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  • Bulgaria opts for Swedish Gripen combat jets

    04/26/2017 5:50:03 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | Apr 26, 2017
    SOFIA, April 26 (Reuters) - Bulgaria has decided to start talks with Sweden to acquire eight new Gripen combat jets made by SAAB, interim deputy prime minister Stefan Yanev said on Wednesday, as the Balkan country seeks to replace its ageing Soviet-designed MiG-29s. The Balkan country has picked the Swedish offer in preference to an offer from Portugal of secondhand U.S. F-16s equipped with U.S. weaponry and an offer from Italy of secondhand Eurofighter Typhoon fighters. A deal is estimated to be worth about 1.5 billion levs ($836 million). A special commission for the negotiations is expected to be set...
  • China Launched its First Home-Made Aircraft Carrier for PLAN: Type 001A

    04/26/2017 2:53:50 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 23 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | Wednesday, 26 April 2017
    The launching ceremony of China's second aircraft carrier was held at the Dalian Shipyard of the China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC) on the morning of April 26, 2017. Gen. Fan Changlong, member of the political bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and vice chairman of China's Central Military Commission (CMC) attended the ceremony and delivered a speech. China Launched its First Home-Made Aircraft Carrier for PLANFive years after commissioning the Liaoning (its first aircraft carrier) China launched this morning its second carrier – the Type 001A. Unlike the Liaoning, Type 001A was fully built in China....
  • RAF Typhoon pilots using the world's most advanced fighter helmet scramble for Romania ...

    04/24/2017 10:02:51 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    MAILONLINE ^ | 24 April 2017 | RICHARD SPILLETT
    Four RAF Typhoon pilots using the world's most advanced fighter helmet set off for Eastern Europe today as tensions with Russia mounted. Theresa May sanctioned the sending of British RAF resources to patrol the skies over the Black Sea alongside local jets to reassure Eastern European countries in the face of increased aggression from Vladimir Putin. The four Typhoons, from 3 (Fighter) Squadron will lead the deployment, which is part of the Nato southern air policing mission. Pilots are using the new Ł250,000 Striker II helmet, which boasts in-built digital night vision that identifies enemy targets by red and yellow...
  • Lockheed Debuts New S-97 Raider Light Tactical Helicopter Video in Marketing Push

    04/23/2017 4:58:06 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 30 replies
    The Aviationist ^ | APRIL 21, 2017
    Proposed Helicopter Would Replace MH-6/AH-6 Little Bird if Adopted. Lockheed Martin has released a new promotional video showing the S-97 Raider light tactical helicopter demonstrating many of its unique performance capabilities. The S-97 Raider, if adopted by the U.S. military, would replace the aging family of MH-6/AH-6 Little Bird helicopters widely used since the Vietnam conflict as special operations and observation/light attack helicopters. The MH-6/AH-6 family first flew in 1963 making it a legacy platform that has been continuously updated for expanded roles. Most airframes in U.S. service are now aging and, because a light tactical helicopter is subjected to...
  • British F-35B to Carry Meteor Missiles from 2024

    04/21/2017 9:07:18 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    Defense Update ^ | April 21, 2017 | Tamir Eshel
    Meteor to be carried by the F-35 from 2024. Note the clipped tail fins required for internal carriage. Illustration: MBDA The United Kingdom is preparing its F-35 Lightning II to carry and operate the Meteor Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air Missile (BVRAAM) as its principal long-range air/air weapon. The UK MOD awarded today a Ł41 million contract to the missile developer MBDA for the integration of the missile on the new aircraft. The Meteor will provide the Royal Air Force and Royal Navy with one of the most advanced air/air missile of its class, that can engage with targets moving at...
  • Egyptian Rafale fighter pilots outperform Qataris: French Aviation Magazine

    04/21/2017 4:56:35 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    Egypt Independent ^ | 06/04/2017
    As part of the bilateral military co-operation between Egypt and France, Dassault Aviation, a multinational Rafale fighter manufacturing company named based in France, delivered three Rafale fighters to Egypt on Wednesday which represents the third batch of the total deal of 24 fighters, according to a statement released by the official army spokesperson on Facebook. This Egypt-France deal is the first of its kind. For France to sell Rafale fighters to any country, as was the case in February 2015, was unprecedented. The deal also includes training Egyptian fighter pilots in these imported Rafale fighters in France. The Egyptian pilots'...
  • B-52 Weapons Upgrade to Add More Payload, Range of Weapons

    04/20/2017 6:03:49 AM PDT · by C19fan · 28 replies
    Scout Warrior ^ | April 19, 2017 | Kris Osborn
    The Air Force is surging forward with a massive, fleet-wide modernization overhaul of the battle-tested, Vietnam-era B-52 bomber, an iconic airborne workhorse for the U.S. military dating back to the 1960s. Engineers are now equipping all 76 of the Air Force B-52s with digital data-links, moving-map displays, next-generation avionics, new radios and an ability to both carry more weapons internally and integrate new, high-tech weapons as they emerge, service officials said.
  • New Photos And Video of Iran’s Homemade F-313 “Qaher” Stealth Jet Have Just Emerged...

