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  • Which is Better, the F-5E Tiger II or the MiG-21? (A forgotten African war answered the question)

    08/08/2016 3:33:39 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 21 replies
    War is Boring ^ | August 08, 2016 | TOM COOPER
    Maj. Yohannes Woldemariam proudly posing in front of the first Northrop F-5A delivered to Ethiopia, in 1966. Photo via S.N. Which is better? The Northrop F-5E Tiger II or the Mikoyan i Gurevich MiG-21? There have been countless discussions of this question and, probably, at least as many answers. Over 15,000 of these two cheap, lightweight, simple-to-maintain and -operate fighters were produced and, over the time, they’ve served in more than 60 different air forces — some of which operated both of them. The usual story is that they never met in combat and thus the ultimate question about their mutual superiority...
  • Could Russia's Cold War Super-Jet Last 100 Years?

    05/27/2016 7:33:09 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    The National Interest ^ | May 27, 2016 | Robert Farley
    Military aircraft can have notoriously short lifespans, especially during periods of technological ferment. The most elite aircraft of World War I could become obsolete in a matter of months. Things werent much different in World War II. And at the dawn of the jet age, entire fleets of aircraft became pass as technologies matured. The advanced fighters that fought in the skies over Korea became junk just a few years later. But a few designs stand the test of the time. The B-52 Stratofortress first flew in 1952, yet remains in service today. New C-130s continue to roll off the...
  • What It Was Like Flying And Fighting The F-16N Viper, Topgun's Legendary Hotrod

    05/09/2016 11:20:25 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 25 replies
    I the late 1980s, F-14 Tomcat pilot and Topgun instructor Paul Nickell found himself strapping into the cockpit of a brand new Navy jet that would never land on an aircraft carrier. Instead, it was built specifically to challenge the skills of the best fighter crews the Navy had to offer. It was a stripped down, up-engined, exotically painted variant of the already nimble F-16. General Dynamics built only 26 of them, and the fleet served less than a decade before being controversially retired, but the impression the jet made was legendary. For part one of a multi-part, in-depth series...
  • India's homegrown Tejas fighter sparks interest in Egypt, Sri Lanka

    04/18/2016 6:31:04 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 19 replies
    Press Trust of India ^ | Apr 18, 2016
    New Delhi: India's Light Combat Aircraft Tejas, which was several years in the making, has now caught the attention of foreign buyers, with Sri Lanka and Egypt evincing interest in the indigenously built fighter jet. Sri Lanka had recently rejected Pakistan's JF-17 aircraft built with Chinese help, while Egypt had last year signed a contract for 24 French-made Rafale fighter jets. The two countries are interested in the current version of the Tejas and not the upgraded one which will be rolled out later. However, state-run Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), the manufacturer of Tejas, is focusing on delivering the aircraft...
  • PICTURE: Bulgaria retires last MiG-21 fighters

    12/29/2015 5:31:03 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies ^ | 29 DECEMBER, 2015 | ALEXANDER MLADENOV
    The Bulgarian air force on 18 December held a ceremony to mark the retirement of its last Mikoyan MiG-21 fighters. Involving the nation's last three serviceable examples – two single-seat MiG-21bis's and a two-seat MiG-21UM1 trainer – the event marked the end of regular flight operations, although the former pair will remain available to conduct quick reaction alert sorties until 31 December. The fighters will then be kept in storage at Graf Ignatievo air base, ready to be returned to airworthy status should the need arise. Bulgaria's MiG-21 fleet had originally been slated for retirement in 2012, but the type's...
  • The Amazing Saga Of How Israel Turned Its F-15s Into Multi-Role Bombers

    05/08/2015 7:41:03 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | 05/08/2015 | Tyler Rogoway
    When the F-15 was created, it was created to be a pure air-to-air fighter, with the philosophy of not a pound for air-to-ground guiding designers. So how did Israel end up turning their F-15s into deadly long-range multi-role strike aircraft well before the F-15E Strike Eagle became a reality? Heres how. In Need Of A Game Changing Fighter Israels love affair with the F-15 began out of the need to procure a fighter that could trump the increasingly complex fighters that surrounding Arab states were amassing from Russian and French sources. Both the F-14 Tomcat and the F-15 Eagle were...
  • Groups, States Supported by Cuba Continue to Spread Terror

