October, 2020 Military Aviation News

After Discarding French Rafales, Brazil Goes Gaga With The Arrival Of SAAB Gripen Jets: WATCH

10/28/2020

Making sure Brazil does not lag behind in the race, Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro gave a timely go-ahead for their procurement of Swedish aerospace giant Saab’s Gripen E fighter jets over Boeing’s F-18 Super Hornets and Dassault Rafales.

Dyess AFB Airmen arrive in Indo-Pacific for Bomber Task Force, integrate with Koku-Jieitai, U.S. Navy

10/28/2020

Approximately 200 Airmen and four B-1B Lancer aircraft with the 9th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, arrived at Andersen AFB, to conduct Bomber Task Force missions in support of Pacific Air Forces’ training efforts with allies, partners and joint forces Oct. 20.

China’s first domestically built aircraft carrier to be combat-ready by year-end: Report

10/28/2020

China’s first domestically-built aircraft carrier Shandong has completed regular testing and training missions at sea and is expected to be combat-ready by this year-end, state-run media here reported on Tuesday. Chinese aircraft carriers Liaoning and Shandong have recently completed routine training and sea trials, the Chinese military said last month. Liaoning, a refit of the Soviet-era ship, was commissioned in 2012, while Shandong was commissioned into the PLA Navy in December last year.

How the U.S. should respond to China’s saber-rattling on Taiwan

10/27/2020

For the past week, China has been commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Korean War, which is being touted on China’s state-run media as a great victory over the United States. In Chinese, the conflagration is known as “the war to resist America and support North Korea,” and the emphasis this time around has been on resisting America.

China threatens to send warplanes over Taiwan if USAF flies over country

10/27/2020

In response to recent reports that U.S. Air Force (USAF) spy planes have been flying directly over Taiwan, China is threatening to send its own warplanes to "defend sovereignty."

After OKing UAE F-35s, Israel Asks For F-22 Raptors—Here’s Why That’s Not Likely To Fly

10/27/2020

Following earlier Israeli objections to the sale of Lockheed LMT -1.5% F-35 Lightning II stealth jets to the United Arab Emirates, Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz reportedly relented and accepted the sale following a meeting with U.S. Defense Secretary last Friday. According to Israeli newspaper Haaretz, senior Israeli defense officials subsequently sought compensation: “removing obstacles” to purchasing older F-22 Raptor stealth fighters designed for greater air-to-air combat capability th

Nagorno-Karabakh: US, Armenia, Azerbaijan announce third attempt at cease-fire

10/26/2020

The new humanitarian truce follows four weeks of conflict over the disputed region. Two previous Russia-brokered agreements have broken down, with both Armenia and Azerbaijan blaming the other for a return to violence.

Has The US Finally Succumbed To Chinese War Threats & Annexation Of Taiwan?

10/25/2020

Earlier this week, there were allegations that the United States flew an RC-135W reconnaissance aircraft over the Island of Taiwan, which the US Air Force first confirmed and then denied the claims in a highly unusual manner. On Oct. 23, 2020, Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Tony Wickman, the Director of Public Affairs for Pacific Air Forces, reached out to The War Zone to say that the original confirmation of the RC-135W flying over Northern Taiwan had been in error.

Azerbaijan says it has shot down Armenian combat aircraft

10/25/2020

On October 24, in the afternoon, the Azerbaijan Air Defense Units shot down a combat aircraft of the Armenian air force in the Gubadli direction of the front, according to a press release issued Saturday by the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Azerbaijan. The statement did not provide information on the type of aircraft, but some sources claim that was Su-25 close-support aircraft.

Russia Shows How Indian Air Force Can Use Its Transport Aircraft IL-76 For Carpet Bombing – WATCH

10/25/2020

The video shows practical bombing and firing from aerial cannons at ground targets carried out by the IL-76 crews in the Tver region of Russia as part of a control check. The flight altitude varied from 300 to 1000 meters, and the speed exceeded 500 km / h, the defence ministry said.

Photos show the USAF is still flying the original F-117 stealth fighter 12 years after it was officially retired - as experts say the Nighthawks are being used as mock enemy jets to help train US pilots

10/24/2020

Photos have emerged showing that the retired F-117 Nighthawk is still active 12 years after it was officially retired, with experts speculating that the Air Force may use the stealth fighters as mock enemy combatants in pilot training.

