Military Aviation News Archive

Growler Gets Down With The Internet

09/20/2013

Four years after entering squadron service, the U.S. Navy's EA-18G "Growler" electronic warfare aircraft is being upgraded with a communications technology that allows the EA-18G to share data instantly with other EA-18Gs and other types of aircraft (combat and support, like E-2 and E-3 AWACS). The new capability is JTIDS (Joint Tactical Information Data System).

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US Budget Woes Could Affect Taiwan F-16 Upgrades

09/20/2013

Despite pains by Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense (MND) to keep the F-16 upgrade program on course, the effort could be derailed by US defense budget cuts that endanger the US Air Force’s Combat Avionics Programmed Extension Suite (CAPES) program for its own F-16s.

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The Art Of Aging Effectively

09/20/2013

The East European country of Belarus is retiring its Su-27 fighters. It will probably sell them, unless it is able to find the cash to refurbish them. The Su-27s are 25 years old and were not built to fly more than 3,000 hours. This is low for modern jet fighters but typical of Russian combat aircraft. For example, last year the first 18 Su-30s India received from Russia were retired after a decade of service and a service life of only 4,000 flight hours.

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Croatian Air Force To Protect Montenegrin Airspace

09/20/2013

Montenegrin airspace is tol be protected by Croatian aircrafs. The day on which when this agreement will be formalized is not far off, as the Government of Montenegro has adopted a draft agreement between the Ministries of Podgorica, Zagreb, Sarajevo and Skopje on air surveillance.

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Gridlock, Sequester Deepen Military Budget Morass

09/20/2013

The uniformed chiefs of Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps got another shot Wednesday at describing the deepening readiness crisis that Congress has inflicted on the armed forces.

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Airmen test skills in first 'Arctic Challenge'

09/20/2013

The first Exercise Arctic Challenge, which includes more than 60 aircraft from five partner nations, here began Sept. 16. Norwegian F-16 Fighting Falcons, Swedish JAS-39 Gripens, Finnish F/A-18 Hornets and U.K. Eurofighter Typhoons took to the skies with U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagles, F-15C Eagles and KC-135 Stratotankers to train in a combined environment.

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Make it a Dozen!

09/20/2013

Lockheed Martin delivered its 12th C-5M Super Galaxy to the U.S. Air Force from its facilities here today. Major General Rowayne “Wayne” Schatz Jr., Director of Strategic Plans, Requirements and Programs, Headquarters Air Mobility Command, Scott Air Force Base, Ill. flew the Super Galaxy to Stewart Air National Guard Base, N.Y., where it will undergo internal paint restoration before traveling to its permanent home at Dover Air Force Base, Del.

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Ship Trials Bring F-35B Capability, Operational Utility Into Focus

09/20/2013

Recent ship trials for the Lockheed Martin F-35B onboard the USS Wasp [LHD-1] underscored the fifth-generation fighter’s unique capabilities and operational utility according to Marines and sailors alike.

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Israel's booming arms exports under scrutiny

09/19/2013

Israel's defense industry is under scrutiny for not being particular enough about its customers amid allegations it exploits the West Bank to develop security systems. "A key component of the militarized state is the drive to increase the production and export of weapons while also becoming a global security-services provider," former Central Intelligence Agency officer Philip Giraldi said.

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Air Force Blows Up Speedboat Using Laser-Guided Bomb: Camera Capture Moments Before And After Impact

09/19/2013

A laser-guided GBU-10 targets a mobile surface vehicle Sept. 4, 2013, at a training range in the Gulf of Mexico. A B-1B from the 337th Test and Evaluation Squadron, alongside other bomber and fighter aircraft, participated in a maritime tactics development and evaluation exercise with the goal of improving and better understanding the aircraft’s capabilities in a maritime environment.

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Local Navy Contract Awards

09/19/2013

The U.S. Department of Defense recently announced the following contract awards that pertain to local Navy activities.

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Service chiefs: Budget cuts put troops, nation at risk

09/19/2013

The U.S. military’s gloomy future came into clearer focus Wednesday when the four service chiefs testified on Capitol Hill about the long-term impact of defense spending caps on the force, including troop cuts, deployment-to-dwell times and cutbacks to worldwide operations.

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Editorial: USAF Should Be Open To Low-Cost Aircraft

09/19/2013

Since its formation in 1947, the U.S. Air Force has tended toward the high end of the combat-aircraft spectrum. The service began its independent life flying the lightweight P-51 Mustang and F-86 Sabre, but quickly gravitated to the heavy F-105 Thunderchief, F-106 Delta Dart and eventually the F-111, a fighter in designation only.

