September, 2017 Military Aviation News

Italian Eurofighter Typhoon Crashes During Terracina Airshow Killing Test Pilot

09/25/2017

On Sunday Sept. 24, 2017, an Italian Air Force Eurofighter F-2000A Typhoon (most probably MM7278/RS-23) belonging to the Reparto Sperimentale Volo (Test Wing) has crashed into the sea at Terracina, 76 kilometres south of Rome. Based on the several videos that have already emerged on social media, the pilot Capt. Gabriele Orlandi was unable to /did not recover the aircraft at the end of a looping and didn’t attempt to eject from the jet.

What Weapons Would the U.S. Military Use Against North Korea?

09/25/2017

The United States has substantial air, land, and sea forces stationed in South Korea, as well as several units based in Japan and the western Pacific earmarked for a Korean contingency. Together, these forces far exceed the firepower of North Korea’s armed forces and represent a powerful deterrent not just against Pyongyang but any potential adversary in the region.

The F-15 is Taking a Page Out of the Su-27 Book

09/25/2017

The F-15 Eagle rightfully boasts of one of the most successful runs in air-to-air combat of all time. In fact, the F-15 Eagle is undefeated when the air-to-air combat has been for real, with over 100 kills. But believe it or not, it has lacked something — something that its arch-rival, the Sukhoi Su-27 Flanker, has had from day one.

CHINESE WARPLANES: COMBAT AIRCRAFT AND UNITS OF THE CHINESE AIR FORCE AND NAVAL AVIATION

09/25/2017

Over the past two decades, the term “modernization” has been widely used by foreign affairs experts, military and political leaders, and intelligence analysts to describe the startling rapidity of the Chinese military’s rise from an arguably primitive force to one of the most technologically-advanced militaries in the world.

Some for War, Others for Show: World's Top 5 Lesser-Known Aircraft Carriers

09/25/2017

When it comes to news about aircraft carriers, the US Navy has a virtual monopoly. Its fleet of Nimitz- and Gerald R. Ford-class supercarriers outclasses pretty much anything other naval powers, including near-competitors Russia and China, have to throw at them in terms of numbers, pure tonnage, and power projection capabilities.

U.S. bombers, fighter jets counter 'reckless behavior' in show of force off North Korea coast

09/24/2017

U.S. Air Force B-1B bombers and F-15 jets, flying in international waters, carried out a show of force Saturday off the coast of North Korea aimed at countering what the Pentagon called Pyongyang's "reckless behavior." The Pentagon said the operation was taking place at the farthest point north of the Demilitarized Zone, which separates North and South Korea, that any U.S. fighter or bomber aircraft has flown this century.

US-Led Coalition Jets Shot Down Syrian Combat Aircraft and UAV - Commander

09/23/2017

US Air Forces Central Command, Southwest Asia Commander Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Harrigian stated that in the recent months the US-led coalition against the Daesh has shot down unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) in Syria and one Syrian combat aircraft 'all in defense of our troops'.

USAF provides new detail on KC-46 issues

09/23/2017

The US Air Force’s Boeing KC-46 tanker is facing three outstanding issues as it moves through testing, including a boom scraping problem that could pose serious risk to the tanker’s aircrew.

OPINION: National interests are hard to please

09/23/2017

In Ottawa, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau faces a dilemma. He postponed selection of a permanent replacement for a fleet of ageing Boeing CF-18s last year, partly over concerns about the cost of buying 65 Lockheed Martin F-35As. Then, Boeing brought an anti-dumping case against the Bombardier CSeries to the US Commerce Department, forcing him to shelve a planned interim buy of 18 F/A-18E/F Super Hornets.

Trump Prepares to Roll Back Drone Strike Rules Against Jihadist 'Foot-Soldiers’

09/23/2017

The Trump administration’s counterterrorism operations may start to include more and more drone strikes and commando raids on "foot-soldier jihadists," according to a new report. Former President Barack Obama required overseas Predator MQ-1 and Reaper MQ-9 attacks on terrorist elements to adhere to a pre-approved plan demonstrating that “the individual’s activities pose a continuing, imminent threat to US persons,”.

