Military Aviation News Archive

Poroshenko: Ukraine to Demobilize Conscripts Who Want to Serve on Contract Basis

10/19/2014

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko announced Saturday he was going to sign a demobilization decree next week that would allow conscript soldiers to opt for volunteer military. “I have prepared a decree – to be issued next week – that will demobilize all those who want to serve on contract. What for? Because it’s only fair to serve in the army and earn more,” Poroshenko said during an interview with several TV channels.

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No Confirmation on IS Jet Fighters: Pentagon

10/19/2014

Reports of Islamic State (IS) pilots flying stolen jet fighters over the Syrian city of Aleppo have not been confirmed by coalition forces, the Pentagon said. "We do not have any operational reporting of ISIL flying jets in support of ISIL's activity on the ground," the US Central Command Commander Gen. Lloyd Austin said during a press briefing on Friday. "I cannot confirm that," he added.

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Air Power Becomes a Mirage

10/18/2014

The Indian Air Force (IAF) was never more vulnerable. Its combat squadron strength is down to 31 squadrons of fighter aircraft (approximately 600) as against a sanctioned strength of 42 squadrons (around 800). Two-and-a-half squadrons comprising 50 of its frontline multi-role combat aircraft, Mirage 2000, have been grounded for nearly two months after two crashes in a span of less than 10 days because of engine trouble.

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Italian aircraft carriers ready for post-maintenance sea trials

10/18/2014

Extensive maintenance and modernization work on the Italian aircraft carrier Giuseppe Garibaldi is being completed months ahead of schedule. The Italian Navy said on Friday that work on the carrier is now slated to be complete at the Taranto Arsenal, a Navy shipyard and base, on Nov. 10, instead of March of next year, when the ship completes post-refit sea trials.

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Libyan Operations Inspire UK RAF’s Typhoon upgrades

10/18/2014

Libyan bombing operations in 2011 has inspired the UK Royal Air Force’s (RAF) largest ever fighter upgrade program known as the Phase 1 enhancements (P1E). The UK has started using the upgraded package Typhoon aircraft, developed by BAE Systems working together with its Eurofighter Partner companies, the RAF and UK Ministry of Defense, (MOD) as part of the P1E. The capabilities have been developed based on the operations in Libya, BAE systems said in a statement Thursday.

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Aussie jets kill dozens of terrorists in the Middle East after successful operations: Treasurer Joe Hockey makes surprise visit

10/18/2014

AUSTRALIAN bombing raids are believed to have killed dozens of terrorists in the past week, following two successful air strikes against Islamic State targets in Iraq. As Treasurer Joe Hockey made a surprise visit to Australia’s base in the UAE, the Chief of Joint Operations, Vice Admiral David Johnston, confirmed that Australian forces had for the first time conducted at least two successful combat operations using FA/18 super hornets to kill the enemy on the ground.

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Army’s deadly Tiger roars and has claws

10/18/2014

ARMED with AGM-114 Hellfire anti-armour missiles, free-flight rockets, and 30mm automatic cannon, the army’s $40 million Tiger helicopters are ready for combat. And they were put through their paces yesterday as part of the Defence Force’s annual Exercise Chong Ju at Puckapunyal Army Base, with The Daily Telegraph given exclusive behind-the-scenes access.

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Honduras boosts air force in fight against drug smugglers

10/18/2014

Honduras bought two combat planes from Brazil's Embraer and received donated military aircraft worth $36 million from Taiwan, part of the Central American country's efforts to step up its fight against drug traffickers, a senior military official said on Friday.

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Canada's combat mission in Iraq could last beyond 6 months

10/18/2014

The coalition mission against ISIS militants is "not likely" to achieve its goals within six months, Canada's senior general said Friday. Chief of Defence Staff Gen. Tom Lawson said the mission is a difficult one, against a "barbarous opponent." ?"I think it's a bit strong to expect that all the measures of success will be fulfilled in six months. Is there a scenario where it could happen? Maybe, but not likely," Lawson told reporters.

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Photo proves Libyan Mig-21s (not Egyptian aircraft) have conducted air strikes in Benghazi recently

10/18/2014

On Oct. 16, some media outlets reported the news that airstrikes against jihadists in Libya were conducted by Egyptian Air Force aircraft piloted by Libyan officers. Free Libya Air Force (as the Libyan Arab Air Force was dubbed in 2011), is equipped with a handful of front line fighter jets, most of which are obsolete, scarcely overhauled Soviet combat planes that have survived the uprising and the subsequent fierce struggle between militias. Among them, there are a handful of Mig-21 Fishbeds.

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Islamic State 'training pilots to fly fighter jets'

10/17/2014

Iraqi pilots who have joined Islamic State are training its members in Syria to fly three captured fighter jets, according to a UK-based activist group that monitors the conflict. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said witnesses had seen the planes being flown around a military airport in Aleppo. Rami Abdul Rahman, head of the SOHR, said IS was using Iraqi officers who were pilots under ex-Iraqi President Saddam Hussein to train fighters in Syria.

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Delayed FGFA Deal May Get the Nudge During Putin’s India Visit

10/17/2014

India and Russia may finally settle on a number of delayed defense deals including the Fifth Generational Fighter Aircraft (FGFA) program during Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to India this December. Putin met with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the BRICS summit in July where both leaders reportedly agreed that the $30 billion program to build 200 jets should move forward.

