July, 2022 Military Aviation News

Germany, Hungary, Italy take up NATO’s Baltic air policing

07/31/2022

For the coming months, four Hungarian JAS-39 fighter aircraft and some eighty personnel will lead the mission out of Šiauliai air base in Lithuania, while four German Eurofighter aircraft will fly out of Ämari in Estonia. They will be joined by Italian Eurofighters based in Malbork, Poland.

Russian Su-25 Jet Shot Down by Paratroopers, Ukrainian Brigade Says

07/31/2022

Ukrainian brigade has said it shot down a Russian combat aircraft in the Donetsk region. The 25th Separate Sichesal Airborne Brigade said its paratroopers had destroyed the Sukhoi-25 fighter using Igla MANPADS, referring to the short range man-portable air-defense system.

Most US F-35s temporarily grounded as ejection seat issue threatens jets worldwide

07/30/2022

The U.S. military discovered a problem with the ejection seats used across its F-35 Joint Strike Fighter fleet in April, but waited three months to ground those aircraft flown by the Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps to fully investigate the issue, multiple sources told Air Force Times Friday.

Ukraine is Hitting Russian SAMs With HIMARS; US Considers Future Aviation Contribution

07/30/2022

While the air picture has remained static in the Russia-Ukraine war, the introduction of High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) has allowed Ukraine to strike surface-to-air missile targets behind enemy lines. Now the U.S. is considering future aviation contributions in Ukraine, defense officials confirmed to Air Force Magazine.

Indian Air Force to retire all squadrons of MiG-21 Bison aircraft by 2025

07/30/2022

The Indian Air Force will retire one more squadron of the MiG-21 Bison aircraft by September 30 and phase out the remaining fleet by 2025, as the recent fatal crashes of the Soviet-era fighter jets intensified safety concerns and force authorities to step up the induction of LCA Tejas aircraft.

Taiwan holds massive Han Kuang military drills as tensions with China build

07/29/2022

In simulated scenes, a hostile enemy attempts to seize control of a key waterway close to the Taiwanese capital. Attacking from sea and air, the invading forces target the mouth of the Tamsui River on the island's northern coast -- a strategic estuary that provides direct access to the center of Taipei.

Iraq seeks to replace its F-16s, wants Rafale and pays in oil

07/29/2022

Iraq is interested in buying 14 French 4.5-generation Dassault Rafale fighter jets. The deal is valued at $240 million. Iraq offers to pay them through oil supplies. The news was first reported by the business magazine Forbes. At the moment, there is no information on exactly what combat aircraft Baghdad wants – brand new or second-hand [already used] aircraft.

In Pictures: Anatolian Eagle 2022 At Konya Air Base

07/29/2022

Organized at the 3rd Main Jet Base Command Konya Air Base, in central Anatolia, south of Ankara, Turkey, Anatolian Eagle is a series of exercises, inspired by the U.S. Red Flag and Maple Flag series, hosted by the Turkish Air Force and attended each year by several foreign air arms. The latter, include NATO allies along with rather exotic services from other countries, that are rarely seen elsewhere in Europe.

158th Fighter Wing Airmen Demonstrate ACE in Estonia

07/29/2022

Thirty-five multicapable Airmen from the 158th Fighter Wing, Vermont Air National Guard, deployed from Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, to Amari Airbase, Estonia, to exercise Agile Combat Employment July 6-15. ACE is a U.S. Air Force concept that allows decentralized flying operations with a minimal footprint to provide rapid movement on short notice.

Building Asymmetric Advantage in Indo-Pacific Part of DOD Approach to Chinese Aggression

07/28/2022

In the Indo-Pacific region, Chinese aggression demonstrates an effort by Beijing to deconstruct core elements of the international rules-based order and assert greater control over the waterways that connect it with its neighbors, the assistant secretary of defense for Indo-Pacific security affairs said.

US sends six F-22 fighter jets to Poland

07/28/2022

Six American F-22 Raptor combat jets have been sent to Poland under Nato's Air Shielding programme, the US Air Force's Europe and Africa command announced on Wednesday. The stealth tactical fighter aircraft, made by Lockheed Martin and Boeing, will be based at the Lask air base in central Poland.

China ‘Hyper Accelerates’ Training Program For Its Fighter Pilots After Record Warplane Production

07/28/2022

The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force has established a new personnel training program, and its first batch of pilots, trained on the J-10 medium-weight, single-engine, multirole combat aircraft, graduated from the Shijiazhuang Flight Academy, the Chinese state-owned media outlet, Global Times reported on July 24. The Shijiazhuang Flight Academy first received J-10 fighter aircraft in 2020, which are used for this new pilot training program.

