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  • 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...
  • US ‘bars’ Turkey from using Pakistani pilots for F-16 training

    08/29/2017 7:05:57 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    Daily Pakistan ^ | August 29, 2017 | Haider Ali Sindhu
    After the botched coup, Turkey fired pilots and to counter the insufficiency it asked Pakistan to provide three pilots Pakistan welcomed the request but US, using the clauses of F-16 purchase agreement, barred Turkey from hiring Pakistani pilots for training ANKARA- The US government has reportedly turned down a proposal put forth by Turkey to use Pakistani pilots for F-16 training, hinting at the fraught relations between Washington and Islamabad. The refusal was quoted by a pro-government columnist Mehmet Acet, who in Yeni Åžafak daily claimed that Turkish Air Forces had asked Pakistan to send three F-16 pilots to train...
  • Indian F-16 line will build at least three Block 70 fighters every month, claims Lockheed Martin

    08/22/2017 8:57:32 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    Business Standard ^ | August 22, 2017 | Ajai Shukla
    Lockheed Martin, the world’s biggest defence vendor, which is pitching strongly to sell the Indian Air Force (IAF) its new F-16 Block 70 fighter, told Business Standard on Tuesday that, if India chose its fighter, an Indian production line would churn out three-to-four F-16s every month. “We want to create the capacity to build three or more aircraft per month; we could do four. It depends upon how many aircraft India needs and when it will buy those”, said Randy Howard, who markets the F-16 globally for Lockheed Martin. For the IAF, which is making do with just 32-33 fighter...
  • Outrageous and delicious: This fighter pilot used his F-16 to take some mochi home from Hualien

    08/10/2017 9:46:56 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 20 replies
    The China Post ^ | August 10, 2017
    (Captured from the internet) TAIPEI, Taiwan — The F-16 is one of the world's most recognizable and widely used fighter jets. It has a frameless bubble canopy, an an internal M61 Vulcan cannon and 11 locations for other weapons to be mounted. It is also quite spacious, with two seats. And even when you've got someone in the back, there is still quite a lot of room — so why not take advantage of it? At least that was the logic of one Taiwanese pilot who recently flew to Hualien as part of his training, according to an Apple Daily...
  • The Americans Are Back: F-16 for the IAF and F/A-18 for the Indian Navy

    08/03/2017 9:34:13 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    Force ^ | August 02, 2017 | ASHLEY J. TELLIS
    During the last year, the Indian Air Force (IAF) and the Indian Navy (IN) confirmed what must have been the worst kept secret in New Delhi: that the Tejas Light Combat Aircraft, for all its achievements, was unsuitable as a strike-fighter for their near-term modernisation requirements. Where the IAF was concerned, the request for information (RFI) for a new single-engine fighter issued in the United States, Russia, and Sweden in October 2016 marked a further twist in its long-running saga to complete the Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) acquisition that first began in 2001. After the aborted competition led to...
  • Russia's fighter jet makers 'not afraid' of U.S. competition in India

    06/25/2017 4:36:32 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | Jun 23, 2017 | Andrea Shalal
    Russian military aviation firm MiG said on Friday it was ready to deepen its cooperation with India, just days after U.S. arms maker Lockheed Martin Corp (LMT.N) agreed with Tata Advanced Systems to build F-16 fighters there. India's air force needs hundreds of aircraft to replace its Soviet-era fleet, but Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government has said foreign suppliers must build the planes in India to boost the domestic industrial base and cut outright imports. MiG General Director Ilia Tarasenko told Reuters in a written interview that his company had been cooperating with India for more than 50 years, providing...
  • Modi-Trump meet: Why I have low expectations

    06/24/2017 2:56:02 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 9 replies
    Rediff.com ^ | Saturday, June 24, 2017 | Rajeev Srinivasan
    Here's why Rajeev Srinivasan believes there will be nothing particularly positive about the prime minister's US visit. IMAGE: The fact that it has taken this long for the US to extend an invitation to Narendra Modi suggests that India is not on Donald Trump's event horizon. Photographs: Peter Nicholls/Getty Images and Carlos Barria/Reuters Prime Minister Narendra Modi is not naive, so he is surely approaching his fifth visit to the United States, and his first meeting with US President Donald Trump with careful preparation. He is also deliberately creating low expectations. Unlike the hoopla of his previous Madison Square Gardens...
  • F-16 Thunderbird crashes, flips over at Dayton International Airport

    06/23/2017 5:27:02 PM PDT · by pfflier · 34 replies
    CBS/AP ^ | Jun 23, 2017 | /Ty Greenlees/WHIO
    DAYTON, Ohio -- A military plane that was practicing for an air show in heavy fog has crashed at an airport in Ohio, officials said Friday. CBS affiliate WHIO-TV reports an F-16 Thunderbird crashed and overturned shortly before 1 p.m. at the end of a runway at Dayton International Airport. The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds confirmed crew members were "conducting a familiarization flight" and "there was a mishap upon landing."
  • The Su-27 Fighter Warns The F-16 And Demonstrates The R73 (AA-11 Archer) Missiles

    06/23/2017 5:31:37 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 17 replies
    Live Leak ^ | 06/21/17
    A NATO F-16 fighter jet has tried to approach the Russian defense minister’s plane above the neutral waters of the Baltic Sea. The plane was warded off by a Russian Su-27 escorting the minister’s aircraft.   https://www.liveleak.com/view?i=361_1498043536    
  • Is Lockheed dumping F-16s on India?