US Supercarrier Starts New Drills With Japanese Navy South of Korean Peninsula

09/23/2017

The 100,000-ton USS Ronald Reagan convened with one Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) helicopter carrier and two destroyers off the Korean Peninsula to conduct military exercises, the Japanese military said Friday.

Gun camera footage reveals the moment a Syrian fighter jet was destroyed by US Navy F/A-18s

09/22/2017

The moment a Syrian Su-22 “Fitter” combat jet was shot down by US Navy F/A-18 Super Hornets has been revealed with the release of gun camera footage. It was the first time a fighter had been shot down by US combat jets since May 4, 1999, when a Serbian MiG-29 was destroyed by a US F-16. Now a detailed account of the June incident has been given by one of the pilots involved.

Afghanistan, Pakistan and the F-16: Mattis has to hardsell these issues on his visit to India

09/22/2017

The US secretary of defence, retired Lieutenant General James Mattis, has a two-point agenda for his trip starting September 25: get New Delhi to commit to purchasing the Lockheed Martin F-16 Block 70 combat aircraft along with its assembly line under the aegis of the bilateral Defence Technology and Trade Initiative (DTTI), and to give assurances that India’s Afghanistan policy will not undercut the American strategy to prevent the restoration of Taliban rule in Kabul.

Budget uncertainty could delay F-15C IRST delivery

09/22/2017

The US Air Force has selected Lockheed Martin’s Infrared Search and Track (IRST) system for its Boeing F-15C, but a potential freeze on Pentagon dollars could delay delivery.

Sniper pushes its way onto Hornet fleets

09/22/2017

Canada's plans to buy the Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet may be off the table, but details of the originally requested configuration show a Raytheon-made targeting pod's grip on the Boeing fighter is under pressure from a Lockheed Martin alternative that was long considered incompatible.

Gripen Aggressor enters the fray in US red air competition

09/21/2017

Saab is exploring the burgeoning red air market with its Gripen Aggressor, but the new adversary aircraft could face a tough competition against cheaper, former military jets.

France speeds PC-21 deliveries

09/21/2017

France appears to have accelerated the delivery of 17 Pilatus PC-21 high-speed turboprops which will operate as trainer aircraft for its air force.

USAF explores cloaking device for tankers

09/21/2017

The US Air Force will next month unveil the results of a study into survivability gaps on its fleet of tankers and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft, the service’s head of Air Mobility Command (AMC) says.

Russian Strategic Bombers Fly Over Baltic, Norwegian Seas

09/21/2017

The Russian Defense Ministry announced that Russian Tu-22M3 long-range bombers have carried out a routine flight over international waters in the Baltic and Norwegian seas.

Russia Exports Mi-28NE Helicopters With Newest Defense Systems for 1st Time

09/21/2017

The Russian Helicopters company exported the first Mi-28NE "Night Hunter" modern attack helicopter with an onboard defense system (ODS) protecting it from guided anti-aircraft missiles with infrared homing heads, the company's CEO Andrey Boginsky said Wednesday.

Russia to Deliver 12 Su-30K Fighters to Angola by Early 2018 - Repair Plant

09/21/2017

Russia will fulfill the contracted delivery of 12 modernized Su-30K fighter jets to Angola by early 2018, Aleksandr Vorobei, the deputy CEO of the 558 Aviation Repair Plant in Belarus, told Sputnik on Tuesday.

Swiss considering F-35 amid plan for 40 new jets

09/19/2017

On 6 September, Swiss Defence Minister Guy Parmelin presented the Bundesrat (the Swiss Governmental Ministerial Council) with a proposal for the complete replacement of the Swiss Air Force's (SwAF's) 26 F-5E/Fs and 31 F/A-18C/Ds. The plan foresees the replacement of both aircraft types to begin in 2023, in addition to the SwAF's current 35mm Oerlikon anti-aircraft artillery and Rapier surface-to-air missiles (SAMs) with a new ground based air defence system.

Qatar increasing military might with Typhoon fighter purchase

09/19/2017

The Qatari and British governments have signed an agreement for the potential sale of 24 Eurofighter Typhoon combat jets worth several billion dollars in ­another move by Doha to bolster its military amid a spat with four of its Arab neighbours. The deal is also a boost for planemaker BAE Systems, which is seeking to keep Typhoon fighter plane production humming.

