVEILS FIRST STEALTH FIGHTER JET SUKHOI-57 TO RIVAL U.S. MILITARY

08/13/2017

Russia has officially unveiled the Sukhoi-57, its next-generation supersonic stealth combat jet set to rival the U.S. F-22 and the Chinese Chengdu J-20 and Shenyang J-31, Ministry of Defense TV channel Zvezda reported Friday.

US special forces detail requirements for light attack aircraft

08/13/2017

As the US Air Force wraps up its OA-X light attack demonstration this week, US Special Operations Command released its own solicitation for a separate special operations light attack aircraft.

Lockheed denies report on F-16 tech transfer to India

08/13/2017

A recent report claiming the US denied critical F-16 technology to the government of India is erroneous, the US Air Force and F-16 manufacturer Lockheed Martin say. New Delhi is searching for a new single-engine fighter to recapitalise the Indian air force’s aging fighter fleet. The report from Defenseworld.net quoted the Indian Minister of State for Defence saying the US has not agreed to transfer F-16 technology and production to India.

ANALYSIS: RAF Typhoons impress on Romanian air policing duty

08/13/2017

Through a shimmering heat haze, the pilots of two sleek combat aircraft run to their jets, armed and ready beneath makeshift sun shelters on a Romanian base near the Black Sea coast. These are not the crews of the home nation's Aerostar-adapted MiG-21 Lancer interceptors, however, but of Royal Air Force Eurofighter Typhoon FGR4s, deployed to help safeguard NATO territory.

US Fighter Jet Crashes in Bahrain

08/13/2017

A US F-18 fighter jet experiencing an engine malfunction made a crash landing Saturday at Bahrain International Airport, briefly interfering with commercial flight schedules. The pilot, who ejected from the aircraft after it ran off the runway, escaped unharmed.

Next-Generation Russian Air Force Aircraft to Be Unmanned

08/13/2017

The aviation technologies such as planes and helicopters for the Russian Aerospace Forces will be unmanned in the future, Aerospace Forces Commander Col. Gen. Viktor Bondarev said Saturday. The commander added that the Aerospace Forces had achieved excellent results in combat training as the annual flight time of each pilot amounted to no less than 120 hours and that figure would increase.

How Russian PAK FA 5th Gen Fighter Evolved (PHOTO, VIDEO)

08/13/2017

Russia’s fifth-generation fighter jet, formerly known as the Prospective Airborne Complex of Frontline Aviation (PAK FA), or Sukhoi T-50, has officially been named the Su-57. RIA Novosti contributor Andrei Kots takes a look at the evolution of Russia’s premier fighter jet.

UK Snoops? British Spy Plane May Be En Route to Scan Korean Peninsula

08/13/2017

A UK Royal Air Force RC-135 reconnaissance aircraft may be on its way to the Korean Peninsula as tensions mount between North Korea and the allied forces of the US, Japan and South Korea, the UK Defence Journal reported Friday.

US Air Force B-1B Heavy Bombers Return to Guam from DPRK Coastal Patrol

08/13/2017

US Air Force B-1B Lancers returned to Andersen Air Force base on Guam this week after completing a 10-hour joint flight missions with South Korean and Japanese aircraft near North Korea.

The Air Force is testing these 4 planes to potentially fight alongside the legendary A-10

08/11/2017

Air Force officials and international observers have flocked to Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico for the service's Light Attack Experiment, going on throughout August. The exercise has been planned for months, after Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein said in January the branch was looking for an inexpensive fighter with the ability to do close-air-support missions.

USAF returns mothballed Raptor to fleet

08/11/2017

The US Air Force has taken a Lockheed Martin F-22A out of storage and plans to return the Raptor to flying status by the end of this year, the service confirms to FlightGlobal. The service’s fiscal year 2018 budget justification documents states the F-22 programme will add another operational test aircraft to the fleet by taking one aircraft out of flyable storage.