    02/10/2015 2:52:24 PM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    The Washingon Free Beacon ^ | February 10, 2015 | Daniel Wiser
    U.S. officials consider removing Castro regime from terror listU.S. officials are considering removing Cuba from a list of state sponsors of terrorism, even as Cuban allies continue to launch military attacks and trade for weapons. As part of President Barack Obamas announcement in December that he would normalize relations with Cuba, Obama instructed Secretary of State John Kerry to review Cubas terror designation and issue a report in six months. While reports indicate that the administration is leaning toward removing Cuba from the terror list, such an action would conflict with the Cuban regimes support for Colombian militants, Iran, and...
  • This Is the Ultimate MiG-21 (Pakistani JF-17 builds on classic warplane)

    03/29/2014 7:10:45 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies
    War is Boring ^ | 22/03/2014 | David Axe
    In 1989, the Chinese Chengdu Aerospace Corporation unveiled a major upgrade for its locally-made F-7 jet fighter, a licensed copy of the classic Soviet MiG-21. The new F-7 variant moved the engine air intake from the nose tip to the sides of the fuselage, making room in the nose for a more powerful radar. Twenty-one years later, this upgradenow named JF-17 Thunderis flying combat missions with the Pakistani air force, so far its sole user. Further enhanced with a new wing, a cutting-edge intake design and a new, more powerful engine, the JF-17 is Pakistans most important front-line fighterand a...
  • Dogfight duke: The MiG that forced Pakistan army surrender

    12/19/2013 4:59:18 AM PST · by MBT ARJUN · 23 replies
    The MiG-21 FL was the force multiplier that allowed other IAF aircraft to go in for the kill without having to watch their back during the 1971 War, thereby hastening the fall of the Pakistani military The MiG-21 may be the only aircraft in aviation history to have forced a nation to surrender. The devastating attack on the Governors House in Dhaka in East Pakistan by MiG-21s proved to be a turning point in the 1971 India-Pakistan war. Indias blitzkrieg strategy against the Pakistani military had brought the Indian Army to the outskirts of Dhaka within just nine days. Holed...
  • Draken International Mig-21's Delivered Coast To Coast

    10/02/2013 7:34:30 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    Draken International ^ | October 1, 2013
    Draken International Mig-21's Delivered Coast To Coast (Source: Draken International; issued October 1, 2013) LAKELAND, Fla. --- Draken International, a leading provider of commercial air services, continues to rapidly build up its supersonic fleet with the delivery of twenty-five MiG-21 aircraft. With MiG-21 assembly operations taking place on both coasts, Draken International is able to provide a safe, reliable, real-world "red-air" asset to the Department of Defense and Test Pilot schools across North America. Draken International maintains the largest fleet of privately owned tactical aircraft in the world. The fleet is composed of over 50 ex-military aircraft including Douglas A-4K...
  • Panama finds MiG fighter jets on N. Korean arms ship

    07/22/2013 1:16:33 PM PDT · by RainMan · 30 replies
    MSN News ^ | 7/21/2013 | Lomi Kriel
    Investigators in Panama have found two MiG-21 fighter jets in cargo containers aboard a North Korean ship carrying weapons from Cuba. COLON, Panama Panamanian investigators unloading the cargo of a seized North Korean ship that carried arms from Cuba have found the two MiG-21 fighter jets the Cuban government had said were on board, the government said Sunday. Alongside the two supersonic planes, originally produced by the Soviet Union in the late 1950s, officials found two missile radar systems on board the Chong Chon Gang, President Ricardo Martinelli told reporters in the Atlantic port of Coln. The discovery, which...
  • Report: Syria Converted Combat Aircraft to Drones with WMDs

