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  • Korean Defense Minister Says China's J-10 Rivals F-16

    07/17/2011 9:14:01 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    Korean Defense Minister Says China's J-10 Rivals F-16 Play VOD SERVICE Korean Defense Minister, Kim Kwan-jin, visited an air force training base in Changzhou, China on Saturday and observed the J-10 fighter jet model, which was disclosed for the first time. After the tour of the base, Minister Kim told reporters that China's J-10 rivals US's F-16 fighter jet with an excellent ceiling capacity per second and short take-off and landing distance. As China's own fighter jet was disclosed for the first time, Korean defense authorities say it signals Beijing's wishes to strengthen its military ties with Seoul. JUL 18,...
  • Three Middle East nations considering F-16 orders

    07/13/2011 8:33:58 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    Star-Telegram ^ | Jul. 13, 2011 | Bob Cox
    Three Middle East nations considering F-16 orders Posted Wednesday, Jul. 13, 2011 By Bob Cox rcox@star-telegram.com Prospects may be improving for Lockheed Martin to soon book more orders for Fort Worth-built F-16 fighter jets. Iraq's on-again, off-again plans for buying F-16s may be back on again. In addition, Oman and the United Arab Emirates are reportedly again talking to the U.S. government and Lockheed about F-16s after they could not agree on terms for buying French fighter jets. Lockheed officials confirmed reports that they had been in contact with the three Middle East nations about F-16 sales, but they declined...
  • U.S. Set to Sell Fighters to Iraq

    07/11/2011 9:38:54 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 18 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | JULY 12, 2011 | ADAM ENTOUS, BEN LANDO, NATHAN HODGE
    U.S. Set to Sell Fighters to Iraq By ADAM ENTOUS and BEN LANDO in Baghdad and NATHAN HODGE in Washington Iraq has quietly started negotiations to buy U.S. fighter jets and air-defense systems worth billions of dollars, a purchase Washington hopes will help counter Iranian influences and cement long-term ties with Baghdad after American troops pull out. Baghdad had frozen plans to buy 18 advanced U.S. F-16 fighters earlier this year after the Arab Spring protests in the region turned its attention to internal stability. Now, senior U.S. and Iraqi officials said Iraq is considering raising its purchase to as...
  • Will Lockheed's Rival Crash and Burn?

    07/07/2011 11:11:41 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    The Motley Fool ^ | 07/07/2011 | Rich Smith
    Will Lockheed's Rival Crash and Burn? By Rich Smith Investors know the saying: "Bulls make money, bears make money, but pigs get slaughtered." If you stumble onto a "good thing," don't get greedy -- take a fair profit. France's Dassault would be wise to heed that lesson. Yesterday, DefenseNews.com reported that Dassault has run into trouble in negotiations to sell the United Arab Emirates a fleet of Rafale fighter jets. The UAE wanted to purchase several dozen of the jets to replace its 63 French Mirage fighters. But a deal that was supposed to cost somewhere between $2.5 billion and...
  • Obama’s Taiwanese AF F-16 Debacle

    07/07/2011 6:57:26 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | July 7, 2011 | Reuben F. Johnson
    Obama’s Taiwanese AF F-16 Debacle Friends and Enemies Reuben F. Johnson July 7, 2011 9:00 AM As Henry Kissinger used to say, at times it is more dangerous to be America’s friend than its enemy. Further confirmation of this sage observation came on June 24 when the Obama State Department blocked another request by Taiwan to purchase 66 Lockheed Martin F-16C/D fighter aircraft. These are badly needed by the Republic of China's air force to supplement an aging fleet of U.S., French and indigenously-built combat aircraft. The ROC's request for the F-16 purchase was officially been rejected three times between...
  • How limited is the U.S. mission in Libya?

    07/01/2011 11:09:59 AM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 6 replies · 1+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | July 01, 2011 | By JOHN VANDIVER
    STUTTGART, Germany — Following President Barack Obama’s comments during a Wednesday news conference, in which he said the U.S. is no longer carrying the bulk of NATO’s military load in Libya, there has been much back and forth about what exactly the U.S. role is in Operation Unified Protector. Set against a debate about the constitutionality of the mission, the White House has defended American engagement in the campaign. The Obama administration says the scope of the U.S. engagement is limited in nature with a special focus on providing logistical support to allies, as well has suppressing Libyan air defenses...
  • Nellis says pilot died in F-16 crash

