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  • US deploys fighter jets to Poland, Lithuania (a massive force of 12 F-16s!!!)

    03/09/2014 2:42:05 PM PDT · by markomalley · 63 replies
    AFP ^ | 3/9/2014
    The United States is sending a dozen F-16 fighter jets to Poland as a part of a training exercise, amid continuing tensions between Ukraine and Russia, the Polish defence ministry said on Sunday. Three hundred US service personnel will also be sent to Poland as part of the exercise. The deployment will be completed by Thursday. Chuck Hagel, the US Secretary of State for Defence, and his Polish counterpart Tomasz Siemoniak agreed the deployment during a phone call, according to a statement from the Polish ministry. "The unit will be composed of 12 F-16 planes and will transport 300 soldiers,"...
  • Pakistan Continues Buying Surplus F-16s – Adding 13 from Jordan

    02/19/2014 10:09:47 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    Defense Update ^ | February 19, 2014
    The Pakistani Air Force (PAF) has acquired a squadron of F-16 multi-role fighter aircraft from Jordan. The early production Block-15 fighter jets will be inducted inducted into the service in March 2014, next month, Pakistan’s TheNews reports. Two Royal Jordanian Air Force F-16s fly alongside a U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft while waiting to connect for fuel over Jordan. Photo: US Air Force Of the fighters acquired from the Royal Jordanian Air Force, 12 of the aircraft are single seaters A models and one is a twin-seat F-16B. Jordan has recently acquired 15 similar aircraft – F-16A/B MLU from...
  • The Outrageous Adolescence of the F-16

    01/31/2014 8:56:27 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    Air & Space Magazine ^ | March 2014 | Eileen Bjorkman
    UCK! A smokin’ hot F-16CM from the Air Force’s Viper East demonstration team has you in its sights. The jet performed at a 2011 Florida airshow. (SURESH A. ATAPATTU) The Viper was small, fast, and in your face. his is the story of two brothers, who happen to be airplanes. The older brother, the F-15 Eagle, entered the world fully formed, and his doting parents—the U.S. Air Force—nurtured him and quickly forgave minor transgressions. The younger brother, the F-16, was born prematurely, with no name, and scrambled to catch up. At a rollout ceremony on December 13, 1973, in Fort...
  • Not an upgrade – rebirth (Israeli Kfir fighter)

    01/17/2014 2:39:52 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    Flight Global Blogs ^ | 14 January, 2014 | Arie Egozi
    Upgrading military aircraft – fixed wing and rotary – is a common operation performed all over the world. You take an old platform, reinforce the fuselage and wings, install some new systems and it can fly for many more years. But what Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is currently doing with its old Kfir fighter aircraft is an exception. The Kfir (Lion Cub) fighter is a single-seat multitask fighter built by IAI. The aircraft was first built for the Israeli air force (IAF). The first Kfir was delivered to the IAF in 1975, and entered into service in 1976. The fighter...
  • Singapore to buy upgrade for its F-16 fighter jets

    01/14/2014 2:37:40 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    Washington — Singapore is ready to invest $2.43 billion to modernize its F-16 fighter jets in an arms deal with the United States, the Pentagon said on Tuesday. The Defense Department informed Congress of the planned sale that would involve new radar, navigation systems, missiles and other advanced equipment for Singapore's aging fleet of F-16s. The deal would provide new systems that project a display onto a pilot's helmet visor, allowing the F-16 pilot to aim sensors and weapons where he or she is looking. The deal also would deliver a number of different precision-guided bombs for testing, according to...
  • Military Photo of the Day

    12/30/2013 7:06:11 AM PST · by frankenMonkey · 14 replies
    MILPOD ^ | 30 Dec 2013 | MILPOD
    Following the traditions of the NATO/ EuroTiger Meet, the Colorado ANG painted this F-16C in dramatic "tiger" markings for the Tiger Meet of the Americas. Aug 2001.Photo by Colorado Air National Guard.
  • Production of the F-16 will likely continue through 2020

    12/17/2013 9:49:42 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 23 replies
    F-16.net ^ | Dec 17, 2013 | lieven Dewitte
    Lockheed Martin has enough orders to keep its F-16 fighter jet production line humming through the third quarter of 2017. They are also pursuing additional orders and upgrades in the Middle East, South America and other markets that would keep the line running through 2020. Around that time, the cost of Lockheed's new F-35 stealth fighter will have dropped so far that it will make more sense for potential customers to procure F-35s rather than F-16s. Last Friday Lockheed Martin marked completion of its 100th F-35 fighter. Lockheed has produced over 4,500 F-16s since the program began in 1975, making...
  • Pentagon approves BAE's KF-16 upgrades for South Korea