    04/19/2017 11:59:20 AM PDT · by LesbianThespianGymnasticMidget · 39 replies
    theaviationist.com ^ | Apr 15 2017 | David Cenciotti
    By David Cenciotti A new prototype of the weird Qaher 313 stealth jet has conducted taxi tests. Footage and photographs showing a new prototype (marked “08”) of the famous Qaher F-313 stealth fighter jet have just emerged as Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani participated Saturday in an exhibition displaying the achievements that the Defense Ministry Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan gained during the past two years.Indeed, an “upgraded version” of the “faux stealth fighter” can be observed performing taxi tests. The aircraft appears to be slightly different from the one unveiled on Feb. 2, 2013, that was nothing more than a poorly designed...
  • Boeing to lay off hundreds more engineers: source

    04/19/2017 9:02:27 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 13 replies
    Reuters ^ | 18 April 2017 | Alwyn Scott
    Boeing Co warned employees on Monday it planned another round of involuntary layoffs that would affect hundreds of engineers at its commercial airplanes unit, according to a source and a memo seen by Reuters. The latest job cuts followed a prior involuntary reduction of 245 workers set for May 19 as the company responded to increasing competition and slowing aircraft sales. The additional layoffs are due to start June 23, according to the memo from John Hamilton, vice president of engineering at Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "We are moving forward with a second phase of involuntary layoffs for some select skills...
  • Spaceport project hinges on moose count

    04/17/2017 8:31:05 PM PDT · by Loyalist · 17 replies
    Halifax Chronicle-Herald ^ | April 17, 2017 | Anne Farries
    Before you launch a rocket, you need to count the moose. Maritime Launch Services, the company that hopes to build a spaceport on a parcel of Nova Scotia land that juts into the ocean near Canso in Guysborough County, must first complete an environmental review — including counting seasonal numbers of local flora and fauna — before the province agrees to the project. “We’ve hired a contractor to help us do the study,” MLS president Steve Matier said Monday. “We could conceivably complete that effort at the end of this year.” “It’s part of the process, and it’s understood. We...
  • Navy Fighters Abandoned In Bush (Temple, TX)

    04/17/2017 12:12:31 AM PDT · by Drago · 8 replies
    AVweb ^ | 04-15-2017 | Russ Niles
    While military aircraft boneyards are nothing new, the YouTube display of the hulks of some ex-Navy fighters in an undeveloped area of Temple, Texas, may be causing some concerns at the Pentagon. A video has emerged of the scattered remains of two F-14 Tomcats and an F-4 Phantom. The aircraft have been stripped of just about everything that can be carried away but exactly how they ended up on private property is the subject of much online speculation. According to a Google Earth image, there is a scrap metal dealer nearby but the aircraft parts are not in their yard....
  • US Navy training jets will be modified as it determines oxygen problem

    04/15/2017 10:59:53 PM PDT · by topher · 26 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 04-15-2017
    The U.S. Navy will allow nearly 200 T-45C aircraft to resume flights Monday under modified conditions while it determines what is causing a lack of oxygen in some cockpits. Vice Adm. Mike Shoemaker said Saturday instructor pilots will conduct warm-up flights and then will report back to the remaining pilots and students in their squadrons about the use of the modified equipment. All instructor pilots will complete warmup flights and student pilots will conduct training flights as the week goes on.
  • Syria gains more upgraded Su-24M2 bombers

    04/13/2017 7:40:49 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    Arabian Aerospace ^ | 13 April 2017 | Jon Lake
    The Syrian Arab Armed Forces are receiving 10 examples of the Sukhoi Su-24M2 'Fencer-D' attack aircraft from Russia, augmenting an unknown number of existing 'Fencers'. Jon Lake reports. Before the on-going deliveries began, Syria had received 22 Su-24s in total. Some 20 downgraded Su-24MK export versions were delivered from the Soviet Union in 1990, and these were augmented in the mid-1990s by single examples of the Su-24MK and the Su-24MR reconnaissance aircraft, which were donated by Libya after Syria provided support for Libya’s own ‘Fencer’ fleet. The aircraft are operated by 819 squadron at T4 (Tyas) Airbase in Central Syria,...
  • USAF To Keep Upgraded F-16s Till 2048 As Fate Of F-15C In Doubt

