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  • ROKAF Declares IOC for its F-35A Fighters
    ROKAF Declares IOC for its F-35A Fighters December 23 2019
      The Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) has declared Initial Operating Capability (IOC) to its fleet of Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II at 17th Fighter Wing. The ROKAF has received 13 aircraft out of the 40 ordered under a KRW7.3 trillion (US$6.3 billion) deal signed in 2014. Reaching IOC level means that the aircraft are now operational but is limited to certain air operations including flying interdiction, essential close air support, and limited supp...
  • F-35 IOC Evaluation Not Before Mid-2020
    F-35 IOC Evaluation Not Before Mid-2020 November 15 2019
    According to USNI News, US lawmakers will not authorise the Pentagon to award a multi-year contract to build F-35 unless the program solves such problems as chronic shortages of spare parts that often wear out quicker than anticipated. Speaking during a joint hearing of two House Armed Services subcommittees, Rep. John Garamendi, chairman of the readiness subcommittee, said the F-35 program is still plagued by high operating costs, inadequate repair capacity, spare part shortages an...
  • Three New Fighters to Norway
    Three New Fighters to Norway September 15 2019
    The Royal Norwegian Air Force on Thursday took delivery of three additional F-35A fighters ( AM20, AM21 and AM22), ferried to Norway’s Orland air base by USAF pilots. They increase Norway’s F-35 fleet to 22 aircraft, 15 of them in-country and seven in the US. The Armed Forces now have a total of 15 aircraft in Norway and seven aircraft in the United States.  Norway has sufficient numbers of aircraft to declare the F-35 system has attained Initial Operation Capabilit...
  • US Declares F-35C IOC
    US Declares F-35C IOC March 4 2019
    The US Navy declared that its F-35C Joint Strike Fighter was operationally ready to deploy and conduct missions around the world. The F-35C Lightning II, the aircraft carrier variant of the Joint Strike Fighter, has met all requirements and has achieved Initial Operational Capability (IOC), the commander of Naval Air Forces and the deputy commandant of the Marine Corps for aviation announced Feb. 28 in a joint statement. To declare IOC, the first operational squadron must be properly manned, ...
  • F-35C, Super Hornet Damaged During At-Sea Aerial Refuelling September 6 2018
    An F-35C Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter flying from USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) was damaged during an aerial refuelling exercise, in the first major flight accident for the carrier version of the JSF. The engine of an F-35Cwas damaged while receiving fuel from an F/A-18F Super Hornet on Aug. 22. Debris from an aerial refuelling basket was ingested into the F-35C’s engine intake, resulting in the damage, Naval Air Forces Atlantic spokesman Cmdr. Dave Hecht said on Tuesday.<...
  • Chinese air craft carrier group reaches initial operational capability
    Chinese air craft carrier group reaches initial operational capability June 6 2018
    Chinese Ministry of National Defence (MND) announced on 31 May that China’s first aircraft carrier group, formed around the carrier Liaoning , has reached initial operational capability (IOC). According to the state-owned China Daily newspaper, Liaoning and its escorts headed into the South China Sea after taking part in the Fleet Review on 12 April, and “conducted a series of combat training operations, practising air defence, anti-ship and anti-submarine tactics, and s...
  • Australia Declares IOC for P-8A
    Australia Declares IOC for P-8A March 21 2018
    The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) has declared initial operating capability (IOC) for the Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft, Australia’s Defence Minister Marise Payne has announced. The milestone came five months ahead of the original schedule. To date, six out of 12 ordered P-8As have arrived in Australia and home-based in RAAF Base Edinburgh in South Australia. Poseidon will replace the service's AP-3C Orio...
  • SPICE 1000 Declared IOC
    SPICE 1000 Declared IOC March 8 2018
    Rafael SPICE 1000 guided bomb reached initial operational capability (IOC) on F-16C/D Barak fighter aircraft, the Israeli Air Force (IAF) announced on 7 March.  According to the announcement, the tests were completed successfully in August 2017 and the munition was officially integrated into operational activity. SPICE 1000 guided bombs will soon be integrated on IAF's F-16I and F-15 squadrons.
  • Joint Naval Task Group Declared IOC
    Joint Naval Task Group Declared IOC December 5 2017
    Sweden and Finland have achieved initial operational capability (IOC) for a Swedish-Finnish Naval Task Group (SFNTG), the heads of the two nations’ navies have announced on 1 December.  This announcement means the SFNTG is now able to conduct naval operations. Initiated in 2001, the cooperation between Finnish and Swedish naval forces aims for international crisis management operations and to develop the command and cooperation capabilities. The first ...