MV-22 struck flight deck before fatal crash

08/11/2017

A US Marine Corps Bell Boeing MV-22 struck the flight deck of an amphibious transport dock before crashing into waters off the coast of East Australia on 5 August, a US Navy document shows.

Audit report highlights Italy's F-35 challenges

08/11/2017

Italy wants to move its four Lockheed Martin F-35As allocated to an international training school in the USA to Europe, to support its operational preparations with the type, according to an audit office report published on 7 August.

‘Strong and Resolute’: South Korea, Japan Issue ‘Stern Warning’ to North Korea

08/11/2017

South Korea and Japan reaffirmed their support for the US on Thursday following North Korea’s announcement that they are considering a ballistic missile attack against Andersen Air Force Base on the US island territory of Guam in Micronesia.

India Freezes Purchase of Additional AH-64E Apache From US

08/11/2017

Indian Army was to receive its first tranche of eleven AH-64E Apache helicopters under the options clause of an earlier deal; but government says it has no immediate plans to place the order.

Iranian drone that harassed Navy fighter jet is capable of carrying missiles, but was unarmed, official says

08/10/2017

U.S. military officials say an Iranian drone harassed and nearly collided with a Navy attack jet Tuesday as it prepared to land on an aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf. The drone approached the F/A-18E Super Hornet as it circled above the USS Nimitz, officials said. The Hornet’s pilot was forced to make a sudden maneuver to avoid striking the unmanned aircraft, and they passed within 100 feet of each other.

India to finalize fifth-gen fighter deal

08/10/2017

India is going ahead with the acquisition of a fifth-generation fighter aircraft with Russia after an internal committee of the Ministry of Defence recommended that the purchase of the aircraft will duplicate India’s plan to develop a homegrown advanced medium combat aircraft, according to an MoD official.

Indonesia To Trade Coffee And Palm Oil For Su-35 Super Flanker Combat Aircraft

08/10/2017

According to the information released by The Jakarta Post on Aug. 4., Indonesia is going to barter its resources, including coffee, to acquire the Russian Su-35 supermaneuverable fighter aircraft. The whole deal is to be directed by an Indonesian state-owned company – PT Perusahaan Perdagangan, collaborating with Rostec.

India’s Light Combat Aircraft Well Behind Schedule

08/10/2017

India’s state-owned aircraft maker Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) continues to fall behind schedule in delivering the country’s first domestically designed and produced light fighter aircraft, the Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA), according to information released by India’s Ministry of Defense (MoD) last week.

Super Tigers: New Upgrades to Keep Aging Thai F-5s Flying Into the 2030s

08/10/2017

The Thai Royal Air Force (TRAF) is enhancing the readiness of its fleet via an upgrade package that will transform four F-5E Tigers into bonafide F-5T Super Tigers. The warplanes will receive Python-4 and I Derby beyond-visual-range air-to-air weapons, new radar systems, electronic warfare capabilities and "network-centric capabilities for disaster preparedness," the Air Force said in an August 2 announcement.

China's First Homemade Aircraft Carrier to Enter Mooring Trials Next Month

08/10/2017

China’s first homemade aircraft carrier will likely enter mooring trials next month ahead of schedule, said Hu Wenming, general director of construction of the aircraft carrier, CCTV.com reported on Aug. 3.

US Nuclear Bombers Buzz Korean Peninsula as Kim Jong-un Threatens Guam

08/10/2017

On August 8, two supersonic US B1-B Lancer bombers flanked by Japanese and South Korean jets conducted a pair of air drills over the course of 10 hours off the Korean peninsula, near southern Kyushu island, in an apparent show of force against Pyongyang. The provocative act could mark a dangerous new stage in the ongoing fracas.

South Korean President Calls for Urgent Enhancement of Defense Capabilities

08/10/2017

outh Korea must urgently and completely reform its defense system in view of the threat of North Korea, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Wednesday.