Building Blocks on the USS Ford: Reshaping the Flight Deck and Ops Tempo

10/24/2020

In the last article on the USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), I looked at one key building block which enhances both the ops tempo of the strike package on the USS Gerald R. Ford as well the flexibility of the weapons packages which can be moved to the flight deck and loaded on the strike aircraft.

US Navy F/A-18s would 'destroy' China's J-15 carrier fighters in air-to-air combat today, but the future could be a different story

10/24/2020

The Chinese navy's Shenyang J-15 fighters do not stand much of a chance against the US Navy's F/A-18s today, but that may not always be the case, especially as China builds a better aircraft carrier, experts told Insider. China has the world's largest navy, according to the Pentagon's latest assessment, and it continues to grow. In recent years, the country has managed to field two aircraft carriers, the Liaoning and the Shandong, both of which carry complements of Shenyang J-15 fighter jets.

Taiwan Cleared for $1.8 Billion Worth of FMS Purchases

10/23/2020

Just a few weeks before the U.S. presidential election, the Trump administration has cleared yet another billion-plus-dollar Foreign Military Sales package for Taiwan. The latest FMS package involves three sales proposals covering High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS), MS-110 Recce pods and AGM-84H Standoff Land Attack Missile – Expanded Response (SLAM-ER) missiles. Altogether, the three sales proposals total an estimated $1.811 billion.

Rafale vs Rafale: Why Indian Rafale Jets Can ‘Outflank’ Egyptian, Qatari & Even The French Air Force Warplanes?

10/23/2020

With the billion-dollar deal to acquire potential new fighters under IAF’s Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) contract looming in the air, there was no shortage of bidders with the US F-16s along with Boeing’s F/A-18 Super Hornets, Eurofighter Typhoons, Russia’s MiG-35 and Sweden’s Saab Gripens jets looking to clinch the lucrative deal.

Boeing’s unmanned combat jet edges closer to first flight

10/23/2020

The unmanned multi-role aircraft being developed with the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) recently moved under its own power for the first time, a key milestone for the aircraft that’s expected to make its first flight this year, according to a company news release.

Russian Su-34 combat jet crashes in Khabarovsk Region

10/22/2020

A Sukhoi Su-34 twin-seat, all-weather supersonic medium-range fighter-bomber/strike aircraft crashed during a routine training sortie on October 21, the press office said. “The pilots ejected. There is no threat to their health. The crew members have now been evacuated to their home airfield,” the press office specified.

Why Spain Is Rejecting US’ F-18 Super Hornets For Eurofighter Typhoons?

10/22/2020

Under Project Halcón or Project Hawk, the manufacturer is in the process of negotiations with the Spanish government “to mature the proposal,” reported The Drive. Spanish Air Force’s oldest fleet of 20 EF-18 Hornets, although the fleet was modernised to the F/A-18A+ standard, is used to defend Canary Island, a Spanish archipelago off the coast of northwestern Africa.

F-35, F-18 Or European Jets? Handicapping Finland’s Fighter Competition

10/22/2020

On October 9, the U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency authorized Finland to purchase dozens of Boeing FA-18E/F Super Hornet or Lockheed F-35A Lightning II multi-role jet fighters. Both documents also authorized sale of hundreds of munitions, including 200 AGM-158B JASSM-ER stealth cruise missiles that could reach Moscow when launched from Finnish airspace, as well as JDAM, JSOW and GBU-39 precision guided air-to-ground munitions and AIM-9X short-range air-to-air missiles.

U.S. Navy F/A-18E Crashes Near China Lake. Pilot Ejected And In Stable Condition

10/21/2020

A U.S. Navy F/A-18E has crashed near Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake, California, on Oct. 20, 2020. The pilot is reported to have successfully ejected from the single-seat Super Hornet and is currently in stable condition at a local medical facility. The aircraft, departed from NAS Lemoore, California, was on a training mission over the Superior Valley, when it crashed at around 10.20LT, near a rock formation on the west side of Highway 14, in Kern County.

Spain To Buy More Eurofighter Typhoons To Replace Aging F/A-18 Hornet Fighter Jets

10/21/2020

Spain is the latest European country to move to buy more Eurofighter Typhoon multirole fighter jets to bolster its air force. The manufacturer announced today that it is now in negotiations with the Spanish government for the replacement of 20 Spanish Air Force EF-18 Hornets under what is called Project Halcón, or Project Hawk. The company says it has submitted its offer to the Spanish government and is now in talks “to mature the proposal.” It expects to sign a contract for the 20 new Typhoons

Pratas atoll declared 'danger zone' as Chinese combat planes fly over

10/21/2020

It's just a bunch of coral. But Pratas atoll between Taiwan and China has been declared a "danger zone" as combat aircraft ply the skies overhead. Beijing is showing increasing interest in the isolated Pratas (also known as Tungsha or Dongsha) atoll – one of Taiwan's few South China Sea outposts.