    12/01/2013 8:43:41 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 3 replies
    F-16.net ^ | December 1, 2013 | Lieven Dewitte
    The U.S. Defense Department has approved a deal under which Britain's BAE Systems would upgrade 134 older KF-16s for South Korea, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified Congress on Monday. In phase 1, the U.S. government and principal contractor BAE Systems will develop plans for upgrading the F-16 C- and D-models, build an avionics systems integration facility and testing stations, begin acquiring long-lead items needed to conduct the upgrades, and perform similar preparatory work. The DSCA values this package of products and services at $200 million. BAE beat out F-16 maker Lockheed Martin Corp to win the South Korean...
  • U.S. Fighter Aircraft Pricing Themselves Out of the Export Market

    10/29/2013 10:11:31 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    National Defense Blogs ^ | 10/28/2013 | Sandra I. Erwin
    U.S. Fighter Aircraft Pricing Themselves Out of the Export Market By Sandra I. Erwin At a time when U.S. arms manufacturers are turning to overseas markets to help make up for declining sales to Pentagon, analysts warn that the high prices of American fighter jets could place U.S. firms at a competitive disadvantage. The arrival of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter gives manufacturer Lockheed Martin Corp. an opportunity to sell the world’s most technologically advanced aircraft. But its price tag, in excess of $100 million per airplane, will make it unattainable for most non-U.S. buyers, according to new analysis by...
  • British Eurofighter Typhoon fighter jets nearly clashed with Turkish Air Force F-16s over Cyprus

    09/03/2013 10:43:16 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 30 replies
    The Aviationist ^ | Sep 03 2013
    British Eurofighter Typhoon fighter jets nearly clashed with Turkish Air Force F-16s over Cyprus According to the Cyprus-based Famagusta Gazette, the RAF Typhoons based at Akrotiri, Cyprus, to provide the air defense of the island following the Syrian crisis, nearly battled with Turkish jets in a close encounter on Sept. 2. It looks like Turkey scrambled two F-16 fighter jets from Incirlik airbase, to intercept the British Typhoons that had allegedly violated the airspace over the occupied part of Cyprus. According to the details collected by the Cypriot media outlet, the UK Ministry of Defence and Cyprus Defence Minister confirmed...
  • Why is Poland purchasing Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missiles for its F-16s?

    08/22/2013 4:41:03 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies
    The Aviationist ^ | Aug 22 2013 | Jacek Siminski
    Why is Poland purchasing Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missiles for its F-16s? As Rzeczpospolita broadsheet reports the Americans will allow Poland to purchase modern JASSM (Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile) missiles for Warsaw’s F-16s. This will significantly increase the Polish Vipers’ strike capabilities. Poland currently operates 48 F-16 airplanes in Block 52+ variant, where the ‘+’ means they have CFTs (Conformal Fuel Tanks). The strike capability of JASSM is immense, as it is able to destroy targets at distances of 370 km (ca. 220 miles). This allows the Viper to destroy the target outside of the SAMs (Surface to Air Missiles) envelope,...
  • F-16 ends up off runway while landing at Osan

    07/17/2013 7:54:03 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 11 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | July 16, 2013 | N/A
    OSAN AIR BASE, South Korea — An F-16 ended up off the runway surface while attempting to land at Osan Air Base on Tuesday. The pilot was recovered safely from the scene, while the aircraft remained off the side of the runway, said a statement from the 51st Fighter Wing. An investigation into the incident is under way. Osan was being buffeted by high winds at the time.
  • Patriots and F-16s Deployment to Jordan: A beachead or UmbrellaI?

