Military Aviation News Archive

Video: Will the UAE buy Russian Su-57, Su-35 jets? | Dubai Airshow 2019

11/19/2019

Amid a slump in India’s bilateral ties with Malaysia, state-run Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) is eyeing the possibility of selling its Tejas fighter jet to the south-east Asian country, ThePrint has learnt. The Malaysian Air Force has shortlisted the Indian jet as a contender for the contract of its 36 new Light Combat Aircraft. If the deal goes through, it will be HAL’s first foreign sale.

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The US Air Force is in no hurry to commit to a next-gen fighter design

11/19/2019

The U.S. Air Force is taking its time to settle on a next-generation fighter design, awaiting instead lessons learned from the F-35 jet and playing the field with promising technologies, according to a senior service official. Options being kicked around are still in the conceptual stage, as America’s newest fighter, the fifth-generation F-35, is only now “coming off the line,” according to Lt. Gen. David Nahom, the Air Force’s deputy chief of staff for plans and programs.

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DUBAI: Boeing and Embraer rebrand transport as C-390 Millennium

11/19/2019

Boeing and Embraer have rebranded the KC-390 airlifter as the C-390 Millennium to emphasise the transport’s cargo mission. The companies have also announced that their defence joint venture set up to sell the KC-390 will be branded as Boeing Embraer – Defense. The two firms announced their joint venture in 2018.

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DUBAI: Boeing sees foreign sales reviving AH-6 Little Bird

11/19/2019

Production of Boeing’s AH-6 Little Bird light-attack helicopter has been at a virtual standstill for around 18 months, but increasing Foreign Military Sales interest has the company believing it can revive the programme with as many as 75 more orders.

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DUBAI: Lockheed Martin LM-100J gets FAA type certificate

11/19/2019

The Lockheed Martin LM-100J commercial freighter received its type certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration on 15 November. The aircraft was approved after 150h of flight testing under the supervision of the FAA, says Lockheed.

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UAE and Russia enter talks over supply of Su-35 jets

11/18/2019

Dmitry Shogayev, head of the Federal Service for Military Technical Cooperation, said at the Dubai Airshow 2019 that negotiations are still under way on supplying the UAE with Russian Su-35 fighter jets. “Negotiations are underway to supply the Su-35 to the UAE and develop the fifth generation of light combat aircraft,” Shogayev said.

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Russia Markets New-Generation Weapons

11/18/2019

Russia’s JSC Rosoboronexport, a subsidiary of the state corporation Rostec, has begun marketing new-generation combat aircraft, according to Alexander Mikheev, director general. “At the Dubai Airshow 2019, Russia showcases the cutting-edge Sukhoi Su-57E 5th-generation multirole combat aircraft, the Ilyushin Il-112VE light military transport aircraft, and the upgraded Mil Mi-28NE combat helicopter that has been modified on the base of combat experience,” Mikheev said.

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India to sign over $7 billion defence deal with US to procure combat drones, spy aircraft

11/18/2019

India is close to inking a defence deal with the US for the procurement of Sea Guardian armed drones and P-8I anti-submarine warfare and surveillance aircraft. The deal is valued at over $7 billion. "Indian Navy, Air Force, and Army are coordinating their requirements and specifications for the acquisition of these Sea Guardian armed drones from the US under the FMS route," Defence sources told India Today TV.

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DUBAI: Dubai air show takes precautions against intruding drones

11/18/2019

In the wake of the loitering munitions attack on the Saudi Aramco oil processing facilities at Abqaiq and Khurais in September, Dubai air show is taking precautions against intruding unmanned air vehicles. The Dubai Civil Aviation Authority says it banned unmanned air vehcile flights in a 8nm (15km) radius from the centre of Al Maktoum International airport between 13 November and 21 November.

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DUBAI: RAF to use Typhoon as ‘testbed’ for Tempest development

11/18/2019

The UK Royal Air Force intends to use the Eurofighter Typhoon as a “testbed” for new development methods and technologies that will be employed on the forthcoming Tempest sixth-generation fighter. If the RAF is going to field the Tempest by 2035 it needs to practise shortening development times by adding new technologies on the Typhoon, said Air Chief Marshal Michael Wigston at the Dubai International Air Chiefs conference on 16 November.

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North Korea's Kim attends military air show, lauds pilots

11/16/2019

North Korea on Saturday said leader Kim Jong Un attended a flight demonstration of military aircraft at an airfield on the country's eastern coast where he instructed combat pilots to acquire "great idea and tactics" against enemies "armed to the teeth." The report from Pyongyang's official Korean Central News Agency followed a slew of statements expressing anger at planned U.S.-South Korea military drills that the North says could derail its nuclear negotiations with Washington.

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US military aircraft join UK fighter jets in training exercise over the North Sea

11/16/2019

American military aircraft have joined UK fighter jets in a training exercise over the North Sea. The recurring Point Blank exercise, which on Thursday included 35 aircraft from 10 units, aims to hone how allies will fight in real world operations.