  • German-French Cooperation on Air
    German-French Cooperation on Air October 23 2017
    Germany and France have signed an agreement on October 18 to set up a joint air transport unit. Under the agreement, four French and six German C-130J Hercules transport aircraft will be stationed at the French air base at Évreux.  the squadron is planned to achieve Initial Operational Capability (IOC) by 2021 and full operational capability (FOC) by 2024. This cooperation is intended to close a limited gap in German air transport capability, which is...
  • IOC Declaration for Ghostrider
    IOC Declaration for Ghostrider September 21 2017
    The US Air Force plans to declare initial operating capability (IOC) for its AC-130J Ghostrider this month, according to the head of Air Force Special Operations Command statement on Tuesday. A heavily modified C-130, the AC-130J features fully integrated digital avionics, as well as a 'Precision Strike Package'. The package includes a mission management console, robust communications suite, two electro-optical/infrared sensors, advanced fire control equipment, precisio...
  • Electronic Shield Is Ready
    Electronic Shield Is Ready July 7 2017
    The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) has received the last of 12 Boeing EA-18G Growler electronic attack (EA) aircraft ordered from the US on 5 July.  The EA-18G Growler is an airborne electronic attack aircraft that has the ability to disrupt or jam a range of military electronics systems, including radars and communications systems. The $1,14 billion EA-18G Growler purchase includes the aircraft, required mission and support systems, training, and ongoing support t...
  • US Marines in New Quest
    US Marines in New Quest February 8 2017
    The US Marine Corps expects to declare initial operational capability (IOC) for the Bell Boeing V-22 Aerial Refuelling System (VARS) in late 2019. VARS will be qualified with the USMC’s Boeing AV-8B, F/A-18 and Lockheed Martin F-35B strike aircraft and Sikorsky CH-53 fleets, although a testing timeline has yet to be worked out. VARS sets during 2018, with the equipment based on its existing FR300 hose-drum unit. Meanwhile, US. authorities says the V-22 programme office is looking at the...
  • DARIN III Declared IOC
    DARIN III Declared IOC November 25 2016
    India declared Initial Operational Capability (IOC) on its upgraded Jaguar DARIN-III twin-seat aircraft. DARIN IIIs are the upgraded version of DARIN I aircraft which are  indigeniously developed by Hindustan Aeronautics. The upgrade incorporates advanced avionics systems, including the Open System Architecture Mission Computer (OSAMC), Engine & Flight Instrument System (EFIS), Fire Control Radar, Inertial Navigation System with GPS and Geodetic height correction, Solid State Digital...
  • Last Step of Unmanned F-16s Operations
    Last Step of Unmanned F-16s Operations September 30 2016
    The US Air Force's (USAF) 15 QF-16 full-scale aerial targets (FSAT) have achieved initial operational capability (IOC). The QF-16 mission profile included auto takeoff, a series of simulated manoeuvres, supersonic flight and an auto land, all without a pilot in the cockpit. The USAF has signed a $34,4 million contract with Boeing for conversion of F-16s to full-scale aerial targets. The QF-16s will replace the QF-4 aerial targets that is to officially retire in December this year.
  • Marine's F-35B takes part at Red Flag for first time July 28 2016
    US Marine F-35B takes part at famous Red Flag air exercise. The exercise concerns rather conventional areas of combat air-air, ground attack and electronic warfare. But now the focus is also on the field "cyber". This edition is marked by the participation, for the first time, the F-35B Marines. The devices of the "Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121" pledged nearly a year after the declaration by the Marines of the IOC (Initial Operational Capability) of the F-35B. The exe...
  • JSOW C-1 is IOC now June 22 2016
    The US Navy (USN) has begun to deliver the AGM-154C-1 Joint Standoff Weapon (JSOW) to the fleet following declaration of Initial Operational Capability (IOC). The Raytheon’s JSOW is a medium-range air-to-surface precision-guided glide weapon employing a GPS/inertial navigation system and a terminal imaging infrared (IR) seeker. Characterised as the USN's first air-to-surface network-enabled weapon, the JSOW C-1 variant adds a new Moving Maritime Target capability...
  • UK starts in-flight refuelling trials of F-35 May 23 2016
    The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) recently began in-flight refuelling clearance trials of its Voyager tanker-transport aircraft with the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter. The trials announced by the F-35 Joint Program Office (JPO), are taking place at Naval Air Station (NAS) Patuxent River in Maryland. Airbus Defence and Space (DS) Voyager KC.3 tanker and the Lockheed Martin F-35B receiver, with both the Voyager's wingtip and fuselage refuelling stations are being tested. Some ...
  • F-35A overcomes Laser-Guided Bomb operation March 28 2016
    The JSF program achieved another step toward initial operational capability (IOC) when two aircraft successfully employed four laser-guided bombs on the Barry M. Goldwater Range.This marked the first weapons release by F-35s assigned to the 56th Fighter Wing at Luke Air Force Base.