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  • USAF to Add A Large Number of F-15EX aircraft to Its Inventory
    USAF to Add A Large Number of F-15EX aircraft to Its Inventory 14 July 2020
    The U.S. Department of Defence has reached an agreement with Boeing for the F-15EX program worth about $23 billion. Boeing announced that the first two jets have begun work under the deal. Delivery of F-15EX, which is expected to replace the F-15C/Ds operational in the United States Air Force (USAF) inventory, will begin next year. This year's fiscal budget includes delivery of eight platforms. A total of 76 F-15EX are scheduled to be in inventory during the five-year ...
  • Turkish Partner in F-15QA's New Agreement
    Turkish Partner in F-15QA's New Agreement 17 June 2020
    A new agreement has been reached for the F-15QA aircraft developed for Qatar Emiri Air Force (QEAF). A new complex will be built at Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar. The U.S. Air Force has awarded a $524 million contract to a joint venture between Bahadir Construction Engineering Contracting and Trading Company & Impresa Costruzioni Giuseppe Maltauro, which includes training, maintenance and procurement for the F-15QA. Under the deal, which is worth about $524 million, 35 buildings wi...
  • New Frigate Set Sail for Delivery
    New Frigate Set Sail for Delivery 21 May 2020
    Philippines, which has prepared a stronger naval infrastructure within the scope of the restructuring of the armed forces, is close to receiving its first guided missile frigate. BRP Jose Rizal (FF-150), the first platform of the Jose Rizal class frigates ordered by the Philippines to the Republic of Korea, set sail from the Hyundai Heavy Industries Shipyard following the completion of its construction and testing activities. The ship, which sails to the Philippines for the commissi...
  • F-15QA Aircraft Completes Its First Flight
    F-15QA Aircraft Completes Its First Flight 15 April 2020
    The F-15QA aircraft developed for the Qatar Emirate Air Force (QEAF) successfully performed its first flight. The platform is the version of the F-15 Advanced Eagle produced for Qatar. The plane took off from Lambert International Airport in St. Louis and remained in the air for 90 minutes. Boeing had signed contracts with Qatar in 2017 for 36 F-15QA's. Deliveries are planned to start in 2021. The company also signed another $ 500 million deal in 2019 for crew training and aircr...
  • 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...
  • Taiwan and Japan Intercept Chinese KJ-500 Aircraft
    Taiwan and Japan Intercept Chinese KJ-500 Aircraft 26 March 2020
    Taiwan and Japan intercepted China's KJ-500 airborne early warning aircraft. The Japan Defence Ministry announced that the Air Self Defence Force (JASDF) was carrying out operations to intercept one Shaanxi KJ-500 aircraft on the East China Sea. On the map, it was shared that the KJ-500 was intercepted in the north of the Ishigaki Islands of Japan and in the west of Okinawa, where JASDF came. The JASDF has two regiments of Mitsubishi F-15J/DJ Eagle interceptors based at Naha in ...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • Korean Ship to Hormuz
    Korean Ship to Hormuz 21 January 2020
    A new one has been added to the safety measures taken in the Strait of Hormuz which is established under the leadership of the USA. Korea was added to the countries that deployed ships independently from the U.S. task force, especially as a result of actions against UK tankers. The Republic of Korea has decided to deploy a unit to the Strait of Hormuz for anti-piracy operations. In this context, Cheonghae Anti-Piracy Unit will be shifted to the region. The unit, which...
  • Korea to Acquire 120 AMRAAM
    Korea to Acquire 120 AMRAAM 18 October 2019
    The State Department approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to Republic of Korea (ROK) of (120) AIM-120C-7/C-8 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM) with support for an estimated cost of $253 million. The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale. ROK has requested to buy 120 AMRAAM. Also included are containers; weapon support and support equipment; spare and repair parts; U.S. Government and co...
  • Boeing to Train Qatari F-15QA Pilots
    Boeing to Train Qatari F-15QA Pilots 30 August 2019
    Pentagon has awarded Boeing USD500 million to begin air and ground training of Qatari personnel on the F-15QA combat aircraft. The award announced on 28 August, will see Qatar Emiri Air Force (QEAF) pilots and maintainers trained on the F-15QA in St Louis, Missouri, through to 2021, after which training will relocate to Qatar and run through to August 2026. Boeing expects to begin delivering the QEAF's 36 F-15QAs from early 2020 through to early 2023. Qatar has options...
