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  • Mi-24/35 Gunships to Remain Popular On Global Arms Market

    08/30/2016 5:41:44 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    TASS Defense ^ | August 29, 2016
    MOSCOW --- The Mi-24/35 (NATO reporting name: Hind) family of gunships developed by the Mil design bureau (now a subsidiary of the Russian Helicopters holding) will remain in high demand on the global arms market in the years to come, according to a source in Russia’s defense industry. "The Mi-24/Mi-35M combat rotor-wing aircraft are very reliable, easy-to-maintain, and inexpensive. The gunships are supposed to have the best cost-effectiveness ration in their class. The acquisition of Mi-24 and Mi-35M helos seems to be the cheapest way to improve the land attack and close air support (CAS) capabilities of a military force....
  • China launches own aircraft engine-maker to rival the West

    08/30/2016 4:23:28 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 21 replies
    BBC News ^ | 29 August 2016
    The state-owned Aero-Engine Group of China was created by combining a group of existing aircraft-engine companies, according to local media reports. It has about 50bn yuan ($7.5bn) in registered capital and will develop both military and commercial engines. China already makes its own planes, but has struggled for decades to develop engines that meet global requirements. 'Strategic move' China currently buys its commercial aircraft engines from General Electric and United Technologies' Pratt & Whitney. China's military jets uses Russian-made engines. President Xi Jinping called the new creation of the new company a "strategi
  • Bombardier hands out pink slips as part of effort to cut 7,000 workers

    08/29/2016 3:03:27 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 24 replies
    Financial Post ^ | 26 August 2016
    Bombardier handed out pink slips Friday to aerospace employees in Montreal as part of its efforts announced in February to trim 7,000 workers over two years. The Montreal-based company declined to say how many workers were being affected by the latest layoff notices, how many cuts have already been made, or what aircraft programs are being affected. Mark Masluch, spokesman for Bombardier business jets, said the layoffs are a continuation of the “workforce optimization” plan being implemented across the company. The union representing machinists said the uncertainty about efforts to save jobs is creating frustration for workers. It warned last...
  • RAF Typhoons hunt for Russian 'bandits' as Nato protects Baltic skies

    08/28/2016 10:19:26 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    The Telegraph, U.K. ^ | 27 AUGUST 2016 | David Blair
    When the siren sounded, the RAF pilots dashed for the cockpits of their Typhoons. Within minutes, two jet fighters were streaking across a summer sky, their wings laden with air-to-air missiles, searching for unidentified intruders they know as “bandits”. Over the next half hour, Wing Commander Roger Elliott and his wingman would make three separate interceptions of Russian military aircraft. “You do have adrenalin pumping and when you launch, you don’t know what’s out there,” said Wg Cdr Elliott. “But it also makes you feel very satisfied because that is what we’re here to do.” These pilots from II Squadron...
  • POLISH AIR FORCE CELEBRATES THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE F-16 SERVICE WITH AN AWESOME AIR-TO-AIR PHOT

    08/28/2016 10:01:32 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    The Aviationist ^ | Aug 28 2016 | Jacek Siminski
    This year is special when it comes to the relationship between the Viper and the Polish Air Force since it has been 10 years since Poland has acquired this slick airframe, significantly modernizing the inventory which remains at disposal of the military aviation units. The anniversary provides an interesting opportunity to sum up the history of the relationship between the Lockheed’s jet and the Polish Air Force. Within the Polish Air Force, the F-16 “Jastrząb” (Jastrząb – Northern goshawk – is the Polish name for the F-16 jet) is being used for a variety of missions, including air-superiority, close air...
  • Russia's Best Military Aircraft: Not Armed With the Best Aircraft-Killer Missiles

    08/27/2016 3:59:30 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    The National Interest ^ | August 26, 2016 | Dave Majumdar
    While Russia has deployed advanced warplanes to Syria including the Sukhoi Su-30SM, Su-34 and Su-35S, those jets are seldom seen carrying Moscow’s latest air-to-air weapons. More often than not, the Su-30SM Flanker-H and Su-34 Fullback are spotted armed with Soviet-era R-27 semi-active radar and infrared-guided medium range air-to-air missiles. It is only on occasion that Su-35S Flanker-E fighters are spotted with active-radar guided R-77 RVV-SD missiles—which are roughly the equivalent of the American-made Raytheon AIM-120 AMRAAM. The reason Russian fighters are seldom spotted with advanced air-to-air weaponry are two-fold, explains researcher Mikhail Barabanov, editor-in-chief of the Moscow Defense Brief, which...
  • Next Gen Kh-32 ant-ship cruise missile tests drawing to a close in Russia

