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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Star Wars Project of USA 10 September 2019
    At the heart of the Cold War, there was the nuclear rivalry between the US and the USSR, and the balance of power, also known as Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD). The main variable of this nuclear equation was the nuclear warheads, and hence the means and systems to deliver them to their targets. The tactical nuclear warheads to be used on the battlefield were delivered to the targets by tactical ballistic missiles, which were based on the German V-2 missiles in World War II....
  • H-6K with  Hypersonic Weapon
    H-6K with Hypersonic Weapon 19 August 2019
    China has begun to develop hypersonic weapons in recent years and now plans to equip the bomber H-6K aircraft with hypersonic weapons. The main mission objective of China's H-6K bomber is to strike key strategic points deep within enemy territories, the state broadcaster revealed, leading experts to predict that the warplane could eventually be armed with hypersonic weapons that can destroy hostile military hubs 3,000 kilometres away within minutes. "In a war, our main objective is t...
  • 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...
  • Russia Gets 2 Upgraded Tu-95MS Strategic Bombers
    Russia Gets 2 Upgraded Tu-95MS Strategic Bombers 16 April 2019
    Beriev Aircraft Company (part of Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation) has delivered two upgraded Tupolev Tu-95MS strategic missile-carrying bombers to Russia’s Aerospace Force, the Company’s press office said on Monday. The Tu-95MS strategic missile-carrying bomber is designated to accomplish the tasks of striking vital targets in remote military-geographical areas and deep in the rear of continental theatres of military operations, employing nuclear missile weapo...
  • B-21 Stealth Bombers Can Be Located On Ellsworth
    B-21 Stealth Bombers Can Be Located On Ellsworth 1 April 2019
    The US Air Force selected Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota as the preferred location to base the first operational Northrop Grumman B-21 Raider bomber and the stealth aircraft’s formal training unit. B-21s will be located on Whiteman AFB in Missouri and Dyess AFB in Texas once they become available. The USAF says it selected bases using criteria meant to minimise mission impact while transitioning from older bombers, maximise facility reuse, minimise cost and reduce ov...
  • 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...
  • US Expects Chinese Stealth Surprise
    US Expects Chinese Stealth Surprise 18 January 2019
    US Military Intelligence Organisation “Defence Intelligence Agency” (DIA) released “China Military Power, report. A product that examines the core capabilities of China’s military. The work provides details on China’s defence and military goals, strategy, plans, and intentions. US is expecting to face new Chinese another stealth fighter within next years. US intelligence is trying to solve Chinese official announcements and the unofficial revelatio...
  • LRASM Delivered
    LRASM Delivered 24 December 2018
    The US announced that it received the first batch of LRASM missile. How many missiles delivered within first batch is not disclosed. US announced its early operational capability acquisition with deliveries. LRASM systems, which were delivered to the US Air Force first, will be delivered to the US Navy from next year. The Air Force will use missiles on B-1B strategic bombers. A B-1B Lancer can carry 24 missiles in its internal weapons bay. Navy will use the missile on F/A-...
  • Nuclear Bomb’s Guided Tail-Kit Approved for Production
    Nuclear Bomb’s Guided Tail-Kit Approved for Production 11 December 2018
    The US Air Force Nuclear Weapons Centre formally approved the start of production of the B61-12 nuclear gravity bomb’s new guided tail-kit assembly. The programme office says it completed a 27-month test programme in less than 11 months. It claims the accelerated schedule, as well as other risk mitigation strategies, helped to save more than $280 million in development costs. The new tail-kit assembly is manufactured by Boeing and is part of a larger life-extension p...
  • Modernization to "Bear"
    Modernization to "Bear" 16 October 2018
    Russia has decided to continue with one of the icons of the Cold War. According to official sources, Moscow will modernize the Tu-95 bombers. The contract for the modernization of the Tu-95MS aircraft to the Tu-95MSM level was signed last month. A series of changes will be made to the platforms that have been active since 1957 and made its first flight in 1952. Maintenance works will be carried out to the necessary parts of the fuselage. Also the platform's electronic equipment ...
  • Strategic Force to Far-East 15 October 2018
    Chinese State Media confirmed the existence of a new aircraft program. In this program, Beijing is conducting a long-range stealth strategic bomber development. The name of the program was announced as Hong-20 in the news published in State Television. There was no detailed information about the program. The first flight date of the aircraft is estimated by Western experts, depending on the capability of the Chinese military aviation industry, early 2020s. A senior Chinese general a...
  • Tu-160s crossed the North Pole
    Tu-160s crossed the North Pole 18 September 2018
    Russia announced the Russian Air Forces Tu-160 strategic bombers (NATO reporting name: Blackjack) flew at the North Pole. “White Swans” taking off from the Saratov region of Russia flew to Chukotka via the North Pole. The statement appeared on the Zvezda television of the Russian Ministry of Defence. It was understood that strategic planes flew a total of 9 thousand kilometres without problem. Aircraft is capable of flying 12,300 km without mid-air refuelling. 
  • Pentagon's report: Chinese Bombers Training for US Strikes
    Pentagon's report: Chinese Bombers Training for US Strikes 19 August 2018
    Chinese bombers are likely training for strikes against US and allied targets in the Pacific, according to a new Pentagon report. French news Agency “Agence France-Presse” published, Pentagon’s annual report to Congress. The report, released on 16 August, highlights China's growing military, economic and diplomatic clout. In the case of China's air power, the report states that Chinese bombers are developing capabilities to hit targets as far from...
