Military Aviation News Archive

US Deploys Six F-16 Jets to Turkey as Part of Anti-ISIL Campaign

08/10/2015

The US Air Force is deploying six of its F-16 fighter jets to the southern Turkish base of Incirlik for its ongoing campaign against the Islamic State jihadist group, the US Mission to NATO announced Sunday.

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Russia-Wary NATO Scrambles Fighters, Bombers in Alaska Drill

08/10/2015

A number of fighter bombers and AWACS reconnaissance planes are taking part in the latest and largest of the summer’s US Pacific Air Forces Red Flag exercises now underway in Alaska.

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Unique Capabilities of PAK FA Pilot’s Gear Unveiled

08/10/2015

The new pilot gear can arguably be considered a technical revolution in the field. The suit was specially designed to make the pilot feel comfortable during supersonic-speed flights. It is equipped with an anti-G system which features a hose for delivering air to the pilot.

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US Moving F-16s to Turkey

08/09/2015

The U.S. military is planning to move fighter jets to Turkey as part of the mission to target the Islamic State in Syria, Fox News has learned. The U.S. Air Force is planning to send six F-16s from an undisclosed location in Europe to Turkey after the Turks agreed to allow manned flights from Incirlik Air Base and others last week. This would put U.S. jets only a 30-minute flight from ISIS targets in Syria.

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Military airstrikes continue against ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq

08/09/2015

On Aug. 7, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted nine airstrikes using bomber, attack, fighter, fighter-attack and remotely piloted aircraft. Separately in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 10 airstrikes coordinated with the government of Iraq using attack, fighter, fighter-attack and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets.

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DARPA Awards $20 Million for Continued Development of a Military Space Plane

08/09/2015

The objective of the Experimental Spaceplane XS-1 program is to demonstrate relevant technologies and then fabricate and fly a reusable, unmanned aircraft to the edge of space. The XS-1 would then deploy a small expendable upper stage able to launch a 3,000-pound spacecraft to Earth orbit at a cost of no more than $5M, or about one-tenth the cost of today’s launch systems.

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Quora Question: Do Naval Aviators Land Planes Harder Than Air Force or National Guard Pilots?

08/09/2015

If, as a Naval Aviator, you have practiced only one style of landing for the many years of your naval career, both landing aboard an aircraft carrier and also on a 12,000-foot runway, it is quite understandable that unlearning that conditioned, familiar landing style and learning a new style—flaring*—may take some time before being perfected.

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Combat Alert: New Aircraft Carriers to Increase China’s Striking Power

08/09/2015

The new carrier fleet will significantly expand the capabilities of the People’s Republic of China for the protection of its interests beyond its borders, experts said, referring to the disputed territories in the South China Sea.

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Russian PAK FA Fifth Generation Fighter Performs Spin Maneuver (VIDEO)

08/09/2015

The newest Russian jet fighter was caught on camera smoothly performing the famous spin maneuver. The video published by the TV channel Zvezda shows a PAK FA prototype easily decelerate to 0 kmh and perform a spin without a flaw.

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Coalition, Not ISIL, Dictates Pace of Operations

08/08/2015

The current situation in Iraq and Syria clearly indicates that the coalition, and not ISIL, now dictates the pace of operations, a U.S. Central Command spokesman said today during a telephonic press conference with Pentagon reporters.

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Berlin To Spend Billions of Euros Upgrading Military Hardware

08/08/2015

The German military is to invest billions of euros to fix recurring problems with its aircraft, helicopters and other military equipment, an official said on Friday. "We will invest up to €6 billion ($6.5 billion) in the next seven to eight years to obtain improvements in these areas," a defense ministry spokesman told AFP.

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Beechcraft celebrates 900th T-6 trainer aircraft

08/08/2015

Beechcraft Defense Co. LLC on Friday announced a milestone delivery of its 900th T-6 military training aircraft. No. 900 was handed over Friday at Beechcraft’s Wichita headquarters to the U.S. Navy Air Wing 5 out of Whiting Field in Milton, Fla.

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Russia Creates New Air Force And Missile Defense Units In East To Monitor Threats In Pacific Ocean And Sea of Japan

08/08/2015

The Russian military released details of a new Air Force and air defense unit Friday that will be based in the Far East of the country and operate in the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Japan, according to Col. Alexander Gordeye, press-secretary for the regional command. Both units will add to the increased militarization of the general Asia-Pacific region after China and the United States have both established a significant military presence there over the last two years.

