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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 (http://www.defensenews.com) 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
    haveeru.com.mv ^ | 3/26/2010 | haveeru.com.mv
    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...
  • Taiwan 'compensated' over flaw in French-made jets

    03/21/2010 6:39:40 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 246+ views
    Bangkok Post ^ | 3/21/2010 | Bangkok Post
    Taiwan's air force said Sunday that it had received more than three million dollars' worth of parts and maintenance service because of a flaw in the island's French-made Mirage fighter fleet. A fully armed French-made Mirage fighter jet patrols the sky above Hsinchu, Taiwan. Taiwan's air force said Sunday that it had received more than three million dollars' worth of parts and maintenance service because of a flaw in the island's French-made Mirage fighter fleet. The air force had been effectively compensated in November over cracks in the blades of several Mirage engines which had prompted the air force to...
  • Russia to make 1,000 stealth jets, eyes India deal

    03/12/2010 6:32:44 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 8 replies · 500+ views
    Reuters ^ | 3/12/2010 | Gleb Bryanski
    Russia will build more than 1,000 stealth fighter jets within four decades, including at least 200 for its traditional weapons buyer India, the head of plane maker Sukhoi said on Friday. Sukhoi test-flew its long-delayed fifth-generation fighter at the end of January, and Moscow said it would be able to compete with its U.S. F-22 Raptor rival built more than a decade ago. Sukhoi said last week it hoped the fighter, codenamed T-50, would be ready for use in 2015. "If you talk about warplanes of this type, there is definitely a market for it if we produce more than...
  • Saudis Mull Another F-15 Purchase

    03/12/2010 6:40:59 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies · 429+ views
    The Bulletin ^ | 3/12/2010 | David Bedein
    The Middle East newsline has confirmed that Saudi Arabia has advanced in negotiations to purchase a fighter jet from the United States. The Saudi leadership, in wake of receiving the first Eurofighters, has been examining the U.S.-built F-15 for a procurement contract in 2010. They said Saudi Defense Minister Crown Prince Sultan Bin Abdul Aziz has supported the prospect of an additional purchase of at least two squadrons of F-15s in a deal that could top $5 billion. “The assessment is that the Royal Saudi Air Force requires a platform that it is comfortable with, yet much more advanced than...
  • RAF chief: Don't cut fighter jets

    02/16/2010 10:24:40 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 6 replies · 375+ views
    Telegraph.co.uk ^ | 2/17/2010 | James Kirkup
    Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Dalton, the Chief of the Air Staff, insisted that air power must not be seen as an “optional luxury” when Britain’s future defence capability is considered. Both Labour and the Conservatives are committed to strategic defence review after the election, and both acknowledge that cuts will need to be made to bring down the Government deficit. This has raised questions about high-price defence procurement projects. One of the most costly is the plan to buy more than 120 new Joint Strike Fighter aircraft for the RAF and Royal Navy, which will cost at least £10...
  • Australia to pay more for fighter jets, US government says

    02/15/2010 6:24:52 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 14 replies · 364+ views
    news,com.au ^ | 2/15/2010 | news,com.au
    THE Joint Strike Fighter program will cost Australia more than originally planned and be delayed by about a year, the US government says. Australia will buy 14 of the jets from the US and may purchase up to 100, but the Pentagon said today the price - as much as $100 million each - would rise. The US government has withheld performance fees to lead contractor Lockheed Martin and sacked General David Heinz, who was in charge of the program. US Deputy Secretary of Defence Bill Lynn said on Monday the steps would strengthen the program. "When we looked at...
  • India To Formally Induct MiG-29K Naval Fighter Jets

    02/02/2010 9:56:39 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 6 replies · 433+ views
    Ino.com ^ | 2/2/2010 | Ino.com
    The Indian Navy will formally induct the Russian-made MiG-29K naval fighter jets for deployment on Admiral Gorshkov aircraft carrier on February 19 in the western state of Goa. The first four of the 16 MiG-29Ks that India had bought from Russia in 2004 along with Gorshkov were delivered at the INS Hansa naval base in Goa in a knocked-down condition on December 4 last. Senior Indian Navy officers said the jets have been assembled and the Russian pilots are flying them as a standard procedure before Indian Navy pilots takes over from them. "The formal induction ceremony has been fixed...
  • U.S. fighter jets scrambled due to unruly passenger

    01/06/2010 4:51:55 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 21 replies · 1,774+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 1/6/10 | Steve Gorman, Dan Whitcomb and Teresa Carson
    PORTLAND, Oregon (Reuters) – An unruly passenger aboard a Hawaii-bound airliner on Wednesday prompted the pilot to return the plane to Portland, Oregon, escorted by two military fighter jets, in the latest of several U.S. aviation security scares this week. The Hawaiian Airlines jet en route to Maui's Kahului Airport turned back because of "a suspicious passenger who made threatening remarks and refused to store his carry-on bag," said Suzanne Trevino, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Transportation Security Administration. The plane, escorted by two F-15 fighters scrambled out of Portland International Airport, landed there without further incident, and the man,...
  • Pakistan in Chinese fighter jet deal

