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  • Could India Soon Fly Stealth F-35 And F-16 Fighters?

    01/12/2021 6:35:00 AM PST · by Onthebrink · 4 replies
    19FortyFive ^ | 1/11/2021 | Peter Suicu
    Currently, the General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon is operated by more than twenty-five nations around the world. While the single-engine supersonic multirole fighter is no longer being purchased by the U.S. Air Force – for whom the aircraft was first developed – improved versions are still being exported and nearly 4,600 have been produced. The aircraft, which is now produced by Lockheed Martin, which essentially acquired General Dynamics’ aircraft manufacturing business in the 1990s, has highlighted the key facets of the Cold War-era fighter – claiming it to be the best value among fourth-generation jets for its capabilities and affordable...
  • F-16 pilot died in U.P. fighter jet crash, military says {Capt. Durwood Jones}

    12/09/2020 9:47:58 PM PST · by Lera · 52 replies
    KSTP ^ | 12-9-20 | KSTP
    A Wisconsin-based fighter jet crashed in a national forest in Michigan's Upper Peninsula while on a training mission and searchers were looking Wednesday for the pilot, who was the only person aboard, authorities said. The F-16 Fighting Falcon assigned to the Wisconsin Air National Guard's 115th Fighter Wing at Truax Field Air National Guard Base in Madison crashed about 8 p.m. Tuesday, the Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs said in a statement. The cause of the crash, as well as the status of the pilot, weren't immediately known, the statement said. The plane went down in Hiawatha National Forest, about...
  • Air Force scrambles F-16 to fire flares and warn off an unauthorized aircraft which had entered air space over Donald Trump's Arizona rally

    10/28/2020 4:29:01 PM PDT · by marcusmaximus · 47 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 10/28/2020 | Harriet Alexander
    An Air Force jet was scrambled above Donald Trump's rally in Arizona on Wednesday after an unannounced plane flew overhead. 'Oh, look at that! Look, look, look!' the president yelled, pointing to the sky. The F-16 attempted to make contact, and the aircraft initially ignored the jets. The fighter plane then released flares, and the intruding aircraft then established radio communications and was escorted out the area.
  • Ex-Pentagon official suggests leasing F-35 stealth jets to Taiwan (Aircraft could be stationed on standby outside Taiwan to thwart spies and preemptive strikes)

    10/09/2020 5:07:32 PM PDT · by cba123 · 13 replies
    Taiwan News ^ | Today | Matthew Strong
    TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – In the face of aggressive incursions by China’s Air Force, the United States should help Taiwan by leasing it F-35 stealth jets, a retired Pentagon official wrote in Newsweek Thursday (Oct. 8). Former Deputy Under Secretary of Defense Stephen Bryen said that Taiwanese pilots’ supposed lack of ability to fly the sophisticated fighters could be helped by training them in the United States. Any fears of China’s reaction could lead to the aircraft being kept on standby in the U.S., though they would either belong to Taiwan or be leased by the island. Looking at its...
  • Armenian SU-25 jet shot down by Turkish F-16 fighter

    09/29/2020 10:36:33 AM PDT · by NorseViking · 82 replies
    Armenian Radio ^ | September 29, 2020 | Siranush Ghazanchyan
    A Su-25 jet of the Armenian Air Force was shot down by a Turkish F-16 fighter in the airspace of the Republic of Armenia, Spokesperson for the Armenian Defense Ministry Shushan Stepanyan informs. F-16 fighter jets belonging to the Air Force of the Republic of Turkey took off from Ganja Airport of the Republic of Azerbaijan at 10:30 am today and were assisting SU-25 fighters and Turkish-made Bayraktar UAVs in the missile strikes on Vardenis, Mets Masrik, Sotk regions of the Vardenis region of Armenia. During this period, the air defense units were performing fire support tasks for the air...
  • Russia says Turkey tested its S-400s on US F-16 jets

    07/08/2020 1:39:30 AM PDT · by RomanSoldier19 · 19 replies ^ | JULY 8, 2020 11:06 | SETH J. FRANTZMAN
    The tests last year were already known, so Russia’s agenda of discussing them again may be linked to wider agenda Turkey, a member of NATO, tested the Russian-made S-400 air defense system on US-made F-16 jets during a drill in November 2019, Russia’s state media TASS reported. The use of the S-400 against the F-16s was already reported last year, but the new details from Russian media appear to cement the claim and infer that something more was going on in those tests. Russia has an interest in knowing how well its air defense performs against US warplanes. Russia’s S-400...
  • A.I. Slays Top F-16 Pilot In DARPA Dogfight Simulation

