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  • F-35 Down
    F-35 Down 20 May 2020
    Equipped with state-of-the-art components, the F-35 Lightning II, which is characterized as a future aircraft thanks to its network-centric warfare capability, crashed. An F-35A Lightning II of the US Air Force was crashed during a routine night training flight while returning to the Eglin Air Force Base. Reason of inciden is unknown according to the US statement, it was stated that the pilot had ejected safely with ejection seat. The incident was recorded as the...
  • NATO Ships Sailed Black Sea
    NATO Ships Sailed Black Sea 29 March 2020
    The West does not remain silent to Russia's demonstrations in the Black Sea. NATO also conducts training in the Black Sea. The Standing NATO Maritime Group (SNMG-2), deployed by NATO in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea, passed through the Çanakkale and İstanbul Straits to carry out training activities in the Black Sea. ITS Virginio Fasan (F 591), HMCS Fredericton (FFH 337), BGS Verni (42), ROS Regina Maria (F-222), TCG Fatih (F 242) and TCG Preveze (S 353); conduc...
  • $7bn to Maintain 195 F-22 on Air
    $7bn to Maintain 195 F-22 on Air 3 January 2020
    Pentagon awarded Lockheed Martin a five-year contract worth $7 billion for maintenance of the F-22 Raptor stealth fighter. This additional five-year contract will extend the service’s contract work with Lockheed Martin through 31 December 2032. Work will be performed at a variety of operational bases, wherever the F-22 is deployed, according to the Pentagon. Lockheed Martin produced 195 examples of the F-22, with the last stealth fighter rolling off its production li...
  • USAF plans to use XQ-58A as datalink node between F-22 and F-35
    USAF plans to use XQ-58A as datalink node between F-22 and F-35 14 November 2019
    Sometime next month, the U.S. Air Force plans to get the F-22’s Inter/Intra-Flight Data Link (IFDL) to talk with the F-35’s Multifunction Advanced Data Link (MADL). Both jets will share data with each other via the GatewayOne node that sits on top of pole. And if all goes well, the GatewayOne will be mounted on the XQ-58A four months later for further testing. The event is hosted by North American Aerospace Defence Command and U.S. Northern Command.
  • 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...
  • Raptor in Qatar
    Raptor in Qatar 1 July 2019
      U.S. Air Force announced that the fifth-generation jet fighters have arrived in Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar for the first time on Jun. 27 to “defend American forces”. F-22 arrived in Qatar just over a week after the Iranians shot down a U.S. Navy RQ-4A Broad Area Maritime Surveillance-Demonstrator drone, flying over the Gulf of Oman. Raptors have in the past been stationed at Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates. The fifth-generation fighter had been ...
  • Kratos XQ-58A Valkyrie Makes Maiden Flight
    Kratos XQ-58A Valkyrie Makes Maiden Flight 8 March 2019
    Kratos XQ-58A Valkyrie demonstrator completed its maiden flight on March 5 with a 76-minute-long flight over the United States Army's Yuma Proving Grounds in Arizona. XQ-58A Valkyrie is a Joint project of Kratos Unmanned Aerial Systems (KUAS) and the US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL). AFRL' intends to realise its Low Cost Attritable Aircraft Technology (LCAAT) program with this UAV. The new low-cost, runway-independent demonstrator drone is a long-range, high...
  • Lockheed Martin Offers F-16V as "F-21" to India
    Lockheed Martin Offers F-16V as "F-21" to India 23 February 2019
    Lockheed-Martin offers F-21 to India, but it is former F-16V Viper with F-22 like name. The F-21 is fitted with a Ground Collision Avoidance System (GCAS), a retractable flight refuelling boom, a "Sniper" targeting pod, and an Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) AN/APG-83 radar provided by Northrop-Grumman, derived from the two radars that already equip the F-22 and the F-35.  
  • Two Seat Stealth Fighter on Way: J-20 Variant
    Two Seat Stealth Fighter on Way: J-20 Variant 17 January 2019
    China's most advanced stealth fighter jet J-20 could be developed into a bomber, electric warfare (EW) aircraft and a carrier-based variant. All current stealth fighter jets feature single-seat, so the potential J-20 variant might become the first two-seat stealth fighter jet in the world, China Central Television (CCTV) reported on Wednesday. Chinese military experts said as latest reports suggested a two-seat version of the warplane is under development. On a highly digitalize...
