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  • Russia jets make 'simulated attack' passes near U.S. destroyer: U.S.

    04/13/2016 12:57:58 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 62 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 13, 2016 | By Phil Stewart
    Two Russian warplanes with no visible weaponry flew simulated attack passes near a U.S. guided missile destroyer in the Baltic Sea on Tuesday, a U.S. official said, describing it as one of the most aggressive interactions in recent memory. The repeated flights by the Sukhoi SU-24 warplanes, which also flew near the ship a day earlier, were so close they created wake in the water, with 11 passes, the official said. A Russian KA-27 Helix helicopter also made seven passes around the USS Donald Cook, taking pictures. The nearest Russian territory was about 70 nautical miles away in its enclave...
  • Russia jet SHOT DOWN: Turkey to face 'consequences' as Putin calls act 'stab in back'

    11/24/2015 5:51:38 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 120 replies
    Express ^ | UPDATED: 13:34, Tue, Nov 24, 2015 | Alix Culbertson
    TURKISH warplanes have shot down a Russian jet which they claim flew into the country's airspace. The aircraft was shot down after it was warned 10 times in five minutes to leave Turkish airspace, a Turkish military official has said. It was just over the Syrian border in Turkey when it was downed by F16 Fighting Falcon jets belonging to Turkey, the official added. But Russian President Vladimir Putin said the plane was 4km into Syria and had not violated Turkey's airspace as it flew at an altitude of 6,000 metres - and claimed it was shot down from the...
  • The Amazing OV-10 Bronco Was Never Allowed To Meet Its Full Potential

    04/05/2015 7:53:29 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 26 replies
    foxtrotalpha ^ | 4/5/15 | Tyler Rogoway
    The OV-10 Bronco was a flying and fighting do-all sport utility vehicle. It could loiter for hours, direct fire onto the enemy, pack paratroopers and cargo, or attack with its own weapons. Many think it was retired right when it could have become most useful and that it would have been the perfect light air support aircraft for Afghanistan and Iraq.
  • Report: Islamic State Forcing Captured Pilots To Train Its Militants

    09/03/2014 4:33:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    Breitbart's Big Peace ^ | September 3, 2014 | Jordan Schachtel
    The Islamic State has claimed on social media that it is utilizing captured Syrian pilots to learn how to fly stolen jets, according to a CNN Arabic report over the weekend. The Syrian pilots, which are part of the Syrian Armed Forces loyal to president Bashar al-Assad, had been captured after the Islamic State seized Tabqa airbase in Raqqa, Syria. The Islamic State took Tabqa airbase after a four-day battle with the Syrian military. Tabqa is home to a plethora of fighter jets, helicopters, artillery, and large caches of ammunition. It still remains unclear how much quantity of the munitions...
  • RAF jets see off Russian warplanes near the Baltic states

    06/18/2014 9:49:28 PM PDT · by Nachum · 5 replies
    Daily Express ^ | 6/18/14 | John Ingham
    RAF Typhoons have been scrambled to intercept a force of seven Russian warplanes near the Baltic states. A Russian bomber, four fighters, a command and control plane and a transport plane were taking part in exercises in international air space over the Baltic Sea. The two Typhoons, sent from Siauliai air base in Lithuania, escorted them away on Tuesday. Britain sent four Typhoon fighters to Lithuania, a Nato ally, in April as tensions rose over Russia’s annexation of the Crimea from the Ukraine. Nato carries out Baltic air policing because Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania do not have their own fighters.
  • Syrian Warplanes Test British Air Defenses in Cyprus

    09/08/2013 5:30:02 PM PDT · by Nachum · 64 replies
    inn ^ | 9/8/13 | Elad Benari
    RAF Typhoon fighters won a mid-air showdown with two Syrian warplanes heading towards Britain’s main base in Cyprus, the Sunday People reports. The dramatic confrontation came after President Bashar Al-Assad’s air chiefs sent two Russian-made Sukhoi Su-24s to probe British air defenses, the report said. The Syrian bombers refused to respond to repeated attempts by the control tower at the UK’s Akrotiri air base to contact them. RAF pilots flying the advanced combat jet were scrambled before the Sukhois could enter our 14-mile air exclusion zone. The Typhoons – which can scream from runway standstill to seven miles high in...
  • Iran Moves Warplanes to Protect Nuclear Sites