Battle from the skies: How aviation advances empower the Corps’ new combat plan

07/28/2022

The Marine Corps has been swapping out traditional tools for what some leaders see as a vastly different form of warfare in the coming decades: the Corps has been shedding tanks, ­reducing tube artillery, cutting law enforcement while adding rocket artillery and ­transforming ­infantry-centered regiments.

Textron Aviation Defense Beechcraft AT-6E Wolverine Achieves Military Type Certification from USAF

07/27/2022

Textron Aviation Defense announced the Beechcraft AT-6E Wolverine has achieved Military Type Certification (MTC) from the United States Air Force, paving the way for continued global sales of the light attack aircraft. The AT-6E is a multi-mission aircraft system designed to meet a wide variety of warfighter and peacekeeper needs.

House panel cuts ?7.4 billion for two F-35A combat jets, Thai air force defends plan

07/27/2022

A House subcommittee scrutinising procurement projects of state agencies decided yesterday (Monday) to cut the 7.4-billion-baht budget for the Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) to procure two US-made F-35A combat jets, on the grounds that the US Congress has not yet approved the sale of the aircraft to Thailand and the acquisition is not urgent.

Is Prague’s F-35 move checkmate for Europe’s fourth-gen fighters?

07/27/2022

The decision by the Czech Republic earlier in July to begin negotiations to acquire the fifth-generation F-35 multirole stealth fighter represented another milestone in the platform’s growing presence among Europe’s future combat air fleet, in a move that could checkmate the competition.

Air Force orders more advanced F-16 jet fighter SABR AESA radar avionics systems from Northrop Grumman

07/27/2022

U.S. Air Force aerial warfare experts are ordering additional modern active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar for F-16 jet fighter aircraft under terms of an $88.2 million order announced Friday. Officials of the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Fighter Bomber Directorate, F-16 Division, at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, are asking the Northrop Grumman Corp. Mission Systems segment in Linthicum Heights, Md., for 31 production radars and spare parts.

Ukraine Shoots Down $16 Million Russian Combat Helicopter: Defense Ministry

07/26/2022

Ukraine shot down a Russian combat helicopter worth $16 million, its defense ministry said on Monday. Ukraine's Ministry of Defense announced on Monday that its troops successfully shot down a Russian Ka-52 helicopter, which is considered to be one of Russia's most powerful helicopters as it provides direct support for troops on the battlefield and is capable of detecting and attacking any targets. Ukraine destroying one of the helicopters is the latest sign of their success amid the Russia-Ukra

Taiwan’s aircraft and warships stage five-day live-fire exercise

07/26/2022

The Taiwanese military kicked off a five-day annual live-fire exercise on Monday aimed at bolstering the island’s defense capabilities and combat readiness at a time when China and Taiwan’s allies have been facing off in the airspace and seas around the island. The Han Kuang drills will be taking place at a number of locations on the island, with President Tsai Ing-wen observing a large-scale naval exercise from a warship off Yilan County in northeastern Taiwan on Tuesday.

Why engine replacement plan would hurt F-35’s international credentials

07/26/2022

Lockheed Martin’s F-35 has become the air force centrepiece for a growing number of Western nations. The interoperability of the aircraft’s operations and sustainment systems is recognised as a force multiplier in the delivery of combat air power, whether deployed to blunt Russian aggression in Europe or challenge China’s rise to dominance in the Indo-Pacific region.

German Military Halts Use of Eurofighter Jets Over Faulty Component

07/26/2022

The German military has restricted the use of its Eurofighter jets after their manufacturer said a component used in the ejector seats was faulty, a spokesperson told dpa on Friday. An investigation is now under way to test the component, the spokesperson added.

Four Chinese military aircraft enter Taiwan's ADIZ

07/25/2022

Four Chinese military aircraft flew into the southwest corner of Taiwan's air defense identification zone (ADIZ) on Saturday, according to the Ministry of National Defense (MND). The MND revealed that the Chinese planes consisted of two J-16 fighter jets, one Y-8 anti-submarine warfare plane, and a Y-8 tactical reconnaissance plane.

US military chief warns of ‘significant’ increase in Chinese aircraft intercepts

07/25/2022

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South Korea world's fastest-growing arms exporter now

07/25/2022

South Korea's share of the global arms exports market has nearly tripled and it is now the world's fastest-growing arms exporter. The country's growth in the arms market has vastly outpaced other major market players in recent years, with the nation's arms exports hitting a record high of more than US$7 billion last year.

South Korea restores military drills once reduced to help Trump

07/24/2022

South Korea will bring back joint military exercises with the U.S. that had been scaled down or halted since about four years ago under former President Donald Trump to facilitate his nuclear negotiations with North Korea.

This Is The Clearest Photo Yet Of Chinese Navy’s J-35 Fighter

07/24/2022

The clearest image to date of China's future carrier-borne stealth fighter known as J-35 surfaced this week on Chinese social media Weibo. The twin engine aircraft will be flown by the People's Liberation Army Navy Air Force (PLANAF) from China's future Type-003 Fujian-class aircraft carriers.