US Air Force awards Air Force One replacement contract

08/09/2017

The US Air Force has awarded Boeing a contract for two commercial 747-8 aircraft to replace an aging fleet of 747-200s serving as presidential transports. The latest contract modifies an existing deal with Boeing awarded in 2016 to analyse options for reducing the risk of technical glitches in development of the new Air Force One fleet, as well assess classified requirements.

Israel grounds Apaches after fatal accident

08/09/2017

As the AH-64A "Peten" approached Ramon air base, its pilot reported a technical problem. Seconds later, it crashed between the two runways, killing its pilot. The second crew member was taken to hospital after sustaining serious injuries.

Israeli Air Forces Target Hamas Posts in Gaza in Response to Projectile Launch

08/09/2017

The Israeli Air Forces targeted two posts of the Hamas movement in Gaza Strip, responding to a projectile launched at Israel shortly before, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) said on Wednesday.

US Defense Contractor to Supply Egypt, Iraq With Infrared Countermeasure Flares

08/09/2017

A US defense contractor won more than $18 million to supply Egypt and Iraq with infrared countermeasure flares to protect aircraft, the Defense Department said in a press release. "Armtec Countermeasures Company [of] Coachella, California has been awarded an $18,033,583… Foreign Military Sales (Egypt and Iraq) contract for the procurement of the infrared countermeasure flares," the release stated on Tuesday.

Special Report: Air Force Plans Future Warfare in the A-10

08/08/2017

Known for an ability to keep flying after taking multiple rounds of enemy machine gun fire, land and operate in rugged terrain, destroy groups of enemy fighters with a 30mm cannon and unleash a wide arsenal of attack weapons, the A-10 is described by pilots as a “flying tank” in the sky -- able to hover over ground war and provide life-saving close air support in high-threat combat environments.

Is India Getting Ready to Build Its Own Stealth Fighter?

08/07/2017

In 2008, India’s Aeronautical Development Agency began developing a multirole fighter to replace its large fleet of aging Jaguar, Mirage and MiG-23 fighters. The new project was tentatively dubbed the Medium Combat Aircraft (later revised to the Advanced MCA, or AMCA), to be produced domestically by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited.

US APPROVES A-29 SUPER TUCANO LIGHT COMBAT AIRCRAFT SALE TO NIGERIA

08/07/2017

The U.S. State Department has greenlit a proposed $593 million U.S. sale of 12 Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) A-29 Super Tucano close air support (CAS) aircraft to Nigeria. According to the news release provided by the Defence Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), the proposal includes the dozen aircraft as well as “all associated training, spare parts, aviation and ground support equipment, and hangar, facilities, and infrastructure required to support the program.”

Navy Essay: How the F-35C Will Change Naval Aviation

08/05/2017

As the first director for the Navy’s F-35C Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) Fleet Integration Office, I have enjoyed the opportunities and challenges of bringing fifth-generation strike-fighter capabilities to the fleet. As this highly advanced weapons system matures, I am convinced the F-35C will be a cornerstone platform that plays a crucial role in mission success for Carrier Air Wings (CVW), Carrier Strike Groups (CSG) and numbered fleets. The F-35C will be a game-changer for the Navy.

F-16 fighter jet sale to India: Centre says no immediate proposal to buy from Lockheed Martin

08/05/2017

The government has said there is no proposal to buy Lockheed Martin’s F-16 fighter jets for the Indian Air Force at the moment. “There is no immediate proposal to procure F-16 fighter jets for the Indian Air Force. Details of agreements entered into by Indian companies in this regard are not held by the government,” minister of state for defence Subhash Bhamre said in a written reply to the Lok Sabha.

AFRL funds demonstration for extended range Desert Hawk

08/05/2017

The US Air Force Research Laboratory is funding advanced technologies for Lockheed Martin’s Desert Hawk Extended Endurance and Range (DH EER) unmanned air vehicle, including upgrades that will allow maritime operations.

