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  • Russia to get a second “Premiere”
    Russia to get a second “Premiere” 9 July 2020
    Russian Government plans to build a second “flying radar” A-100 “Premier” for their Aerospace Forces according to Izvestia. A-100 Premier is a Long Range Radar Detection Aircraft (AWACS). Russian sources claim that it will be almost impossible to “drown” the board by electronic warfare. The aircraft will be on the program until 2024. Serial production of aircraft should begin and their predecessors, the A-50 and the upgraded A-50U should be replac...
  • Thousands of Hydra Rocket
    Thousands of Hydra Rocket 2 June 2020
    Air-to-surface unguided rockets have an important place for the ground attack capability of many air platforms, especially attack helicopters. Air-to surface rockets, which are one of the best choices for target-rich environments with salvo launching capability is commonly using despite developing technology. The USA has signed a new procurement agreement for the Hydra Rockets, which are widely used in the West, especially for attack helicopters. Under the $ 3.4 billion co...
  • Air Defence System Trial
    Air Defence System Trial 29 May 2020
    Studies on air defence systems progressing in different dimensions within the framework of changing threats. Serbia, which has a well established defence industry which is legacy of Yugoslavia, continues its domestic production system studies. In this context, test launch activity was carried out with modernised RLN-IC / 170 missiles, which produced under Russian license. In the trials carried out in the Pasuljanske Livade Training Area, missiles mounted on PASARS FM-1 veh...
  • New Wing for CAS
    New Wing for CAS 16 August 2019
    U.S. Air Force finishes wing replacements on A-10 Thunderbolts. The last pair of new wings for 173 A-10 Thunderbolt planes was successfully installed. The $2 billion projects to remove and replace the wings on the planes, some of which have been flying for nearly 40 years, began in 2011. The new wings are expected to last for up to 10,000 equivalent flight hours without a depot inspection.   The Cold War-era plane entered service in 1976, Although superseded by a vari...
  • F-35 Lowers Readiness Rates 11 August 2019
    US Air Force suffers from low readiness rates; the newer aircraft is, the lower readiness is. The US renews its fleets to sustain high readiness rate but on the contrary, it decreases the Air Force Times report indicates. Lockheed Martin is waiting for the green light to start at serial production but it needs first Initial Operational Test & Evaluation (IOT&E) approval. Under federal law, a major defence acquisition program cannot legally proceed to full-rate production unt...
  • Russia’s A-100 AEW&C Aircraft at Preliminary Flight Trials
    Russia’s A-100 AEW&C Aircraft at Preliminary Flight Trials 11 February 2019
    Russia has begun preliminary flight trials of its A-100 airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft based on the upgraded Ilyushin Il-76MD-90A (Il-476) airframe, it was announced on 9 February. The A-100 is based on a new active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar and the upgraded Ilyushin Il-76MD-90A airframe. Russian Ministry of Defence’s (MoD) announcement comes about 15 months after the prototype's maiden flight in late 2017. It is the final precondit...
  • New Boom to KC-46
    New Boom to KC-46 1 February 2019
      KC-46, which first delivery held last days, still has problems. US Air Force is going to re-design the aircraft's boom system over the problems encountered when refuelling light aircraft. In the tests carried out, the problem of separation was detected in the refuelling boom used in KC-46 Pegasus platforms. A number of problems were found in the use of refuelling booms using on platforms such as the A-10 Thunderbolt II, F-16 Fighting Falcon, F-15 Eagle, which ar...
  • Pakistan Studies in Long Range
    Pakistan Studies in Long Range 8 January 2019
     Pakistan, which continues to invest in the defence industry as well as ready purchases, adds new products to its domestic product family.   A new long-range rocket system was developed in the studies carried out in order to eliminate the needs with domestic facilities. The system, called A-100, was developed for use in multi-barreled rocket launcher systems. The rocket with a diameter of 300 mm can carry approximately 240 kilograms of warhead. The system, which ...
  • 3-D Audio Warning to A-10 Thunderbolts
    3-D Audio Warning to A-10 Thunderbolts 8 November 2018
    USAF (US Air Force) is considering integration of audio warning system to A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft. In this context, USAF has started to study.   How many units will be procured in order to increase the situational awareness of pilots has not been determined yet. All of the A-10 Thunderbolt II fleet or a part of the fleet is yet to be integrated. A total of 150 to 200 units are expected to be procured a 3-D audio warning system. Thanks to the 3-D technology, pilot...
  • Russia To Acquire New AEW & C
    Russia To Acquire New AEW & C 10 September 2018
    Russian Ministry of Defence is due to sign the contract to order A-100 Premier Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW & C) radar aircraft to replace the 4 A-50U and 22A-50M the Russian Air Force now has. According to the President of the United Aircraft Corporation (UAC), Yuri Slyusar, the serial production of the A-100 Premier (AEW & C) is about to commence soon after signing the contract until 2019, aiming to integrate the aircraft into its potential Russian Air Force in ...