    06/30/2011 11:31:17 AM PDT · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 5 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | Thursday, June 30, 2011 | 10:50 a.m. | staff
    The pilot of a U.S. Air Force F-16C Fighting Falcon jet that crashed near Caliente earlier this week didn't survive, officials at Nellis Air Force Base said today. U.S. Air Force officials said search and rescue teams found conclusive evidence that the pilot didn't eject from the aircraft before the crash, which occurred about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday about 20 miles west of Caliente on Bureau of Land Management property. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the pilot’s immediate family, Air Force family, and friends during this difficult time," Brig. Gen. T.J. O’Shaughnessy, 57th Wing commander, said in a statement. Air...
  • Jordan renews support for Libya revolution

    06/17/2011 12:12:08 AM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 3 replies · 1+ views
    Jordan Times ^ | June 13, 2011 | By Hani Hazaimeh and Petra
    His Majesty King Abdullah on Monday renewed Jordan’s support for the Libyan people in their pursuit of a better future, according to a Royal Court statement. During a meeting with Mustafa Abdel Jalil, the head of the Libyan National Transitional Council, the King stressed that Jordan will continue to provide humanitarian, medical and logistical assistance to the Libyan people to enable them to overcome these difficult conditions and to move into a new phase of security and stability. Abdel Jalil briefed the King on the latest developments, voicing appreciation for the Kingdom’s support of the Libyan people. Royal Court Chief...
  • Danish F-16s running out of bombs over Libya

    06/17/2011 12:04:47 AM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 34 replies · 1+ views
    F-16.net ^ | June 10, 2011 | Asif Shamim
    F-16s’s operating against forces loyal to Colonel Gaddafi in Libya are running out of bombs according to a June 9 report. A request to the replenish stocks has been made to the Netherlands. "The Danish F-16s are about to run out of bombs to continue to attack Libya," the daily Politiken said, citing unnamed defence sources. "The Danish military has therefore asked Holland for help," it added. A spokesman for the Danish military's logistics division could not confirm the report but said his department was speaking to other coalition partners about supplies. "It is our job to always support operations...
  • RNoAF F-16s to exit Libya operations

    06/17/2011 12:01:00 AM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 6 replies · 1+ views
    F-16.net ^ | June 10, 2011 | Asif Shamim
    The Government of Norway has announced its plans to reduce its fighter contribution and withdrawal from Operation Unified Protector. The RNoAF will reduce its F-16 contribution to four jets and will totally withdraw it forces from the NATO-led operation by August 1st, the government said Friday. Defense Minister Grete Faremo said she expects understanding from NATO allies because Norway has a small air force and cannot "maintain a large fighter jet contribution for a long period." The Norwegian government stresses in a statement that it is important that Norway continues to contribute to supporting the implementation of UN Security Council...
  • Taiwan to Lower Budget for F-16 Fighter Jets

    06/14/2011 5:28:26 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | June 14, 2011
    Taiwan to Lower Budget for F-16 Fighter Jets TAIPEI, Taiwan June 14, 2011 (AP) Taiwan to Lower Budget for F-16 Fighter Jets Taiwan's Defense Ministry has decided to slash the budget next year for procuring advanced F-16 C/D fighters jets from the U.S., a spokesman said Tuesday but added that Taipei remains determined to purchase the planes. The statement by Luo Shou-he followed a long delay in a U.S. decision on the sale as the Obama administration is reluctant to enrage China while it seeks Beijing's cooperation on various international economic and security issues. The move also reinforced the mixed...
  • Fighter-jet engines 'stolen from Israeli base' [8 F16/F15 Engines]

    06/13/2011 4:14:48 PM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 15 replies
    AFP ^ | June 13, 2011 | AFP
    Israel's military police on Monday opened an inquiry into the theft of airplane parts, a spokeswoman said without confirming press reports that eight fighter-jet engines had been stolen. Air force officials quoted in the Maariv newspaper said the stolen parts were eight engines from F-15 and F-16 fighter jets which were taken from Tel Nof air base. Investigators quoted by the paper said each engine weighed "several tonnes" and could only have been taken away on large trucks, prompting speculation that the thieves had help from inside the base.
  • Wisconsin National Guard F-16 jet crashes

    06/07/2011 10:42:26 PM PDT · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 30 replies
    F-16.net ^ | 6/7/2011 | Asif Shamin
    June 7, 2011 (by Asif Shamim) - A single-seat F-16 fighter jet from the Wisconsin National Guard, crashed on Tuesday while on a routine training mission in central Wisconsin. The pilot ejected safely, according to a National Guard said statement. The pilot from the 176th Fighter Squadron of the Wisconsin Air National Guard was recovered in Adams County, Wisconsin, and was being checked by medical teams, the National Guard said. The F-16 went down Tuesday afternoon around 13:20h local time during a training flight from Volk Field ANGB. There were no reported injuries on the ground, Lieutenant Colonel Jackie Guthrie...
  • Fighter jets intercept Russian bombers after flying into Dutch airspace

