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  • Israel to Deliver Surprise from Longer Distance
    Israel to Deliver Surprise from Longer Distance 4 March 2020
    Israel launched the strategic plan to restructure its army. In line with the plan, it continues to acquire equipment to improve its operational capabilities. Tel Aviv, which announced that it has initiated CFT (Conformal Fuel Tank) development studies for the F-35I Adir aircraft in the previous periods, will also increase its aerial refueling capability. In this context, the USA has approved the possible sale of new platforms, which will replace the KC-707 Re'em aircraft that ar...
  • Okinawa Base Transfer Costs More Than Expected
    Okinawa Base Transfer Costs More Than Expected 28 December 2019
      The US Defence Ministry said Wednesday it now estimates the costs to relocate the Futenma Air Station to the coastal area of Henoko will more than double the current budget to $8.5 billion and the construction period needs to be extended to over nine years. Washington plans to push ahead with the relocation of a U.S. air base within Okinawa Prefecture despite the overwhelming public opposition expressed in a referendum on Sunday, recognising the outpost's strate...
  • New Air Base to Lease in Syria
    New Air Base to Lease in Syria 7 November 2019
    Russia is reportedly planning to lease a new military airbase in Qamishli city, north-eastern Syria. Syrian Human Rights Observatory has published developments on lease negotiations between Moscow and Damascus. “Washington can deploy missiles on the territory of Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and other countries in the region. The presence of air defence and missile-defence systems in Qamishli will allow Russia to intercept the US missiles long before they reach Russia's territory...
  • Indonesia to Procure two F-16 Squadrons 5 November 2019
    Indonesian Air Force Chief of Staff Marshal Yuyu Sutisna stated his government’s wish to set two new F-16 Block 72 squadrons in the next strategic plan 2020-2024. He noted that Indonesia currently relies on F-16.  In total, the country has 33 F-16 Fighting Falcons. The fighter jets are stationed at squadron 16 of the Roesmin Nurjadin Airbase in Pekanbaru, Riau Province, and squadron 3 of Iswahjudi Airbase in Madiun, East Java. Indonesian Air Force &nbs...
  • Delivery of Bayraktar UAVs Completed
    Delivery of Bayraktar UAVs Completed 22 October 2019
    Bayraktar TB2 UAVs were delivered to the Ukrainian Air Force. Between Ukraine and Turkey, have signed a contract covering the supply of Bayraktar TB2 six UAVs, three ground control station systems and equipment. After the completion of the second-party delivery, acceptance tests at Starokostiantyniv Airbase evaluated the performance of aircraft and components. Delivery vehicles carried out, to be used by military personnel have completed their training in Turkey. Bayraktar TB2, whic...
  • Italy Deploys F-35 on First NATO Mission
    Italy Deploys F-35 on First NATO Mission 27 September 2019
      NATO Allied Air Command stated that one of six Italian Air Force F-35s will perform the type’s first NATO air surveillance and air policing mission. F-35s are deployed to Iceland on 26 September. The Italian Air Force (Aeronautica Militare Italiana: AMI) has deployed six Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) combat aircraft to Keflavik Airbase to conduct NATO air policing and training duties over Iceland. AMI Boeing KC-767 tan...
  • UAVs to Gather Information 11 September 2019
    The Philippine Air Force (PAF) signed contracts, as part of the PAF UAV Systems Project with Israel for four Elbit Systems Hermes 450 mid-altitude long-endurance UAVs and nine Hermes 900 UAVs. The deal was worth about $ 163 million. The first batch of Hermes 450, was delivered to the PAF. The Elbit Systems Hermes 450 has a range of 300 kilometres and an endurance of up to 20 hours. It can carry sensor and surveillance payloads of up to 150 kilograms total.  According ...
  • The First Rafale will Enter the Inventory
    The First Rafale will Enter the Inventory 29 August 2019
    In September 2016, India signed a deal with the French government and Dassault Aviation to acquire 36 Rafale fighter jets for over Euro 7.8 billion to meet urgent requirements on the eastern and western fronts. As a result of this agreement, Air Force Chief BS Dhanoa and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will be in France on September 20 to receive the first Rafale jet manufactured for the Indian Air Force. "In presence of the IAF Chief, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will accept the aircra...
  • NATO Movement Against to Russia
    NATO Movement Against to Russia 11 August 2019
    NATO has completed a scheduled upgrade of a land-based Aegis Ashore ballistic missile system in Romania. The update is part of the United States European Phased Adaptive Approach to ballistic missile defence, which was announced on September 2009. The Aegis Ashore station will detect and track potential threats outside of the bloc. A US THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defence) system was deployed to the Deveselu base for the time of the upgrade.   In response to th...
