Military Aviation News Archive

Lockheed Martin Australia To Deliver Modern, Affordable C-130J Training Solutions To Royal Australian Air Force

02/27/2015

The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) has awarded Lockheed Martin Australia a contract to supply a modern C-130J-30 Virtual Maintenance Trainer and a Multi-Function Training Aid (MFTA) to support maintenance and aircrew training at RAAF Base Richmond. Through this major upgrade, the RAAF will have a standardised curriculum tailored for its operations and based on decades of C-130 training innovation by Lockheed Martin.

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UAE Announces Record Military Acquisitions Amid Rising Security Concerns

02/27/2015

The UAE spent 18.33 billion dirhams ($5 billion) on deals signed with local and international arms dealers at the International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) in the capital Abu Dhabi, Reuters reported. The amount was the most spent since the IDEX began in the early 1900s, and a 30% increase from the last event, held in 2013.

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US Starts Flying Its Most Advanced Spy Planes Over South China Sea

02/27/2015

The strategic waters of the South China Sea are claimed by a confusing collection of various nations. The region’s strongest – and most vocal – stakeholder is China. On Thursday, the US Navy admitted that it is monitoring the area, launching its most advanced spy plane out of the Philippines.

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Saudis to Allow Israeli Jets Airspace for Strikes on Iran – Report

02/26/2015

Saudi Arabia has now offered to let Israeli fighter jets use its airspace to attack Iran when necessary, in exchange for Israel making progress in the peace talks with Palestinians, a senior European source told Israeli Channel 2. “The Saudi authorities are completely coordinated with Israel on all matters related to Iran,” the European official in Brussels said.

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Now Obama Must Arm Ukraine

02/26/2015

Ukraine and its allies hope this month’s cease-fire deal with Russia and Russian-backed rebels brings relative calm to southeastern Ukraine. But the Minsk agreement is deeply flawed, and there is every chance it may yet unravel, even if it holds for the short term. The accord’s greatest flaw is in letting Russia maintain unsupervised control of Ukraine’s border in the Donbass region until the end of the year.

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U.A.E. Seeking to Fill Defense Needs at Home

02/26/2015

One of the world’s biggest weapons buyers, the United Arab Emirates, is revamping its burgeoning defense industry to lessen the country’s dependence on foreign arms-makers, just as Western firms scramble for deals in the Middle East. The U.A.E. is merging more than a dozen local, state-owned defense equipment suppliers, aiming to be more self-reliant in outfitting its armed forces.

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Army Not Interested in Taking A-10 Warthogs from Air Force

02/26/2015

The U.S. Army has no interest in taking over the Air Force's fleet of A-10 attack planes, even if it would save the venerable Cold War-era aircraft from the bone yard. The service's top civilian, Army Secretary John McHugh, rejected the idea of accepting hand-me-down A-10 Warthogs from the Air Force. "No chance," he said during a breakfast meeting with reporters on Wednesday in Washington, D.C. "That's not even been a topic of casual conversation."

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Navy Mulls Expanding Growler’s Future After Blanking EA-18G’s Budget

02/26/2015

The Navy continues to evaluate whether it will need more EA-18G Growler electronic jamming aircraft on the deck of a carrier even though service officials chose to include no new Growlers in its 2016 defense budget request. The current configuration for an aircraft carrier’s air wing includes five Growler aircraft per squadron; however, an ongoing evaluation of the jamming aircraft is leading the service to consider increasing this number to seven or eight per squadron.

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Military pilots escape serious injury after crash

02/25/2015

The following statement was released by the United States Military. The 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing F/A-18 Hornet that crashed earlier yesterday near Statenville, Ga., was conducting low-altitude tactics training when the mishap occurred. The pilot, Maj. Roy Nicka, and the weapons systems officer, 1st. Lt. Robert Reynolds, escaped serious injury when they ejected from the aircraft, and were treated for minor injuries at South Georgia Medical Center in Valdosta, Ga. There are no reports of injuries

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Pilatus delivers additional PC-21 trainer to Royal Saudi Air Force

02/25/2015

Pilatus Aircraft has shipped another PC-21 expanded envelope trainer aircraft off its final assembly line for the Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF). The aircraft represents the 100th turboprop trainer PC-21 to be rolled off the company's final assembly line in Switzerland, and an overall 1000th aircraft to have been manufactured to date by Pilatus.

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Saab Bets on Cost-Conscious Weapons Buyers

02/25/2015

Exporting combat jets is a multibillion-dollar business involving some of the biggest names in the global defense industry. U.S., French and British competitors dominate the trade, often banking on their political leaders to court potential customers, from Latin America to Asia. And then there’s Sweden. With little in the way of a global marketing machine, the tiny Nordic country has had outsize success in winning export orders. That’s thanks to Saab AB’s Gripen combat jet.

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USMC MV-22 Osprey and KC-10 aircraft conduct first in-flight refuelling

02/25/2015

The US Marine Corps' (USMC) MV-22 Osprey has conducted a first in-flight refuelling with a US Air Force KC-10 aircraft. Refuelling was carried out as part of Cobra Gold 2015, which involved five MV-22 Ospreys. The aircraft flew more than 2,200nm, travelling from Clark Air Base, the Philippines to Utapao Royal Thai Navy Airfield in Thailand. During this process, the KC-10 aircraft delivered 40,000lb of fuel in mid-flight.

