Military Aviation News Archive

Bahrain Air Show to Display BAE Systems' Latest Technologies

01/21/2010

BAE Systems, a global defence, security and aerospace company, will display its innovative technology -- MANTIS and HERTI, its unmanned air systems, and a full size replica of the Eurofighter Typhoon, at the inaugural Bahrain International Air Show today, a company official said.

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Russian bombers complete Arctic patrol mission

01/21/2010

Two Russian Tu-95MS Bear strategic bombers have successfully carried out a routine patrol flight over the Arctic Ocean, the Defense Ministry said on Wednesday.

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USAF Sees New C-130 AMP Competition

01/20/2010

In the latest chapter of the on-again, off-again U.S. Air Force program to upgrade avionics on the C-130 airlifter fleet, service officials say the once-dead project is now funded and will move forward.

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Malaysian PM Najib arrives on five-day state visit to India

01/20/2010

Malaysian Prime Minister Mohammed Najib Tun Abdul Razak arrived here this evening on a five-day State Visit to India during which the two countries will sign several agreements aimed at forging closer bilateral cooperation between them, including possibly an extradition pact.

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Iran denies Russian fighter airspace access

01/20/2010

Iran denied passage to a Russian Su-27 fighter even though its flight plan had been cleared in advance, Russia's Foreign Ministry said Tuesday.

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'Pentagon refusing Israeli F-35 demands'

01/20/2010

The Defense Ministry has told the Pentagon that it will purchase the stealth-enabled Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) if it is allowed to replace 50 percent of the systems with Israeli-made technology, defense officials said Tuesday.

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Soldiers in Iraq employ new MQ-1C Sky Warrior unmanned aircraft systems

01/20/2010

Placing a new aircraft in a combat situation is a true test of its capabilities and future role within the Army.

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Boeing, Oto Melara Sign Contract for SDB Co-production in Italy

01/20/2010

The Boeing Company has signed a $34 million contract with Italian defense company Oto Melara to co-produce the Small Diameter Bomb Increment I (SDB I) weapon system for the Italian Air Force.

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Boeing Awarded Long-Term Support Contract for Australia's Wedgetail 737 AEW&C Program

01/20/2010

The Boeing Company today announced that it has been awarded a five-year In-Service Support contract for Project Wedgetail, Australia's 737 Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) program. The contract from Australia's Defence Materiel Organisation is worth approximately US$600 million.

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Northrop Grumman E-8C Joint STARS Battle Management Role Recognized

01/19/2010

Recent events for Northrop Grumman Corporation’s E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (Joint STARS) aircraft program reinforce its contribution as the top airborne battle management platform. Joint STARS is the only platform in the U.S. defense arsenal that can provide wide area surveillance covering more than 50,000 square kilometers and detect objects moving at a wide variety of speeds.

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Boeing Begins A-10 Thunderbolt Wing Assembly for US Air Force

01/19/2010

The Boeing Company today announced that it has begun assembling the first A-10 Thunderbolt replacement-wing set at its Macon facility. The U.S. Air Force awarded Boeing the contract, worth up to $2 billion, in June 2007 to provide as many as 242 A-10 replacement-wing sets through 2018.

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Boeing Gets Initial India Request For 6 Refueling Planes

01/18/2010

Boeing Co. (BA) said Monday it has received initial requests for information from India's federal government for supplying six refueling tankers, in what is likely to further expand the U.S. aircraft maker's presence in this burgeoning market for defense equipment.

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India to sign new MiG deal with Russia

01/18/2010

India and Russia are set to agree a 1.2-billion-dollar deal for 29 MiG-29 fighter jets which will cement Moscow's role as New Delhi's principal arms supplier, an official said Monday.

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US offers F 35 Joint Strike Fighter to India

01/18/2010

Lockheed Martin’s Vice President for Business Development Orville Prins told India Strategic defence magazine that a presentation about the aircraft was made to the Indian Navy recently after it expressed interest in the newer generation of aircraft for its future carrier-based aircraft requirements.

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The Best Defense is a Great Offense

01/18/2010

It was Dwight D. Eisenhower, America’s only 5-star General President, who first warned us of the “military-industrial complex.” (Less well-known is the fact that in the draft of the address, Eisenhower initially used the term “military-industrial-congressional complex,” but struck the word “congressional” in order to pacify members of Congress. Too bad – Congressional meddling and jockeying to get moredollars in their district is the largest single factor in defense cost over

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Getting Ready for Takeoff

01/18/2010

Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI), one of Turkey's top defense companies, expects its role in international programs, mostly the F-35 and A400M projects, to expand its sales by nearly 40 percent this year, the company's director general says.

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Why Send UAV Operators To Flight School

01/18/2010

Last year, for the first time, the U.S. Air Force graduated a class of UAV operators who were not already military pilots. Actually, these officers were given flight training, but only of the most basic kind, and needed only 18 hours at the controls of an aircraft, before they went on to UAV operator school. Now, the air force has increased that to 35 hours, because it is believed that a UAV operator needs a pilots sense of what is going on, even while operating an aircraft remotely from the gro

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Military Is Awash in Data From Drones

01/18/2010

As the military rushes to place more spy drones over Afghanistan, the remote-controlled planes are producing so much video intelligence that analysts are finding it more and more difficult to keep up.

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BAE Systems Unmanned Air Systems and Eurofighter Typhoon to be displayed at the Bahrain International Air Show 2010

01/17/2010

Visitors to the inaugural Bahrain International Air Show, to be held from 21-23 January 2010, will be able to see at first hand BAE Systems’ innovative technology in the form of MANTIS and HERTI, its unmanned air systems, and a full size replica of the Eurofighter Typhoon, the world’s most advanced multi-role/swing role combat aircraft. Through the Royal Bahraini Air Force and the Bahrain Defence Force, BAE Systems’ Hawk and Avro RJ100 in VIP configuration will also be represented.

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Thunderbird returns to Nellis for final farewell

01/16/2010

A Thunderbird pilot killed in Southeast Asia and listed as missing in action for more than 40 years returned to the location of his last Air Force assignment Jan. 14 for a celebration of his life among a sea of family and peers.

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Russia suspends flights of Su-27 fighters after crash

01/16/2010

Russia has suspended SU-27 Flanker fighter jet flights until the cause of a deadly crash earlier in the week is determined, a Defense Ministry official told RIA Novosti on Saturday.

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Russian Navy to buy new carrier-based fighters

01/16/2010

Russian Navy plans to buy the first batch of MiG-29K fighters set to be deployed on an aircraft carrier later this year, said a Navy official on Friday.

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Fighter Industry In Japan Risks Shrinkage

01/16/2010

Japan is risking a rapid loss of fighter engineering skills, an official review of the industry warns, urging the government to avoid fully importing combat aircraft.

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Rolls-Royce wins massive RAF contract

01/16/2010

Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, has received a $1.4 billion contract to maintain engines for RAF jet fighters.

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France Soars With Israeli Wings

01/15/2010

France has adapted the Israeli Heron TP UAVs to serve as a Predator substitute, until a new design can be developed in France.

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