Military Aviation News Archive

Is India aiming to boost the Rafale’s firepower with Russian missiles?

11/03/2013

If India and France are able to sign the final contract for the Rafale, then there is a possibility the French fighter-bomber will be armed with Russian claws. According to Boris Obnosov, General Director of Russia’s Tactical Missile Weapons Corporation (TRV), if required the Moscow-based company is ready to adapt Russian missiles for the French aircraft.

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Why drones will never replace fighter jocks

11/03/2013

Imagine this scenario in the not-too-distant future: Tensions in the eastern Mediterranean Sea have been building for months. After exhausting all diplomatic options, the president orders an airstrike against a highly defended enemy weapons depot. Four U.S. fighter jets launch from an aircraft carrier operating at an undisclosed location at sea.

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Right time for Egyptian army to try new strategy

11/03/2013

The suspension of a portion of US military aid to Egypt is an opportunity to shift the army’s focus away from conventional warfare and toward more effective counter-terrorism operations, military analysts say. Last month, the Obama administration announced it was suspending part of its annual US$1.3 billion (Dh4.78bn) in military aid to Egypt, including the delivery of F-16 fighter jets, M1A1 tank kits and Harpoon missiles.

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Korea’s Only Aircraft Manufacturer Aiming to Be among Top 7 Global Aerospace Companies by 2020

11/03/2013

As a leader in the Korean aerospace industry, Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) is the only domestic aircraft manufacturer and total system integrator that designs and assembles world-class aircraft and satellite systems and provides life cycle support for its products.

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S. Korea's Fighter Plans in Spotlight at Airshow

11/03/2013

Western defense contractors participating in South Korea’s biennial arms exhibition tried to convince their hosts they would offer assistance to help build the country’s indigenous fighter jet, code-named KF-X. The KF-X effort drew keen attention during the Seoul International Aerospace & Defense Exhibition (ADEX) from Oct. 29-Nov. 3, amid growing calls here for upgrading the country’s fighter fleet more sustainably and coming up with plans to fill a fighter gap over the next decade.

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Russia Boosting Arms Shipments to Syria – US Officials

11/03/2013

Russia has increased its weapons shipments to Syrian President Bashar Assad’s government since last year, military aid that is likely “more significant” than Iranian arms supplies to Damascus, according to senior US diplomats. “It has increased from a year ago. There are more deliveries, and in some cases, they are militarily extremely significant,” Robert Ford, the US ambassador to Syria, told a hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee this week.

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US to Buy 30 Russian Helicopters for Afghanistan Next Year

11/03/2013

The United States will next year buy 30 Russian-made helicopters for the Afghan army, Russian state arms exporter Rosoboronexport said Friday. The batch of Mi-17V-5 military transport helicopters will raise to 63 the quantity of that model supplied under US-Russian deals for the Afghan National Army.

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Stranded US Surveillance Plane Departs From Siberian Airport

11/03/2013

A US surveillance plane carrying US and British military personnel took off from an airport in southern Siberia on Friday after being stranded there for two nights over poor weather conditions and unpaid fees. The US plane, making a routine flight over Russia under the international Open Skies treaty, was forced down in Chita on Wednesday because of heavy fog.

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Russian Bombers to Continue Patrols Over South America

11/03/2013

Two Russian Tupolev Tu-160 Blackjack strategic bombers currently on a tour-of-duty in South America will carry out a series of patrol missions over the region in line with the program of combat training, the Defense Ministry said. The nuclear-capable bombers arrived in Venezuela on October 28 and conducted patrols over the Caribbean before landing in Nicaragua on Thursday.

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F-35 completes first guided bomb delivery against ground target

10/31/2013

An F-35 Lightning II has completed the fighter jet's first guided weapon delivery against ground target, marking the "first time the F-35 truly became a weapon system," the jet's maker Lockheed Martin said Wednesday.

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F-16 fighter jets intercept Syrian aircraft

10/31/2013

Turkey's two F-16 fighter jets on Wednesday intercepted a Syrian aircraft after Turkish military spotted the plane approaching the Turkish border, said a Turkish military statement. A Syrian SU-24 warplane was spotted during a routine flight along the Gaziantep and Hatay region of the southern Turkish border and two Turkish jets taking off from Incirlik Airbase in Adana province in southern Turkey were diverted to avert the Syrian plane.

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Pakistan to Begin Exporting JF-17 Thunder Fighter Jets

10/31/2013

Pakistan will begin exporting the JF-17 Thunder multirole fighter jet next year Pakistani media outlets reported on Friday, citing unnamed officials from the Ministry of Defense Production.

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Defense exhibition opens sales talk for S. Korean fighter deal

10/31/2013

Global aerospace giants have moved beyond a wait-and-see approach to make sales pitches for South Korea's fighter jet program during an ongoing international aerospace fair here, carefully navigating the direction of the new acquisition under review by Seoul officials.