  • Bulgarian Parliament Approved Purchase of Fighter F-16V Block 70
    Bulgarian Parliament Approved Purchase of Fighter F-16V Block 70 16 January 2019
    Bulgaria's parliament approved the government's plan to start talks with the United States on the purchase of eight new F-16 fighter jets in order to replace the country's aging, Soviet-made MiG-29 and to move closer to the standards set by the NATO. Some 130 lawmakers voted in favour of the plan of the centre-right government, led by Prime Minister Boyko Borissov while 84 deputies were against it, accusing the cabinet of breaching the tender rules. The deal fo...
  • US Air Force Accepts First KC-46A Tanker Aircraft
    US Air Force Accepts First KC-46A Tanker Aircraft 12 January 2019
    The US Air Force (USAF) accepted the first Boeing KC-46A Pegasus aerial refuelling on 10 January which is more than two years late, and despite major technical deficiencies.  USAF said it will withhold payment of $28 million per aircraft until the faults are fixed. The service is scheduled to take physical delivery of the first KC-46A at McConnell Air Force Base (AFB), Kansas, as early as late January, according to USAF.  USAF spokesperson Captain Hope Cronin sai...
  • Greece to Modernise 84 F-16
    Greece to Modernise 84 F-16 22 December 2018
    U.S. Department of Defence has awarded Lockheed Martin Corp., a $996,775,000 firm-fixed-price contract for F-16 upgrades. This contract provides for the upgrade of 84 Greek F-16 aircraft to the V-configuration. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas; and Athens, Greece, and is expected to be completed by June 30, 2027. This contract involves 100 percent Foreign Military Sales (FMS) to the government of Greece. The Viper integrates advanced capabilities as pa...
  • Thrust Vectoring System from China
    Thrust Vectoring System from China 6 November 2018
    Chinese thrust vectoring system has revealed for the first time. The system was seen on a J-10B aircraft in a photo taken during the preparations for the aviation exhibition in Zhuhai. Thrust vectoring nozzles are clearly visible in image. System is integrated on WS-10 jet engine. According to Jane's Defence Weekly, there are also smoke pods under the wing. This leads to the possibility that the aircraft will be able to make a flight demonstration during the airshow and show inc...
  • Dassault Reveals Concept Of Rafale Successor 25 October 2018
    During the Euronaval 2018 exhibition on October 23, 2018, Dassault presented its New Generation Fighter (NGF), due to replace the Rafale. The proposed fighter jet will be a French-German venture with Dassault taking the lead. The concept shows an emphasis on stealth, and shapes that somehow remind of Lockheed Martin F-22 and F-35, with no canard surface unlike the Typhoon and the Rafale. The new Dasault aircraft concept shows no vertical stabilizer, a concept tha...
  • Hurricane Hit Raptor
    Hurricane Hit Raptor 16 October 2018
    Hurricane Michael hurt the American Air Force. The hurricane last week was effective and wind speed during the disaster reached 250 km / h. Hurricane hit the East Coast, and the Air Force took its share. In line with the warnings of meteorology, 33 of the 55 F-22A Raptor aircraft stationed in Florida were shifted to another bases. However, 22 F-22As that were unable to fly due to maintenance and repair operations were stranded on top. During the hurricane, the platforms underneath the hangar ...
  • 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...
  • Lockheed Martin Begins Greek F-16 Upgrade
    Lockheed Martin Begins Greek F-16 Upgrade 15 September 2018
    Lockheed Martin announced that it will launch the upgrade of 85 Greek F-16 fighter jets with the Block 70/72 Viper system next Monday.  Lockheed Martin’s VP Business Development Initiatives in Europe Dennys Plessas made the announcement during a press conference in Thessaloniki. Plessas explained the timetable of the upgrade and said that “a great part of the upgrade will take place in Greece.”  The first two years will be spent on engineering f...
  • 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...
  • F-22 Raptors replace F-35As for Indo-Pacific Command
    F-22 Raptors replace F-35As for Indo-Pacific Command 4 June 2018
    The F-22 Raptor has deployed to the Pacific as part of a theatre security mission, swapping in for the Air Force's F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. The F-22s will align under the newly renamed U.S. Indo-Pacific Command while in the region. F-35As recently returned to Hill Air Force Base, Utah, from Kadena after a six-month rotation in theatre. The mission marked the first operational deployment overseas for the Air Force's version of the Joint Strike Fighter. Defence Sec...