    06/07/2011 10:07:14 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 17 replies
    BNO News ^ | June 8, 2011
    THE HAGUE (BNO NEWS) -- Dutch, British and Danish fighter jets on Tuesday morning intercepted two Russian bombers which had crossed into Dutch airspace, the Dutch Ministry of Defense said. It is the third such incident this year. A statement from the Dutch Defense ministry said two F-16 aircraft took off from Volkel Air Base on Tuesday to intercept two Russian Tupolev Tu-95 aircraft, which are large, four-engine strategic bombers and missile platforms. They are also known as Bears, its NATO reporting name. "The Russians flew into the Dutch area of responsibility without making their identity known," the Dutch ministry...
  • MUST READ: Tell-all interview with Pakistan Viper pilot

    06/06/2011 8:24:39 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    Flight Global ^ | June 6, 2011 | Stephen Trimble
    MUST READ: Tell-all interview with Pakistan Viper pilot By Stephen Trimble A special feature posted on the PAF Falcons web site provides a fascinating transcript of a one-on-one interview with an anonymous, although apparently very senior, Pakistani Air Force F-16 pilot. It reminds me of YouTube Terry's infamous indiscretions. The Pakistani pilot manages to embarrass the pride of the Royal Air Force, candidly describe Israeli air-to-air prowess and explain how the US keeps the F-16 Block 52's secrets away from the Pakistanis and -- by extension -- the Chinese. On the RAF Typhoon: On one occasion - in one of...
  • F-16s to Islamabad to prevent Indo-Pak N-war?

    05/29/2011 9:41:05 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 30 replies
    Zeenews Bureau ^ | May 30, 2011
    F-16s to Islamabad to prevent Indo-Pak N-war? Updated on Monday, May 30, 2011 Zeenews Bureau New Delhi: Contrary to India’s perception, Pakistan did not gain much from the buying F-16 fighter aircraft from United States, US diplomatic cables assessed by WikiLeaks suggest. The deal, announced in 2005, aimed at allaying Pakistan's fears of an “existential threat it perceived from India”, said an Indian daily citing the diplomatic cables from the US embassy in Islamabad. According to the despatches, accessed by the daily through WikiLeaks, Washington decided to sell F-16s to Islamabad to turn Pakistan away from using “the nuclear option”...
  • F-16's long run may finally be winding down

    05/27/2011 10:07:51 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 20 replies
    Star Telegram ^ | May. 27, 2011 | Bob Cox
    F-16's long run may finally be winding down By Bob Cox rcox@star-telegram.com The end of the line for Lockheed Martin's F-16 production line in Fort Worth may finally be in sight. Nearly four decades after the fighter jet program was launched and 35 years after production began, Lockheed has a dwindling number of orders left to fill and a shrinking list of potential customers. Lockheed has just 62 unfilled orders for new F-16s. Those are all in some stage of production, and the last is expected to roll out of the Fort Worth factory by mid-2013. A total of 4,540...
  • Outlook gloomy for Taiwan F-16 C/D deal

    05/26/2011 5:39:31 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    Flight International ^ | 26/05/11 | Greg Waldron
    Outlook gloomy for Taiwan F-16 C/D deal By Greg Waldron Taiwan still hopes to acquire 66 Lockheed Martin F-16 C/Ds, but Washington appears reluctant to move the deal forward and offend China. Reports in Taiwan media have quoted Taiwan's ministry of national defence as saying it is still pushing to acquire the US aircraft, denying earlier reports that Taiwan was willing to accept a "watered down" deal for defence equipment from the USA. "The report is not true," the ministry has reportedly said. "The country's position to seek eight diesel-powered submarines and F-16C/Ds has never changed. The deal is still...
  • Lockheed hopes to finalize F-16 sales to Iraq, Oman

    05/16/2011 8:24:10 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon May 16, 2011 | Andrea Shalal-Esa
    Lockheed hopes to finalize F-16 sales to Iraq, Oman 7:50pm EDT By Andrea Shalal-Esa WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Lockheed Martin Corp (LMT.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) says it hopes to sign sales contracts for up to 18 F-16 fighter jets to both Iraq and Oman by early 2012, and expects to book a total of about 100 additional orders by the end of the decade. Lockheed is gradually winding down production of the popular multi-role fighter, which is in use by 25 countries worldwide, and was once produced at a rate of one a day, as it ramps up production...
  • Pakistan, the DSCA, and unintended irony

