Military Aviation News Archive

‘Empowered’ French Delegation May Visit India

01/05/2015

Paris has indicated that it will try to carry forward the much-delayed talks in order to strike the deal as soon as possible. The signing of the deal will allow France to export 126 Rafale fighter aircraft to the South Asian country. India is yet to finalise the deal with France as it is looking at the option of acquiring more Sukhoi-30 MKI fighter jets from Russia.

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Islamic State weakened by stronger coalition forces

01/05/2015

Will the Islamic State last through 2015? It seems unlikely. At least, not as the effective force it represented in 2014, especially after its June 9 conquest of Mosul, the second-largest city in Iraq. By the end of 2014, after initial successes on several fronts in both Iraq and Syria, ISIS forces began to be pushed back on several fronts.

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Air Guard readies for busy year, fight to stay relevant

01/05/2015

The state Air National Guard hopes that 73 words signed into law on Dec. 16 by President Obama as part of a $1.1 trillion spending bill represent a commitment to modernize its eight aging C-130s and keep it in business past mid-2020. At that time, the planes will need to have been upgraded to be able to fly in a satellite-based navigation and air traffic control system that is becoming the world standard. But first, the planes have to survive likely Air Force cuts in the Air Guard’s C-130 fleet.

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U.S. Drone Fleet at ‘Breaking Point,’ Air Force Says

01/05/2015

The U.S. Air Force’s fleet of drones is being strained to the “breaking point,” according to senior military officials and an internal service memo acquired by The Daily Beast. And it’s happening right when the unmanned aircraft are most needed to fight ISIS. The Air Force has enough MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper drones. It’s just doesn’t have the manpower to operate those machines.

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USAF newsmakers of 2014

01/05/2015

Here we retell and update the stories of people and events that were top newsmakers in 2014. Expect some of them to continue to make news in 2015.

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Oxygen boost for fighter plane in air soon

01/05/2015

Every fighter pilot will be able to stay airborne for longer durations as the plane will be able to replenish its supply of oxygen in air itself in the not-toodistant future. On Board Oxygen Generation System (OBOGS) — developed by the Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO) to produce oxygen in air — will allow pilots to fly without the aid of heavy oxygen cylinders.

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Pakistan Airstrikes Kill Over 30 Militants, Destroy Terrorist Hideouts

01/05/2015

The Pakistan Armed Forces killed at least 31 militants and destroyed a number of shelters and training facilities in the country's northwest, the army said Saturday. "[Four] terrorist hideouts and a suicide bomber training center were destroyed. 31 terrorists, including some suicide bombers, were killed in precise aerial strikes in Tirrah, Khyber today," the army's Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) press statement read.

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Get Ready, America: Russia Wants a New Stealthy, Long-Range Bomber

12/31/2014

Russia is developing a new strategic bomber called the PAK-DA as part of its post-Soviet military modernization plan, but with the price of oil falling rapidly, there are questions as to whether that nation will be able to afford the new plane. There is little concrete information about the new Russian bomber—but a stealthy long-range penetrating strike aircraft is not cheap.

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UAV Strikes to Continue in Afghanistan Despite Mission End: Former Official

12/31/2014

Former CIA official claims that US drone strikes targeting the Taliban and other insurgent groups will continue despite the official end of NATO combat operations in Afghanistan.

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U.S. military bombs senior leader of al-Shabab terrorist group in Somalia

12/30/2014

A U.S. military drone dropped bombs on a senior leader of al-Shabab in Somalia Monday, striking another blow against the Islamic terrorist network. Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby said in a statement that the airstrike took place in southern Somalia, near the town of Saakow. Adm. Kirby did not identify the leader who was targeted in the airstrike.

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Experts recommend fighter plane for developing nations

12/30/2014

China could export a modern fighter jet to developing countries to take a bigger share of the international military aircraft market and boost its aviation industry, experts have suggested. "The FC-1 Fierce Dragon can meet the air defence tasks of most developing nations that can't afford more advanced, fifth-generation fighter jets," said Wang Ya'nan, deputy editor-in-chief of Aerospace Knowledge magazine.

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Boeing, U.S. Air Force Achieve Successful First Test Flight for KC-46 Tanker Program

12/30/2014

Boeing and the U.S. Air Force successfully completed the first flight of the KC-46 tanker test program today. The plane, a Boeing 767-2C, took off from Paine Field, Wash., at 9:29 a.m. (PST) and landed three hours and 32 minutes later at Boeing Field. The aircraft will receive its military systems following certification.

