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  • China "Shoots Down" U.S. Base
    China "Shoots Down" U.S. Base 21 September 2020
    People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) released a video of the US air base on the Pacific island of Guam being virtually targeted at a time of heightened regional tensions in Asia, based on actual images supported by animations. "H-6K war god goes on the offensive!" the video shared, simulated by nuclear-armed H-6 bombers attacking the U.S. Base in Guam. The island of Guam is seen as a base where the United States can respond shortly in any conflict in the Asia Pac...
  • Russia’s Tu-160 Carriers Break Non-Stop Flight Record
    Russia’s Tu-160 Carriers Break Non-Stop Flight Record 20 September 2020
    Two Russian Tu-160 strategic missile carriers have broken their own world record for non-stop flight in their class, spending more than 25 hours continuously in the air. The Russian Aerospace Forces’ commander of long-range aviation Lt. Gen. Sergey Kobylash told World record to reporters on Saturday. Strategic bombers flew more than 20,000 kilometres [12,400 miles]. During the flight, which took place over neutral waters of the Arctic Ocean and the Pacific Ocean, as ...
  • US Navy Awards L3Harris Technologies $104 Million Contract for F/A-18 Electronic Warfare System
    US Navy Awards L3Harris Technologies $104 Million Contract for F/A-18 Electronic Warfare System 13 September 2020
    The U.S. Navy has awarded L3Harris Technologies a $104 million follow-on contract to supply the next production lot of the electronic warfare (EW) system that protects F/A-18 Hornet and Super Hornet aircraft against electronic threats. The announcement was made in conjunction with vHook’20 being held virtually, September 10-12. L3Harris will manufacture and deliver Integrated Defensive Electronic Countermeasures (IDECM) jammer systems for the F/A-18C/D/E/F variants, with deliv...
  • AIM-9M Sidewinder Engine for Egypt and Jordan 11 September 2020
    Northrop Grumman will deliver AIM-9M Sidewinder rocket engine to Egypt and Jordan. The $21 million deal covers 788 engines for Egypt and 43 engines for Jordan, according to the US Department of Defence. It features a short-range air-to-air Sidewinder missile, infrared guidance system and a high-blown track warhead. With improvements in AIM-9, which has the highest level of infrared spectrum precision, the missile's operationality has been taken out of the bombers. Egyp...
  • Mig-29 Shot Down on Libya
    Mig-29 Shot Down on Libya 9 September 2020
    It is said that a Mig-29 supporting Libyan National Army was shot down over Libya on September 8th. Russian-speaking pilot filmed himself on the ground, waiting for rescue operators. The Fighterbomber channel posted a video on YouTube. The incident took place near the coastal city of Sirte, which is controlled by the so-called Libyan National Army of Khalifa Haftar. The footage shows an unfolded orange parachute, the pilot’s voiceover sounds that he was hit, but...
  • US Nuclear capacity B-52s in Training with Ukrainian Fighter Jets
    US Nuclear capacity B-52s in Training with Ukrainian Fighter Jets 6 September 2020
    Following a recent spike in airborne confrontations between the U.S. and Russian militaries, three B-52 Stratofortress bombers joined Ukrainian fighter jets for training Friday. The bombers, from the 5th Bomb Wing, Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, "conducted vital integration training with Ukrainian fighters inside Ukraine's airspace," European Command said in a press release. Officials said the bomber mission, part of a long-planned deployment of six B-52s to RAF F...
  • Nuclear Su-30
    Nuclear Su-30 17 August 2020
    A new step has come from Russia, which has a very large nuclear arsenal and is working to integrate it with its deep strike capability. Moscow has been conducting a number of studies for a while to develop new cruise missiles and to improve the capabilities of existing systems. With the new move in this area, the Su-30 (NATO Reporting Name: Flanker) aircraft may gain nuclear deep strike capability. Russia has announced that it plans to integrate Kh-32 cruise missiles on some platfor...
  • New Images from Su-57
    New Images from Su-57 15 August 2020
    New images of the Sukhoi Su-57 (NATO Code: Felon) on the production line have emerged. During the visit of Russian Defence Minister Sergey Shoigu, the fifth-generation hunting bomber Su-57, was pictured. The images show the Su-57’s 101KS-V infrared search-and-track (IRST) targeting system installed in the nose. The platform, which has a body mainly produced using titanium alloy and composite materials, is coated with paint that absorbs radar signals. The plane's ammunition...