Joint US-Aussie training marks full operational status for RAAF F-35 capability

10/20/2020

While Royal Australian Air Force pilots and maintenance trainers based at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona wrapped up much of the training presence in 2019, the joint capability developed by the US Air Force and RAAF has meant Australia’s F-35 capability is now fully operational.

BAE, industry partners lift lid on future tech for Tempest fighter

10/20/2020

BAE Systems and Team Tempest industry partners Leonardo, MBDA and Rolls-Royce, in collaboration with the Royal Air Force, have revealed some of the latest concepts under development for the Tempest, Britain’s next-generation combat air system.

Marine Corps Marks End of Harrier Operations for Historic 'Tomcats' Squadron

10/20/2020

The Marine Corps is saying goodbye to one of its historic AV-8B Harrier squadrons as it transitions to fly the F-35B Lightning II stealth fighter. The service last week held a "sunset ceremony" for Marine Attack Squadron 311 at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Arizona, according to a news release.

Airbus pitches new trainer jet for Spain, but with eyes for Europe

10/20/2020

Airbus is pitching a new jet trainer package for the Spanish air force that industry executives hope could one day help school pilots across Europe on next-generation aircraft. The Airbus Future Jet Trainer, or AFJT, would replace Spain’s fleets of Northrop F-5M and CASA C-101 Aviojet aircraft around 2027 or 2028, Airbus officials told Defense News. While the concept has been in the works for several years, the company first revealed the official specifications late last week to Spanish media o

5th Generation Aerial Target Drone to Make its Maiden Flight Later This Month

10/19/2020

According to the U.S. Department of Defense the 5th generation aerial target drone is to make its maiden flight later this month. The first flight is scheduled to take place at the Dugway Proving Ground in Utah. Although the test program suffered from delays due to COVID-19, the ground tests were successfully completed at the Michael Army Airfield on Sep. 18, 2020.

U.S. Air Force deployed F-16C Fighting Falcons to Saudi Arabia

10/19/2020

The U.S. Air Force said in a statement that a contingent of F-16C Fighting Falcons and support personnel from the 77th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron arrived at Prince Sultan Air Base, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. According to a statement, the squadron, known by the nickname “Gamblers,” will play a key role in supporting the 378th Air Expeditionary Wing’s mission of sustaining and defending joint and partner forces by projecting combat airpower in support of theater plans and operations.

The U.K.’s Futuristic Tempest Fighter: Real Project Or Placeholder?

10/19/2020

If you live in the U.K. it’s obvious that a defence review is about to occur, even in a news cycle seemingly consumed by a global pandemic and an imminent U.S. presidential election. This time partially hidden as part of a broader study entitled “The Integrated Security, Defence and Foreign Policy Review,” a defence review acts as a warning siren for current senior officers and a call-to-arms to both the defence industry and retired very senior officers in their capacity as, often ennobled or pr

Stealth fighters from IAF, USAF meet in the skies for latest 'Enduring Lightning' exercise

10/18/2020

The IAF and the US Air Force held their latest joint exercise involving F-35 fighters, Enduring Lightning 3, this week to practice dealing with various strategic aerial and ground threats in the Middle East. Like the first two Enduring Lightning exercises, the training on October 12 was held in the skies over southern Israel with all briefing and debriefing conducted via secure network connections, with no face-to face meetings between the participating forces due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Airbus unveils concept of future light combat aircraft

10/18/2020

On Friday, the Spanish division of Airbus has released its proposal for a new advanced trainer, the AFJT (Airbus Future Jet Trainer). The presentation was given by Fernando Peces, head of the Eurofighter program in Spain, Military Aircraft part of Airbus Defense & Space and Javier Escribano, head of Future Combat Programs.

Will China Roll out a Twin Seat J-20?

10/17/2020

As the Chinese military’s first fifth-generation stealth fighter, the J-20 has attracted substantial enthusiast and media interest. One of the suggestions to make its way into online publication over the last year is the prospect of a twin-seat variant of the J-20 emerging at some stage soon.

