Military Aviation News Archive

Anytime, anywhere: combat controllers enable global access in Estonia

08/17/2017

A quiet, rural highway in northern Estonia transformed into a bustling military airfield as combat controllers guided A-10C Thunderbolt IIs onto the 50-foot-wide freeway during a flying training deployment, Aug. 10, 2017. A small force of eight 321st Special Tactics Squadron combat controllers surveyed the two-lane highway, deconflicted airspace and exercised command and control on the ground and in the air to land A-10s from the Maryland ANG's 104th Fighter Squadron on the Jägala -Käravete High

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Rebels say they shoot down Syrian military jet, army confirms crash

08/16/2017

The Syrian military said on Tuesday that one of its jets crashed in southern Syria, state television reported, hours after Western-backed rebels said they had shot it down and captured the pilot. State-owned Ikhbariya television quoted a Syrian army source as saying an investigation was under way to determine what caused the crash. It did not mention the fate of the pilot.

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The Real Reason Kim Is Threatening Guam

08/16/2017

On a steamy May afternoon at Anderson Air Force Base in Guam, military air traffic converges from all over the world: gray B-52s from North Dakota, KC-130 tankers from Pennsylvania and C-130s from South Korea.

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Procurement a key priority for Israel's new air force chief

08/16/2017

The appointment of Maj Gen Amikam Norkin as the Israeli air force's new commander could expedite some of its procurement plans, including for the Boeing KC-46A tanker, Lockheed Martin F-35 and longer-endurance unmanned air vehicles.

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Argentina halts talks linked to Kfir buy

08/16/2017

Argentina has stopped negotiations about a possible purchase of upgraded Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) Kfir fighters, despite indications earlier this year that a deal for 12-14 aircraft could be finalised.

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Australia joins Germany in grounding Tiger attack helicopters

08/16/2017

Investigations are ongoing into the late July accident involving a German army-operated example that came down in unexplained circumstances around 44nm (82km) northeast of Gao. Berlin immediately withdrew its Tigers from service, although its four aircraft remaining in Mali – deployed as part of a multinational fight against an Islamic insurgency – will be allowed to perform missions in emergency situations, says its defence ministry.

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RSAF F-15SG fighter jets to take part in US air warfare exercise

08/15/2017

The Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) will take part in this year's Exercise Red Flag - Nellis air combat exercise in the United States, the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) said in a press release on Monday (Aug 14). The RSAF will deploy eight F-15SG fighter aircraft and more than 100 personnel from its Peace Carvin V detachment in Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, to participate in the large-scale exercise.

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Mobility Air Forces, Combat Air Forces operate together during Mobility Guardian

08/15/2017

Exercise Mobility Guardian highlighted the close relationship between Mobility and Combat Air Forces, who teamed up to execute approximately 90 sorties together, July 31 to Aug. 12, 2017. The exercise provided the MAF and CAF opportunities to integrate combat capabilities in a dynamic, highly contested environment to help ensure future mission success at both the tactical and strategic level.

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Upgraded maritime Jaguar makes first flight

08/15/2017

Indian state-owned airframer Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL) has performed the maiden flight of an upgraded two-seat, maritime-strike Sepecat Jaguar fitted with an active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar.

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Pakistan, Russia to Foster Defense Industry Cooperation

08/15/2017

Moscow and Islamabad will increase cooperation in areas of mutual interest, including the energy and defense industries, Pakistani Ambassador to Russia Qazi Khalilullah said Monday at a gala evening held to mark the 70th anniversary of Pakistan’s independence from the then-British Empire.

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Iranian, US Aircraft Had Another ‘Unsafe and Unprofessional’ Encounter in Gulf

08/15/2017

For the second time in less than seven days an Iranian military drone buzzed a US Navy aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf, creating a “dangerous situation with the potential for collision” with US jets, the US Navy said Monday.

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US Pilot Belly-Lands A-10 Warthog (PHOTOS)

08/15/2017

A US airman in Michigan was forced to make the least-worst decision out of a set of bad options after radio communication died, the plane’s canopy flew off, and the landing gear wouldn’t release.

