Military Aviation News Archive

Reported US-Syrian Accord on Air Strikes

09/18/2014

The Obama administration, working through the Russian government, has secured an agreement from the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad to permit U.S. airstrikes against Islamic State targets in parts of Syria, according to a source briefed on the secret arrangements. The reported agreement would clear away one of the chief obstacles to President Barack Obama’s plan to authorize U.S. warplanes to cross into Syria to attack Islamic State forces.

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House grudgingly approves arms for Syrian rebels

09/18/2014

The Republican-controlled House voted grudgingly to give the administration authority to train and arm Syrian rebels on Wednesday as President Barack Obama emphasized anew that American forces "do not and will not have a combat mission" in the struggle against Islamic State militants in either Iraq or Syria.

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P-3C anti-submarine plane joins exercises for first time

09/18/2014

A P-3C anti-submarine aircraft that the United States delivered to Taiwan's Air Force last year was used in a Han Kuang drill Wednesday for the first time, in waters off eastern Taiwan, the military said. The P-3C, along with a naval S-70C anti-submarine helicopter, was deployed to locate an enemy submarine and force it to the surface off the country's east coast.

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A downed U.S. aircraft in Iraq or Syria could mean ‘boots on the ground’

09/18/2014

As the air war over Iraq intensifies and the Obama administration considers striking Islamic State targets in Syria, the possibility of an American aircraft going down over enemy territory is growing rapidly, and with it the potential to put American troops in direct combat in the event they are deployed to recover lost pilots.

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Scottish independence: impact on defence and military structures

09/18/2014

Scotland risks having a “very hollow military force” as a result of a limited defence budget should the country become independent on 18 September, according to Edward Hunt, an IHS Senior Defence Consultant. “Maintaining a country’s armed forces is inherently expensive and requires a sustained commitment of public funds not easily amended or reversed,” he said.

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Dassault chief to visit Delhi to discuss delay in MMRCA deal

09/18/2014

The chief of French firm Dassault Aviation SA, which has been selected for supplying 126 medium-multi-role combat aircraft (MMRCA) to the Indian Air Force (IAF), will be in New Delhi later this week to meet top defence ministry officials to discuss delays in finalization of the multi-billion dollar contract.

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Australian military advisers in Iraq will be armed and able to return fire

09/18/2014

Australian troops sent to Iraq in a military advisory role will be armed and entitled to respond if fired upon, Tony Abbott has said, in an acknowledgement of the possibility of combat. But the prime minister reaffirmed that he did not have “any intention” of having troops on the ground in a fighting capacity, after a top US general said American troops might directly join Iraqi forces against Islamic State (Isis).

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Boeing, Defense Logistics Agency Partnership Will Improve Logistics Support to the Warfighter

09/18/2014

Boeing received a $293 million performance-based contract from the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) to provide aircraft parts and support that will enable DLA to provide essential logistics support to warfighters more quickly and effectively. “Boeing proposed a holistic partnership and transformational approach that fundamentally changes the way DLA and Boeing do business,” said Julie Praiss, vice president of Tactical Aircraft & Weapons Support.

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Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister: US-led Airstrike Campaign to Target Only Islamic State Sites

09/18/2014

The US-led coalition against the Islamic State (IS) is ready to expand its strikes to Syria, but will "under no circumstances" target any positions other than the extremist group's sites, Iraq's Deputy Prime Minister told Rossiya Segodnya International Information Agency. "Attacks will be carried out against Islamic State sites, and this organization threatens everyone. Under no circumstances will they target any other positions, just the places where terrorists are located.

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Coalition forces muster in UAE in anti-ISIS push

09/17/2014

France is using the al-Dhafra Base, south of the UAE capital Abu Dhabi, to launch reconnaissance flights over Iraq in support of the U.S.-led campaign against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), as other forces are expected to gather in the Gulf as part of the push against the militant group. Agence France Presse said one of its correspondents saw two French Rafale fighter jets equipped with high-precision cameras take off on Monday from the al-Dhafra Base during a visit.

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AMC planes airdrop 285 tons of humanitarian aid over Iraq

09/17/2014

Air Mobility Command cargo aircraft last month dropped 285 tons of food and water to aid refugees uprooted by violence in northwestern Iraq. C-17 cargo planes assigned to AMC flew 11 sorties over Mount Sinjar and the nearby town of Amerli to help refugees fleeing religious persecution by the Islamic State. AMC aircraft, plus other aircraft assigned to the coalition of forces fighting the Islamic State, dropped 221,000 ready-to-eat meals and 45,000 gallons of water, according an AMC spokesman.

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Officials: Air Force cuts in Europe might be delayed

09/17/2014

Planned cuts to the U.S. military presence in Europe may be postponed because of concerns about Russian aggression, according to top defense officials. “Currently there are changes to overseas forces on the books,” but “I have talked to leadership here about a function to re-address those decisions because those … decisions were clearly made before” Russia sent its forces into Ukraine, the commander of U.S. European Command told reporters at the Pentagon on Tuesday.

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Australian Hornets, Support Aircraft, Troops Deploy to UAE

09/17/2014

Australia is sending up to eight F/A-18F Super Hornet strike fighters, an Airbus KC-30 multirole tanker transport and an E-7A Wedgetail airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft to the Middle East this week for possible use against Islamic State forces in Iraq. The Australian contingent will move to the United Arab Emirates where they will prepare for operations, ahead of a government decision regarding Iraq.

