Military Aviation News Archive

Ukraine crisis: 'Russia has launched a great war'

09/02/2014

Ukraine's defence minister has accused Russia of launching a "great war" that could claim tens of thousands of lives. Russia dismissed the comments, saying they only pulled the Ukrainian people further into a bloody civil conflict. The comments came after Ukrainian troops were forced to flee Luhansk airport in the east of the country amid an offensive by pro-Russian rebels.

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Iraqi forces free Amerli in biggest victory over IS militants since June

09/02/2014

Iraqi forces aided by US air strikes have broken through to the jihadist-besieged Shiite town of Amerli, where thousands have been trapped for over two months with dwindling food and water supplies. It is the biggest offensive success for the Iraqi government since militants led by the Sunni jihadist group Islamic State (IS) overran large areas of five provinces in June, sweeping security forces aside.

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Tony Abbott hits out at Russia over Ukraine ‘war’

09/02/2014

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has described Russia’s incursion into Ukraine as an act of war, a significant escalation in rhetoric the day after an announcement of fresh Australian sanctions designed to hamper further action by President Vladimir Putin. “It is an invasion, let’s call it for what it is. It is an invasion of Ukraine and it’s absolutely, utterly reprehensible.

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India, Japan agree to strengthen defense ties

09/02/2014

In his first state visit, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has met with a kindred spirit, Japanese Premier Shinzo Abe. The two leaders, wary of China's glowing clout in Asia, have agreed to strengthen defense ties.

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Russian Helicopters Arrive in Iraq to Combat ISIS

09/02/2014

Russia has delivered a batch of Mi-28 Night Hunter attack helicopters to Baghdad, Iraq's Defense Ministry said on its website. "These helicopters will be put into operation to contribute to the military's struggle against the Islamic State terrorist group," the ministry said Saturday. Russia has been ramping up its support for the Iraqi government as it struggles to contain the spread of the radical Islamic State from war-torn Syria to Iraq.

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Israel shoots down Syrian UAV

09/02/2014

The Israeli air force (IAF) shot down a Syrian air force unmanned air vehicle (UAV) when it entered Israeli airspace on 31 August, according to local sources. The IAF shot down the Iranian-made Yasir UAV with a Raytheon Patriot surface-to-air missile after it crossed the border into Israeli territory. Israeli sources allege the aircraft was being used to gather data on rebel forces in Syria.

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In too deep

09/02/2014

The F-15C "Eagle" represents a pinnacle of human technology in man's ability to break the hold of gravity and take to the air in flight. Its twin jet engines push the aircraft's 14 tons of titanium and aluminum to elevations of 65,000 feet at over two-and-a-half times the speed of sound. It can fly in any weather condition, night or day, and is one of the most successful combat aircraft ever designed.

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RAAF plane not shot at in Iraq: PM

09/02/2014

Tony Abbott says an Australian C-130 Hercules aircraft was not shot at by extremists while delivering humanitarian aid to northern Iraq. The prime minister downplayed News Corp Australia reports the RAAF transport plane was attacked by Islamic State extremists as it dropped aid to the besieged town of Amerli.

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Airbus A400M successfully demonstrates tanker capability

09/02/2014

The tanker test campaign was developed in five flights in which the A400M performed 33 dry contacts and dispensed 18.6 tonnes of fuel to an F/A-18 Hornet in 35 wet contacts. With a basic fuel capacity of 50.8 tonnes which can be increased by the use of extra cargo hold tanks, the A400M is the most capable tactical tanker in the market.

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RAF help Iraq humanitarian aid drop

09/01/2014

RAF transport planes have taken part in an air drop to bring urgently needed humanitarian aid to the besieged Iraqi town of Amirli, Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said. The Hercules aircraft formed part of an international effort to resupply the town which has been under siege by Islamic State (IS) militants for nearly two months.

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'Too cautious' Obama urged to get tough on Russia and Isis

09/01/2014

Barack Obama was on Sunday urged to take a tougher approach towards Russia and Syria, as Republicans and Democrats returned from their summer vacations in confrontational mood. After a week in which the president was criticised for failing to develop military plans for tackling Islamic State militants inside Syria and taking a relatively cautious approach to Russian incursions in Ukraine, senior figures in Congress took turns to demand greater US intervention.

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Unauthorised aircraft identified as belonging to US military

09/01/2014

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has told local media that unauthorised aircraft spotted in Maldivian airspace belong to the United States Air Force. CAA Director Abdulla Rasheed told local paper Haveeru the aircraft had originated from Foalhavahi – also known as the Chagos Islands – home to a US military base. “No one can enter the area, without our knowing. If anyone were to enter, they would have to gain our permission first,” Rasheed told Haveeru.

