Military Aviation News Archive

F-22 resumes normal flight operations

04/05/2013

The F-22 Raptor has resumed normal flight operations after modifications to aircrew life-support equipment were completed across the fleet, including the upper pressure garment and related hoses, valves and connectors. Completion of this task eliminates the need to restrict flight operations to remain within a 30-minute flying distance from an airfield suitable for landing.

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North v South: military strengths on the Korean peninsula

04/05/2013

North Korea's army says it has approved plans for nuclear attacks on US targets, the latest in a series of apocalyptic threats that have sent tensions soaring on the divided Korean peninsula. Many analysts say the North's rhetoric is for internal consumption, intended to bolster the authority of young leader Kim Jong-Un over the powerful military.

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Lockheed Martin Delivers First C-130J In Africa To Tunisia

04/05/2013

Lockheed Martin delivered the first C-130J Super Hercules to the Republic of Tunisia today, marking the first delivery to an African country. Lockheed Martin signed a contract in 2010 with Tunisia to deliver two C-130Js between 2013 and 2014, in addition to providing training and an initial three years of logistics support.

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Boeing to Highlight Advanced Technologies at Latin America Aerospace and Defense 2013

04/05/2013

An F/A-18E/F Super Hornet Block II simulator, cybersecurity demonstration, and unmanned airborne system models will anchor Boeing’s display at the Latin America Aerospace and Defense (LAAD) trade show in Rio de Janeiro April 9-12. “We look forward to expanding discussions on our portfolio of products and services with our customers in Brazil and Latin America,” said Roberto Valla, Boeing Defense, Space & Security regional director, International Business Development for the Americas.

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‘Bellicose’ N. Korea Forcing US Hand – State Dept.

04/05/2013

The United States said Thursday that statements by the North Korean government has forced Washington to respond by boosting its military defenses. “When you have a country that is making the kind of bellicose statements and taking the kind of steps that they have, you have to take it seriously and you have to take steps to defend the US and its allies,” State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland told a news conference Thursday.

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Pentagon to Buy Russian Helicopters Despite Ban

04/05/2013

Maria Young for RIA Novosti) – The US Department of Defense said Thursday it plans to sidestep a Congressional ban to purchase 30 helicopters from Russian state-owned defense firm Rosoboronexport, despite objections from US lawmakers who allege that the firm has equipped the Syrian government to commit brutal crimes against civilians.

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Norway sees rise in Russian military jet activity

04/04/2013

Norway said Wednesday it had observed an increasing number of Russian military jets near its airspace last year, amid President Vladimir Putin’s massive rearmament plan. The Scandinavian country scrambled fighter jets on 41 occasions to inspect Russian military aircraft flying past its airspace, although the planes always stayed in international territory, the Norwegian air force said in its annual report. A total of 71 Russian military planes were identified during the sorties.

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30 aircraft, 3 vessels to participate in US-Phl military exercises

04/04/2013

Some 30 military aircraft and three vessels from the Philippines and the United States will be deployed in the coming joint military exercises in the northern part of the country, a military spokesman said here Wednesday. Colonel Arnulfo Burgos, spokesman for the Armed Forces of the Philippines, said that of the 30 aircraft, 20 will come from the U . military, and they will support more than 8,000 Filipino and American soldiers in the two-week "Balikatan 2013.

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A-10 fires its first laser-guided rocket

04/04/2013

The 40th Flight Test Squadron completed another first in February when an A-10 Thunderbolt II fired a guided rocket that impacted only inches away from its intended target. The 2.75 diameter, 35-pound, laser-guided rocket is known as the fixed-wing Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System II. Before the Thunderbolt test, the rocket had proved effective in Afghanistan combat operations when fired from Marine helicopters.

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Georgia says it will further monitor Russian naval exercises

04/04/2013

The Georgian Foreign Ministry has announced that Tbilisi expresses deep concern about the unplanned and sudden exercises of the Russian military which go beyond the territory defined by the Vienna Agreement. Speaking at a briefing on Monday, Deputy Foreign Minister David Zalkaliani said that Georgia will continue to inform the international community on Russian military exercises being held near the maritime borders of the country.

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Pentagon OKs Lockheed or Boeing fighters sale to South Korea

04/04/2013

The U.S. Defense Department said on Wednesday it has approved the sale of either the Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 stealth fighter or Boeing Co's F-15 Silent Eagle fighter to South Korea, which is expected to announce the winner of a 60-jet competition later this year. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency, or DSCA, which oversees foreign military sales, notified U.S. lawmakers Friday about the possible sales to South Korea as tensions continued to mount with North Korea.

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Current arms deficit crisis looms large over Indian forces

04/04/2013

The country's defence forces do not have enough arms to take on the enemy as a large number of weapons, fighter jets, ships and submarines in service near retirement and replacements look years away from arriving, delayed by a multi-layered arms acquisition process.