Peru: President guarantees support for Air Force modernization

07/24/2022

The President of the Republic and Supreme Chief of the Armed Forces, Pedro Castillo, on Saturday ensured the Government's support for the Peruvian Air Force modernization process. "My administration supports and will support the process of modernizing the Air Force because we want it to be a solid institution, an efficient and effective institution," Mr. Castillo expressed at the ceremony for the 81st anniversary of Air Force Captain Jose Abelardo Quiñones immolation and Peruvian Air Force Day.

Russian missiles hit Ukraine port; Kyiv says it is still preparing grain exports

07/24/2022

Russian missiles hit Ukraine's southern port of Odesa on Saturday, the Ukrainian military said, threatening a deal signed just a day earlier to unblock grain exports from Black Sea ports and ease global food shortages caused by the war.

The New B-21 Stealth Bomber to Be Revealed Later This Year, Senator Says

07/23/2022

Sen. Mike Rounds, R-S.D., said the B-21 Raider stealth bomber will finally be revealed to the public later this year, unveiling an aircraft that has been shrouded in secrecy since the program began in 2014. Rounds, the only elected official in a classified visit July 15 to the B-21 Raider production facility in Palmdale, California, said the project is also on track for a first flight in 2023.

U.S. pledges more military aid to Ukraine, peace seems far off

07/23/2022

The United States promised more military support for Ukraine, including drones, and is doing preliminary work on whether to send fighter aircraft, as fighting raged on in the east of the country five months into Russia's invasion. Moscow and Kyiv signed a landmark deal on Friday to unblock grain exports from Black Sea ports. However, representatives declined to sit at the same table and avoided shaking hands at the agreement ceremony in Istanbul, reflecting wider enmity.

Boeing starts EPAWSS integration on USAF’s first two F-15E aircraft

07/23/2022

Boeing has commenced the integration of new electronic warfare (EW) system onto the US Air Force’s (USAF) first two F-15E Strike Eagle aircraft. The new system is being upgraded as part of the F-15 fighter aircraft modernisation programme. Under this modernisation effort, a total of 43 F-15E fighter aircraft will be equipped with the Eagle passive active warning and survivability system (EPAWSS).

Poland to buy three Korean FA-50 squadrons. Bye-bye Su-22?

07/23/2022

According to Vice-Prime Minister Blaszczak, negotiations between Poland and South Korea for the purchase of 48 KAI FA-50 light fighters are almost concluded. The Vice-Prime Minister and Minister of National Defense, Mariusz Blaszczak, announced in an interview to the weekly «Sieci» that Poland will buy South Korean weapons. These will include 48 FA-50 fighter planes, as well as 180 K2 Black Panter heavy tanks and more than 600 K9 155 mm howitzers.

The US military now seems open to gifting Ukraine new fighter jets, but what type?

07/23/2022

Since March, Ukraine has been pleading for Western fighter jets that could eventually replace the aging, worn-down MiG-29s and Su-27s that have been lost in combat. Now, it finally appears that the US Air Force may be willing to transfer some of its unused jets and begin training Ukrainian pilots.

Turkey’s First Beyond-Visual-Range Air-to-Air Missile Gökdogan Successfully Test-Fired

07/22/2022

The Gökdogan beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile, developed by TÜBITAK SAGE as a part of the GÖKTUG Project, has successfully completed another test-fire. Turkish Defense Industry President Ismail Demir posted footage of the aforementioned test-fire on his social media account.

Czech Republic Announces Plans to Buy 24 F-35 Fighter Jets

07/22/2022

The government of Czech Republic has authorized its defense ministry to facilitate the procurement of F-35 Lightning II fighter jets from the U.S. government to support the modernization of the country’s armed forces.

Malaysia to Pick S.Korean FA-50 Fighter Jet Over Indian Tejas: Report

07/22/2022

The Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) will likely pick the South Korean FA-50 Golden Eagle fighter jet over the Indian Tejas for its light combat aircraft program, Global Business Press revealed, citing sources. RMAF chief Gen. Asghar Khan Goriman Khan has “evinced” interest in the “affordable and efficient supersonic advanced light attack platform” over other aircraft in contention, the Singapore-based outlet wrote, quoting an unnamed official.

U.S. and Allies May Give Ukraine Fighter Jets in NATO Challenge to Russia

07/22/2022

Ukraine may be given Western fighter jets and pilot training to help its forces fight Russia, according to a senior American military figure. Moscow has air superiority over the Ukrainian air force's assortment of Soviet-era aircraft like MiG-29s and other Cold War-era planes. But the U.S. Air Force chief of staff, General Charles Q. Brown Jr., acknowledged that the U.S. and its allies were considering providing Ukraine with new planes.

