Military Aviation News Archive

Building International Support to Counter ISIL

09/22/2014

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has dramatically undermined stability in Iraq, Syria and the broader Middle East, and poses a threat to international peace and security. ISIL continues to commit gross, systematic abuses of human rights and violations of international law, including indiscriminate killing and deliberate targeting of civilians, mass executions and extrajudicial killings, persecution of individuals and entire communities on the basis of their identity, kidnapping of

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Pacific Fleet Ships, Aircraft Respond to Simulated Enemy Threat During Drills

09/22/2014

Some 30 ships alongside air forces of the Pacific Fleet have started warding off the attack of a simulated enemy during military exercises in Russia's Far East, a Russian Defense Ministry representative reported Sunday. "Hunter-killer and minesweeping task teams of the Pacific Fleet have been placed in the designated areas of the northwestern Pacific, the Sea of Okhotsk and the Sea of Japan. After that, they started practicing warding off the attack on the fleet," the representative said.

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Britain to take the fight to IS: RAF jets 'on verge of being unleashed on terrorists'

09/22/2014

Prime Minister David Cameron is set to meet US President Barack Obama this week in New York to discuss how to crack down on the marauding Middle-East extremists. But although UK military action is highly unlikely before a United Nations meeting on Tuesday, it is believed by Wednesday the Iraqi Government may formally request British assistance to stop IS’s advance into their territory.

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Rogozin: Russia can do without French-built Mistral helicopter carriers

09/22/2014

Russia can do without French-built Mistral-class helicopter carriers whose delivery has been suspended over Ukraine, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said in Sunday Evening with Vladimir Solovyov TV program me. “Last year, on November 16 we transferred to our Indian colleagues the Vikramaditya light aircraft carrier, which war formerly our Admiral Gorshkov missile cruiser.

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Air Combat Command chief reluctantly accepts Global Hawk over U-2

09/22/2014

While the plan to keep new, unmanned Global Hawks over the aging manned U-2 has support among top Defense Department officials, the top combat general in the Air Force says it is not the best military solution. The Air Force, in its fiscal 2015 budget proposal calls for retiring the entire U-2 fleet and continuing to buy RQ-4 Global Hawks to handle high-altitude intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance. The plan reverses previous Air Force attempts to retire the large drones.

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UPDATE: Officials release name of decorated combat veteran who died in Augusta Co. jet crash

09/22/2014

Officials have released the name of the military jet pilot who was killed in Augusta County. Lt. Col. Morris "Moose" Fontenot Jr. died. Fontenot served with the 104th Fighter Wing as the full-time wing inspector general, responsible for the implementation of the Air Force Inspection System and as an F-15 instructor pilot with more than 2,300 flight hours.

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DOD Highlights Information From Iraq As Emphasis Shifts Away From Afghanistan

09/22/2014

As the Obama administration seeks to win support for a coalition campaign against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, the White House and the Defense Department public relations shops have gone into overdrive. In recent weeks, the military has released near daily tallies of airstrikes in Iraq, often detailing how many targets were hit and what type of vehicle was destroyed. Those reports have frequently been pushed out again by the Defense Department and the National Security Council.

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Russian Military Aircraft Complete Redeployment During Exercises: Defense Ministry

09/22/2014

The crews of the Russian air force units have completed redeployment at the airfields of the Eastern Military District as part of the Vostok 2014 drills, a Russian Defense Ministry representative told reporters Sunday. "MiG-31 interceptor aircraft, Su-27 fighters, Su-30SM, Su-35S and Su-34 fighter aircraft, Su-24 attack aircraft, A-50 early warning and control aircraft, An-26, An-30 and An-12 aircraft, Ka-52 and Mi-24 attack helicopters.

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Pilots Reflect Assumed Enemy’s Massive Airstrike During Russian Military Drills

09/22/2014

The pilots participating in Russian strategic military exercise code-named Vostok-2014 have reflected a massive airstrike of the simulated enemy, a representative of Russia's Defense Ministry has told reporters. "Today, a simulated enemy aircraft struck a massive airstrike on the ground positions of the [Russia's] Eastern Military District military, who take part in the Vostok-2014 exercises," Defense Ministry representative said.

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First French Airstrikes On IS 'Kill Dozens'

09/21/2014

President Francois Hollande said Rafale fighter jets, accompanied by support planes, "entirely destroyed" the depot in the north of the country. Iraq's military spokesman said four morning airstrikes killed dozens of fighters. "Other operations will follow in the coming days with the same goal - to weaken this terrorist organisation and come to the aid of the Iraqi authorities," Mr Hollande said. "There are always risks in taking up a responsibility. I reduced the risks to a minimum."

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ANALYZING PEACE MISSION 2014: CHINA AND RUSSIA EXERCISE WITH THE CENTRAL ASIAN STATES

09/21/2014

From August 24-29, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) held “Peace Mission 2014” at China’s Zhurihe Training Base, in Inner Mongolia in North China. This is China’s base for engaging in large-scale exercises with foreign armies on its soil. Peace Mission 2014 was the largest military exercise conducted by the SCO, with five of the six member countries participating (China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan but not Uzbekistan).

