Military Aviation News Archive

Russian Military Inspectors to Fly Over Latvia, Estonia

09/10/2012

A group of Russian military observers begin on Monday a six-day inspection mission in the skies of Latvia and Estonia under the Open Skies Treaty, the Defense Ministry’s press office reported. The flights will be conducted on September 10-15 from the Latvia’s Riga and Estonia’s Tartu airports. The maximum flight range will total about 1,600 km (some 1,000 miles) under the agreed flight routes.

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Concerns of a Looming Crisis in European Defence Industry

09/09/2012

According to the report, Europe’s ability to develop advanced, next generation aircraft has been severely eroded and collective funding decisions are necessary to revive the industry. The study was commissioned by the Future Air Systems for Europe (FAS4Europe) and the European Defence Agency (EDA).

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Upgraded Predator UAV takes flight

09/09/2012

An upgraded version of the Predator MQ-9 Reaper, the U.S. military's premier unmanned aerial vehicle, has successfully completed its first flight. General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. said Friday its Block 1-plus Predator took to the air in early summer in California and performed without problem.

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Turkey looks to Lockheed's F-35 models

09/08/2012

Turkey has expressed interest in Lockheed Martin's three F-35 fifth-generation Joint Strike Fighter variants. Ankara is close to a decision on ordering a second pair of the stealth F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Lightning II aircraft following production of the first two F-35s for the Turkish air force, a senior Turkish procurement official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

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Laser-Guided Sidewinder (LaGS) for Air-to-Surface Missions of Combat Aircraft

09/07/2012

Latest market surveys indicate an interest of different air forces in a light air-to-surface guided weapon for pin-point engagement of small, lightly armoured targets. Missions of this type have previously been relying on weapons originally developed and procured for precise engagement of large, hardened targets. Engagement of smaller mobile targets requires new armament tailored to specific use.

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BAE Systems to upgrade electronics and avionics on South Korea F-16 jet fighters

09/07/2012

The BAE Systems Support Solutions segment in Rockville, Md., will upgrade avionics and electronic systems on more than 130 Lockheed Martin F-16 jet fighter aircraft for the Republic of Korea under terms of a contract to be awarded through the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) Foreign Military Sales program.

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“Flight Guard” for protecting VIP and military mission aircraft

09/07/2012

The system for protecting aircraft against shoulder-fired missiles which jointly developed by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) was not installed onboard passenger airplanes, but it is being installed in growing numbers on board VIP and military mission aircraft.

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A FOURTH BOMBARDIER GLOBAL AIRCRAFT ADDED TO US AIR FORCE INVENTORY

09/07/2012

Bombardier Aerospace announced today that it delivered a Global 6000 aircraft to the US Air Force last Thursday, in a ceremony conducted at a Bombardier facility in Connecticut. This aircraft is the fourth Bombardier Global aircraft to be added to the existing US Air Force inventory with E-11A Military Designation. The intention is to equip this new addition with the Battlefield Airborne Communications Node or BACN, in time for deployment next summer.

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MiG-29 Fighter Jet Crashes in Siberia

09/07/2012

A Russian Air Force MiG-29 fighter crashed on Thursday near Chita, in Siberia, the Defense Ministry said. “The plane crashed near Domna airport, 27 kilometers from Chita,” ministry spokesman Col. Igor Konashenkov said. The pilot’s body was found by a rescue team, he said, adding that a Defense Ministry commission is on its way to the scene to establish the causes of the crash.

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Russia to Sell 52 Mi-171? Helicopters to China

09/07/2012

Russia on Thursday signed a $600 mln contract with China for the delivery of 52 Mi-171? (Hip) transport helicopters. The contract was signed by Russia’s Rosoboronexport and China’s Poly Technologies, Inc. The first eight helicopters will be delivered before the end of the current year and contract deliveries are to be completed in 2014, the Russian Helicopters holding said.

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U.S. Air Force Awards Lockheed Martin $152 Million Sniper ATP Sustainment Contract

09/07/2012

Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] has received a $152 million contract from the U.S. Air Force for Sniper® Advanced Targeting Pod (ATP) sustainment support over a five-year period, beginning in September 2012.

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Iraq’s First Super Hercules

09/06/2012

The first of six C-130J Super Hercules for the Iraqi Air Force recently completed its first flight here. The Iraqi Air Force intends to use the C-130J for intra-theater support of its troops and humanitarian relief operations in various locations. These new transport aircraft will provide Iraq with the ability to operate seamlessly with U.S., NATO and coalition forces. The first C-130J for Iraq is scheduled for delivery later this year.