War In Ukraine Pushes Czechs To Buy F-35s

07/21/2022

The Czech Republic could well become the latest operator of the F-35 stealth jet, with the government in Prague declaring that the Lockheed Martin product is its preferred choice as its future fighter. If the proposed purchase goes through, it will continue the Joint Strike Fighter’s formidable sales record in Europe and spell bad news for Sweden, which reportedly offered the Gripens that the Czechs currently lease “almost free of charge.”

Can Drones Do It All? A New Report Thinks So

07/21/2022

The Congressional Research Service, a non-partisan think tank that prepares reports for the U.S. Congress, recently released a document describing what the future of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) could be and what role they might play in the future.

How Boeing Is Positioning Itself For Advanced Fighter Competitions

07/21/2022

Boeing’s fighter business has a hot production line with a backlog of orders to churn out, but there is a problem approaching: the original fighter designs are old and production will sunset soon.

U.S., allies discuss possible training for Ukrainian air force

07/21/2022

The United States and allies are starting to examine possible training for Ukrainian pilots as part of a long-term effort to potentially help Kyiv build a future Ukrainian air force, Air Force Chief of Staff General Charles "CQ" Brown told Reuters.

127th Wing utilizes Lead-Wing Concepts to project military power anytime, anywhere

07/21/2022

During exercise “Northern Agility 22-1” in Northern Michigan June 27-29, 127th Wing A-Staff planners developed numerous military responses to an imaginary attack, on an imaginary island, countering with not-so-imaginary weaponry, tactics and innovative technologies developed to support long range combat missions.

South Korea records successful maiden flight test of its KF-21 fighter jet

07/20/2022

Korea Aerospace Industries and the country’s Air Force on Tuesday confirmed the first successful test flight of Seoul’s indigenous 4.5th-generation fighter jet, the KF-21 “Boramae.” The test puts South Korea on the map as the world’s eighth country to have developed supersonic fighter jets, 20 years after former president Daejung Kim ordered the development of a Korean fighter.

Swedish Air Force Devising New Combat Aircraft Strategy

07/20/2022

A Swedish Air Force chief has revealed that the Russian invasion of Ukraine has motivated Sweden to develop a brand new strategy for their next-generation of combat aircraft. Now a member of NATO, the Swedish government has chosen to boost their 2022 military budget, from 1.5 percent of gross domestic production to 2 percent GDP. This is an increase of about $3 billion krona (the equivalent of $286.6 million). Swedish Air Force Chief Major General Carl-Johan Edstrom comments that the larger b

US-China Aerial Clash, DoD Red Flags ‘Unsafe’ & ‘Unprofessional’ Encounter

07/20/2022

A Chinese fighter plane had an “unsafe” and “unprofessional” encounter with the US-owned special operations aircraft C-130 last June in the South China Sea, a recently revealed intelligence announced.

The Russians Just Shot Down One Of Their Own Best Jets

07/19/2022

Russian air-defense troops just shot down one of the most sophisticated warplanes involved in Russia’s wider war in Ukraine. One problem. It was a Russian warplane. A brand-new Sukhoi Su-34M fighter-bomber. Russian propagandist Yevgeny Poddubny apparently captured on video the Sunday shoot-down over the city of Alchevsk in Russian-occupied eastern Ukraine. “Last night, the air-defense crew of the allied forces destroyed a target in the sky over Alchevsk,” Poddubny wrote Monday.

Report: Air Force Backs Off Pairing B-21 Bomber With Combat Drone

07/19/2022

The U.S. Air Force is backing off a plan to pair the Northrop Grumman B-21 Raider stealth bomber with a comparably sized unmanned combat drone, the service’s top official reportedly said, citing the issue of value.

Air Force’s sixth-gen fighter downselect ‘not all that far away,’ says Kendall

07/18/2022

The Air Force has yet to pick a winner among the companies still vying to build the service’s sixth generation jet, but a final downselect is “not all that far away,” the service’s top leader told Breaking Defense this weekend.

F-16 Block 70 for Turkey only if it does not violate Greek airspace

07/17/2022

The US House of Representatives has passed a bill that limits Turkey’s F-16 Block 70 program. The bill in question includes a ban on the sale of the F-16 Block 70 unless Turkey guarantees that Greek airspace will not be violated.

As Ukrainian Pilot Training Passes House NDAA, Legislators Work to Overcome Roadblocks

07/16/2022

Members of Congress took a big step toward granting Ukraine’s wish to defend its territory from Russia with American F-16s when the House passed an amendment to train Ukrainian pilots, but hurdles remain to overcome fears of escalation with Russia, Air Force veteran Rep. Chrissy Houlahan (D-Pa.) told Air Force Magazine.