    07/05/2013 4:04:37 PM PDT · by robowombat · 11 replies
    Defense Updatee ^ | June17, 2013
    Patriots and F-16s Deployment to Jordan: A beachead or UmbrellaI? The U.S. Positions Patriot Missiles, F-16 Fighter at Bases Jets in Jordan U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has approved a request from the Kingdom of Jordan to keep a detachment of F-16s and Patriot Missiles in Jordan following the conclusion of Exercise ‘Eager Lion’ taking place in the Kingdom this month. Eager Lion is held annually training a coalition of air forces in irregular warfare. This year the exercise more than 8,000 service members from about 19 countries participated in the exercise, running from June 9 to 20. “All other...
  • F-16 fighter jet crashed near Luke AFB; pilots OK

    06/26/2013 9:39:35 PM PDT · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 10 replies
    KSAZ, Fox-10 Phoenix ^ | Jun 26, 2013 8:10 PM | staff
    GLENDALE, Ariz. - Glendale police have confirmed that a F-16 fighter jet crashed in a desert area near Litchfield Road and Northern, not far from Luke Air Force base. Authorities say two pilots ejected from the jet just before 7 p.m. They were transported to an area hospital with minor injuries and remain in stable condition. Their names have not been released. The aircraft was a total loss and there's no immediate word on what caused the crash. No injuries were reported on the ground. Luke AFB is the world's largest F-16 training base. This is a developing story. Stay...
  • Turkish military says it has lost contact with fighter plane close to border with Syria

    05/13/2013 6:47:47 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 8 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 13, 2013 | Associated Press
    A military statement said Monday it lost contact with the F-16 jet over a mountainous area in Osmaniye province, which is close to the border with Syria. ... The statement said the pilot radioed in to say he was ejecting before contact was lost.
  • Israel to make wings for F-35 warplanes

    04/25/2013 5:31:55 PM PDT · by haffast · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Wed, Apr 24, 2013 | Associated Press
    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel Aerospace Industries says it has signed a long-term contract with U.S. defense giant Lockheed Martin to produce wings for the F-35 next-generation fighter jet. The state-owned company said Tuesday the contract is for 10 to 15 years and could generate up to $2.5 billion in sales. It says the wings will be made at an Israeli facility that already produces wings for Lockheed's F-16 warplane. The F-35 is the Pentagon's most expensive weapons program, with an estimated cost of nearly $400 billion. The program aims to replace a wide range of existing aircraft for the U.S....
  • Is There Anything An F-16 Cannot Do? (Break from Politics)

    04/21/2013 3:06:00 PM PDT · by ImJustAnotherOkie · 95 replies
    Strategy Page ^ | April 21, 2013 | Strategy Page
    The U.S. Air Force prefers to use its F-16 fighters for everything. While the F-16 is a capable and versatile aircraft, the main reason for using it so much is because it is so cheap to operate. It costs the air force $23,000 per hour to operate an F-16C. Other fighters are much more expensive. An F-22 costs $68,000 an hour, while an F-15C costs $42,000 and an F-15E $36,000. The only aircraft that beats the F-16C is the A-10C, which costs $18,000 an hour. But the A-10 is not a fighter and is optimized for ground support. The F-16...
  • US Gives 4 More F-16 Fighter Jets To Egyptian Gov't Despite Outcry

    04/11/2013 4:13:31 PM PDT · by Nachum · 25 replies
    Fox ^ | 4/11/13 | Maxim Lott
    Four more F-16 fighter jets left the U.S. on Thursday headed for Egypt as part of a foreign aid package that has generated controversy given the political upheaval in the Mideast country. Critics say the military aid should stop because the president Egyptians elected last year has led the Muslim Brotherhood, called President Obama liar and urged that hatred of Jews be instilled in children. A source who works on the naval air base in Fort Worth, Texas, confirmed to FoxNews.com the departure of the state-of-the-art fighter planes. The new shipment brings the total number of F-16 jets given to...
  • US F-16 pilot killed in crash in Afghanistan

    04/04/2013 10:20:44 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 16 replies
    F-16.net ^ | April 4 2013 | Lieven Dewitte
    A US Air Force F-16 has crashed near Bagram Air Field in eastern Afghanistan, killing the pilot, according to the NATO command that oversees day-to-day operations in Afghanistan. The crash occurred on April 3, after a night flight over mountainous terrain, the ISAF Joint Command announced in a news release. There was no indication of enemy fire in the area at the time of the Wednesday’s crash, in the east of the country. The plane was on its final approach to land at Bagram Air Field after a routine air support mission around 11 p.m. when it lost contact with...
  • Turkey to replace F-16s with local jets

    03/28/2013 11:00:27 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    Turkey to replace F-16s with local jets Turkey eyes replacing F-16s with locally produced fighter jets by 2023, Turkey’s defense undersecretary said yesterday. “We’re working on the conceptual design of a new fighter jet that will replace our F-16 fighters,” Defense Industry Undersecretary Murad Bayar said yesterday on the sidelines of the two-day International Air&Space Power (ICAP) Conference being held in Istanbul. Recently, Turkish arms manufacturer TAI has signed a technical assistance deal with Swedish Saab on technical assistance to build a fighter jet, as Daily News reported. Turkish officials have been in talks with Saab (and with Korean Aerospace...
  • Egypt Receives First Batch of F-16s from the U.S.