  • Approval for Lockheed Martin 15 August 2019
    U.S. Department of Defence said that Lockheed Martin has been awarded a $99 million contract for AGM-158 JASSM (Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile) foreign military sales production support. The contract, which involves foreign military sales to Finland, Poland and Australia, will provide lifecycle support for all efforts related to JASSM in the areas of system upgrades, integration, production, sustainment, management and logistical support.   Weighing approximate...
  • 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...
  • Eagles got the Situation Under Control in Anatolia 9 August 2019
    The Turkish Air Force, which suffered the most losses during the July 15 process and therefore underwent a rapid recovery with the support of its former members, continues to establish its deterrence by increasing the level of preparation for the war. One of the most important trainings for this purpose, the Anatolian Eagle Exercise, was carried out successfully between 17-28 June 2019 in its usual home in Konya. The Anatolian Eagle Exercise performed at Konya 3rd Main Jet Base...
  • $ 3.9 Billion Arms Export to Two Countries
    $ 3.9 Billion Arms Export to Two Countries 27 May 2019
      United States will sell up to $ 3.9 billion arms to two Middle East Countries United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The State Department approved two countries requests. The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on May 24, 2019. UAE wants to acquire RQ-21A Blackjack Unmanned Air Vehicles with support for an estimated cost of $80 million.  The Government of the UAE has ...
  • US Presents Greece, Romania, Spain and PolandaAs Potential New Operators Of the F-35
    US Presents Greece, Romania, Spain and PolandaAs Potential New Operators Of the F-35 5 April 2019
    Director, Joint Strike Fighter Program, Vice Admiral Mathias W. “Mat” Winter, told U.S. lawmakers that “future potential Foreign Military Sales customers (for the F-35) include Singapore, Greece, Romania, Spain and Poland.” Confronting with Turkey, for S400 Air Defence System, The United States is considering expanding sales of LM’s F-35 fighter jets to five new nations including Romania, Greece and Poland as European allies bulk up their defences in th...
  • It is Expensive to Operate F-35 for USA
    It is Expensive to Operate F-35 for USA 27 March 2019
    US Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph Dunford attended on Pentagon's 2020 Budget at the House Armed Services Committee. General Dunford stated that F-35 is costlier than they had predicted and therefore they had to acquire more F-15 to balance the need and expenses. Dunford said, “If you could buy all f-35s, you might do that. But there's a 50% difference in the operations and sustainment costs between the F-15 and F-35. The F-15 has a significant shelf life available as well....
  • F-15s to fill F-35 Capability Shortfall
    F-15s to fill F-35 Capability Shortfall 18 March 2019
    US will add extra F-15s to its Air Force inventory. According to a source speaking to Air Force Magazine “the Pentagon’s decision to add new F-15EXs to its budget request for the Air Force, was based on a lack of capability and capacity of the current fleet and the presumptive cheaper cost of the Eagles”, the military’s top uniformed officer told lawmakers on Thursday. The Pentagon’s fiscal 2020 budget request includes about $1 billion for eight F-15EX ...
  • 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...
  • Taiwan to Develop 5th-Gen Fighter Jets 9 March 2019
    Taiwan is building its own next-generation fighter jets while seeking to acquire the latest fighters from the United States, Taiwanese Defence Ministry said on Thursday. Wu Pao-kun, director of the ministry's Department of Strategic Planning, told a press conference that the next-generation aircraft must possess stealth characteristics and be capable of short take-offs, without elaborating. Maj. Gen. Tang Hung-an, head of the air force command's planning division, ...
  • Dassault Aviation Delivered the First Rafale to Qatar
    Dassault Aviation Delivered the First Rafale to Qatar 6 February 2019
    Dassault Aviation announced on February 6 that it has handed Qatar its first Rafale. A ceremony was organized in Mérignac, in the presence of Eric Trappier, CEO of Dassault Aviation, Geneviève Darrieussecq, Secretary of State to the Minister of Armies, and Major General Mubarak Al Khayareen, Commander in Chief of the QEAF (Air Force of the Emir of Qatar). The delivery of the first Rafale is part of the contract between Qatar and France in May 2015, covering 24 fighter ...