Future European MALE UAV will be twin turboprop

08/05/2017

A future European rival to the US Air Force’s MQ-9 Reaper unmanned air system (UAS) will feature a twin-engined turboprop configuration, says a multi-national weapons development agency.

USAF set aside requirements for OA-X experiment

08/05/2017

Four platforms are flying this week at Holloman AFB, New Mexico for the US Air Force’s light attack OA-X experiment, but the makeup of those aircraft might have turned out differently had more contractors come forward to participate.

Next Marine One helicopter achieves first flight

08/05/2017

The US president's next helicopter, the Sikorsky VH-92A, flew for the first time on 28 July in Stratford, Connecticut, Lockheed Martin announces in a 3 August news release. The presidential transport variant of the S-92 took off from Sikorsky headquarters in Stratford, Connecticut. In two sorties, the aircraft completed checked off several test points, including hover control, low-speed forward flight, and a pass over the airfield.

Israel weighing interest in STOVL-variant F-35

08/04/2017

New threats faced by Israel have placed the potential purchase of short take-off and vertical landing (STOVL) variant Lockheed Martin F-35Bs as a high priority. Discussions are under way, with Israel's defence ministry hoping to reach a decision before a new 10-year Foreign Military Financing agreement with the USA comes into effect in 2019.

Indian report slams Il-76 availability rate

08/04/2017

A report by India’s comptroller and auditor general (CAG) has highlighted the poor serviceability of 14 Ilyushin Il-76MD heavy transports and six Il-78 tankers operated by the nation's air force. According to a CAG report, average serviceability of the Il-76 and Il-78 fleet in the period from 2010-2016 was 38% and 49%, respectively. The required average figure for both types is set at 70%.

Three Philippine C-130s to get avionics upgrade

08/04/2017

The upgrade will involve converting the cockpit from analogue to digital, and integrating a glass cockpit that includes touch screen displays, says the country's air force in a statement. Flight Fleets Analyzer shows that the Philippines operates five C-130s: one C-130B, two C-130Hs, and two C-130Ts. The average age of these aircraft is 40.2 years.

US OK’s Sending A-29 Combat Aircraft to Nigeria to Fight Terror Groups

08/04/2017

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency said that the Department of State has approved the sale of a dozen A-29 Super-Turcano aircraft to Nigeria to fight terrorists’ movements.

Russian Helicopters Company to Repair Additional Hungarian Mi-17 Chopper

08/04/2017

The Russian Helicopters company said it has finished the overhaul of four Mi-17 military helicopters for the Hungarian Ministry of Defense, planning on repairing one more chopper on a separate agreement.

USAF improving its bunker buster bomb

08/03/2017

Bids are due within a month for a US Air Force contract to build an improved version of the 2,000lb BLU-109 penetrator and deliver at least 12,000 of the bunker-busting bombs over the next five years. The improved BLU-109, which will be redesignated the BLU-137, and should correct known deficiencies and make the weapon more reliable against targets such as bunkers and hardened aircraft shelters, the service tells FlightGlobal.

BAE details slowing Typhoon production rate

08/03/2017

BAE Systems delivered 10 Eurofighter Typhoons in the first half of this year, as the UK company and its European partners wait for further international sales to safeguard long-term production of the type.

ANALYSIS: Small Iomax has big plans for light-attack champion Archangel

08/03/2017

Light-attack aircraft come in many forms: purpose-built turboprops such as the Embraer A-29, converted turboprop trainers like the Beechcraft AT-6 and Korea Aerospace Industries KT-1, and even jet-powered trainers modified to carry weapons and surveillance equipment.

WATCH: South Korea Tests Massive Bunker-Busting Missile

08/03/2017

South Korea has tested the Hyunmoo-II, a missile able to penetrate thickly protected fortifications, The Diplomat’s Ankit Panda tweeted on July 30. The demonstration is widely seen as a show of force in response to North Korea’s relentless pursuit of a nuclear weapon along with an effective delivery method, as exemplified by the country’s latest ballistic missile test. Friday’s launch was the 18th such missile to be tested by North Korea this year.