China's military is flying more combat aircraft near Taiwan as it tries to extend its reach around the island

07/16/2022

Beijing has steadily increased the number of combat aircraft flying into Taiwan's air defence identification zone and farther south in the Bashi Channel, a move analysts described as part of its efforts to expand its reach around the island.

House passes defense authorization with new arms transfers restrictions

07/15/2022

The House on Thursday passed the $840 billion National Defense Authorization Act 329-101 after attaching hundreds of amendments, including ones restricting new arms transfers. The legislation includes an approximately 7% increase over this year’s spending levels as well as a pair of amendments that curtail U.S. support and weapons transfers to states and militias implicated in human rights atrocities.

CSIS Cruise Missile Defense Plan Would Cost Less Than CBO’s, Reduce Need for Fighters

07/15/2022

U.S. Northern Command’s homeland cruise missile detection and defenses must be upgraded to respond to new threats, experts say, and a major D.C. think tank proposes a multi-layered defense that would require fewer Air Force fighters in the air and use new E-7 Wedgetails, the report’s authors told Air Force Magazine.

China, Russia military activity near Japan up 2.5 times since Ukraine

07/14/2022

Chinese and Russian military activity around Japan increased 2.5 times in the four months following Russia's invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 24, sparking alarm here over a potential escalation. Releases by Japan's Ministry of Defense show 90 instances of activity by Chinese and Russian military vessels and aircraft near Japan in the four months after the invasion began. There had been 35 in the four months before.

China Warns U.S. Military Aircraft To Stay Away, Radio Intercept Reveals

07/14/2022

As tensions simmer across the Taiwan Strait, China and the United States continue attempts to stamp their authority in the region through a constant military presence, radio exchanges heard by Newsweek suggest.

NATO ‘air shielding’ to bolster missile defenses along alliance’s eastern edges

07/14/2022

NATO will add missile defense assets along the alliance’s eastern borders to guard against any potential threats that arise from Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, U.S. Air Force and NATO officials said Wednesday. The strategy is called “air shielding,” an expression coined during last month’s meeting of NATO leaders in Madrid, said German Brig. Gen. Christoph Pliet, deputy chief of staff operations at NATO Allied Air Command headquarters at Ramstein Air Base in Germany.

India intensifies fighter operations as China raises temperature near Ladakh

07/13/2022

India has intensified fighter operations in Ladakh, with frontline jets carrying out increased sorties including night operations, as the Chinese air force has embarked on an aggressive defence exercise across the border in Tibet. Sources said fighter aircraft including Rafales and Su 30MKIs have been operating with enhanced frequency from Leh and Thoise air bases for the past few days, even as the People's Liberation Army Air Force has activated its air defence network and is conducting a larg

Partnerships Key as Tempest Begins To Take Shape

07/13/2022

The twin-tailed, delta-winged, “pelicanesque” configuration of the Tempest sixth-generation manned fighter concept has become familiar from numerous CGI artworks and from the presence of a full-scale mockup at various air and trade shows. However, there remains a very real possibility that the actual manned fighter that will form the cornerstone of the Tempest project could look nothing like this.

The ‘Future Fight’ is here: Red Flag-Nellis 22-3

07/13/2022

The familiar roar of America’s air power is filling the skies over Las Vegas and the Nevada Test and Training Range to the north, signaling the start of another Red Flag exercise. However, participants of this iteration will find themselves facing some unfamiliar opposition as the first ever dedicated fifth-generation aggressor force takes to the skies for Red Flag-Nellis 22-3.

Vision For Future Manned-Unmanned Air Combat Laid Out By Skunk Works

07/13/2022

Lockheed Martin has laid out its vision for the future of tactical air combat. The head of the company's legendary Skunk Works advanced project division says its plan, which is centered on a multi-layered "distributed team" of diverse unmanned aircraft working in concert with manned types, presents a far more capable alternative to so-called 'loyal wingman' concepts, which involve air combat drones working 'tethered' to manned platforms in a relatively rigid fashion.

GPS Taped To Its Dashboard; IAF Pilot Says India Has Done It Too

07/12/2022

Experts believe this is due to massive unreliability with Russia’s GLONASS satellite navigation systems, forcing them to rely on US-origin hardware. A Russian language website, identified it as a ‘fishing’ GPS 152 receiver, implying its widespread use by fishing vessels.

F-35A Purchase Raises Questions Over South Korean Aircraft Carrier Program

07/12/2022

South Korea is expected to purchase 20 new F-35A Block 4 Lightning II stealth fighters for the Republic of Korea Air Force (RoKAF) – raising questions about the future of the South Korean aircraft carrier program. A decision is expected to be announced later this month, according to local media reports, with the aircraft slated to be introduced no earlier than mid-2020s. But these plans indicate a wider shift in the defense posture of South Korea and signals a change in the threat priorities as

Air Force rethinks combat rescue for major war — but what will it look like?