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First Aust fighter aircraft in production

04/04/2013

AUSTRALIA'S first two F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) aircraft are progressing down the US production line and approaching the stage where they will be recognisably aircraft rather than a collection of components. David Scott, Lockheed Martin's director of F-35 international customer engagement, said the two, designated AU-1 and AU-2, were on schedule for delivery in the US in 2014.

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Davis-Monthan AFB Receives HC-130J Combat King II

04/04/2013

U.S. Air Force crews ferried a Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] HC-130J Combat King II to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., today. Aircraft number 5719 is the ninth of 15 HC-130Js to be delivered to the U.S. Air Force by Lockheed Martin since initial contract award in 2008 and the seventh HC-130J to be stationed at Davis-Monthan.

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N. Korea 'Approves Nuclear Strike' on US - Report

04/04/2013

The North Korean army said Wednesday that it had received approval to launch a “merciless” attack on the United States, including possible nuclear strikes. The General Staff of the Korean People’s Army said in a statement Wednesday that it was formally informing the United States that American threats would be “smashed … by cutting-edge smaller, lighter and diversified nuclear strikes,” AFP cited Pyongyang’s official KCNA news agency as saying.

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Russia Must Back Arms Sales With More Loans - Putin

04/04/2013

Russia should offer loans more often to help finance its global arms exports, but should lend money on the basis of market conditions and not ideology, President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday. “This must surely not be the type of loans that the Soviet Union used to provide, based on ideology and not on market values, in which it never saw the loans again," Putin said at a session of the State Commission For Military and Technical Cooperation with Foreign States.

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Saab pledges Swiss production as eyes fighter jet deal

04/03/2013

Defence group Saab on Tuesday pledged to find Swiss suppliers for major components of its Gripen jet as it sought to sweeten a potential deal to sell the fighter to Switzerland. Sweden's Saab said it would find Swiss companies to develop, produce and assemble components including the rear fuselage, tail cone and weapons pylons of the aircraft, business that in total was worth about 200 million Swiss francs ($211 million).

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Saudi Arabia buying South African armed drone

04/03/2013

Saudi Arabia is buying an armed drone from South Africa after the Obama administration declined to sell the oil-rich kingdom U.S. Predator or Reaper missile-firing unmanned aircraft. The state-owned South African company Denel Dynamics is working covertly with the Saudis to develop the Seeker 400 drone into an armed combat system for the Saudi military, the Paris-based newsletter Intelligence Online reported March 27.

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Israel Military Industries Develop New Type Of Flare To Protect Helicopters In Combat Zones

04/03/2013

srael Military Industries (IMI) have developed a new spectral flare increasing the survivability of combat helicopters in danger zones. The new flare is smaller and lighter than the currently used ones and enables the helicopter to carry a larger number which allows a longer safe flight in the danger zone. IMI was ready to say that the new spectral flare weighs almost half of the currently used one and is smaller, but was reluctant to give more details.

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900 Members of the Canadian Forces To Take Part in Exercise Joint Warrior

04/03/2013

More than 900 Canadian sailors, airmen and airwomen of the Canadian Forces left Tuesday to participate in Exercise Joint Warrior, a joint multinational NATO exercise taking place in the United Kingdom from April 15 to 25, according to a news release from the Canadian military. Exercise Joint Warrior is the largest military tactical exercise in Europe and is designed to prepare NATO military forces to work together in a variety of missions.

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IN FOCUS: Brazil defence growth opens new doors for Embraer

04/03/2013

Two years can seem like a long time in the revitalised Brazilian defence market. While the lengthy delay to the air force's FX-2 fighter contract award receives most of the attention, the Brazilian military and the national defence industry have moved forward aggressively in key areas, revealing a new appreciation for taking national and regional security obligations more seriously.

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Drone Pilots: No Worse Off Than Those Who Actually Fly

04/03/2013

A new Pentagon study contrasting the mental-health concerns of pilots who actually climb into the cockpit – as opposed to military drone drivers who sit at desks – shows that land-based pilots suffer 60% more mental-health maladies than their flying counterparts.

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UN agrees international treaty to combat arms trade

04/03/2013

A TREATY to regulate the global arms trade has been agreed by the United Nations’ General ­Assembly for the first time. The historic agreement was passed by 154 votes to three with 23 absentions, a result which was met by cheers when flashed up on the electronic board in the assembly chamber in New York.

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Third F-35B For United Kingdom Makes First Flight

04/03/2013

Monday, the third United Kingdom Lockheed Martin [NYSE:LMT] F-35 Lightning II sped down the runway at Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base embarking on its first flight. The aircraft, known as ZM137, departed at 10:16 a.m. with Lockheed Martin F-35 Chief Test Pilot Alan Norman at the controls. ZM137 will complete a series of company and government checkout flights prior to its acceptance by the U.K. Ministry of Defence.

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Boeing to Feature Innovative Maritime Capabilities at Navy League Expo

04/03/2013

At this year's Navy League Sea-Air-Space Exposition, Boeing will showcase an array of proven maritime capabilities and innovative technologies, including advances in intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, that help U.S. maritime services accomplish their missions. The exposition is April 8-10 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Md.

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