Military Aviation News Archive

The hunt for Reds in October: Is this first picture of crippled Russian submarine off the coast of Stockholm? Swedes confirm three credible sightings over weekend

10/20/2014

The Swedish military has made three sightings of foreign undersea activity in its waters during the past few days amid reports a suspected Russian submarine is in the area. Rear Adm. Anders Grenstad said yesterday that the activity the armed forces had registered - two incidents on Friday and one on Sunday - was in the Stockholm archipelago and nearby coastal area. He declined to give any details about any operation to track the vessel. The scenario is reminiscent of the Cold War when Sweden's a

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PLA building fleet of 100 large transport aircraft

10/20/2014

China is building a fleet of a hundred large transport aircraft that will be able to deploy troops all around the world, according to a Russian military expert. In an article published Oct. 16 on the Russian Council website, Vasily Kashin, a China expert at the Centre for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies in Moscow, says that the People's Liberation Army hopes to complete the project by 2020.

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Narendra Modi asks DRDO to complete projects in time

10/20/2014

Against the backdrop of delays in several of its major projects, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today told DRDO to speed up and complete its programmes in time as the world will not wait for it. Urging the country’s only defence research agency to give more opportunities to the youth, the Prime Minister suggested that DRDO should take initiatives in projects which would help in easing the lives of the armed forces personnel.

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Boeing Seeks Revised Schedule for U.S. Aerial Tanker

10/20/2014

Boeing Co. (BA) is revising its master schedule for developing the new U.S. Air Force aerial tanker, adding to uncertainty about a plane that already has run up an estimated $1 billion in excess costs for the contractor. The Air Force “has been continually monitoring” Boeing’s “progress on their internal schedules, and as we get” the contractor’s proposed revised time line “we will continue to assess the milestones,” Ed Gulick, a spokesman for the service said in an e-mailed statement.

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The Five Best U.S. Fighter Aircraft of All Time

10/20/2014

What qualities make a great fighter aircraft? Speed or maneuverability? Armament or ruggedness? How many enemies it shot down, or how often it managed to avoid being shot down? Perhaps it is all of these factors, or none. Maybe greatness is just being the right aircraft in the right place at the right time. Whatever the reason, some fighters go on to become legends, while others are derided as turkeys.

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US Military Airdrops Weapons, Medical Supplies to Kurds in Kobani

10/20/2014

The U.S. military said it has airdropped weapons, ammunition and medical supplies to Kurds defending the northern Syrian town of Kobani from Islamic State militants. That could strain U.S.-Turkish relations. The “first-of-its-kind” supply mission came as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was in Jakarta trying to enlist Southeast Asian leaders in what one U.S. official called the global "effort to combat violent extremism."

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Japan Has Doubled The Number Of Times It's Scrambled Fighter Jets Against Russia Over The Past 6 Months

10/19/2014

The number of times Japanese fighter jets scrambled to ward off Russian military aircraft more than doubled in the last six months, amid diplomatic tensions between the two countries which Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is keen to ease. The increased activity in Japan's north also comes as the armed forces pivot their focus southwards towards China, the assertive Asian giant which is seen in Tokyo as the more immediate challenge.

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Space plane: Mysterious US military plane returns to Earth

10/19/2014

An unmanned US plane on a top-secret, two-year mission to space has returned to Earth and landed in California. The aircraft, resembling a miniature space shuttle and known as the Orbital Test Vehicle or X-37B, spent 674 days in orbit around the planet. It was the unmanned plane's third space flight, but its mission has been shrouded in mystery.

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Sweden underwater activity search continues

10/19/2014

Sweden's military continues to investigate reports of "foreign underwater activity" in the Stockholm archipelago using high-tech equipped naval vessels, aircraft and home guard forces. Chief of operations Jonas Wikstrom says the information "from a credible source" that sparked the operation Friday was still considered worth pursuing the intelligence operation.

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Air Force's MC-12 mission ends in Afghanistan

10/19/2014

The Air Force’s mission with the MC-12 Liberty in Afghanistan is over. The 4th Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron flew its last flight Oct. 1 at Bagram Air Field, the last of more than 40,000 combat missions and more than 200,000 hours of surveillance flights since 2009. The Army stood up Joint Task Force Thor at Bagram to take over the MC-12 mission from the Air Force.

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Ukraine troops struggle with nation's longtime neglect of military

10/19/2014

Militia commander Yuri Bereza and his 150 Ukrainian irregulars were closing in on pro-Moscow separatists in their last stronghold in this eastern city when Russian troops and armor thundered in out of nowhere to cut them off in the suburb of Ilovaisk. No satellite or drone surveillance detected the sudden movement of the Russian columns. No word of the impending attack had been radioed from the border guard base the invaders had to have passed.

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4-star general commands Pacific Air Forces

10/19/2014

Gen. Lori Robinson received a fourth star Thursday and became head of Pacific Air Forces, making her the first woman to lead the major air command. Robinson, who now oversees more than 46,000 personnel, 10 wings, nine bases and about 400 permanently assigned aircraft in a region that encompasses 52 percent of the globe, is the Air Force's second female four-star general after Gen. Janet C. Wolfenbarger, who was promoted to the service's highest rank in 2012.

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‘Mosquito’ barb at jet

10/19/2014

The Rafale fighter aircraft the Indian Air Force is buying from France “will be swatted like mosquitoes in an August night” by Chinese combat planes in a war, Russian ambassador to India Alexander Kadakin claims. Russia’s MiG-35 aircraft was an early loser in the competition to sell 126 medium multirole combat aircraft to India, a deal that could be one of the largest military contracts in the world topping $20 billion.

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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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