  • 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...
  • Japan Wants More F-35s and Aircraft Carrier Ship
    Japan Wants More F-35s and Aircraft Carrier Ship 30 November 2018
    Japan is considering buying up to 100 F-35 stealth fighters from the US for more than USD 8.8 billion as it seeks to counter China's growing military presence in the region, The Japanese Nikkei business newspaper reported that the Japanese government is preparing to order another 100 F-35 jets in order to replace some of aging F-15s. In addition, the country is once more considering converting a helicopter carrier to aircraft carrier one that can accommodate ‘multi purpose airc...
  • Qatar to Take Delivery Of Six F-15QAs By March 2021
    Qatar to Take Delivery Of Six F-15QAs By March 2021 27 November 2018
    Qatar says it will take delivery of the first six F-15QAs from Boeing by March 2021. Brigadier General Issa al-Mahannadi told at the Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar that another six will be delivered three months later. The rest of the 24 jets will be delivered every three months in batches of four aircraft. Qatar signed agreements to buy warplanes from the United States as well as Europe last year after a political dispute broke out between it and neighbours Saudi Arabia, the United Ara...
  • Germany Decides to Replace Tornados By End Of Year
    Germany Decides to Replace Tornados By End Of Year 26 November 2018
    The German defence ministry plans to announce next steps by the end of the year in its drive to replace 85 ageing Tornado fighter jets according to Reuters. “There will be a decision this year,” a ministry spokesman said. Sources familiar with the process said the ministry was likely to narrow the field of potential replacement jets from four to two — the Eurofighter Typhoon and F-35. German Defence Minister Von der Leyen favours a European solution howev...
  • IDF: No Decision On F-15s as Yet
    IDF: No Decision On F-15s as Yet 23 November 2018
    Israel denies news about acquiring new F-15s. "All possibilities regarding this issue are under IDF, IAF [Israeli Air Force], and the defence establishment's examination, and their position has yet to be decided," the IDF said in a statement on 20 November. The Ynet news website reported on 19 November that there had been an official announcement that the IAF would acquire a more advanced version of the fighter called the F-15IA in addition to more Lockheed Martin F-35...
  • IAF Supplements F-35 With Upgraded F-15 IA
    IAF Supplements F-35 With Upgraded F-15 IA 22 November 2018
    In addition to continuing purchasing F-35 multirole stealth fighters, IAF decides to upgrade its dependable F-15 fleet with improved model with advanced avionics. The purchase has already been approved by the government, and the first of the aircraft is expected to arrive in Israel as soon as 2023. The F-15 IA performance, considered to be superior to the older F-15 aircraft that is in inventory. The new F-15 can fly longer distances, has higher survivability, mo...
  • Republic of Korea to Take Delivery of First MRTT
    Republic of Korea to Take Delivery of First MRTT 5 November 2018
    Republic of Korea based Yonhap News Agency has announced that the Republic of Korea Air Force (RoKAF) will take delivery the first A330 MRTT (Multi Role Transport Tanker) aircraft to the middle of this month. Korea will further increase its operational radius with the A330 MRTT. According to the information given to the agency, the first aircraft will be taken for one-month acceptance tests. In addition to the structural components of the platform, performance values of the aircraft...
  • Ukraine Launched Air Drills With NATO Countries 12 October 2018
    Ukraine has opened a series of large-scale air-force exercises with the United States and seven other NATO countries, the Ukrainian Defence Ministry announced. The multinational air force exercise Clear Sky 2018 has begun in Ukraine, President Petro Poroshenko has said on Facebook. "Within 12 days, the tasks in the sky will be carried out by highly skilled pilots from Belgium, Britain, Denmark, Estonia, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, the United States and Ukraine,&...
  • Japan to Replace F-2 Fighters with Local Solution
    Japan to Replace F-2 Fighters with Local Solution 7 October 2018
    Japan will develop a new aircraft to succeed its F-2 fighter.  Tokyo has already rejected proposals Lockheed Martin, Boeing and BAE System to supply new jets. Some 92 F-2s of the Japan Air Self-Defence Force are expected to retire in the 2030s and Japanese government has sought bids from Lockheed Martin for its F-22, Boeing for its F-15, and BAE Systems for its Eurofighter Typhoon.  Tokyo decided to replace F-2s with locally-made jet according to Mainichi Shimbun. <...
