Military Aviation News Archive

Indonesia Invokes International Tribunal in South China Sea Dispute

11/12/2015

Indonesia could take China to an international tribunal if Beijing’s South China Sea territorial claims, which include Indonesia’s resource-rich Natuna islands, aren’t resolved through dialogue, Jakarta’s chief security minister said Wednesday.

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France asks United States for C-130J and KC-130J aircraft

11/12/2015

The U.S. State Department has approved the possible sale of for Lockheed Martin C-130J transports and associated equipment to France. The proposed deal under the U.S. Foreign Military Sales program - administered by the Defense Security Cooperation Agency - would be worth an estimated $650 million.

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America's 5 Next Generation Super Weapons

11/12/2015

The United States military is far by the most technologically advanced and capable force the Earth has ever seen. From satellites, to stealth fighters and bombers, to advanced surface ships and submarines, America’s arsenal is unmatched by any other power. But American military supremacy rests on maintaining that technological edge. Even now, Russia and China are advancing their capabilities in the hopes of one day matching or even exceeding U.S. capabilities.

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Why It's So Damned Hard To Build a New Bomber

11/12/2015

Northrop Grumman didn't get long to celebrate winning one of the most important defense contracts of the 21st century. The week after it secured a $55 billion-and-growing deal to build the Long-Range Strike Bomber (LSRB), the successor to the B-2, losing bidders Boeing and Lockheed filed a protest against the stealth bomber contract award.

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China-Pakistan fighter said to have found new buyer

11/12/2015

The FC-1 Fierce Dragon, or JF-17 Thunder, a fourth-generation fighter jet co-developed by China and Pakistan, has found a buyer following several years of speculation and promotion. The aircraft's developers, Aviation Industry Corp of China and Pakistan Aeronautical Complex, signed a contract with an unidentified buyer, AVIC said in a statement sent to China Daily on Tuesday.

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Lockheed Martin F-16 Auto GCAS Team Wins Aviation Week Award

11/12/2015

The Lockheed Martin F-16 Auto Ground Collision Avoidance System (Auto GCAS) team was presented a 2015 Aviation Week Program Excellence Award for its role in managing part of the F-16 Auto GCAS program.

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Russian Help in Anti-Terror Efforts in Syria Reassuring – French Lawmaker

11/12/2015

The results of Russian anti-terrorism efforts in Syria are reassuring against a backdrop of ineffective military action of the US-led international anti-ISIL coalition, Thierry Mariani, the head of a French National Assembly delegation to Syria, told journalists.

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Russia, Iran Sign Deal on Mi-17 Helicopter Service Center Upgrade

11/12/2015

The Russian Helicopters Company has signed contracts with the Iranian Helicopter Support and Renewal Company (PANHA) on upgrading its maintenance and overhaul facility for Mi-17 helicopters, the Russian company’s deputy head said Wednesday.

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China, Thailand Decide to Conduct First Joint Aerial Drills in November

11/12/2015

China and Thailand will conduct joint air force exercises for the first time in November, China’s Ministry of Defense said in a statement Wednesday. "The Air Forces of China and Thailand will hold first joint exercises Falcon Strike-2015 on November 12-30," the ministry stated on its website.

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Defense Minister: France Strikes IS Oil Sites in Syria

11/11/2015

The French military has stepped up its bombing campaign against the Islamic State group's oil infrastructure with two new strikes in eastern Syria, Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said Tuesday. "We struck again twice last night in the Deir Ezzor region, firstly on an oil distribution station and secondly on a gas separation plant," Le Drian told journalists on the sidelines of a forum on African peace and security in Dakar, Senegal.

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Too Costly, Too Tight: Finnish Military Can't Find Plane That Fits

11/11/2015

The Finnish defence ministry said Tuesday it has scrapped plans to renew its aging fleet of trainer aircraft after none of the planes on offer seemed to fit. A German model, made by Grob Aircraft, was deemed too expensive, daily Helsingin Sanomat reported.

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Hawk aircraft proposals to feature in Modi's talks

11/11/2015

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on his visit to the United Kingdom this week, will cite the growing cooperation between UK-headquartered BAE Systems, and Bengaluru-based Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL). Together, BAE Systems and HAL have created a major assembly line for the Hawk advanced jet trainer (AJT) in Bengaluru, which has built for the Indian Air Force (IAF) the world's largest Hawk fleet outside the UK.

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Argentina to sign for AESA-equipped Kfir fighters

11/11/2015

Argentina is expected to sign a contract on 10 November covering the purchase of 14 Kfir Block 60 fighters. The nation's air force opted to acquire upgraded examples of the Israel Aerospace Industries-produced combat aircraft, which have been non-operational for two decades.

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UAE Picks AW609 for Tiltrotor Requirement

11/11/2015

"The UAE is about to sign a contract for buying three AgustaWestland 609s for the Joint Aviation Command," announced Maj. Gen. Abdullah Al Hashimi, the executive director of Strategic Analysis at the UAE Ministry of Defense. "We have signed a memorandum of understanding with AgustaWestland and wanted to announce our interest in the aircrafts, [and] contracts will be signed soon."