    02/22/2012 2:32:35 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 29 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 22/2/12 | Gavriel Queenann
    Iran announced Monday it had deployed warplanes and missiles in an ‘exercise' to protect its nuclear sites from attack. Tehran also warned it could cut oil exports to more European Union nations unless sanctions were lifted. On Sunday, Iran cut oil sales to Britain and France. French foreign minister Alain Juppe responded by mocking Iran, saying Tehran's threats "made one smile." He added that Iran was "very creative" in its attempts to "provoke" its fellow nations. The European Union had already voted to halt imports of Iranian crude oil as of 1 July 2001. The EU has also imposed heavy...
  • Report: Turkish warplanes now able to fire at Israeli targets

    09/13/2011 3:57:39 AM PDT · by sumocide · 17 replies
    ynet ^ | 13/9/2011 | Aviel Magnezi
    Ankara's Star Gazete says country's new F-16 radar system modified to recategorize Israeli targets as hostile. Order said to come directly from PM Erdogan's office; naval, submarine radar systems to be changed next Turkey has developed a new radar system for its US-made F-16 fighter jets that will allow them to fire at Israeli targets, Ankara's Star Gazete reported on Tuesday. The orders to modify the system reportedly came directly from Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's office. The new radar system – Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) – is a defensive command and control system developed by Turkey's Military...
  • N. Korea: Kim Jong-il 'Hoped for Arms Supply from China'

    05/31/2011 6:59:42 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 05/30/11
    Kim Jong-il 'Hoped for Arms Supply from China' North Korean leader Kim Jong-il was accompanied by several officials in charge of arms manufacture and acquisition during his latest visit to China, giving rise to speculation that he was hoping for weapons supplies from his country's staunchest ally. He was accompanied by Ju Kyu-chang, the first vice-director of the Ministry of Defense Industry, and Pak To-chun, a former senior secretary of Jagang Province, where the North's munitions facilities are clustered, and now Workers Party secretary for munitions. Both had been with him on previous China trips. A source familiar with North...
  • Looting The Dead For A Better World

    11/16/2010 12:33:18 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 17 replies
    The Strategy Page ^ | 10/20/2010 | The Strategy Page
    In the past two years, the U.S. Air Force retired 252 elderly A-10s, F-15s and F-16s to the "bone yard" (a desert storage areas where many American warplanes are stored when retired, just in case they are needed later.) Sometimes the air force is just saving money, by mothballing and decommissioning a number of active duty airplanes to free up money for upgrades and maintenance on the rest of the fleet. Thus not all the aircraft in the bone yard are old and worn out. In fact, nearly all aircraft sent to the bone yard can fly again, otherwise they...
  • US Announces Massive Saudi Arms Sale

    10/20/2010 4:41:59 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies ^ | 10/21/2010
    The United States has announced its largest arms sale ever, hundreds of advanced warplanes and helicopters for Mideast ally Saudi Arabia in a deal worth up to $US60 billion ($A62.14 billion) dollars. The plan allows for the sale to Riyadh of 84 F-15 fighter jets, 70 Apache attack helicopters, 72 tactical Black Hawk helicopters and several Little Birds, lightweight helicopters often used in special operations, assistant secretary for political-military affairs Andrew Shapiro said. The sale, which also includes the upgrade of 70 used F-15s, is "not to exceed 60 billion" dollars, Shapiro told reporters. The delivery of the weapons would...
  • Warplanes Get Tagged

    04/19/2010 10:10:50 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 22 replies · 652+ views
    The Strategy Page ^ | 4/19/2010 | The Strategy Page
    American warplanes are being equipped with electronic tags, so that aerial tankers can automatically note who got what when they are refueled in flight. These records used to be updated manually, which led to errors, and a distraction for the boom operator who was handling the refueling operation. The electronic tag is called RFID (radio-frequency identification), and it's been in development for years, to replace bar codes (which was the previous revolution in keeping track of stuff). RFID uses small labels containing a cheap (less than a buck now, headed towards pennies each) electronic device that contains information about what...
  • Kuwait to test Rafale warplanes: minister

