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  • 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...
  • Lockheed Martin Deletes Claim That Its Rebranded F-21 Could Be A Path To Indian F-35s

    02/21/2019 5:09:15 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    The Drive ^ | FEBRUARY 20, 2019 | JOSEPH TREVITHICK
    Lockheed Martin has rebranded its latest advanced F-16 offering for India as the F-21 and has shown the jet would have new features, including a revised glass cockpit and other advanced features. But the pitch appears to be much more about opportunities industrial cooperation in India, a major factor in the latest iteration of India's fighter jet tender, than technological enhancements. It might even pave the way for the country to join the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program – a claim the company scrubbed from its official F-21 webpage shortly after it went live. The Maryland-headquartered defense contractor revealed models...
  • Aero India: New 'F-16 variant' for Indian Air Force unveiled, dubbed F-21

    02/19/2019 11:29:18 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    The Week, India ^ | February 20, 2019
    On Wednesday, US aerospace major Lockheed Martin revealed what appears to be a new variant of its venerable F-16 fighter, termed the F-21, for the Indian Air Force. A model of the F-21 was unveiled at the Aero India air show at Bengaluru, which commenced on Wednesday. Lockheed Martin had pitched its F-16 for a contract to supply 114 fighters to the Indian Air Force in 2018. More than 4,500 F-16s have been built since the aircraft first took to the air in 1974. Previous variants of the F-16 had retained the type's name, suffixed with 'block numbers' to denote...
  • First female Viper demo team pilot removed from position after 2 weeks

    02/12/2019 1:25:45 PM PST · by DFG · 88 replies
    Fox News ^ | 02/12/2019 | Katherine Lam
    The first female pilot to head the Air Combat Command F-16 Viper demonstration team was relieved of command Monday due to a “loss of confidence” in her ability to lead, the Air Force said. Capt. Zoe Kotnik was removed from her position after two weeks, Col. Derek O’Malley, the 20th Fighter Wing commander, said in a statement. “I removed Capt. Kotnik from her position as the commander of the Viper Demo team [Monday], because I lost confidence in her ability to lead the team.” O’Malley said. “I know that loss of confidence is a common response from the Air Force,...
  • Was failed Israeli-Croatia arms deal a replay of fighter offer to IAF?

    01/11/2019 5:44:56 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    The Week, India ^ | January 11, 2019
    For much of the last week, the press in Israel and Croatia have given frenzied coverage to US objections to Israeli plans to sell the small Eastern European nation 12 used F-16 fighters. On Thursday, the Croatian government announced the deal was officially shelved as Israel had not received approval from Washington to sell the fighters, which were built in the US. The US decision to 'veto' the Israeli sale of the F-16s draws attention to the complicated nature of export controls in arms sales involving multiple nations. The Croatian F-16 saga also bears some similarities to the now-forgotten story...
  • No pressure on India to buy F-16 fighter jets from US: Envoy

    10/28/2018 2:34:52 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 2 replies
    DNA ^ | Sunday, October 28, 2018 | PTI
    Caption -- Donald Trump and PM Modi at the G-20 Summit, PTI The United States is not going to put pressure on India to buy F-16 fighter jets or any other defence system, a senior US diplomat has said here. United States Consul General in Mumbai Edgard Kagan said India has purchased more than USD 15 billion worth of American defence materials and the US is "very proud" of the expanding defence ties between the two countries. Asked if there was a threat of the US imposing trade sanctions on India after its multi-billion deal with Russia for the S-400...
  • Washington lets Delhi know: Buy our F-16s, can give Russia deal waiver

    10/19/2018 8:47:33 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    Indian Express ^ | OCTOBER 20, 2018 | Sushant Singh
    With India signing a pact with Russia to purchase the S-400 missile defence system, Washington has informally conveyed to Delhi that it could avoid sanctions under the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) if India were to give an assurance that it would buy the F-16 fighter aircraft from the United States. Not keen on buying an aircraft already in service with Pakistan, India has refused to give any such assurance till date. The fallout of the Trump administration’s reaction to the S-400 deal featured in the wide-ranging discussion between Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and US counterpart James Mattis...
  • 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...