    08/24/2016 10:43:32 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 24 August 2016
    Russia is finalizing the trials of a sophisticated cruise missile designated as Kh-32 and intended to equip the Tupolev Tu-22M3 supersonic long-range bomber fleet, according to the Izvestia daily. The cutting-edge missile is virtually invulnerable to ground-based air defenses and interceptors of a potential adversary. Once launched, the product of the Raduga Design Bureau climbs to an altitude of 40 km, to the stratosphere, to dive on the target at a steep angle. Picture by Mikhail Polyakov, http://russianplanes.net A source in Russia’s defense industry has confirmed that the Kh-32 missile’s tests were in final stages, and the weapon itself was...
  • Airlander 10: Longest aircraft damaged during flight

    08/24/2016 10:40:38 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 28 replies
    BBC News ^ | August 24, 2016
    The world's longest aircraft - the Airlander 10 - has been damaged after nosediving on landing during its second test flight. The 302ft (92m) long aircraft - which is part plane and part airship - was damaged during the flight from Cardington Airfield in Bedfordshire.
  • Boeing offers sneak peak of new T-X trainer

    08/23/2016 2:22:31 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    FlightGlobal ^ | 22 AUGUST, 2016 | LEIGH GIANGRECO
    After photos leaked of Northrop Grumman and BAE System’s new T-X trainer offering, Boeing and Saab revealed their own T-X sneak peak this week. A few shadowy glimpses of the trainer appeared over four videos posted on Boeing’s new T-X website over the weekend. The clean sheet design has two engine inlets, a high mounted wing and a conventional, vertical tail. That design marks a departure from Boeing’s original V-tail concept the company put forth before partnering with Saab. The new aircraft’s design is also unique from the Boeing T-45 Goshawk used by the US Navy. Boeing’s T-X bid not...
  • Boeing 747 - it was nice knowin ya!

    08/22/2016 11:57:32 AM PDT · by djf · 74 replies
    I was just talking to my neighbor who has a son that works in Everett. He says the last 747 is expected to come off the line in late September, this year! In my mind, this is just about the last thing I would recommend. Take a hiatus if you need one. But don't spend all your gumption on the 787. Stick to planes that WORK! Like the 737... Thoughts?
  • Here We Go Again: USAF Aims to Stand Up Dedicated F-16 CAS Squadron At Nellis AFB

    08/20/2016 7:42:29 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 19 replies
    THE DRIVE ^ | AUGUST 19, 2016 | TYLER ROGOWAY
    Even though the USAF has shuttered the 65th AGRS based out of Nellis AFB, its only F-15C/D aggressor squadron, our friends at Combat Aircraft Monthly say a new F-16 unit is slated to be activated at the base. This new unit will be made up of eight Block 40 F-16C/Ds, with the squadron envisioned to grow to 16 aircraft as the F-35 comes on line and replaces the Viper in front-line units. The F-16s' mission will reportedly be tightly focused on close air support. Combat Aircraft writes: “The CAS Integration Group’s mission will include high-end training as well as an...
  • Japan eyes fiercer fighter jets to counter China (F-15 upgrade)

    08/20/2016 7:37:21 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    Nikkei ^ | August 21, 2016
    TOKYO -- Japan's Defense Ministry is likely to request a budgetary allocation so the country's air force, which is responding more frequently to Chinese provocations, can load more missiles on its F-15 fighter jets, sources said. The ministry wants to double the number of air-to-air missiles to be loaded on the mainstay jets, operated by the Air Self-Defense Force. It also plans to lengthen the jets' lifespans. The ministry would like the money to be allocated in the budget for the fiscal year beginning in April. There has been a surge in the number of Chinese warplanes as well as...
  • WWII Airmen Get Their Memorial

    08/20/2016 1:45:06 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 36 replies
    American Thinker ^ | August 20, 2016 | Robert Zubrin
    On Saturday August 6, I was privileged to attend the unveiling of the memorial to American airmen who fought in World War II at the Wings Over the Rockies aviation museum in Denver, Colorado. Created by Major Frederic Arnold (ret.), an artist who flew P-38 Lightnings in the Mediterranean theater of the war, the monumental sculpture depicts a pre-flight briefing, with the squadron leader at the mapboard explaining the mission plan, while the men of the squadron and the pale ghosts of their fallen comrades listen on. American airmen suffered a horrific casualty rate during World War II, with over...
  • Flight of Fancy: EPA Moves to Regulate Airlines’ Emissions