    08/23/2020 10:51:57 AM PDT · by White Lives Matter · 39 replies
    Breaking Defense ^ | August 20, 2020 | Theresa Hitchens
    WASHINGTON: In a 5 to 0 sweep, an AI ‘pilot’ developed by Heron Systems beat one of the Air Force’s top F-16 fighter pilots in DARPA’s simulated aerial dogfight contest today. “It’s a giant leap,” said DARPA’s Justin (call sign “Glock”) Mock, who served as a commentator on the trials. AI still has a long way to go before the Air Force pilots would be ready to hand over the stick to an artificial intelligence during combat, DARPA officials said during today’s live broadcast of the AlphaDogfight trials. But the three-day trials show that AI systems can credibly maneuver an...
  • Taiwan signs deal to get F-16 jets amid US-China tensions

    08/15/2020 6:31:25 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 19 replies
    hikll ^ | 08/14/20 | Tal Axelrod
    The purchase marks the first time since 1992 that advanced fighter jets have been sold to the island and is likely to spark reproach from China, which has repeatedly warned against selling advanced weaponry to an island it considers its own territory. The sale, which the Pentagon announced Friday, was first floated a year ago and will be completed by late 2026. Ninety jets will potentially be sold as part of Friday’s announcement. The new F-16s are being built at Lockheed’s facility in Greenville, S.C.
  • This Lecture By An F-22 Test Pilot On The Raptor's Flight Control System Is Bonkers

    07/13/2020 10:33:23 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 27 replies ^ | July 11, 2020 | By Tyler Rogoway
    The video highlights just how much fly-by-wire automation is needed to make the Raptor's super maneuverability a reality. Lt. Col. Randy "Laz" Gordon is an accomplished test pilot, engineer, and F-22 Raptor squadron commander who lent his expertise about all things aviation, and especially about the F-22's incredible fly-by-wire flight control system, to students taking MIT's Private Pilot Ground School in 2019. His lecture is astonishingly accessible considering the complexities of the systems and concepts he describes and will give anyone a remarkable appreciation for just how incredible the super-maneuverable Raptor'sflight control system really is. Gordon covers so much ground...
  • Japan Officially Has an All-New Jet Fighter In the Works; The unnamed fighter will replace the F-2 currently in service with the Japanese air force.

    07/13/2020 8:52:15 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 19 replies ^ | Jul 9, 2020 | By Kyle Mizokami
    Japan Ministry of Defense ========================================================================================= Japan has announced a timeline for a new, unnamed fighter jet to challenge China’s J-20 fighter. The new, stealthy fighter will enter production in 2031. The aircraft will replace the aging Mitsubishi F-2 fighter jet, which is based on the American F-16. ========================================================================================== The Japanese government has officially proposed a timeline for a new fighter jet designed to maintain an aerial advantage over potential North Korean and Chinese adversaries. The unnamed fighter, which will be optimized for air-to-air combat, will replace the Mitsubishi F-2 fighter jet, which was originally based on the American F-16...
  • Greece intercepts Turkish drone over Rhodes

    04/06/2018 4:08:37 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 15 replies
    everyday (translate google) ^ | SATURDAY APRIL 7, 2018 | none stated
    The Greek air force has intercepted a Turkish military drone that violated Greece’s national airspace in the southeastern Aegean, Kathimerini has learned. The Turkish Anka unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV ANKA) twice entered Greek airspace above the Dodecanese island of Rhodes, at an altitude of 19,000-20,000 feet on Thursday. The drone was intercepted by Greek F-16 fighter jets that took off from Kasteli air base on Crete. On Thursday, Greek and Turkish fighter jets engaged in two dogfights over the Aegean, after the Turkish jets violated Greek airspace 16 times in the northeast, central and southeastern Aegean.
  • Mechanic ‘Accidentally’ Fires Vulcan Cannon & Obliterates F-16 Sitting on the Runway

    03/20/2020 7:08:53 AM PDT · by Lazamataz · 175 replies
    War history online ^ | Mar 19, 2020 | George Winston
    The F-16, hit by the cannon fire, caught fire and exploded having recently been refuelled and made ready for a training sortie due to take place later that day. Another aircraft received minor damage. If anyone ever needed a reminder of the lethal dangers of working with live munitions, then a recent incident at Florennes Air Base in Belgium is the ultimate wake-up call. It is thought a maintenance worker accidentally activated the six-barrel 20mm Vulcan M61A-1 cannon hitting another plane parked on the runway. No-one was in the line of fire, but two technicians were taken to the medical...
  • Trump administration notifies US Congress of plan to sell F-16s to Taiwan

    08/21/2019 12:51:30 PM PDT · by BeauBo · 26 replies
    South China Morning Post (Hong Kong) ^ | August 21, 2019 | Mark Magnier
    The Trump administration formally notified Congress on Tuesday of its plans to authorise an US$8 billion sale of 66 F-16 fighter aircraft to Taiwan over Beijing’s objections, in a step that makes the deal all but certain... The Chinese foreign ministry hit back on Wednesday, saying Beijing would take countermeasures. “China will take all necessary measures to safeguard our interests, including imposing sanctions on the US companies taking part in this arms sale to Taiwan,” ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said... The last sale of military aircraft to Taipei was a quarter century ago... The proposed deal involves the F-16C/D variations,...
  • Trump administration plans $8 billion fighter jet sale to Taiwan, angering [Red] China