  • India goes for Local Infrared Tracking System for Su-30MKI
    India goes for Local Infrared Tracking System for Su-30MKI 29 May 2018
    India has decided to design and develop a long-range dual-band infrared imaging search and track system (IRST) for Su-30MKIs. IRST will strengthen the capabilities of the aircraft in detecting ultra-stealthy aircraft like the F-22 and Chengdu J-20. The system will be able to operate in day and night conditions and will substantially enhance the capabilities of the aircraft. The Indian defence ministry wants at least 40% domestically-produced content in the system which will be manuf...
  • KYSEA Approves F-16 Upgrade by US
    KYSEA Approves F-16 Upgrade by US 2 May 2018
    According to Greek daily Kathimerini, Greece’s Council on Foreign Policy and Defence (KYSEA) unanimously approved the upgrade of 85 F-16 fighter jets by the US. The main obstacle to the deal was disagreements with US aerospace firm Lockheed Martin over the program’s launch date and the tight payment schedule.  The upgrade will concern 84 Block 52+ and Block 52+Adv aircraft, which will be upgraded to F-16V Block 72 standard with a Northrop Grumman APG-83 Scalabl...
  • BAE Systems To Modernize UAE's F-16 HUDs
    BAE Systems To Modernize UAE's F-16 HUDs 12 February 2018
    Lockheed Martin has selected BAE Systems to modernize the head-up displays on F-16s operated by the United Arab Emirates (UAE). A press release issued by the British aerospace company said work will see the aircraft’s analogue systems with advanced digital systems by using Digital Light Engine (DLE) technology to implement a HUD upgrade that integrates seamlessly into the F-16’s existing HUD space, requiring no changes to the aircraft, cabling, or computing. The advancem...
  • Countdown for KC-46
    Countdown for KC-46 27 January 2018
    The US Air Mobility Command made statement on the KC-46 Pegasus aerial refueling tanker. In the statement, it was stated that 94% of the tests required for military certification of the aircraft were completed. It was also stated that if everything went well and the weather was convenient, all the tests could be completed in less than 60 to 70 days. In December, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certified the Boeing 767-2C which KC-46 Pegasus is based on. The 767-2C is equip...
  • F-22 Again for Lockheed Martin
    F-22 Again for Lockheed Martin 24 December 2017
    The United States has inked a new contract with Lockheed Martin, who is the producer of F-22 Raptor aircraft. The agreement for platform includes maintenance, repair and spare parts services. It covers a 10 year period. The worth of agreement for the management of Raptor is 7 billion US dollars.
  • Rules Change In Air-to-Air
    Rules Change In Air-to-Air 4 November 2017
    It's been revealed that the US Department of Defence has developed a new air to air missile. The department's work on the issue is included in documents related to the 2018 defence budget. It has also been learned that this information has been revealed under a different name in the past and that it did not attract attention. The programme was conducted under the title of "developing technologies by new capabilities appeared over the course", which was mostly devoted to...
  • 20th Anniversary Celebration by USAF
    20th Anniversary Celebration by USAF 3 November 2017
    The F-22 Combined Test Force held a ceremony Oct. 19 to commemorate the first flight of the F-22 Raptor. The first flight of the first F-22 aircraft took place Sept. 7, 1997. The fighter took off from Dobbins Air Reserve Base. The Raptor performs both air-to-air and air-to-ground missions and can fly at supersonic airspeeds (greater than 1.5 Mach) without using afterburner.
  • SNC, TAI Could Not Rank Among Top Three
    SNC, TAI Could Not Rank Among Top Three 5 September 2017
    Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) and Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) have been eliminated in the US' next-generation jet engine training aircraft tender. According to Kokpit.aero's news dated 4 September, the three designs selected to compete in the US Air Force's tender are Boeing and Swedish Saab, Lockheed Martin and South Korea's KAI and Italian Leonardo's. Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) owned by Turkish businessmen Fatih and Eren &...
  • Raytheon Received $82M 'Sidewinder' Contract
    Raytheon Received $82M 'Sidewinder' Contract 15 June 2017
    Raytheon has been awarded a more than $82-million contract to produce AIM-9X Sidewinder air-to-air missiles to be delivered the US Navy and Air Force as well as the governments of Poland, Romania, Belgium and Indonesia. The contract also covers support equipment including guidance units and spare parts.  AIM-9X Sidewinder is a short-range infrared air-to-air missile has a length of 3m, diameter of 12,7cm and weighs approximately 85 kg. AIM-9X ...
