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  • Iran Just Made This Deal with China… And It Means They’re Ready For War

    08/07/2015 2:07:59 PM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies
    Alan West ^ | 8/7/15 | Allen West
    On Wednesday, Barack Obama made a weak plea for support to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) agreement with Iran. He even went so far as to castigate opponents of this foreign policy faux pas as equal to Iran’s maniacal Islamists. Obama states the only alternative to accepting his deal is war. Well, we already reported Russia’s looking to sell Iran a fleet of aerial refueling tankers. Now, there’s another report about an Iranian weapons purchase — and the report is not coming from our media. As reported by the Jerusalem Post: Iran is beginning to reap the fruits...
  • ISIS in Jets for First Time, US Reportedly Trains Rebel Pilots

    10/17/2014 10:40:12 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 39 replies
    INN ^ | 10/17/2014, 1:59 PM | Ari Yashar
    The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights revealed on Friday that the brutal Islamic State (ISIS) terror group has begun training pilots on three captured fighter jets, relying on the knowledge of Iraqi pilots who have joined the group. Rami Abdul Rahman, director of the monitoring group, said witnesses in northern Syria have seen the group flying the three MiG 21 or MiG 23 model jets above the al-Jarrah airbase east of Aleppo, in the first instance of ISIS going airborne, reports Reuters. […] ISIS has captured several fighter jets during its conquest of Syria and Iraq. In August it...
  • Fruit Flies Use Fighter Jet Moves

    05/07/2014 12:32:39 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    ABC ^ | Wed 7 May 2014
    What do fruit flies and fighter jets have in common? More than you would probably think. Researchers at the University of Washington have found that fruit flies are able to react like little aircraft when they are under attack from predators. Biology professor Michael Dickinson says slow-motion cameras were used to capture the flies' movements as part of the study. "The animals do these very very rapid banked turns, where they're flying and then they roll very quickly over, so they can move quickly away from the direction of the looming threat," he said. Professor Dickinson says while it is...
  • Czechs to sell up to 28 old fighter jets to U.S. company

    12/02/2013 11:45:25 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 45 replies
    Reuters ^ | Nov 29, 2013
    Nov 29 (Reuters) - The Czech Republic is close to selling up to 28 subsonic fighter jets to a private company in the United States after years of failed attempts to offload the surplus planes, the Defence Ministry said on Friday. The U.S. company, Draken International, has placed a binding bid to buy 14 L-159 planes with an option for 14 more for a total price of up to 516 million crowns ($25.7 million). The government should decide about the contract by the end of the year. It could be completed in January 2014, the defence ministry said. "The Czech...
  • Turkish Jets Force Syrian Plane (after departing Moscow) to Land over Suspicious Cargo (Weapons)

    10/10/2012 12:39:58 PM PDT · by silentknight · 97 replies
    Turkish state TV: Turkish fighter jets have forced a Syrian passenger plane coming from Moscow to land at the Ankara airport. 2 hours ago
  • 4 fighter jets just went screaming over Rockville MD

    09/20/2012 10:16:54 AM PDT · by Bulwinkle · 44 replies
    never seen them here before
  • Pilot locked in lavatory causes unnecessary terror scare

    11/17/2011 7:38:03 AM PST · by Driftwood1 · 11 replies
    New York Post ^ | 11-17-11 | Philip Messing and Bill Sanderson
    A pilot who accidentally locked himself in the bathroom of his LaGuardia-bound plane caused a terror scare last night when a helpful passenger with an accent tried to come to his rescue by banging on the cockpit door. The embarrassing comedy of errors began when the captain of a Chatauqua Airlines flight from Asheville, N.Car., decided to take a bathroom break before landing. But when he tried to get out of the men’s room, the door jammed, trapping him in the tight quarters.
  • 2 Kenyan fighter jets crash in Somalia

    10/25/2011 5:39:27 PM PDT · by Cardhu · 48 replies · 1+ views
    Press TV ^ | October 25th 2011 | Staff
    Two Kenyan jet fighters have crashed after colliding over southern Somalia, Press TV reports. The two fighter planes crashed between the towns of Kismayu and Qooqani, a Somali military officer told the Press TV correspondent in Mogadishu on Tuesday. The jets were heading to the southern port city of Kismayu after targeting the positions of al-Shabab fighters in southern Somalia, the officer added. On Monday, a Kenyan jet bombed an al-Shabab base near the port in Kismayu, an al-Shabab stronghold. Kenyan troops began an air and ground offensive against al-Shabab in southern Somalia last week after Nairobi accused the militants...
  • U.S. Refuses Taiwan Request for New Fighter Jets (Can't afford to make our Chicom debtors unhappy)