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Getting an advanced radar on the homeland F-16s

08/08/2015

Once upon a time in America, competition was the source for swift innovation and best value. Yet today’s Air Force is attempting to destroy a once vibrant market with a sole-source award of an F-16 advanced radar for the homeland defense mission. Worse yet, their already latent action uses mission urgency as a fallacious justification to bypass acquisition polices and common sense.

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India-US Sikorsky S-70B Helicopter Deal Stalled Amid Price Issues

08/08/2015

India rejected a proposal by US defense company Sikorsky Aircraft to increase the price of a delivery contract for S-70B multirole naval helicopters, Indian Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar said in the Indian Parliament on Friday.

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War of Words Breaks Out Over India and UK Air Battles

08/08/2015

A war of words has broken out over a series of 'friendly' war games between the UK’s Royal Air Force (RAF) and the Indian Air Force (IAF), whose Russian-made aircraft reportedly beat the RAF 12-nil in mock battles over the skies of Britain.

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T-50 PAK FA 5th Generation Jet Fighter’s Main Secret Revealed

08/08/2015

Despite a number of technical details and specs about the Russian Sukhoi PAK FA (also known as the T-50) fighter jet being known to the general public, the main mystery surrounding the newest aircraft still remains to be unraveled.

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Russia and India in Talks on Military Hardware Joint Production

08/08/2015

Russia and India are exploring the possibility of exporting and cooperatively manufacturing Russian helicopters and other military hardware, Indian Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar said Friday.

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Afghan military helicopter crash kills all 17 on board

08/07/2015

An Afghan military helicopter crashed, killing all 17 people on board on Thursday, officials said, in a blow for a fledgling air force whose resources have been stretched since the withdrawal of most international troops last year. The Taliban, mounting a growing insurgency, said it shot down the helicopter in the southern province of Zabul, but a government official blamed a technical failure and said there had been no gunfire.

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Analysis: Boom time beckons for Iranian air force, with sanctions set to be lifted

08/07/2015

Just weeks after Iran agreed in Vienna a deal limiting its ability to manufacture a nuclear bomb, the Iranian air force is already positioning itself to revamp its ageing inventory, all but crippled by 36 years of international sanctions, reports Gareth Jennings .

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Taiwan's Armed Forces Geared up for Military Display in July

08/07/2015

The armed forces held a rehearsal in mid-June in preparation for a military display next month to mark the 70th anniversary of the Republic of China's 1945 victory over Japan in the Second Sino-Japanese War, a part of World War II in which Japan and the other axis powers were defeated.

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China’s Expert Fighter Designer Knows Jets, Avoids America’s Mistakes

08/07/2015

What sets Yang Wei apart from his Western counterparts? Robert Beckhusen points to his commitment to “parallel development.” It’s an approach that incorporates previously flawed solutions into new hardware so that China can build fighter aircraft cheaply and quickly.

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Report: China set to provide Iran with fighter jets in $1 billion deal

08/07/2015

Iran is beginning to reap the fruits of its nuclear deal with the world powers. According to a report in the Taiwanese press, China is set to provide the Islamic Republic with 24 J-10 fighter jets. In exchange, Iran will permit China access to its largest oil field for the next 20 years. The total estimated value of the deal is $1 billion.

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Lockheed Martin Delivers Latest C-5M Super Galaxy Early

08/07/2015

Lockheed Martin delivered another C-5M Super Galaxy to the U. S. Air Force on Aug. 5. A Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) aircrew ferried the aircraft from the Lockheed Martin facility here to Travis Air Force Base, in Fairfield, California, where it will be permanently based. It will be the 12th Super Galaxy assigned to Travis.

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US-Led Coalition Launches 27 Airstrikes Against ISIL in Syria, Iraq

08/07/2015

The coalition has carried out more than 5600 airstrikes in its air campaign against the Islamic State. “In Syria, coalition military forces conducted 11 airstrikes using fighter, fighter-attack and remotely piloted aircraft. Separately in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 16 airstrikes coordinated with the Government of Iraq using attack, fighter-attack, bomber and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets.”

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