    04/18/2010 9:00:13 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies · 287+ views ^ | 4/18/2010 |
    The Gulf state of Kuwait is to test Rafale jets in June before making a final decision on buying the French-made warplanes, the defence minister was quoted as telling MPs on Sunday. "The defence minister told MPs that the deal is so far in the early stage of offers and making the technical assessment by the ministry," government spokesman Mohammad al-Baseeri told reporters outside parliament. "These will continue until June when the plane will be tested in Kuwait," Baseeri, also communications minister, said after Defence Minister Sheikh Jaber Mubarak al-Sabah had talks with parliament's interior and defence committee. "The defence...
  • Why Brazil signed a military agreement with the US

    04/16/2010 10:00:48 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 9 replies · 369+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 4/13/2010 | Sara Miller Llana and Andrew Downie
    The US and Brazil signed a military agreement Monday that both nations touted as an example of partnership and transparency in the Americas. The defense pact, the first between the two nations since 1977, opens the door to more interchange on research and development, logistics support, education and training, and the acquisition of defense products and services. It comes as US Defense Secretary Robert Gates sets off on a tour of Latin America, including visits to Colombia, Peru, and the Caribbean – seen as part of a broader effort to strengthen ties with allies, as well as shore up support...
  • Kuwaiti Islamists spurn French jet deal

    04/12/2010 8:43:49 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies · 210+ views
    UPI ^ | 4/12/2010 | UPI
    Stoking additional controversy, a bloc of Islamist lawmakers warned that they would question Kuwait's prime minister or defense minister if the country went ahead with plans to purchase French-made Rafale warplanes. Islamist lawmakers lobbed the threat during a news conference at which they revealed what they called significant documents showing leading Kuwait military officials spurning the deal. "Signing the purchase agreement means we will grill whoever is responsible for authorizing the deal," said Faisal al-Muslim, a spokesman for the Reform and Development Bloc. Details of the deal haven't been made public but local media and members of the Islamist bloc...
  • Kuwaiti MPs oppose deal for French Rafale warplanes

    03/21/2010 9:56:23 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 10 replies · 275+ views
    Space War ^ | 3/21/2010 | AFP Kuwait
    An Islamist parliamentary bloc in Kuwait on Sunday warned the government against the planned purchase of French-made Rafale warplanes, saying the deal was "suspicious." "The bloc reiterates its firm rejection of this suspicious deal, especially following information that the latest technical reports have recommended the rejection of the deal," said a statement by the Reform and Development Bloc. The written statement did not say why the deal was deemed suspicious, and there has been no official word that Kuwait was reconsidering the purchase. But last November some opposition MPs had claimed the proposed contract was over-inflated. A technical defence ministry...
  • Lebanese army fires on Israeli warplanes: military

    03/21/2010 6:52:37 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies · 357+ views
    AFP via Yahoo News ^ | 3/21/2010 | AFP via Yahoo News
    Lebanese anti-aircraft guns opened fire on two Israeli warplanes that were violating its airspace at medium altitude on Sunday, the military said. "The army's anti-aircraft guns fired at two Israeli warplanes overflying Hasbaya" in southeastern Lebanon, an army statement said. The incident came amid rising regional tension and heightened concern in Lebanon over recent Israeli threats against Shiite militant party Hezbollah and its backers Syria and Iran. Israel and Hezbollah fought a 34-day war in the summer of 2006 which destroyed much of southern Lebanon and killed more than 1,200 Lebanese, mostly civilians, and close to 160 Israelis, mainly soldiers....
  • 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...
  • US Eyeing Asian Arms Race?

    03/07/2010 10:12:41 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 14 replies · 102+ views
    The Diplomat ^ | 03/05/2010 | David Axe
    It was dubbed by some defence analysts as a ‘game-changer.’ Earlier this year, Russia’s newest fighter aircraft rolled down a runway in the country’s Far East for its 47-minute debut flight. The 72-foot-long, twin-engine T-50 fighter bears a striking resemblance to the US Air Force’s F-22 Raptor, widely considered the most lethal air-to-air fighter aircraft ever produced—so lethal that US law prohibits its export. Yet the United States is buying just 187 F-22s, in order to husband resources for buying larger numbers of the smaller and less powerful F-35 fighters. The problem, according to two Australian defence analysts, is that...
  • The Long And Winding Road