  • Raptor Partnership in the Pacific
    Raptor Partnership in the Pacific 14 February 2017
    F-22 Raptor aircraft have taken of for the Pacific. As part of the Enhanced Air Cooperation Initiative between the US and Australia, 12 adet F-22 Raptor aircraft and approximately 190 air personnel will be deployed to the Tindal base of the Royal Australian Air Forces (RAAF ) this month. The cooperative initiative is aimed at deploying fifth-generation combat aircraft in the strategic pre-emption Asia-Pacific region with joint training and military exercise. With Incoming F-22s, both countrie...
  • Digital HUD for the US Raptors
    Digital HUD for the US Raptors 24 January 2017
    BAE Systems has been awarded a contract develop a digital replacement for the cathode ray tube-based head-up display (HUD) for Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptors operating in the US Air Force fleet. According to BAE systems, digital version of the HUD systems reduces maintenance and provides the pilots more freedom of movement. Approximately 180 F-22s are planned to be retrofitted.
  • Year-end Contract by Lockheed
    Year-end Contract by Lockheed 2 January 2017
    Lockheed Martin has received a contract on 30 December to provide maintenance support for F-22 Raptor combat aircraft under which the company will provide depot throughput, analytical condition inspections, inlet coating repair, and radar cross section Marietta turntable support as well as touch labor and installs. The work under $61 million deal is expected to be completed by December 31, 2017. 
  • Fresh Force to Australia
    Fresh Force to Australia 16 December 2016
    The US will fly its F-22 Raptors out of northern Australia in 2017, upon rising tension over Pasific. The commander of the US Pacific Command, Admiral Harry Harris said that an agreement for Australia to host US military assets has been signed, including F-22 stealth fighters. He added that the US would remain a major player in the region.
  • USAF Replaces Bomber Aircraft
    USAF Replaces Bomber Aircraft 22 September 2016
    The US discussed the modernization of USAF bomber fleet at the Air Force Association Air, Space and Cyber Conference held on 19 September. Having a total 158 B-52, B-1 and B-2 bombers in their inventory, USAF plans to bring in B-21s as they retire the aging fleet. The Air Force demanded systems that were survivable, reliable and efficient in the long run and a development contract was awarded to Northrop Grumman in October 2015. The new stealth bomber cost $23.5 billion to develop and is wort...
  • Lockheed flies first T-50A for USAF trainer bid 3 June 2016
    Lockheed Martin's upgraded T-50A jet trainer successfully completed its first flight test, a key milestone for the aircraft Lockheed is offering for the Air Force's next-generation trainer fleet. The flight took place in Sacheon, South Korea, as the T-50A is currently manufactured there jointly by Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) and Lockheed Martin. The single-engine, two-seat trainer was modified for the T-X competition with a spine-mounted receptacle that is com...
  • 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...
  • US considers starting F-22 production 21 April 2016
    US Congress is looking into restarting production of the F-22 fighter jet, according to a defence bill proposal released Tuesday. The House Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee released its portion of the “2017 National Defense Authorization Act”, which advised looking into restarting production of F-22. Congressional panel wants now the US Air Force to assess the cost and feasibility of re-starting F-22 production. The subcommittee says exploring the idea of restarting prod...
  • F-35s to be deployed to Alaska 5 April 2016
    Air Force's first operational F-35 joint strike fighters in the Pacific theatre will be Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. First two squadrons of F-35As will join the wing's F-16 squadrons currently assigned to Eielson which is a base outside of the continental United States. The decision to base two F-35 squadrons at Eielson, combined with the existing F-22s at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, will double the Air Force's fifth-generation fighter aircraft presence in the Pacific aren...
  • Chinese businessmen admitted hacking US defence firms 24 March 2016
    Chinese national, Canada residential Su Bin pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges stemming from the hacking of trade secrets from US defence contractors, including plans for transport and fighter jets, officials said. Su Bin, also known as Stephen Su and Stephen Subin, was a China-based businessman in the aviation and aerospace fields. Su was initially arrested in Canada in July 2014 on a warrant based on a US request. He waived extradition and was sent to the United States in February 2016...