    04/12/2017 8:41:47 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    The Drive ^ | APRIL 12, 2017 | JOSEPH TREVITHICK
    The U.S. Air Force is still mulling over whether to retire its fleet of F-15C/D Eagle fighter jets and re-equip those units with F-16C/D Vipers. At the same time, the service is looking to move ahead with an extensive F-16 overhaul, which could help tip the scales in favor of those aircraft. On April 12, 2017, Lockheed Martin, the company that makes the Vipers, announced the Air Force had decided to move ahead with a Service Life Extension Program (SLEP) for a portion of its existing fleet. The project would give each of the modified jets approximately 4,000 extra flight...
  • A Soviet Fighter Plane’s Tragic Error Brought Us Google Maps

    04/09/2017 9:12:12 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 28 replies
    War is Boring ^ | April 9, 2017 | Sebastien Roblin
    The April 1978 shootdown of Korean Air Lines Flight 902 by a Soviet Su-15 fighter plane—which killed two passengers but spared 107 others—distressed the Soviet air force, not because it had shot down a civilian airliner, but rather that it had gotten so far into Soviet airspace before being intercepted. Five years later, a second encounter between Su-15s and a Korean airliner would result in far heavier loss of life. On Aug. 30, 1983, KAL Flight 007 departed from John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, bound for Seoul with 269 crew and passengers aboard. The 747 airliner made...
  • Spitfire takes to the skies 73 years after it crashed in Normandy

    04/09/2017 5:29:47 PM PDT · by DFG · 56 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 04/09/2017 | FIONN HARGREAVES
    A spitfire shot down over France in 1944 has flown for the first time since the Second World War after a Ł3 million restoration. The NH341 took part in 27 combat missions between June and July 1944 and was flown by nine pilots in the Royal Canadian Air Force's 411 (Grizzly Bear) squadron. Pilot John Romain flew the historic aircraft over Duxford, Cambridge, after a 30-month restoration project, which was declared a 'huge success'.
  • The Su-22: The Plane That Dropped Chemical Weapons in Syria?

    04/09/2017 2:49:08 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    The National Interest ^ | April 8, 2017 | Sebastien Roblin
    On Thursday evening the U.S. Navy destroyers Ross and Porter launched fifty-nine Tomahawk cruise missiles at the Shayrat Air Base in Syria. In addition to striking a munitions store suspected to be holding air-dropped chemical weapons used in an attack on Khan Sheikhoun on April 4, the principal target was undoubtedly what Washington believes was the chemical weapons delivery system: the Sukhoi Su-22 fighter bombers stationed at the airbase. The Su-17/20/22 family of fighter bombers attained the name recognition of more glamorous Soviet-era aircraft like the MiG-25 or Sukhoi Su-27. This obscurity is unmerited: the swing-wing attack jets have seen...
  • China Reveals How Many Fighter Jets the New Aircraft Carrier Can Dock

    04/07/2017 9:52:54 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 20 replies
    Sputnik ^ | 05.04.2017
    <p>Chinese media has revealed that the new Chinese aircraft carrier will be able to dock 36 Jian-15 fighters [J-15].</p> <p>According to Chinese news portal Sina, “At the moment, the aircraft carrier being prepared for launch is optimized in terms of load which compared to the Liaoning aircraft carrier can reach from 28 to 36 units of J-15 fighters.” Currently, the Chinese Navy arsenal consists of the Liaoning aircraft carrier, created on the basis of the Soviet cruiser Varyag. Liaoning can base 24 J-15 fighters.</p>
  • U.S. Marines Will Keep The Harrier Around Longer As Hornet Fleet Crumbles

    04/05/2017 8:36:57 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 25 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | 04/05/2017 | Gary Wetzel
    Despite having the highest accident rate of any U.S. Marine Corps fixed-wing aircraft, the Marines will keep the AV-8B Harrier around longer than planned. The reason is simple: Marine F/A-18 Hornets are in far worse shape and need to be replaced sooner. In 2014, the Marines were committed to retiring the Harrier earlier than planned and extending the Hornet fleet, however, after an intensive review of the Harrier fleet and the rapid aging of Marine Hornets, the Harrier will be around longer than it was expected to be a few years ago. Quirky and complicated, the Harrier has had a...
  • Boeing to Offer Block III Upgrade for Navy F/A-18s

    04/04/2017 6:52:56 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    SEAPOWER ^ | April 4, 2017 | OTTO KREISHER
    NATIONAL HARBOR, MD — Boeing is working to help the Navy resolve the strike fighter shortfall through three programs for its F/A-18 Super Hornets and is offering a substantial increase in the fighter’s capability with a Block III upgrade, a company official said April 4. In a significant shift in tone, the officials who briefed reporters at the Navy League’s 2017 Sea-Air-Space Exposition talked about the Super Hornet providing “complementary capabilities” to the Lockheed Martin F-35s. Recently, Boeing officials have been describing the Super Hornets as a cheaper alternative to the fifth-generation Lightning II. The initial effort to close the...