07/12/2022

In the opening days of a future war against China, an F-35 pilot on a mission is tracked and shot down by air defenses. He safely ejects — but is trapped deep inside enemy territory. Standing between him and his comrades: A bristling array of surface-to-air missiles, radars, enemy fighters and other defenses. If the U.S. Air Force sends a traditional combat search and rescue helicopter into that highly contested airspace, the chances are high it gets shot down.

First Laser Weapon For A Fighter Delivered To The Air Force

07/12/2022

The U.S. Air Force has received a high-energy laser weapon that can be carried by aircraft in podded form. The news came today when Lockheed Martin disclosed that at least one of the weapons, which it developed, has been delivered to the Air Force for test work. This effort falls within the wider framework of still-evolving plans to have laser-armed fighter jets that can engage enemy missiles, and possibly other targets too.

F/A-18 Super Hornet assigned to USS Harry S. Truman blown overboard due to unexpected heavy weather

07/11/2022

On July 8, 2022, an F/A-18 Super Hornet assigned to Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1, embarked aboard USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), blew overboard due to unexpected heavy weather in the Mediterranean Sea. The carrier was conducting a replenishment-at-sea, which was safely terminated through established procedures.

Beijing steadily increases combat aircraft flying into Taiwan’s air defence identification zone

07/11/2022

China has stepped up its incursions activities into Taiwan’s air defense identification zone (ADIZ) by sending its combat planes to the region. According to Taiwan’s defense ministry, the People’s Liberation Army conducted 555 sorties in the first six months of the year, of which 398 involved combat aircraft, compared with 187 in the same period last year.

RAF fighter aircraft deploy to Finland and Sweden for joint training

07/11/2022

The Royal Air Force has deployed Typhoon FGR4 and F-35B Lightning jets to Finland, and Typhoon FGR4 jets to Sweden, for integrated fighter aircraft training as part of an increased presence in the region.

Entire Slovak MiG-29 fleet gifted to Ukraine, Bulgarian Su-25s in parts

07/10/2022

Ukraine will receive Slovakia’s entire air fleet of MiG-29 Fulcrum fighters or 12 combat aircraft, one of which was used as a trainer by the Slovak Air Force. The donation comes thanks to a bilateral agreement between the Czech Republic and Slovakia that the Czech Air Force will protect Slovakia’s airspace until Bratislava receives the 12 F-16 Block 70 units ordered by the US in the coming months. The information comes from the Spanish online portal InfoDifensa.

First homegrown KF-21 fighter jets ready to take off. What’s ahead?

07/09/2022

South Korea’s first homegrown KF-21 fighter jet is gearing up for its inaugural flight test scheduled for late July. But a maiden flight is just the beginning of 2200 rounds of planned flight tests that will be continued by 2026. KF-21 Boramae fighter prototypes have been undergoing low, medium and high-speed taxi tests since June 25 and will continue until July 13, Korea Aerospace Industries confirmed to The Korea Herald.

Taiwan condemns Chinese military aircraft in its airspace

07/09/2022

Taiwan's defense ministry says Chinese military aircraft entered its airspace, condemning the move as a provocation. The ministry said China's combat aircraft crossed the median line of the Taiwan Strait and entered Taiwan's airspace on Friday morning. Ministry officials did not specify the number of aircraft, the type or their flight paths. Taiwan's military says it expelled the Chinese aircraft while monitoring the situation with a ground-based air defense missile system.

Chinese fighter jet flew very close to eastern Ladakh in June: Report

07/09/2022

The incident took place at around 4 am on one of the days in the last week of June and after the Chinese fighter aircraft was spotted by men on ground and was also picked up by indigenous radars deployed in the border area.

NETHERLANDS F-35S ARRIVE AT VOLKEL AIR BASE AS NEW AIR COMBAT COMMAND IS STOOD UP

07/09/2022

The first four modern F-35 fighter aircraft landed at Volkel Air Base on June 30, 2022, marking the re-establishment of the their 313 Squadron as a fifth-generation fighter unit. At the same time, the Royal Netherlands Air Force stood up a new Air Combat Command (ACC), which is comprised of the two operational fighter bases at Leeuwarden in the north and Volkel in the south and Air Operations Control Station (AOCS) based at Nieuw-Milligen in the centre of the Netherlands.

Russia acquired new Su-34Ms with rear-hemisphere scanning radar

07/08/2022

According to the director-general of Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation Yuriy Slyusar, the Su-34M has twice the combat capability of the original Su-34, with a dedicated interface for three different types of sensors maximizing situational awareness, including the UKR-RT capsule carrying electronic measures for search, camera UKR-OE and UKR-RL, which integrates a synthetic aperture radar.