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More Aust military trainers for Iraq

02/25/2015

Australia is poised to send extra troops to Iraq to train its security forces in the fight against Islamic State. The New Zealand government on Tuesday announced it would send 143 soldiers as part of a 400-strong joint Australia-NZ training team, subject to agreement from Canberra.

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Boeing, Royal Australian Air Force Test Extended Range Weapon

02/25/2015

The Boeing [NYSE: BA] Joint Direct Attack Munition Extended Range (JDAM ER) demonstrated significant range increase while maintaining its expected accuracy during flight testing conducted by Boeing and the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). The testing centered on a new wing kit that, when used in conjunction with the weapon’s guidance kit, increases the bomb’s range from approximately 15 miles (24 kilometers) to more than 45 miles (72 kilometers).

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Jordan assumes leading role vs. Islamic State militants

02/24/2015

Jordan’s small air force has been playing an outsize role in the U.S.-led bombing campaign against the Islamic State group, not only flying more missions than any other partner nation but also opening its bases to other allies to allow them to mount more sorties.

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Indian Air Force receives first BrahMos integrated Su-30 MKI aircraft

02/24/2015

The Indian Air Force (IAF) has received the first BrahMos missile integrated Su-30 MKI multi-role combat aircraft from Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). The aircraft was handed over at the ongoing Aero India 2015 exhibition at Air Force Station Yelahanka, Bengaluru.HAL chairman T Suvarna Raju said: "The successful completion of the first Su 30 aircraft integrated with BrahMos missile shows the synergy between DRDO, HAL and IAF.

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Selfridge Supporters Scramble to Keep Aircraft

02/24/2015

Over the years, Selfridge Air National Guard Base has been a survivor of multiple base closing rounds: adding and subtracting aircraft, changing missions, morphing into a headquarters for Coast Guard personnel, Customs and Border Patrol and more. But for the third year in a row, the Air Force has proposed grounding its entire fleet of A10s, a venerable aircraft that happens to be the sole attack jet left flying out of Selfridge.

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‘It was a routine show without big planes or deals’

02/24/2015

“Dead on arrival” was how a disappointed veteran of previous Aero India shows in Bengaluru described the 10th edition of the event. As the curtain came down on it on Sunday, defence analysts, business visitors and many spectators summed up the last five days to The Hindu as: “slack”, “flat”, “no show”, “dull”, “drab” and “lacklustre”, each for a reason.

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French aircraft carrier joins anti-Isis mission in Gulf

02/24/2015

France has deployed an aircraft carrier in the Gulf as part of the US-led military campaign against Islamic State (Isis) in Iraq, a defence ministry official said. “The integration of the Charles de Gaulle in the operation ... [in Iraq] begins this morning,” a member of staff of the defence minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, told AFP as his entourage made its way to the carrier.

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Israel snaps up 14 F-35 stealth fighters

02/23/2015

Israel has signed a deal to purchase 14 F-35 Joint Strike Fighters from the US, with the option of another 17, the Defense Ministry announced on Sunday. In an agreement inked over the weekend, Israel will obtain the aircraft as part of a total $2.82-billion package that began with the purchase of 19 of the fighters in 2010.

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No new bombing for CF-18s in Iraq, concern grows whether Iraqis can retake Mosul

02/23/2015

It’s still quiet on the CF-18 front in Iraq, at least for now. The Canadian Forces doesn’t have any new updates on bombing runs. Feb. 13 was the last one (at least publicly released) with the jets leading other coalition fighter planes in an attack on a building suspected of being used by ISIL to make improvised explosive devices or IEDs. There could be a new technical briefing sometime this upcoming week. (Defence Watch will update when new information is released).

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Russia Lurking In India as Dassault Celebrates in Egypt

02/23/2015

When Egypt signed an agreement to purchase 24 Dassault Rafale fighters, it marked a milestone for the program: the first international sale of the jet, which has struggled to find a market outside of its home nation of France. But what should be a celebratory attitude at the company's Paris headquarters has instead turned glum, as the crown jewel of its expansion plans — a $12 billion deal with India that has been in the works since 2012 — now appears in danger.

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Air force to spearhead defence of the future

02/23/2015

“We must expect to be the force of first resort more often than ever before,” he will tell an air force conference in Melbourne today. “Governments now require increasingly rapid military responses, whether in the form of humanitarian missions or combat forces capable of deploying over vast distances and being able to immediately operate with our major allies.

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Argentina, China Could Jointly Develop Fighters

02/23/2015

London's successful blocking of the Gripen fighter sale to Argentina appears to have done little to stop Buenos Aires' determination to replace its aging attack and fighter fleet. Nor has it halted its threats to use force to "liberate" the Malvinas (Falkland) Islands from British control. In October, Argentina's Defense Minister Agustin Rossi announced plans to procure 14 Saab Gripen fighters to replace its single-engine Dassault Mirage III/5, which saw combat during the 1982 Falklands War.

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Typhoon Set For £165M Upgrade, New Missile

02/23/2015

The Typhoon combat jet will receive a £165 million makeover with a new package of enhancements that will include integration of the Brimstone 2 missile, representatives of the four-nation program announced on the opening day of the IDEX defense show on Sunday. The single largest part of the package is the £72 million deal with BAE Systems to complete integration of MBDA's air-to-ground Brimstone 2.

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