    12/25/2012 5:50:26 PM PST · by Nachum · 10 replies
    inn ^ | 12/25/12 | Elad Benari
    A MiG-21 combat aircraft flown by a Syrian pilot who defected to Jordan in June was found to have been upgraded back in Syria to carry chemical weapons and to fly without a pilot, the Yisrael Hayom daily reported on Tuesday. According to the report, U.S. experts who examined the plane believe Russian engineers helped convert the plane and that Syria has more of them in its air force. On June 21, Syrian pilot Hassan Hamada, who holds a rank equivalent to colonel, took off in his MiG-21 from al-Dumair military airport northeast of Damascus and flew to King Hussein...
  • Syrian pilot's defection in MiG-21 stirs Cold War memories

    07/02/2012 9:25:40 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    The StarPhoenix ^ | June 30, 2012 | Les MacPherson
    Syrian pilot's defection in MiG-21 stirs Cold War memories Did you hear about the Syrian air force pilot who defected last week to Jordan in his MiG-21 fighter jet? Probably not. The defection was but a dim and fleeting blip on the international news radar. The world does not much care about an obscure Syrian pilot or a Russian-made jet designed more than 50 years ago. There was a time, however, when pilot defections were a big, hairy deal. Among the biggest and hairiest was in 1966, at the height of the Cold War, when the MiG-21 was the Soviet...
  • Syrian fighter pilot defects to Jordan, gets asylum

    06/21/2012 1:27:04 PM PDT · by moonshot925 · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | 21 June 2012 | Suleiman Al-Khalidi and Khaled Yacoub Oweis
    (Reuters) - A Syrian air force pilot flew his MiG-21 fighter plane over the border to Jordan and was granted political asylum on Thursday, the first defection with a military aircraft since the start of the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad. The pilot landed at the King Hussein military air base 80 km (50 miles) northeast of Amman and immediately asked for sanctuary, Jordanian officials told Reuters. "The cabinet has decided to grant the Syrian pilot political asylum upon his request," Jordan's Minister of State for Information Samih al-Maaytah told Reuters. Syria's defense ministry called the pilot a "traitor to...
  • MiG-21 touches down on Auckland roof

    09/13/2011 10:26:01 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies · 1+ views
    Flight Global ^ | September 14, 2011 | Greg Waldron
    MiG-21 touches down on Auckland roof By Greg Waldron on September 14, 2011 Came across a great story on the Auckland Now web site of a New Zealand businessman who has mounted a Mikoyan Gurevich MiG-21 on the roof of his office building. The report says Manfred Bennet plans to put fabric around the aircraft's tail and then blow it with a fan to give the impression the aircraft is flying. Bennet is also planning on setting up a flight simulation centre for types such as the F-16, F-111, and the F-18. He is also working on prototype helicopter that...
  • Indian Air Force MiG-21 Fighter Jet Crashes in Madhya Pradesh; Pilot Safe

    02/04/2011 3:24:01 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 10 replies
    Indian Defense ^ | 2/4/2011 | Indian Defense
    A Soviet-era MiG-21 of the Indian Air Force (IAF) crashed in Madhya Pradesh Friday but there were no casualties as the pilot ejected safely, an official said. The incident occurred at around 11.20 a.m. at Anup Nagar, 150 km southwest of this Madhya Pradesh town, an IAF spokesperson. "The pilot ejected safely and was picked up the IAF," he said. The crash comes after the Indian Army Wednesday lost two of its experienced pilots when their helicopter crashed into a residential area in Maharashtra's Nashik city. In the last three years, a total of 60 aircraft, including MiG-21 and helicopters,...
  • 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 Swedens 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...
  • Romania halts MiG-21 training flights after fatal crash