  • China Prepares against India's Rafale Jets
    China Prepares against India's Rafale Jets 12 August 2020
    The People's Liberation Army (PLA) of China conducted air defence system tests in the Gobi Desert in north-western China. The PLA has chosen the week when Dassault Rafale hunting/bombers will reach India as a date for tor-M1 anti-aircraft missile firing tests.  Pla, which builds similar conditions on the Indian-Chinese border in the high-altitude Tibetan region, is conducting platform and equipment testing in Gobi. Capable of destroying multiple air targets at the same time...
  • Armed Patrol Record
    Armed Patrol Record 7 August 2020
    China, which has made great strides especially on sea power recently, has achieved a record recently. A Su-30 (NATO Code: Flanker-C) affiliated to the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Eastern Theatre Command Naval Air Regiment broke an armed patrol record. The patrol flight over the islands and reefs farthermost from the mainland in the South China Sea lasted 10 hours. Successful completion of a challenging mission for both challenging for pilots and aircraft is said to be an...
  • Heavy Bomber Training at South China Sea
    Heavy Bomber Training at South China Sea 31 July 2020
    China, which is working hard to globalize its military power, is improving its capabilities day by day. China, which claims rights on islands with controversy about the surrounding seas and occasionally makes military reinforcements in the region, increases its overseas capability. Beijing, which has developed its concepts and doctrines especially on a power transfer from air, deep strike and long-range attack scenarios, held a new exercise recently. H-6Js, one of China's n...
  • Pompeo: U.S. Evaluating Response to Turkey's Purchase Of S-400 system
    Pompeo: U.S. Evaluating Response to Turkey's Purchase Of S-400 system 31 July 2020
    U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Thursday the United States was continuing to evaluate how it would respond to Turkey’s purchase of Russian S-400 missile defence systems. “We continue to evaluate how to apply sanctions in order to achieve our end objective,” Pompeo said under questioning from Democratic Senator Bob Menendez at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing. Turkey’s decision to acquire the Russian-made S-400 surface-to-air ...
  • Cruiser Firing Exercise at North
    Cruiser Firing Exercise at North 23 July 2020
      Live fire training is undoubtedly one of the most important activities for an armed forces to achieve significant combat readiness and control the systems it uses. The Russian Navy recently conducted a live fire with cruisers, one of the largest surface platforms in its inventory. Project 1144.2 (NATO Code: Orlan) "Kirov" class RFNS Pyotr Velikiy (099) and Project 1164 (NATO Code: Atlant) class RFNS Marshal Ustinov (055) guided missile cruisers also participated in ...
  • Russia to Procure 20 Su-34s in Three Years
    Russia to Procure 20 Su-34s in Three Years 9 June 2020
    Russia is going to support its air operations force. "Last week, a contract was signed between the Defence Ministry and the Sukhoi Aircraft Company on building about 20 Sukhoi Su-34 bombers," a source said to TASS. The deal covers a nearly three-year period. The source added that the signing of the procure contract for the Su-34M platform, which has modernised systems, is on the agenda in 2021. The Su-34, which has a maximum take-off weight of 45,100 kilograms, can be equi...
  • Russia to Procure New Su-34
    Russia to Procure New Su-34 3 June 2020
    The Russian air force is buying new Su-34 bombers. The Kremlin in late May cut a contract with United Aircraft Corporation’s (UAC) Sukhoi division to build 76 new Su-34. The two-seater, twin-engine warplanes which are expected to replace the Su-24 bombers, can carry 12 tons of ammunition, including air-to-air missiles, and hit targets 600 miles away.  The Su-34s are scheduled to replace Su-24 bombers. UAC General Manager Yuri Slyusar said the air force's combat capacity will do...
  • Turkish Air Force Refuelled USAF B-1s Over Black Sea
    Turkish Air Force Refuelled USAF B-1s Over Black Sea 29 May 2020
    The waters in the Black Sea have been experiencing their hottest days since the end of the Cold War. Sea and air movement of NATO affiliates is very high in the region. Two B-1B Lancer affiliated to the U.S. Air Force's 28th Bomber Wing performed a long-range Bomber Task Force mission. The platforms departing from Ellsworth Air Force Base stationed in South Dakota headed over the Baltic Sea to the Black Sea after they crossed the Atlantic Ocean. During the round trip; bombe...