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EU sets ultimatum for Russia to stop aiding separatists

09/01/2014

Accusing Russia of waging a campaign of “military aggression and terror” against his country, President Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine told European leaders here Saturday that their own countries’ security depended on stopping Russian troops from stoking a conflict in eastern Ukraine that he said could escalate into a wider war.

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China Incident with US P-8 Sparks Debate on Pacifc Posture

09/01/2014

When a Chinese J-11 fighter intercepted and flew within 20 feet of a US Navy P-8 Poseidon on Aug. 19 off the Hainan Island coast, it set off debate in the US about whether the forward-deployed US military can continue to conduct the types of operations that strategic necessity requires.

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Wedgetails return from Red Flag Alaska

09/01/2014

Two RAAF E-7A Wedgetail AEW&C aircraft have returned to Australia after participating in Exercise Red Flag Alaska last month. The two 2SQN aircraft, supported by 59 personnel from the RAAF’s 49 Wing, took part in a number of ‘large force employment’ air combat exercises involving up to 60 aircraft during Red Flag Alaska 14-3, which ran from August 7 to 22.

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SAS troops to guard RAAF aircraft, crews in Iraq combat zone deliveries

09/01/2014

The Greens this morning have tried to suspend Parliament to debate the threat of “mission creep” for Australia’s forces deployed to the region. Prime Minister Tony Abbott yesterday announced the RAAF’s involvement in the supply of military equipment to anti-Islamic State fighters, with the first mission to take place “in coming days”. But Mr Abbott played down talk that Australian troops could be sent into the country, saying there was no role “envisaged” for boots on the ground.

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Israeli Military Downs Syrian Drone Over Golan Heights

09/01/2014

Israeli military have shot down a drone that flew into Israeli-controlled airspace near the Quneitra border crossing between the Golan Heights and Syria, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) said Sunday. “The IDF intercepted a UAV that breached Israeli airspace from Syria near Quneitra. The UAV was targeted by a ‘Patriot’ missile,” the IDF statement said.

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Iraqi forces 'reach besieged Amerli'

08/31/2014

Iraqi forces have reached the besieged town of Amerli in northern Iraq, where thousands have been trapped by jihadists, military officials say. The apparent breakthrough comes after the US carried out air strikes overnight on Islamic State (IS) positions near the town. The UK, France and Australia joined the US in dropping humanitarian aid.

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Philippine peacekeepers rescued from militants on Golan: U.N.

08/31/2014

Thirty-two Philippine U.N. peacekeepers were rescued on Saturday from Islamists who fired at their post on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights and trapped them for two days, U.N. officials said, while militants reinforced their siege of another group of 40.

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Iraq army battles to lift IS siege of Amerli

08/31/2014

Iraq has launched a major operation to liberate the town of Amerli which has been besieged by Islamic State fighters for more than two months. The operation to retake town started on Saturday with Iraqi troops and Shia militia involved in the fighting. The AFP news agency reported that Kurdish peshmerga were also involved in the operation.

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Ukraine Says Russian Escalation Could Lead to 'Full-Scale War'

08/31/2014

The European Union has threatened to launch a fresh round of sanctions against Russia in response to ongoing aggressive military action in eastern Ukraine. The Russian invasion of eastern Ukraine marks a "point of no return" and risks a "state of war" with Europe, said EU leaders. The group of nations is prepared to ramp up sanctions against Russia, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso told Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko at a summit in Brussels on Saturday.

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5 U.S. airstrikes target Islamic State fighters near Iraqi dam

08/31/2014

The U.S. military says fighter aircraft and unmanned drones have struck Islamic State militants near Iraq's Mosul Dam. In a statement issued Saturday, U.S. Central Command says the five latest U.S. airstrikes were in support of operations conducted by Iraqi security forces.

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Fisher: Canada looks to join NATO force of 10,000 troops meant to keep Russia in check

08/31/2014

Canada is interested in joining a NATO joint expeditionary force of at least 10,000 troops that is being created to bolster the alliance’s eastern flank in an effort to check Russia’s creeping military takeover of eastern Ukraine, according to Britain’s Financial Times newspaper. The British-led division-sized force will include troops from at least six countries. It will be comprised of air, sea and land components as well as special forces.

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India-Russia jet deal hits turbulence over 'technical worries'

08/31/2014

New Delhi is increasingly concerned about the sluggish progress in the fifth generation fighter aircraft (FGFA) project, a joint endeavour between India and Russia. Driving India's worries is the fact that the Russians are neither explaining why a prototype aircraft caught fire during a technology demonstration earlier this year nor addressing other technical doubts expressed by India.

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SAS troops, Hornets in frame for Iraq mission

08/31/2014

The government has consistently ruled out the deployment of Australian combat forces on the ground in Iraq. However, special forces such as the SAS are not conventional combat ground forces. Their deployment would not breach the government’s commitment.

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