    11/10/2009 11:27:45 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 2 replies · 466+ views
    The Financial Times ^ | 11/10/2009 | Farhan Bokhari in Islamabad
    China has agreed to sell Pakistan at least 36 advanced fighter jets in a deal worth as much as $1.4bn, according to Pakistani and western officials. Beijing will supply two squadrons of the J-10 fighter jet in a preliminary agreement that could lead to more sales, said a Pakistani official. The official said Pakistan might buy “larger numbers” of the multi-role aircraft in the future, but dismissed reports that Islamabad had signed a deal to purchase as many as 150 of the fighter jets. Defence experts described the agreement with China as a landmark event in Pakistan’s defence relationship with...
  • U.S. F-15 fighter crashes in Afghanistan (Two Crew Killed)

    07/17/2009 10:57:12 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 32 replies · 2,481+ views
    Reuters ^ | July 18, 2009 | N/A
    A U.S. F-15 fighter jet crashed in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday, the military said in a statement. The condition of the two crew was not known, the statement said, adding the crash was not due to hostile action.
  • World's coolest fighter jets. Hooray For The Red, White And Zooom! (photo assortment)

    03/14/2008 8:41:13 AM PDT · by rawhide · 7 replies · 580+ views
    92 photos of the world's coolest fighter jets.
  • Update: Officials: F-15s collide over Gulf of Mexico (Fox update: one pilot died of injuries)

    02/20/2008 2:01:20 PM PST · by keat · 129 replies · 514+ views
    CNN ^ | Feb. 20, 2008
  • Pimp My Hornet

    10/09/2007 4:44:05 AM PDT · by Renfield · 11 replies · 591+ views
    Strategy Page ^ | 10-09-07
    October 9, 2007: Australia, not wanting to delay upgrading its fighter fleet until the F-35 is ready, has ordered 24 U.S. F-18F fighters. The aircraft, with associated equipment and weapons, will cost $55 million each. Associated material includes 50 AGM-154 (JSOW) missiles (with a range of 70 kilometers) and 90 JHMCS (Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing Systems). JHMCS allows a pilot to see displayed on his visor, critical flight and navigation information. Sort of like a see-through computer monitor or Head Up Display. Most importantly, the pilot can turn his head towards a target, get an enemy aircraft into the crosshairs...
  • Fighterjets scrambled again (Norway)

    09/21/2007 4:35:48 PM PDT · by Kurt_Hectic · 26 replies · 111+ views
    www.an.no ^ | Publisert 21.09.2007 - 20:57 Updated 21.09.2007 - 21:55 | Nina Nygård Sjøholt
    Two interceptors were scrambled to identify air traffic in international airspace north of Finnmark, Norway, late friday evening. The two fighter jets from Bodø Air Base took off just before 20:00 local norwegian time, after they were alerted by NATO's Air Operation Centre CAOC 3 on Reitan, Norway. This according to Lt. Col. John Espen Lien at Landsdelskommando Nord-Norge (Land Command North Norway). He states that it was probably russian planes. - It is most likely, because the planes stayed in and outside russian air space, he says. The planes turned around and disapeared before the norwegian jets made a...
  • Russia showcases fighter jet developed for Indian Navy

    08/22/2007 8:27:27 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 50 replies · 1,812+ views
    Russia showcases fighter jet developed for Indian Navy 21 Aug, 2007, 1815 hrs IST, PTI ZHUKOVSKY: Russia for the first time showcased the MiG-29K deck-based fighter specially developed for the Indian Navy at the 8th international aerospace show 'MAKS-2007', inaugurated by President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday. MiG-29K and its fighter-trainer variant MiG-29KUB, showcased here at the local airbase near Moscow, is part of the USD 1.5 billion Gorshkov aircraft carrier deal and India is also expected to deploy them on the indigenous aircraft carriers under Advanced Air Defence Ship (ADS) project currently at an advanced development stage. MiG-29K is equipped...
  • Reports: Iran to buy jets from Russia

    08/01/2007 8:49:58 AM PDT · by LSUfan · 18 replies · 870+ views
    Center for Security Policy ^ | 31 July 07 | Christopher Holton
    The reported Russian sale of Su-30 aircraft and aerial refueling tankers to the Islamic Republic of Iran is a very serious development. The Su-30 is an extremely capable aircraft, a potent adversary for aircraft like the F-15, F-16, Mirage 2000 and the F-18. It will be some time before the Iranians are trained up on them--perhaps a long, long time, if ever. But this is a true transformation of Iranian air power. Their current inventory consists of 1970s-era fighters (it is doubtful that any of their F-14s are in shape for sustained combat operations) such as the F-5 and F-4....
  • Reports: Iran to buy jets from Russia