    08/20/2016 5:34:25 AM PDT · by rktman · 48 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 8/20/2016 | Colonel Chris J. Krisinger
    Just when U.S. airlines are experiencing an active summer travel season, with four percent more passengers expected than last summer’s banner year, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) weighs in on the industry. Their recent verdict: “planet-warming pollution produced by airplanes endangers human health by contributing to climate change.” Such is the basis for their “endangerment finding” under the Clean Air Act, which now triggers the legal requirement to impose the first-ever government regulations of aircraft emissions and extend the EPA’s reach into yet another segment of the U.S. economy. The announced plan to reduce aircraft emissions takes place as President...
  • Northrop T-X prototype revealed on Mojave runway (new trainer)

    08/19/2016 8:03:30 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 47 replies
    Flight Global ^ | 20 AUGUST, 2016 | STEPHEN TRIMBLE
    Northrop Grumman’s entry for the T-X competition was publicly revealed on 19 August in Mojave, California. Dubbed the Model 400, the Northrop bid is powered by a single GE Aviation F404-102D engine with 17,200lb-thrust, according to the US Federal Aviation Adminitration’s aircraft registration database. Scaled Composites, the Northrop subsidiary devoted to rapid prototyping and flight testing, registered the aircraft on 16 June 2015, but the design was kept under wraps for several more months. Images of the aircraft on Twitter show an aircraft with a prominent, single vertical fin and a nose section similar to the T-38. Northrop revealed a...
  • China eyes artificial intelligence for new cruise missiles

    08/19/2016 6:26:09 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    Reuters ^ | Aug 19, 2016
    China is eyeing the use of a high level of artificial intelligence and automation for its next generation of cruise missiles, a senior designer was quoted as saying on Friday. "We plan to adopt a 'plug and play' approach in the development of new cruise missiles, which will enable our military commanders to tailor-make missiles in accordance with combat conditions," Wang Changqing of the China Aerospace and Industry Corp told the state-run China Daily newspaper. "Moreover, our future cruise missiles will have a very high level of artificial intelligence and automation," Wang added. "They will allow commanders to control them...
  • Air Force Begins Massive High-Tech F-15 Upgrade to Stay in Front of Chinese J-10

    08/18/2016 11:38:00 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 25 replies
    Scout Warrior ^ | Aug 18, 2016 | KRIS OSBORN
    The US Air Force is vigorously upgrading the 1980s-era F-15 fighter by giving new weapons and sensors in the hope of maintaining air-to-air superiority over the Chinese J-10 equivalent. The multi-pronged effort includes the current addition of electronic warfare technology, super-fast high-speed computers, infrared search and track enemy targeting systems, increased networking ability and upgraded weapons-firing capability, Air Force and Boeing officials said. “The Air Force plans to keep the F-15 fleet in service until the mid-2040’s. Many of the F-15 systems date back to the 1970’s and must be upgraded if the aircraft is to remain operationally effective. Various...
  • Airlander 10: Maiden flight at last for longest aircraft

    08/17/2016 3:14:22 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 28 replies
    BBC ^ | 08/17/2016
    The Airlander 10 - which is part plane and part airship - took off from Cardington Airfield in Bedfordshire. Its original test flight on Sunday was postponed, but it finally left the ground at 19:40 BST. The Ł25m aircraft measures 302ft (92m) long and is about 50ft (15m) longer than the biggest passenger jets. ... Christened the Martha Gwyn, the aircraft was first developed for the US government as a surveillance aircraft but the project was shelved amid defence cutbacks. ... The huge aircraft will be able to stay airborne for around five days during manned flights. HAV claims it...
  • Giant helium-filled airship Airlander takes off for 1st time

    08/17/2016 3:36:00 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 54 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 8/17/16 | Jill Lawless - AP
    LONDON (AP) — A blimp-shaped, helium-filled airship considered the world's largest aircraft flew for the first time Wednesday with a short but historic jaunt over an airfield in central England. Engines roaring, the 302-foot (92-meter) Airlander 10 rose slowly into the air from Cardington airfield, 45 miles (73 kilometers) north of London. A hybrid of blimp, helicopter and airplane, it can stay aloft for days at a time and has been nicknamed the "flying bum" because of its bulbous front end.
  • Modernized Russian bombers will be able to fly in the stratosphere