    Egypt received four F-16 aircraft from the United States on Sunday, the Egypt Independent reports. According to the report, the country’s Defense Minister Abdel Fattah al-Sisi praised the growing military cooperation between Egypt and the U.S. after receiving the four fighter jets.
  • Here Are The 26 Senators Who Voted To Give Egypt Brand-Spanking-New F-16 Fighters

    02/03/2013 4:14:54 PM PST · by ElIguana · 69 replies
    America's Conservative News ^ | 02/01/2013 | America's Conservative News
    It's unfortunate, but not shocking, that every single Democrat in the United States Senate (with the exception of two abstentions) voted to give Muslim Brotherhood-controlled Egypt brand-spanking new F-16 fighter planes and M-1 tanks. What is shocking is that 26 Republicans voted with the Democrats and squashed the Rand Paul Amendment that would have prohibited the "the sale, lease, transfer, retransfer, or delivery of F-16 aircraft, M1 tanks, or certain other defense articles or services to the Government of Egypt." And if you want to know the names of the 26... just have a look... Do any of these Republican...
  • Body of missing Aviano pilot found in Adriatic Sea

    01/31/2013 8:11:32 AM PST · by Freeport · 13 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | January 31, 2013 | N/A
    KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany – The body of an Air Force F-16 pilot who went missing during a night training flight late Monday was found Thursday off the coast of Italy, his family announced in a statement. “It is with great sadness that we announce that the body of Captain Lucas Gruenther was found in the Adriatic Sea this afternoon,” the statement said. Gruenther and his F-16 Fighting Falcon went missing at about 8 p.m. Monday roughly 150 miles south of Aviano Air Base, where his unit, the 31st Fighter Wing, is based. A massive search effort ensued, including Italian coast guard...
  • A petition to stop the transfer of F16s to Egypt and the Muslim Bros. (petition at Whitehouse.gov).

    01/23/2013 2:35:02 AM PST · by FreedomFighter1013 · 25 replies
    Whitehouse.gov ^ | 1/03/2013 | Greg C.
    Egypt's president is a current member of the Muslim Brotherhood. The Muslim Brotherhood is the ideological parent of Al Queda and other violent Jihadist groups waging war against the U.S. in particular and the West in general. As recently as 2010, President Morsi labelled Jews as "descendants of apes and pigs." The current administration rightly called those remarks "deeply offensive." We have no reason to believe Mr. Morsi does not still hold those beliefs, protestations to the contrary notwithstanding. He has recalled no transformative event which caused him to change his thinking. Thus, Egypt's Morsi should not receive any more...
  • PHOENIX RECOVERS U.S. AIR FORCE F-16 [From July 22 ejection in the Pacific]

    01/12/2013 9:13:29 AM PST · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 15 replies
    Phoenix International ^ | 1/3/2013 | Pete LaHardy
    For Immediate Release – January 3, 2013 Washington, DC – Phoenix International Holdings, Inc. (Phoenix) announces the successful underwater search and recovery of a U.S. Air Force F-16 aircraft from over 16,400 feet of sea water (fsw). In early August 2012, at the direction of the Naval Sea Systems Command’s Director of Ocean Engineering, Supervisor of Salvage and Diving (SUPSALV), Phoenix mobilized the Navy’s ORION deepwater side scan sonar system, the CURV 21 remotely operated vehicle (ROV), and the Navy’s motion compensated, 30,000 pound Fly-Away Deep Ocean Salvage System (FADOSS). All equipment was transported over land from Phoenix’s facility in...
  • Congressman blasts Obama's decision to 'arm' extremists

    12/28/2012 9:17:52 AM PST · by Perseverando · 14 replies
    WND ^ | December 27, 2012 | John Griffing
    Calls decision to give Muslim Brotherhood F-16s as 'unwise' Congressman Ted Poe, R-Texas, says it is irresponsible for Barack Obama to be “arming” a country that may be aiming for the destruction of Israel with a shipment of 20 F-16 fighter jets. “It is reckless and unwise for the U.S. to give F-16s to Egypt and its new president/dictator, controlled by the Muslim Brotherhood,” he told WND. “This extremist group is notoriously anti-American and anti-Israel. The United States should not be arming a country ruled by a group that has the destruction of Israel in its charter.” Poe’s comments fall...
  • Obama sending more F-16s and Tanks to Muslim Brotherhood Egypt