    05/16/2011 4:56:28 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    Flight Global ^ | May 16, 2011 | Greg Waldron
    Pakistan, the DSCA, and unintended irony By Greg Waldron on May 16, 2011 5:07 PM Government bureaucrats are not known for their wit, but I expect one or two from the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) got a chuckle recently from a routine notice of a possible sale of aircraft spare parts to Pakistan. The $62 million deal outlined in the 12 May news release says Pakistan is in the market for spare parts for types such as the F-16, C-130, T-37, and T-33. It makes no mention of when Pakistan made the request. All good and well, but...
  • U.S. Aid to Pakistan Continues as Debate Over bin Laden Complicity Rages

    05/07/2011 9:34:08 AM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 11 replies
    U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor ^ | May 7, 2011 | Steve Peacock
    Impassioned debate about whether the Islamic Republic of Pakistan is a true U.S. ally or is complicit in hiding the now-deceased terrorist Osama bin Laden continues on Capitol Hill — and, according to a review of contracting records, the delivery of military and other aid to that nation continues relatively unimpeded in the meantime. The types of aid flowing to Pakistan range from airport equipment in support of U.S.-provided F-16 fighter bombers to the funding of research into the causes of stuttering among the Pakistani people.
  • 'Pak F-16 fighter jets capable of shooting down CIA drones'

    04/24/2011 7:49:29 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 24 replies
    Indian Express ^ | Apr 23 2011
    'Pak F-16 fighter jets capable of shooting down CIA drones' Agencies Posted online: Sat Apr 23 2011, 12:16 hrs Islamabad : Pakistan has the capability to shoot down CIA-operated drones, former Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) head Dr Samar Mubarak Mand has said. Talking to media persons, the nuclear scientist said that Pakistan had F-16 fighter jets, which were capable of shooting down any kind of drone predators. Dr Samar also observed that it was a strategic issue, therefore the final decision in this regard rested with the government. It is noteworthy that similar statements had been issued time and...
  • Washington Stalls on Refitting Taiwan's Air Force

    04/06/2011 8:33:29 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    Asia Sentinel ^ | 06 April 2011 | Jens Kastner
    Washington Stalls on Refitting Taiwan's Air Force Written by Jens Kastner Serious implications for the US as guarantor of security in Asia Taipei for years has been requesting brand-new F-16C/D fighter jets from a reluctant Obama administration in Washington, DC, which is said to have shied away from authorizing the US$5.5 billion deal for fear of offending Beijing. The only alternative for Taiwan appears to be the prospect of a punchy midlife upgrade of its existing fleet of F-16A/Bs. But according to recent media reports, the upgrade won't happen anytime soon, If that proves true, Taiwan will in all likelihood...
  • Pakistan forges ahead with new fighters, upgrades

    03/21/2011 7:10:49 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    Flight International ^ | 21/03/11 | Greg Waldron
    Pakistan forges ahead with new fighters, upgrades By Greg Waldron Pakistan has inducted its new Lockheed Martin F-16 Block 52+ fighters, while its first two full-strength squadrons of Chengdu/Pakistan Aeronautical Complex JF-17 Thunders are also on the verge of becoming fully operational. The Pakistan air force inducted 17 F-16 Block 52+ fighters into its 5 Sqn on 11 March, the service says. The final aircraft in the 18-unit deal is still in the USA undergoing testing and will arrive in another month. Pakistan's new batch of aircraft comprises 12 single-seat C-model versions and six two-seat F-16Ds. The air force says...
  • Operation ALLIED FORCE

    03/19/2011 8:28:10 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 5 replies
    Code One ^ | Jul 1999 | Tim Riply
    The 31st Air Expeditionary Wing at Aviano consists of two permanently based F-16 squadrons as well as deployed F-15Es, C-130s, KC-135s, F-117s, and F-16s from several other locations. The record total does not contain more than thirty US Navy and Marine Corps EA-6B squadrons and NATO aircraft from other countries, including British AWACS, Spanish and Canadian F-18s, and Portuguese F-16s. The influx of aircraft and people to fight the war has more than doubled the population at the base. Aircraft parking comes at a premium; every apron on the base is packed tightly. Pilots of Aviano’s two F-16 squadrons, the...
  • Pakistan plans to buy more F-16s