    02/15/2010 8:12:00 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 9 replies · 334+ views
    The Strategy Page ^ | 1/15/2010 | The Strategy Page
    Russia's effort to develop an F-22 class fighter (the PAK FA) is going to require a lot of work. The prototype, that took its first flight recently, was clearly the basic Su-27 airframe modified to be stealthier. This included changing the shape of the aircraft to be less radar reflective, and providing internal bays for bombs and missiles. But there's much more to do in order to achieve anything close to the stealthiness of the F-22. It took fifteen years for the F-22 to go from initial flight, to entering service. The PAK FA could proceed faster, learning from the...
  • Israeli warplanes bomb southern Gaza

    02/10/2010 1:39:16 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 9 replies · 464+ views
    AFP ^ | 1/10/2010 | AFP
    Israeli warplanes bombed several sites in southern Gaza overnight in response to rocket fire from the Hamas-run enclave, the army and Palestinian medics said on Wednesday. No one was wounded or killed in the strikes, which destroyed an abandoned building in Gaza's only airport, according to medics. The airport was shut down and largely destroyed after the outbreak of the 2000 Palestinian uprising, or intifada, and has not been used since. The attacks came in response to rocket fire from the impoverished enclave over the past several days, the army said in a statement. The rocket fire did not cause...
  • Fighter Gap ‘Shrinks’ To 100 Planes

    02/05/2010 1:15:40 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 24 replies · 678+ views
    DoD Buzz ^ | 1/03/2010 | Colin Clark
    The much-debated carrier fighter gap stretches about 100 planes wide in 2018. That is what Defense Secretary Robert Gates told the House Armed Services Committee today. That is less than half of the Navy’s estimate, given to Congress last year. The Navy has pretty much stuck with a figure of 243 aircraft or, as some lawmakers have it, 48 planes a year. OSD’s old PAE shop performed an analysis last year that concluded there was in fact no fighter gap, if you took into account capabilities beyond those planes based only on US carriers, but that study was never publicly...
  • Most Of The F-22ski Flies

    01/31/2010 6:17:36 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 9 replies · 911+ views
    The Strategy page ^ | 1/31/2010 | The Strategy Page
    The latest Russian fighter design, the T-50, made its first flight on January 29th. Also called PAK FA (Prospective Aviation System of Frontline Aviation), or T-50, it’s a radical development of the Su-27/30/35 series of aircraft. The 47 minute test flight was done without the new engines designed for the T-50. Russia has always had problems with high performance jet engines, and those woes continue. "Evolving" an aircraft design, in this case, the Su-27, is a Russian custom. New models of a base design are given new names. The U.S. also does this, but keeps the original name. The Russian...
  • Chinese Bombers Over Bolivia

    01/27/2010 3:54:13 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies · 509+ views
    The Strategy Page ^ | 1/26/2010 | The Strategy Page
    Following its leftist allies lead, Bolivia has ordered six K-8 trainer aircraft from China. Venezuela paid about $25 million each for theirs, but it's not known what Bolivia will pay. China has exported K-8s to several other countries (often at bargain prices), including Myanmar (Burma). Bolivia wants to use the K-8 as a light strike aircraft (against rebels and drug gangs), with secondary duty as a trainer. Also being purchased are ten Mi-17 transport helicopters. The K-8 (also called JL-8) is a 4.3 ton, two seat, jet trainer. It uses a American, Chinese or Ukrainian engines. Originally, China was going...
  • Where Have All the Phantoms Gone?

    01/07/2010 1:18:38 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 38 replies · 1,520+ views
    Air and Space Magazine ^ | 01/01/2010 | Ralph Wetterhahn
    The F-4 Phantom II lives. But the life it leads today is an odd one. It still flies in other countries; in northern Iraq, for example, the Turks use it in combat with the Kurds. But in the United States, it leads a twilight existence. It’s a warplane, but it no longer fights. Its mission is weapons testing, but no pilot flies it. Mostly, you’ll find these F-4s either sitting in the desert or lying at the bottom of the sea. The F-4 entered service in 1960, flying for the U.S. Navy. After studying its potential for close air support,...
  • China Wins A Big One

    01/03/2010 3:07:19 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 19 replies · 1,236+ views
    The Strategy Page ^ | 01/03/2010 | The Strategy Page
    The Chinese Air Force is satisfied enough with its locally made WS10A jet engine, to put it into production. This can be seen from that fact that the WS10A is now powering some of their J-11B fighters. Originally, the J-11 used a Russian AL-31F engine, but China has been working for a decade to manufacture their own version of this, the WS10A. The WS10A is something of an acid test for China, as it is a powerful military engine, and a complex piece of work. Russia refused to license China to produce the AL-31F, so the Chinese stole as much...
  • Touchscreens, Broadband Coming To Flight Decks