  • Indian First AH-64Es Reaches Home on Jul. 27
    Indian First AH-64Es Reaches Home on Jul. 27 21 July 2019
    The first batch of AH-64E Apache attack helicopters for the Indian Air Force (IAF) will reach Hindon Airbase in Ghaziabad on Jul. 27. It is likely that there will be three to four helicopters in this consignment. But the deployment of Apache's first squadron in Pathankot will take another month. India has purchased 22 Apache helicopters from the United States. The first squadron of the Apaches will be stationed at Pathankot and the first Commanding Officer will be Grou...
  • First V-22 Osprey in the Museum
    First V-22 Osprey in the Museum 10 June 2019
    One of the latest developed platforms the US inventory, the V-22 Osprey, will be displayed in the museum. The US announced the first time a V-22 Osprey was given to the museum.   The platform, which was announced to be exhibited at the Pax River Naval Aviation Museum, had been stored at Patuxtent Naval Airbase Facilities for some time. The platform, which was announced to be an MV-22B, which made its first flight on 23 August 1997 and served in the Marine Corps, was d...
  • Time to Modernization of Portugal Inventory
    Time to Modernization of Portugal Inventory 15 May 2019
    The Força Aérea Portuguesa (Portuguese Air Force, FAP) received the first of three upgraded F-16s on 9 May.  Two single-seat F-16A Block 15s and a single twin-seat F-16B Block 15 jet were supplied by the USA, FAB inventory will have all the modernization aircraft end of the 2019. The aircraft was the first of two single-seat F-16AMs, the second of which is scheduled for delivery in late July, to be followed by a twin-seat F-16BM in late 2019. They w...
  • F35 Reinforce to the Republic of Korea
    F35 Reinforce to the Republic of Korea 24 April 2019
    Two F-35A stealth fighters arrived in the Republic of Korea for the first time. According to The Defence Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA), F-35As arrived at the airbase in Cheongju and an official deployment ceremony will take place in the next two months. The two planes will undergo domestic processes to be combat-deployed to the Air Force, DAPA said. In 2014, the Republic of Korea decided to purchase 40 F-35As for deployment with about $6.8 billion, the biggest amount for...
  • Italian F-35A to Participate At “ΗΝΙΟΧΟΣ/ UNIQUE 2019" Exercise
    Italian F-35A to Participate At “ΗΝΙΟΧΟΣ/ UNIQUE 2019" Exercise 13 March 2019
    The F-35A Lightning II fighter jets of the Italian Air Force (Aeronautica Militare) will participate in the UNIQUE 2019 air force drill, which will begin on 1 April 2019. Italy will send its all six F-35A fighters to join the drill and they will carry Luneburg radar reflectors during their transition to and from the Andravida Airbase as well as throughout their participation in the exercise. The Luneberg radar reflector increases radar cross section (RCS) of aircraft. This precautio...
  • THAAD Deployed to Israel For The First Time
    THAAD Deployed to Israel For The First Time 5 March 2019
    The US Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) system has been deployed over the past few days in Israel for the first time. As part of a joint drill in which more than 200 Israeli and American troops took part, the system has been deployed in the Nevatim Airbase in the south. The exercise builds readiness and interoperability in the region, demonstrates the U.S. capability to rapidly deploy air defence assets globally, and demonstrates U.S. Army Europe’s mission to deter potential ...
  • “Rehearsal” Attack from Russia
    “Rehearsal” Attack from Russia 14 February 2019
    Aircrafts belonging to Russian Aerospace Forces carried out assault attempts in the Arctic Ocean. 11 aircraft participated in the training. Russian Su-24 (NATO Code: Fencer) aircraft made simulation attack the Arctic radar stationed in Norway. This training, which was held in February 2018, did not have much media coverage. Aircrafts from Monchegorsk Airbase in Kola Peninsula of Russia flew through the Barents Sea and then attacked Vardø after putting attack formation with a ...
  • RAF-UK to Replace Tornado GR-4 with Typhoon and F-35 in Cyprus
    RAF-UK to Replace Tornado GR-4 with Typhoon and F-35 in Cyprus 7 February 2019
    The British Tornado fighter aircraft are decommissioned after 40 years of operation in UK air base in Cyprus Island. The last three Tornado that had stayed at the Cape base in Greek Cyprus departed yesterday for their final flight, returning to the UK and specifically to Marham Airbase in Norfolk. The other five Tornado in recent years in Greek Cyprus had returned to the same base on Monday. The Tornado was put into service by the Royal Air Force in the United Kingdom in 1979 and ha...