  • Czech Nominee for Light Attack
    Czech Nominee for Light Attack 17 July 2018
    Aero Vodochody announced that the new variant of L-159 jet trainer is developing. The platform, called F/A-259 Striker, is being developed for the USAF for OA-X light attack aircraft. In June, the company signed a cooperation agreement with IAI (Israel Aerospace Industries) for the development of an advanced variant of the L-159, the new platform will be ready for delivery in 2020. This platform will be equipped with a fourth generation avionics suite. Company also noted that t...
  • KC-46 Tests Finished
    KC-46 Tests Finished 17 July 2018
    The KC-46 Pegasus aerial refueling aircraft also completed its final tests. Boeing KC-46 program manager Mike Gibbons stated that completing tests before the planned in October is a great success for the Boeing Air Force Team. Tests for receiver certification, which began in April 2018, have been completed with the last flight in the past days. Aerial refueling was carried out at different altitudes and speeds to the A-10 Thunderbolt II, F/A-18 Hornet, KC-46...
  • Sniper to the Qatar Aircrafts
    Sniper to the Qatar Aircrafts 14 June 2018
    Qatar announced that it would prefer the Sniper targeting pod for the Rafale aircraft it ordered, and it is reported in the statement made by Lockheed Martin that the pods ordered by Qatar Emirates Air Force will begin to be delivered in 2019 and that the integration process and flight tests continues. Rafale; become 10th Sniper targeting pod user after Harrier GR9, B-1B Lancer, B-52 Stratofortress, F-15 Eagle family, F/A-18 Hornet family, Eurofighter Typhoon, A-10 Thunderbolt II, F-16 F...
  • USAF intends to reverse A-10 retirement decision
    USAF intends to reverse A-10 retirement decision 30 May 2018
    The US Air Force (USAF) has issued a request for proposals (RFP) to re-wing 122 of its Fairchild-Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II close air support (CAS) aircraft. RFP, released on May 25Th , for the A-10 Thunderbolt Advanced Wing Continuation Kitting (ATTACK) programme calls for the re-winging of 112 aircraft over five annual ordering periods. This ATTACK effort adds to the 173 aircraft that were upgraded under the previous Wing Replacement Program (WRP) that ran from 2007 th...
  • Warthog Insist
    Warthog Insist 25 January 2018
    The US Air Force made additional requests for the A-10 Warthog wing in budget demand for the 2019 fiscal year. It has not yet been determined how many additional wings will be accepted. The US Air Force has announced that it will have to retire three of the nine A-10 Warthog fleets past year if it does not have the necessary budget. New wings will be assembled on planes whose wing structural life is over or planes will be retired. Congress approved the budget for 109 planes. However...
  • A-10 Thunderbolt II's Grounded
    A-10 Thunderbolt II's Grounded 10 January 2018

    A-10 Thunderbolt II aircrafts at the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base are grounded. It was announced that the flights were stopped because of the oxygen problems pilots had.

    At the end of November, flights were canceled when two pilots felt hypoxia-like symptoms during flight, and the both aircraft returned to the base using reserve oxygen systems. During the investigation of the cause of the problem, the A-10 Thunderbolt II flights of the base were stopped until a second or...
  • Warthog Came To The Fore Again
    Warthog Came To The Fore Again 15 December 2017
    The Afghan government is demanding that the US A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft be deployed in the country again. Known as the "Warthog", the aircraft has been a leading name for close air support for a long time due to its heavy armored structure. Renowned for the powerful seven-barrel Gatling system with a high firepower, the aircraft has been a topic of discussion for a long time in the USA. Due to its high maintenance cost, the aircraft divides the Ministry of Defence into two ...
  • First Flight by Russia's New Flying Radar
    First Flight by Russia's New Flying Radar 19 November 2017
    The A-100 Premier airborne early warning aircraft made its first flight on 18 November carrying an advanced radar station, according to Russian Interfax. The prototype of the aircraft, planned to enter the Russian Air Force inventory in 2019, has flown in October 2016. The A-100 Premier, developed based on the Russian Il-76MD-90A, can locate the targets in the air, tracking the air, land and sea targets of aircraft, hunters and bombers. The A-100 Premier will replace the B...
  • Refuelling Completed Among KC-46s
    Refuelling Completed Among KC-46s 12 October 2017
    A Boeing - US Air Force test team recently completed a KC-46 to KC-46 refueling for the first time. In a statement made on 11 October, Boeing said during the four-hour flight, the two aircraft successfully refueled each other and achieved the maximum fuel offload rate of 1,200 gallons per minute. The fuel capacity of the aircraft is 96 thousand 265 kg. So far, KC-46 test aircraft have completed 2,000 flight hours and more than 1,300 contacts during refueling flights w...
  • Russian 'Premier' To Undergo Trials
    Russian 'Premier' To Undergo Trials 17 March 2017
    Russian Ministry of Defence announced on 16 March that testing of the newest Russian early radar warning aircraft A-100 Premier will begin in July. In addition to its main purpose of tracking and escorting aerial targets and surface ships, A-100 Premier can be used for control over strike fighters and perform as a command center. A-100s was developed based on A-50 early warning aircraft.