    08/16/2016 6:09:33 PM PDT · by Mariner · 34 replies
    UPI ^ | August 16th, 2016 | By Nikolai Litovkin
    At the end of 2016, the Russian Defense Ministry will receive the first delivery of the renewed NK-32 engines for the Tu-160M2 strategic missile-carrying bombers. According to the developers, the new engine will help the plane fly up to the stratosphere at an altitude of 60,000 feet. "The new NK-32 version can work not only as a reactive plane engine but also as a rocket engine. Thanks to this, the Tu-160M2 will be able to cruise at a height where no enemy anti-aircraft system can strike it," a source in the Russian defense industry said. The modernized plane's first flight...
  • Russian Tu-22M3 Backfire Bombers Deploy To Western Iran: Report

    08/16/2016 4:12:51 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    THE DRIVE ^ | AUGUST 15, 2016 | TYLER ROGOWAY
    A group of Russian Tu-22M3 Backfire bombers have supposedly arrived at Hamedan Air Base in western Iran. Photos (below) show them accompanied by at least one IL-76 tanker-transport. The Backfires have supposedly been deployed there for air strikes again ISIS. If these reports prove true, the deployment would be an unprecedented sign of Iranian-Russian military cooperation, and another indicator that Russia is far from finished with its use of fixed-wing air power in the region. Tu-22M3s have been suddenly active once again over Syria, flying long-range missions originating from within Russia’s borders and accompanied by forward-deployed Flanker derivatives once entering...
  • Why The F-22 and F-35 Stealth Fighters Will Revolutionize War in the Sky

    08/13/2016 12:42:07 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 42 replies
    National Interest ^ | 12 Aug, 2016 | Sebastien Roblin
    In Len Deighton’s book Fighter, he describes the tactics used by the outnumbered English fighter pilots defending against German Luftwaffe bombers in the Battle of Britain: The professional fighter pilot gained height as quickly as he was permitted, and treasured possession of that benefit. He hoped always to spot the enemy before they spotted him and hurried to the sun side of them to keep himself invisible. He needed superior speed, so he positioned himself for a diving attack, and he would choose a victim at the very rear of the enemy formation so that he did not have to...
  • Singapore delaying decision on F-35 fighter purchase: Report

    08/11/2016 2:54:23 AM PDT · by djsunzi · 5 replies
    The Straits Times (Singapore) ^ | AUG 11, 2016 | Adrian Lim
    Singapore is reportedly holding off a decision to buy the Lockheed Martin F-35 jet, a multi-role stealthy warplane that is touted as the world's most advanced fighter. A Bloomberg article published on Tuesday said the Republic's Permanent Secretary of Defence Development - who was not named in the story - informed the United States in mid-June that Singapore would be delaying the final steps of the purchasing process. The report added that Singapore had intended to acquire four F-35s by around 2022, with the option to purchase another eight more, citing information from the Pentagon's programme office.
  • Morocco In Talks on Su-34 Bomber, Amur-1650 Diesel-Electric Submarine

    08/11/2016 6:48:15 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    TASS-Defense ^ | August 11, 2016
    MOSCOW --- The Moroccan Armed Services may receive the export version of the Sukhoi Su-34 (NATO reporting name: Fullback) tactical bomber and Amur-1650 diesel-electric submarine, according to the Izvestia daily citing a source in Russia’s shipbuilding industry. According to experts, Morocco has good reasons for acquiring Russian combat gear, but the export of Amur-1650 submarines is unlikely to commence before 2020. Rabat and Moscow are discussing the feasibility of the Moroccan Navy’s Amur-1650 submarine acquisition in the format of consultations so far. The ship Morocco has taken interest in is an export version of the Russian-built Project 677 Lada-class (Petersburg-class)...
  • KC-135 Stratotanker reaches historic milestone

    08/10/2016 6:43:05 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 31 replies
    dvids ^ | 08.09.2016 | Capt. Joseph Simms
    When the first Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker took to the sky on August 31,1956, no one at the time could have expected it would still be flying 60 years later. But for the past six decades, this modified Boeing 707 has established itself as one of the workhorses of the Air Force’s inventory, providing air-to-air refueling, personnel and cargo transport, and aeromedical evacuation capabilities throughout the world. In the mid-fifties Strategic Air Command, under the direction of General Curtis Lemay, needed an air refueler that could keep up with the fighter and bomber aircraft of the day. At the time, B-52...
  • Russian Carrier Awaits MiG-29s for Syrian Airstrikes