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Pakistan shows interest in Russia’s Yak-130 trainer aircraft National News

11/11/2015

Pakistan could become the fourth country to operate the Yak-130 combat trainer aircraft as Islamabad has expressed an interest in the aircraft, an online news outlet reported on Tuesday. The new outlet claimed that the parties had already held preliminary talks. Quoting industry sources, the news outlet claimed that Pakistan Air Force officials had been talking to executives from Rosoboronexport and Irkut.

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India's Indigenous fighter aircarft programme: what we learnt from Past

11/11/2015

The criticisms are not new, the development is slow and they say time is constant here like a black hole circling over India. Many shortfalls and many waivers but still to see the bird on IAF’s hand, yes am talking about HAL Tejas (LCA), will take you back to 1960’s with up and downs in Indian aerospace industry and finally a glimpse of hope with a big order and future development plan.

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U.S. fighter jets sent to Turkey to protect Americans, deter Russians

11/11/2015

The Pentagon has deployed fighter jets to Turkey to protect slow-flying U.S. attack planes hitting Islamic State targets in Syria and to deter Russian aggression in the region, a Defense official said Tuesday. The F-15Cs will provide cover for bombers, attack and cargo planes from Syrian and Russian fighters, said a Defense official who spoke about that role on condition of anonymity, because officials were not authorized to discuss the role of the aircraft.

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US Air Force Might Delay Retiring A-10 Attack Plane

11/11/2015

Afghanistan, Africa, Iraq and Syria—all three conflicts might lead the U.S. Air Force to delay retirement of the A-10 'Warthog,' a top general said. The United States Air Force is rethinking its plans to retire the venerable A-10 attack plane in response to an uptick in the demand for combat aircraft across the Middle East and Africa, the Pentagon’s air combat chief said Tuesday.

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The US Army Wants to Figure Out What Comes After Helicopters

11/10/2015

This is a big move, not just for the Army, but for the Pentagon, who haven't always been that successful with recent dives into the deep end of the innovation pool. In the past few decades, "the Pentagon generally has not bought what we call 'clean sheet designs,' or helicopters that are designed from scratch, but instead they keep buying the next improved version of the helicopter already in their fleet," explains Ray Jaworowski, a senior aerospace analyst at Forecast International.

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Gulf Countries to Purchase Russian Aircraft and Anti-Air Systems

11/10/2015

The director general of the state corporation Rostec Sergei Chemezov, confirmed today that countries of the Persian Gulf are negotiating with Russia the purchase of S-300 missile air defense systems and Su-35 fighters. According to the executive, not only did Moscow sign a contract with Iran for the supply of anti-aircraft systems, but it is already in force.

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French Fighters Target Islamic State Revenue

11/10/2015

“We intervened in Syria… yesterday evening with a strike on an oil supply center near Deir Ezzor on the border between Iraq and Syria,” Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian announced today. Given the location of the strikes, it’s likely the fighters were launched from their forward location in the Kingdom of Jordan. Satellite imagery has confirmed that the French Air Force deployed its six Mirage 2000 fighters to Prince Hassan AB, Mafraq Governorate.

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Saab to provide maintenance support for Sweden's Gripen aircraft

11/10/2015

The Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) has awarded a SEK154m ($17.8m) contract to Saab to provide support and maintenance for Gripen aircraft. Saab signed a contract in 2012 with FMV for performance-based support and maintenance of the Gripen fighter and the new contract is an exercise of an option held under that contract.

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2 FA-50 fighter trainer jets to arrive in PH by yearend – PAF

11/10/2015

Two FA-50 lead-in fighter trainer jets will be arriving by the end of the year as part of the Philippine Air Force’s efforts to modernize its aircraft, according to the PAF. Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Delgado, the PAF commanding general, personally tested one of the units in a test flight last Friday in South Korea, the PAF spokesman said on Monday. “He co-piloted one of the flights… He was very excited since it flew at the speed of sound, it was a supersonic flight,” said Col. Enrico Canaya.

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Israel Held ‘Largest Ever’ Air Combat Drill Nearby, On Same Day as Russian Sinai Crash

11/10/2015

It’s no revelation that the Egyptian resort destination of Sharm El-Sheikh is also a well-known Israeli Mossad ‘intelligence playground’. If indeed Israeli covert operatives were somehow involved in this incident, it wouldn’t be the first time that Israel carried out a false flag attack in order to manipulate another nation into a wider war. The case of Israel’s attack on the USS Libertyis a prime example of this.

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Russia’s five most threatening weapons detailed

11/10/2015

For decades the West has mocked Russia’s military as an aged, low-tech throwback to a defunct Cold War. But a new air campaign in Syria and a swath of fresh technology is turning that notion on its head.

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