  • Tu-22M3M Reaches Supersonic Speed
    Tu-22M3M Reaches Supersonic Speed 27 May 2020
    Russia's Tu-22M3M supersonic long-range strategic bomber, through the modernization process, was tested at supersonic speed. A source told the TASS news agency that the second prototype of the Tu-22M3M completed a total of five test flights. The platform reached supersonic speed during the fourth flight. "Preliminary trials are scheduled for completion in 2020," the source added. The second prototype of the Tu-22M3M bomber successfully carried out its first flight in March 2020....
  • Russia Tests New Hypersonic Missile
    Russia Tests New Hypersonic Missile 11 May 2020
    Russia has tested a new hypersonic missile designed for the Tu-22M3M strategic bomber. In an interview with Russia-based news agency TASS, a source said the new missile was being developed for a modernized variant of the Russian Air Force's Tu-22M3M aircraft.  The source said the new missile operations began several years ago and the munitions developed did not belong to the X-32 missile line. There was no official statement from an official source about...
  • November Rumor for Chinese B-2 Spirit
    November Rumor for Chinese B-2 Spirit 9 May 2020
    The nuclear triad is an important step for countries to become superpowers. Continuing to work in this framework, China is close to completing the great trio. Beijing, which has not been able to bring its strategic bombing capability to the desired level at long range, continues its works. In this context, November is pointed out for the first results of the ongoing H-20 strategic bomber studies, in defence backstage. Rumors are circulating that the platform will be showcased at the...
  • Unusual Training at Far East
    Unusual Training at Far East 5 May 2020
    In the Far East, where the waters are getting warmer every day, training activities continue at full speed as well as armament. The USA continues its training activities despite COVID-19. Within the framework of these activities, fixed-wing air elements affiliated to the United States Marine Corps (USMC) conducted anti-surface warfare trainings. F/A-18 Hornets of the Marines conducted exercises on simulated attack scenarios with AGM-84D Harpoon missiles. The trai...
  • Intercept Trainings over Arctic
    Intercept Trainings over Arctic 10 April 2020
    The temperature in the Arctic Region is increasing day by day. In addition to the Russian bombers that warmed the cold climate of the geography and the western aircraft that took off to intercept them, the Russians also started high-altitude trainings. Aircraft assigned to the Russian Northern Fleet launched stratospheric altitude training on the Arctic. In the statement made by the command, 10 Su-24 (NATO Code: Fencer) and five MiG-31 (Foxhound) conducted day and night trainin...
  • New Air Launched Cruise Missile Order
    New Air Launched Cruise Missile Order 2 April 2020
    The USA continues its steps to improve its tactical strike capability. The United States signed an agreement with Lockheed Martin for USD 946 million to procure cruise missiles. With contract; company will produce a total of 790 JASSM-ERs, which 360 ​​within the scope of Lot 17, 40 for Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customers, and 390 within Lot 18. The air-to-surface long-range cruise missile AGM-158B JASSM-ER (Joint Air to Surface Standoff Missile Exten...
  • Second Upgraded Tupolev-22M3M Makes First Flight
    Second Upgraded Tupolev-22M3M Makes First Flight 21 March 2020
    Russia’s State Agency Tass reported that country’s second overhauled and fundamentally upgraded strategic bomber Tupolev-22M3M has performed its first flight. The plane took off from and landed at the airdrome of the Kazan aircraft-building plant. The upgraded bomber is claimed to be capable of carrying cruise missiles X-32 and hypersonic missiles. The press service of Tupolev (an affiliate of Russian state corporation Rostec) has confirmed the flight, adding that the pu...
  • Stealth Alliance
    Stealth Alliance 18 March 2020
    The use of stealth aircraft is increasing day by day. These platforms, which were previously unique to the US, show up more frequently in international training as they enter the inventory of international users. The Norwegian F-35A Lightning II, which has intercepted Russian aircraft last week, carried out joint training with US bombers this week. In addition to the Norwegian F-35s stationed in Iceland as part of the NATO mission, the B-2 Spirit bombers of the US Air Forc...