  • Upgraded ‘Backfire-C’ Made Maiden Flight
    Upgraded ‘Backfire-C’ Made Maiden Flight 3 January 2019
    The Tu-22M3M, extensively upgraded Tupolev Tu-22M3 'Backfire-C' supersonic long-range strategic bomber, made its maiden flight.  Tu-22M3M  take off from an airbase belonging to the Gorbunov Kazan Aviation Plant (KAZ) on 28 December. Aircraft will be able to carry up to four Kinzhal hypersonic air-launched cruise missiles as well as new Russian anti-ship missiles. According to the press office of Russia's United Aircraft Corporation (UAC), the flight l...
  • British MoD Awards £160m Contract to Prepare RAF Lakenheath for US F-35s
    British MoD Awards £160m Contract to Prepare RAF Lakenheath for US F-35s 21 November 2018
    UK Ministry of Defence announced that it has awarded a contract worth £160m to Kier VolkerFitzpatrick to deliver infrastructure to ready RAF Lakenheath for two squadrons of US F-35s. The Suffolk airbase will be the first permanent international site for US Air Force F-35s in Europe and it will support US Air Force capability in the UK. The contract awarded to Kier VolkerFitzpatrick includes the construction of a flight simulator facility, a maintenance unit, new hang...
  • T-50 Delivery to Iraq
    T-50 Delivery to Iraq 9 March 2018
    Iraq received a batch of two T-50 aircraft from the Republic of Korea on Wednesday as part of an agreement signed by Baghdad and Seoul in 2013. The $1,1 billion agreement covers 24 T-50 Golden Eagle fighter jets.  Iraqi Defense Ministry announced that the two-jet batch arrived at Martyr Mohammed Alaa airbase in Baghdad. The Ministry added that  “a team of Iraqi pilots received training in South Korea and they are ready now to operate the T-50...
  • German Troops Left Incirlik Base
    German Troops Left Incirlik Base 6 October 2017
    Germany’s military has finished its withdrawal from Turkey’s airbase İncirlik. The last German troops have left the base on 27 September.  German parliament decided to leave İncirlik base in June due to Ankara’s refusal to allow visits by German parliamentarians and to deploy the Bundeswehr's Tornado reconnaissance jets, a refueling aircraft, logistical equipment and 260 personnel to Jordan's al-Asrak airbase
  • Israel Tested Rocket Engine
    Israel Tested Rocket Engine 30 May 2017
    Israel Ministry of Defence announced that they had tested a rocket propulsion system on 29 May from the Palmachim Airbase and successfully completed its mission. Although the Ministry did not specify the type of the missile, it is speculated that it was a Jericho-3 intercontinental ballistic missile which can carry a nuclear warhead.
  • Three More 'Adir's to Israel
    Three More 'Adir's to Israel 21 April 2017
    Israeli Army has announced on Thursday that they will take delivery of three F-35 'Adir' ('Mighty') aircraft this Sunday, which are to join other two Adirs Israel recevied in December last year.  Israel was the first country to receive F-35s other than US and is scheduled to receive of a total 50 aircraft by 2022. According to Israeli media reports, Israel is paying $110 million for each of the first 33 F-35s it has ordered to date. The ...
  • US infrastructure in Kuwait for $319 million
    US infrastructure in Kuwait for $319 million 10 April 2017
    The US State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Kuwait for facilities and infrastructure construction support service. The estimated cost is $319 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale. The Government of Kuwait has requested possible sale for the design, construction, and procurement of key airfield operations, command and control, ...
  • Thunder Roared In Pakistan
    Thunder Roared In Pakistan 19 February 2017
    The Pakistani Air Force received 16 additional JF-17 Thunder fighters during a ceremony held at Kamra Airbase on Thursday. The aircraft was jointly developed with China and manufactured in Pakistan. The new aircraft will join the 14-Squadron of Pakistan Air Force, who already operates 70 Thunders in its fleet. Pakistan plans to induct a total of 150 JF-17s.
  • B-52 Bomber Dropped Engine During Training
    B-52 Bomber Dropped Engine During Training 6 January 2017
    The US Air Force (USAF) revealed that on Wednesday, a B-52 Stratofortress bomber had dropped engine during training flight. Reportedly, the aircraft, powered by eight Pratt & Whitney TF33-P-3/103 turbofan engine, had dropped one of its engines due to a yet-unknown reason, right after it took off from Minot Airbase. The parts of the engine was found approximately 46 km northeast of the airbase. The bomber landed safely thanks to its remaining seven engines. USAF stated that ...
  • Jordan Wants Israeli F-16s
    Jordan Wants Israeli F-16s 5 January 2017
    Jordan wants to acquire Israeli F-16As which were retired after 36 years of service. According to Kokpit.aero, neighboring Jordan is interested in acquisition of the Israeli aircraft which were declared retired and on sale in December, 2016. Israel Air Force retired 40 F-16A/B ‘Netz’ aircraft during a ceremony held at Ouvda Airbase on 26 December.. However, it is emphasized that Jordan can only acquire these aircraft through a third country or company.
