Military Aviation News Archive

Budget Cuts Force Pentagon to Consider Civilian Pilots for Simulated Dog Fights

07/28/2016

With the budget of the US Air Force stretching resources, the Pentagon is looking to the private sector to participate in war games. To prepare for future military conflicts, US Air Force pilots undergo intensive training that includes simulated dog fights. This ordinarily pits military pilots against each other, one in a US jet, the other in an "enemy" fighter painted in blue, brown, or black camouflage.

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India Orders Four More Maritime Spy Jets

07/28/2016

On the first day of his India visit, U.S. Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition Frank Kendall signed a deal with India for delivery of four more Boeing P-81 long range maritime spy planes.

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Here's how US fifth-generation aircraft would win in a war against China

07/27/2016

A recent report from the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies, written by Maj. Gen. Jeff Harrigian and Col. Max Marosko of the US Air Force, gives expert analysis and never before seen detail into how the US's fifth-generation aircraft would fare in a war with China.

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Lockheed Martin’s Second T-50A Aircraft for T-X Competition Takes Flight

07/27/2016

Lockheed Martin and Korea Aerospace Industries successfully completed the initial test flight of its second T-50A configured aircraft in Sacheon, South Korea. The T-50A is the company’s aircraft offering in the U.S. Air Force’s Advanced Pilot Training (APT) competition.

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Successful Flight Evaluations Mark First Time Lockheed Martin’s ELGTR Releases from U.S. Air National Guard F-16

07/27/2016

A U.S. Air National Guard (ANG) unit successfully released eight Lockheed Martin Enhanced Laser Guided Training Rounds (ELGTR) during recent flight evaluations at the Barry M. Goldwater Ranges near Gila Bend, Arizona. These flight evaluations marked the first time an ANG unit has flown the training round and completes the evaluation of ELGTR on their F-16C/D Block 40/42 aircraft.

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Funding for new close air support platform remains uncertain

07/27/2016

While rumblings of two potential close-air support platforms for the US Air Force shook Washington last week, discussions surrounding a possible light-attack aircraft and A-10 replacement have yet to reach the service’s secretary.

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Israel may contract out F-35 maintenance

07/27/2016

Israel is considering contracting out the heavy maintenance of its future Lockheed Martin F-35As, as it seeks domestic provision of overhaul activities on the type.

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Greece launches P-3B modernisation

07/27/2016

Greece has launched a modernisation effort for its fleet of Lockheed Martin P-3B Orion anti-submarine warfare aircraft. Two examples of the turboprop type operated by the Hellenic Navy have been inducted into the process, transferring on 13 July from Elefsis air base to an overhaul facility at Tangara, near Athens.

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Pentagon: US-Russian Talks on Flight Safety in Syria ‘Constructive’

07/27/2016

US and Russian officials held constructive dialogue via videoconference on Tuesday on flight safety measures to deconflict air operations in Syria, US Department of Defense spokesperson Peter Cook said in a press release.

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Iraqi Army, Peshmerga Forces Prepare Huge Offensive Against Daesh in Mosul

07/27/2016

As the Iraqi army and its allied Peshmerga units prepare a major offensive on Mosul to flush out Daesh terrorists, Helgurd Hikmet, a representative of the Regional Government of Kurdistan, discussed the details of the upcoming operation with Sputnik.

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Pentagon Defines Next Phase to Collapse Daesh in Mosul, Raqqa

07/27/2016

US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said that the United States and other members of its anti-Islamic State (Daesh) coalition have defined the next set of military plans aimed at retaking control of the Daesh strongholds in Iraqi Mosul and Syrian Raqqa.

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Moscow Denies Bulgaria's Claims of Violating NATO Airspace by Russian Planes

07/27/2016

On Sunday, Bulgarian Defense Minister Nikolay Nenchev said that Russian warplanes crossed into the so-called "Bulgarian zone of responsibility" with switched off transponders four times during the previous month. He demanded explanations from Moscow calling the alleged incidents "provocations of Bulgaria and its Air Force." He added that Sophia was "taking preventive measures."

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China Likely to Become Aircraft Carrier Superpower Soon

07/25/2016

It seems that China is ready to launch its first indigenous aircraft carrier (CV), the Type 001A, by the end of the year. As a result, China, which operates a rehabilitated ex-Soviet aircraft carrier, is expected to become a full-fledged aircraft carrier operating country soon. Furthermore, it’s certain that the country will continue to bring more domestic aircraft carriers into service to turn itself into an aircraft carrier superpower.