US, Swedish planes top choices for multi-role fighter deal: PAF

07/07/2022

The Philippine Air Force (PAF) on Tuesday said it is in the process of choosing between the latest model of the American-made Lockheed Martin F-16s and the Swedish-made Saab JAS-39 for its multi-role fighter (MRF) project. "(The) two last contenders, (for the PAF MRF project are the) F-16V Block 50/52 Variant and the JAS-39 Gripen C/D+ Version," PAF spokesperson, Col. Maynard Mariano, said.

India and the US Renew their Offer to Co-Develop an AMCA Fighter Jet Engine

07/07/2022

A proposal from the US to work with India on the creation of jet engine technology that might be utilized to power India's futuristic Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft has been revived. An offer for the joint development of a 110 kn thrust engine with Indian agencies has been made by General Electric (GE), one of the world's top jet engine manufacturers. Leading military sources have revealed to BW Businessworld that GE is being considered for collaboration on the AMCA engine.

Ukraine May Finally Get Slovakia’s MiG-29s Thanks To Czech Air Patrol Deal

07/07/2022

In a debate aired on national television, Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala announced that the Czech Air Force would soon be carrying out patrol and air policing duties from within Slovakia’s airspace. The proposed partnership between the neighboring NATO countries could kick start the transfer of MiG-29 fighter jets to Ukraine, which has been in the works since the early days of the Ukrainian-Russian conflict.

Taiwan touts new air force advanced training jet's abilities

07/07/2022

Taiwan's air force showed off its new locally designed and made jet trainer on Wednesday, touting the more advanced, combat-capable abilities of the aircraft that will replace aging and accident-prone existing equipment.

Nigeria and Brazil cement defence ties with aviation, security and defence forum

07/06/2022

Between 21 and 23 June, a week after a meeting between the Brazilian Ambassador to Nigeria Ricardo Guerrera and the Nigerian Minister of Defence Bashir Magashi, the third edition of the Brazil-Nigeria Aviation, Security & Defence Trade Forum was held in the Brazilian Embassy in Abuja.

South Korea Readies Its KF-21 Next-Generation Fighter Jet For Takeoff

07/06/2022

South Korea’s KF-21 next-generation fighter is preparing for its first flight, with footage of a prototype undertaking ground tests under power having emerged in the last few days. These tests follow recent static engine runs for the twin-engine fighter, the first flight of which is rumored to be planned before the end of this month.

In North Africa, a fighter jet arms race, with Russia and the US on either side

07/06/2022

While it may not make the rounds in Washington as one of the big geopolitical rivalries of the era, tensions between Morocco and Algeria are real, and have escalated in recent years thanks to a dispute over the Western Sahara, which Morocco claims to be its own territory, while Algeria backs the Tindouf-based Polisario Front rebel group.

Taiwan to Hold Helicopter Drill to Test Combat Readiness

07/05/2022

The Taiwanese military will hold a three-day exercise involving all its helicopters at Pingtung’s Jiupeng military base. Dubbed “Mighty Eagle,” the drill is being held to test the combat readiness of the island nation, especially amid increasing pressure from China. During the exercise, helicopters will fire cannons and Hellfire and Stinger missiles at various naval and aerial targets to test their capabilities with precision weapon systems.

Myanmar Regime Takes Delivery of Two Su-30 Fighter Jets From Russia

07/05/2022

Russia delivered the first two of six new Su-30 jet fighters to Myanmar in March, according to several informed sources who formerly served with the Myanmar Air Force. Moscow sent several trainers and technicians to assist the Myanmar Air Force during the warranty period, according to the sources, who are former Myanmar Air Force officers who joined the anti-coup movement last year.

North Korea slams US-South Korea-Japan military cooperation

07/04/2022

North Korea on Sunday slammed the United States, South Korea and Japan for pushing to boost their trilateral military cooperation targeting the North, warning that the move is prompting urgent calls for the country to reinforce its military capability.

Tejas aircraft is Malaysia's top choice for fighter jet programme

07/04/2022

India's Tejas light combat aircraft has emerged as the top choice for Malaysia as the Southeast Asian nation looks at replacing its ageing fleet of fighter jets and the two sides are holding negotiations to firm up the procurement. Malaysia has narrowed down on the Indian aircraft notwithstanding the stiff competition from China's JF-17 jet, South Korea's FA-50 and Russia's Mig-35 as well as Yak-130, Chairman and Managing Director of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, R Madhavan, told PTI in an inte

Jet truck driver, 40, dies in Battle Creek air show accident

07/03/2022

Officials identified Chris Darnell, 40, as the victim of a fiery accident at the Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show and Balloon Festival. Around 1:10 p.m., Darnell was driving a Shockwave Jet Truck 300 mph down a runway at the Battle Creek Executive Airport for a performance Saturday, July 2 when the fatal accident occurred, Battle Creek Police said.