    12/12/2012 7:30:24 AM PST · by Perseverando · 23 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | December 11, 2012 | Pamela Geller
    Why is Obama arming the enemies of freedom? This cat is dangerous and scary. Why the support of Islamic revolutions whose stated goal is sharia and a universal caliphate? What's he doing to protect the oppressed religious minorities in peril? America, time to remove your morphine drip. Wake up! More tanks for Egypt this year than the entire Marine Corps has... For the new Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood dominated government, the Obama Administration is ensuring another $1.3 billion annual shipment of state-of-the-art weaponry. More Perspective... This year alone, Obama will be sending the Egyptians 200 M1A1 Main Battle Tanks. Egypt already...
  • Good news: US sending 20 more F-16's to Egypt

    12/11/2012 9:28:36 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/11/2012 | Rick Moran
    Considering the fact that the Egyptian military has just aligned themselves with President Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood, this is a stupid, stupid, move. Fox News: ******** Instability in Egypt, where a newly-elected Islamic government teeters over an angry population, isn't enough to stop the U.S. from sending more than 20 F-16 fighter jets, as part of a $1 billion foreign aid package. The first four jets are to be delivered to Egypt beginning Jan. 22, a source at the naval air base in Fort Worth, where the planes have been undergoing testing, told FoxNews.com. The North African nation already...
  • F-16 engines stolen from Israeli army base

    12/08/2012 12:58:57 AM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 34 replies
    F-16.net ^ | Dec 7 2012 | Lieven Dewitte
    Israel's military police are investigating the theft of F-16 fighter plane engines from an military base in central Israel, with the military suspecting that the thieves had inside help. The F-16C/D 'Barak' jets were undergoing repairs. The base commander contacted the military police after discovering the engines missing. There were no details how many engines or engine parts were stolen but the radio report said the estimated worth is the millions of dollars. The thieves seems to have been assisted by someone within the base. Among other things, there is the fact that there was no damage to the base's...
  • Lockheed Martin hopes to cash in by upgrading F-16s

    10/09/2012 8:41:58 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 8 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | Oct 9, 2012 | BOB COX
    FORT WORTH, Texas — For nearly four decades, the F-16 has ruled the skies in the international market for fighter jet sales, a money-making flying machine for Lockheed Martin and its predecessor, General Dynamics. Now a number of nations are planning to spend billions to upgrade their fleets of older F-16s with modern “avionics,” digital electronic controls, communications and combat systems. Lockheed has the inside track to cash in on that business, but faces potentially strong competition. The announcement last week that the U.S. government had awarded Lockheed a $1.85 billion contract to upgrade Taiwan’s 145 F-16s is the first...
  • Lockheed Martin hopes to cash in by upgrading F-16s

    10/06/2012 2:32:49 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies
    Star Telegram ^ | Saturday, Oct. 06, 2012 | Bob Cox
    Lockheed Martin hopes to cash in by upgrading F-16s By Bob Cox rcox@star-telegram.com For nearly four decades, the F-16 has ruled the skies in the international market for fighter jet sales, a money-making flying machine for Lockheed Martin and its predecessor, General Dynamics. Now a number of nations are planning to spend billions to upgrade their fleets of older F-16s with modern "avionics," digital electronic controls, communications and combat systems. Lockheed has the inside track to cash in on that business, but faces potentially strong competition. The announcement last week that the U.S. government had awarded Lockheed a $1.85 billion...
  • Sen Murkowski questions Air Force’s actions about Eielson AFB

    09/06/2012 1:00:02 AM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 10 replies
    Fairbanks Daily News-Miner ^ | Sep 05, 2012 | Sam Friedman
    FAIRBANKS — Alaska's senior U.S. Senator accused the Air Force Wednesday of taking steps to break the service's commitment to delay for one year any plan to move Eielson's F-16s out of the Interior. In a letter sent to new Pacific Air Force Commander Gen. Herbert Carlisle, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, said a U.S. Air Force contractor has been discussing plans to do an environmental assessment required for the F-16 transfer. “I write today to express my concern about some disturbing news suggesting that contrary to commitments that senior leaders have made to the Alaska congressional delegation and congressional defense...
  • F-16C jet crashes off coast of Hokkaido [USAF from Misawa AFB]