  • Drones Prepare For Dog Fight 20 September 2018
    The US Air Force (USAF) scored the first air-to-air kill for the General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) during trials late last year, the service disclosed on 19 September. The successful test late last year showed the U.S. Air Force that an unmanned vehicle like the MQ-9 has the ability to conduct air-to-air combat, much like its manned fighter brethren such as an F-15 Eagle or F-22 Raptor, according to Col. Julian Cheater, comma...
  • US Navy Selects Builder For New MQ-25 Stingray Aerial Refueling Drone
    US Navy Selects Builder For New MQ-25 Stingray Aerial Refueling Drone 3 September 2018
    The US Navy has awarded Boeing Defence an $805.3 million contract to develop four MQ-25A Stingray carrier-based unmanned refuelling aircraft. Boeing will design, develop, produce, test, deliver and support the MQ-25A unmanned air vehicles, including integrate into the carrier air wing for an initial operational capability by 2024. Besides Boeing, Lockheed Martin and General Atomics Aeronautical Systems were competing. Boeing manufactured a full-scale and functional aircraf...
  • Details About the F-15X That Boeing is Pitching the U.S. Air Force
    Details About the F-15X That Boeing is Pitching the U.S. Air Force 30 July 2018
    The new F-15 combat aircraft that Boeing is pitching to the U.S. Air Force would host of new weapons, including anti-ship missiles, according to US based Defence One magazine. The Air Force and Boeing have been talking about how new F-15Xs would be cheaper to operate than the current fleet of F-15s.  The X variant would benefit from upgrades funded by countries who have bought F-15s: Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Singapore and Republic of Korea. Compared to the Air Force’s existin...
  • Israel Poised to make $11 Billion Aircraft Deal with Boeing
    Israel Poised to make $11 Billion Aircraft Deal with Boeing 28 July 2018
    Israel negotiates with Boeing to get $11 billion worth air platform package. The deal includes the purchase of new F-15 fighter jets for its air force as part of the largest defence deal in Israel's history according to Israeli Hayom daily. The deal with Boeing is likely to include three main components: A fleet of fighter jets, a fleet of transport helicopters and aerial refueling tankers. Israeli Air Force's existing transport helicopters and refueling planes require immed...
  • 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...
  • Sea Giraffe to the Philippines
    Sea Giraffe to the Philippines 21 May 2018
    Philippines ordered Sea Giraffe AMB radar. Saab produced radar will be integrated into the BRP Gregorio del Pilar (FF-15) and BRP Ramon Alcaraz (FF-16) frigates of the Philippines, along with 9LV radar control systems and screens to increase situational awareness. Radars will be delivered after the FMS (Foreign Military Sales) agreement between the US and the Philippines. Philippines has supplied two ships from the United States in 2011 and 2013. Sea Giraffe...
  • One-Winged Eagle
    One-Winged Eagle 11 May 2018
    Built by McDonnell Douglas upon orders by the Vietnam-torn USA to counter MiG-25s, the F-15 Eagle aircraft stood out among its contemporaries by scoring a remarkable success. Designed during the Cold War, this large aircraft is currently produced and serviced by Boeing for many years to come. However, neither its advantages over the MiG nor its manoeuvrability is the subject of this article. One of these aircraft, which had entered service with the Israeli Air Force in 1977, took pa...
  • SDB II Completed Developmental Tests
    SDB II Completed Developmental Tests 24 April 2018
    Raytheon has completed developmental testing on the Small Diameter Bomb II, the company announced on 19 April. Raytheon has also begun work on the SDB II second production lot after completing delivery of Lot 1 in 2017. During developmental testing, pilots dropped 44 SDB II bombs which chose the correct target from among decoys and proved compatibility with the F-15E Strike Eagle.  Early SDB II integration work has begun on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and ...
  • $187 Million for F-15 Radar Modernization
    $187 Million for F-15 Radar Modernization 2 April 2018
    Boeing has been awarded a $187 million contract for F-15 Radar Modernization Program (RMP) radar upgrades. This modification contract provides for the exercise of options for 29 Group A and Group B kits, Group B radar spares, 22 conformal fuel tanks, RMP Systems Engineering Program Management. Work is expected to be completed by 30 April 2022.