Swedish Defense Bill Extends Gripen, Add New AEW Aircraft

10/17/2020

The Swedish defense ministry published a 181-page document on October 14 that outlines a defense bill to be put before the Riksdag (parliament). Having gained cross-party support, the bill is scheduled to become law on Feb. 1, 2021. Known as Totalförsvaret (total defence) 2021-25, the bill covers the largest increase in defense spending in Sweden for many decades. Funding levels are to increase by SEK27.5 billion ($3.1 billion) compared with 2020.

The EA-18G Growler Has Its Own Topgun School For Electronic Attack Instead Of Dogfighting

10/16/2020

While the U.S. Navy Fighter Weapons School, better known as Topgun, is world-famous for its work in teaching high-end air-to-air combat skills, its fellow Airborne Electronic Attack Weapons School, known as Havoc, tends to sit in the shadows. This elite school prepares EA-18G Growler aircrews for the rigors of modern-day air combat, following much the same mantra as Topgun.

India to receive second batch of Rafale fighter jets from France in November

10/16/2020

Just two months after India received its first batch of the highly-potent Rafale fighter jets from France, the Indian Air Force is set to receive its second tranche of the combat aircraft in November, reports have claimed. The IAF is preparing to welcome the second lot of the combat aircraft manufactured by the French company Dassault Aviation by November.

Azerbaijan planning to buy Italian light attack aircraft

10/15/2020

Leonardo S.p.A., an Italian company specialising in aerospace, defence and security, is planning to deliver M-346FA (Fighter Attack) jets to an international customer, most probably to Azerbaijan. During a visit to Italy in February, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and company representatives signed a deal on the acquisition of M-346 combat jet trainer aircraft.

The U.S. Air Force's New 6th-Generation Fighter: Stealth, Speed and AI

10/15/2020

The Air Force’s vision for a sixth-generation stealth fighter include, incredible speeds, improved stealth and the use of artificial intelligence (AI). In fact, already a prototype of the secret plane has already taken to the sky, yet virtually all details regarding the stealth fighter are naturally kept unavailable for security reasons. As a result, speculation of about the new fighter jet continues to run rampant.

Spain receives first of 12 new combat search-and-rescue helicopters

10/15/2020

The Spanish air force has taken delivery of the first NH90 helicopter meant to upgrade its aging combat search-and-rescue fleet. NHIndustries — a joint venture between Airbus Helicopters, Leonardo, and Fokker Technologies — has delivered the first of 12 NH90 tactical transport helicopters that will eventually replace Spain’s fleet of AS332 Super Pumas. These new aircraft will be based in Cuatro Vientos, according to an Oct. 14 statement by Airbus.

Preliminary Design Review for F-35 Full Motion Video Data Link Upcoming

10/14/2020

A preliminary design review (PDR) of a Full Motion Video Data Link (FMVDL) for Lockheed Martin's F-35 is planned before the end of the year, according to the company. “Overall FMVDL development, including aircraft installation, is progressing per plan to field in 2024,” per Lockheed Martin.

StormBreaker Mini Glide Bomb That Can Hit Moving Targets In Any Weather Is Ready For War

10/14/2020

The U.S. Air Force has approved Raytheon's GBU-53/B StormBreaker glide bomb, also known as the Small Diameter Bomber II (SDB II), for use on its F-15E Strike Eagles. This means that the service will now be able to send these impressive weapons downrange for use by F-15E squadrons, which are among some the most in-demand American combat aviation units. The type's predecessor, the GBU-39/B SDB I, which is only capable of hitting fixed targets.

China’s Jet and Aerospace Giant Could Land in U.S. Crosshairs

10/13/2020

AVIC builds more than war machines. It runs a civilian business that makes airliners, private jets and parts — some in tandem with American companies.

Taiwan Wants Strong U.S. Defense to Make Invasion 'Painful' As China Conflict Fears Grow

10/13/2020

Taiwan has long looked to the United States for protection from the massive forces of the Chinese mainland 100 miles to the west. Now Taipei is calling for robust defense ties with Washington amid growing concerns of potential conflict as Beijing's warplanes conduct regular fly-by's, threatening reunification by force.

Air Force Weapons Are Getting Smarter. Will That Leave Some Airmen Out of a Job?

