Military Aviation News Archive

Giant C-17 Globemaster aircraft to add strategic muscle from June

03/15/2013

From June onwards, India will finally begin to add some real strategic airlift muscle. IAF's capability to swiftly transport combat troops and war-fighting equipment to distant battlefronts will be hugely bolstered with the induction of the gigantic C-17 Globemaster-III aircraft.

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‘Tejas’ LCA project likely to be completed in 2015

03/15/2013

The country’s indigenous Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) ‘Tejas’ programme is now expected to be completed only by March 2015 and is one of the major projects undertaken by the Defence Research Development Organisation(DRDO) which is running behind schedule by several years, the Rajya Sabha was informed on Wednesday.

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Mali: No combat role for Canada, Harper says as France presses for UN force

03/15/2013

Canada’s future role in the international campaign to suppress Al Qaeda-linked extremists in Mali is up in the air, but Prime Minister Stephen Harper is ruling out putting Canadian troops into combat in the West African country. At a joint press conference wrapping up a visit to Ottawa by French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, Harper was asked about France’s push for a United Nations peacekeeping mission to replace the French-led coalition fighting to keep Mali from becoming a terrorist haven.

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Israel prepares to host Blue Flag combat exercise

03/15/2013

Israel is preparing to host its largest ever multinational air exercise towards the end of 2013, with "a great number of air forces" having expressed their intention to take part in the Blue Flag manoeuvres. The activity will be led by the Israeli air force's Flying Dragon adversary squadron.

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Taiwan to Seek Development of an Indigenous Stealth Fighter

03/15/2013

Challenged by the ever growing scale and capabilities of China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA), Taiwan must develop its air defense capabilities fielding more capable fighter planes in greater numbers, a requirement aired in a recently published released quadrennial defense review.

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Airbus Military A400M receives full civil type certificate from EASA

03/15/2013

Airbus Military has received full Type Certification for the A400M new generation airlifter, marking a critical step towards delivery of the first aircraft to the French Air Force. Award of the Type Certificate makes the A400M the world’s first large military transport to be designed and certified to civil standards from its inception. Military Initial Operating Clearance is ongoing, paving the way towards first delivery.

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UPDATE 1-Singapore expected to order F-35 fighter jets soon -sources

03/15/2013

Singapore, a major business and shipping hub with the best-equipped military in Southeast Asia, is expected to submit a "letter of request" soon for the F-35, said two U.S. government officials who were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.

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U.S. jet warns Iranian fighter approaching Predator drone

03/15/2013

A U.S. Predator drone aircraft conducting classified surveillance over the Persian Gulf was “approached” Tuesday by an Iranian fighter jet, which turned away after a nearby U.S. Air Force jet issued a radio warning, the Pentagon said in a statement. “The Iranian aircraft departed after a verbal warning,” the statement said.

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Next Stop Texas: Dyess AFB Receives C-130J Super Hercules

03/15/2013

Another Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] C-130J Super Hercules (aircraft number 5715) ferried to the 317th Airlift Group at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, on March 12, 2013. Maj. Gen. Richard Johnston, assistant deputy under secretary of the Air Force, international affairs, flew the aircraft to Dyess. The aircraft is part of a contract initially awarded in 2008 and amended in 2010.

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Combat veterans protest new medal for cyber warriors

03/14/2013

Jackson and other members of the local Disabled American Veterans chapter shared their thoughts Tuesday over the award, known as the Distinguished Warfare Medal. The medal — the Pentagon has suspended its production and announced Tuesday it would be put under review — was to be awarded to troops who operate drones and use other technological skills to fight America's wars from afar.

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'Fighting fuel' for military aviators

03/14/2013

Eating on the go can be tough, especially when your job requires you to fly an aircraft for the U.S. military. The Aircrew Build to Order Meal Module, designed by the Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center's Department of Defense Combat Feeding Directorate will make refueling these aviators a lot easier.

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Navy identifies 3 killed in Wash. plane crash

03/14/2013

Three Navy crew members who were killed when their plane crashed in Eastern Washington during a training flight were identified Tuesday. Lt. Cmdr. Alan A. Patterson, 34, from Tullahoma, Tenn.; Lt. j.g. Valerie Delaney, 26, from Ellicott City, Md.; and Lt. j.g. William Brown McIlvaine III, 24, of El Paso, Texas, were killed, the Navy said. Delaney was identified as a naval aviator. McIlvaine and Patterson were naval flight officers.

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F-35 production on track, program chief says

03/14/2013

The F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter program is a different program than it was four years ago, the F-35 program executive officer said here March 12. In a speech at the McAleese/Credit Suisse Defense Programs Conference at the Newseum, Lt. Gen. Christopher C. Bogdan told attendees that he and his predecessor, Navy Vice Adm. Dave Venlet, worked with Lockheed-Martin and Pratt & Whitney to reform the problem-plagued development program.