    03/10/2011 7:30:56 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    The Dawn, Pakistan ^ | 03/10/2011 | Anwar Iqbal
    Pakistan plans to buy more F-16s By Anwar Iqbal | From the Newspaper WASHINGTON: Pakistan is trying to purchase used F-16 fighter jets from the United States to enhance its air capabilities, diplomatic sources told. “We will take as many as they are willing to give,” said a diplomatic source when asked how many of these aircraft Pakistan was seeking. In 2006, the US Congress agreed to give Pakistan 28 F-16C/Ds under its EDA or excess defence articles initiative. Fourteen of these aircraft have already been delivered. These are the same that Pakistan purchased from the United States in the...
  • Pakistan Air Chief Outlines Procurement Plans (wants more F-16s)

    03/01/2011 7:22:43 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    AviationWeek.com ^ | Mar 1, 2011 | Leithen Francis
    Pakistan Air Chief Outlines Procurement Plans Mar 1, 2011 By Leithen Francis MELBOURNE, Australia — Pakistan is in negotiations with the U.S. to get more Lockheed Martin F-16s over and above what it already has on order, while at the same time it develops its defense manufacturing capability to reduce its reliance on the U.S. “We have plans to have more F-16s and are negotiating with the U.S. government for more,” says Air Chief Marshall Rao Qamar Suleman, the Pakistani air force chief of air staff. Rao spoke to Aviation Week here, where he was attending an air chiefs’ conference....
  • Fighters in for major upgrades (UAE)

    02/23/2011 5:31:20 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    The National, UAE ^ | Feb 23, 2011 | Kareem Shaheen & Rory Jones
    Fighters in for major upgrades Kareem Shaheen and Rory Jones Last Updated: Feb 23, 2011 ABU DHABI // The UAE will spend more than Dh400 million to modernise its existing fleet of Mirage and F-16 fighter jets, the military announced yesterday. The deals involve weaponry and software upgrades for the Mirages, and reconnaissance pods and other equipment for the F-16 Desert Falcons. The two aircraft types are the mainstays of the UAE Air Force, which has 60 Mirages and almost 80 F-16s. The pods would give the UAE's F-16s, already among the most advanced of their kind in the world,...
  • A proven fighter for the UAE

    02/15/2011 9:07:07 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    The National, UAE ^ | Ivan Gale | Ivan Gale
    A proven fighter for the UAE Ivan Gale Last Updated: Feb 16, 2011 Dassault was the leading supplier of fighter jets to the UAE long before the major US defence companies began selling to the country. Regis Duvignau / Reuters France may be smaller than the US state of Texas but in the world of aerospace and defence it is a giant. It trails only the US in supplying arms to the Gulf, accounting for 35 per cent of purchases between 2005 and 2009 by the UAE, and 21 per cent of all defence sales in the region during the...
  • Greek jets intercept Turkish jets over Aegean Sea

    02/15/2011 7:32:02 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 28 replies
    TurkishPress.com ^ | 2/13/2011
    Greek jets intercept Turkish jets over Aegean Sea Published: 2/13/2011 Greek jets intercepted Turkish jets conducting training flights in international air space over the Aegean Sea, Turkish military said. In a statement posted on their web site on Saturday, the Turkish General Staff said that Turkish F-16 jets conducting training flights were intercepted by Greek M-2000 jets one time. The Greek jets took off from Tanagra air base. Meanwhile, Greek M-2000 jets that took off from Tanagra base also harassed Turkish F-16 jets that were on training flight for 45 minutes beginning at 11:50 hours by preserving radar lock in...
  • AERO INDIA: Boeing comment provokes combat aircraft debate

    02/15/2011 5:43:02 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    Flight International ^ | 15/02/11 | Craig Hoyle
    AERO INDIA: Boeing comment provokes combat aircraft debate By Craig Hoyle Saab believes its Gripen IN design will make the shortlist in India's medium multi-role combat aircraft (MMRCA) contest later this year, despite a contrary prediction made by rival bidder Boeing. Speaking at Aero India, Kory Mathews, vice-president F/A-18 and EA-18G programmes for Boeing Military Aircraft, said he believed only three of the current six candidates would make the shortlist, and these would all be twin-engine designs. "That's really a very surprising statement," says Eddy de la Motte, Saab's director Gripen India. "I'm pretty sure there's going to be one...
  • KF-16 Fighter Jets Fitted with Precision-Guided Missiles

