August, 2020 Military Aviation News

India, China hold Major General-level talks, disengagement in Depsang Plains discussed

08/09/2020

Continuing the effort to disengage peacefully at the Line of Actual Control (LAC), India and China on Saturday (August 8, 2020) held a Major General-level talk at Daulat Beg Oldi area over the withdrawal of Chinese troops from the Depsang plains in the Ladakh region.

South China Sea: Beijing mobilises invasion craft along coast as Taiwan tensions escalate

08/09/2020

As tensions between Taiwan and China continue to escalate, satellite images reportedly show amphibious armoured vehicles and mobile missile launchers massing at military bases near the island nation. Though Taiwan, a country of 25 million people, is happy as an independent democracy, Beijing insists it is a "breakaway province" and "inviolate" Chinese territory, repeatedly stating it will use force to bring the island back under China's control.

Volk Field to host 50 aircraft, 1,000 service members for Northern Lightning training

08/08/2020

The Volk Field Combat Readiness Training Center will host about 50 aircraft and nearly 1,000 service members during the annual Northern Lightning Counterland training exercise Aug. 10-21. Units from as close as the backyard in Wisconsin and neighboring Minnesota, as well as far-flung states such as California, Idaho, New York, Vermont and Virginia, will participate. Military branches to be represented include the National Guard, Air Force, Army and Navy.

Ronald Reagan CSG Exercises With Land-Based Navy, Air Force Aircraft Off Japan

08/08/2020

The Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group is conducting drills off the coast of Northern Japan with land-based Navy and Air Force units this week. The CSG is operating with the Navy’s Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 131, which flies the EA-18G Growler electronic attack jet, and the Air Force 35th Fighter Wing that flies F-16 fighters. The joint integrated training operations began Aug. 1 and include air-to-air operations, combat search and rescue drills, and air defense exercises.

US Air Force tests electronic warfare capabilities with fighter, recon and bomber aircraft

08/08/2020

The U.S. Air Force has concluded a two-day, $1.4 million exercise that evaluated the F-35 fighter jet’s ability to provide its electronic warfare capabilities to other stealthy reconnaissance and bombing platforms. The event, which took place Aug. 4-6 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, tested the ability for the F-35 to provide Suppression of Enemy Air Defense, or SEAD, support for other stealthy platforms such as the B-2 and the RQ-170 reconnaissance drone.

Taiwanese F-16s Begin Flying Patrols With Live Harpoon Anti-Ship Missiles To Deter China

08/08/2020

Two Taiwanese F-16A Vipers have flown air patrol missions armed with live AGM-84 Harpoon anti-ship missiles. Taiwan’s Liberty Times said the missions were launched amid fears of imminent Chinese military exercises that are expected to be designed to simulate capture of the Taiwan-administered Dongsha Islands, in the northern area of the South China Sea.

Russia confirms progress on new jet engine. Is it for Pak JF-17 fighter?

08/07/2020

A Russian company announced on Wednesday that a new engine for fighter aircraft that it had developed has been shipped for conducting thermal pressure chamber tests. The state-owned United Engine Corporation controls development and manufacturing of all engines for military, civilian and space use in Russia and for Russian exports. The UEC's Klimov plant in St Petersburg had been developing the RD-93MA engine, which is a modification of the RD-93 engine, used on the JF-17 fighter.

Boeing Bid To Sell F-15EX Eagles To India Faces Stiff Competition

08/07/2020

Boeing is showing growing interest in selling its F-15EX twin-engine multi-role fighters to the Indian Air Force. Back in February, Boeing Vice President Pratyush Kumar stated the company was seeking a license to export the F-15EX to India—a request which may soon be granted according to Indian defense journalist Shiv Aroor.

Japan Turns Its F-15s Into Ship-Killers

08/06/2020

It’s official. The Japanese air force plans to add an anti-ship capability to its fleet of F-15Js as part of a comprehensive upgrade to the three-decade-old fighters. It’s no secret why. As the Chinese navy adds powerful new ships, the Japanese air force adds powerful new ship-sinking weapons. But pity the poor F-15J pilots, who are already some of the busiest combat aviators in the world—and now must add anti-ship training to their schedule.