Astra missile, IAF’s most potent weapon system for combat aircraft, is a big leg up for the defence industry. Here’s how

09/19/2017

The successful completion of final development trials of ‘Astra’ missile not only paves way for its induction in Indian Air Force but also signifies the beginning of a new era for the domestic defence industry. Astra, the indigenously developed state of the art Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air Missile (BVRAAM) has been developed by DRDO, with Defence Research and Development Laboratory (DRDL) as the lead laboratory.

US considers non-combat-rated subset of F-35 fleet

09/19/2017

Scores of US-owned Lockheed Martin F-35s would remain in the fleet with a software operating system rated below combat-grade under one of several cost-saving proposals under review by the Joint Programme Office.

Saab to establish US production for T-X

09/19/2017

In an attempt to shed its foreign brand in the US Air Force trainer replacement competition, Saab will establish manufacturing and production in the United States for its Boeing/Saab T-X advanced trainer aircraft.

Is North Korea's Air Force a Big Threat or Totally Obsolete?

09/17/2017

The Korean People's Army Air Force is perhaps the least threatening branch of Pyongyang’s military forces. However, while technologically backwards and often lacking the level of proficiency of Western air forces (with pilots often receiving fewer than 20 annual flight hours), the KPAAF does have a few strong points. As with many North Korean facilities, most KPAAF air bases are hardened to withstand air attacks and the country has a large number of aircraft available.

Triumph to supply Boeing T-X wing and tails

09/16/2017

Triumph Aerospace Structures will supply the wing, vertical tail and horizontal tail structures for the Boeing T-X trainer aircraft, Boeing announced this week. Triumph Aerostructures, which inherits its composite and metal airframe heritage from the former Vought Aircraft, would build the structures at its Red Oak, Texas facility. Previously, Triumph has teamed up with Boeing as a supplier for the V-22 Osprey and C-17 Globemaster.

New additions boost Israel's F-35 fleet

09/16/2017

Israel's latest pair of Lockheed Martin F-35s landed at Nevatim air base on 14 September. The arrivals brought the total number of "Adir" jets operated by the nation's air force to seven.

India Conducts First Live Fire Exercise of Homegrown BVR Air to Air Missile

09/16/2017

The 3.8 meter long Astra Mark-1 is a single-stage, solid-propellant missile that can hit a target at a range of 75 kilometers with a speed of more than four times the speed of sound at Mach 4.5. Its advanced version is expected to match the caliber of the French Meteor BVRAAM.

Saudi Eurofighter Typhoon Crashes During Combat Mission In Yemen, Killing The Pilot

09/15/2017

A RSAF Typhoon combat aircraft involved in a mission against Houthi fighters over Yemen crashed into a mountain in Al Wade’a district on Sept. 13, 2017. The pilot, identified as Mahna al-Biz, died in the incident that follows the one of a UAE pilot, who was also reportedly killed in another crash in Yemen last week, said Yemen’s Saba news agency.

Rolls Royce offers BR725 for B-52 re-engine effort

09/15/2017

Rolls-Royce is pitching the BR725 for the US Air Force’s B-52 bomber re-engine effort, though the service has yet to establish a programme of record or release a request for proposals.

UK commits to major upgrade for Shadow surveillance fleet

09/15/2017

One of the UK's key intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) types is to receive a major upgrade, under the terms of a long-term arrangement between the Royal Air Force and prime contractor Raytheon UK.

Leonardo enters ASDOT training battle for UK

09/15/2017

Leonardo has joined forces with Discovery Air Defence Services and Inzpire in pursuit of a major UK aggressor aircraft requirement, making it the latest company to target the air support to defence operational training (ASDOT) opportunity.

North Korea fires second ballistic missile over Japan

09/15/2017

North Korea has fired a ballistic missile across Japan, its second such provocative move in weeks. South Korea's military said the missile reached an estimated altitude of about 770km (478 miles) and travelled 3,700km before landing in the sea off Hokkaido. Japan's PM Shinzo Abe said his country would "never tolerate" North Korea's dangerous actions.

