Military Aviation News Archive

U.S. Navy rescues 2 Saudi pilots who ejected from F-15 aircraft

03/29/2015

The U.S. Navy rescued two Saudi Arabia air force pilots from the Gulf of Aden, a U.S. military official said Friday. The pilots had ejected from their F-15 aircraft after it suffered mechanical failure, Saudi officials told U.S. sources. The two were not seriously injured. The USS Sterett, a guided-missile destroyer, coordinated the search, while the USS New York looked for the men. A rescue helicopter flew from Djibouti to retrieve them on Thursday.

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Seaplane Could Advance Chinese SCS Claims

03/29/2015

A new Chinese-built seaplane could help seal Beijing's control over its claims in the South China Sea (SCS), say military specialists on China. The Jiaolong (Water Dragon) AG600, under construction by China Aviation Industry General Aircraft (CAIGA), will be China's largest operational seaplane. CAIGA did not respond to inquiries after the company's announcement on March 17 that it had completed the front fuselage assembly for the prototype.

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RAAF completes Iraq mission rotation

03/29/2015

Australia's Iraq air task group has completed its first rotation with six Super Hornets heading home after seven months of operations. Their replacements have already started flying missions against Islamic State terrorists. Air task group commander Air Commodore Glen Braz says the new strike team has completed a comprehensive transition and is now engaged in combat air operations.

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Iraqi Forces in No Hurry to Expel ISIS From Tikrit

03/29/2015

Here at the headquarters of Iraqi ground forces, after three days of American airstrikes that at times witnesses here described as “carpet bombing,” Iraq’s military seemed in no great hurry on Saturday to press its advantage. It also seemed to be moving very slowly on promises to withdraw Shiite militias from the battlefield.

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On the U.S. Navy’s wish list: More Boeing fighter jets

03/29/2015

As the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program continues to accrue criticism over cost and schedule overruns and missed milestones, the U.S. Navy is looking to an old standby—the Boeing-built F/A-18 Super Hornet—to plug potential holes in its airborne fleet.

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Malaysian Company Proposes MiG-29 Upgrade

03/29/2015

Despite no apparent movement on Malaysia's Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MRCA) program, this month's Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace (LIMA) show revealed a new player in the mix. Boeing, Dassault, Eurofighter and Saab have been the main contenders for the MRCA program, which will replace Royal Malaysian Air Force MiG-29N fighters, for a number of years now, with little detectable progress.

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Saudi-led Coalition Bombs Airport Runway in Hudaydah, Western Yemen

03/29/2015

Saudi-led international coalition launched another series of airstrikes Saturday destroying the airport runway in the western Yemeni city Hudaydah, a local source told Sputnik. Shiite Houthi rebel groups seized vast territories in Yemen forcing the elected authorities to resign. On Wednesday night, an international coalition of Arab. countries led by Saudi Arabia launched a military campaign targeting the positions of Houthi rebels in the Yemeni capital Sanaa.

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Russia’s Increasing Presence In Latin America Worries The West

03/28/2015

Russia’s increasing presence in Latin America, frequent visits to the region by top-ranking Russian officials as well as widespread rumors of the sale of military aircraft to both Nicaragua and Argentina has attracted the attention of the West. Despite the pressure from a number of Western nations over Russia’s annexation of the Crimea, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has recently ended a four-nation (Cuba, Colombia, Guatemala and Nicaragua) tour in the region.

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US F-16 jets simulate air strikes in Estonia drills to combat Russian threat

03/28/2015

NATO was forced to scramble over 400 times in 2014, to intercept Russian military warplanes. This is NATO's answer to Russia's threat to the Baltics. 14 US Air Force F-16 fighter jets have simulated low altitude ground attacks, during exercises in Estonia this week. Pilots practiced communicating with ground forces, critical skills that would be needed during any future real-life operation.

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UK to deploy Sentinel surveillance aircraft to Iraq

03/28/2015

The UK is to deploy a pair of Raytheon Sentinel R.1 Airborne Stand-Off Radar (ASTOR) surveillance aircraft to the Middle East to bolster its support of the international mission against the Islamic State in Iraq. The deployment, which was announced by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) on 26 March, will see the aircraft conduct wide-area airborne surveillance to provide pattern-of-life intelligence and to track the laying of improvised explosive devices.

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Florida Guard F-15 unit deploying to Europe

03/28/2015

The U.S. Air Force is sending another rotation of combat aircraft to Europe to bolster security in response to the ongoing Ukraine crisis, this time tapping into the Air National Guard to support strategic interests an ocean away. Twelve F-15 Eagle fighter jets and about 200 airmen from the 125th Fighter Wing, a Florida Air National Guard unit from Jacksonville, are en route to Europe, U.S. Air Forces in Europe-U.S. Air Forces Africa officials announced Friday.

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Why Putin’s Warplanes Are Penetrating European Airspace

03/28/2015

As a U.S. Army Stryker convoy crossed from Lithuania to Poland on March 24 —within about 12 miles of the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad—nearby NATO warplanes scrambled to intercept Russian bombers and fighters over the Baltic Sea.