    08/15/2011 9:49:08 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    New York Times ^ | 08/15/2011
    TAIPEI (Reuters) - The United States has refused Taiwan's request for 66 new F-16C/D fighter jets that China warned Washington would risk inflaming tensions between the two big powers, Defense News reported, citing a Taiwan defence official. Taiwan has repeatedly asked Washington to agree to sell the advanced F-16 fighter jets, citing the need to counter the growing military strength of China, which deems the island an breakaway province that must eventually accept reunification, by force if necessary. Neither Washington nor Taipei has made any formal announcement about the latest call for the fighters, but Defesce News ( said on...
  • Sacramento-Bound Flight Makes Emergency Landing In Yuma, Arizona (gaping hole in fuselage)

    04/01/2011 6:05:58 PM PDT · by RummyChick · 77 replies
    cbs ^ | 4/1/2011 | cbs
    A commercial flight from Phoenix to Sacramento this afternoon had to be diverted to an airport in Yuma due to rapid cabin decompression that may have been caused by a hole in the jet’s fuselage. The Southwest flight landed safely at 4:07 p.m. at the Yuma Marine Corps Air Station/International Airport. One of the passengers told CBS13 about the frightening emergency. “They had just taken drink orders when I heard a huge sound and oxygen masks came down and we started making a rapid decent. They said we’d be making an emergency landing,” said Cindy. “There was a hold in...
  • India hopes to seal fighter jet deal by March 2012

    02/09/2011 9:28:34 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld
    Reuters ^ | 2/9/2011 | Bharghavi Nagaraju
    India's contract process to buy 126 fighter jets valued at about $11 billion is "going smoothly" and is expected to be completed in the fiscal year ending March 2012, Defence Minister A.K. Antony said on Wednedsay. Saab's JAS-39 Gripen is competing with Boeing's Super Hornet, Dassault's Rafale, Lockheed Martin Corp's F-16 and Russia's MiG-35 to win a contract from India for the fighter jets. Cassidian, the recently renamed defence arm of EADS and a partner in the Eurofighter Typhoon, is also vying for the Indian fighter award. Eurofighter is a four-nation consortium of EADS, representing Germany and Spain, Britain's BAE...
  • Bulgaria to buy eight fighter jets

    02/03/2011 4:26:34 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies
    UPI ^ | 2/3/2011 | UPI
    Bulgaria has approached Western powers over the potential acquisition of fighter jets. Sofia approached the United States, France, Germany and Sweden over the supply of eight new or used fighter jets, Bulgaria's Defense Ministry said in a statement released Wednesday. It added that the financial circumstances of a deal had to be decided after information is sent by the four countries, in 2012, at the earliest
  • New Dutch jet fighters 1.4 billion euros more expensive

    12/03/2010 5:59:38 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 11 replies
    Radio Netherlands ^ | 12/2/2010 | Radio Netherlands
    The costs of the Joint Strike Fighter, the US fighter jet which is to replace the ageing Dutch fleet of F-16s, will be 1.4 billion euros higher than the original estimate. This is an increase of 20 percent over the amount of 6.2 billion euros which the government initially expected would buy 85 JSF planes. Parliament expressed shock at the increase, particularly at a time when the government has announced 18 billion euros’ worth of budget cuts. On Thursday, Defence Minister Hans Hillen wrote in a letter to parliament that the higher costs are partly due to delays in the...
  • Spending Reviews Stir Fighter Market

    10/27/2010 10:15:11 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld
    Aviation Week and Space Technology ^ | 10/27/2010 | Robert Wall
    The U.K.’s decision to drastically alter its fast-jet fleet plans introduces new uncertainties into the global fighter market. In a two-pronged move, London is trimming its buy of Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighters and changing course on the model. Financial pressures are also triggering angst beyond the U.K. Lt. Col. Rickard Nystrom, head of aircraft programs at the Swedish armed forces headquarters, says it is “a pretty stressful environment [here] right now.” With various big-ticket spending items looming in the next decade, there is renewed debate over plans for a 100-aircraft Gripen fleet. The timing and scope of the...
  • Okinawa Decision Has Missile Defense Element