Companies line up for potential Hawk replacement opportunity

08/06/2020

The Commonwealth’s Request For Information (RFI) for its proposed Lead In Fighter Trainer (LIFT) program to be delivered under Air 6002 Phase 1 closed on Friday, eliciting responses from at least three companies. Air 6002 Phase 1 is a $4 to $5 billion program between 2022 and 2033 to replace the current LIFT capability, which is a system of simulators and training devices, based on the BAE Systems Hawk Mk.127 platform.

China Warns India’s Rafale Fighters ‘Have No Chance’ Against Chinese Stealth Jets

08/06/2020

Chinese and Indian fighters are engaging in vicious dogfights. Not in the air, but over the airwaves, where both nations are claiming that their newest jets are superior to those of their rival. Last week, former Indian Air Force chief B.S. Dhanoa claimed that China’s new J-20 stealth fighter “doesn’t come close” to India’s new French-made Rafale fighters.

Russian MiG-31 intercept Norwegian spy plane over Barents Sea

08/05/2020

A Russian MiG-31 fighter jet intercepted Norwegian Air Force Falcon 20 reconnaissance aircraft over the neutral waters of the Barents Sea, Russia’s National Defense Control Center said in a statement.

U.S. Air Force F-16 flew its first-ever operational flight carrying new Legion Pod

08/05/2020

On 13 July, an F-16 Fighting Falcon piloted by Lt. Col. Jeremy “Clutch” Castor, from the 85th Test and Evaluation Squadron, flew its first-ever operational flight carrying the Legion Pod that supports collaborative targeting operations in radar-denied environments.

US Congress moves against Egypt over Russian aircraft

08/05/2020

The US Congress is moving against Egypt’s attempts to acquire Russian Sukhoi Su-35 aircraft, despite Washington’s silence for months regarding the significant developments in Cairo’s relations with Moscow. Reports suggest that Egypt is expecting delivery of the bombers soon.

Scorpion packs a sting for straitened times

08/05/2020

Forward-thinking companies sometimes see emerging market opportunities before the end-user. One product that may have been developed ahead of its time is the Scorpion low-cost light attack/ISR aircraft, which is based on business jet technology. The production-standard Scorpion is being developed by a JV between Textron and AirLand Enterprises. It was unveiled at the Dubai Airshow in 2017 with potential Middle Eastern customers in mind.

Russian planes bomb rebel-held area in Syria's Latakia, say opposition, war monitor

08/04/2020

Russian warplanes bombed Syrian rebel-held mountainous areas in the western coastal province of Latakia on Monday as Syrian government forces hit the area with artillery and rocket fire, an opposition group and a war monitor said. The Syrian army and allied forces also clashed with rebel fighters while trying to advance on a frontline town near the strategic Jabal al-Akrad mountain range, said Jaish al-Nasr and the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The U-2's Latest Feat: Passing Data from F-35s to Army Missiles

08/04/2020

The venerable U-2 took another step toward the Pentagon's vision of 21st-century warfare, thanks to a recent demonstration in which it relayed sensor data from F-35 aircraft through Lockheed Martin communications gear to an Army missile-command system, company officials said Monday.

China’s Kashgar airbase: Underground vaults hint at nuclear facilities, H-6 bombers seen since early June

08/04/2020

India Today’s OSINT team analysed satellite images from Google Earth over the last eight months to study the changes at China’s Kashgar air base. Satellite images show construction of an underground vault months before the India-China standoff started in Ladakh .

Why India's Military Isn’t Getting the Weapons It Needs

08/04/2020

The first five of the thirty-six Dassault Rafale fighters that India purchased from France reached Ambala airbase in the north Indian state of Haryana at the end of July. Air Chief Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria, the chief of staff of the Indian Air Force, was on hand to greet the pilots who flew them from Merignac, France.

Eglin four-ship conducts advanced radar test

08/04/2020

A combined developmental and operational test team successfully tested a new F-16 radar capability during a four-ship formation of F-16s here July 2. The mission was the first of its kind to test the APG-83 Active Electronically Scanned Array radar on four fighter aircraft at the same time. The Operational Flight Program Combined Test Force, 40th Flight Test Squadron and the 85th Test and Evaluation Squadron were responsible for fielding the radar for the Air Force’s F-16 fleet.