Russia Has Deployed Its MiG-29SMT Multirole Combat Aircraft To Syria For The Very First Time

09/14/2017

The Russian Air Force has deployed some MiG-29SMT multirole combat aircraft to Hmeymim airbase, near Latakia, in western Syria, the Russian Ministry of Defense confirmed on Sept. 13, 2017. It’s the first time the modernized version of the baseline Fulcrum jet is deployed to take part in the Syrian Air War.

USAF awards Boeing $600M contract toward Air Force One

09/14/2017

The US Air Force awarded Boeing a $600 million contract to begin preliminary design work to modify two 747-8s to replace the Air Force One fleet, the service announces on 13 September.

WATCH: South Korean Cruise Missile Tested in Show of Force Against North Korea

09/14/2017

South Korean warplanes tested the precision and efficacy of German and Swedish made air-launched cruise missiles Wednesday morning as the standoff on the Korean Peninsula continues.

Belarus to Manufacture Defense Equipment under Make in India Program

09/14/2017

India would immensely benefit from military cooperation with Belarus as it would ensure transfer of high-end Belarusian technology for upgrading Soviet-era tanks and military equipment.

The 2 Things That Could Make Japan Increase Military Spending (No, Not North Korea)

09/14/2017

Amid talk of Beijing and Moscow playing a role to defuse the confrontation with North Korea, actions by China and Russia’s air forces around Japan would seem to be adding pressure on Tokyo to boost military spending. Russian and Chinese military aircraft are probing Japanese air defenses at a rate not seen in over a decade, causing repeated scrambling of Japan’s Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) jets.

US clears suspended Super Hornet export to Canada

09/13/2017

The US State Department has approved a potential sale of Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornets to Canada, but bad blood between the Canadian government and Boeing may have already spoiled the deal.

USAF mulls canceling JSTARS recapitalisation

09/13/2017

The US Air Force could scrap its business jet strategy in favor of an alternative platform for its Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (JSTARS) recapitalisation, according to a recent letter sent from Congressional members to the US defense secretary.

Gripen Aggressor targets UK, US requirements

09/13/2017

Saab has launched a new derivative of its Gripen C, which it believes is ideally suited to meeting the future adversary training needs of the UK and USA. Unveiled as a full-scale replica at the DSEI exhibition in London on 12 September, the Gripen Aggressor is the Swedish manufacturer's proposed solution for the UK's air support to defence operational training (ASDOT) requirement, and part of the US Air Force's adversary air (ADAIR) opportunity.

Russia, Turkey Signed Contract on S-400 Systems Delivery

09/13/2017

The Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation said in a statement that Russia and Turkey had reached an agreement on Russian S-400 missile systems deliveries to Turkey.

US State Department approves F-16V sale to Bahrain

09/12/2017

The US State Department has approved the sale of 19 Lockheed Martin F-16V aircraft to Bahrain, offering a critical lifeline to the Falcon’s production line. The possible $2.78 billion sale would include 19 aircraft equipped with Northrop Grumman APG-83 Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar. Bahrain plans to integrate the new aircraft into their existing fleet of 20 Block 40 F-16s.

UK plots fresh Chinook helicopter acquisition

09/12/2017

The UK is considering a fresh acquisition of Boeing CH-47 Chinook heavy-lift helicopters to replace the oldest examples in its current inventory. Rear Adm Jon Pentreath, chief of Joint Helicopter Command, speaking at the Future of Military Rotorcraft conference in London on 11 September, said further "modernisation of the Chinook fleet" is being contemplated.

ANALYSIS: US Air Force looks to the future of air superiority

09/12/2017

As the US Air Force approaches production on its Northrop Grumman B-21 bomber and eyes full operational capability for its Lockheed Martin F-35A, the service is examining the future of air superiority with its next-generation air dominance (NGAD) concept.

Lebanon Set to Lodge Complaint With UN Over Israeli Jets’ Sonic Booms

09/12/2017

On Sunday, Israeli Air Force F-15 fighters zipped over Saida, the third-largest city in Lebanon, while breaking the sound barrier. The sonic boom created by the fast, low-flying Israeli warplanes caused the foundations of buildings to shake and broke windows, Lebanese security officials told Reuters.

