Military Aviation News Archive

US fighter planes intercept Russian combat jets off Alaska, Sweden protests 'violation'

09/20/2014

Eight Russian planes, including long-range bombers, were intercepted this week by US and Canadian pilots. Sweden has made its displeasure known to the Russian government after similar incursions. Washington defense officials said on Friday that Russian planes were intercepted by US and Canadian warplanes on two separate occasions when they entered a US "Air Defense Identification Zone" (ADIZ) this week near Alaska.

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On The Missing NAF Aircraft

09/20/2014

First, my condolences go to the families of the missing pilots of the light attack jet/advanced trainer aircraft that disappeared on September 12, 2014. The word “condolence” should not constitute an automatic or confirmed death of the crew members but after almost six days without a confirmed or assumed location of the aircraft, and in a country with no established search and rescue culture, my initial reaction is that of loss of hope, hence the condolence.

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Russian Baltic Fleet Conducts Large-Scale Coastal Troop Exercises

09/20/2014

The Russian Baltic Fleet is conducting tactical exercises for its coastal forces on one of the ranges of the Kaliningrad Region, with more than 1,000 motorized infantry soldiers and marines from its fleet and more than 250 military and special equipment units participating, the Baltic Fleet's press service said Friday.

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South Korea to Be Among Top 3 Drone Technology Leaders by 2023: Reports

09/20/2014

South Korea will become the world’s third most technologically advanced producer of UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) by 2023, Korea Aerospace Research Institute stated, Yonhap reported. “By 2023, South Korea should only trail behind the United States and Israel in terms of technological prowess while ranking as the fourth largest supplier of drones as measured in sales," the director of the institute's future aircraft systems Choi Seong-wook told the agency Thursday.

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F-15 Eagle vs CF-18 Hornet vs F-16 Fighting Falcon: a pilot’s perspective

09/19/2014

Developed as a multirole naval fighter, the McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing) F/A-18 Hornet has become the backbone of the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Marine Corps and several air arms around the world. Among them there is also the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF), formerly known as Canadian Forces Air Command, that began receiving a slightly modified version of the standard legacy Hornet, designated CF-18 (Canadian military designation is CF-188), in 1982.

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Vostok 2014 strategic military exercises begin in Russia

09/19/2014

A strategic command and staff exercise code-named Vostok 2014 (East 2014) with about 100,000 troops participating began in the Eastern Military District on Friday, the Defence Ministry said. “About 100,000 servicemen, up to 1,500 tanks, 120 aircraft, 5,000 pieces of weaponry, military and special hardware, and 70 ships will take part in the exercises,” it said.

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Reported US-Syrian Accord on Air Strikes

09/18/2014

The Obama administration, working through the Russian government, has secured an agreement from the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad to permit U.S. airstrikes against Islamic State targets in parts of Syria, according to a source briefed on the secret arrangements. The reported agreement would clear away one of the chief obstacles to President Barack Obama’s plan to authorize U.S. warplanes to cross into Syria to attack Islamic State forces.

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House grudgingly approves arms for Syrian rebels

09/18/2014

The Republican-controlled House voted grudgingly to give the administration authority to train and arm Syrian rebels on Wednesday as President Barack Obama emphasized anew that American forces "do not and will not have a combat mission" in the struggle against Islamic State militants in either Iraq or Syria.

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P-3C anti-submarine plane joins exercises for first time

09/18/2014

A P-3C anti-submarine aircraft that the United States delivered to Taiwan's Air Force last year was used in a Han Kuang drill Wednesday for the first time, in waters off eastern Taiwan, the military said. The P-3C, along with a naval S-70C anti-submarine helicopter, was deployed to locate an enemy submarine and force it to the surface off the country's east coast.

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A downed U.S. aircraft in Iraq or Syria could mean ‘boots on the ground’

09/18/2014

As the air war over Iraq intensifies and the Obama administration considers striking Islamic State targets in Syria, the possibility of an American aircraft going down over enemy territory is growing rapidly, and with it the potential to put American troops in direct combat in the event they are deployed to recover lost pilots.

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Scottish independence: impact on defence and military structures

09/18/2014

Scotland risks having a “very hollow military force” as a result of a limited defence budget should the country become independent on 18 September, according to Edward Hunt, an IHS Senior Defence Consultant. “Maintaining a country’s armed forces is inherently expensive and requires a sustained commitment of public funds not easily amended or reversed,” he said.

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Dassault chief to visit Delhi to discuss delay in MMRCA deal

09/18/2014

The chief of French firm Dassault Aviation SA, which has been selected for supplying 126 medium-multi-role combat aircraft (MMRCA) to the Indian Air Force (IAF), will be in New Delhi later this week to meet top defence ministry officials to discuss delays in finalization of the multi-billion dollar contract.

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Australian military advisers in Iraq will be armed and able to return fire

09/18/2014

Australian troops sent to Iraq in a military advisory role will be armed and entitled to respond if fired upon, Tony Abbott has said, in an acknowledgement of the possibility of combat. But the prime minister reaffirmed that he did not have “any intention” of having troops on the ground in a fighting capacity, after a top US general said American troops might directly join Iraqi forces against Islamic State (Isis).

