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  • First Su-30 Jets with BrahMos Missiles Enter Service in India
    First Su-30 Jets with BrahMos Missiles Enter Service in India January 23 2020
    The first squadron of Su-30MKI jet fighters, armed with an air-based version of BrahMos supersonic cruise missiles entered service in the Indian Air Force Monday, The Times of India reported. According to the article, the planes will enter service during a ceremony set to take place at Thanjavur Air Force Station in India’s Tamil Nadu. The Air Force Station houses the 222nd “Tigershark” squadron, the first to receive the Su-30MKIs, reconfigured for BrahMo...
  • Wind of Change for F-35 Lightning II
    Wind of Change for F-35 Lightning II January 22 2020
    Lockheed Martin said on Tuesday that a cloud-based network would replace the computer-based logistics system in all its F-35 fighter jets by 2022 end. The Operational Data Integrated Network (ODIN) will replace the Autonomic Logistics Information System (ALIS), which was blamed for delaying aircraft maintenance, one of the very things it was meant to facilitate. The system was made to underpin the F-35 fleet’s daily operations, ranging from mission planning and flight scheduling to repa...
  • Russia Might Be Tracking F-35s
    Russia Might Be Tracking F-35s January 18 2020
    Acting Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that there is unverified information that at least six American F-35 jets were “in the Iranian border area” at the time when Iran accidentally downed Ukraine International Airlines flight PS752 last week. “This information has yet to be verified, but I’d like to underline the edginess that always accompanies such situations,” he said on Friday. Lavrov said these words to understand the context...
  • The second Squadron of F-35I Adir for Israeli Air Force
    The second Squadron of F-35I Adir for Israeli Air Force January 17 2020
    The 116th "Lions of the South" squadron will join the 140th "Golden Eagle" unit to become the Israeli Air Force’s (IAF) second official group of F-35I Adir stealth fighter jets. With the arrival of the first two F-35I aircraft for the 116th Fleet to Nevatim base in November 2019, the total number of F-35s in Israel reached 20. The government has currently received 20 of the 50 F-35I variants from Lockheed Martin required to bring both squadrons to capacity....
  • Upgraded JF-17 Fighter Jet Makes Maiden Flight
    Upgraded JF-17 Fighter Jet Makes Maiden Flight January 5 2020
    The first images of the JF-17 Block 3 ‘4+ generation’ fighter were unveiled on December 28th, with a prototype shown taxiing on a factory runway in China before taking its first flight. The fighter represents the fourth variant of the JF-17, a fighter jointly developed by China and Pakistan from the early 2000s which saw its first flight in august 2003. The JF-17 was designed exclusively for export and does not serve in the Chinese People’s Liberation Army, although over 100...
  • Upgrading of F-16 Begins
    Upgrading of F-16 Begins December 28 2019
    Greece says it has signed an agreement with U.S. defence contractor Lockheed Martin that will allow a major upgrade of its F-16 fighter jet fleet over the next seven years. The defence ministry procurement agency announced Friday that the deal was signed Tuesday finalising details of Lockheed's use of a Greek subcontractor. The defence minister, Nikos Panagiotopoulos, told parliament earlier this month that 84 F-16 jets would be upgraded by 2027 to the advanced-tech Viper class ...
  • 6 billion $ referendum: Aircraft for Swiss Air Force
    6 billion $ referendum: Aircraft for Swiss Air Force December 24 2019
    The Swiss parliament on Friday approved the purchase of new fighter jets for around $6 billion, but the Socialist Party immediately demanded the question be put to a referendum. Switzerland began seeking replacements for its ageing fleet of fighter jets more than a decade ago. In 2014, the country looked set to purchase 22 Gripen E fighter jets from Swedish group Saab. But Bern has not given up on its quest to boost its fleet, with the government warning that the country's F/A-18s will re...
  • Trump Admin Fights Bill Punishing Turkey
    Trump Admin Fights Bill Punishing Turkey December 24 2019
    According to The Daily Beast, The US State Department laid out the administration’s opposition to sanctions on Turkey in a seven-page memo sent to the Senate. In an exclusive report from the Daily, it is stated that the Trump administration sent a detailed memo to senators. The administration is fighting a bill that would punish Turkey for buying S-400 Russian air defence missiles. The administration claims that the legislation would drive the countries closer together. ...
  • Trump Signs $738B Defence Bill Including Sanctions Targeting Turkey
    Trump Signs $738B Defence Bill Including Sanctions Targeting Turkey December 21 2019
    US President Donald Trump signed off the sprawling 2020 National Defence Authorization Act (NDAA) earlier Friday, authorising a top-line budget of $738 billion that includes $635 billion for base Pentagon spending. Trump signed the bill at a ceremony at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland. The bill includes the building of 100 new F-35 jets, 155 Army helicopters, 165 Abrams tanks, two new Virginia-class submarines, among others. The NDAA also renewed a decision to exclu...