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Russia to Form Air Army in Arctic in 2015: Army Chief

12/30/2014

A joint air and air defense army will be formed and deployed in the Arctic in 2015, Chief of the Russian General Staff, Gen. Valery Gerasimov, said Monday. "The united strategic command in the Arctic is currently based on Russia's Northern Fleet, which is responsible for ensuring security in the region in all forms of armed conflict," Gerasimov said in an interview with Rossiya-24 television.

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Iran's Air Force Shoots Down 3 Drones in Massive Military Drills: Reports

12/30/2014

The Iranian Air Force has shot down three drones Saturday in the third day of an ongoing massive military exercise in southern parts of the country, Press TV reported. The unmanned aerial vehicles were brought down by three domestically designed and manufactured missiles fired from an ambush missile system known as Mersad, the news agency reported.

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V-22 to get a tanker option

12/29/2014

The V-22 Osprey is getting topped-off with a new capability. An aerial refuelling system is being developed for the tilt-rotor aircraft, turning the cargo and personnel carrier into a tanker that can provide fuel to other aircraft, mid-flight. "The aerial refueling capability is going to be the next thing," for the Osprey, Maj. Douglas Thumm, the plans officer for the V-22 at Headquarters Marine Corps, said.

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AirAsia QZ8501: Indonesia plane 'at bottom of sea'

12/29/2014

The missing AirAsia Indonesia flight QZ8501 is likely to be at the bottom of the sea, the head of Indonesia's search-and-rescue agency has said. Bambang Soelistyo said the hypothesis was based on the co-ordinates of the plane when contact with it was lost. The search is continuing for the aircraft, a day after it disappeared with 162 people on board, but no trace has been found so far.

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Cameroon air strikes on Nigerian militants

12/29/2014

Cameroon has carried out its first air strikes against militant Islamist group Boko Haram after it over-ran a military base and attacked five villages, an army spokesman has said.

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AirAsia flight QZ8501 from Indonesia to Singapore missing

12/28/2014

Indonesian media say more than 160 people were on board the Airbus A320-200. The aircraft, flight number QZ8501, lost contact with air traffic control at 07:24 (00:24 GMT), AirAsia tweeted. The company said that search and rescue operations were under way for the missing plane.

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Falklands defence review after military deal between Russia and Argentina

12/28/2014

The aircraft, which Moscow will swap for beef and wheat, would be able to mount air patrols over Port Stanley. Ministry of Defence officials fear Buenos Aires would take delivery of the planes well before the deployment in 2020 of the Navy’s 65,000-tonne aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth and its F-35B fighters, leaving a “real window of vulnerability”.

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Iran Tests 'Suicide Drone'

12/28/2014

Today Iranian military forces tested various unmanned aircraft that some are calling "suicide drones." Because "suicide drone" sounded more intimidating than "model airplane that we could fly into things nearby." Iran has been conducting military exercises for the past week at the Strait of Hormuz near the Persian Gulf. The show of force has involved air, land, and sea maneuvers over 850,000 square miles.

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Unwanted Hogs To The Rescue Again

12/28/2014

Despite renewed U.S. Air Force efforts to retire the much loved (by their pilots and the ground troops who depend on it) A-10C ground attack aircraft, at least ten of them from a reserve unit have been quietly sent to the Middle East to join in the air operations against ISIL in Iraq and Syria. Many older ISIL members (who fought in Iraq before the A-10s were withdrawn) are not happy with this news while the soldiers and militiamen fighting ISIL are encouraged.

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ISIS Caught a Coalition Pilot: What Does It Mean?

12/28/2014

Earlier this Christmas Eve, the Islamic State captured an F-16 pilot from the Royal Jordanian Air Force. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and the Islamic State, the F-16 was shot down by anti-aircraft guns, but the Pentagon says there is no evidence of a shootdown and suggests mechanical failure was to blame.

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A note on India’s Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA) project

12/28/2014

The LCA program has taken the time it has to mature precisely because there was a hiatus in domestic fighter aircraft development post the HAL HF-24 Marut that was India's first homegrown jet fighter. No timely follow on programme to the Marut meant that both human and capital resources had to be built up concurrently even as the LCA program progressed contributing to delays.

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Blame Game: Speculation Rife After Jordanian Jet Crash in Syria

12/26/2014

A Jordanian F-16 was downed in Syria on Wednesday, with ISIL claiming responsibility for the crash after capturing its pilot. The US, however, refutes that the terrorist group shot it down, but did not offer any other details about its version of events.

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Diversifying arms

12/26/2014

Diversifying the sources of Egypt’s armaments became a priority among state strategists after the 30 June Revolution. Overreliance on one provider was now seen as shortsighted. Egypt was also keen to ensure its armaments policy responded to international political developments, including the growing influence of China and Russia.

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