    08/09/2016 10:58:40 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    AINonline ^ | August 9, 2016 | Vladimir Karnozov
    A MiG-29K operating from INS Vikramaditya during trials in the Barents Sea in 2013. (Photo: Vladimir Karnozov) The Russian navy’s only carrier, the 59,000-metric ton Admiral Kuznetsov, is being modified to enable operations of MiG-29K/KUB strike fighters against targets in Syria. The work is due to be completed within the next few months. During its first combat deployment, the carrier is likely to carry 15 fighters and a dozen Kamov helicopters. The latter may include a few Ka-52K Katran attack prototypes as well as Ka-31 airborne early warning & control rotorcraft. The deployment will last for up to three months,...
  • Meet Israel’s 'Suicide Squad' of Self-Sacrificing Drones

    08/09/2016 10:40:44 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies
    THE DRIVE ^ | AUGUST 8, 2016 | TYLER ROGOWAY
    When you first see Israel Aircraft Industries' Harop drone, the "Star Trek" association is unmistakable. Like the Klingon Bird of Prey it resembles, the Harop is small, maneuverable, nearly impossible to detect, relatively inexpensive, and is downright deadly. And when it comes to accomplishing its mission, it even operates on the belief that “today is a great day to die.” The diminutive drone doesn’t carry any munitions; it doesn’t need to, because it is the munition. A 50-pound high explosive charge is part of the Harop itself, and if it finds an enemy radar or another target of opportunity in...
  • Which is Better, the F-5E Tiger II or the MiG-21? (A forgotten African war answered the question)

    08/08/2016 3:33:39 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 21 replies
    War is Boring ^ | August 08, 2016 | TOM COOPER
    Maj. Yohannes Woldemariam proudly posing in front of the first Northrop F-5A delivered to Ethiopia, in 1966. Photo via S.N. Which is better? The Northrop F-5E Tiger II or the Mikoyan i Gurevich MiG-21? There have been countless discussions of this question and, probably, at least as many answers. Over 15,000 of these two cheap, lightweight, simple-to-maintain and -operate fighters were produced and, over the time, they’ve served in more than 60 different air forces — some of which operated both of them. The usual story is that they never met in combat and thus the ultimate question about their mutual superiority...
  • Bell Helicopter pitches Vipers and Venoms to the ADF

    08/07/2016 9:48:14 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    Bell Helicopter is pitching its AH-1Z Viper attack and UH-1Y Venom utility helicopters to meet ADF requirements outlined in the recent Defence White Paper. February’s Defence White Paper and its accompanying Integrated Investment Program (IIP) detailed the planned early retirement and replacement of Army’s Tiger Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter (ARH) from the mid-2020s plus plans to acquire “deployable light helicopters” to support Special Forces operations. “The White Paper calls for Australia to have an outward-facing, strategically engaged capability of being forward deployed,” Bell’s regional director for military business development, John Woodbery, told Australian Aviation in Canberra in late July. “We are...
  • New Report Details What 31 US Air Force Pilots Who Flew the F-35 Really Think

    08/06/2016 9:39:08 AM PDT · by Mariner · 58 replies
    The National Interest ^ | August 6th, 2016 | John Venable
    Air Force Gen. Herbert “Hawk” Carlisle, commander of Air Combat Command, this week declared the F-35A fighter jet ready for combat. While many pundits and politicians have questioned the worth of this jet, the only people who know the ground truth are the pilots themselves. A total of 174 U.S. pilots currently have been trained to fly Lockheed Martin’s F-35A Lightning II. The Heritage Foundation recently interviewed 31 of these former F-15C, F-15E, F-16C, and A-10 pilots. Each expressed a high degree of confidence in the F-35A, their new fifth-generation platform. Here are nine insights gleaned from those conversations: 1....
  • That Time a Defense Contractor Wanted to Load Up 747s With ICBMs

    08/05/2016 3:44:04 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 28 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | Aug 4, 2016 | Kyle Mizokami
    An interesting concept for America's nuclear deterrent recently emerged on the Internet. A former employee for a US defense contractor describes an idea to launch intercontinental ballistic missiles from midair…using a civilian jetliner. The idea was ultimately shelved, but is reminiscent of a current DoD program for conventional weapons. According to the post on The Unwanted Blog the author, was an employee for Orbital ATK, a San Jose-based defense contractor specializing in rockets and missiles. The author came across some Powerpoint presentations of a concept developed with another defense contractor, BAE, for turning a 747 into a nuclear missile carrier....
  • OPINION: Why US Air Force needs a low-cost gun-slinger