    05/26/2010 9:00:20 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 16 replies · 373+ views
    Aviation Week and Space Technology ^ | 5/25/2010 | David A. Fulghum
    By backpedaling on a campaign promise to move a U.S. Marine Corps airbase from Okinawa, Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama may have nonetheless secured additional airborne cruise missile and tactical ballistic missile defenses for Japan. China is seen as the cruise missile threat since it has developed a new, faster, long-range weapon that can be launched from its Su-27MKK strike fighter fleet. North Korea has the greater fear factor, however, because of its suspected nuclear ballistic missile capability and its government’s erratic behavior and apparent aggressions, such as the alleged sinking of a South Korea warship. Okinawa is already home...
  • The Great Fighter Shortage Comes Up Short

    04/30/2010 9:01:40 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 12 replies · 525+ views
    The Strategy Page ^ | 05/01/2010 | The Strategy Page
    The U.S. Air Force has decided that its looming fighter shortage, caused by delays in the F-35 program, and the aging of its F-16 and F-15 fleet, is not as bad as they believed. Two years ago, before the F-35 development got delayed even more, the air force predicted being short 800 fighters in the next decade or so. But now the shortage is believed to be no more than 185 (in 2024), and this could be avoided if production of F-35s was speeded up. The F-35 delays have been growing over the last few years, and the air force...
  • Russia to help Vietnam build submarine base

    04/20/2010 11:52:45 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 3 replies · 381+ views
    Vietnews ^ | 03/29/10 | Tuoi Tre
    Russia to help Vietnam build submarine base Tuoi Tre Russia will provide technical assistance to build a base for the six diesel-electric Kilo-class submarines Vietnam has ordered, the Voice of Russia quoted Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov as saying Thursday. Russia would also help Vietnam build a repair dockyard for Russian ships, he said after returning from a three-day trip to Hanoi March 25. He pledged Russian support to modernize Vietnam’s Air Force, including multibillion-dollar contracts for military equipment, he told the radio station. Military cooperation between Moscow and Hanoi has increased in recent years along with Vietnam's arms purchases from...
  • Putin deepens ties with Chavez on Venezuela visit

    04/02/2010 11:17:40 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies · 289+ views
    AP via Google News ^ | April 2, 2010 | By FABIOLA SANCHEZ
    CARACAS, Venezuela — Russia has offered to help Venezuela set up its own space industry, including a satellite launch site, as Prime Minister Vladimir Putin made his first visit to the South American country on Friday. Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez announced Russia's offer before Putin arrived, saying officials would discuss the possibility of setting up a "satellite launcher and a factory." The two countries are also discussing new weapons deals, Chavez said Thursday night in televised remarks, without giving details. Chavez has built close ties with Russia, buying more than $4 billion in Russian weapons since 2005, including helicopters, fighter...
  • Brazil to announce winner of huge jet fighter deal

    03/28/2010 12:29:24 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 13 replies · 901+ views ^ | 3/26/2010 |
    Brazil plans to announce in early April the winner of a multi-billion-dollar competition for modern fighter jets meant to cement its new role as Latin America's preeminent military power. The tender, though, has been marked by infighting between Brazil's air force and government, and fierce rivalry between the three nations vying to score the deal. The finalists now comprise France's Rafale made by Dassault, Sweden's Gripen NG by Saab, and the F/A-18 Super Hornet by US giant Boeing. President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva's stated preference for the ultra-sophisticated, semi-stealth Rafale jet annoyed the air force, which preferred the much...
  • High-stakes final phase for Brazil jet fighter tender

    03/24/2010 6:53:21 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 12 replies · 376+ views
    AFP via Google ^ | 3/24/2010 | AFP via Google
    A multi-billion-dollar deal to supply Brazil with sophisticated fighter jets was in its high-stakes final phase Wednesday, with President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva under intense pressure ahead of his decision. Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf and Defense Minister Sten Tolgfors called on Lula in Brasilia to make an ultimate push for Swedish aircraft to win out over French and US rivals in the tender. Brazilian officials say the contest should be decided by the end of next week. Lula has already expressed a strong preference for France's Rafale jet in the competition. But he said after his meeting with...