    02/10/2011 10:43:58 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    The Chosun Ilbo, South Korea ^ | February 11, 2011
    KF-16 Fighter Jets Fitted with Precision-Guided Missiles South Korea's KF-16 fighter jets will be equipped with state-of-the-art GBU-31 Joint Direct Attack Munition precision-guided missiles. The JDAMs are fitted with GPS-aided inertial navigation system (INS) and wing kits to boost their accuracy and are capable of precision attacks at night and during harsh weather conditions. A South Korean KF-16 fighter jet test-fires a GBU-31 JDAM precision-guided missile. /Courtesy of the Air Force At present, only 40 F-15K fighter jets are fitted with the missiles, but now all about 130 KF-16s will have them, making them more capable of countering North Korea's...
  • Turkey seeks ‘partly US-independent’ airpower

    02/09/2011 7:37:27 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    Hurriyet Daily News ^ | February 9, 2011 | ÜMİT ENGİNSOY
    Turkey seeks ‘partly US-independent’ airpower Wednesday, February 9, 2011 ÜMİT ENGİNSOY ANKARA - Hürriyet Daily News After having designed and manufactured several programs for its Land Force and Navy, Turkey now is seeking to go for an ambitious national program to design, develop and produce fighter jets, a process in which the country still will need foreign help. With the program, Ankara aims to build an airpower partly independent from U.S. technology and control, analysts here have said. The Turkish government has tasked the national aerospace company, the Turkish Aerospace Industries, or TAI, with working out a road map for...
  • European fighters lead MMRCA race (India)

    02/09/2011 7:09:47 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    Business Standard, India ^ | February 10, 2011 | Ajai Shukla
    European fighters lead MMRCA race Ajai Shukla Yelahanka/ Bangalore February 10, 2011, It was a no-holds-barred duel at Aero India 2011 for a $10-billion (Rs 45,500 crore) prize. Turn by turn, four of the world’s most advanced fighter aircraft roared into the sky, keenly aware of the watching eyes of Indian ministry of defence (MoD) officials who would decide which of them was best suited for the Indian Air Force’s order of 126 medium multi-role combat aircraft (MMRCA). Their performances mirrored each fighter’s fortunes in the MMRCA race. In multiple interviews with MoD officials, IAF pilots and vendor representatives, Business...
  • ANG fighter wing preps for alert missions at Tyndall

    02/07/2011 4:59:11 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 6 replies
    F-16.new ^ | 2/1/2011 | Angela Pope
    Shooting down enemy aircraft over American soil is an event U.S.-based alert pilots train for. They run exercise scenarios on a constant basis, preparing for that call to scramble. But all the dry runs in the world can't prepare a pilot for that moment when a live missile is released from the jet. That's why the 148th Fighter Wing out of Duluth, Minn., is spending two weeks here working with the 53rd Weapons Evaluation Group. "We came here to shoot missiles and drop live ordnance to be better prepared for our Air Sovereignty Alert mission," said Lt. Col. Reed Bowman,...
  • The U.S.-Pakistan F-16 fiasco

    02/04/2011 3:14:23 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | 2/3/2011 | C. Christine Fair
    At a recent event on Pakistan co-sponsored by Brookings and the U.S. Institute of Peace, several panelists cogently stressed the need for greater transparency on the parts of Washington and Islamabad as a necessary step in forging better relations. Inevitably, the sad story of Pakistan's F-16s emerged during a panel discussion. In the early 1980s, the United States agreed to sell Pakistan F-16 fighter jets. This decision was taken when the United States worked closely with Pakistan to repel the Soviets from Afghanistan. The F-16 was the most important air platform in Pakistan's air force and it was the most...
  • Wikileaks: sole-source route sought for F-16 fighter sale

    01/31/2011 9:19:52 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld
    The Diplomat ^ | 1/31/2011 | The Diplomat
    US defence business and Romanian officials sought a sole-source route for the sale of F-16s to Romania, according to a US Embassy cable released by Wikileaks from November 2007 As a condition of joining NATO in 2004, Romania needed to upgrade its Soviet-era MiG-21 Lancer Aircraft through purchasing a new air combat force, with the other major bidders including Sweden’s Saab-manufactured JAS 39 Gripen and the Italian-British-German-French Eurofighter Typhoon. The cable, attributed to then-US Ambassador to Romania Nicolas Taubman, stated that American aerospace company Lockheed Martin, along with “allies in the Presidency and Ministry of Defense” were seeking a ‘sole-source’...
  • Battle royale for India's MMRCA crown