  • F-16s Intercepted Chinese Bombers
    F-16s Intercepted Chinese Bombers 18 March 2020
    Similar to the the sea in Asia-Pacific, tension increase in the skies. Taiwan recently announced that the Chinese People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) aircraft were intercepted. On March 16, Beijing's J-11 fighters and KJ-500 airborne early warning aircraft approached Taiwan's air space dangerously, and Taiwan-made F-16 Fighting Falcons took off with a scramble alarm. Taipei has raised the alarm level for some time now, due to China's increa...
  • Strategic Bombing Force is "Weak"
    Strategic Bombing Force is "Weak" 17 March 2020
    With the end of the Cold War, the West is relaxed and reduced the force multipliers until the 2010s, and the military forces of NATO and its allies, especially the USA, have weakened more than ever. In a news article published in the USA, Retired General John Loh from the US Air Force (USAF) made some analysis on the country's air force. Loh stated that the USAF experienced the weakest period in its history, which is considered one of the indispensable elements of...
  • Modernised Bear on Trials After Overhaul
    Modernised Bear on Trials After Overhaul 14 March 2020
    The Russian Armed Forces continues to modernize its systems. In this context, the strategic bomber power is also being renewed. Tu-95 (NATO Code: Bear), perhaps the most iconic aircraft of the Cold War, will remain in the sky for a long time. The Russian Aerospace Forces continuing to upgrade the aircraft that have been commissioned as missile carrier platform in recent years, in line with today's requirements. During the modernization works in Beriev Aircraft Pla...
  • F-35I Adir Become Testbed
    F-35I Adir Become Testbed 10 March 2020
    F-35 Lightning II, the fifth generation fighter-bomber aircraft can not be configured in line with user requirements due to restrictions. However, there are some exceptions in this case. The F-35I Adirs, the only customized F-35 according to the user country requirements, will be used as test aircraft. In an image released recently, it was seen that the first platform configured as a testbed meets the sky. The platform with telemetry markings on it will be used by the Israeli A...
  • US to Retire Strategic Bombers
    US to Retire Strategic Bombers 1 March 2020
    The end of the road seems for the B-1B Lancers, which became one of the symbolic aircraft of the Western Block during the Cold War period. According to the statement made by the US Department of Defence, there will be a temporary decrease in the strategic bomber power of the US Air Force temporarily. For the platforms that have been in use for many years and whose sustainment costs have increased, the ministry has made a decision. The Air Force and the US plan to transfer the b...
  • Anti-Ship Missile Capability to Chinese J-16
    Anti-Ship Missile Capability to Chinese J-16 20 February 2020
    China, which continues its shipbuilding activities to improve its naval power, keeps its efforts to increase its effectiveness in the region and oceans, especially in the Taiwan Gulf. In the images published in Chinese State Television CCTV in the past days, it was seen that J-16 aircraft were equipped with anti-ship capability. A J-16 fighter-bomber affiliated to the 40th Air Regiment stationed in the Nanchang-Xiangtan District of China was spotted carrying two YJ-83Ks un...
  • Russia’s Upgraded Tu-160M Strategic Bomber Performs First Flight
    Russia’s Upgraded Tu-160M Strategic Bomber Performs First Flight 2 February 2020
    Russia’s new upgraded Tu-160M supersonic strategic bomber performed its first flight on Feb. 2, the United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) announced. The first flight was conducted from the S.P.Gorbunov Kazan Aviation Factory runway. The flight took place at an altitude of 1,500 meters and lasted 34 minutes. Tupolev Tu-160 Beliy Lebed (“White Swan”), also known with its NATO reporting name Blackjack, is a supersonic, variable-sweep wing heavy strategic bomber ...
  • USAF Publishes New Renderings of B-21 Raider
    USAF Publishes New Renderings of B-21 Raider 2 February 2020
    US Air Force shared new renderings of the B-21 Raider aircraft. Northrop Grumman’s stealth bomber B-21 will be the successor to the B-1B Lancer and also to the B-2 Spirit, the first bomber invisible to radars. Northrop Grumman won the competition in 2015 and will make a new flying wing that is expected to enter service in the middle of this decade. The jet is expected to fly in 2021, but the USAF does not reveal how many units will be ordered. In the image published ...