    07/30/2007 2:22:09 AM PDT · by neverdem · 40 replies · 1,304+ views
    jpost.com ^ | Jul. 30, 2007 | YAAKOV KATZ AND HERB KEINON
    Israel is looking into reports that Russia plans to sell 250 advanced long-range Sukhoi-30 fighter jets to Iran in an unprecedented billion-dollar deal. According to reports, in addition to the fighter jets, Teheran also plans to purchase a number of aerial fuel tankers that are compatible with the Sukhoi and capable of extending its range by thousands of kilometers. Defense officials said the Sukhoi sale would grant Iran long-range offensive capabilities. Government officials voiced concern over the reports. They said Russia could be trying to compete with the United States, which announced over the weekend a billion-dollar arms sale to...
  • Fighter jets scrambled to Russian plane nearing Israel

    06/29/2007 5:48:41 AM PDT · by jdm · 18 replies · 1,102+ views
    Israel News ^ | June 29, 2007 | Hanan Greenberg
    Israel Air Force fighter jests were scrambled to a Russian passenger plane as it was nearing Israel, this after the plane’s pilots reported of suspicious behavior on the part of a number of passengers on board. The plane was eventually cleared for landing at Ben Gurion Airport after a security check.
  • Sticker Shock: Estimating the Real Cost of Modern Fighter Aircraft

    Compiled from unclassified data published by government auditors and parliamentary sources, this report is intended to provide an objective basis for estimating the true costs of combat aircraft at a time when manufacturers, locked in increasingly bitter competition on the export market, routinely inflate the cost of competitors’ aircraft while making demonstrably misleading claims about their own. “Our goal is to provide a sound foundation on which journalists, researchers and members of the public can base their evaluation of the price figures bandied about by manufacturers, and which do not always represent the “best practices” in terms of reliability,” say...
  • Two Fighter Jets Collide Over (near) King City (Central California)

    06/26/2006 1:34:33 PM PDT · by Rio · 21 replies · 1,217+ views
    NBC11 ^ | 6/26/2006 | Unknown
    KING CITY, Calif. -- A military spokesman said two Navy fighter jets have collided over a Monterey County military base near King City. It's unclear whether there are casualties. The jets were FA-18 fighter jets based out of Fort Hunter Liggett, located about 100 south of San Jose. The jets were on a training mission.
  • Venezuela ready to buy fighter jets from Russia: Chavez

    04/04/2006 11:52:01 AM PDT · by proud_yank · 63 replies · 2,516+ views
    China View ^ | Apr 4, 2006
    CARACAS, April 4 (Xinhua) -- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said his country is ready to buy Russian-built fighter jets, as the United States refuses to supply spare parts for its F-16 jets. At a military ceremony on Monday, Chavez expressed his appreciation for Russia's help, saying Venezuela will buy fighter jets from Russia and "keep them here to protect this land." He also thanked his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin for approving the sale of 33 military helicopters and 100,000 AK-47 assault rifles to Venezuela. Chavez also blamed Washington for forbidding Brazilian manufacturers from selling training aircraft to his country on...
  • Military aircraft following commercial airliner

    12/19/2005 6:25:35 PM PST · by Jigsaw John · 105 replies · 4,603+ views
    12/19/05 | Jigsaw John
    Just observed what appeared to be 3 or 4 jet aircraft, (military type fighter aircraft), following a commercial airliner, westbound into LAX about 2 minutes ago. From the OC area. My first thought was possibly AF-1 but I don't think POTUS is in the region.
  • French Fighter Jets Make Unplanned Stop in Atlantic City

    06/03/2005 4:49:36 AM PDT · by BallyBill · 223 replies · 6,784+ views
    WPVI6 ^ | June 3 2005
    June 2, 2005 — Nine French fighter jets and a French weather plane had to make emergency landings at Atlantic City International Airport. Bad weather prevented them from flying back to their aircraft carrier, which is off the east coast. They landed because they were running light on fuel. Now the problem is everyone is waiting for officials from the French embassy to show up with money to buy more gas. The French planes are here for the air show at McGuire this Nine French fighter jets and A French weather plane had to make emergency landings at Atlantic City...
  • 10 French fighter jets forced to land in Atlantic City, N.J.