    01/28/2011 6:29:54 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki
    Flight International ^ | 31/01/11 | Greg Waldron
    Battle royale for India's MMRCA crown By Greg Waldron An air show on the scale of next week's Aero India is bound to throw up surprises, but one certainty is a massive push by the six contenders in India's pivotal medium multi-role combat aircraft (MMRCA) competition. Delegations from Boeing, Dassault, Eurofighter, Lockheed Martin, RSK MiG and Saab will number in the dozens, if not hundreds, and no expense will be spared on chalets, booths, flight simulators and pricey flight demonstrations. It is hard to overstate the importance of the $10 billion MMRCA competition. With an order of 126 fighters on...
  • Taiwan Requests U.S. Fighter Jets

    01/27/2011 11:47:59 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 18 replies · 1+ views
    NTD Television ^ | 1/27/2011 | NTD Television
    Days after Chinese leader Hu Jintao leaves Washington, Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou is again calling on the United States to supply Taiwan with fighter aircraft. The U.S. approved a $6.4-billion U.S.-dollar arms deal last year, to supply weapons to Taiwan. But the deal left out the F-16 fighter aircraft the Taiwanese government had originally requested. Taiwanese officials acknowledge that the Chinese regime has now tipped the balance in terms of military capability across the Taiwan strait. Taiwan is eager to modernize its military and has been attempting to buy new combat aircraft since 2006. President Ma addressed the issue at...
  • Alabama ANG Commander uses F-16 for personal trips

    01/26/2011 8:50:49 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 80 replies
    F-16.net ^ | 1/24/2011 | Asif Shamim
    Airforce officials are keeping quiet about a commander with the Alabama Air National Guard who could possibly face charges following an investigation that he had received nearly $96,000 in unauthorized compensatory time and had regularly flown an F-16 on personal trips.The Montgomery Advertiser obtained a report via the Freedom of Information Act, in which an unamed wing commander of the 187th Fighter Wing, was ultimately found to have committed four violations of National Guard and Air Force regula­tions.
  • U.S. says seeks "right time" for Taiwan arms sales

    01/25/2011 9:52:07 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | 1/25/2011 | Jonathan Standing
    The U.S. is looking for the "right time" before any decision on arms sales to Taiwan, and any such move would not be swayed by China's likely reaction, the top U.S. representative to Taiwan said on Tuesday. Raymond Burghardt, chairman of the American Institute in Taiwan, said that China's "habit" of breaking off military ties following arms deals was not a factor behind the lack of U.S. approval of Taiwan's long-standing request for advanced F-16 C/D fighter jets. "All good things come in their own time," Burghardt told reporters at a briefing during a visit to Taipei. "The military-military relationship...
  • Pakistan orders DB-110 pods for F-16 fleet

    01/24/2011 6:25:41 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies
    Flight Global ^ | 1/24/2011 | Greg Waldron
    Goodrich has won a $72 million contract to provide Pakistan with intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance pods and related items for its Lockheed Martin F-16 fighters. The main component of the deal comprises five dual-band DB-110 pods, says the US Department of Defense. According to Goodrich, the DB-110 reconnaissance sensor provides three independent optical fields of view, allowing it to perform the following ISR missions: long-range stand-off, medium-range oblique and overflight, and low-altitude direct overflight. The deal also includes two datalink upgrades to existing pods, plus ground stations, spares, manuals, in-country installation and engineering support. "This supports a Foreign Military Sale...
  • RI(Republic of Indonesia) waiting for US okay on F-16 jet fighters

    01/24/2011 5:50:05 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld
    Antara News ^ | 1/24/2011 | Antara News
    Indonesia is still waiting for confirmation from the United States (US) government on its request to be a recipient of F-16 jet fighter planes Washington is planning to donate to other countries. "We are now still waiting for confirmation on our request for the F-16 jet fighters," Indonesian Air Force Chief of Staff Marshal TNI Imam Sufaat said here Monday. Imam said the Indonesian Air Force had submitted a request to the United States related to 24 F-16 jet fighters Washington had been wanting to donate to other countries since 2009 but so far it had not received any confirmations...
  • Daedalus Aviation Group completed first FACh Pacer Amstel modification

    01/23/2011 10:21:28 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld
    F-16.net ^ | 1/22/2011 | Marc van Lokven
    On January 6th 2011 Daedalus Aviation Group completed their first Chilean F-16 structural "Pacer Amstel" modification after an uneventful, successful Functional Check Flight from Cerro Moreno Air Base in Chile. After the Chilean Air Force (FACh) has bought surplus Mid Life Update (MLU) F-16 fighter aircraft from the Royal Netherlands Air Force, the Dutch defense industry committed to deliver in-country support. The Daedalus Aviation Group, headquartered in Tilburg, has a lead role in this commitment and provides on-site F-16 support in various areas together with its Dutch defense industry partners all combined under an umbrella called "NEWCO
  • Problems persist with the US on fighter planes