10/12/2020

After flying for more than a day miles above Earth, a large military drone charts and executes its own landing on a remote island in the Pacific. From takeoff to return, it has completed its entire mission without an active input or command from a human operator on station back in the states. But even this future scenario, featuring an unmanned system with advanced autonomy, is not entirely without human interaction.

Chinese military aircraft again enters Taiwan's southwest ADIZ

10/12/2020

A Chinese military aircraft entered Taiwan's air defense identification zone (ADIZ) on Sunday, marking the 17th such incursion by the Chinese military into the nation's ADIZ in less than a month. According to the Ministry of National Defense (MND), a Shaanxi Y-8 anti-submarine aircraft entered the the nation's southwest ADIZ earlier in the day.

Saab Re-Pitches Its Gripen Jets To India; Offers A Magnanimous Deal Under ‘Make In India’

10/12/2020

Mats Palmberg, Head of the Gripen India campaign, said “Our focus is on providing indigenous content and capabilities to be able to achieve self-reliance (for India) for needs of tomorrow,” reported The Tribune. Saab faced rejection during the first Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft Competition (MMRCA) when Dassault Rafale won the contract.

Chinese military aircraft enters airspace near Taiwan

10/11/2020

A Chinese military anti-submarine (ASW) aircraft entered Taiwan's southwest air defense identification zone (ADIZ) on Saturday, while the country was celebrating its National Day, also known as Double Ten Day. According to the Ministry of National Defense (MND), the Shaanxi Y-8 ASW entered the airspace between southwest Taiwan and the Taiwan-controlled Dongsha Islands, also known as the Pratas Islands, in the South China Sea.

South China Sea: China's aggressive move against Taiwan

10/11/2020

It may be an undeclared war of attrition designed to run Taiwan's troops and equipment into the ground. Taiwan says it has spent $1.3 billion scrambling its fighters against the most intense Chinese aggression in 30 years. Every day for more than two weeks, China's combat aircraft have breached Taiwan's air defence identification zone. Many have crossed the sensitive median line separating the mainland from the democratic island.

Boeing Confident Of Beating Rafales; Selling Its ‘Most Advanced Fighter Jets’ To India, Israel & The US

10/11/2020

Boeing is aggressively pitching key allies Israel and India and even the United States the most advanced variants of F-15s. Prat Kumar, Boeing’s Vice President had recently stated that the company was in the process of responding to a request for information from Israel for up to 25 new Advanced F-15s, plus upgrades for 25 existing F-15I aircraft.

After F-35 Woes, Japan Mulls Own Steath Fighter Program

10/10/2020

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries is now in pole position on a $40 billion contract for that program after developing the X-2 prototype in 2016. Northrup Grumman, Lockheed Martin, and BAE systems had all floated offers but, so far, Japan has decided to go it alone on its new fighter that will complement its inventory of F-35s. Since the end of the Second World War, Japan has only developed two combat aircraft, the F1 (developed in 1975) and the F-2 (derived from the F-16 which entered service in 2006)

France moves to replace the 12 Rafales sold to Greece

10/09/2020

The French government is to order by year-end another 12 Rafale fighter aircraft for its Air and Space Force to replace the 12 in its current inventory of 102 that are being sold to Greece. “We have the intention, between now and the end of the year, to place an order, in parallel with the orders for Greece, of 12 aircraft for the Air & Space Force," Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly told parliamentarians at the National Assembly’s Defence Commission during a hearing on the defense budget.

MND confirms U.S., Chinese military aircraft activity around Taiwan

10/09/2020

Taipei, Oct. 8 (CNA) A U.S. MC-130J military aircraft flew along the median line of the Taiwan Strait that separates China and Taiwan Thursday, the Ministry of National Defense (MND) confirmed that same day. MND spokesman Shih Shun-wen said Taiwan's military has been closely monitoring all kinds of military movement around the country, adding that nothing was out of the ordinary as a result of the plane's passage.

Luxembourg receives Airbus A400M military transport aircraft

10/09/2020

Luxembourg has taken the delivery of its Airbus A400M, becoming the seventh operator of this military transport aircraft. The Luxembourg Armed Forces accepted the delivery at the A400M Final Assembly Line in Seville, Spain. The aircraft will be operated by a binational unit of Luxembourg Armed Forces and Belgium. Belgium is also procuring seven A400M aircraft, the first of which is slated to be delivered in the coming weeks.