  • Russia Establishes Consultative Group for Intellectual Property Rights
    Russia Establishes Consultative Group for Intellectual Property Rights December 16 2019
    More than 500 cases of unauthorised copying of Russian weapons and military hardware have been exposed over the past 17 years, the chief of intellectual property projects at the Rostech corporation, Yevgeny Livadny, has said. In October, Rosoborontexport declared the creation of a consultative group for the protection of intellectual property rights within the framework of military-technical cooperation with other countries. Livadny said that groups of Russian specialists working abroad often...
  • US Considers Purchasing Turkish F-35A Fighter Jets
    US Considers Purchasing Turkish F-35A Fighter Jets December 11 2019
    U.S. lawmakers propose buying Turkish F-35A fighter jets by American Air Forces, due to Turkey's acquisition of Russian missile system. The National Defence Authorization Act for the fiscal year 2020, proposes the allocation of a $440 million fund for the Pentagon to purchase F-35 aircraft ordered by Turkey, as part of the modernisation of national defence. "The conferees support the removal of the Government of Turkey from the F-35 program due to its purchase of ...
  • Meteor Missile to KF-X
    Meteor Missile to KF-X November 26 2019
      MBDA has been awarded a contract from Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) for the integration of the Meteor beyond visual range air-to-air missile onto the KF-X future Korean fighter aircraft the contract includes integration support to KAI, transfer of know-how and manufacture of test equipment for the KF-X integration and trials campaign. Following a joint development agreement signed in 2015, some 168 units of KF-X aircraft are to be produced, with Republic of Korea...
  • 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 November 14 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.
  • Su-30SM Delivered
    Su-30SM Delivered November 13 2019
    Belarus received the first two of its 12 Su-30SM multi-generation combat aircraft today. "Under the defence procurement plan, Su-30SM multirole fighters will be delivered. Two fighters are expected to land at the Baranovichi aerodrome tomorrow afternoon." Belarusian Defence Minister Andrei Ravkov was quoted by the BelTA news agency, on Tuesday. The agreement for the dozen Sukhoi jets to replace old MiG-29 fighters was signed in 2017. Two more jets are expected to be shipped to the c...
  • 15-Year Development Process Concludes
    15-Year Development Process Concludes November 11 2019
    India’s first indigenous beyond visual range air-to-air missile Astra is now finally ready for duty after 15  years of development. Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) of India expecting the Indian Air Force to initially order at least 200 missiles for its Sukhoi-30MKI jets. DRDO is trying to increase the current range of the missile from 110 kilometers to 160 kilometers. With a weight of 154 kg and a length of 3.57 meters, the Astra flies more than four times the ...
  • New Transport Aircraft from Russia
    New Transport Aircraft from Russia November 11 2019
    Russia has introduced a new platform, similar in design to the Antonov An-124 Ruslan (NATO code: Cock) transport aircraft. The aircraft, which can carry up to 180 tons of cargo in a long range, was named Slon. The Russian Central Aerodynamics Institute recently shared its first image from the transport aircraft. The model will be used in aerodynamic studies to test the design characteristics of a wind tunnel. At 1.63 meters long and 1.75-meter wingspan, the replica can be reconfigured to test...
  • Indonesia to Procure two F-16 Squadrons November 5 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...
  • British F-35B lands on HMS Queen Elizabeth for the First Time
    British F-35B lands on HMS Queen Elizabeth for the First Time October 20 2019
    British F-35B Lightning II jets of Number 617 Squadron a joint squadron composed of personnel from both the Royal Air Force and Royal Navy have landed on the HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier for the very first time. The United Kingdom's Ministry of Defence announced that British F-35B Lightnings landed for the first time on the new HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier, which is currently sailing off the US East Coast for the "Westlant 19" Carrier Strike Group deplo...
  • Additional F-35 Procure Request October 9 2019
    The Netherlands on Tuesday announced its plan to procure nine additional F-35 Lightning II fighters from the United States for an estimated $1.1 billion. The agreement will include the supply of spare parts, training, simulators and related support. The stealth jets will bring the total number of F-35s with the Netherlands to 46. The additional aircraft are expected to contribute to the air force's objective of having four jets available for NATO missions while also performing h...
  • Plan F-35 Canceled
    Plan F-35 Canceled October 7 2019
    The Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) will not purchase the F-35 fighter jets owing to its new policy of buying defence hardware only if allowed participation in the software development programme. According to the new "Concept of Project Requirements (COPR)" policy, the air force will purchase defence and strategic hardware only if it is allowed to take part in the development of the software used to operate the products. "We are implementing a 'pur­chase-and-develop' po...
