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  • U.S. says it downed Syrian warplane that attacked U.S.-backed fighters

    06/18/2017 2:22:00 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 22 replies
    Reuters ^ | 6-18-17 | Matt Spetalnick
    A U.S. warplane on Sunday shot down a Syrian military aircraft that dropped bombs near U.S.-backed fighters in Syria, the U.S. military said. The U.S. Central Command issued a statement saying the plane was downed "in collective self-defense of Coalition-partnered forces," identified as fighters of the Syrian Democratic Forces near Tabqah.
  • 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...