    11/02/2010 9:16:44 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    Flight International ^ | 02/11/10 | Craig Hoyle
    Romania halts MiG-21 training flights after fatal crash By Craig Hoyle The Romanian air force has halted all training flights involving its MiG-21 fighters, after two pilots were killed when one of the aircraft crashed on 1 November. The two-seat aircraft was lost near Campia Turzii air base at around 13:10 local time after completing a weather check ride, the defence ministry says. Reports suggest that the Soyuz R-13-300-engined aircraft crashed while attempting to land. Both crew members were experienced MiG-21 pilots, with a combined total of more than 1,770 flight hours logged on the type, according to information released...
  • 'MiG Killer' moving to Museum

    10/27/2010 9:38:05 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 19 replies
    The Warner Robins Patriot ^ | 10/28/2010 | Warner Robins
    An-F-15C fighter aircraft credited with two aerial victories over Iraq during Operation Desert Storm will be towed down GA Highway 247 to the Museum of Aviation on Friday, October 29 at approximately 9:00 a.m. The towing will affect 247 traffic for about an hour. On February 6, 1991, Captain Thomas Dietz shot down two Russian-built MiG 21s over Iraq using AIM-9 missiles. The aircraft was assigned to the 36th Tactical Fighter Wing, Bitburg AB, Germany at the time flying missions from a base in Saudi Arabia. F-15s are credited with downing 37 aircraft during aerial engagements over Iraq during the...
  • Funding woes hamper Israeli air upgrades

    09/13/2010 1:05:27 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    Funding woes hamper Israeli air upgrades Published: Sept. 13, 2010 at 1:40 PM TEL AVIV, Israel, Sept. 13 (UPI) -- Budgetary constraints and the planned purchase of 20 Lockheed Martin F-35 stealth fighters for $2.75 billion are making it difficult for the Israeli air force to upgrade its older aircraft, although an unusual solution has been proposed. In particular, these concerns are hampering plans to phase out Israel's venerable A-4 Skyhawks acquired in 1967 and which were flown in several wars. The small jet's agility and versatility, along with its ability to take heavy damage in combat made it a...
  • China: Mechanical failures to blame for North Korean plane crash

    08/19/2010 8:43:09 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies
    CNN ^ | 08/19/10 | Steven Jiang
    China: Mechanical failures to blame for North Korean plane crash By Steven Jiang, CNN August 19, 2010 -- Updated 1505 GMT (2305 HKT) STORY HIGHLIGHTS * Chinese authorities say mechanical failures caused the pilot to lose direction * The plane crashed Tuesday in northeastern China * The pilot is dead * North Korea has apologized Beijing, China (CNN) -- Mechanical failures caused a North Korean air force plane to lose direction before crashing in northeastern China earlier this week, state media quoted Chinese authorities as saying Thursday. China's official Xinhua news agency said that Pyongyang has apologized to Beijing for...
  • (LEAD) N. Korean helicopter crashes in China, killing pilot: source(actually MIG-21)

    08/17/2010 10:56:49 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 70 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 08/18/10
    (LEAD) N. Korean helicopter crashes in China, killing pilot: source SHENYANG, China, Aug. 18 (Yonhap) -- A North Korean helicopter crashed in a Chinese border area, killing the pilot aboard who may have attempted to defect to Russia, intelligence sources here said Wednesday. The crash took place in Fushun Prefecture in the province of Liaoning Tuesday afternoon, the sources said, adding the pilot was the only person in the chopper when it crashed. "The pilot died on the spot," one source said, adding the Chinese authorities were able to identify the nationality of the helicopter only after the crash. Chinese...
  • A force to be reckoned with (Egyptian Air Force)

    08/09/2010 7:02:30 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies
    Arabian Aerospace ^ | 9 August 2010
    A force to be reckoned with Posted on 9 August 2010 in Defence The Egyptian Air Force (EAF) or Al Quwwat Al Jawwiya Il Misriya, is one of the largest air arms in the region and is also one of the longest established. Formed in 1930 as the Egyptian Army Air Force, it became fully independent in 1937. Initially it had close links with the British Royal Air Force and was primarily equipped with British-supplied aircraft. Spitfires gave way to Meteors and Vampires before the 1952 revolution, after which the new president, General Gamal Abdel Nasser, turned to the Soviet...
  • Too Expensive To Maintain And Too Dangerous To Fly

