Military Aviation News Archive

ILA: German air force details success during Red Flag exercise

09/14/2012

Germany's historic deployment of eight Eurofighter combat aircraft to Alaska earlier this year achieved its key objective of proving the Luftwaffe's ability to participate in a complex multinational air-to-air operation alongside its allies, the service says. "We can do that job. We are NATO Response Force-ready," says Lt Col Marc Grüne, the German air force's project officer for the Red Flag Alaska deployment to Eielson AFB.

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Sikorsky explores broader Polish network

09/14/2012

European helicopter manufacturing and service companies have recently signed agreements to strengthen and expand their business portfolios. In Poland, Britain's Sikorsky Aerospace Services and PZL Mielec, the Polish manufacturer of Sikorsky Aircraft's S-70i Black Hawk helicopter, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Wojskowe Centralne Biuro Konstrukcyjno - Technologiczne on the possible supply of ground support equipment to sustain an S-70i fleet Poland.

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KC-130J Crew Escorts Ospreys to USS Iwo Jima

09/14/2012

Marines with Detachment A, Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 352, primarily spend their day patrolling the skies of Afghanistan as an in-flight gas station for other aircraft. However, a five-man crew successfully completed a slightly different mission, Sept. 6. The KC-130J team spent the morning escorting four MV-22 Ospreys with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 261 from Helmand province, Afghanistan, to the USS Iwo Jima in the Arabian Sea.

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Calls for Phantom Defense Cuts Must Stop

09/14/2012

Fiscal restraint is en vogue and increasingly the cover many are using to push other agendas. Republicans spent a week in Tampa monitoring America’s mounting national debt at their recent convention. Democrats included a call for “tough” spending cuts, especially to the military, as part of their official party platform. The document indicates “outdated Cold War-era systems” should be favored for the chopping block.

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Boeing Knocks F-35's 'Delays and Delays'

09/14/2012

ST. LOUIS: Boeing renewed its campaign to bash Lockheed Martin's F-35 and promote its F-18 fighters today, as the president of Boeing Military Aircraft slammed the Joint Strike Fighter while noting declining defense budgets here and abroad. "The F-35 continues to delay and delay," Christopher Chadwick told a group of reporters at Boeing's defense headquarters here. "Yes, the F-35 has all-aspect stealth, but that is used in a relatively small part of the combat envelope."

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Embraer's KC-390 Military Aircraft to Adopt Northrop Grumman’s Navigation System

09/14/2012

Northrop Grumman has received a contract for delivering the hybrid global positioning system (GPS) and inertial reference system to be used in Embraer Defense and Security KC-390 medium-lift military transport aircraft. As per the contract, Northrop Grumman LITEF, which is the company's German navigation systems subsidiary, will supply the fibre-optic, gyro-compass LCR-100 Attitude and Heading Reference System.

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ILA 2012 features US military aircraft

09/14/2012

More than 300 aircraft from about 50 different nations are on display this week at the Berlin Air Show, commonly know as ILA 2012. More than 50 U.S. military personnel are representing the Department of Defense at the show, which kicked off Tuesday. The Berlin Air Show is considered to be one of the premier air shows in the world and the U.S. military has five different types of aircraft on display this year.

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Russia, Central Asian States to Hold Air Defense Drills

09/14/2012

Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Kazakhstan will conduct joint command-and-staff air defense drills on October 5-16, the Kyrgyz Defense Ministry said on Thursday. The Chistoye Nebo (Clear Sky) 2012 exercise will be held in Kyrgyz, Tajik and Kazakh airspace and involve the interception of cruise missiles. Russia will be represented by a group of experts from Air Force staff and MiG-31 Foxhound interceptors and an A-50 Mainstay AWACS plane deployed at the Kant airbase in Kyrgyzstan.

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Oman’s Super Hercules Homeward Bound

09/14/2012

The first of three C-130J Super Hercules for Oman departed the Lockheed Martin facility here yesterday en route to Oman.

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EADS and BAE Systems in merger talks to create world's largest aerospace and defence company

09/14/2012

BAE Systems and EADS have told the London Stock Exchange that they are in talks over a possible merger that would create the world's largest aerospace and defence company. A merger would create a combined annual turnover business of more than $95 billion with almost 75% being in aerospace – it would also give EADS a solid position in the lucrative US market.

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BAE in merger talks with Airbus parent EADS

09/13/2012

British defense contractor BAE said today that it was talking to EADS, the parent of aircraft maker Airbus, about a possible merger. Earlier today, Bloomberg News reported that the two companies were looking at a possible merger. In a statement, BAE Systems plc said its shareholders would own a 40 percent stake in the merged business, while shareholders of European Aeronautics Defense & Space Co. would own 60 percent.

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Syrians Resort to Heavy Weapons in Sign of Assad’s Weakness

09/13/2012

The use by Bashar al-Assad’s armed forces of ever-deadlier weapons to crush the 18-month Syrian uprising at the expense of greater civilian casualties is a sign of the regime’s weakness, military and Middle East analysts say.Syria’s government has become more reliant on heavy weaponry including attack aircraft, helicopter gunships, artillery and tanks even as lightly armed rebels win and hold ground in the biggest cities - Aleppo, the business center, and suburbs of the capital, Damascus.