    01/22/2011 8:20:35 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies
    Today Zaman ^ | 1/22/2011 | Ercan Yavus
    Turkey is seriously reconsidering the myriad agreements it has signed with the US, as well as its participation in an international consortium for the procurement of new generation fighter jets, due to rising costs and persisting problems originating from the American side. Turkey is now seeking new ways to sidestep difficulties in the procurement of F-16 fighter planes, which it has been jointly producing with the US since 1987, due to the delayed delivery by the US authorities of some of the planeÂ’s parts and accessories. There have been serious doubts as to whether TurkeyÂ’s plan to purchase 100 F-35...
  • Australian Airbus tanker lost part of boom in refueling mishap

    01/20/2011 8:27:04 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 6 replies
    Seattle PI ^ | 1/20/2011 | Seattle PI
    An Airbus Military aerial refueling tanker for the Royal Australian Air Force lost part of its refueling boom during a training flight Wednesday. The incident involved Airbus Military employees refueling a Portuguese Air Force F-16 fighter with a new A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport. "The incident resulted in the detachment and partial loss of the refuelling boom ... which fell into the sea," the Australian Defense said in a statement. "Both aircraft suffered some damage but returned safely to their home airfields." Airbus Military and European military airworthiness authorities will lead the investigation in to the incident, with the participation of...
  • Congress told Taiwan needs aircraft

    01/20/2011 8:04:37 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld
    Taipei Times ^ | 1/20/2011 | William Lowther
    A US congressional committee was told on Wednesday that Taiwan needed more advanced fighter aircraft and diesel submarines to defend itself against a possible attack by China. Testifying before the US House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs, Larry Wortzel, a specialist on the Chinese and Taiwanese military, said that despite a notable improvement in relations across the Taiwan Strait, Beijing continues to insist on its right to use force should Taiwan move toward independence. “The cross-strait military balance increasingly favors China. Beijing has deployed over 1,100 short-range ballistic missiles opposite the island. In my view, Taiwan’s most pressing need...
  • Fiscal 2012 Could Boost Bomber, F-16, F-15

    01/19/2011 4:56:47 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld
    Aviation Week and Space Technology ^ | 1/19/2010 | Amy Butler
    new F-16 life extension, bomber and space-procurement plan will be included in the U.S. Air Force’s forthcoming Fiscal 2012 budget proposal. These efforts are possible during a time of belt-tightening because the service found $34 billion worth of projects to cut in order to fund higher-priority initiatives, says Air Force Secretary Michael Donley. Absent from Donley’s comments last week was mention of the budding effort to buy a new fast-jet trainer (Alenia, BAE and Lockheed Martin/Korea Aerospace Industries are poised to compete for this) as well as a replacement for aging Bell Helicopter UH-1Ns supporting nuclear convoys and executive lift....
  • F-16 lands at Prestwick after fuel leak

    01/17/2011 8:31:34 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies
    F-16.net ^ | 1/8/2011 | Asif Shamim
    An F-16 block 50 from 480th FS made an emergency landing at Glasgow Prestwick Airport after suffering a fuel leak. The jet #91-0407 was part of a group of F-16s heading to the US from there home station at Spangdahlem Air Force base in Germany when the emergency was declared. Prestwick airport activated its emergency response programme after the alarm was raised at about 1200 GMT. Local fire and medical services were put on alert, while Strathclyde Police said access roads to the airport were closed for about 15 minutes while the plane landed. A spokesman said the F-16 landed...
  • F-16 aircraft looks out for a celebrity

    01/17/2011 8:24:15 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    The Times of India ^ | Jan 18, 2011 | Prashanth G N
    F-16 aircraft looks out for a celebrity Prashanth G N, TNN, Jan 18, 2011 BANGALORE: The Americans have set their marketing wheels on motion again. Lockheed Martin has launched a search for "the right celebrity" to match the power and style of its aircraft F-16IN Super Viper, that is flying in February's Aero India show. Lockheed is confident of finalizing the celebrity by the first week of February. "We should finalize the personality just ahead of the air show," Lockheed representatives told TOI on Monday. The US has been trying every window of opportunity to market the F-16 in India....