  • Iran has overhauled and upgraded 10 Su-22s
    Iran has overhauled and upgraded 10 Su-22s 26 July 2018
    Iran has managed to overhaul and upgrade 10 Su-22 fighter-bombers, the country announced at a ceremony on Jul. 25. Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Aerospace Force Brigadier Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh said the fighters are now able to employ precision-guided munitions and datalink with unmanned aircraft. With this upgrade, these bombers will be able to carry and fire smart and cluster bombs, and air-to-ground and air-to-air missiles with pinpoint accura...
  • All US B-1B Bombers Grounded After ejection seat failure
    All US B-1B Bombers Grounded After ejection seat failure 10 June 2018
        The US Air Force’s Global Strike Command (AFGSC), tasked with overseeing every bomber fleet in the Air Force, ordered a stand-down for all its B-1B Lancers Thursday amid safety concerns with a component of their ejection seats. The safety issue came mid-flight after a B-1B nicknamed "Bone" took off from Dyess Air Force Base in Texas. Airplane made an emergency landing. "During the safety investigation process following an emerge...
  • JASSM-ER Made Combat Debut
    JASSM-ER Made Combat Debut 2 May 2018
    Lockheed Martin's AGM-158 Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile Extended-Range (JASSM-ER) has made its combat debut on 13 April in Syria. After taking off from a base in Qatar, two Boeing B-1B bombers released 19 JASSM-ER weapons. JASSM-ER has been introduced into service with the US Air Force in 2014.
  • LRSO, B-52 Integration Will Begin in 2019
    LRSO, B-52 Integration Will Begin in 2019 11 April 2018
    The US Air Force (USAF) announced on 10 April that they will begin integrating the nuclear-capable Long-Range Stand-Off (LRSO) cruise missile onto its Boeing B-52 Stratofortress bomber from the beginning of 2019. The service will spend $250 million for integration, development and testing of the weapon system on the USAF’s fleet of 76 B-52H bombers between 1 January 2019 and 31 December 2023. 
  • The Last Battlecruiser in the Seas Project 1144 Orlan; Namely, Kirov
    The Last Battlecruiser in the Seas Project 1144 Orlan; Namely, Kirov 7 April 2018
    Project 1144 Orlan (Sea Eagle) class cruisers, being the largest surface battleships today, are more widely known as the Kirov class. Those familiar with or enthusiasts of naval systems can find it odd that we are using the plural form. Indeed, it is only the RFNS Petr Velikiy that is currently operational. However, Russia is planning that RFNS Admiral Lazarev and RFNS Nakhimov resume service in 2020. It is further the case that the first of this class, Kirov, is expected to rise out of its a...
  • New Ammunition for Su-57
    New Ammunition for Su-57 4 April 2018
    Russia has completed the development of a small-caliber ammunition, Drel air bomb, for its fifth generation fighter Su-57 (PAK FA). The manufacturer of the ammunition, Techmash Concern, said Drel can be used on all types of aircraft, from long-range strategic bombers to ground attack planes. The bomb is also virtually invisible to the radar with heat-seeking elements and its fire-and-forget feature allows the bombers to take out a target ...
  • USAF Bombers Arrived in Australia
    USAF Bombers Arrived in Australia 2 April 2018
    US' B-52 Stratofortress Bombers arrived in Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) base Darwin to participate in Enhanced Air Cooperation. RAAF Base Darwin is hosting the bombers while they take part in training activities with the Australian Defence Force in designated military airspace near RAAF Base Williamtown until early April.  Australia and the United States commenced Enhanced Air Cooperation in February 2017. However, RAAF Darwin hosted USAF B-52s in 2012, ...
  • Tu-160s To Undergo Heavy Upgrade
    Tu-160s To Undergo Heavy Upgrade 23 March 2018
    Russian Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov revealed that the entire fleet of Tupolev Tu-160 supersonic strategic missile-carrying bombers will be renewed by 2030. Borisov said the operational aircraft will undergo a heavy upgrade where only the fuselage will remain while all the onboard radio-electronic equipment and engines will be replaced. The Minister added that a special coating will be applied on the aircraft which will reduce the visibility of the platfo...
  • USAF Requests %12 Budget Boost in FY2019
    USAF Requests %12 Budget Boost in FY2019 13 February 2018
    The US Air Force’s proposed budget for FY2019 calls for a 12 percent increase from FY2018 and includes increasing the number of F-35As, KC-46 tankers, MQ-9 Reapers.  According to budget documents released by the Pentagon Monday, the Air Force hopes to acquire 48 F-35A fighters in 2019 along with 15 KC-46 tankers which is the same as in the previous two years. Planning to retire MQ-1s starting from this year, USAF wants to buy 29 MQ-9s as replacement.  ...
  • USAF Determined a Roadmap For Bombers
    USAF Determined a Roadmap For Bombers 12 February 2018
    The US Air Force (USAF) will retire its B-1 and B-2 bombers in the early 2030s as the new B-21 aircraft is slated to be ready in mid-2020s.  The service will include the overhaul the B-52s in its inventory to its fiscal 2019 budget and extend their service life till 2050 due to the comparatively lower maintenance needs and the ability to carry the new Long Range Standoff cruise missile. However, the B-1 and B-2 bombers will be retired and replaced by th...
  • Russia Placed First Tu-160M2 Order
    Russia Placed First Tu-160M2 Order 31 January 2018
    Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has placed an order to United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) for 10 Tu-160M2 strategic bombers in a contract worth $2,7 billion. The contract, announced on 25 January, marks the first Tu-160M2 acquisition. Serial deliveries of the new bomber are slated to begin in 2023, with the first aircraft expected to be handed over to the Russian Air Force by the end of this year. Russia plans to induct at least 50 Tu-160M2s. The Tu-160M2 is an ...