Lockheed Martin Wins $158Mln to Upgrade Navy Surveillance Planes for Germany

08/03/2017

Pentagon announced that Lockheed Martin won a contract worth more than $158 million to upgrade mission computers, acoustic equipment, armament systems on eight P-3C Orion surveillance aircraft for Germany.

Defence Forces Lost 37 Aircraft, Helicopters In Last 3 yrs: Government

08/02/2017

A total of 37 defence aircraft and helicopters have crashed since May 2014 in which 55 people were killed, the government told the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday. According to details provided by the minister of state for defence, the armed forces lost 25 aircraft and 12 helicopters during the period.

Satellite images show 33 Russian combat aircraft at Syria’s Khmeimim Airbase – Pictures

08/02/2017

Recent satellite images (dated July 15, 2017) of the Khmeimim Airbase in Syria’s Latakia Governorate have surfaced on social media. The pictures reveal the presence of a total of thirty-three (33) combat aircraft belonging to the Russian Aerospace Forces at the military installation.

ANALYSIS: Combat Dragon revival kicks off, but USAF light attack plans unclear

08/02/2017

In 1968, the US Joint Chiefs of Staff needed an answer. The US Air Force then operated two vastly different types of aircraft to attack North Vietnamese trucks moving reinforcements and supplies down the Ho Chi Minh Trail. The Joint Chiefs wanted to know how well each type of aircraft –the fast, modern jets with high wing loadings and slow propeller-driven fighters with lightly loaded wings – performed that mission.

Does North Korea Have an ICBM With a Working Reentry Mechanism?

08/02/2017

Even if North Korea has successfully constructed an ICBM that can fly into low earth orbit en route to hitting targets like the continental United States, American and South Korean experts have expressed doubts that the missile will be an effective weapon by the time it completes the journey.

Russian Planes Intercepted by NATO Jets During Training Mission - MoD

08/02/2017

Two Russian MiG-31 Foxhound fighter jets and an An-26 Curl military transport aircraft carried out a planned training flight over the neutral waters of the Baltic Sea on Tuesday when they were intercepted by two NATO fighters, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

USAF and special operations team up on light attack aircraft

08/01/2017

As month-long demonstration begins today, a newly-released acquisition document reveals a potential path for the US Air Force to acquire a light air support capability for special operations forces.

Avionics upgrade to boost French AWACS fleet

08/01/2017

An avionics upgrade will enable France's Boeing E-3F airborne warning and control system (AWACS) fleet to remain operationally relevant until at least 2035, the nation's DGA defence procurement agency says.

RAF weighs training balance as new fleet nears use

08/01/2017

Military release to service for the Grob Aircraft G120TP was achieved on 11 July, and the elementary trainer will be followed into use by the Embraer Phenom 100 and Beechcraft T-6C. The Elbit Systems/KBR joint venture company Affinity Flying Training Services is responsible for acquiring, introducing and supporting an eventual combined fleet of at least 38 aircraft.

PICTURE: US Army awards Block II Chinook contract

08/01/2017

Boeing has received a three-year, $267 million contract from the US Army that will see it build three modernised CH-47 Chinook transport helicopters. The rotorcraft will be built to a CH-47F Block II standard, the company says. The primary objective is boosting the CH-47's lifting power.

US Airstrikes in Somalia Kill High-Ranking Militant

08/01/2017

An American airstrike in Somalia on Saturday killed a militant with the al-Qaeda aligned al-Shabaab Mogadishu Attack Network. This is the third US airstrike in Somalia as part of the renewed bombing campaign that began in June.

Seoul: North Korea Likely to Conduct Sixth Nuclear Test Soon

08/01/2017

South Korea’s Defense Ministry said Monday that North Korea will likely conduct its sixth nuclear test and and another intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) test launch, in the wake of two controversial launches in July.

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