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Afghans to Receive First C-130 Aircraft From USAF

09/19/2013

After nearly a year of relying on helicopters for the bulk of its air cargo transportation, the Afghan Air Force will receive its first C-130H Hercules transports early next month. The U.S. Air Force is slated to give the Afghans four C-130H aircraft. Two of those aircraft will be delivered on Oct. 10, the NATO Air Training Command-Afghanistan announced on Wednesday.

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Singapore's F-15 fighter jets are operationally ready: RSAF

09/19/2013

Singapore's most modern fighter jets are now combat ready, strengthening the Republic's air defence shield. The Republic of Singapore Air Force's (RSAF) 24 F-15 SG fighter jets went operational on Wednesday. Singapore received its first F-15 aircraft in 2009. The F-15 jet is considered one of the top fighter planes in the world. It has racked up a combat record of 104 victories and zero losses in 30 years of air battles worldwide.

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Boeing to Complete Production of C-17 Globemaster III in 2015

09/19/2013

Boeing [NYSE: BA] will complete production of the C-17 Globemaster III and close the C-17 final assembly facility in Long Beach, Calif. in 2015. "Ending C-17 production was a very difficult but necessary decision," said Dennis Muilenburg, president and chief executive officer of Boeing Defense, Space & Security.

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Latvia Sounds Alarm Over Russian Warplane Flights

09/19/2013

Latvia’s defense minister on Wednesday slammed frequent flights by Russian warplanes near the country’s airspace. Flights by Russian Air Force aircraft are not only a show of force but also part of a military training program, Latvian Defense Minister Artis Pabriks said in an interview broadcast on Latvian TV Wednesday.

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Dutch Pick F-35 Jets to Expand Aging Fleet

09/18/2013

The Dutch defense ministry said on Tuesday that it had selected the F-35 fighter jet from Lockheed Martin to replace its aging fleet of F-16s, bringing an end to years of uncertainty over the Netherlands’ commitment to a program that has been plagued by technical delays and mounting development costs.

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Super Tucano project on schedule

09/18/2013

Embraer Defense & Security Inc. says it is on schedule to begin delivering A-29 Super Tucano training and combat air support aircraft to the U.S. Air Force. The 20 aircraft are being supplied for the U.S. Air Force's Light Air Support program and will be transferred to the Air Force of Afghanistan.

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Air Force May Not Fund New Rescue Helicopters, Dooming Downed Pilots

09/18/2013

On Monday of this week, the Air Force Association kicked off its annual Air & Space Conference near the nation’s capital — just in time for a front-page story in the widely-read trade publication Defense News disclosing that the service will comply with congressionally-mandated budget caps by slashing funds for several combat systems. Parts of the story sounded improbable, like the passage stating that the service would retire the most productive tankers in its aerial-refueling fleet.

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Decision time for Amos following Bastion attack investigation

09/18/2013

Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Jim Amos will soon decide what actions to take after receiving the results of an investigation into how a spectacular and deadly attack on a U.S. base in Afghanistan occurred last fall, Marine officials said Tuesday.

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Boeing Stock Takes Off With New Defense Contracts

09/18/2013

Worth $300 million, the indefinite quantity contract runs through 2016 and tasks Boeing with providing hardware and service in support of US Special Operations Command’s UAVs. This contract is the biggest of multiple wins for Boeing, which includes two additional contracts totaling an extra $30 million. Perhaps even more exciting is the recent news that Boeing has emerged as the sole eligible bidder to help replace South Korea's aging aerospace fleet.

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Syria says downed helicopter was in Turkish airspace but ‘not on combat mission’

09/18/2013

Syria has admitted that an army helicopter shot down by Turkish forces on Monday had crossed briefly into Turkish airspace, but insists it was not on a combat mission. Syrian opposition activists say rebels captured one of the two pilots in Syrian territory. Syria’s army claims the helicopter was monitoring “terrorists” crossing into the country and was on its way back when it was hit.

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F-35 Fighter’s Tires Wear Out Too Soon, Pentagon Finds

09/18/2013

Tires that wear out too soon are adding to the troubles facing Lockheed Martin Corp. (LMT)’s F-35, the Pentagon’s costliest weapons system. Landing-gear tires made by Dunlop Aircraft Tyres Ltd. for the Marine Corps version of the fighter have “been experiencing an unacceptable wear rate when operating as a conventional aircraft,” according to Joe DellaVedova, spokesman for the Defense Department’s F-35 program office.

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Eurocopter technology transfer sees Brazilian-made countermeasure system integrated on military aircraft

09/18/2013

Six flights were performed with the self-protection system – which is used to detect and identify threats to the aircraft and confuse heat-seeking and radar-guided missiles – validating its operation and integration with the helicopter’s other functions. The system was developed by Helibras’ Engineering Center under the supervision of Chief Engineer Walter Filho.

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