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Boeing, Defense Logistics Agency Partnership Will Improve Logistics Support to the Warfighter

09/18/2014

Boeing received a $293 million performance-based contract from the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) to provide aircraft parts and support that will enable DLA to provide essential logistics support to warfighters more quickly and effectively. “Boeing proposed a holistic partnership and transformational approach that fundamentally changes the way DLA and Boeing do business,” said Julie Praiss, vice president of Tactical Aircraft & Weapons Support.

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Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister: US-led Airstrike Campaign to Target Only Islamic State Sites

09/18/2014

The US-led coalition against the Islamic State (IS) is ready to expand its strikes to Syria, but will "under no circumstances" target any positions other than the extremist group's sites, Iraq's Deputy Prime Minister told Rossiya Segodnya International Information Agency. "Attacks will be carried out against Islamic State sites, and this organization threatens everyone. Under no circumstances will they target any other positions, just the places where terrorists are located.

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Coalition forces muster in UAE in anti-ISIS push

09/17/2014

France is using the al-Dhafra Base, south of the UAE capital Abu Dhabi, to launch reconnaissance flights over Iraq in support of the U.S.-led campaign against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), as other forces are expected to gather in the Gulf as part of the push against the militant group. Agence France Presse said one of its correspondents saw two French Rafale fighter jets equipped with high-precision cameras take off on Monday from the al-Dhafra Base during a visit.

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AMC planes airdrop 285 tons of humanitarian aid over Iraq

09/17/2014

Air Mobility Command cargo aircraft last month dropped 285 tons of food and water to aid refugees uprooted by violence in northwestern Iraq. C-17 cargo planes assigned to AMC flew 11 sorties over Mount Sinjar and the nearby town of Amerli to help refugees fleeing religious persecution by the Islamic State. AMC aircraft, plus other aircraft assigned to the coalition of forces fighting the Islamic State, dropped 221,000 ready-to-eat meals and 45,000 gallons of water, according an AMC spokesman.

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Officials: Air Force cuts in Europe might be delayed

09/17/2014

Planned cuts to the U.S. military presence in Europe may be postponed because of concerns about Russian aggression, according to top defense officials. “Currently there are changes to overseas forces on the books,” but “I have talked to leadership here about a function to re-address those decisions because those … decisions were clearly made before” Russia sent its forces into Ukraine, the commander of U.S. European Command told reporters at the Pentagon on Tuesday.

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Australian Hornets, Support Aircraft, Troops Deploy to UAE

09/17/2014

Australia is sending up to eight F/A-18F Super Hornet strike fighters, an Airbus KC-30 multirole tanker transport and an E-7A Wedgetail airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft to the Middle East this week for possible use against Islamic State forces in Iraq. The Australian contingent will move to the United Arab Emirates where they will prepare for operations, ahead of a government decision regarding Iraq.

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Syrian Plane Shot Down as Attacks by Groups Intensify

09/17/2014

The warring parties in Syria have launched newly assertive attacks on several fronts in recent days, seeking to gain ground and psychological advantage ahead of an intensified United States campaign against extremist Islamic State militants that could include the first American airstrikes inside Syria.

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Boeing Completes Design Review for U.S. Air Force’s Talon HATE Program

09/17/2014

Boeing has completed the final design review for the U.S. Air Force’s Talon HATE program. The system will improve communication and information sharing among various platforms. Talon HATE combines information from fighter networks, national sources and joint command and control assets. Transmitting over data-links, the information can then be used by joint aircraft, ships and ground stations, improving communication and information sharing across the battlespace.

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US Secretary of Defense Hagel Outlines Members of Coalition Against IS

09/17/2014

The US-led international coalition to combat the Islamic State (IS, ISIL) jihadist group was announced by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel in a Tuesday morning hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee. "More than 40 nations have already expressed their willingness to participate in this effort, and more than 30 nations have indicated their readiness to offer military support," Secretary Hagel said in his opening remarks.

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Iraq Approves US Airstrike on IS Targets Near Baghdad: Reports

09/17/2014

Iraq has praised Monday’s US airstrikes against Islamic State (IS) militants near Baghdad as important, Iraqi military spokesman Lt. Gen. Qassim Atta said Tuesday. “The American Air Force together and in coordination with the General Staff in Baghdad carried out important strikes on targets in Sadr al-Yusufiyah [township 15 miles from Baghdad],” Atta was quoted as saying by the media outlet Alwasatnews.

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Russian Air Force Drills Kick Off In Arctic

09/17/2014

Over 25 fighters and bombers from Russia's Western Military District have started tactical flight training in the Arctic, spokesperson for the district Col. Oleg Kochetkov said Tuesday. "As part of the drills, flight personnel will practice joint action on air policing, air target interception, ground target engagement and airstrike and anti-aircraft fire evasion. All tasks will be practiced both during the night and day time in various weather conditions," the official said.

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New Drone Wreckage Found in South Korea near North Korea Border: Reports

09/17/2014

The debris of another unmanned aerial vehicle, or drone, which was supposedly made in and launched from North Korea, have been found near the border on South Korean island Pennendo, Yonhap news agency reported citing sources in South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff. "All the equipment, including the engine or camera have been lost. Only an empty fuselage with broken wings has survived. it is hard to say at this time when and where these debris fell," the agency's source said.

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