Military Aviation News Archive

Turkish planes hit five PKK targets in Iraq: military

05/24/2016

Turkish military aircraft launched airstrikes Monday to hit Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) targets in northern Iraq, the military has said. “The warplanes struck previously-identified targets such as gun positions, caves, shelters and bunkers in the Metina region. The strikes were conducted between 04:28 am and 05:34 am,” the General Staff said on its official site later the same day.

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US, Russia, China: Why space is the next military flashpoint

05/24/2016

TENSIONS between the super powers are high and the race is on to dominate. But if you think the next major military battle for dominance will be over land or sea, or any other piece of the Earth, then think again. Experts predict the world’s global powers will soon be taking their battles into space.

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Military Strikes Continue Against ISIL Terrorists in Syria, Iraq

05/24/2016

U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Iraq and Syria yesterday, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today. Officials reported details of the latest strikes, noting that assessments of results are based on initial reports.

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Russia Summons U.S. Military Attache Over Spy Plane Maneuver

05/24/2016

Russia said it summoned a U.S. defense attache on May 23 after an American military aircraft flew into civilian airspace during a reconnaissance mission near Russia's far-eastern border. Russia's defense ministry said that the USAF RC-135 surveilllance plane risked colliding with passenger planes as it flew over the Sea of Japan on May 22 because it had turned its transponders off and could not be detected by civilian radar, although it was flying at an altitude typically used by passenger jets

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US Army Laser Chief: 'We Absolutely Blew Lots of Things Up'

05/24/2016

The US Army is looking into all sorts of ways to blast drones out of the sky. Including—get this—with a frickin’ laser beam. In April 2016, the ground combat branch deployed a truck-mounted laser cannon to a trial at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. During the exercise, troops used the beam to torch a tiny, quadcopter-type drone , the kind you can buy online.

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America's B-2 Stealth Bomber: Ready for War Until 2050 (And Beyond)

05/24/2016

Air Force pilots of the 1980s-era stealthy B-2 Spirit bomber plan to upgrade and fly the aircraft on attack missions against enemy air defenses well into the 2050s, service officials said. “It is a dream to fly. It is so smooth,” Maj. Kent Mickelson, director of operations for 394th combat training squadron, told Scout Warrior in an interview.

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Change How Air Force Buys Compass Call, JSTARS

05/24/2016

The 21st century is defined by connectivity, from our iPhones to the networks that power our economy. The US military is not immune to this. Either it seizes opportunities presented by the information age, or risks precipitating problems if it retreats into anachronistic paradigms.

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Vietnam Arms Embargo to Be Fully Lifted, Obama Says in Hanoi

05/24/2016

The United States is rescinding a decades-old ban on sales of lethal military equipment to Vietnam, President Obama announced at a news conference in Hanoi on Monday, ending one of the last legal vestiges of the Vietnam War. The United States has long made lifting the embargo contingent on Vietnam’s improving its human rights record, and recently administration officials had hinted that the ban could be removed partly in response to China’s buildup in the South China Sea.

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RAF TYPHOONS SCRAMBLE AGAINST INCOMING RUSSIAN AIRCRAFT

05/23/2016

The RAF has sent both jets and ships to engage in the defense of the Baltics. Four RAF Typhoons are participating in the current NATO Baltic Air Policing Mission. ccording to the UK Ministry of Defence in a piece published on May 17, 2016: Royal Air Force Typhoons have completed their second interception in less than a week during the latest NATO Baltic Air Policing mission.

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EgyptAir pilot reportedly spoke with air traffic control minutes before crash

05/23/2016

The pilot of EgyptAir Flight 804 spoke to air traffic control for “several minutes” before the doomed aircraft took its fatal plunge, according to a report that directly contradicts initial accounts of the crash. Pilot Mohamed Said Shoukair had “a conversation” with air traffic controllers in Cairo, according to The Independent, citing French television station M6.

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India’s Rafale deal stalls again

05/23/2016

Last month, it had seemed that India was on track to inking its long-awaited purchase of 36 Dassault Rafale multi-role fighters from France. At the time, the two sides had finally agreed upon a firm price, which was the main sticking point. In May, the Indian Ministry of Law and Justice began keeping a close eye on the Rafale deal, so as to avoid the prospect of corruption. It is not clear where matters stand today.

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Russian & Chinese Drones Are Designed to Counter US Stealth Aircraft

05/23/2016

Both China and Russia appear to be building unmanned aerial vehicles designed to negate America’s advantages in stealth aircraft. Earlier this year, photos first emerged of a new High Altitude, Long Endurance (HALE) UAV termed the Divine Eagle that foreign observers believe is designed to detect and eliminate stealth enemy aircraft far from the Chinese mainland.