    08/05/2016 1:57:45 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 22 replies
    FLIGHT INTERNATIONAL ^ | Aug 05, 2016
    Roll the clock back six years to 2010. The US Air Force had just shelved a proposal to stand up a new wing of fighters based on the OA-X, a concept for a propeller-driven, light-attack fighter – reviving the role played by the Vietnam-era Douglas A-1 Skyraider. Instead, the USAF would acquire OA-X aircraft on behalf of cash-poor partners, and let them operate the type. If the concept proved useful to those nations, service officials said they would reconsider the merits of standing up a light-attack wing. Six years later, the Sierra Nevada/Embraer A-29 Super Tucano has made its combat...
  • How the F-35 Stealth Fighter Is 'Destroying' the A-10 Warthog

    08/04/2016 6:18:44 AM PDT · by Mariner · 48 replies
    The National Interest ^ | Augtust 3rd, 2016 | James Stevenson
    The U.S. Marine Corps, tired of waiting for the continuously-delayed F-35B, has gone to the Arizona boneyard to retrieve some of its preserved, first-edition F-18 Hornets to fulfill its close air support obligation to protect Marines on the ground. Mindful of the aphorism “willful waste makes woeful want,” the Marine Corps preserved its F-18s in the boneyard just in case it ever needed them again. The U.S. Air Force, not feeling a similar obligation to protect U.S. Army soldiers on the ground and arguing that the F-35A can perform close air support as well as the A-10 Warthog can do,...
  • The Iraqi Air Force Just Got New Bomber Planes — By Arming Transports

    08/03/2016 6:54:09 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    War is Boring ^ | August 03, 2016 | ARNAUD DELALANDE
    Iraqi air force pilot photo via Arnaud Delalande On July 17, 2016, the first photo appeared on social media depicting an Iraqi air force An-32B Cline transport aircraft carrying a bomb on an external pylon. ItÂ’s not the first time that transport aircraft have pulled double duty as bombers. Following Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003, Iraq began to rebuild its air force, which had been decimated during the invasion. Most Iraqi combat aircraft were discovered by coalition forces in poor condition on various air bases, while others were found buried outside their bases or in nearby towns and villages where...
  • Is the European Meteor Air-To-Air Missile Really the Best in the World?

    08/03/2016 6:42:52 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    THE DRIVE ^ | August 03, 2016 | TYLER ROGOWAY
    For years now there has been a ton of hype about MBDA’s Meteor beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile, but now that it has reached operational status, blanket claims are being tossed around in the media as to its capabilities: headlines like “the best in the world“ and “the most deadly” are commonplace. But is it really that simple? Is the Meteor the dream missile every western fighter needs under its wings or in its weapons bays or is it a niche capability? Rising Meteor The truth is that the Meteor isn’t that new at all as it has been in development for...
  • AF declares the F-35A ‘combat ready’

    08/02/2016 9:30:41 PM PDT · by Enchante · 46 replies
    US Air Force Public Affairs ^ | August 2, 2016 | Air Combat Command Public Affairs
    AF declares the F-35A ‘combat ready’ By Air Combat Command Public Affairs, / Published August 02, 2016 JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va. (AFNS) -- The F-35A Lightning II fifth-generation fighter aircraft was declared ‘combat ready’ by Gen. Hawk Carlisle, the commander of Air Combat Command, Aug 2. Carlisle lauded the aircraft’s performance, noting that the aircraft had met all key criteria for reaching initial operational capability: Airmen trained, manned and equipped to conduct basic close air support, interdiction and limited suppression/destruction of enemy air defenses in a contested environment with an operational squadron of 12-24 aircraft; the ability to deploy and...
  • Airpower Classics - F-22 Raptor

    08/01/2016 7:18:05 PM PDT · by Purdue77 · 16 replies
    Air Force Magazine ^ | Aug 2016 | Air Force Magazine
    With the F-22 Raptor, the Air Force acquired un equaled power to project air dominance. Lockheed Martin’s single-seat, twin-engined, all-weather fighter blended stealth, supercruise, great agility, and all-sensing avionics. Those features, plus high reliability and low maintenance, marked a huge leap in capability over USAF’s own F-15 Eagle, long the class of air combat. Indeed, the F-22 could not be matched by any known or projected fighter.
  • Time For Israel To Walk Away From US Aid [F-35]