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Yemeni leader Hadi leaves country as Saudi Arabia keeps up air strikes

03/27/2015

Yemen's President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi left his refuge in Aden for Saudi Arabia on Thursday as Houthi rebels battled with his forces on the outskirts of the southern port city. Throughout the day, warplanes from Saudi Arabia and Arab allies struck at the Shi'ite Houthis and allied army units, who have taken over much of the country and seek to oust Hadi.

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China Is the New Power Broker in the Persian Gulf

03/27/2015

For much of its history, China has made a point of steering clear of other countries’ internal affairs. But that changed late last year, when the Middle Kingdom entered into the international arena in a way it hadn’t before, offering both money and military might to fight the terrors of the Islamic State.

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he secret attempt to mothball the A-10 cannot stand

03/27/2015

Supporters of the famous A-10 "Warthog" attack aircraft — a club that includes U.S. ground troops stationed in dangerous places around the world — are getting a lesson in Defense Department appropriations politics. They are learning that there are ways to mothball a fleet of warplanes. When those ways run into serious opposition, there are… other ways.

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Iranians suffer embarrassing defeat in Iraq

03/27/2015

The Iranians have suffered a humiliating defeat. More than 20,000 fighters with Iranian-backed Shiite militias have withdrawn from the 3-week-old battle to oust Islamic State militants from the Iraqi city of Tikrit. And the Iraqis have turned back to the U.S. military for help. U.S. aircraft launched airstrikes in Tikrit on Wednesday for the first time since the battle began, providing vital military support that came only after the Iraqi government agreed to seize command and control of the fig

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First lady casualty in military

03/27/2015

Lt Kiran Shekhawat was part of the naval women's contingent that marched down Rajpath this Republic Day. Today, her body was retrieved from the fuselage of the Dornier that "ditched into the sea" on Tuesday night. A routine training sortie had claimed the life of the young woman - the first lady officer in the armed forces - post-Independence - to be killed in the line of duty.

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Defending Russia delivers 4 fighter aircraft to Kazakhstan

03/27/2015

Defending Russia said it has confirmed delivery to Kazakhstan of four Russian fighter aircraft Su-30SM. The delivery marks the completion of the first phase of the order, which was announced in February and will see a total of 36 aircraft manufactured and exported to Kazakhstan, as the country looks to bolster its combat aircraft reserves.

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Why the Marine Corps Is Rushing to Deploy an Imperfect Combat Aircraft

03/27/2015

The biggest story this year so far in the F-35 joint strike fighter world is not the soaring cost of the aircraft — a problem that appears to have been contained, according to the program manager — but the determination of the Marine Corps to put the aircraft into service even though its mission software is unfinished and cracks surfaced in one of its main bulkheads.

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"Russian Combat Aircraft Tracked by NATO and Swedish Air Force"

03/27/2015

NATO jets and Sweden's air force were scrambled on Tuesday to escort Russian combat aircraft flying over the Baltic Sea, according to officials. Two nuclear-capable Russian bombers and two fighter planes were flying in international airspace, according to Sweden's armed forces.

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Russia's New Military Transport Plane Set to Make Its Maiden Flight in 2017

03/27/2015

The aircraft's mass production is expected to be launched in 2019. The twin-engine turboprop plane, developed by the Ilyushin Aviation Complex (JSC IL), will be manufactured by the Voronezh Aircraft Production Association at an aircraft plant in Voronezh, located some 400 kilometers (250 miles) south of Moscow. It will replace the Antonov An-26.

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The sun rises again: Japan shows off the awesome might of its re-emerging naval power with new colossal helicopter carrier - its biggest warship since WWII

03/26/2015

Japan's navy today took delivery of its biggest warship since the Second World War as it continues expanding its military capability in an attempt to shed its post-war pacifism. Today the Izumo, a helicopter carrier as big as the Imperial Navy aircraft carriers that battled the United States in the Pacific, was delivered to the navy in a crowning achievement for the nation's military forces.

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General Defends Embattled $850 Billion F-35 Program

03/26/2015

The man in charge of the Pentagon’s $391 billion F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is sick of the intense criticism his embattled program has received over the past few years. He says the aircraft is in much better shape than the public has been led to believe. For years, the F-35 has raised eyebrows for its enormous cost overruns, schedule delays and significant technical and design problems.

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Dassault hands over two upgraded Mirages to India, eyes Rafale

03/26/2015

Even as the government on Wednesday announced the dates of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to France on April 9, 2015, Dassault handed over two upgraded Mirage 2000 fighter aircraft to the Indian Air Force in a formal ceremony at the Dassault Aviation Flight Test Centre in France. Mr. Modi will also travel to Germany on April 12, 2015 and Canada on April 14, 2015 before returning on April 17, 2015.

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Nicaragua’s interest in Russian fighter jets could trigger the stupidest arms race ever

03/26/2015

Nicaragua’s sudden interest in purchasing a squadron of MiG-29 fighter jets from Russia could trigger a pointless arms race between one of the smallest and one of the largest militaries in Latin America.

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