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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...