'Israeli jets hit Syria's Masyaf chemical site' - reports

09/08/2017

The Syrian army says Israeli jets have attacked a site in the west of the country where Western powers suspect chemical weapons are being produced. An army statement says rockets fired from Lebanese airspace hit a military post near Masyaf, killing two soldiers. A monitoring group says they struck a scientific research centre and base storing surface-to-surface missiles.

India armed forces sign for 41 HAL Dhruvs

09/07/2017

India’s army and navy have signed combined orders for 41 Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL) Dhruv advanced light helicopters (ALH). The deal will see the army take 40 of the helicopters, and the navy a single aircraft, under a contract valued at Rs61 billion ($976 million). This will be executed over a 60 month period.

Russian Tu-95MS Strategic Bombers Perform Flights Over Arctic Ocean

09/07/2017

Two Russian strategic bombers carried out planned flights over neutral waters of the Arctic Ocean.

Lockheed Martin Gets $25Mln to Overhaul F-22 Raptor Jet Fighters

09/07/2017

Pentagon announced that the US Air Force has awarded Lockheed Martin almost $26 million for more upgrading work on its F-22 Raptor interceptors.

UK Navy to Have 24 F-35 'Frontline Fighters' on HMS Queen Elizabeth by 2023

09/07/2017

Details have emerged about the gradual increase in air wing numbers on board the UK Royal Navy's new aircraft carrier. Britain's Ministry of Defense plans to have 42 F-35 aircraft on board the Royal Navy's new carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth by 2023, with 24 being "frontline fighters," and 18 to be held in reserve or used for training.

This is what the F-22 Raptor's replacement will be like

09/06/2017

The F-22 Raptor is already the most lethal fighter jet ever built, severely outclassing virtually every other aircraft of a similar class fielded by the rest of the world’s air forces. But with the advent of newer anti-aircraft defense systems, stealth-defeating tracking technologies and the entrance of countries such as China and Russia into the stealth fighter foray, the F-22 will eventually need to be replaced with something even more powerful.

Pilots describe what it's like to fly the legendary A-10 Warthog

09/06/2017

Dubbed Warthog, Hog or just Hawg, the A-10 Thunderbolt II, the “airplane built around the GAU-8 Avenger 30-mm hydraulically driven seven-barrel Gatling-type cannon” to fight the Soviet tanks in the European battlefields during the Cold War, is considered one of the most durable and lethal combat plane in the CAS (Close Air Support) mission.

Luke AFB lifts altitude restriction on F-35As

09/06/2017

F-35As are flying high again at Luke AFB, Arizona, though the US Air Force has not identified the root cause of physiological events that provoked the base’s decision to restrict its F-35 squadron’s flying operations.

France to Start Equipping Its Drones With 'Precision Guided' Weapons

09/06/2017

France announced its intention to start using armed drones on Tuesday, joining several states that use the deadly unmanned aircraft in various military conflicts. rench Defense Minister Florence Parly said that France is going to start the process of arming its drones in the near future. The move will involve six US-made unmanned aircraft, which will be equipped with "precision guided" weapons from 2019.

NATO Fighters Escort Russian Jets in Int'l Airspace 7 Times in Week - Lithuania

09/05/2017

The Lithuanian military has again reported NATO fighter intercepts of Russian warplanes in international airspace over the Baltic region despite the fact that Russia's flights are being conducted routinely and in accordance with international law and other agreements.

Pyongyang Claims It Now Has Hydrogen Bomb Small Enough to Mount on ICBM

09/05/2017

North Korea has announced that it is now in possession of a miniaturized hydrogen bomb that can be mounted on an ICBM, according to Yonhap News. The People's Republic of North Korea (DPRK) has announced that it now has a miniaturized hydrogen bomb and is able to mount the deadly weapon on it's newly-built intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), according to a Sunday announcement by Pyongyang state media.

WATCH as Russia's Mi-28N Night Hunter Attack Chopper Unleashes Hell on Daesh

09/03/2017

Russian Mi-28N 'Night Hunter' choppers have struck at Daesh targets surrounded by the Syrian Army in an area near the Shaer gas field in central Syria. Zvezda television channel has released fresh video of the gunship in action.

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