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Media get close look at P-8A training program

09/13/2012

Correspondents from a half-dozen defense industry publications visited NAS Jacksonville Aug. 31 as part of a Boeing media tour that included the P-8A Poseidon Integrated Training Center (ITC). VP-30 Commanding Officer Capt. Mark Stevens welcomed the group and briefed them on the P-3/P-8 transition that’s taking place at various facilities aboard the installation.

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ILA: MiG-29 production takes off, as Indian carrier trials near end

09/13/2012

RAC MiG is boosting production activities to meet increased demand for its MiG-29 series of combat aircraft, with the design bureau also close to completing a series of aircraft carrier-based trials for India. Following its receipt of major orders to supply the Indian and Russian navies with its MiG-29K deck fighter and MiG-29KUB trainer, MiG's production partners will complete 24 aircraft in 2012, up from 11 last year.

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Airbus Military Targets India as It Revives Delayed Export Drive

09/13/2012

Airbus Military is preparing to push A400M troop-transporter sales to India and other countries as the aircraft maker ramps up the pursuit of overseas customers to turn a profit on Europe’s largest defense program. Airbus is putting more efforts into exports after delays in completing the development program held back those activities for several months, Domingo Urena-Raso, the head of Airbus Military, said in an interview in Berlin yesterday.

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US Osprey Military Aircraft Deployment In Okinawa May Be Delayed

09/13/2012

Deployment of the controversial U.S. Osprey military aircraft at an American airbase in Japan's Okinawa island is likely to be delayed in the context of increasing public concern over its safety.

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Russian Strategic Bombers Carry out North Patrols

09/13/2012

Two Russian Tu-95MS Bear-H strategic bombers have successfully completed a routine patrol mission over the Barents, North and Norwegian seas, the Defense Ministry said on Wednesday. "Two Tu-95MS strategic bombers based at the Engels Airbase [in Saratov Region] carried out patrols over neutral waters in the Barents, Northern and Norwegian seas on September 11-12 in line with the plan of strategic deterrent," spokesman Col. Vladimir Drik said.

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Airbus Tanker Loses Refueling Boom Hose During Flight Over Spain

09/12/2012

Airbus Military said a refueling tanker due for delivery this month to the United Arab Emirates lost a boom in mid flight over Spain yesterday. The aircraft was performing a test flight when the boom detached at about 7:30 p.m. and landed in a forest in the province of Caceres, in central Spain. The boom was later recovered by police, and the fallen part hasn’t damaged any property, spokeswoman Maggie Bergsma said today.

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Syria’s rebels counting on captured anti-aircraft guns to defeat air force

09/12/2012

Most of the civilians already have left this city of about 30,000, and many of those who remained could be seen Saturday piling trucks with their belongings. Abu al Dahour is the closest city to a military airport that bears the same name. Now it’s become the setting for a strategic confrontation that rebels hope will undercut the military’s dominance of the air.

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Northrop Grumman to Supply Navigation System for Embraer's New KC-390

09/12/2012

Northrop Grumman Corporation has been awarded a contract to supply the hybrid global positioning system (GPS) and inertial reference system for the Embraer Defense and Security KC-390 medium-lift military transport aircraft.

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Top military unit showcases air combat skills

09/12/2012

An Air Force tactical fighter group, which was selected as a model military unit, showcased its combat readiness and flight skills Tuesday at an air base. Pilots of the 28th Tactical Fighter Group, flying Indigenous Defense Fighters (IDFs), performed a series of maneuvers such as short landing

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Cloudy Prospects for Europe's Combat Aircraft Makers

09/12/2012

Europe's combat aircraft industry faces an uncertain future. While it still has several types of fighter aircraft in production, there is no new European-developed manned combat aircraft currently in prospect and the outlook for the development and production of unmanned air systems is also unclear.

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Kyrgyzstan Revises Agreements on Russian Military Bases

09/12/2012

The Kyrgyz parliament has started hearings on the revision of agreements determining the status and maintenance of Russian military facilities located on the territory of the Central Asian state. Moscow and Bishkek signed in August a new deal, which extends the presence of Russian military facilities in Kyrgyzstan for another 15 years. Their status is currently regulated by five intergovernmental agreements.

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Taliban on Prince Harry: 'We will kill him'

09/11/2012

The Taliban said today it was determined to kill Prince Harry, serving in Afghanistan four years after his previous deployment was cut short over security concerns. A militia spokesman said the group had a "high-value plan" to attack the third-in-line to the throne in the southern province of Helmand, one of the toughest battlefields in the 10-year war.

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India conducting paradrop training near LAC to check China

09/11/2012

India is quietly practising airdrops of paratroopers in high-altitude areas near the Line of Actual Control (LAC) to bolster operational readiness. The combat drills are a part of the overall plan to strategically counter China's massive build-up of military infrastructure all along the unresolved border.

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