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  • Pictured: Moment $19m F-16 fighter jet EXPLODES and another is damaged in Belgium (TR)

    10/14/2018 10:09:24 AM PDT · by DFG · 38 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 10/13/2018 | Chris Dyer
    A multi-million-pound fighter jet exploded and another was damaged when a mechanic accidentally opened fire from a third plane during maintenance. The F-16 Falcon jet, worth around $19million (£15million), was destroyed in the blaze as it was parked at a military base in Belgium and the second plane sitting next to it suffered fire damage from the on-board Gatling cannon. Two technicians working on the Belgian Air Force stealth planes were said to have been injured in the incident at the Florennes air base, 60 miles south of Brussels, on Thursday afternoon.
  • KILLING THE LAVI (Israeli fighter)

    10/08/2018 7:53:33 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    Tablet Magazine ^ | October 4, 2018 | John W. Golan
    Thirty-one years ago, on Aug. 30, 1987, an Israeli cabinet voted to terminate Israel’s Lavi fighter program, ending the largest single weapons development effort in the history of the Jewish state. It was a narrow, party-line vote in a divided “national unity” Cabinet. As the story behind this airplane has receded into history and its memory has faded among the succeeding generations, its broader meaning and significance to Israel’s national security has likewise been largely lost. The consequences of decisions not fully understood at the time that they were made will so often be visited upon the generations that follow....
  • Maj Christina Hopper Conquered Race, Gender, And The F-16

    09/26/2018 5:27:06 AM PDT · by metmom · 27 replies
    Task and Purpose ^ | Nov 9, 2016 | Sarah Sicard
    For Maj. Christina Hopper, the first black female pilot to fly a fighter jet in war, the military was a place of diversity unlike any other. Maj. Christina Hopper’s family is about as military as it gets. The legacy of service in her family made being a military brat a key part of her identity. Born in Norway while both her parents were stationed there with the Air Force, Hopper didn’t move to the United States until she was 4 years old. Her trajectory, following in her parents’ footsteps to the military, was normal, expected almost. But Hopper’s story deviates...
  • Duterte says buying US F-16 jets ‘utterly useless’

    08/27/2018 11:01:38 PM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 23 replies
    AP ^ | Aug. 24, 2018 | JIM GOMEZ
    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has rejected an offer by the US defence chief and other top American officials to buy F-16 fighter jets, saying such an acquisition would be “utterly useless” because his country needs lighter combat aircraft to fight insurgents. Duterte scoffed at the offer on Thursday, saying it had been floated in a letter by Defence Secretary James Mattis, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross. The offer came after he was slammed by the US for his deadly crackdown on illegal drugs, he said.
  • Israeli Smart Bomb Closes In on Service Debut

    07/18/2018 10:11:46 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    AIN online ^ | July 18, 2018 | David Donald
    At Farnborough 2018, the Spice 250 is being displayed as an option for both the Eurofighter Typhoon and Saab Gripen. Rafael’s Spice 250 electro-optical/infrared-guided glide bomb is on course to achieve initial operational capability with the Israel Air and Space Force next year, following a third test campaign earlier this year that saw the 100-km (62-mile) range weapon successfully engage moving, maritime, and time-critical targets. A few more qualification tests are due to be undertaken, with low-rate production just getting under way. At Farnborough 2018, the weapon is being displayed as an option for both the Eurofighter Typhoon and Saab...
  • SAF acquires new fighting machines to do more with less ... (Singapore)

    07/02/2018 7:19:07 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    Channel NewsAsia ^ | 30 June, 2018 | Aqil Haziq Mahmud
    SINGAPORE: The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) is overhauling its arsenal, adding new warplanes, submarines and warships as it gears up for a future with fewer soldiers. High on the agenda is the replacement for the ageing F-16 fighter jets, with Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen saying on Friday (Jun 29) that a decision will be made in the coming months. “F-16s would face obsolescence beyond 2030,” Dr Ng said of the 30-year-old jets. “To plan for a replacement is not as if you are going to buy a new car, you actually need a lead time of eight to 10...
  • Lockheed Martin to build 16 new F-16 Block 70 aircraft for Bahrain

    06/26/2018 9:08:38 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    Arabian Aerospace ^ | 26 June 2018
    Above: Artist's rendition of the F-16 Block 70 that will be built for the Kingdom of Bahrain at Lockheed Martin’s facility in Greenville, South Carolina. The Undefinitised Contract Action award represents the first F-16 Block 70 sale and the first F-16 production programme to be performed in Greenville, South Carolina. The Kingdom of Bahrain is the first customer to procure the F-16 Block 70, the newest and most advanced F-16 production configuration. "We value our long-standing relationship with the Kingdom of Bahrain and look forward to beginning production activities on their first Block 70 aircraft at our facility in Greenville,"...
  • In Major Reversal, Belgian PM Delays Fighter Decision, Will Thoroughly Evaluate French Rafale Offer

