Military Aviation News Archive

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.

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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."

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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