Military Aviation News Archive

Russia's Best Military Aircraft: Not Armed With the Best Aircraft-Killer Missiles

08/27/2016

While Russia has deployed advanced warplanes to Syria including the Sukhoi Su-30SM, Su-34 and Su-35S, those jets are seldom seen carrying Moscow’s latest air-to-air weapons. More often than not, the Su-30SM Flanker-H and Su-34 Fullback are spotted armed with Soviet-era R-27 semi-active radar and infrared-guided medium range air-to-air missiles.

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Russia's A-10 Warthog: Why the Su-25 Frogfoot Is a Flying Tank

08/27/2016

The Su-25 Frogfoot, known as the Grach or “Rook” by Russian pilots, is one of those aircraft that may not be at the cutting edge of technology, but still has seen widespread service around the world because it offers an effective and useful solution to the need to blast targets on the ground.

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Watch this unique footage of Russia’s most advanced combat planes

08/27/2016

To celebrate the Russian Aerospace Force Day, the Russian MoD has published an interesting clip showing some of its most advanced combat planes including the newest Sukhoi T-50 fifth generation fighter PAK FA – Perspektivny Aviatsionny Kompleks Frontovoy Aviatsii—Future Tactical Air System.

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New Delhi to replace C-130J lost in 2014 crash

08/27/2016

“The additional aircraft is being procured as a replacement for the one that was lost in an accident in March 2014,” says a source familiar with the matter. Another source corroborates the decision. The DAC is headed by defence minister Manohar Parrikar.

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USAF opens path to order up to 100 more C-130Js

08/27/2016

The five year ordering contract (FYOC) accommodates orders placed by international and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customers, the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC) tells FlightGlobal. The contracting vehicle also could include new orders from the US government, the AFLCMC says.

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New Zealand contracts Boeing for Orion upgrade

08/27/2016

Boeing has been contracted to upgrade the underwater intelligence, reconnaissance and surveillance capability of the Royal New Zealand Air Force’s (RNZAF) fleet of Lockheed Martin P-3K2 Orions.

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Russia’s 'Night Hunter' Helicopter Gunship to Become Immune to Enemy Fire

08/27/2016

Even though it looks much like its predecessor, the Mi-28NM boasts the latest and most innovative materials available and is armed with the most advanced active defense systems money can buy.

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Russia to Redeploy Jets to Tactical Airfields in Central, West, South Districts

08/27/2016

The Russian Aerospace Forces’ fighter, bomber and army aircraft are readying to redeploy to tactical airfields across the Southern, Western and Central military districts, the Russian Defense Ministry said Friday.

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The $400bn F-35 is 'not on a path to success': Damning test report warns fighter jet is 'running out of time and money'

08/26/2016

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter has been hailed as the 'most expensive weapon in history,' and with a price tag of $400 billion for 2,457 planes, the fifth-generation fighter has been plagued with issues.

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Russian Fighters Patrol Border as Part of Snap Readiness Check

08/26/2016

Russian fighter jets of the Western Military District are patrolling Russia’s western borders as part of nationwide snap combat readiness inspections, the district’s press service informs.

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F-16’s manufacturing in India to affect Pakistan’s aerial defence

08/25/2016

An American global security and aerospace company's offer to shift all of its F-16 manufacturing to India could give New Delhi partial control, along with the US, over which countries are able to purchase the jets and spare, according to a media report.

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India: Delivery of 4th Combat Helicopter to Afghanistan Faces Delay

08/25/2016

India has yet to hand over the last of four Mi-25 (Mi-24D) helicopter gunships to the Afghan Air Force (AAF) due to missing parts from Russia, according to local media reports. The helicopter is currently grounded at the Indian Air Force station in Pathankot in the Indian state of Punjab.

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Colombians kick off Green Flag East in Louisiana

08/25/2016

Forty-five Colombian Airmen and four Colombian Air Force A-29B Super Tucanos are operating from Barksdale Air Force Base, La., as part of Exercise Green Flag East Aug. 15-29. The Colombian contingent arrived Aug. 13 and immediately started engaging with their U.S. Air Force counterparts in order to prepare for the two-week exercise.

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Government report: USAF lacks info to back A-10 retirement

08/25/2016

Champions of the Fairchild Republic A-10 may be able to eke out a few more years for the Warthog following the release of a government report criticising the US Air Force’s plan to retire the aircraft.

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Pentagon's top weapons tester doubts F-35A capabilities

08/25/2016

A recent memo from the Pentagon’s top weapons tester throws cold water on the US Air Force’s initial operational capability announcement earlier this month, which declared the Lockheed Martin F-35A equipped with Block 3i software could provide basic capabilities.

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Video: A400M carries out sand strip landing tests

08/25/2016

The surface is the last of three unprepared landing strips that the company is certifying the aircraft to operate from, and involved aircraft MSN2 performing three weeks of testing in August.

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US Air Force Jets to Begin Policing Bulgarian Airspace in September

08/25/2016

“The US Air Force and the Bulgarian Air Force will jointly conduct air policing to protect Bulgarian airspace starting on 9 September 2016,” the release stated. “Two US F-15 fighter jets will join Bulgaria’s MIG-29s for a week on this mission.”

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Lawmaker Confirms Iran Received S-300 Air Defense Systems From Russia

08/25/2016

The chairman of the Iranian parliamentary committee on foreign policy and national security confirmed Wednesday that Iran had received S-300 air defense systems from Russia.

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India May Spend Over $220 Bln to Buy Weapons in Next Decade - Reports

08/25/2016

The Indian government may spend $223 billion by 2027 to acquire new weapon systems in order to increase the military preparedness of the country's Armed Forces, according to the NDTV broadcaster.

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Military Strikes Target ISIL Terrorists in Syria, Iraq

08/24/2016

U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq yesterday, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today. Officials reported details of yesterday’s strikes, noting that assessments of results are based on initial reports.

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Turkey Raises Possibility of Opening Incirlik Air Base to Russia

08/24/2016

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim rattled NATO allies with recent remarks suggesting that Russian warplanes could share Incirlik Air Base with the U.S. before adding that it wasn't likely to happen. Moscow hasn't asked to use Incirlik, and "Russia doesn't need to use the base. They have bases in Syria," Yildirim told foreign reporters in Istanbul on Saturday, according to Turkish news outlets. "Russia had no demands to use Incirlik Air Base. Those reports are not true."

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Iran eyes Sukhoi combat aircraft

08/24/2016

Iran`s Ministry of Defense (MoD) is planning to start negotiations with Russia over the acquisition of Sukhoi combat aircraft, Iranian Defense Minister, Brigadier General Hossein Dehghan said in an interview to an Iranian TV channel on August 22.

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Air Force and Lockheed to initiate airworthiness tests for FA-50

08/24/2016

Following an airworthiness assessment of Textron AirLand’s dual light attack fighter and trainer, Scorpion, the US Air Force is moving toward a second cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA) with Lockheed Martin.

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North Korea Fires Ballistic Missile From Submarine

08/24/2016

In its latest missile test, North Korea has reportedly launched a projectile from a submarine, according to South Korea's Yonhap news agency. The launch occurred from a vessel in the Sea of Japan, off North Korea's eastern coast, officials with South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff told Yonhap.

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Wish List: Afghanistan Turns to India for Supplies and Equipment

08/24/2016

Afghanistan has prepared a list of lethal military equipment it wishes to acquire from India as military assistance but there are plenty of reasons why India will not be able to grant the wish without Russia's support.

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