Boeing announces plans that its T-7A, F-15EX will be Open Mission Systems compatible

10/08/2020

Open mission systems (OMS) is a subset of the open systems architecture approach specifically designed for the military aviation environment. Adopted after two years of collaboration between the DOD and the industry, OMS seeks to leverage competition by requiring prime contractors to use DOD-owned and controlled open standards for their avionics suite.

Boeing F/A-18 Block III Super Hornets Could Be Headed to India

10/07/2020

Defense contractor Boeing has announced its interest in supplying the F/A-18 Block III Super Hornet fighter jet to the Indian Navy. The jet has earned a reputation of being among the most lethal, advanced, combat-proven, multi-role frontline fighters in service today. The Block III variant can perform in virtually every mission in the tactical spectrum including air superiority, day/night strike with precision guided-weapons, fighter escort, close air support, suppression of enemy air defense.

Russia’s Su-57 Felon Stealth Fighter Is Getting New Air-To-Air Missiles

10/07/2020

The R-77 medium-range air-to-air missile is the Russian equivalent of the radar-guided U.S. AIM-120 AMRAAM (Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile). The R-77 was first introduced in 1991 but it had a severely protracted development. The improved R-77-1 entered service with the Russian Air Force in 2015, and it has been employed on Su-35S fighters in Syria and used during combat air patrols.

IAF set to place orders for 21 MiG-29 jets from Russia by Dec to shore up aircraft strength

10/07/2020

The Indian Air Force (IAF) is set to place an order with Russia for 21 twin-engine MiG-29 jets by December, ThePrint has learnt. Of the 1980s vintage, the jets are no longer in production but 21 airframes built then remain in Russia. Top sources in the security and defence establishment said the jets purchased by India will be upgraded to the latest version before they arrive here.

Pilot distraction was factor in May F-35 crash at Eglin AFB

10/07/2020

A distracted pilot and a technical issue with the aircraft contributed to the May crash of an F-35 Lightning II fighter jet at Eglin Air Force Base, according to an Air Force Accident Investigation Board (AIB) report on the incident. The pilot of the aircraft, from the 58th Fighter Squadron of the 33rd Fighter Wing at Eglin AFB, safely ejected from the jet as it landed on Runway 30 at the base, but did not sustain life-threatening injuries.

Eglin F-35 Crash Blamed on Landing Speed, but Software, Helmet, Oxygen Also Faulted

10/06/2020

Excessive landing speed primarily caused the May 19 crash of an F-35A at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., though faulty flight control logic, issues with helmet-mounted display, the jet’s oxygen system, and ineffective simulator training and were all contributing factors, according to an Air Force investigation.

Russian Air-To-Air Missile Tests Signal Potential New Capabilities For Flanker and Felon

10/06/2020

Recent videos from Russia indicate that the country may be on the verge of introducing significant new air-to-air missile capabilities to its most advanced combat jets. One clip shows a Su-57 Felon advanced combat jet carrying one, or perhaps two, new variants of the R-77 medium-range air-to-air missile family, while another shows a Su-35S fighter jet, the latest variant of the Flanker series, test-firing a very-long-range R-37M long-range air-to-air missile.

Croatia fighter jet purchase: ‘All four offers equal for now’

10/05/2020

Defence Minister Mario Banozic said on Sunday that all four offers of fighter jets were equal for now, and that a lot of technical issues needed to be addressed before the financial aspect. Groups of experts are studying the details of the offers which include not just multi-purpose fighter aircraft but also weapons systems, flight simulators and further training of pilots and technical personnel.

ATAC Selected To Provide Adversary Training At Eglin Air Force Base

10/05/2020

As we reported in the past, the U.S. Air Force is contracting the adversary training under the Combat Air Forces (CAF) Contracted Air Support (CAS) program to improve the training of the Formal Training Units (FTU) and increase the number of new pilots trained. On September 29, ATAC (Airborne Tactical Advantage Company) announced that it has been awarded a contract for the last location that was still pending, Eglin Air Force Base.

Lockheed Martin offers F-21 for India’s exclusive use

10/04/2020

In an exclusive interaction with The Sunday Guardian, the top leadership of Lockheed Martin made a powerful pitch for the F-21 aircraft, by stating that its offer of not selling the aircraft to any other country if Indian Air Force (IAF) gave it the contract for 100-plus aircraft, was still on the table.

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10/04/2020

Six new turboprop warplanes adorned with vintage World War II-era snarling shark face nose artwork will soon be providing close air support for the military’s counterinsurgency missions.