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Bulgaria Calls Rise In Airspace Violations By Russian Aircraft A ‘Provocation’

07/25/2016

Bulgaria’s defense minister said on Sunday there had been a rise in violations of its airspace by Russian military and commercial aircraft in the past month, calling the alleged breaches a “provocations toward Bulgaria and its air forces”. Nikolay Nenchev told Bulgarian television channel Nova TV that Russian military aircraft had entered what he termed “Bulgaria’s area of responsibility” in NATO airspace four times in the past month.

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China Rolls Out World's Largest Amphibious Aircraft

07/25/2016

An official news agency says China has unveiled the world's largest amphibious aircraft that Beijing plans to use for marine missions and fighting forest fires. The Xinhua News Agency said the AG600 rolled off a production line in Zhuhai in southern China on Saturday. It measures 37 meters (121 feet) in length with a wingspan of 39 meters (128 feet).

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India trails Pakistan on AWACS front, as delays plague projects

07/25/2016

Already way behind China, India is struggling to even keep up with Pakistan in the critical arena of AWACS (airborne warning and control systems) aircraft that can detect incoming fighters, cruise missiles and drones much before ground-based radars as well as direct fighters in combat operations.

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VMFA-121 BRINGS F-35B TO RED FLAG 16-3 FOR FIRST TIME

07/25/2016

Six F-35B Lightning IIs with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 participated in Red Flag 16-3, making it the first time in history that the fifth generation fighter has taken part in the three-week long exercise at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada. Red Flag is a multiservice air-to-air combat training exercise including the Army, Navy, Air Force and the Marine Corps.

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USAF seeks two new close-air support aircraft

07/25/2016

The US Air Force is considering two new procurements to boost their close air support mission, including an off-the-shelf option for permissive environments and a cheap, clean sheet design aircraft that would replace the Fairchild Dornier A-10.

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Canada Ditches Super Hornet After Threats to Buy F-35 or Lose 10,000 Jobs

07/25/2016

Lockheed Martin pointed an economic weapon of mass disruption at Ottawa and it appears that Justin Trudeau has blinked caving to the defense contractor’s threats.

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Legendary Soviet Su-27 Flanker Still 'Packs One Heck of a Punch'

07/25/2016

The best plane in the Soviet arsenal, the Sukhoi Su-27 Flanker entered service in 1985, but it is still a formidable and versatile fourth-generation fighter aircraft that has turned into an export bestseller, defense analyst Robert Farley wrote for the National Interest, adding that despite its age the plane has a bright future ahead of it.

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Afghanistan Plans to Buy Russian Mi-17, Mi-35 Helicopters

07/25/2016

Afghan National Security Adviser Hanif Atmar is planning to agree on the purchase of Russian helicopters for the country's Air Force during his upcoming Moscow visit, the press service said Sunday. "One of the major aims of the visit is to purchase Mi-17 and Mi-35 helicopters for Afghan Air Force," the press service said in a statement, adding that Kabul is expected to negotiate maintenance and repair as well.

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China removed missiles from South China Sea islands ahead of UN verdict

07/24/2016

China has removed its new generation surface-to-air missiles from a disputed island in the South China Sea+ after US withdrew its aircraft carrier ahead of a landmark verdict by an UN-backed tribunal, a media report said on Saturday.

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The World's Best Aircraft-Killer Missile is Now in Service (And Its Not American)

07/24/2016

The technical details of air-to-air missiles are extremely complicated, but the concept is simple?—?destroy your target before the target destroys you. One way to improve the odds is to add an air-breathing ramjet engine to give the weapon a boost. That’s the design philosophy behind the Meteor, a 419-pound rail-launched MiG killer which entered service for the first time with the Swedish air force on July 11.

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Mikoyan MiG -35 Jet Fighter to Enter Service with Egyptian Air Force this Year

07/24/2016

The Egyptian Air Force will be the world's first and largest operator of the new Mikoyan MiG -35 multirole and air superiority jet fighter and will receive its first two fighters at the end of this year. This generation 4.5 (or generation 4++) fighter made by Russian Aircraft Corporation MiG is in the same league as the Sukhoi Su-35S, the first of which will be delivered to China later this year.

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China’s Newest 1,305MPH Next-Gen Stealth J-20 Fighter Jet Soars the Skies

07/24/2016

China’s Chengdu Aircraft Company (CAC) has built a new Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) J-20 stealth fighter jets with video footage on Chinese websites showing the latest rendition in full fury this week. This is the second known J-20 LRIP fighter jet after the first with the serial number 2101 displayed in late December 2015. There are believed to be a total of four such next generation jets in the possession of the Chinese Air Force.

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