Military Aviation News Archive

Japan eyes buying Ospreys as US looks to expand fleet to mainland

07/20/2014

Japan’s defense ministry wants funding to purchase Osprey aircraft starting next year, with the addition of more than a dozen tilt-rotor aircraft over the next few years, despite homegrown protests and concerns regarding the aircraft’s safety. During a recent trip to Washington, D.C., Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera lauded the ability and performance of the controversial helicopter-airplane hybrid in the Philippines, where it was used extensively in typhoon relief operations.

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Ukraine Says It Can Prove Russia Supplied Arms System That Felled Jet

07/20/2014

The Ukrainian government said on Saturday that it had proof that Russia had provided the surface-to-air missile system that shot down a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet over eastern Ukraine on Thursday, killing all 298 people aboard. That claim came as officials from Malaysia and the Netherlands pleaded for politics to be put aside so they could recover their dead, still lying in a field in a war zone.

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Palestinian death toll from Israeli offensive in Gaza climbs to 330

07/20/2014

At least 330 Palestinians, the vast majority of them civilians, have died and 2,400 others have been wounded since Israel launched a major military offensive in the Gaza Strip 12 days ago, medical sources told Efe. The number of people killed has risen sharply since the Israeli army escalated its "Operation Protective Edge," a campaign of massive air raids and naval barrages intended to stop rocket attacks from Gaza, by launching a ground invasion Thursday night.

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Farnborough Airshow: Inside the F-35 Lightning II - the invisible fighter jet

07/20/2014

It is practically invisible, it gives the pilot a 360 degree vision and it has the most powerful fighter engine in the world. The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II, Britain's £70 million stealth jet, is an "infinitesimally small” single-seat, single-engine fighter aircraft. “I see everything that happens, 360 degrees around me, at astonishing distances,” said Billy Flynn, F-35 Lightning II pilot.

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Modi govt clears private sector entry into military transport aircraft project

07/20/2014

Signaling the end of defence PSU Hindustan Aeronautics' monopoly in the domestic aerospace arena, the Modi government on Saturday gave the formal nod for the Indian private sector to tie up with a foreign collaborator to supply 56 transport aircraft to the IAF. TOI on Wednesday had reported that the defence acquisitions council (DAC), chaired by defence minister Arun Jaitley, would clear the proposed Rs 13,000 crore project in its meeting on Saturday.

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F-35 fighters flying again at Nellis

07/19/2014

F-35 Lightning II stealth fighter jets that had been grounded at Nellis Air Force Base resumed flying Friday. Nellis spokeswoman 1st Lt. Sarah Ruckriegle said the four F-35s assigned to the 422nd Test and Evaluation Squadron were cleared to return to the skies after the nation’s fleet was grounded earlier this month following a June 23 fire in one in Florida.

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Restored "Nighthawk" F-117 Returns To Holloman

07/19/2014

History was made once again as crews with the 49th Maintenance Squadron returned the famed F-117 Nighthawk to the Holloman Heritage Park. The completely restored aircraft takes its place in the park following a 4-month restoration project. "After sitting in the New Mexican sun exposed to wind, snow, rain and birds the F-117 had begun to look extremely shabby," said Jim Burrett, 49th Wing historian.

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Indian Air Force using World War-II era lighting system at Leh airbase: CAG

07/19/2014

Indian Air Force uses a World War-II era lighting system for the landing of fighter and transport aircraft at the Leh airbase at night due to lack of any facility for advanced airfield lighting, CAG pointed out today. The government auditor has found that IAF was using solar gooseneck flares for running flight operations at night at Leh airbase.

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USAF test flights first RMP modified F-15E Strike Eagle aircraft

07/19/2014

The US Air Force (USAF) has successfully completed the first flight of the F-15E Strike Eagle fighter aircraft upgraded with the new APG-82(V)1 active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar system. Around 47 F-15E fighter aircraft belonging to the 389th and 391st Fighter Squadrons are scheduled to be fitted with the radar by 2017.

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Should passenger jets have missile defense systems?

07/19/2014

When a plane like Malaysia Airline Flight 17 is suddenly dropped from the sky by a missile attack launched from a vehicle no larger than a tank, the temptation is to look for the technology that will protect airline passengers from such threats. So should we be equipping commercial passenger planes with missile defense systems?

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DOD: Russian troops mass near Ukraine border

07/19/2014

The United States is not planning to give weapons or “lethal” assistance to Ukraine following Thursday’s downing of an airliner in its conflict zone, nor does it plan any major U.S. military response to the crisis, the Pentagon said Friday.Press secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby repeated U.S. calls for a cease-fire in eastern Ukraine but said the “focus” of American assistance to Kiev will remain on non-lethal supplies and equipment.

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After MH17: The technical fix that could protect civilian airliners from missile attacks

07/19/2014

The awful crash of Malaysian Flight 17 in the eastern Ukraine combat zone seems likely to have been caused by a long-range surface-to-air missile. At this writing, who launched the missile remains undetermined. Regardless of who’s guilty — why is a modern software-driven weapon capable of striking a civilian jet in the first place?