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Taiwan Previews Major Naval Acquisition Plan

09/21/2014

Taiwan’s Navy plans to build new destroyers, frigates, corvettes and submarines in a 20-year force modernization program that will replace all the US and French-built warships in the fleet. Details of the program will be released in November, but Navy officials provided some information about the scope of the massive build plan during the live-fire field training event during the annual Han Kuang exercises off the east coast of Taiwan on Sept. 17.

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RAF fighter jets scrambled to intercept two Russian military planes flying through international airspace

09/21/2014

British fighter jets were forced to intercept two Russian planes which were flying through international airspace today, the RAF has confirmed. The Typhoon jets were launched from RAF Lossiemouth in Scotland to identify the aircraft. It was later discovered they were Russian military Bears.

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Two pilots injured as military aircraft crashes in Ziarat

09/21/2014

A security official who requested anonymity told Dawn.com the two pilots injured during the crash were rushed to Ziarat for medical treatment by locals of the area. Pilots Captain Omar and Captain Hasnain Mehmood were later shifted to Quetta in an army helicopter for further treatment.

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F-22 fighters intercept Russian military planes 55 miles off Alaska

09/21/2014

Two U.S. F-22 fighter jets intercepted six Russian military airplanes that were flying near Alaska, military officials said Friday. Lt. Col. Michael Jazdyk, a spokesman for the North American Aerospace Defense Command, or NORAD, said the jets intercepted the planes about 55 nautical miles from the Alaskan coast at about 7 p.m. Pacific time Wednesday.

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RAF could launch air strikes on Isil within days

09/21/2014

RAF jets could be ordered to launch air strikes against Islamist terrorists in Iraq within days. The Prime Minister travels to New York to discuss a possible bombing plan with President Obama this week. He will hold talks at the United Nations on Tuesday and Wednesday. British sources have made clear that military action involving the UK is highly unlikely before the UN meeting and will depend on the outcome of the talks.

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General: Airstrikes tougher as militants blend in

09/21/2014

The Army's top officer warned Friday that it will become increasingly difficult to target and launch precision airstrikes against Islamic State militants hiding among the Iraqi population. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno told reporters that so far the targets American warplanes and drones have hit in Iraq have largely been out in the open and were "clearly identifiable."

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Argentina's defense budget with many pledges but not much beef

09/21/2014

“The Argentine armed forces are planning for 2015 the training of personnel and the necessary means to achieve an operational aptitude and attitude from all arms' systems so as to have the dissuasive capacity that enables to discourage threats which affect the vital interests of the nation” reads the introduction of the defense bill, as announced by Economy minister Axel Kicillof and cabinet chief Jorge Capitanich.

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Sweden: Russian military jets violate air space

09/20/2014

Sweden says it has summoned the Russian ambassador over an air space violation by two Russian military aircraft. The Swedish Foreign Ministry said the planes crossed into Swedish air space south of the Baltic Sea island of Oland on Wednesday. The ministry called it a “serious violation.”

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US fighter planes intercept Russian combat jets off Alaska, Sweden protests 'violation'

09/20/2014

Eight Russian planes, including long-range bombers, were intercepted this week by US and Canadian pilots. Sweden has made its displeasure known to the Russian government after similar incursions. Washington defense officials said on Friday that Russian planes were intercepted by US and Canadian warplanes on two separate occasions when they entered a US "Air Defense Identification Zone" (ADIZ) this week near Alaska.

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On The Missing NAF Aircraft

09/20/2014

First, my condolences go to the families of the missing pilots of the light attack jet/advanced trainer aircraft that disappeared on September 12, 2014. The word “condolence” should not constitute an automatic or confirmed death of the crew members but after almost six days without a confirmed or assumed location of the aircraft, and in a country with no established search and rescue culture, my initial reaction is that of loss of hope, hence the condolence.

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Russian Baltic Fleet Conducts Large-Scale Coastal Troop Exercises

09/20/2014

The Russian Baltic Fleet is conducting tactical exercises for its coastal forces on one of the ranges of the Kaliningrad Region, with more than 1,000 motorized infantry soldiers and marines from its fleet and more than 250 military and special equipment units participating, the Baltic Fleet's press service said Friday.

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South Korea to Be Among Top 3 Drone Technology Leaders by 2023: Reports

09/20/2014

South Korea will become the world’s third most technologically advanced producer of UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) by 2023, Korea Aerospace Research Institute stated, Yonhap reported. “By 2023, South Korea should only trail behind the United States and Israel in terms of technological prowess while ranking as the fourth largest supplier of drones as measured in sales," the director of the institute's future aircraft systems Choi Seong-wook told the agency Thursday.

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F-15 Eagle vs CF-18 Hornet vs F-16 Fighting Falcon: a pilot’s perspective

09/19/2014

Developed as a multirole naval fighter, the McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing) F/A-18 Hornet has become the backbone of the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Marine Corps and several air arms around the world. Among them there is also the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF), formerly known as Canadian Forces Air Command, that began receiving a slightly modified version of the standard legacy Hornet, designated CF-18 (Canadian military designation is CF-188), in 1982.

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Vostok 2014 strategic military exercises begin in Russia

09/19/2014

A strategic command and staff exercise code-named Vostok 2014 (East 2014) with about 100,000 troops participating began in the Eastern Military District on Friday, the Defence Ministry said. “About 100,000 servicemen, up to 1,500 tanks, 120 aircraft, 5,000 pieces of weaponry, military and special hardware, and 70 ships will take part in the exercises,” it said.

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