    11/27/2009 12:02:07 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 7 replies · 743+ views
    Aviation Week and Space Technology ^ | 11/20/2009 | Graham Warwick
    For the inspiration behind the next generation of avionics, just look around you; it is to be found in the consumer electronics we use every day. The touchscreen interactivity and broadband connectivity of today’s smart phones and laptops is poised to enter the flight deck. The signs are already here. Garmin International has introduced touchscreens with its G3000 integrated flight deck, selected for the HondaJet and PiperJet light business jets. In addition to wide-screen liquid crystal displays, the G3000 has a pair of vehicle management system controllers with touch-sensitive screens and desktop-like menu icons. Garmin says the user interface draws...
  • Arabs go for air power to counter Iran

    11/18/2009 11:45:59 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies · 495+ views
    Space War ^ | 11/17/2009 | Space War Via UPI
    Arab states, particularly in the Gulf, are seeking to build up their air power and missile defenses to counter any challenger from Iran. Mostly they're looking to their traditional arms suppliers in the West, the United States, Britain and France, but Russia is pushing hard for a piece of the action. This year's biennial Dubai air show, which opened Sunday in the United Arab Emirates, provided a showcase for the latest technology on offer. Air power has been the deciding factor in most Middle Eastern conflicts since the 1967 Arab-Israeli conflict, when Israeli warplanes annihilated the air forces of Egypt,...
  • China Pumps Silicon For a Stronger ARM

    11/14/2009 3:33:45 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies · 542+ views
    The Strategy Page ^ | 11/13/2009 | The Strategy Page
    China has revealed that it has upgraded 200 Russian Kh-31P ARM (anti-radiation missiles) it imported in the 1980s. The Chinese were dissatisfied with the Russian seekers (that detected and homed in on radar transmissions), and developed one of their own. The Chinese seeker detects more radar frequencies (2-18 Ghz) and will hit within 8-10 meters of the radar transmission. The Kh-31 was originally developed as an anti-ship missile. The Russians quickly realized that, with a different seeker, the missile would also work well as an anti-radiation weapon. The anti-ship version has a range of 50 kilometers, while the ARM version...
  • Vintage warplane dealer enjoys soaring prices

    06/23/2008 1:23:43 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 28 replies · 1,751+ views
    LA Times ^ | June 23, 2008 | Martin Zimmerman
    <p>Provenance Fighter Sales is benefiting from growing interest in WWII-era aircraft.</p> <p>The World War II-era P-38 fighter made an emergency landing on a Greenland ice cap in July 1942 while on a flight from Maine to England. The aircraft eventually was buried under a layer of ice and snow more than 200 feet thick.</p>
  • US warplanes widen airstrikes in Iraq (drop two precision-guided bombs on suspected stronghold)

    03/29/2008 10:32:50 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 489+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/29/08 | Ryan Lenz - ap
    BAGHDAD - U.S. jets widened the bombing of Basra on Saturday, dropping two precision-guided bombs on a suspected militia stronghold north of the city, British officials said. Maj. Tom Holloway, a British military spokesman, said U.S. jets dropped the two bombs on a militia position in Qarmat Ali shortly before 12:30 p.m. Basra is Iraq's commercial and oil hub, and militant followers of radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr have been battling Iraqi and coalition forces in the southern city since Tuesday. "My understanding was that this was a building that had people who were shooting back at Iraqi ground forces,"...
  • B-52, Where Are You?

    04/02/2007 7:06:13 AM PDT · by pabianice · 83 replies · 2,297+ views
    Slate ^ | 4/2/07 | Easterbrook
    Why the Pentagon doesn't want you to know its bombers finally work. Two decades ago in the Washington Monthly, I quipped that U.S. bombers were becoming so few that eventually they would be named after states, like battleships. So, guess what: The Air Force now names its B-2 stealth bombers after states. There's a B-2 christened the Spirit of Georgia, another the Spirit of Alaska, and so on—with no danger of running out of names, because B-2 production stopped at 21. Today, the United States has just 183 bombers in its entire arsenal, versus more than 75,000 at the peak...
  • Saudi Arabia buys 72 Eurofighters