    06/18/2018 5:29:32 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies
    Defense-Aerospace.com ^ | June 18, 2018 | Giovanni de Briganti
    PARIS --- In a major policy reversal, Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel on Friday announced an abrupt change in the process to select a replacement for the Lockheed F-16s operated by the Belgian Air Force. At a press conference held after the Cabinet meeting, Michel said that Belgium will thoroughly evaluate the French offer based on the Dassault Rafale, as well as the possible upgrade of the F-16s. He also postponed the decision until mid-October. This is a complete disavowal of the position of Defense Minister Steven Vandeput, who insisted that upgrading the F-16 was clearly not realistic, and maintained...
  • F-16 crashes near Lake Havasu, Arizona, pilot in good condition

    04/24/2018 4:20:41 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 38 replies
    ABC ^ | Apr 24, 2018 | By Luis Martinez
    An Air Force F-16C fighter jet crashed on Tuesday at the airport in Lake Havasu, Arizona, while attempting land. The pilot was able to eject and is in good condition, the Air Force said. "An F-16C assigned to the 56th Fighter Wing diverted and attempted to land at Lake Havasu City Municipal Airport, Lake Havasu City, Arizona, at approximately 10:35 a.m. today during a routine training flight," read a statement from Luke Air Force Base. The base is located 15 miles south of Phoenix. "During landing the aircraft departed the prepared surface and the pilot ejected from the aircraft," the...
  • Greek-Turkish fighter jets engage in dogfights

    04/05/2018 11:01:07 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 48 replies
    Everyday (translate google) ^ | 4-5-18 | none stated
    Greek and Turkish fighter jets engaged in two dogfights over the Aegean on Thursday, after the Turkish jets violated Greek airspace 16 times in the northeast, central and southeastern Aegean, the Hellenic National Defense General Staff (HNDGS) said. Six Turkish F-16 jets, one pair of F-4s and one CN-235 transport aircraft entered Athens's FIR without submitting a flight plan, and violated air traffic regulations seven times. In all cases, the Turkish aircraft were identified and intercepted by Greek fighter planes in line with international rules of engagement. Six of the eight Turkish aircraft were armed.
  • F-16 jet crashes at Nellis Air Force Base outside Las Vegas, officials say

    04/04/2018 1:59:19 PM PDT · by Lonely Bull · 15 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 4th, 2018
    An Air Force F-16 jet crashed Wednesday at Nellis Air Force Base outside of Las Vegas, defense officials told Fox News. The status of the pilot, or pilots, was not immediately clear. In a statement, the Air Force said, “Emergency responders are on the scene. As soon as additional details become available, they will be provided. The accident is under investigation." The jet crashed around 10:30 a.m. during routine training at Nevada Test and Training Range, officials said.
  • How Turkey Destroyed Its Own Air Force

    03/18/2018 3:24:07 PM PDT · by BBell · 37 replies
    http://nationalinterest.org/ ^ | 3/16/18 | Michael Peck
    Fighter pilots aren't cheap. The U.S. Air Force estimates that training a new pilot to fly a plane like the F-35 costs $11 million. And that doesn't count the priceless experience of a veteran pilot who has been flying for years. That's why the U.S. Air Force is willing to offer half-million-dollar bonuses to retain experienced fighter pilots. So a nation that throws its fighter pilots in jail is not just wasting money, but also an extremely valuable resource. Yet in the name of politics, Turkey's government has purged its air force so badly that it can barely fly its...
  • Syrian anti-aircraft fire shoots down Israeli fighter jet, Israeli military says

    02/10/2018 12:43:35 AM PST · by Lera · 112 replies
    ABC ^ | 2/10/18
    The Israeli military has shot down an Iranian drone that infiltrated the country and has struck Iranian targets in Syria that launched it, in what the military called a "severe and irregular violation of Israeli sovereignty". The military said its planes faced heavy anti-aircraft counter fire from Syria that forced Israeli pilots to abandon an F-16 jet that crashed in northern Israel. It said the pilots were injured and evacuated to a hospital. Sirens sounded in northern Israel as a result of massive Syrian fire. Explosions could be heard in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley region near the Syrian border. Israeli military...
  • How the F-16 fighter jet put Fort Worth on the aerospace map