    07/15/2010 5:28:14 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 33 replies
    Strategy Page ^ | 7/13/2010 | James Dunnigan
    Four months after an Indian MiG-27 fighter bomber crashed, and all Indian MiG-27s were grounded, the aircraft have been cleared to fly again. The long delay was caused by fears that all the Russian made engines in these aircraft might have a common problem. This is not a new problem. The MiG-27, and Cold War era Russian warplanes in general, do not age well. India only has about a hundred MiG-27s still operational, and all of them were grounded for over a year (2005-6) when serious problems were discovered with the MiG-27s Russian designed engines. Things have since gotten better,...
  • India confirms plans to retire oldest MiG-21s

    05/01/2010 10:45:18 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies · 306+ views
    FlightGlobal ^ | 5/02/2010 | Leithen Francis
    India's government is to phase out its oldest MiG-series aircraft, following a spate of crashes. "A total of 21 MiG aircraft have crashed during the last three years," defence minister AK Antony told India's parliament. The accidents resulted in four deaths. The oldest type in the air force inventory is the MiG-21 and these are being phased out, Antony says. The service has about 200 MiG-21s, most of which were made under licence by India's Hindustan Aeronautics. An upgrade programme was performed on 121 of the aircraft several years ago, adding equipment including a Phazotron Kopyo radar. Unmodified examples will...
  • RIP, MiG-21

    05/01/2010 2:33:25 AM PDT · by myknowledge · 2 replies · 454+ views
    Strategy Page ^ | April 27, 2010
    India has finally made it official, its troublesome fleet of MiG-21 fighters are being phased out. The 121 that were recently upgraded, will all be retired in seven years. The other 85 will be out of service in two years. India operates the largest fleet of MiG-21s, although China has even more of their MiG-21 clones, the J-7 in service. China still exports J-7s, but is rapidly retiring the ones remaining in Chinese service. Over 10,000 Mig-21s and J-7s have been produced in the last sixty years, making this the most widely manufactured jet fighter of the last century (during...
  • Indian Air Force phasing out MiG-21s: Antony

    04/19/2010 10:48:34 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 6 replies · 429+ views
    The Economic Times ^ | 4/19/2010 | The Economic Times
    The Indian Air Force (IAF) is gradually phasing out its older MiG-21 combat jets, many of which have been lost in crashes, parliament was informed Monday. "The MiG-21 is a very old aircraft. It is now in the process of being phased out," Defence Minister A K Antony said during question hour in the Lok Sabha. "The normal life of an aircraft is 30-34 years," he added. The IAF currently operates a little over 200 MiG-21s. Of these, 121 have been upgraded to the Bison version and are likely to fly till 2017, an IAF source said. The remaining 80-90...
  • Remnants of Iraq Air Force Are Found (19 MIG-21 and MIG-23 jet fighters stored in Serbia)

    08/30/2009 7:13:58 PM PDT · by Libloather · 21 replies · 1,996+ views
    NY Times ^ | 8/30/09 | ROD NORDLAND
    Remnants of Iraq Air Force Are FoundBy ROD NORDLAND Published: August 30, 2009 BAGHDAD Iraqi officials have discovered that they may have a real air force, after all. The Defense Ministry revealed Sunday that it had recently learned that Iraq owns 19 MIG-21 and MIG-23 jet fighters, which are in storage in Serbia. Ministry officials are negotiating with the Serbs to restore and return the aircraft. The Serbian government has tentatively promised to make two of the aircraft available for immediate use, according to a news release from the ministry. The rest would be restored on a rush basis,...
  • Iraq to fetch MiG fighter planes from Serbia