  • Design Process Completed
    Design Process Completed September 26 2019
    The design process of the combat aircraft developed jointly by the Republic of Korea and Indonesia has been completed. The cost of the development project, fixed at $7.3 billion was initiated in January 2016. Prototype to be built by 2021. The 4.5 generation, semi-stealth aircraft will have advanced avionics and aerial refuelling capability. In all, about 168 jets will be made. According to the Republic of Korea’s Defence Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA), the project progressed...
  • India to Order 36 more Rafale Jets
    India to Order 36 more Rafale Jets September 23 2019
    Indian Narendra Modi government has finalized a deal for another 36 Rafale fighter jets, according to local reports. An Indian Defence Research Wing report published on Saturday said that the new order will be inked in early 2020. The Indian Air Force has recently been handed over its first Rafale aircraft from France but official handing over waits for Defence Minister Rajnath Singh’s visit to France.
  • MBDA Signs Agreement with India
    MBDA Signs Agreement with India September 20 2019
    MBDA, has signed an agreement with Bharat Dynamics Limited of India. The agreement involves the advanced short-range air-to-air missile (ASRAAM) and Mistral missiles, and covers final assembly, integration and testing, says MBDA. The ASRAAM will be used by New Delhi's fleet of Sepecat/Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL) Jaguar ground attack jets. It will also see service with the Tejas Mk-1A, a combat-capable of the version of the Hawk Mk132 called Hawk-India, and the Sukhoi Su-30MKI. A...
  • Korea Will Destroy UAVs
    Korea Will Destroy UAVs September 18 2019
    The Republic of Korea has announced a project to develop laser weapons system to take down small aerial targets such as drones or missiles, the Defence Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) said. The project is worth approximately US $74 million, the DAPA seeks to complete the development of the system named Block-I, capable of shooting laser beams against small unmanned aerial vehicles by 2023 for operational deployment. "After the development of the system aimed at small ...
  • The First Rafale will be Delivered on October 8
    The First Rafale will be Delivered on October 8 September 16 2019
      In September 2016, India signed a deal with the French government and Dassault Aviation to acquire 36 Rafale fighter jets for over USD 8.71 billion. Senior Indian officials are expected to receive on 8 October the first of 36 Dassault Rafale multirole fighters. Official sources said Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh is likely to travel to France with Ministry of Defence (MoD) and IAF personnel to receive the aircraft at Dassault's facility in Bordeaux-Mérignac....
  • The First Rafale will Enter the Inventory
    The First Rafale will Enter the Inventory August 29 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...
  • J-20: new Favorite for Chinese Next-Generation Carriers’
    J-20: new Favorite for Chinese Next-Generation Carriers’ August 29 2019
    J-20: new Favorite for Chinese Next-Generation Carriers’ According to South China Morning Post, China’s military is likely to pick the country’s first active stealth fighter, the J-20, for its next-generation aircraft carriers, according to military sources and a recent report on state media. A military insider told the South China Morning Post that the Central Military Commission, the People’s Liberation Army’s top decision-making body, now f...
  • Redesign for F-35B
    Redesign for F-35B August 27 2019
    Japan recently announced plans to convert helicopter carrier JDS Izumo (DDH-183) and her sister JDS Kaga (DDH-184), of the Izumo ‘helicopter destroyer’ class, into light aircraft carriers capable of operating F-35B jets. Japan is completing modifications necessary to support F-35B flight operations from the helicopter carrier, local media have reported. The government has also approved a plan to purchase U.S.-made F-35B fighter jets which have short take-off and vertical landing c...
  • Additional F-16 Procurement
    Additional F-16 Procurement August 26 2019
    Romania continues to work with Portugal. Romania, which previously procured 12 F-16 jets from Portugal, will add an additional five platforms to its inventory. The Portuguese Government has approved the sale of the five F-16 aircraft to Romania, the price being at least EUR 130 million.  Before the summer recess, the Romanian Parliament approved the purchase of 5 aircraft. Defence minister Gabriel Leş announced on July 3 that they will have the same configuration as the other t...
  • China Shifts Aircraft Carrier Policy August 23 2019
    China’s second aircraft carrier can carry at least 36 J-15 fighter jets, some 50 percent more than the country’s first, state broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV) reported on Tuesday. The new capacity signals new mission for aircraft carrier as it indicates air superiority missions. According to CCTV, China’s first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, can carry 24 J-15 fighter jets. The new Type 001A was an upgraded version of the Liaoning, a former Soviet Kuznet...
  • Russia Continues Existence at the Balkans
    Russia Continues Existence at the Balkans August 22 2019
    Cooperation between Russia and Serbia continues. In October 2018, the Serbian Air Force received six MiG-29 fighter jets handed over by Russia as part of military and technical assistance. In addition to this military assistance, Serbia will procure Russian-made Mi-35 and Mi-17 transport helicopters. The helicopters will arrive for the Serbian Air Force in the first quarter of 2020, Serbia’s Defence Minister Aleksandar Vulin said in an interview with RTS television channel on August 19....