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Ukraine to upgrade and repair 86 combat aircraft in 2012-2017, says Air Force commander

09/06/2012

Ukraine is planning to upgrade and repair 86 combat aircraft and helicopters in 2012-2017, says the commander of the Ukrainian Air Force, Lieutenant-General Yuriy Baidak. The press service of the Defense Ministry reported on Monday that according to Baidak, 12 MiG-29s, Su-27s and L-39s had currently been upgraded, taken into service, and that they were undergoing trials in tactical aviation units.

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Terrorists threaten attacks on commercial aircraft in Syria

09/06/2012

The terrorist group consisting mainly of foreign mercenaries , backed by the United States, calling itself the “Free Syrian Army (FSA) has recently threatened to start attacks on civilian aircrafts using Damascus and Aleppo airports”, according to Hamsayeh.Net. This comes amid reports that the FSA has acquired U.S. made Stinger missiles.

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Syrian Resistance Forces Claim They Shot Down A Military MiG In The Air Over Hama

09/06/2012

While the U.S. and Europe mull what steps, if any, to take in intervening against President Assad’s brutal crackdown on Syria’s opposition movement, it seems as though the Free Syrian Army has ramped up efforts to take control of the country’s airspace. Word comes via Twitter (so it should be taken with a grain of salt) that the Free Syrian Army has successfully shot down one of that country’s MiGs in the northern suburb of Hama, a city in the west of the country and only 30 miles from Homs.

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Oman Accepts First Super Hercules

09/06/2012

The first C-130J Super Hercules for the Sultanate of Oman was formally accepted at ceremonies, Aug. 30, at Lockheed Martin’s Marietta facility. This is the first of three C-130Js on order for Oman and is scheduled for delivery later this year. The new C-130J will be used to support internal country operations where its ability to operate out of remote austere airstrips will be invaluable.

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Engine failure caused April plane crash in Afghanistan

09/05/2012

Irreversible engine failure caused the crash of an unmanned MQ-1B Predator aircraft on April 14, according to a military accident investigation board report released on Tuesday. The plane crashed into an unpopulated mountainside in Afghanistan.

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Turkey Looks To Buy 2 More F-35s

09/05/2012

The Turkish newspaper, the Hürriyet Daily News, is reporting that Turkey is expected to purchase a second pair of F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft to be delivered in 2016. The first pair is set for delivery in 2015, the newspaper notes.

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Nashua's BAE to receive $30 million defense contract

09/05/2012

A Nashua-based defense contractor will be getting another large contract as part of the F-35 Lightning II fighter jet project, described as the largest Department of Defense program in history. BAE Systems is scheduled to receive 15 percent, approximately $30 million, of a $206 million contract awarded to Lockheed Martin Corp., according to a Department of Defense report dated Aug. 28.

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Airbus A400M Airlifter Certification Test May Resume in October

09/05/2012

Airbus Military may resume a pivotal test phase for the A400M troop transporter next month after making fixes to the engines that have halted progress. The first gearbox to undergo modification was fitted with a new plate, reassembled, and tested over the weekend, and is now joining the engine again, said Nick Britton, a spokesman for engine consortium partner Rolls-Royce Holdings Plc. (RR/)

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Iraqi Air Force F-16 training takes off in Arizona

09/05/2012

While the Republic of Iraq anticipates an initial delivery of F-16 Fighting Falcons in September 2014, the pilots who will fly them have embarked on a historic partnership with the Arizona Air National Guard's 162nd Fighter Wing in the US, to learn how to fly the multipurpose fighter.

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ILA: Diamond to unveil airbourne radio detection on Guardian

09/05/2012

Diamond Aircraft's DA42 Guardian equipped with a radio detection system is being launched at the ILA show in Berlin next week. Equipped with a COMINT system from Rohde & Schwarz the DA42 remote sensing platform reliably detects, identifies and locates radio signals and is being flagged as the perfect solution for border guard, maritime rescue or military missions.

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Foxhound vs Blackbird: How the MiGs reclaimed the skies

09/04/2012

Exactly 30 years ago a potent new combat aircraft appeared in the skies over Russia. Without firing a shot in anger, the MiG-31 achieved what Soviet air defence had been attempting for years – send the SR-71 spy plane into early retirement.

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Slump hits defence budget

09/04/2012

The slowdown in economy is now forcing the finance ministry to cut down on the defence budget mid-way through the financial year. In several meetings held last week, finance ministry babus have told their counterparts in the defence ministry that there will be ‘no funds’ for big-ticket defence procurement plans if the economy does not improve by September end.

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Marine pilot ejects before fighter crash

09/04/2012

The crash of an F/A-18C jet at Naval Air Station Fallon in which a San Diego-based Marine pilot safely ejected over the weekend was under investigation. The crash near the western Nevada "TOPGUN'' airfield occurred about 3:15 p.m. during training, and the pilot was released from a local hospital after being checked out, the U-T San Diego reported.

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