    08/29/2009 10:39:34 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 62 replies · 1,998+ views
    Iraq to fetch MiG fighter planes from Serbia (AFP) 11 hours ago BAGHDAD An Iraqi military delegation has gone to Serbia to bring back 19 MiG fighter planes that Saddam Hussein's regime sent for servicing 20 years ago, the defence ministry said on Saturday. "General Othman al-Fredji, a defence ministry adviser, and Anwar Mohammed Amin, head of the air force, are in Serbia negotiating the return (of the planes) at the earliest possible date," spokesman General Mohammed al-Askari said. The Soviet-built MiG-21 and 23 aircraft, whose existence has just been discovered, "were sent by Saddam's government in 1989...
  • Finally Uncensored: IAF Plane "Downed" Iraqi Jet in 1982

    08/20/2009 4:54:03 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 18 replies · 1,885+ views
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 08/20/09 | Hillel Fendel
    Finally Uncensored: IAF Plane "Downed" Iraqi Jet in 1982 by Hillel Fendel ( An Israeli surveillance airplane on duty over Baghdad 27 years ago led to the downing of an Iraqi MiG that pursued it. The story was published in a recent issue of Air Forces Monthly, and its translation into Hebrew was permitted by the Israeli military censor. The translator was Avinoam Misnikov, editor of the Hebrew-language Merhav Aviri (Air Space) website. The star of the story is a U.S.-made Phantom F-4E, nicknamed "Kurnass Shablul" (Sledgehammer Snail). The plane was fitted with what was then state-of-the-art photography equipment. Shortly...
  • MiG-21 approaches its twilight years

    04/08/2009 9:17:59 PM PDT · by pobeda1945 · 8 replies · 976+ views
    Moscow News ^ | 18/12/2008 | Slobodan Lekic
    BRUSSELS, Belgium - An icon of the Cold War, the MiG-21 came to symbolize the military might of the Soviet Union as it squared off against the West in conflicts from Vietnam to Africa and the Middle East. Now, exactly 50 years after it entered service, the jet fighter is approaching the twilight of its career in frontline service - with NATO, the former Soviet Union's main rival. Capture the Season's Best Memories Get a free Sony Cybershot 10MP camera and Sony 9" Digital Picture Frame! LATEST NEWS No need to move Lenin from Red Square - Kremlin official...
  • Soviet MiG-21 approaches its twilight years

    12/31/2008 10:42:16 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 58 replies · 3,714+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 2008-12-14 | SLOBODAN LEKIC
    <p>An icon of the Cold War, the MiG-21 came to symbolize the military might of the Soviet Union as it squared off against the West in conflicts from Vietnam to Africa and the Middle East.</p> <p>Now, exactly 50 years after it entered service, the jet fighter is approaching the twilight of its career in frontline service _ with NATO, the former Soviet Union's main rival.</p>
  • F-15, MiGs match up for exercise in Romania

    05/01/2007 9:17:04 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 24 replies · 1,576+ views
    Stars And Stripes ^ | May 2, 2007 | Bryan Mitchell
    F-15, MiGs match up for exercise in Romania By Bryan Mitchell, Stars and Stripes European edition, Wednesday, May 2, 2007 MIHAIL KOGALNICEACU AIR BASE, Romania Romanian air force Lt. Cmdr. Moise Daniel had been watching the F-15 Eagle for years from afar, but never imagined hed one day have the opportunity to dogfight the American fighter jet. Ive only seen this aircraft on the Discovery Channel, and I never thought I would get to fly against it, the 33-year-old MiG-21 pilot said after a morning of air-to-air combat training. It was an unbelievable opportunity where I learned a lot...
  • Indian Defence brass on 'secret' Israel trips

    10/02/2006 5:13:19 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies · 1,440+ views
    The Times of India ^ | 2 Oct, 2006 | Rajat Pandit
    Defence brass on 'secret' Israel trips Rajat Pandit [ 2 Oct, 2006 0035hrs ISTTIMES NEWS NETWORK ] NEW DELHI: The ever-expanding Indo-Israeli military relationship, which came out of the closet during the previous NDA regime, has once again gone underground under the UPA government. In July, defence minister Pranab Mukherjee was forced to call off his visit to Israel due to political sensitivities, both domestic and international. CPM and CPI even demanded India sever all military ties with Israel in wake of the bloody conflict in Southern Lebanon. Now, top defence officials are being forced to make "covert" visits to...
  • A real Mig Deal(Oldie but relevant today)