Interview with South China Sea think tank head shows three possibilities risking China-US military conflict

08/03/2020

At 2:22 pm on Saturday, China's Army Day, think tank South China Sea Strategic Situation Probing Initiative (SCSPI) released the latest movement of US warships on its Weibo account, including the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier and USS America amphibious assault ship in the East China Sea. From July 15 to 30, SCSPI's Weibo account has released a total of 24 updates on the activity tracks of US warships and warplanes in regions including South China Sea and East China Sea.

Japan air assault: Chinese bombers flying towards airspace up to twice a day

08/03/2020

Japan is on edge after scrambling fighter jets 847 times to intercept intruding Chinese bombers as tensions over disputed zones soar. In the 365 days to March, Japanese Air Self Defence Force (JASDF) fighter jets had to respond 847 times. In the four months since, such interceptions have only accelerated.

As Mountain Stand-Off With India Continues, China Stages Bombers And Cruise Missiles

08/03/2020

The Chinese air force apparently has deployed bombers to an air base in the country’s far west, placing the warplanes within striking distance of Indian forces along the disputed Chinese-Indian border in the Himalayas. But conditions undoubtedly are difficult for the bombers and their crews.

Should China Fear India’s New Rafale Fighters?

08/03/2020

In the wake of border clashes between India and China, the Indian Air Force has received powerful reinforcements. Five French-made Rafale fighters have arrived in India, the first of 36 jets that will boost Indian airpower should minor border clashes with China escalate into more serious hostilities.

Indian Navy Rejects HAL Designed Advanced Light Helicopters

08/02/2020

The Indian Navy has rejected the contract for Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). The Indian Navy believes that that Advanced Light Helicopters by HAL does not meet its requirement and that there is a dire need to establish alternative capability in the private sector to manufacture modern choppers.

Royal Air Force fighter jets intercept Russian military aircraft

08/02/2020

Royal Air Force Typhoon fighter jets, from 6 Squadron, RAF Lossiemouth, intercepted Russian military aircraft while they were flying over the Baltic Sea. The Typhoons approached the Russian formation to identify its composition and established it was an IL-38 ‘MAY’ Maritime Patrol Aircraft, being escorted by two Su-27 Flanker B fighter jets.

India Scrutinizing Russian SU-57 Stealth Jets As Makers Struggle To Fulfill Orders

08/01/2020

Earlier, Russian Minister of Industry had confirmed on June 27 that a contract for the procurement of 76 Sukhoi Su-57 aircraft, Russia’s first indigenously designed and built fifth-generation stealth fighter jet, has been concluded between the Moscow and United Aircraft Corporation.

F-35 Proposal to Canada Submitted

08/01/2020

On July 30, the U.S government submitted the Request for Proposal (RFP) response for the Lockheed Martin built F-35 to Canada in support of their Future Fighter Capability Project. Canada has been a valued partner since the inception of the Joint Strike Fighter competition. Canadian industry plays an integral role in the global F-35 supply chain and has gained significant technical expertise over the past 15-plus year involvement in the F-35 production.

Mitsubishi Heavy set to oversee Japan's homegrown fighter project

08/01/2020

Japan's Defense Ministry confirmed Friday it will award a contract to a single Japanese company to oversee its next-generation fighter jet project, part of an effort to preserve a domestic defense industry that has atrophied amid decades of U.S.-led development.

In Russia’s Far East, A Stealth-Fighter Factory Spins Up

08/01/2020

It’s one thing to design a warplane. And other thing to build it. That’s a truism Russian fighter-maker Sukhoi is learning—or relearning—as it tries to fill the Kremlin’s order for 76 Su-57 stealth fighters. Sukhoi builds the twin-engine Su-57 at the Komsomolsk-on-Amur aircraft plant in the Russian Far East. The factory previously built the non-stealthy Su-35—and learned some hard lessons.

Turkey deploys F-16 fighter jets to Azerbaijan

08/01/2020

On Friday, the Ministry Of Defense Of Azerbaijan has reported that F-16 fighter aircraft of the Turkish Air Force arrived in Azerbaijan to participate in the “TurAz Qartali-2020” Joint Exercises.

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