  • Targeting Support to F-16
    Targeting Support to F-16 16 March 2017
    Northrop Grumman has been awarded a contract by the Royal Danish Air Force (RDAF) to provide LITENING Advanced targeting pods for its F-16 aircraft. Denmark is the first international operator of the LITENING G4 pod, having taken the first delivery in 2013. LITENING Advanced Targeting System is designed to increase situational awareness and targeting capabilities for strike and ISR missions. The system can be integrated on  A-10, AV-8B, B-52, C-130, F-15, F-16 an...
  • 'Pegasus' Fell Behind Schedule
    'Pegasus' Fell Behind Schedule 17 January 2017
    Boeing’s KC-46A Pegasus tanker programme fell behind schedule, according to latest reports. The US Air Force planned to complete over 60 percent of testing by the end of engineering, manufacturing and development phase of the refueling platform, however managed to reach only 30 percent. The initial production phase began in August 2016, after the KC-46 successfully refueled a A-10. 
  • Thunderbolt Focused on Rescue Missions
    Thunderbolt Focused on Rescue Missions 12 January 2017
    The US Air Force (USAF) upgrades its A-10C Thunderbolt II aircraft deployed in Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, announced by the service on 9 January. The aircraft is being installed with LARS V-12 lightweight airborne recovery system which allows the pilots to communicate more effectively with ground personnel. USAF stated that 19 aircraft have been upgraded so far.
  • Russian AWACS Ready for Maiden Flight
    Russian AWACS Ready for Maiden Flight 20 October 2016
    Russia’s new Beriev A-100LL aircraft, designed to test next generation A-100 early warning and control (AWACS) aircraft’s electromagnetic compatibility and aviation systems, is ready for its maiden flight. Sometimes referred as ‘flying laboratory’, the premier-476 system will enable testing avionics, radar and other elements of the plane, saving time and cost during flight tests of A-100. The new A-100 AWACS platform is based on Il-76MD-90A and will replace A-50 and A-...
  • Gradual Retirement for A-10s
    Gradual Retirement for A-10s 25 September 2016
    The replacement of A-10 Thunderbolt II has long been in USAF’s agenda as they believe that the aircraft will have trouble surviving in modern battlefields with its unstealthy structure, and high operational and maintenance costs. However, the budget issues significantly troubles the service’s decision making. According to the latest announcements, USAF will likely to adopt a gradual retirement process for A-10s. Military officials discuss pushing back the projected retirement date...
  • USAF: F-16 laser guided rockets to be used in Iraq
    USAF: F-16 laser guided rockets to be used in Iraq 27 July 2016
    The US Air Force has acquired laser guided rockets Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS) from BAE Systems in operational emergency procedure now used in Iraq. These rockets were commissioned for both the F-16 and A-10. This is the first time the USAF uses these combat precision weapons at low cost from a fixed wing. Turkish Defence Company ROKETSAN produces similar systems Cirit. They are currently in use only in helicopters. The France for its part has ordered TDA similar rockets wit...
  • KC-46A completes production qualification testing
    KC-46A completes production qualification testing 20 July 2016
    The US Air Force's (USAF's) Boeing KC-46A Pegasus aerial refuelling tanker successfully passed fuel to a Fairchild-Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II combat aircraft on 15 July, the USAF announced. Now the tanker program can a request approval from Pentagon acquisition head Frank Kendall to move forward with a Milestone C decision for low rate initial production, the Air Force announced Monday evening. That approval would allow the Air Force to award a contract to Boeing for LRIP 1 and 2, w...
  • US Can’t Afford Its Fighter Jets after 2021 24 May 2016
    The US Air Force will not be able to afford the fighter aircraft it needs after 2021 if the service’s current budget top line doesn’t change, according to the Pentagon’s latest annual aviation, inventory and funding plan Fiscal Year 2017 report. According to report “The Air Force has insufficient resources to maintain the FY 2016 NDAA (National Defense Authorization Act) mandated number of aircraft (1900) beyond the 2017-2021 FYPD (National Defense Authorizat...
  • USAF in search for a new CAS 14 March 2016
    The USAF is in search of a variety of options to replace the A-10 Warthog which was introduced in 1975 for its Close Air Support (CAS) requirements. Beechcraft AT-6 Wolverine, Sierra Nevada/Embraer A-29 Super Tucano, and Textron AirLand’s Scorpion existing aircrafts are candidate to CAS aircraft. A study will investigate whether a new clean-sheet design is required. An alternative option could involve a derivative of the T-X Advance Trainer, however with the T-X program not due until 20...
  • The Air Force cannot abandon A-10 18 January 2016
    The U.S. Air Force has decided delay the retirement of the renowned A-10 Thunderbolt II ground attack plane. The Warthog's increased role in the air campaign against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria was the Pentagon's main reason for the postponement. First developed in the 1970s, the A-10 was designed to kill Red Army tanks on large European battlefields. Heavily armoured and capable of flying low and slow, the A-10 was built to make devastating low-level attacks against Soviet armoured colu...