    07/13/2006 11:43:35 AM PDT · by managusta · 7 replies · 1,042+ views
    Airrman Magazine ^ | May 1998 | Tech. Sgt. Pat McKenna
    The United States can't pass up a good deal any more than a garage sale groupie. So when the Republic of Moldova put 21 MiG-29 dual-role fighters - capable of carrying nuclear weapons - on the auction block last October, the Pentagon snatched them up before bargain hunters from unfriendly countries could get their paws on them. Under terms of the agreement, the United States and Moldova won't disclose the purchase price of the jets. Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen, however, said, "it was quite reasonable." The Pentagon pounced on the planes after learning Iran had inspected the jets...
  • Mystery MiG Jet Baffles Kabul

    03/25/2002 3:22:38 PM PST · by blam · 15 replies · 275+ views
    IOL ^ | 3-24-2002
    Mystery MiG jet baffles Kabul March 24 2002 at 02:22PM Kabul - A mystery pilot flew an Afghan MiG-21 jet into Kabul airport on Saturday, stepped from the cockpit and walked away without explanation, leaving the warplane on the tarmac and troops stationed there baffled, the International Security Air Force (ISAF) said on Sunday. "An Afghan MiG-21 arrived unexpectedly in Kabul international airport," said ISAF spokesperson Can Oz. The aircraft was in poor condition and its communications equipment was failing when the pilot radioed the airport requesting permission to land. The pilot spoke briefly to Afghan airport officials before walking...
  • Afghans ask neighbors to return warplanes

    01/12/2005 8:47:28 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 663+ views ^ | Tuesday, January 11, 2005
    Tuesday, January 11, 2005 Last updated 12:01 p.m. PT Afghans ask neighbors to return warplanes By STEPHEN GRAHAM ASSOCIATED PRESS WRITER KABUL, Afghanistan -- Twenty-one years ago, Capt. Mohammed Nabi Karinzai pulled down his visor and roared down the runway in his Soviet-made Su-7 jet for the last time - not for a bombing run against Afghan mujahedeen, but for a dangerous sprint into Western exile. Karinzai, now in the United States, never returned since that daring flight from then-communist Afghanistan to neighboring Pakistan, except for a brief incursion as part of a guerrilla unit fighting Soviet occupiers in...
  • USAF explains 'Cope India' Results

    10/07/2004 6:46:59 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 86 replies · 12,232+ views
    3rd Wing Explains 'Cope India' Exercise Aviation Week & Space Technology 10/04/2004, page 50 David A. Fulghum Elmendorf AFB, Alaska 3rd Wing explains what happened when U.S. pilots faced innovative Indian air force tactics Indian 'Scare' The losing performance of F-15Cs in simulated air-to-air combat against the Indian air force this year is being perceived by some, both in the U.S. and overseas, as a weakening of American capabilities, and it is generating taunts from within the competitive U.S. fighter community. The Cope India exercise also seemingly shocked some in Congress and the Pentagon who used the event to renew...
  • MiG 21 crashes on village, kills three [India]

    02/19/2004 11:41:18 PM PST · by yonif · 8 replies · 116+ views
    The Times of India ^ | FEBRUARY 20, 2004 | HIMANSHU KAUSHIK
    JAMNAGAR: An Indian Air Force aircraft, a MiG-21, crashed on a village near here, killing three civilians and injuring 11 others on Friday morning. The pilot, identified as flying officer Ghumman, managed to eject and was rushed to the hospital where he is said to be 'safe'. According to initial reports, the MiG-21 aircraft was being flown by just one pilot when it crashed into a house in Lakha Bawal village, 25 km from Jamnagar city, close to the airport at around 9.45 am. Some witnesses were reported as saying that they saw a fireball coming out of the sky...