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RUSSIA UNVEILS FIRST STEALTH FIGHTER JET SUKHOI-57 TO RIVAL U.S. MILITARY

08/13/2017

Russia has officially unveiled the Sukhoi-57, its next-generation supersonic stealth combat jet set to rival the U.S. F-22 and the Chinese Chengdu J-20 and Shenyang J-31, Ministry of Defense TV channel Zvezda reported Friday.

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US special forces detail requirements for light attack aircraft

08/13/2017

As the US Air Force wraps up its OA-X light attack demonstration this week, US Special Operations Command released its own solicitation for a separate special operations light attack aircraft.

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Lockheed denies report on F-16 tech transfer to India

08/13/2017

A recent report claiming the US denied critical F-16 technology to the government of India is erroneous, the US Air Force and F-16 manufacturer Lockheed Martin say. New Delhi is searching for a new single-engine fighter to recapitalise the Indian air force’s aging fighter fleet. The report from Defenseworld.net quoted the Indian Minister of State for Defence saying the US has not agreed to transfer F-16 technology and production to India.

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ANALYSIS: RAF Typhoons impress on Romanian air policing duty

08/13/2017

Through a shimmering heat haze, the pilots of two sleek combat aircraft run to their jets, armed and ready beneath makeshift sun shelters on a Romanian base near the Black Sea coast. These are not the crews of the home nation's Aerostar-adapted MiG-21 Lancer interceptors, however, but of Royal Air Force Eurofighter Typhoon FGR4s, deployed to help safeguard NATO territory.

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US Fighter Jet Crashes in Bahrain

08/13/2017

A US F-18 fighter jet experiencing an engine malfunction made a crash landing Saturday at Bahrain International Airport, briefly interfering with commercial flight schedules. The pilot, who ejected from the aircraft after it ran off the runway, escaped unharmed.

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Next-Generation Russian Air Force Aircraft to Be Unmanned

08/13/2017

The aviation technologies such as planes and helicopters for the Russian Aerospace Forces will be unmanned in the future, Aerospace Forces Commander Col. Gen. Viktor Bondarev said Saturday. The commander added that the Aerospace Forces had achieved excellent results in combat training as the annual flight time of each pilot amounted to no less than 120 hours and that figure would increase.

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How Russian PAK FA 5th Gen Fighter Evolved (PHOTO, VIDEO)

08/13/2017

Russia’s fifth-generation fighter jet, formerly known as the Prospective Airborne Complex of Frontline Aviation (PAK FA), or Sukhoi T-50, has officially been named the Su-57. RIA Novosti contributor Andrei Kots takes a look at the evolution of Russia’s premier fighter jet.

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UK Snoops? British Spy Plane May Be En Route to Scan Korean Peninsula

08/13/2017

A UK Royal Air Force RC-135 reconnaissance aircraft may be on its way to the Korean Peninsula as tensions mount between North Korea and the allied forces of the US, Japan and South Korea, the UK Defence Journal reported Friday.

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US Air Force B-1B Heavy Bombers Return to Guam from DPRK Coastal Patrol

08/13/2017

US Air Force B-1B Lancers returned to Andersen Air Force base on Guam this week after completing a 10-hour joint flight missions with South Korean and Japanese aircraft near North Korea.

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The Air Force is testing these 4 planes to potentially fight alongside the legendary A-10

08/11/2017

Air Force officials and international observers have flocked to Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico for the service's Light Attack Experiment, going on throughout August. The exercise has been planned for months, after Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein said in January the branch was looking for an inexpensive fighter with the ability to do close-air-support missions.

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USAF returns mothballed Raptor to fleet

08/11/2017

The US Air Force has taken a Lockheed Martin F-22A out of storage and plans to return the Raptor to flying status by the end of this year, the service confirms to FlightGlobal. The service’s fiscal year 2018 budget justification documents states the F-22 programme will add another operational test aircraft to the fleet by taking one aircraft out of flyable storage.

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MV-22 struck flight deck before fatal crash

08/11/2017

A US Marine Corps Bell Boeing MV-22 struck the flight deck of an amphibious transport dock before crashing into waters off the coast of East Australia on 5 August, a US Navy document shows.

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Audit report highlights Italy's F-35 challenges

08/11/2017

Italy wants to move its four Lockheed Martin F-35As allocated to an international training school in the USA to Europe, to support its operational preparations with the type, according to an audit office report published on 7 August.

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