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Academy’s Glider Team to perform at Aviation Nation

11/15/2019

The Air Force Academy’s Aerobatic Demonstration Team will showcase their talents to the Las Vegas community for the first time in several years at Aviation Nation at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, Nov. 16-17. One of the larger airshows in the country, Aviation Nation traditionally draws crowds of more than a quarter-million people over the two-day event.

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Airbus to advance automatic tanker trial for customer

11/14/2019

Further flight testing of a developmental automatic boom refuelling capability for the A330 multi-role tanker transport (MRTT) will be performed for an undisclosed customer next year, Airbus Defence & Space has disclosed. Trials work on the company’s A3R automatic air-to-air refuelling technology conducted since 2017 has included its A310 testbed making automatic in-flight contacts with Lockheed Martin F-16s and an A330 MRTT.

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Leonardo Helicopters upbeat on AW159 sales prospects

11/14/2019

Leonardo Helicopters is maintaining its belief in the AW159 Wildcat, despite a barren sales period that has seen its backlog for the platform dwindle to zero. This week, the manufacturer celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Wildcat’s 12 November 2009 first flight. However, with deliveries to the UK and export customers exhausted, there are no new examples of the medium-class helicopter in production.

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Apache’s Longbow radar gets software boost

11/14/2019

The AN/APG-78 Longbow mast-mounted radar that equips the Boeing AH-64E Apache has completed the US Army’s Follow-On Test and Evaluation (FOT&E) II. The fire control radar, produced by a joint venture of Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman called Longbow LLC, demonstrated several new modes and longer range detection capability against land, air and sea targets, says Northrop Grumman.

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Tokyo orders additional JSMs for F-35s

11/14/2019

Tokyo has placed a follow-on order with Norwegian firm Kongsberg for Joint Strike Missiles to equip its Lockheed Martin F-35s. The follow-on contract is valued at NKr450 million ($49 million), according to Kongsberg. It does not disclose the number of weapons involved, or the delivery timeframe.

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Russia Is Trying to Jam the Air Force's F-35 Radar in Syria

11/12/2019

Russian forces have been jamming GPS systems in the Middle East. The electronic-warfare campaign could affect U.S. forces gathering in the region in advance of potential strikes on Iran. “Since last spring, pilots flying through the Middle East, specifically around Syria, have noted that their GPS systems have displayed the wrong location or stopped working entirely,” The Times of Israel reported in late June 2019.

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A familiar adversary emerges in Israel’s proxy war with Iran

11/12/2019

It has often been said that Israel lives in a troubled neighborhood. Multiple regional wars and violent conflagrations with at least half a dozen regional states and armed groups certainly depict a country ill at ease with its neighbors.

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?General Atomics to demonstrate MQ-9 maritime patrols for Europe

11/12/2019

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems plans to demonstrate its MQ-9 Guardian unmanned air vehicle’s (UAV) maritime patrol surveillance capabilities for European nations in December. The company is working with the Greek air force to conduct several demonstration flights from the Greek air base of Larissa, it says in a media release on 11 November. General Atomics also plans to showcase its detect-and-avoid system, which helps the UAV fly near civilian or other manned aircraft without risking col

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US F-35 stealth jets to deploy near main Russian military base in Syria: media

11/11/2019

The U.S. Air Force will deploy its F-35 stealth jets to Israel in order to maintain a strong presence in the region, the Israeli publication 9TV reported, as quoted by the Russian publication Avia.Pro on Sunday. “The Americans will place a huge number of hangars for their F-35 fighters on the territory of the Jewish state. We are talking about hundreds of combat aircraft, which creates a certain threat to Russian military facilities in the Middle East,” Avia.Pro said.

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Germany Warns France Against Undermining NATO Security Alliance

11/11/2019

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas warned on Sunday against undermining NATO, in Berlin's strongest response to date to French President Emmanuel Macron's critical remarks about the security alliance. Macron told The Economist this week that NATO was experiencing "brain death", citing a lack of coordination and U.S. unpredictability under President Donald Trump. He also expressed doubt about the U.S.-led alliance's security maxim that an attack on one ally would be treated as an attack on all.

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Balancing the need for air dominance, long-range strike and airlift in a contested environment

11/11/2019

The nation’s long-vaunted strategic “sea-air gap” moat is shrinking, placing increased pressure on the tactical and strategic capabilities of the Royal Australian Air Force, which is further complicated by the regional proliferation of advanced combat aircraft, precision high-speed munitions and missile systems.

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Did a Russian Made Missile Hit an Israeli F-35 Stealth Fighter in 2017?

11/10/2019

Did a Russian anti-aircraft missile hit one of Israel’s new F-35 stealth fighters? Pro-Russian media are claiming that an Israeli F-35I was hit and damaged by a Russian-made S-200 surface-to-air missile during an Israeli air strike in Syria earlier this month. Israel says one of its F-35s was damaged—after colliding with a bird.

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The Air Force’s upgraded AC-130 gunship is working overtime in Afghanistan

11/09/2019

It's been just over four months since the Air Force's AC-130J Ghostrider kicked off combat missions in the skies above Afghanistan, and the aircraft that the service once described as "the ultimate battle plane" and "a bomb truck with guns on it" is already bringing the pain on a daily basis.

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