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No deadline for signing 126 Rafale combat aircraft deal for Indian Air Force: AK Antony

10/31/2013

Defence Minister A K Antony today refused to set a deadline for conclusion of a multi-billion dollar deal to procure 126 Rafale combat aircraft for the Air Force. "This is not the issue. Issue is that contract negotiation committee (CNC) is going on and I or the Government cannot interfere with it... How can I set a deadline," he told reporters here.

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LONGBOW LLC Receives $92 Million Life Cycle Contractor Support Award for U.S. Army’s Apache Helicopter

10/31/2013

LONGBOW LLC, a joint venture between Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman, received a $92.8 million contract from the U. S. Army to provide Life Cycle Contractor Support (LCCS) for LONGBOW programs on the AH-64D and AH-64E helicopters. The LCCS contract provides integrated logistics support for LONGBOW Fire Control Radar (FCR) systems equipping AH-64D and AH-64E Apache helicopters.

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Boeing Delivers 12th Production P-8A Poseidon Aircraft to US Navy

10/31/2013

Boeing delivered the 12th production P-8A Poseidon on schedule on Oct. 25, enhancing the long-range maritime patrol capabilities of the U.S. Navy. The P-8A departed Boeing Field in Seattle for Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla., where it joined the other Poseidon aircraft being used to train Navy crews. The aircraft is the sixth from the second low-rate initial production contract lot awarded in November 2011.

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Russian Tu-160 Strategic Bombers Land in Nicaragua

10/31/2013

Two Russian Tupolev Tu-160 Blackjack strategic bombers arrived in Nicaragua on Thursday after taking off from an airbase in Venezuela, the Russian Defense Ministry said. The nuclear-capable bombers “flew above the neutral waters of the Caribbean Sea, entered the airspace of Nicaragua and performed a planned landing,” the ministry said.

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US Tested Soviet MiG Fighters at Mysterious Area 51

10/31/2013

The United States covertly tested Soviet MiG fighter planes at the mysterious Area 51 site in the Nevada desert in the 1960s, including one plane secretly obtained by Israel, according to declassified US government documents published this week.

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Upgrades for fighters

10/30/2013

Each maintainer loves his jet the most, and for the maintainers of the 4th Fighter Wing, it’s the Strike Eagle. “It’s the most called upon jet in the Air Force,” said Staff Sgt. Trever Edwards, a dedicated crew chief with the 4th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Seymour-Johnson Air Force Base, N.C. “It’s reliable; it gets the pilots home safe. ... It’s the most efficient and best airplane. It’s the most combat capable jet that the Air Force has.”

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Marines Brush Off DoD IG Criticisms Of V-22 Readiness Reporting

10/30/2013

The Marines say the V-22 tilt rotor aircraft has deployed and flown “with properly trained and equipped combat ready Marines and mission capable aircraft” over the last six years. That statement stands in stark contrast to the findings of a classified Pentagon Inspector General’s report released late Friday afternoon. In an unclassified summary, the IG said:

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Networking, UAVs Drive Turkey's Effort to Control Battlefield

10/30/2013

Turkey plans to manage combat communications among multiple networked platforms to give commanders the most comprehensive picture possible of the battlefield. In the overall picture, the military command here wants to see full integration, with various assets effectively talking to each other, and allowing commanders to benefit from an all-electronic warfare management system.

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Why A Boeing-Lockheed Martin Long Range Strike Bomber Team Will Be Hard To Beat

10/30/2013

Last week Boeing and Lockheed Martin announced they would form a team to compete for the Long Range Strike Bomber (LRS-B), the first new heavy bomber that the Air Force has developed in 30 years. Boeing will be the prime contractor, while Lockheed is described as the “primary teammate.” The announcement sets up a David versus Goliath fight between the two aerospace giants and Northrop Grumman, the only other credible bidder for the program.

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Faster induction of fighters new IAF chief’s priority

10/30/2013

Air Marshal Arup Raha, who will take over as IAF chief from Air Chief Marshal NAK Browne on December 31, has his task cut out. His topmost priority will have to be faster induction of new fighters, grappling as IAF is with just 34 fighter squadrons when at least 44 are needed for "effective dissuasive deterrence'' against China and Pakistan.

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Another ‘J’ For The Rock

10/30/2013

Another C-130J Super Hercules airlifter designated for assignment to the 314th Airlift Wing (Air Education and Training Command) at Little Rock Air Force Base (AFB), Ark., was ferried to the base today from the Lockheed Martin facility here.

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Lockheed Martin Receives $113 Million Contract for U.S. Air Force Helicopter Search and Rescue Training Simulators

10/30/2013

Lockheed Martin received a $113 million contract from the U.S. Air Force to design, develop, field and sustain aircrew training devices for HH-60G Pave Hawk search and rescue helicopters.

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