September 18, 2020 Military Aviation News

US holds its second high-profile visit to Taiwan in two months as Beijing escalates military pressure


A high-profile United States official is visiting Taiwan for the second time in two months, the latest sign of warming ties between Washington and Taipei, as Beijing escalates pressure on the self-governed island through a series of military drills and aircraft incursions. Keith Krach, the Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment, arrived in Taiwan late Thursday local time, and will represent the US at the memorial service for former Taiwan President Lee Teng-hui

Military demo teams base at Selfridge


Selfridge wasn’t able to host an air show this summer due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but it still could support military aircraft for a show in Canada. On Sept. 9, six F-16s, part of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, landed at the Air National Guard base in support of Airshow London in Ontario, Canada.

UK RAF fighter jets intercept Russian military aircraft near UK airspace


It marks the third time in six days the Typhoons have been scrambled in response to Russian planes. The planes were identified as two Russian Tu-142 Bear F anti-submarine warfare and maritime patrol aircraft. The Quick Reaction Alert Typhoons, flown by pilots from RAF Lossiemouth, in Moray, were launched from Leuchars Station in Fife where the pilots are temporarily based.

Former TOPGUN instructor says this moment was one of the most terrifying of his career as a Navy fighter pilot


Fighter pilots who go through the US Navy's elite air combat training center commonly known as TOPGUN are among the best in the world, but that doesn't mean they don't experience fear. In the most terrifying of moments, it's their training and their instincts that keep them alive. Retired Navy Cmdr. Guy Snodgrass, a former TOPGUN instructor and author of the new book "TOPGUN's TOP 10: Leadership Lessons from the Cockpit" shared with Insider one of the most terrifying moments of his career.

Program Office awards $7.4 billion ceiling MQ-9 Reaper contract


In an effort to field MQ-9 Reapers faster and meet an increasing operational demand for the aircraft, the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center’s MQ-9 Program Office awarded a $7.4 billion ceiling Agile Reaper Enterprise Solution (ARES) contract to General Atomics Sept. 17. The MQ-9 is an unmanned aircraft with intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, and strike capabilities, and is one of the most in demand weapons systems in the U.S. Air Force.

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