    07/23/2012 9:17:10 PM PDT · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 8 replies
    F-16.net ^ | 7/22/2012 | Asif Shamim
    July 22, 2012 (by Asif Shamim) - An F-16C crashed into the Pacific Ocean off the coast of northern Japan today. The pilot ejected and was rescued according to the Japanese Coast Guard some six hours after the aircraft went down. The jet from the 35th Fighter Wing, took off from Misawa air base in Aomori and crashed about 11.30hr Japan time (02.30 GMT) some 200 miles North-East of Hokkaido, Japan's northernmost island, the spokesperson said. "One person, the pilot, was on board. Efforts are currently underway to retrieve the pilot," she said, reading from a statement. Reuters have gone...
  • Turkey scrambles F-16's on Syria border

    07/01/2012 2:07:01 PM PDT · by moonshot925 · 13 replies
    BBC ^ | 1 July 2012 | James Reynolds
    urkey has scrambled six F-16 fighter jets near its border with Syria after Syrian helicopters came close to the border, the country's army says. Six jets were sent to the area in response to three such incidents on Saturday, the statement said, adding that there was no violation of Turkish airspace. Last month, Syrian forces shot down a Turkish jet in the border area. The incident further strained already tense relations between former allies. Turkey's government has been outspoken in its condemnation of Syria's response to the 16-month anti-government uprising, which has seen more than 30,000 Syrian refugees enter Turkey....
  • France Eyes Sale of Missiles for U.S.-Made F-16 Fighters -Report

    06/27/2012 9:54:17 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    Dow Jones Newswires ^ | Jun 27, 2012 | David Pearson
    France Eyes Sale of Missiles for U.S.-Made F-16 Fighters -Report France's military procurement agency DGA is considering authorizing the sale by Sagem, a unit of French aerospace supplier Safran SA (SAF.FR), of its AASM air-to-ground missiles to equip the F-16 fighter made by Lockheed Martin Corp. (LMT) of the U.S., reports Les Echos, citing unnamed sources. It says the proposal is unlikely to please Dassault Aviation (AM.FR) which makes the Rafale multi-role combat aircraft that competes with the F-16. Sagem sells the AASM to foreign buyers in cooperation with MBDA, a missile maker whose shareholders include European Aeronautic Defence &...
  • Why is the US considering F-16 sales to Taiwan?

    05/01/2012 8:12:33 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | May 1, 2012 | Ralph Jennings
    Why is the US considering F-16 sales to Taiwan? Political shifts in China, Taiwan, and the US have revived the prospect of a US F-16 deal with Taiwan. Taipei, Taiwan In September, the United States politely told Taiwan it would not sell its late-model F-16 fighter jets to help Taiwan keep up with the military might of China. Taiwan was disappointed. China's response was low key. his month, however, the White House said the sale deserved “serious consideration.” This announcement comes despite the fact that China sees any sale of the F-16 fighter jets to Taiwan as a red line...
  • Lockheed Martin machinists vote to strike at midnight (FOOLS!)

    04/22/2012 3:25:01 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 24 replies
    wfaa ^ | 4/22/2012 | staff
    The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers has voted to go on strike against Lockheed Martin. The decision to decline the latest contract offer from the giant defense contractor came at a meeting of union members at Fort Worth's Cowtown Coliseum Sunday afternoon.
  • US sale of combat planes to Iraq concerns IDF

    04/08/2012 5:37:06 PM PDT · by U-238 · 28 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 4/8/2012 | Yaakov Katz
    Israel is increasingly concerned with the military build-up in Iraq amid intelligence reports that the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) is solidifying its presence in the country, according to a senior IDF officer. Of particular concern is the Pentagon’s approval in late 2011 of the sale of 36 F- 16 multi-role combat aircraft to Iraq. The planes will be built by Lockheed Martin in the US and are Block 52 F-16s, meaning that they are of the same configuration as Israel’s F-16Is, called Sufa (Storm). “We are carefully watching the developments in Iraq,” the IDF officer said. “The possible developments...
  • Lockheed Martin to celebrate delivery of 4,500th F-16