Ukraine’s Armed Forces launch up to 10 airstrikes on Russian positions in Luhansk region

07/02/2022

"On June 30, Su-25 attack aircraft and Su-24m bombers launched up to 10 airstrikes in Luhansk direction, supporting the combat actions of the defenders of Lysychansk. The strikes of our pilots prevented the occupiers from advancing in several important directions. The enemy's logistics centers, fuel supply points, armored combat vehicles, and manpower were hit," the Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine posted on Telegram.

Russia retreats from Snake Island after artillery strikes by Ukraine’s military

07/02/2022

Russian troops were reportedly forced to leave the tiny island after massive artillery strikes by the Ukrainian military in recent weeks. Ukraine’s military said a barrage of Ukrainian artillery and missile strikes forced the Russians to flee the island in two speedboats and deprived Moscow of a strategic outpost for its air defenses and electronic warfare systems.

Flying Hours in Decline

07/02/2022

Active-duty Air Force pilots flew fewer hours in fiscal 2021 than the previous year, giving back gains made the prior year, but Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve pilots gained back some additional training in the same period.

Is RAF procurement right amid Ukraine-Russia war reality?

07/02/2022

The ongoing war in Ukraine has demonstrated the military demands of operating in a contested environment, not least of which involves the air domain. Western countries such as the UK, coming off the back of two decades of permissive air access in counter-insurgency operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, could struggle to sustain themselves in a peer-to-peer conflict.

Germany commits tens of thousands of soldiers, combat aircraft and ships in the deployment against Russia

07/02/2022

The two-day NATO summit in Madrid, which ended yesterday, was dominated by the military alliance’s preparations for war against the nuclear powers Russia and China. NATO’s new Strategic Concept describes Russia as “the most significant and direct threat to Allies’ security and to peace and stability in the Euro-Atlantic area.” NATO “cannot consider the Russian Federation to be our partner” and will “significantly strengthen deterrence and defence for all allies.”

India carries out maiden flight of unmanned combat aircraft

07/02/2022

The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully carried out the maiden flight of the autonomous flying wing technology from the Aeronautical Test Range in Karnataka's Chitradurga on Friday. DRDO officials said, "In a major success towards developing unmanned combat aircraft, the maiden flight of the Autonomous Flying Wing Technology Demonstrator was carried out successfully from the Aeronautical Test Range, Chitradurga, Karnataka today."

By accident or design—or designed accident? China’s unsafe air intercepts

07/01/2022

On 26 May a J-16 fighter aircraft from the Peoples Liberational Army Air Force conducted an ‘unsafe’ interception of an Australian P-8A Poseidon routine surveillance flight above international waters. The Chinese fighter pulled alongside releasing flares, then cut in front of the Royal Australian Air Force aircraft and released ‘chaff’—aluminium fragments to decoy incoming missiles. Chaff is familiar to audiences for its frequent appearance in the movie Top Gun: Maverick.

Myanmar fighter jet enters Thai airspace prompting Thai jets to scramble

07/01/2022

Thai authorities say they scrambled fighter jets after a Myanmar fighter jet entered Thai airspace. The aircraft was said to be attacking an ethnic minority group on the Myanmar side of the border. The Thai Air Force deployed two F-16 jets for combat reconnaissance in the border area, Phob Phra District, Tak Province, after a military aircraft was detected flying over the border, the Royal Thai Airforce reports 30 June.

As Sweden's and Finland's NATO bids move forward, the alliance is already eyeing their fighter jets

07/01/2022

As Finland's and Sweden's accession to NATO moves ahead quickly, the alliance's already tight partnership with the Nordic countries was on display in the skies over Northern Europe in early June. On June 2, the Swedish and Finnish air forces drilled with their British, French, German, Norwegian, and Belgian counterparts along Norway's west coast. Some 45 aircraft participated in the exercise, which was meant to demonstrate the ability to conduct complex air operations over long distances.

NATO war summit: Germany commits tens of thousands of soldiers, combat aircraft and ships in the deployment against Russia

07/01/2022

The two-day NATO summit in Madrid, which ended yesterday, was dominated by the military alliance’s preparations for war against the nuclear powers Russia and China. NATO’s new Strategic Concept describes Russia as “the most significant and direct threat to Allies’ security and to peace and stability in the Euro-Atlantic area.” NATO “cannot consider the Russian Federation to be our partner” and will “significantly strengthen deterrence and defence for all allies.”

Greece to ask US for F-35 combat aircraft

07/01/2022

kai TV reported that Greece will request the deployment of twenty F-35 aircraft and another twenty on condition. Ankara has been pressuring US Congress for a long time now to approve the purchase of new F-16 fighters and set it as a condition before Turkey green-lights the accession of Finland and Sweden into NATO.

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