  • Production of the upgraded Su-34 will begin in 2020
    Production of the upgraded Su-34 will begin in 2020 25 January 2020
    According to a Russian newspaper, Izvestia, production of upgraded Su-34 bombers will begin in 2020. Upgraded aircraft will be able to carry new weapons while incorporating improved electronic warfare and reconnaissance systems. According to Izvestia, the upgrades are a result of Russia's lessons from Syria.
  • US Air Force Considers Adding Communications Node to Tankers
    US Air Force Considers Adding Communications Node to Tankers 7 January 2020
    The Air Force’s tanker fleet has logged hours transferring fuel, transporting troops and serving as flying ambulances. If the new concept of the US Air Force’s becomes real, they will help during combat.  US Air Force, Air Mobility Command leaders are exploring whether aerial refuelling aircraft could become a communications node in the Advanced Battle Management System (ABMS).  ABMS is considered as the foundational technology to connect its air, space and...
  • Algeria Intends to Purchase 14 Su-57 Fighter Jet
    Algeria Intends to Purchase 14 Su-57 Fighter Jet 28 December 2019
    Algeria has signed a contract for the acquisition of 14 Su-57 stealth fighters with Russia. According to Menadefense portal, the Algerian air force has also signed two other arrangements for 14 Su-34 bombers and 14 Su-35 air domination aircraft. An option for two additional squadrons of 14 aircraft for each type of aircraft was also signed to compensate for the natural withdrawal of aircraft from the Air Force fleet shortly. The contract should be completed by 2025, by this deadline...
  • First Modernized Tu-160M Enters Trials
    First Modernized Tu-160M Enters Trials 30 November 2019
    The modernized variant of the strategic bomber Tu-160 (Blackjack) in Russia's production, with a variable arrow angle wing structure, has been tested. Tu-160M was transferred to Kazan Aviation for ground and flight testing. The platform, which was put into service in 1987, was stopped due to financial reasons due to the collapse of the Soviet Union. After strained relations with the West, the production line of Tu-160 reopened. After the ground tests are over, the Tu-160M will ent...
  • H-6N bomber with ALBM: Hoax News?
    H-6N bomber with ALBM: Hoax News? 11 November 2019
    Recent images in the Chinese magazine showing an H-6N bomber carrying an Air-Launched Ballistic Missile (ALBM) might be a hoax. Some western defence magazines believed that “Chinese air-launched ballistic missile may enter service soon”. UK-based Jane's Defence Weekly reported that the H-6N is capable of carrying an ALBM and it could be "in the final stages of development, or may even have entered service." An ALBM could be used to attack an aircr...
  • Three Years of Critical Upgrades to the B-2A Spirit
    Three Years of Critical Upgrades to the B-2A Spirit 5 November 2019
    Upgrades to help US Air Force’s ageing B-2 bomber fleet detect and evade the improving air defences of rivals China, Russia and Iran are running almost three years late and over budget. The project was launched in 2016. The service now estimates it will take until at least until September 2024 before eight of the U.S.’s 20 stealth bombers are upgraded to have an initial combat capability, according to an Air Force statement. That’s 33 months later than th...
  • End of an Era
    End of an Era 4 November 2019
    The MiG-27 bomber and ground attack aircraft, a variant of the MiG-23 (NATO code: Flogger) with variable arrow angled wings, has been modified for airborne missions, filling nearly 30 years of history in the Indian Air Force (IAF). Nicknamed Bahadur in India, the Soviet origin MiG-27 was inducted into the IAF in 1984. The airplanes will be out of service at the end of this year after making their last flight from Rajasthan to Jodhpur Air Base. This year, two crashes near Pokhran in February a...
  • ICBM Drill From Russia
    ICBM Drill From Russia 18 October 2019
    The Russian nuclear forces have terminated their annual readiness exercise, dubbed “Grom [Thunder] 2019,” which will involve 12,000 troops, 213 intercontinental-range ballistic missile launchers, up to 105 aircraft and around 20 warships, according to the Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD). Two RSM-50 [NATO reporting name: SS-N-18 Stingray] ballistic missiles were launched towards the Chizha firing range. The exercise took place from October 15 to 17 in all...