    11/30/2017 8:58:56 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    Star-Telegram ^ | NOVEMBER 24, 2017 | MAX B. BAKER
    FORT WORTH -Bobby Tamplin was 26 years old in 1977, when he went to work as a parts fabricator on the F-16 fighter jet. At the time, he was told his job would last “maybe five years.” Forty years later, the 66-year-old recently stood on a windy, cold flight line at Lockheed Martin — just a few weeks before his retirement — to bid goodbye to the last F-16 to be built in Fort Worth. It is a bittersweet moment for Tamplin, who grew up working on the assembly line, to remember a time when the plant built almost one...
  • Korean F-16s Upgraded To Carry Israeli Weapon

    11/07/2017 7:21:15 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    AIN online ^ | November 7, 2017 | Chen Chuanren
    A Korean F-16D, some of which have been upgraded to carry precision weapons such as (inset) the Rafael Spice glide bomb. (Photos: Chris Pocock and KForce News) The Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) has performed numerous live drops of the Rafael Spice 2,000-pound guided glide bomb this year, suggesting that the weapon is fully certified on its F-16 fleet. The Israeli company does not discuss customers, but reports indicate that Seoul signed a deal with Rafael in late 2015, with deliveries due in the second half of 2016. The weapon was seen in a quick-response exercise mounted by the...
  • Rex Tillerson bats for new wave of US defence sales to India

    10/25/2017 8:51:18 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    Business Standard ^ | October 26, 2017 | Ajai Shukla
    US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is visiting New Delhi at a delicate moment for American defence sales to India. Having rung up $15-18 billion in defence sales to New Delhi in the last decade, Washington is backing the US defence industry’s drive for a second wave of contracts that could add up to another $18-25 billion. Addressing the media with Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj in New Delhi on Wednesday, Tillerson stated: “[W]e are willing to provide India advanced technologies for its military modernisation efforts. This includes ambitious offers from American industry for F-16 and F/A-18 fighter planes.” On October...
  • White House approves Greenville production of 19 F-16 fighter jets (SC)

    09/13/2017 9:35:52 AM PDT · by buckalfa · 7 replies
    Upstate Business Journal ^ | September 12, 2017 | Rudolph Bell
    Lockheed Martin Corp. is a step closer to making at least 19 of its F-16 fighter jets in Greenville now that the White House has formally approved the sale of the jets to Bahrain. The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced Sept. 8 that it had given Congress formal notification of the proposed $2.78 billion deal. Under the federal government’s process for selling arms to foreign governments, the Trump administration will be able to proceed with the sale unless Congress objects within 30 days. While Congress has the power to block a proposed arms sale to a foreign government, it...
  • Iraqi pilot killed in training crash near Fort Thomas

    09/09/2017 9:29:33 AM PDT · by SandRat · 32 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | David Bell and Ronald Arrellin Jr. Eastern Arizona Courier
    FORT THOMAS — For the second time in two years, an Iraqi jet crashed during a training mission above the Arizona desert, killing its pilot. According to 1st Lt. Lacey Roberts, public information officer with the 162nd Wing of the Arizona Air National Guard, an F-16 Fighting Falcon crashed in Fort Thomas at about 3 p.m. The crash was in the vicinity of Blackrock Road, near the shooting range. “The pilot was doing a routine training mission in that area,” Roberts told Eastern Arizona Courier. Cause of the crash has not yet been released. An interim safety investigation board has...
  • F-16 Fighting Falcon crashes near Safford, reports say pilot died

    09/05/2017 7:32:42 PM PDT · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 23 replies
    KVOA Tucson, AZ ^ | 9/5/2017, 6:50 PM MDT | Mac Colson
    UPDATE: According to media reports in the area, the Graham County Sheriff has confirmed the pilot has died. News 4 Tucson has reached out to the Graham County Sheriff's Office to confirm this information, but has not hear back. ---------------------------- An F-16 Fighting Falcon crashed 20 miles northwest of Safford on Tuesday at 3 p.m. The F-16 is based out of the Arizona Air National Guard's 162nd Wing located in Tucson. Rescue efforts are underway. The status of the pilot is not known at this time.
  • America tests 'the most dangerous nuclear bomb ever produced': F-15 drops $1 trillion super-nuke

    08/29/2017 7:44:37 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 73 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 08/29/2017
    America tests 'the most dangerous nuclear bomb ever produced': F-15 drops $1trillion super-nuke that has an adjustable yield and is more accurate than ever An F-15E from Nellis Air Force Base dropped an inert version of the B61-12 over Nevada desert earlier this month after its first test in MarchB61-12 gravity bombs, without a nuclear warhead, were dropped from F-15E fighter jets at Tonopah Test Range in Nevada on August 8 The mock bomb landed in a dry lake bed at the Tonopah Test RangeScientists will spend months analyzing the data gathered from the testB61-12 consolidates and replaces older...