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Earning Simulator Wings

03/14/2013

The UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter serves as one of the most utilized workhorses of the U.S. military. According to the U.S. Army fact file, the UH-60 provides air assault, general support, aero-medical evacuation, command and control and special operations support to combat and stability and support operations.

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Syrian air force, vital for regime, sags

03/14/2013

Syrian warplanes have been bombing the northern cities of Homs and Raqqa, and even the outskirts of Damascus, to block advancing rebel forces, attacks that underline the critical role the air force in the Damascus regime's battle to stay in power. "The Syrian air force is the main advantage the regime has over the rebels," the U.S. global security consultancy Stratfor observed.

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GD takes on F-18 advanced computer work

03/14/2013

General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems has won a $19.3 million contract with the U.S. Navy to provide the F/A-18 aircraft with advanced mission computers. The company has been delivering these types of computers since 2002.

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North Steps Up Reconnaissance Sorties

03/14/2013

Data released today shows that more than 700 airborne sorties were conducted by the North Korean armed forces on March 11th, the first day of the joint ROK-U.S. military exercise ‘Key Resolve.’ According to a South Korean government source, the number includes sorties by fighter jets, reconnaissance aircraft, training aircraft and helicopters.

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Boeing Names Ferra Engineering a Supplier for Extended Range JDAMs

03/14/2013

Boeing has selected Brisbane, Australia-based Ferra Engineering to build wing kits that triple the effective range of the Joint Direct Attack Munition Extended Range (JDAM ER) and allow aircrews to deploy the weapon from beyond the range of an enemy’s air defense system. The Royal Australian Air Force became Boeing’s first JDAM ER customer in 2011. Boeing builds JDAM weapons in its St. Charles, Mo., facility, about 25 miles west of St. Louis.

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New Il-476 Cargo Plane Tests Stalled by Weather

03/14/2013

The first Defense Ministry test flights of the prototype Ilyushin Il-76MD-90A (also known as the Il-476) heavy-lift transport plane at a flight test center near Moscow were postponed indefinitely due to bad weather on Wednesday, the Ilyushin Aviation Complex press service said. The first flight at the Zhukovsky flight test center was set for 12.00 Moscow time (08.00 GMT) on Wednesday, according to the Russian Defense Ministry’s program.

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State of Gripens a stunning indictment of arms deal

03/13/2013

The Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, made the astounding admission today that 12 JAS 39 Gripen Advanced Light Fighter jets, which were purchased as part of the Arms Deal more than a decade ago, and cost billions of rands in public funds, are in long-term storage.

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For Xi, a 'China Dream' of Military Power

03/13/2013

Soon after taking over as Communist Party and military chief, Xi Jinping launched a series of speeches referring to "The China Dream." It was music to the ears of Col. Liu Mingfu of the People's Liberation Army. Three years ago, the former professor at its National Defense University wrote a book of the same name, arguing that China should aim to surpass the U.S. as the world's top military power and predicting a marathon contest for global dominion.

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SNC, Embraer weigh in on Air Force award

03/13/2013

The flap over the U.S. Air Force choosing for a second time a Brazilian aircraft for its Light Air Support program appears unlikely to be resolved anytime soon. The Sierra Nevada Corp., in partnership with Embraer Defense and Security, said they are moving ahead with plans to produce A-20 Super Turcano aircraft in Florida for the LAS program.

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F-35 JOINT STRIKE FIGHTER NOT READY FOR COMBAT UNTIL AT LEAST 2019, GAO SAYS

03/13/2013

The $397 billion F-35 Joint Strike Fighter will not be ready to go into operation until at least 2019, 23 years after the Pentagon signed a contract in 1996 with Lockheed Martin to produce just fewer than 2,500 of the aircraft for the Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps, according to a new report.

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MacKay says defence department not to blame in plane delay

03/13/2013

After more than a decade of waiting for a new search-and-rescue plane, the military today is barely a step closer to flying one — and, that, says Defence Minister Peter MacKay, is not his fault. "I will express to you ... no small degree of frustration that we have not been able to move this project forward," MacKay said at a news conference Tuesday in Ottawa.

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Pentagon vows to "protect" funding for F-35 if possible

03/13/2013

Top Pentagon officials on Tuesday underscored their support for the Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 fighter, saying they would try to protect funding for the most expensive U.S. weapons program despite continued U.S. budget uncertainty and cost over-runs. The $396 billion program is already seven years behind schedule and 70 percent over initial cost estimates.

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