Military Aviation News Archive

Gulf states buying up military hardware

02/20/2013

Fears of Iran and unrest around the Middle East have prompted a shopping spree by Gulf countries for military hardware, ranging from anti-missile systems to unmanned surveillance drones. At the Middle East’s biggest arms fair in the United Arab Emirates this week, leading companies are wooing Arabian Peninsula states for deals on weapons ranging from warplanes to the technology that could underpin a future regional missile defence shield.

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Stephen Harper struggles to regain control over military projects

02/20/2013

Canada could soon have a Department of Military Procurement, as Prime Minister Stephen Harper struggles to regain control over much-delayed and increasingly expensive projects — like the effort to replace CF-18 fighter jets with F-35s. Yet the plan for a new department misses the point. In the style of the classic BBC show, politicians have long been “Yes Ministered” by the Department of National Defence.

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The Trials and Tribulations of India’s Armed Forces

02/20/2013

While spending billions of dollars on defense equipment, India's military faces a number of challenges in its quest to enter the 21st century. The old saying that a developing country is at a crossroads, whether it’s India or Indonesia, is especially tempting when it comes to India’s armed forces. Decades of underinvestment, corruption, bureaucratic ineptitude and hazy strategic thinking have left the country with a decidedly mixed bag of military capabilities.

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Are we losing out on the Indian market?

02/20/2013

Moscow showcased its state-of-the-art export models of aircraft engineering and air defence facilities at the Aero India 2013 show, which was held in Bangalore from 6 to 10 February 2013. There is a popular belief that Russia is losing the Indian market for combat aviation to the West but is this true?

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Yemeni fighter plane crashes in Sanaa

02/20/2013

A Yemeni fighter plane has crashed in a residential area of the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, killing several people, reports Reuters. The Ministry of Defense said in a text message that the plane had been on a training flight when it came down in a western residential district. A military official said the aircraft was a Russian SU-22 fighter/ground attack aircraft.

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Lockheed Martin’s SMSS Unmanned Autonomous Vehicle Operates Via Satellite Control

02/20/2013

Lockheed Martin completed a successful demonstration at Camp Grayling, Mich., recently in which its Squad Mission Support System (SMSS™) was being controlled via satellite from more than 200 miles away. The SMSS vehicle conducted several battlefield surveillance operations while being controlled beyond line-of-sight via satellite from the U.S. Army’s Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center in Warren, Mich.

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Belarus Phases Out Russian Warplanes, Radars

02/20/2013

Belarus’ Armed Forces will replace a Russian radar station with an indigenous one and get rid of Russian-made Sukhoi Su-27 fighters, Belarusian Defense Minister Yury Zhadobin said on Tuesday. The Russian P-18 radar station will be replaced with the domestically manufactured Vostok (East) radar, he said.

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Europe's armsmakers scramble for Libya

02/19/2013

European defense companies are scrambling to re-equip Libya's post-Moammar Gadhafi military forces in an undeclared arms race. British Prime Minister David Cameron, who like traditional rival France maintained an ambiguous relationship with Moammar Gadhafi's rogue regime during his 42-year rule, recently flew to Tripoli to personally promote U.K. weapons systems. France, whose warplanes like Britain's played a key role in driving Gadhafi from power in Libya's 2011 civil war.

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GE to power Light Combat Aircraft

02/19/2013

The deal for importing engines manufactured by the US-based General Electric Aviation for powering India’s indigenously manufactured Light Combat Aircraft Tejas has been finalised. GE won the bid and the contract back in 2010. Defence minister’s scientific adviser and director-general of DRDO Dr V.K. Saraswat said GE will supply the engines initially.

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Report: Israel Sends Military Equipment to Turkey

02/19/2013

Israel has finally agreed to send additional electronic systems to Turkey, which will integrate those systems into its Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) military aircraft purchased from the United States, Turkish daily Today’s Zaman reports. It adds that the systems are now at a Turkish Aerospace Industries facility in Ankara.

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Birds of Prey: The Record of Impunity For Israeli Military Aircraft

02/19/2013

Since March 1978, for 35 years, the United Nations Interim Forces in Lebanon, has been monitoring the conflict between Israel and Lebanon the tension, the daring, the mayhem, the killing. The enthusiastic efforts UNIFIL made in the early years soon waned. Perhaps it was the politics, perhaps it was the frustration of an ineffectual mandate, or perhaps it was losing 279 troops to-date. Whatever the cause, public statements from UNIFIL seem to have settled into a laissez-faire yawn.

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Australia's JSF aircraft can't fly in lightning storms

02/19/2013

US Air Force Lieutenant General Chris Bogdan, who heads the US military's $16 billion JSF program, admits the F-35 Lightning II jet can't fly within 40km of a lightning storm because its fuel tanks could ignite. "Will this problem occur in the future? No, because we have the known fixes for it and we will fix it," Lt-Gen told ABC TV.