    06/21/2017 8:19:46 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 19 replies
    BBC Hindi ^ | 20 June 2017 | Vineet Khare
    LOCKHEED MARTIN HANDOUT Tata and Lockheed Martin bosses signed an agreement in Paris Lockheed Martin and India's Tata Group have formalised an agreement to relocate the manufacturing of the most advanced F-16 fighter jets to India. The effort is aimed at securing a multi-billion dollar deal from Delhi. The announcement comes days ahead of Indian PM Narendra Modi's visit to Washington for a meeting with President Trump. But some defence experts are accusing Lockheed of offloading obsolete aircraft on India. What's in the deal? India will be able to "produce, operate and export the multi fighter F-16 Block 70 aircraft",...
  • USAF and USN Both Come To Terms With Long 4th Generation Fighter Futures

    06/14/2017 10:55:22 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    The Drive ^ | June 14, 2017 | JOSEPH TREVITHICK
    The U.S. Air Force is looking to extend the life of hundreds of F-16C/D Vipers, even more than we previously reported. At the same time, the U.S. Navy seems to have come to a similar conclusion with plans to buy more and better F/A-18E/F Super Hornet derivatives. Suffice it to say that the 4th generation fighter will be alive and well within the Pentagon's inventory for a long, long time to come. On June 12, 2017, the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC) posted a presolictation notice on the U.S. government’s main contracting website, FedBizOpps regarding production of upgrade...
  • 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...
  • Vietnam Eyes Israel's Delilah Standoff Missile, and F-16s Could Be Next

    03/24/2017 5:38:45 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    The Drive ^ | March 10, 2017 | TYLER ROGOWAY
    China's militarization of its man-made islands in the South China Sea and the resulting anti-access/area-denial bubbles that will cover massive swaths of that body of water in the not-so-distant future, has Vietnam shopping for weaponry that can counter Beijing's grand plans. Hanoi has already forward-deployed Israeli-built GPS-guided Extra multiple launch rocket systems to their own islands in the South China Sea—a weapon system that could rain down rockets on China's outposts with little warning. Now, Vietnam is looking towards Israel once again for its weapons needs, this time to provide an standoff multi-role cruise missile that can strike targets over...
  • USAF Looks To Retire The F-15C Eagle And Replace It With Upgraded F-16s

    03/22/2017 6:44:03 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 55 replies
    The Drive ^ | March 22, 2017 | TYLER ROGOWAY
    This startling news came during a House Armed Services Committee hearing on the current state of the U.S. Air Force. Chairman Joe Wilson asked right out of the gate about a previously unknown USAF plan to retire the F-15C/D Eagle fleet and replace them with F-16s. The subject of the question itself seemed to be big news to the committee with Congresswoman Vikki Hartzler later asking about what upgrades the F-15C/D was going to get so it could meet modern threats. Obviously the answer is not many if the Air Force is going to retire the jets in the relatively...
  • US, Indian govts talking on making F-16 in India, confirms Lockheed Martin

    02/16/2017 7:37:32 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 9 replies
    Daily News & Analysis ^ | Friday, February 17, 2017 | PTI
    American defence major Lockheed Martin today said discussions are currently taking place between the US and Indian governments on the company's plans to set up manufacturing base for F-16 fighter jets in India. "The conversation has progressed to the point that we are deferring at this point to the government-to-government conversation. And that conversation is ongoing," a top company official told reporters at Aero India 2017 air show here. The comments from Randy Howard, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, Integrated Fighter, Director, Business Development, came when asked about its move to push ahead with its plan to move production of its F-16...
  • AERO INDIA: Lockheed powers up India F-16 pitch

    02/15/2017 5:43:24 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    FLIGHTGLOBAL.COM ^ | 02/14/2017 | GREG WALDRON
    Lockheed Martin is confident of securing new sales for the F-16, and claims that the type’s economies of scale and broad user base give the Block 70 variant an edge in New Delhi’s requirement for a single-engined fighter. The US firm had a large presence at this year’s Aero India show, which included an F-16 cockpit demonstrator. Abhay Paranjape, executive director of international business development at Lockheed, says that there has been significant engagement between the US and Indian governments on the requirement, which calls for an unspecified number of single-engined fighters to replace legacy types such as the Mikoyan...
  • Air Force base: 1 killed, 1 injured in New Mexico training

    02/01/2017 9:11:12 AM PST · by servo1969 · 14 replies
    Foxnews.com ^ | 2-1-2017 | Fox News
    A pair of F-16 jets struck two members of a ground-control party -- killing one -- after a training exercise went awry on Tuesday night, officials said in a Wednesday statement. The F-16s were using unspecified munitions when the incident occurred at a range that's part of the White Sands Missile Range complex near Holloman Air Force Base in southern New Mexico. Members of a ground-control party are controllers who provide guidance to military aircraft, including fighters attacking ground targets. The person who was injured was released from a hospital after being treated for unspecified injuries, the statement said. Neither...