    08/01/2016 4:31:50 AM PDT · by SJackson · 11 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | July 29, 2016 | Caroline Glick
    ...And better serve the country's security interests in the process. Originally published by the Jerusalem Post. On Monday, acting head of the National Security Council Yaakov Nagel will sit down with his US counterpart, Susan Rice, and try to conclude negotiations about a new, multi-year defense assistance package. We must all hope that he fails. . No clear Israeli interest will be advanced by concluding the aid deal presently on the table. Indeed, the deal now being discussed will cause Israel massive, long-term economic and strategic damage. This is true for a number of reasons. First, there is the issue...
  • Fatal crash of Chinese J-15 carrier jet puts question mark over troubled programme

    07/29/2016 7:18:30 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 27 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | Wednesday, 27 July, 2016 | Choi Chi-yuk
    Mainland state media confirmed for the first time yesterday that a home-grown, carrier-based J-15 jet fighter crashed during training in April. The crash could deal a blow to the development of the fighter jet and cast a shadow over the PLA Navy’s blue sea strategy and aircraft carrier programme. J-15s are the core jet fighters for the mainland’s aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, and other more advanced domestic carriers reportedly under construction. At the critical moment, Zhang tried his best to save the aircraft. When the pushrods failed, he ejected and died as a result of an injury on landingCNR REPORT...
  • Watch The F-35 Fire Its Gun Pod For The Very First Time

    07/29/2016 7:08:54 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 37 replies
    THE DRIVE ^ | July 29, 2016 | Tyler Rogoway
    The F-35A has already fired its internal GAU-22 25mm cannon both on the ground and in the air, and now the gun pod intended for the B and C models, which lack an internal cannon, is being test-fired on the aircraft for the very first time. The gun pod is housed in a semi-low observable (stealthy) enclosure attached to the F-35B and C’s centerlines, between the weapons bays. The gun’s “common” enclosure design can also be used to house other bolt-on systems in the future. LOCKHEED MARTIN A F-35B loaded with GBU-12 laser guided bombs, AIM-9X Sidewinders, and a gun...
  • India to Enhance Su-30MKI Multirole Fighters

    07/29/2016 6:59:33 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    TASS Defense ^ | July 28, 2016
    MOSCOW --- India is boosting negotiations with Russia on the upgrade of its Sukhoi Su-30MKI (NATO reporting name: Flanker-H) multirole fighter jets, according to a source in the Russian defense industry. "Due to the postponement of the FGFA (Fifth-Generation Fighter Aircraft) joint program, the Indian Ministry of Defense (MoD) has apparently revealed its intention to upgrade Su-30MKI combat aircraft in order to turn the planes into the fifth-generation fighter jets. A Russian military-industrial delegation visited New Delhi in early July to forge the upgrade strategy and to discuss it with the Indian colleagues. We suppose that the draft of the...
  • The Blue Angels Are Getting a Super Upgrade

    07/29/2016 6:20:24 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 45 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | Jul 28, 2016 | Kyle Mizokami Jul 28, 2016
    Boeing scored a $12 million dollar contract to transition the U.S. Navy's Blue Angels flight demonstration squadron to newer jets. The Blue Angels, who have been flying the F/A-18 Hornet since 1986, are moving up to the bigger F/A-18E/F Super Hornet. The Blue Angels currently fly a mixed bag of older Hornet fighters. They've got three of the oldest F/A-18A model, 10 of the newer -C models, and three two-seater models. The -A and -C models are all 20 to 30 years old. The Angels typically fly Hornets that are very much still functional, but too old to keep operating...
  • Why India Should Consider Lockheed Martin's F-16 Offer

    07/28/2016 10:36:18 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | July 27, 2016 | C. Christine Fair
    In 2007, India began an official tender process for 126 multi-role, medium-range combat aircraft (MMRCA) with Paris-based Dassault at a cost of about $11 billion. It was the world’s largest fighter jet deal at the time. Since then the deal has unraveled. Negotiations stalled over price and quality and, ultimately, Prime Minister Narendra Modi opted to purchase only 36 “ready to fly” aircraft from Dassault. Even this more modest version of deal has yet to fully fructify. Since the original bid, the Modi government has added a “made in India” component as part of all future acquisitions. Amidst the French...
  • US 'spy plane' makes emergency landing in Russia after 'problem with its landing gear'

    07/28/2016 8:22:39 AM PDT · by orchestra · 81 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 7/28/2016 | Will Stewart
    A United States 'spy plane' has made an emergency landing in eastern Russia, it has emerged today. The surveillance Boeing OC-135B aircraft was flying a mission over Siberia as allowed under the Treaty on Open Skies when it reported a problem with its landing gear. The unarmed plane made an emergency landing at Khabarovsk airport, but a military source in Russia has questioned whether the technical glitch was genuine.
  • India inks $1-bn deal with Boeing to buy 4 more P-8I aircraft for Navy