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Modernized S-300 Missiles in Air Defense Exercise

02/19/2013

Modernized S-300 surface-to-air missiles will shoot down “enemy” fighters in an exercise in Russia’s Western Military District, the district's press service said on Monday. The joint tactical exercise involving aviation, antiaircraft and radiotechnical forces, encompasses an area from Russia’s westernmost exclave of Kaliningrad to central Russia’s Nizhny Novgorod and from Murmansk in the north to Belgorod in the south, the Western Military District said.

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Boeing, ADASI Sign Teaming Agreement for Unmanned Aircraft Systems

02/19/2013

Boeing [NYSE: BA] and Abu Dhabi Autonomous Systems Investments Company (ADASI), a Tawazun subsidiary, today signed a teaming agreement for the two companies to address the growing Middle East market for unmanned systems.

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IDEX: Piaggio Aero Industries and Selex ES present the P.1HH 'HammerHead' UAS

02/19/2013

Piaggio Aero Industries, together with Selex ES, today presented the Piaggio Aero P.1HH 'HammerHead' - Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) at IDEX 2013. After two years of development, the P.1HH 'HammerHead' UAV has been rolled out after successfully completing its first engine start and run way taxi on February 14 at an Italian Air Force base.

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IDEX: BAE Systems continues to provide critical F-16 support equipment to Oman

02/19/2013

BAE Systems received a contract valued at nearly $23 million to provide F-16 support equipment, test systems, and spares to the government of Oman. The contract continues the company’s strong global position to deliver the right systems and expertise to support F-16 aircraft operated by U.S. allies.

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New deal to reduce downtime on Mid East helicopter operations

02/19/2013

Performance worries over military and commercial helicopter operations in the harsh conditions of the Middle East deserts could be eased with a new distributorship deal signed today. Honeywell Aerospace has signed the deal — the first of its kind in the Middle East — with Transworld Aviation (TWA) in Dubai to distribute its line of health and usage monitoring systems (HUMS) across the Middle East markets.

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Navy paints dire picture of weakened U.S. fleet

02/18/2013

Fighting breaks out in Liberia. Gunfire and explosions erupt on city streets, and marauders soon turn their fury on Westerners. An SOS goes out that civilians are in peril. But the Navy has scaled back its deployments off the African coast. It has no amphibious assault ship, carrying helicopters, landing craft and Marines, nearby.

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All eyes on $20bn Rafale deal after Choppergate

02/18/2013

India will proceed with extreme caution while finalizing its biggest-ever defence deal till now, the almost $20 billion MMRCA (medium multi-role combat aircraft) project to acquire 126 fighter jets. It can live with the midway scrapping of the Rs 3,546 crore contract to get 12 VVIP helicopters, with no operational military value. But after spending several years to bring the critical MMRCA project to the verge of finalization.

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Mali Mission Spurs French Interest in Armed UAV

02/18/2013

France is deepening its interest in acquiring the Reaper UAV from the U.S., a move that would stir political sensitivities over purchasing a weapons-firing UAV, while Paris readies to cut its defense budget, government and industry sources said. Meanwhile, EADS has submitted an offer to extend the contract for its Harfang medium-altitude, long-endurance UAV, the sources said.

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Government of Canada Invests in CF-18 Fighter Pilot Training and Canadian Jobs

02/18/2013

The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, and Member of Parliament for Roberval-Lac-Saint-Jean, on behalf of the Honourable Bernard Valcourt, Associate Minister of National Defence and Minister of State , and Member of Parliament for Madawaska-Restigouche, today announced a significant contract to support training for Canada's fighter jet pilots.

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UK and UAE in talks on Typhoon

02/18/2013

The UK and the UAE are in talks on Typhoon combat aircraft, Philip Dunne, UK minister of defence equipment, support and technology told the Gulf News. “We are in talks now,” said the British minister, without disclosing any further details about the expected deal and the number of aircraft.

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UK Prime Minister David Cameron may push for Eurofighter Typhoon jets in India visit

02/18/2013

Britain is still likely to push for the Eurofighter Typhoon during Prime Minister David Cameron 's India visit, less than a week after French President Francois Hollande left New Delhi without any announcement over the fate of the $10 billion contract for Rafale fighter jets. "The issue of Eurofighter Typhoon jets may come up... But I don't think it will be top on the agenda," a British diplomatic source told IANS Sunday.

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Typhoons set to rock Lima '13

02/18/2013

Malaysian combat pilots will have another opportunity to pit their skills against one of the best fighters in the world in April. A detachment of at least four Eurofighter Typhoons will be deployed to the country for the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace exhibition at the end of next month.

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US agrees to Afghan president Karzai's ban on NATO air support

02/18/2013

The commander of US-led forces in Afghanistan has said he would comply with President Hamid Karzai's order banning Afghan security forces from seeking NATO air support. Mr Karzai said on Saturday that he would issue a decree ordering an end to local security forces calling in NATO air strikes amid new tensions over civilian casualties caused by such attacks.

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