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India test-fires n-capable missile Nirbhay

10/17/2014

India Friday successfully test-fired its indigenously-developed nuclear-capable sub-sonic long-range cruise missile 'Nirbhay' that can hit a target 1,500 km away. The missile was test-fired from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur in Odisha's Baleswar district. The missile has a capacity to hit targets at a distance of 1,500 km and was successfully test fired at 10.03 a.m. Friday, said B.K. Das, additional director of Chandipur Integrated Test Range.

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Air campaign against ISIS is just getting off the ground

10/17/2014

The stated objective of the American-led bombing campaign in Iraq and Syria is to "degrade, and ultimately destroy" the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) — language carefully crafted to imply a gradual process that may take months, even years. Yet just over two months into the campaign, some are already asking for results.

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Navy Grounds Top Guns

10/17/2014

The F/A-18s needs spare parts and in too many cases they’re being taken from brand new jets. This is a risk to national security and pilots’ lives. The U.S. Navy’s elite cadre of fighter pilots—made famous by Top Gun—are not flying nearly often as they would like. Instead, many of the Navy’s elite Boeing F/A-18 Hornet strike fighter squadrons are sitting on the ground with only two or three flyable jets available.

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BAE Systems upgrades Typhoon to boost fighter jet's abilities to attack targets both in the air and on the ground

10/17/2014

Defence giant BAE Systems has upgraded a clutch of the RAF’s Eurofighter Typhoon fighter jets to boost the aircraft’s abilities to attack enemy targets both in the air and on the ground. The supersonic Typhoon was originally designed as a Cold War-era fighter to take on fleets of enemy aircraft, like a modern day equivalent of the Second World War’s iconic Spitfire. But modern operations in warzones like Afghanistan and Iraq have proved the need for the Eurofighter to perform as a bomber and eng

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Belarusian Air Force to get four combat training aircraft in Q1 2015

10/17/2014

Four Yak-130 aircraft will be commissioned by the Belarusian Air Force in Q1 2015, BelTA learned from Major-General Oleg Dvigalev, Air Force and Air Defense Commander. “We are about to begin the practical implementation of the contract to buy Yak-130 combat training aircraft for the Air Force. Four aircraft are expected to be delivered to Belarus in Q1 2015 and we will begin using them,” said Oleg Dvigalev.

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Russian Aviation Regiment Receives New Su-34 Fighter-Bombers

10/17/2014

Russia's Southern Military District (SMD) aviation regiment has received six new Su-34 fighter-bombers, renewing the regiment's fleet by 75 percent, the SMD press service said Friday."In accordance with the plan of re-equipping the troops of the SMD, a separate bomber aviation regiment, stationed in the Rostov region [town of Morozovsk], has received another batch of new fighter bombers Su-34 in the amount of six units.

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Lockheed Martin Awarded $124.6 Million THAAD Contract

10/17/2014

The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) recently awarded Lockheed Martin a $124.6 million fixed-price contract for the manufacture and delivery of Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) ground components. The contract provides for the delivery of U.S. government THAAD launchers, support equipment, fire control and communication spares, and launcher spares.

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Boeing Delivers 18th P-8A Poseidon to U.S. Navy

10/17/2014

Boeing delivered the 18th P-8A Poseidon aircraft to the U.S. Navy ahead of schedule October 14, where it joined other Poseidon aircraft being used to train Navy crews. The P-8A departed Boeing Field in Seattle for Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla., and was Boeing’s fifth delivery this year.

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Bell Unveils New 'Valor' Tiltrotor

10/15/2014

Bell Helicopter on Monday unveiled a full-scale model of its V-280 Valor — the next generation in tiltrotor aircraft — at the Association of the United States Army annual meeting here. Slightly larger than the UH-60 Black Hawk, the V-280 is a third-generation tiltrotor aircraft designed for the Joint Multi-Role demonstrator and Future Vertical Lift programs.

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Russia to open airbase for fighter jets in Belarus in 2016

10/15/2014

Russia is due to establish an airbase in Babruysk, in eastern Belarus, in 2016 and deploy Sukhoi Su-27 fighter jets, Russian Air Force Commander-In-Chief Colonel General Viktor Bondarev said on Wednesday. “The airbase of the Russian and Belarusian Air Force will be created in 2016. Su-27 fighter jets will be based there,” Bondarev told reporters during his three-day visit to the facilities under construction.

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US Army details combat experience with AH-64E

10/15/2014

The US Army is counting on the Boeing AH-64 Apache attack helicopter to remain in service for the foreseeable future, which will require incremental upgrades beyond the most up-to-date E model aircraft that have already seen thousands of hours of combat. All of the army’s AH-64Es should be out of Afghanistan by the end of the current fiscal year, after which time they will be reset for future missions, Col Jeff Hager, the service’s Apache project manager.

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A-10s, Apaches proving their worth in combat once again

10/15/2014

The two aircraft based at Gowen Field are once again proving their worth in combat. The Apache helicopter and the A-10 are on the front lines in the fight against ISIS in Iraq and Syria. This just four months after the A-10 was dubbed obsolete. As Roland Beres shows us it now has a chance to prove the critics wrong.

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Special Operations unit on verge of fielding most advanced Chinook helicopter ever

10/15/2014

Members of the Army’s 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment are known for flying Navy SEALs, Army Rangers and other elite members of the U.S. military into combat at a moment’s notice, even when they might take fire themselves. But they sometimes do so with twin-rotor Chinook helicopters that have been in use for years, and are looking to modernize.

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