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No plans for exporting Light Combat Aircraft, missiles for now

07/19/2014

There is no proposal at present to export the indigenous Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) or BrahMos missile, parliament was told Friday. "There are no proposals at present to export the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas and BrahMos supersonic cruise missile," Jaitley told the Lok Sabha in a written reply.

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Malaysian plane crashes in Ukraine - updates

07/18/2014

The Buk surface-to-air missile system that pro-Russian separatists allegedly used to shoot down the Malaysian plane has been sneaked into Russia overnight, Anton Herashchenko, adviser to the Ukrainian interior minister, says on Facebook. (BBC Monitoring) A total of 121 bodies found at Malaysian plane crash site as of 0700 local (0400 GMT), Ukraine's State Emergencies Service says - (BBC Monitoring via UNIAN news agency.)

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Both sides in Ukraine deny shooting down Malaysian plane

07/18/2014

A Malaysia Airlines passenger plane carrying 295 people was shot down over war-torn eastern Ukraine on Thursday, Ukrainian officials said, and both the government and the pro-Russia separatists fighting in the region denied any responsibility for downing the aircraft. As plumes of black smoke rose up near a rebel-held village of Hrabove, an Associated Press journalist counted at least 22 bodies at the wreckage site 40 kilometers (25 miles) from the Russian border.

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Philippines says military upgrade not aimed at neighbours

07/18/2014

Philippine President Benigno Aquino told his country's neighbours on Thursday that efforts to modernise the military were not aimed at them but rather at strengthening national defence capabilities and tackling disasters. Aquino has allocated 75 billion pesos ($1.72 billion) over five years to upgrade maritime security operations and humanitarian response, buying frigates, fighter-trainers and anti-submarine helicopters.

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Farnborough 2014: Typhoon Storm Shadow deal to be signed

07/18/2014

British and Italian Eurofighter Typhoon combat aircraft are to be able to employ the MBDA Storm Shadow long range cruise missile after a GBP150 million contract to integrate the weapon was announced at the Farnborough International Airshow 2014. Speaking at the show on 16 July, the UK Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology Philip Dunne said the contract is between the four Typhoon partner nations and the industrial consortium that builds the aircraft.

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Pentagon: F-15 Pullout From Europe May Be On Hold

07/18/2014

The Pentagon may delay the planned withdrawal of U.S. Air Force F-15C fighter jets from Europe, and possibly increase aircraft rotations to the continent, as part of an effort to reassure allies and boost assistance to the region in the wake of Russia's recent aggression in Ukraine, officials told members of Congress Wednesday.

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F-15E takes first flight with new radar system

07/18/2014

The first 389th Fighter Squadron F-15E Strike Eagle received a Radar Modernization Program, or RMP, upgrade here in June. The inaugural flight with the new radar system was flown by Capt. Matthew Riley, a 389th Fighter Squadron pilot, and Maj. Jacob Lindaman, a 389th FS weapon systems officer.

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Russia Denies Shooting Down Ukrainian Combat Jet

07/18/2014

The Russian Defense Ministry on Thursday vehemently denied accusations of shooting down a Ukrainian combat plane, calling the claim ‘absurd.' “This claim, as well as all previous accusations by Kiev against the Russian Defense Ministry, is absurd,” a high-ranking military official told RIA Novosti.

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Don’t look now, but the plan for massive drones on aircraft carriers is coming

07/18/2014

The Navy landed a 44,000-pound drone aircraft on the USS George H.W. Bush for the first time last summer, a technical feat that was hailed by Navy Secretary Ray Mabus at the time as a historic development in a program that would “radically change the way presence and combat power are delivered from aircraft carriers.”

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BAE Systems Reveals New Combat Helmet and ‘Lite’ HUDs

07/18/2014

BAE Systems launched a new version of the Striker integrated display helmet for combat aircraft pilots here at the Farnborough Airshow this week. Mark Bowman, the company’s chief test pilot, demonstrated how BAE has leveraged its work on an alternative helmet-mounted display (HMD) for the Lockheed Martin F-35 to produce Striker 2.

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Ukraine Says Russian Plane Shot Down Its Fighter Jet

07/18/2014

The Ukrainian government said on Thursday that a Russian military plane had shot down a Ukrainian fighter jet in Ukrainian airspace the previous evening, a serious allegation of direct intervention by Russia’s armed forces. If confirmed, the confrontation would represent the first open and direct involvement by Russia’s military in eastern Ukraine since the separatist rebellion began there in April.

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Hammerhead reaches autonomous milestone

07/18/2014

The Remotely Piloted Air System (RPAS) P.1HH HammerHead demo aircraft has reached a major milestone and successfully validated its autonomous flight modes. The Mubadala-owned Piaggio Hammerhead has validated and fine tuned its advanced control laws, including augmented modes, flight envelope protection and automatic flight, plus the automatic management of the ground run both in takeoff and landing.

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Air Force to cut thousands of installation support jobs, create new command for surveillance

07/17/2014

The Air Force is cutting thousands of manning and organization officers, and creating a new numbered Air Force to oversee intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions, the service announced today. A total of 3,459 positions will be cut in an effort to save $1.6 billion over the next five years. The move comes about a year after Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel directed the services to cut headquarters staff by 20 percent.

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