    04/06/2012 6:12:02 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 27 replies
    F-16.net ^ | Apr 2, 2012 | Bob Cox
    In late 1969, a conspiracy was hatched in secret all-night meetings in Washington, D.C. area hotel rooms that would have a profound impact on military aviation and Fort Worth. A handful of people were at the meetings: two rebel Air Force colonels, a Pentagon analyst and a General Dynamics engineer. Their goal was to create a fighter jet -- a relatively simple, inexpensive plane that could be sold by the hundreds. Fortunately, the conspirators succeeded, probably beyond any of their wildest dreams. On Tuesday, Lockheed Martin will celebrate delivery of the 4,500th F-16, the direct result of those late-night meetings....
  • Lockheed Martin to deliver 4,500th F-16 fighter

    04/03/2012 12:42:13 AM PDT · by U-238 · 10 replies
    The Fort Worth Star-Telegram ^ | 3/3/2012 | Bob Cox
    In late 1969, a conspiracy was hatched in secret all-night meetings in Washington, D.C.-area hotel rooms that would have a profound impact on military aviation and Fort Worth. A handful of people were at the meetings: two rebel Air Force colonels, a Pentagon analyst and a General Dynamics engineer. Their goal was to create a fighter jet -- a relatively simple, inexpensive plane that could be sold by the hundreds. Fortunately, the conspirators succeeded, probably beyond any of their wildest dreams. On Tuesday, Lockheed Martin will celebrate delivery of the 4,500th F-16, the direct result of those late-night meetings. It's...
  • Lockheed Martin to celebrate delivery of 4,500th F-16

    04/02/2012 5:23:03 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    Star Telegram ^ | Apr. 01, 2012 | Bob Cox
    Lockheed Martin to celebrate delivery of 4,500th F-16 In late 1969, a conspiracy was hatched in secret all-night meetings in Washington, D.C.-area hotel rooms that would have a profound impact on military aviation and Fort Worth. A handful of people were at the meetings: two rebel Air Force colonels, a Pentagon analyst and a General Dynamics engineer. Their goal was to create a fighter jet -- a relatively simple, inexpensive plane that could be sold by the hundreds. Fortunately, the conspirators succeeded, probably beyond any of their wildest dreams. On Tuesday, Lockheed Martin will celebrate delivery of the 4,500th F-16,...
  • Iraq seeks killer missiles, but U.S. wary

    03/30/2012 6:50:21 PM PDT · by U-238 · 8 replies
    Security News ^ | 3/30/2012 | Security News
    Iraq is acquiring an array of missiles and other sophisticated systems for the 36 Lockheed Martin F-16s it's buying to build an air force but Washington is reluctant to provide Baghdad with the most advanced U.S. weapons. U.S. officials say they are worried that a strong Iraqi air force with offensive weapons systems would alarm Iraq's neighbors. Saddam Hussein invaded Iran in 1980 and Kuwait a decade later. Even nine years after Saddam was toppled in the 2003 U.S. invasion, Saudi Arabia and its Sunni Muslim allies in the Persian Gulf remain deeply suspicious of Shiite-majority Iraq and its Shiite...
  • Airbus completes qualification of Mirage 2000 and F-16 for UAE in flight refuelling

    03/26/2012 5:30:23 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies · 4+ views
    Arabian Aerospace ^ | 26 March 2012
    Airbus completes qualification of Mirage 2000 and F-16 for UAE in flight refuelling Posted 26 March 2012 · Add Comment Airbus Military has successfully completed receiver qualification of the two primary aircraft-types that the UAE Air Force will refuel from the three A330 MRTT multi role tanker transports that it currently has on order. In an extensive series of flight tests in Abu Dhabi, the compatibility of the new generation A330 MRTT with UAE Air Force Mirage 2000 and F-16 Block 60 fighters was fully demonstrated. Operating from Al Dhafra airbase, the aircraft performed air-to-air refuelling at speeds throughout the...
  • The Israeli Red Flag

    03/22/2012 8:42:18 PM PDT · by U-238 · 1+ views
    The Strategy Page ^ | 3/20/2012 | The Strategy Page
    For the third time in the last six months the Israeli Air Force has hosted foreign fighter pilots for tactical training. Israeli fighter pilots are considered the best trained in the world, and Israel maintains a special training program, complete with pilots trained and equipped to operate as likely foes would, to train their own pilots. The latest nation to send fighters and pilots for training is Poland, flying F-16s in for that purpose. Previously, Italy had sent Typhoons and Tornados and Greece F-16s. The Israeli training center is based on the one pioneered by the U.S. Air Force Red...
  • Polish Air Force, IAF hold joint training in Negev

