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  • 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...
  • US plane is spotted in a mock dogfight with a Russian jet above the top secret Area 51 base

    01/17/2017 1:56:41 PM PST · by PIF · 69 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 07:39 EST, 17 January 2017 | Updated: 10:25 EST, 17 January 2017 | Darren Boyle
    These are the amazing scenes which show a Russian-built fighter jet taking on a US Air Force F-16 in a mock dogfight - in what could be a sign that America is preparing for the possibility of war with Moscow. The images were captured by air traffic controller Phil Drake in the skies above Area 51 in Nevada, one of the world's most secret military bases, on the day Donald Trump was elected President. According to Drake, the aircraft in the photographs are a single seater Sukhoi Su-27P and America's veteran F-16. He was visiting the desert surrounding Area 51...
  • Rare footage provides interesting details about the world’s most advanced F-16s flown by UAE

    12/20/2016 6:27:37 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 34 replies
    The Aviationist ^ | Dec 19, 2016 | David Cenciotti
    Filmed from aboard a KC-135 Stratotanker with the 340th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron, the video below shows United Arab Emirates F-16 Block 60+ Desert Falcons refueling during a mission in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, the US-led coalition’s air war on ISIS in Syria and Iraq, on Dec. 16, 2016. The clip includes some rare close-up footage that provides interesting details about the payload of the world’s most advanced F-16s flown by the UAE Air Force in the anti-Daesh campaign. There appear to be two configurations (both featuring CFTs, Sniper targeting pod and two drops tanks): the first one, includes...
  • F-16 fighters sold by US to Pakistan are nuclear-enabled: Scientist

    11/18/2016 7:33:39 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 14 replies
    Daily News & Analysis ^ | Saturday, November 19, 2016 | Padma Rao Sundarji
    It is only a matter of time before Pakistan can launch short-range missiles to counter conventional attacksNew Delhi - A study of Google satellite images and information from other intelligence sources by US nuclear scientists Hans Kristensen and Robert Norris released earlier this week contains startling revelations: contrary to the conditions laid down by the US when it sold Pakistan F-16 fighters, the US jets, along with the Pak air force's French Mirages, are now nuclear-enabled.Speaking exclusively to DNA, Hans Kristensen, co-author of the 'Nuclear Notebook on Pakistani Nuclear Forces' released November 16 acknowledged that despite the study, US strategic...
  • Israel integrates Spice 1000 bomb onto F-16 fleet

    11/10/2016 7:50:45 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    FlightGlobal ^ | 10 NOVEMBER, 2016 | ARIE EGOZI
    The Israeli air force (IAF) is integrating the Rafael Spice 1000 precision bomb onto its Lockheed Martin F-16C/D aircraft. Spice 1000 is a 453kg (1,000lb) bomb equipped with a guidance kit, with pop-out wings that extend its range to more than 100km (54nm). The IAF's F-16C/D fleet belongs to the "First Squadron" that operates from Ramat David air base in the north of Israel, which is currently performing the acceptance tests of the weapon system. This follows assessments carried out by the IAF’s test squadron. The IAF expects to reach full operational capability with the Spice 1000 in the coming...
  • Saab links Gripen bid with Tejas to counter F-16 production numbers

    10/20/2016 7:16:43 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    Business Standard ^ | October 21, 2016 | Ajai Shukla
    The contest to supply the Indian Air Force (IAF) a single-engine, medium fighter is currently playing out as a two-horse race. US giant, Lockheed Martin, is the Goliath looking to slay the David that is Swedish firm, Saab. Lockheed Martin, which has offered to shift its F-16 production line to India, is the world's biggest defence firm, with $46.1 billion in sales last year and an order backlog of almost $100 billion. Saab, which has offered its latest fighter, the Gripen E, appears a relative minnow, with $3 billion in sales last year, and an order book of $12.9 billion....
  • ‘Asymmetric flying’ probed as culprit in deadly jet crash (Israeli F-16)

    10/07/2016 6:33:55 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | October 6, 2016 | JUDAH ARI GROSS
    An F-16 fighter jet that crashed during a landing attempt in southern Israel Wednesday, killing its pilot, may have been flying “asymmetrically,” with ordnance on one wing but not the other, an expert said Thursday, as the army probed what caused the fiery wreck and its fatal results. Eran Ramot, a former fighter pilot and researcher at the Fisher Institute for Air and Strategic Studies, said the asymmetry was currently the leading theory for what caused the wreck, which killed Maj. Ohad Cohen Nov. However, that alone should not have caused a crash, as planes and pilots routinely fly with...