    07/27/2016 7:19:37 PM PDT · by cold start · 7 replies
    NEW DELHI: Adding more teeth to the Navy’s surveillance capabilities, India on Wednesday signed a deal worth over $1 billion with American defence and aerospace major Boeing for procuring four additional Poseidon-8I long-range maritime surveillance and anti-submarine warfare aircraft. The US has emerged as the biggest supplier of military hardware to India and with Wednesday's agreement, the total value of defence deals signed with the US in the last decade comes to around $15 billion. According to defence sources, the contract is a follow-on order to the eight P-81 planes worth $2.1 billion bought by India in a direct deal...
  • Syrian Air Force to Get Russian Su-24M2 Frontline Bombers

    07/27/2016 10:34:04 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    TASS-Defense ^ | July 27, 2016
    MOSCOW --- The Syrian Air Force has received a batch of Su-24M2 (NATO reporting name: Fencer-D) frontline bombers supplied by Russia, according to the AMN news agency. "The Syrian Air Force has received several Su-24M2 aircraft supplied by Russia in order to beef up the Damascus’ combat capabilities to fight against international terrorism. At present, two Su-24M2 aircraft have been delivered with eight more planes to be transferred in the nearest future," the news agency said. According to AMN, Russia has supplied the aforementioned Su-24M2 frontline bombers to the Syrian governmental forces within the framework of the military-technical cooperation between...
  • In 1987, a Secret Iraqi Warplane Struck an American Frigate and Killed 37 Sailors

    07/27/2016 10:22:54 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies
    War is Boring ^ | July 27, 2016 | TOM COOPER
    USS ‘Stark’ as seen from USS ‘Conyngham’ on the morning of May 18, 1987, listing heavily to port. USS ‘Conyngham’ Association photo On May 17, 1987, the U.S. Navy guided missile frigate USS Stark was on a patrol in the central Persian Gulf, about three kilometers outside the Iraq-declared war-zone off the coast of Iran. Around 22.00hrs local time, Stark came under attack from an Iraqi air force fighter jet. Radars on the U.S. warship tracked the aircraft as it approached, and Capt. Glenn R. Brindel ordered his radioman to issue a warning and request the pilot to identify himself....
  • Inside the ultimate test drive: How British test pilots put Eurofighter Typhoon through its paces

    07/25/2016 10:16:12 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    BAE SYSTEMS ^ | 10 July 2016
    Inside the ultimate test drive: How British test pilots put the Eurofighter Typhoon through its paces British test pilots from BAE Systems have lifted the lid on how they push the Eurofighter Typhoon combat jet to the edge of its limits as part of an ‘ultimate test drive’ before delivering the aircraft to customers including the Royal Air Force. The jet’s power, speed and agility are all brought to the fore as test pilots, based at Warton, Lancashire, take the controls of each Typhoon for the first time – as soon as they roll out from the factory floor to...
  • China unveils 'world's largest amphibious aircraft' (Boeing 737-sized seaplane)

    07/25/2016 2:20:33 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 64 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 7/25/16 | AFP
    China has completed production of the world's largest amphibious aircraft, state media has said, the latest effort in the country's program to wean itself off dependence on foreign aviation firms. The state-owned Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) unveiled the first of the new planes, dubbed the AG600, Saturday in the southern port city of Zhuhai, the official Xinhua news agency reported. The aircraft, which has a maximum range of 4,500 km (2,800 miles), is intended for fighting forest fires and performing marine rescues, it said. At around the size of a Boeing 737, it is far larger than any...
  • World's Largest Amphibious Aircraft Made In China

    07/25/2016 5:21:31 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 40 replies
    Xinhua ^ | July 23, 2016
    The first AG600 amphibious aircraft rolls off a production line in Zhuhai, in south China's Guangdong Province. The aircraft will be used to fight forest fires and perform marine rescue missions. (Xinhua photo) GUANGZHOU, Xinhua --- China has completed production of a massive amphibious aircraft that it plans to use to fight forest fires and perform marine rescue missions. The AG600 rolled off a production line in the southern city of Zhuhai on Saturday, in what aviation observers see as a milestone for the country. The aircraft has a maximum take-off weight of 53.5 tonnes, a maximum cruising speed of...