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Threat from Russian and Chinese warplanes mounts

05/23/2016

Chinese and Russian warplanes have been increasingly aggressive intercepting U.S. military aircraft and patrolling near America’s West Coast, prompting the Air Force’s top combat officer to label their provocations one of his top worries. Air Force Gen. Herbert “Hawk” Carlisle, who leads Air Combat Command, said in an interview with USA TODAY that meeting the challenge from the Russian and Chinese to flights in international airspace is essential but dangerous.

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Why Do Chinese and Russian Fighters Keep Buzzing U.S. Spy Planes?

05/23/2016

When you’ve got an itch, you scratch it. That urge is often caused by an irritation, which is how China and Russia perceive recent U.S. military moves in their neighborhoods. That’s what accounts for a flurry of dangerous fly-bys of U.S. warplanes and ships by Beijing’s and Moscow’s aircraft. But figuring out the root motive—and even who’s in the right—is a little more complicated.

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Russia to Hold Observation Flight Over UK, Ireland

05/23/2016

Russian specialists would carry out an observance flight over the territories of the United Kingdom and Ireland under the Open Skies Treaty. Russian specialists would carry out an observance flight over the territories of the United Kingdom and Ireland under the Open Skies Treaty, the head of the Russian Defense Ministry's Nuclear Risk Reduction Center said Monday.

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Russia on the Way to Breakthrough in Developing High-Speed Helicopter

05/23/2016

Flight tests of Russia’s high-speed helicopter demonstrator are scheduled to start in June. Just as promised, the rotorcraft will accelerate to a record 450 km/h, Rossiiskaya Gazeta wrote.

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U.S. Drone Strike Targets Taliban Leader

05/22/2016

An American drone strike targeted the leader of the Taliban, Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansour, in Pakistan near the border with Afghanistan, United States officials said on Saturday, in the most significant American incursion inside Pakistan since Navy SEALs killed Osama bin Laden, the Qaeda leader, in 2011.

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Russia’s Mi-28 Attack Helicopter to Get Laser Missile Defense Gear

05/22/2016

Russia’s Mi-28 Night Hunter attack helicopters will soon be equipped with an advanced on-board laser system to defend against MANPAD missiles and air-to-air missiles, a senior adviser to the deputy head of the Radio-Electronic Technologies Concern (KRET), told RIA Novosti.

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All-Seeing Eye: Russia Flies Out Bleeding-Edge A-50U AWACS Aircraft (VIDEO)

05/22/2016

The Russian Defense Ministry presented the A-50U - the Aerospace Forces' most advanced airborne early warning and control aircraft (AEW&C, or AWACS) at an air base in the Ivanovo Region.

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The P-8 Poseidon Will Get Winged Torpedoes To Kill Subs At Long-Range

05/21/2016

Adding range and smart guidance to existing munitions, via a kit, is the backbone of America’s “smart weapon” revolution. Laser guided bombs, GPS guided JDAMs, and Wind Corrected Munitions Dispensers are all bolt-on kits that drastically increase the capability of existing air-dropped weapons.

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Russia introduces new combat training methods based on Syrian experience

05/21/2016

The Russian Defense Ministry is introducing new methods of combat training based on the experience gained in Syria, Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said on Friday. "Modern military conflicts are very brief. Decisions to create and prepare various groups of troops are made within tight deadlines. In view of these peculiarities and the experience gained in Syria the armed forces are introducing new forms and methods of combat training," he said.

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What Would a War between Russia and the USA Look Like?

05/21/2016

It all depends by what you mean by “advantage”. The US armed forces are much larger than the Russian ones, that is true. But, unlike the Russians ones, they are spread all over the planet. In warfare what matters is not the size of your military, but how much of it is actually available for combat in the theater of military operations TMO (conflict area).

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Sikorsky HH-60W team moves into detailed design phase

05/21/2016

The US Air Force is buying 112 HH-60W Combat Rescue Helicopters to replace the HH-60G Pave Hawk that was introduced under the Reagan administration in the 1980s. The Sikorsky design was selected in late 2013 and a $1.2 billion development contract that funds four pre-production examples and six aircrew and maintenance trainers was awarded in July 2014.

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First sqaudron of India’s indigenous jet Tejas to fly before Diwali

05/21/2016

The first squadron of Tejas fighter jets will be flying before Diwali this year as a step towards taking the fighter formations the Indian Air Force (IAF) closer to the sanctioned strength, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said. In an interview to All India Radio, the minister also said that the share of imports in defence will go down to 30-35 percent in next five to eight years.

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Russia’s MiG-35 to Boast State-of-the-Art Ship-Relative Navigation System

05/21/2016

Russia’s MiG-35 multirole fighter jets will soon be equipped with the latest platform-less inertial navigation system, Igor Nasenkov, deputy head of the Radio-Electronic Technologies Concern (KRET), told RIA Novosti.

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