    08/16/2019 4:36:53 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 20 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 08/16/2019 | Ellen Nakashima and Anne Gearan
    The State Department submitted the package to Congress for informal review late Thursday, and it is not expected to meet opposition, according to several U.S. officials and other people familiar with the matter. It would be the largest and most significant sale of weaponry to Taiwan in decades. The deal has been in the works for months, and lawmakers from both political parties had questioned whether the White House would scuttle it with hopes of softening the ground for a U.S.-China trade pact or otherwise seek to use the jets as a bargaining chip in the deadlocked negotiations. The [Red]...
  • Lee Kuan Yew's Other Legacy: Why Singapore Has One Of The World's Toughest Militaries

    03/27/2015 8:28:53 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 58 replies
    International Business Times ^ | March 24 2015 | Alberto Riva
    When Lee Kuan Yew died Monday at age 91, the founding father of Singapore did not leave just his legacy as the prime minister whose authoritarian policies shaped a backwater British colony into the world’s fourth-wealthiest nation. He also left Singaporeans with one of the most formidable armies in the world. The tiny island state of 5.4 million, with a land area far smaller than New York City’s, has more fighter jets than Spain, Poland or Sweden. Its army has as many tanks as Italy, which is more than 400 times the size. Its navy boasts the only stealthy ships...
  • Outgunned By Pak F-16s, IAF Plans To Re-Arm Its Sukhois With Israeli Missiles

    05/28/2019 7:36:48 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies
    NDTV ^ | May 28, 2019 | Vishnu Som
    I-Derby-ER missile will replace Russian R-77 in the Indian Air Force fleet. NEW DELHI: In two years from now, the Indian Air Force's frontline Sukhoi-30 fighters may be re-armed with Israeli Derby air-to-air missiles after the jet's Russian-made R-77 missiles were found wanting in air combat operations over the Line of Control on February 27 this year. Sources in the Indian Air Force told NDTV, "We already have the missile as part of the SPYDER (Surface-to-Air Missile) system. Integration (with the IAF's Su-30s) is the next step.'' Retaliating to the IAF strike on the Jaish-e-Mohammed training facility in Balakot on...
  • Military F-16 Fighter Jet Crashes At March Air Reserve Base; Pilot OK After Ejecting

    05/16/2019 5:16:13 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 44 replies
    cbs2la ^ | 05/16/2019
    A fighter jet has crashed into a warehouse at March Air Reserve Base in the Moreno Valley area, authorities said Thursday. Riverside County firefighters requested a full hazardous materials response because the aircraft was loaded with ordnance...
  • F-16 above Vlieland hit by own bullet [Translated From Dutch]

    04/10/2019 1:20:16 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 39 replies ^ | 4-4-2019 | NOS
    The F-16, which suffered considerable damage in January during an exercise above Vlieland, appears to have been hit by its own ammunition. At least one fired cartridge caused damage to the cladding of the device. Parts of the ammunition also ended up in the engine. No one was injured. The pilot has followed emergency procedures and the jet can safely land at Leeuwarden Air Base. Investigation The incident happened on January 21, when two F-16s fired with their on-board cannon at a target on the Vliehors training ground on Vlieland. The Security Inspectorate inspects how one of the devices was...
  • Enough With The Indian Mig-21 Bison Versus Pakistani F-16 Viper Bull...

    03/14/2019 5:48:16 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    The Drive ^ | MARCH 11, 2019 | Tyler Rogoway
    I have never seen such a large and diverse mess of misinformation spouted and parroted with wild abandon about a military skirmish than what has come out of the short spate of Pakistani-Indian air battles that occurred in late February. But one aspect of those operations, in particular, has been so ridiculously mischaracterized by the media, so-called analysts, and the public in general, that the majority of narratives surrounding it have to be called out for what they are—total bullshit. During a Pakistani Air Force counterstrike operation on February 27th, one that came in response to India's air raid into...
  • Belgium picks Lockheed's F-35 over Eurofighter on price

    10/25/2018 8:33:21 AM PDT · by Krosan · 17 replies
    Reuters ^ | OCTOBER 25, 2018 | Robin Emmott
    Belgium said on Thursday it had chosen Lockheed Martin’s F-35 stealth jets over the Eurofighter Typhoon to replace its aging F-16s in a 4 billion euro ($4.55 billion) deal, saying the decision came down to price. ... Belgium joins a list of other European NATO allies, including Britain, the Netherlands, Italy and Turkey, to take the American-made plane, which is also set to be the U.S. military’s main fighter aircraft for decades to come. “We have landed! This government is investing heavily in defense. With the purchase of F-35A fighter planes ... we ensure your safety and that of our...