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Syrian Plane Shot Down as Attacks by Groups Intensify

09/17/2014

The warring parties in Syria have launched newly assertive attacks on several fronts in recent days, seeking to gain ground and psychological advantage ahead of an intensified United States campaign against extremist Islamic State militants that could include the first American airstrikes inside Syria.

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Boeing Completes Design Review for U.S. Air Force’s Talon HATE Program

09/17/2014

Boeing has completed the final design review for the U.S. Air Force’s Talon HATE program. The system will improve communication and information sharing among various platforms. Talon HATE combines information from fighter networks, national sources and joint command and control assets. Transmitting over data-links, the information can then be used by joint aircraft, ships and ground stations, improving communication and information sharing across the battlespace.

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US Secretary of Defense Hagel Outlines Members of Coalition Against IS

09/17/2014

The US-led international coalition to combat the Islamic State (IS, ISIL) jihadist group was announced by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel in a Tuesday morning hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee. "More than 40 nations have already expressed their willingness to participate in this effort, and more than 30 nations have indicated their readiness to offer military support," Secretary Hagel said in his opening remarks.

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Iraq Approves US Airstrike on IS Targets Near Baghdad: Reports

09/17/2014

Iraq has praised Monday’s US airstrikes against Islamic State (IS) militants near Baghdad as important, Iraqi military spokesman Lt. Gen. Qassim Atta said Tuesday. “The American Air Force together and in coordination with the General Staff in Baghdad carried out important strikes on targets in Sadr al-Yusufiyah [township 15 miles from Baghdad],” Atta was quoted as saying by the media outlet Alwasatnews.

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Russian Air Force Drills Kick Off In Arctic

09/17/2014

Over 25 fighters and bombers from Russia's Western Military District have started tactical flight training in the Arctic, spokesperson for the district Col. Oleg Kochetkov said Tuesday. "As part of the drills, flight personnel will practice joint action on air policing, air target interception, ground target engagement and airstrike and anti-aircraft fire evasion. All tasks will be practiced both during the night and day time in various weather conditions," the official said.

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New Drone Wreckage Found in South Korea near North Korea Border: Reports

09/17/2014

The debris of another unmanned aerial vehicle, or drone, which was supposedly made in and launched from North Korea, have been found near the border on South Korean island Pennendo, Yonhap news agency reported citing sources in South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff. "All the equipment, including the engine or camera have been lost. Only an empty fuselage with broken wings has survived. it is hard to say at this time when and where these debris fell," the agency's source said.

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US-led coalition to tackle IS begins to take shape

09/16/2014

The US-led coalition against the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq and Syria is beginning to take shape, with countries around the world pledging aircraft and personnel to the mission. Following President Barak Obama's declaration on 11 September that the United States is to lead a coalition of nations against IS in Iraq and Syria, a number of regional and non-regional countries have indicated their willingness to provide support for the air campaign.

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Canadian aircraft to ship ammunition to Iraqi security forces

09/16/2014

Canada is starting to ship bullets to Iraqi security forces to supply them in their battle against the Islamic State militia. Starting Thursday two Canadian military strategic lift aircraft will begin ferrying Eastern European-sourced small-arms ammunition to Iraq from the Czech Republic. The operation will rely on one CC-130J Hercules cargo aircraft and one CC-177 Globemaster III transport plane. About 100 Canadian Armed Forces aircrew, technicians and logistics specialists are supporting the e

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Weather not expected to hinder jet fighter freeway drill

09/16/2014

A drill in which Taiwan's main combat aircraft will practice emergency landings and takeoffs on a freeway will be held Tuesday as planned, as Typhoon Kalmaegi will not have a major impact on Taiwan. The typhoon swept across the northern Philippines overnight and moved out over the South China Sea. It is now heading toward Hainan Island off the coast of southern China.

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Lockheed Martin Conducts Flight Tests Of Aircraft Laser Turret For Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

09/16/2014

Lockheed Martin, in partnership with the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and the University of Notre Dame, has demonstrated the airworthiness of a new beam control turret being developed for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and AFRL to give 360-degree coverage for high-energy laser weapons operating on military aircraft. A research aircraft equipped with the Aero-adaptive Aero-optic Beam Control (ABC) turret conducted eight flights in Michigan.

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Lockheed Martin and Advanced Electronics Company to Establish Sniper Pod Support Facility in Saudi Arabia

09/16/2014

Lockheed Martin and Advanced Electronics Company (AEC) will establish a Sniper® Advanced Targeting Pod (ATP) Expanded Repair Capability facility in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia – the first Sniper support facility established outside the United States. Designed to support the Royal Saudi Air Force’s (RSAF) Sniper ATPs, the Expanded Repair Capability facility will provide both affordability benefits and expedited repair times for the RSAF.

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Boeing to Explore Assisting Sky-Watch on Danish Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Development Project

09/16/2014

Boeing and Danish company Sky-Watch today signed an agreement that will enable Boeing to explore assisting the company in its development of a new type of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) under a project supported by the Danish National Advanced Technology Foundation.

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