    03/14/2012 6:51:11 PM PDT · by U-238 · 17 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 3/14/2012 | Amir Cohen
    Polish fighter jets arrived in Israel this week for joint training with the Israel Air Force in the Negev. The Polish dispatched a number of F-16 fighter jets which have been holding maneuvers alongside IAF F-16 and F-15s. The maneuvers are based in the Uvda Air Force Base near Eilat. "We learn from one another and it helps us learn from the Poles, how they fly and their doctrines," a senior IAF officer said Wednesday. Gen. Broni Lech Majewski, commander of the Polish Air Force, arrived in Israel on Monday to oversee the drill. This is the first time that...
  • Show of force: Hundreds of fighter jets paraded in South Korea as US displays its military might

    03/14/2012 9:00:31 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 36 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 14 March 2012 | Lyle Brennan
    Show of force: Hundreds of fighter jets paraded in South Korea as US displays its military might Kim Jong-un, take note. After the North Korean leader made his first visit to the tense demilitarised border and Pyongyang agreed to freeze its nuclear weapons programme, United States and Republic of Korea aircraft joined forces in this huge display of F-16 Fighting Falcons. As these pictures from Kunsan Air Base show, hundreds of the jet fighters stretched as far as the eye could see. Formidable: Row after row of F-16 Fighting Falcons fills the airstrip in a show of force at Kunsan...
  • Brig Ali planned attack on(Pakistani Army)GHQ with F-16 plane

    03/02/2012 9:38:31 PM PST · by U-238 · 23 replies
    The Nation ^ | 3/2/2012 | The Nation Monitoring
    Brigadier Ali Khan, currently facing court martial for alleged links with the banned Hizbut Tahrir, had conspired with an air force pilot to bomb the General Headquarters with an F-16 jet during a conference of the corps commanders, reported BBC on Thursday. Brig Ali Khan was arrested last year on suspicion of having contacts with the Hizbut Tahrir. He has been accused of trying to stage a rebellion against the government and planning an attack on the General Headquarters in Rawalpindi. His family has denied the charges. Major Suhail Akbar, a prosecution witness, said in his statement that Khan and...
  • Pakistan Air Force Receives New, Upgraded F-16s from U.S., Turkey

    03/02/2012 1:12:46 AM PST · by U-238 · 4 replies · 26+ views
    AIN Online ^ | 2/24/2012 | AIN Online
    The Pakistan Air Force received the last of 18 new F-16C/D Block 52 fighters from Lockheed Martin in early February. Accompanying the aircraft on its delivery flight were two PAF F-16A Block 15s that have undergone the mid-life update process in the U.S. A few days later, the PAF also accepted the first of its F-16s to undergo an avionics and structure upgrade in Turkey. Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) has been selected to do the work on 41 PAF F-16s, in a program named Peace Drive II. Modification of the first aircraft began in October 2010 and the last should...
  • Air Force Certifying F-16s to Use Biofuels

    03/01/2012 8:36:24 PM PST · by U-238 · 150 replies · 97+ views
    Defense Tech ^ | 3/1/2012 | Defense Tech
    In case you haven’t seen this, the Air Force is flying F-16s on biofuel derived from the camelina plant. Yup, years after the air service certified most of its aviation fleet to fly on coal-derived synthetic fuel (stuff that was pioneered by the Nazis and apartheid-era South African governments because no one liked them and the world cut off their oil supplies) it is now certifying its jets to fly on something a little more environmentally friendly. (The Navy has been working to get its ships and planes certified to run on biofuels for a while now, too.) Its plan...
  • PACOM Chief Balks At F-16 Upgrades For South Korea

    02/28/2012 8:58:01 PM PST · by U-238 · 2 replies
    AOL Defense ^ | 2/28/2012 | Carlo Munoz
    For months now, Pentagon and service officials have said it will need all the help it can get from its international partners, as the department begins its swing from Southwest Asia to the Western Pacific. But that help won't include outfitting the South Korean air force with a key, U.S.-built radar system. Pacific Command chief Adm. Robert Willard stopped short of agreeing to equip South Korea's fleet of F-16 fighters with the next-generation Active Electronically Scanned Array radar. Air Force models have already gotten AESA upgrades, which allows U.S. warplanes to track multiple targets during flight. The F-35 Joint Strike...