    06/03/2005 6:36:02 AM PDT · by Irontank · 48 replies · 1,557+ views
    NJ.com ^ | June 3, 2005
    Ten French fighter jets were forced to land at Atlantic City International Airport after weather problems prevented them from returning to their aircraft carrier in the Atlantic Ocean off the New Jersey coast, authorities said Friday. One of the jets was apparently disabled, and the U.S. State Department was contacted by French officials after one of the pilots tried to buy fuel and couldn't because he didn't have the available funds on his credit card, Philadelphia television station WPVI-TV reported. "I think they were all part of a squadron that was in formation," said Jim Peters, a spokesman for the...
  • Fighter Jets Among Security Measures (Bush visit to Canada)

    11/26/2004 7:38:41 AM PST · by NorthOf45 · 9 replies · 717+ views
    The ChronicleHerald ^ | November 26, 2004 | Amy Smith/John Gillis
    Fighter jets among security measures Trade centre, Pier 21, airport likely sites for president's speech By AMY SMITH and JOHN GILLIS / Staff Reporters November 26, 2004 Fighter planes and guards with guns will protect U.S. President George W. Bush when he is in Halifax next week, a security expert says. The U.S. president will be joined by Prime Minister Paul Martin. Pier 21, the airport and the World Trade and Convention Centre are the venues being considered for Mr. Bush and an announcement is expected today. One source said it's likely between Pier 21 and the trade centre. Security...
  • Taiwan leader's plane targeted by Chinese fighter jets: report

    11/10/2004 11:32:04 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies · 1,070+ views
    AFP ^ | 11-11-04
    Taiwan leader's plane targeted by Chinese fighter jets: report TAIPEI (AFP) Nov 11, 2004 Fighter jets from China locked on to a plane carrying Taiwan President Chen Shui-bian during a trip over the Taiwan Strait, it was reported here Tuesday. Chen's Air Force One official plane had been heading for Penghu, an island group in the strait, when it was targeted by the warplanes from China, the United Daily News said, quoting unidentified Chinese defense sources. Vice President Annette Lu's plane was also targeted by Chinese fighter jets when she was flying to Penghu on October 2, the paper said....
  • China denies selling jets to Zimbabwe

    06/23/2004 6:04:00 AM PDT · by Clive · 5 replies · 246+ views
    Mainland China's ambassador to South Africa has denied that his government has sold 12 fighter jets to Zimbabwe. Ambassador Liu Guijin said both China's ambassador to Zimbabwe and his government in Beijing had said the original report in Zimbabwe's Mirror newspaper was "baseless". Liu was speaking at a joint press briefing with Deputy Foreign Minister Aziz Pahad on this week's visit to South Africa by Chinese Vice-President Zeng Qinghong. Asked earlier if South Africa intended to raise the issue of the jets with Zeng, Pahad said he knew nothing about the reported sale, but South Africa would, in any case,...
  • Three fighter Jets over L.A.

    05/31/2004 11:19:32 AM PDT · by Dr. Eckleburg · 42 replies · 190+ views
    Three fighter jets jsut flew directly over my house in Los Angeles. Anyone else jump out of their chairs and run to the backyard? I never heard anything so loud.
  • F22 Raptor: Source code crashes lead to problems in system software.

    04/02/2004 8:48:06 PM PST · by spetznaz · 98 replies · 1,209+ views
    Strategypage ^ | April 2, 2004
    April 2, 2004: For a long time is was said, only half in jest, that you built a new warplane by finding the most powerful engine you could and then building an airplane around it. That has changed in the last two decades. The engine and the airframe are now easy, the software to make everything work together is the hard part. The F-22 software comprises some two million lines of source code (the text and numbers that are converted, or "compiled', into computer readable instructions). This code is complex, and it must work reliably for long periods of time,...
  • Scottsdale(AZ) City Council Member: Military Jets aren't welcome here

    09/22/2003 3:24:03 PM PDT · by jmcclain19 · 43 replies · 410+ views
    <p>The ear-blasting takeoffs of military fighter jets at suburban Scottsdale Airport have residents buzzing and city officials flying off.</p> <p>Six fighter jets in three formations of two and another pair of fighters have roared into the general aviation airport in recent weeks for refueling stops.</p>
  • Berlin rejects Polish offer: Warsaw's request for occupation troops in Iraq

    05/10/2003 7:38:59 AM PDT · by demlosers · 5 replies · 161+ views
    Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung ^ | 10. May 2003 | By Elise Kissling
    The German government swiftly rejected a proposal from Warsaw to contribute troops to a Polish occupation zone in Iraq, saying it would not consider any economic or military role in the defeated country without a clear United Nations mandate for reconstruction. This seemed to dash hopes in Washington that Germany would break with France on their mutual insistence upon a major role for the UN in Iraq. Defense Minister Peter Struck told the Bundestag parliament that Germany would not send troops to Iraq as part of a larger unit comprising Danish and Polish troops, government spokesman Bela Anda said on...