    08/18/2006 2:21:05 AM PDT · by Jordi · 21 replies · 1,192+ views
    BBC ^ | 18 August 2006 | BBC
    The Eurofighter has taken more than 20 years to design and build Saudi Arabia has confirmed it is to buy 72 Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft from the UK, in a deal that could be worth more than £6bn ($10bn). The contract, brokered between the Saudi government and the Ministry of Defence, will safeguard thousands of jobs at UK defence firm BAE Systems. Saudi Arabia is buying the Eurofighters to replace its range of Tornado jets which were also made by BAE. The Eurofighter was developed by BAE with European firms EADS and Alenia. Confidential figure "The required commercial principles have now...
  • Israeli warplanes blast Beirut bunker

    07/19/2006 3:59:26 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 19 replies · 965+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 7/19/06 | Lee Keath- ap
    BEIRUT, Lebanon - A wave of Israeli warplanes blasted a bunker in south Beirut thought to hold Hezbollah's top leaders Wednesday, intensifying an offensive against the guerrillas despite mounting international pressure and an appeal from Lebanon to spare the country further death and devastation. The strike was the most dramatic action on a day that saw Israeli troops punch into south Lebanon to clash with the guerrillas and launched strikes that killed an estimated 40 people. Israel broadcast warnings into south Lebanon telling civilians to leave the region, a possible prelude to a larger Israeli ground operation. Hezbollah, undeterred, fired...
  • 8 RAF Tornados roar into Tucson starting Aug. 27

    08/17/2005 6:06:15 PM PDT · by SandRat · 33 replies · 903+ views
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | Aug 17, 2005 | Carol Ann Alaimo
    Davis-Monthan Air Force Base is bracing for a spike in noise complaints when a squadron of British warplanes arrives in Tucson next week. Eight Royal Air Force GR4 Tornado jets will touch down Aug. 27 for a month of training that will put them in the skies seven days a week. The British attack jets are notably louder than the A-10s and C-130s typically flown at D-M, and their arrival tends to generate extra complaints to the base's public affairs office, a D-M official said Tuesday. Exact noise comparisons were not readily available, but a 2001 Air Force environmental impact...
  • 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...
  • 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,...
  • America Strikes Back As Warplanes Bomb Guerrilla Hideouts

    11/08/2003 5:25:53 PM PST · by blam · 21 replies · 193+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 11-9-2003 | Colin Freeman
    America strikes back as warplanes bomb guerrilla hideouts By Colin Freeman in Baghdad (Filed: 09/11/2003) American warplanes bombed suspected Iraqi guerrilla hideouts in their first air attack since President George W Bush declared major combat over in May, as a senior US official said the situation inside Iraq was now "pretty close to war". The sharp escalation of the American military campaign against the growing Iraqi insurgency came in swift response to the death of six soldiers killed when a Black Hawk helicopter was shot down on Friday. It was the third helicopter brought down within three weeks. F-16 fighter-bombers...

    03/26/2003 2:26:25 PM PST · by KriegerGeist · 43 replies · 224+ views
    Sky News ^ | 03/26/2003 | Sky News
    WARPLANES ATTACK CONVOY British warplanes are attacking a large column of Iraqi troops heading out of Basra as 5,000 Republican Guards are reported to be heading for a possible showdown with US Marines. British radar picked up a convoy of some 70 -120 vehicles retreating from Basra on Wednesday evening. The convoy is heading towards the al-Faw peninsula and the military says it could either be a counter attack by the Iraqi army to recapture lost territory or a movement away from Basra to avoid a limited uprising that began on Tuesday afternoon. The Officer Commanding 40 Commando's battle room,...
  • Security to be tightened at Shannon after attack (ON US PLANES)

    01/29/2003 2:19:34 PM PST · by MadIvan · 14 replies · 458+ views
    RTÉ News ^ | January 29, 2003 | RTÉ News
    The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Brian Cowen, said security at Shannon airport will be stepped up following this morning's attack on a US military aircraft. Mary Kelly Charged with causing damage to US plane A 50-year-old woman appeared at Killaloe District Court this afternoon charged with causing damage to the US Navy plane. Mary Kelly, with an address at the Peace Camp at Shannon, was charged with causing damage to a US Navy 737 airplane, belonging to the US government, without lawful excuse. The Court was told that when she was arrested by Gardaí on the airport tarmac at 5am,...