November 30, 2019 Military Aviation News

Fact-check: Does Turkey's purchase of Russia S-400s really threaten NATO jets?


Turkey activated its Russian-made S-400 missile defence system this week, bringing the drawn-out dispute between Ankara and Washington to a head. The United States has long argued that Turkey's purchase of Russia's S-400 missile defence system may allow Moscow to obtain intelligence on US-made F-35 jets employed by NATO, of which Turkey is a member.

Chinese warplane violates Korea's air defense zone again


A Chinese military plane violated South Korea's air defense identification zone again Friday, prompting the Air Force to deploy its fighters to drive it out, Seoul's Joint Chiefs of Staff said. The plane, presumed to be its Y-9 surveillance aircraft, first entered the KADIZ at 10:05 a.m. from an area west of Ieodo, a submerged rock south of Jeju Island, and exited the zone at 10:53 a.m. It later reentered the zone two more times before its last exit at 1:36 p.m.

Russian Su-30 fighter jets criticized by Belarus, they want F-16


Russia has started implementing a contract on the delivery of a batch of its newest Su-30SM multirole fighter jets to Belarus, but some analysts raised concerns about costs over the entire life cycle of the aircraft, from fabrication to maintenance. The publication reported Friday that a wide range of renowned experts has expressed their concerns regarding Belarus selected Russian-made combat aircraft to replace ageing Soviet-era MiG-29 fleet.

Singapore, India air forces hold joint training exercise


Singapore's air force has deployed six of its advanced F-16 fighter aircraft to train alongside the IAF's six Sukhoi combat aircraft during their upgraded joint military training in India. The Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) and the Indian Air Force (IAF) are conducting the Joint Military Training (JMT) from October 31 to December 12 at the Kalaikunda Air Force Station in West Bengal.

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