  • Will Nuclear Policy Change?
    Will Nuclear Policy Change? August 19 2019
    The tension between India and Pakistan continues. India has stuck to its commitment of ‘no first use’ of nuclear weapons but future policy will depend on the situation, the defence minister said on Friday, which analysts said introduced a level of ambiguity in a core national security doctrine.   India had declared itself a nuclear power after conducting underground tests in 1998 and Pakistan responded with own tests shortly afterwards. Since then, nuclear...
  • The US Plans $8 Billion Fighter Jet Sale to Taiwan
    The US Plans $8 Billion Fighter Jet Sale to Taiwan August 17 2019
    Republic of China (Taiwan) Air Force (RoCAF) has confirmed it will be getting new F-16s. An infographic put out by the RoCAF has confirmed that it will be getting new F-16s. The RoCAF says it will stand up a new tactical fighter wing for these new jets. It should be made up of three squadrons. The jets will also come with conformal fuel tanks and uprated engines – which could mean the GE F110. Earlier, the Washington Post said the Trump administration has put up the $8 billion...
  • Slovakia in Search of Training Aircraft
    Slovakia in Search of Training Aircraft August 15 2019
    The Slovak aviation is looking for a new advanced training aircraft in view of the receipt of its 14 F-16 Block 70 fighter jets, which will be delivered in 2023.Slovak Air Force will begin its biggest transformation process throughout its aviation history. It will leave its aging Soviet Era aircraft and will fly with F-16s. This transformation however cause a gap in air force as there is no F-16 trained pilot. Under the purchase agreement, 22 Slovak pilots will be trained in F-16 Block 52 fig...
  • Incentive Contract for F-16 August 5 2019
      Lockheed Martin has been awarded an incentive contract for F-16 aircraft production for Slovak Air Force. The contract valued approximately $800 million to build a batch of 14 F-16 Block 70 aircraft jets, 12 single-seat and 2 two-seat models. Work will be performed at Greenville, South Carolina, and the first four jets are scheduled to be delivered by 2022, work is expected to be completed by 2024.  In December 2018, Slovakia signed a procure agreement worth US...
  • Su-57 Serial Production Begins
    Su-57 Serial Production Begins July 30 2019
    The Sukhoi Aircraft Company has started to implement its contract for the delivery of Su-57 fifth-generation fighter jets to the country’s Aerospace Force, the office of Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov told TASS on Monday. The state contract envisages the delivery of 76 Su-57 fighter jets to Russia’s Aerospace Force. The vice-premier’s office also confirmed the earlier-stated timeframe of delivering the first Su-57 plane to the Aerospace Force. "T...
  • Bulgaria’s President Vetoes $1.26 Billion Deal for F-16 Jets
    Bulgaria’s President Vetoes $1.26 Billion Deal for F-16 Jets July 24 2019
    Bulgaria's president has vetoed the country's planned $1.26 billion acquisition of eight Lockheed Martin F-16V fighters, citing a lack of agreement and clarity over the deal. Issuing the veto on 23 July, “The commitment of Republic of Bulgaria to obligations, for years to come, without a national consensus and conviction in the mutually acceptable conditions of the treaty, is extremely worrying,” Radev said in a statement. He says the "sharp contro...
  • White House Sets Up Potential Sanctions Meeting Against Turkey July 21 2019
    The White House has invited all Republican senators to a meeting next week to discuss potential sanctions on Turkey after President Trump said the United States will cancel the purchase of F-35 fighter jets according to Washington Post Daily. The meeting, scheduled for Tuesday at 4 p.m, will be held in the State Dining Room of the White House and is limited to the senators only. Trump announced the cancellation of the purchase Tuesday, saying it was “not a fair situa...
  • The Netherlands to Acquire Eight or Nine Extra F-35 Fighter Jets
    The Netherlands to Acquire Eight or Nine Extra F-35 Fighter Jets July 20 2019
    The Netherlands buys new F35 fighter jets. It is probably eight or nine. They come on top of the 37 that the previous cabinet had already decided on. And with the next cabinet, the defence budget will have to rise again. We are also obliged to do so within NATO, "says Defence Minister Ank Bijleveld in an interview with Trouw . Within NATO we still dangle at the bottom in terms of spending. So we will have to take extra steps. Next year we will have a recalibration of the defenc...
  • Israel Gets 16th F-35
    Israel Gets 16th F-35 July 15 2019
    Israel Air Forces received two more F-35 fighter aircraft.  New fighters landed at the Nevatim Air Base in southern Israel. The Israel Defence Forces’ first two F-35 Adir jets arrived in December 2016. Israel has agreed to purchase at least 50 F-35 fighter jets from the US defence contractor Lockheed Martin. They will be delivered in batches of twos and threes until 2024.