Why The US May ‘Never Retire’ Its B-52 Strategic Bombers Despite Almost 70 Years In Service?

10/04/2020

However, it’s not just the state-of-the-art features of stealth fighters like the F-35s and F-22s along with other advanced weapons systems that make the Pentagon stand tall amidst other nations, but their longevity to sustain through decades of technological advancements — An example led by none other than American’s 65-year-old veteran bomber aircraft, the Boeing B-52 Stratofortress.

Air Force's F-22 program now officially Hill AFB's baby

10/03/2020

After an eight-year process, the Air Force's effort to transfer its F-22 program to Hill Air Force Base is now complete. Earlier this week, two F-22 program management positions were transferred to Hill from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio, wrapping up a process that began clear back in 2012 with a call by Congress to shift the program to a location best suited to handle work on the fifth-generation fighter jet. In May 2013 the Air Force began consolidating depot maintenance of the F-22

Taiwan scrambles fighter jets in response to Chinese spy planes

10/03/2020

One People’s Liberation Army Y-8 Anti-Submarine Warfare aircraft entered Taiwan’s southwest air defense identification zone (ADIZ) on Oct. 1, it says on its Twitter. “Republic of China Air Force fighters scrambled and deployed air defense missile system to monitor the activity. No matter what happened, we will Keep protect our country firmly,” the news release says. Taiwan’s military scrambled fighter aircraft to intercept a Chinese spy aircraft, it said on Tuesday.

India’s Fifth-Gen Fighter Aircraft Gets A ‘Massive Boost’ As New Delhi Finally Adopts Western Model

10/03/2020

According to the Economic Times, the primary manufacturer Hindustan Aeronautics Limited is working out the exact costs and structure involved regarding the joint venture and could require approximately INR 2,500 crore investments from the selected company. Earlier, India had collaborated with Russia on joint development of a Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA). However, this plan was abandoned as India was also not happy with the progress of FGFA.

General Atomics to provide Gray Eagle unmanned combat aircraft and communications in $131.6 million deal

10/03/2020

U.S. Army aviation experts are ordering MQ-1C Gray Eagle unmanned combat aircraft for reconnaissance and attack, as well as satellite communications air data terminals, maintenance, repair, and support services under terms of a $131.6 million order announced Wednesday.

India deploys BrahMos, Akash, and Nirbhay missiles to keep Chinese adventurism in check

10/02/2020

As India test-fired a new version of the surface-to-surface supersonic cruise missile BrahMos having a range of around 400 km from an integrated test range at Balasore in Odisha on Wednesday, a veiled message was sent to the country’s adversaries.

Japan's military asks new government to continue strengthening of armed forces

10/01/2020

Japan's military has asked Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga's new government for its ninth straight annual budget increase, including funds to begin development of an advanced stealth fighter to counter new aircraft being deployed by China.

Draken Buys Cobham's Falcon Fleet; ATAC Lands Eglin Deal

10/01/2020

U.S. contractorized air training services provider Draken International has purchased the Cobham Groups’ Aviation Services UK division. The deal was concluded on September 25 and encompasses several entities, including the former FR Aviation target facilities fleet, and some helicopter training and services activities.

U.S. Air Force pilots could soon be training against virtual enemy aircraft

10/01/2020

A startup led by retired fighter pilot Dan Robinson is developing augmented reality technology to revolutionize the way U.S. Air Force pilots train for combat. Traditional U.S. military flight training is risky, and expensive; it costs about $40,000 per hour to keep an F-22 Raptor jet in the air. From 2013 to 2017, more than 130 service members died in aviation accidents, including collisions with other aircraft.

Marine pilot in collision praised for keeping crew safe

10/01/2020

The pilot of a fuel tanker showed impressive skills when he touched down safely in a remote area of California and prevented injuries among the seven other crew members after a mid-air collision with a fighter jet, a Marine Corps official and safety aviation expert said Wednesday. It was unclear what happened to cause the F-35B to collide with the KC-130J tanker in the late afternoon Tuesday, said 1st Lt. Brett Vannier, a spokesman at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma.

Not The F-16s or F-35s, This Is The World’s Deadliest Fighter Jet With 100 Kills, Without A Single Loss

10/01/2020

While both the F-35s and F-16s remain top-notch light combat aircraft which are unquestionably rapid in the air with an array of advanced weapons to shoot down targets, Israel possesses an even bigger predator in its ranks, an American fighter which already has a century of kills without conceding, the F-15 Eagle.

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