  • Another Privilege to Russia by Iran
    Another Privilege to Russia by Iran 28 November 2016
    Irainian Defence Ministry made a statement on Saturday that in case the situation in Syria demands such action, they might allow Russia to use Iranian air base Nojeh for their operations. Russian officials responded this declaration by saying that if Russian aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov should leave Syrian borders for a new mission, they could use the mentioned airbase, which is located in the western city of Hamadan.  Iranian legislation currently forbids the deployment of ...
  • UK Support to Romania
    UK Support to Romania 1 November 2016
    On 26 October, the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced a decision of Eurofighter Typhoon combat aircraft deployment to Romania to offer air defence support to the country within 2017. Although the number of the aircraft to be deployed was not disclosed, Royal Air Force (RAF) Typhoons will stay in Mihail Kogalniceanu Airbase for up to four months. Eurofighter Typhoon features four Advanced Short Range Air-to-Air Missiles (ASRAAMs), four AIM-120 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMR...
  • Britain intercepted Russian bombers
    Britain intercepted Russian bombers 23 September 2016
    Britain scrambled fighter jets from an airbase in Scotland to intercept two Russian bombers approaching UK airspace, the Ministry of Defence said Thursday.  The Russian planes flew from the direction of Norway and passed to the west of Britain’s Shetland Islands, northeast of the mainland. A Royal Air Force spokeswoman said: “Quick reaction alert Typhoon aircraft from RAF Lossiemouth intercepted two Russian Blackjack bombers and escorted them while they were in the ...
  • Tension Between Iran and Russia
    Tension Between Iran and Russia 29 August 2016
    Last week, the Russian Air Force declared that they started using the Iranian Hamadan Airbase due to its proximity to Syria. Since Russian aircraft support Iranian forces which operate in Syria, deployment of Russian Tu-22M (NATO code: Backfire) and Su-34 (NATO code: Fullback) fighter aircraft in this base had significant advantages. However, in a surprising turn of events, Russia retracted its aircraft in less than a week. Incapability of communication, and particularly the insufficiency of ...
  • Lockheed Martin Rolls out Israel's First F-35 'Adir' 24 June 2016
    Lockheed Martin has rolled out the first F-35A fighter for Israel at its F-35 factory in Fort Worth, Texas. Israel has 33 F-35As on order, the first two of which will fly to Israel in mid-December for modification and upgrade. "Israel is proud to be the first country in the area to receive and operate it," said Avigdor Liberman, Israel's Minister of Defence. According to Israeli media reports, Israel is paying $110 million for each of the first 33 F-35s it has ordered ...
  • Israel Air Force to Receive 3 New C-130 2 June 2016
    According to Israeli publication Haaretz, The Israel Defence Forces will be receiving another three Super Hercules transport planes by the end of 2016, supplementing the three aircraft it already has at its Nevatim airbase.   In 2014, Haaretz reported that the Israel Air Force had reached agreement to buy one additional Hercules and was considering buying three. Each plane cost $75 million. The new and improved Super Hercules is considered particularly well suited for...
  • Syria: Russia deploys most recent attack helicopters 5 April 2016
    The Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) confirmed that the Mil Mi-28N Night Hunters (NATO reporting name "Havoc") it has deployed to Syria have carried air strikes when it released targeting footage filmed by the attack helicopters. Moreover, the helicopter Kamov Ka-58 Alligator, (NATO reporting name: Hokum B) also entered service recently, was sighted in Syria. Local news agencies reported that four Mi-28Ns are forward deployed to Al-Shayrat Airbase. This airbase had previously been use...
  • SU-34s face problems at battle field 27 March 2016
    According to RNS news agency, Russia’s newest combat jets SU-34s faces a series of technical glitches during the military campaign in Syria, Russian defence industry sources said. Malfunctions were detected in the flight control system and engines of the aircraft, the sources told. They added however that the malfunctions were "not critical" and had no impact on the course of the campaign. Specialists from the Sukhoi Design Bureau as well as two Russian aircraft manufacturer were at t...
  • NATO’s Ground Surveillance Aircraft gets ready for operations 30 December 2015
    NATO’s Alliance Ground Surveillance Management Agency (NAGSMA) members and Northrop Grumman Corporation witnessed NATO’s first Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS) aircraft executing range of test points before landing at Edwards Air Force Base.  The test flight marks the start of six months of ground and airborne testing at Edwards before the aircraft is sent to its new home in Sigonella, Italy. NATO AGS is a derivative of the wide-area surveillance Global Hawk, with...