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  • Retirement Time for KC-10 Extender
    Retirement Time for KC-10 Extender 16 July 2020
    The aerial refuelling procedure is a matter that takes aircraft endurance and range beyond limits. For this reason, the refuelling aircraft, which are serving as "flying gas stations", are important power multipliers for the air forces. Retirement time came for the KC-10 Extender refuelling tankers, who have been in the US Air Force inventory for 39 years. The first platform, which will be replaced by the KC-46A Pegasus, which has come to the fore with frequent problems, w...
  • Date Set for Turkey's Unmanned Fighter Jet
    Date Set for Turkey's Unmanned Fighter Jet 26 June 2020
    Baykar Technical Manager Selçuk Bayraktar took part in an event organized by the Republic of Turkey Ministry of National Education. Bayraktar, who collected his company's work in the presentation, made statements about the uav and armed unmanned aerial vehicle systems.   Baykar production Bayraktar TB2 took part in many operations. Finally, the TB2 used in Operation Spring Shield successfully completed more than 80 percent of the tasks, Selcuk Bayraktar said. The com...
  • Engine Shortage on Fifth Generation
    Engine Shortage on Fifth Generation 26 June 2020
    Fifth-generation fighter jets are capable of turning the balances with their technological infrastructures and capabilities in the battlefield of today and tomorrow. The F-22 Raptor, the first fifth-generation fighter jet that goes into active use, is in trouble again. On the platform, which came to the agenda with problems experienced in different components from time to time, engine shortage arose this time. It has been announced that the number of spare engine...
  • Dog-Cheap Jet UAV
    Dog-Cheap Jet UAV 9 June 2020
    For jet-engined unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) are regarded as the striking power of the future, both in terms of their payload capacity and their high speed, long-range capabilities. Different countries are working on jet-engined unmanned aerial vehicles, which are considered as the state of the art platforms. One of these sides is Russia with S-70 Okhotnik. The platform, which made its maiden flight in August 2019, came to the agenda with its very low cost. In a news article publi...
  • 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...
  • Homemade Engine for China's J-10C fighter jet
    Homemade Engine for China's J-10C fighter jet 4 March 2020
    China’s newly built J-10C fighter jet is reportedly equipped with a domestically developed WS-10 Taihang engine and it ready to join military service.  Previous J-10s were installed with Russian-made AL-31 engine. China will no longer rely on foreign fighter jet engines and the more advanced J-20 fighter jet could also start to use homemade engines soon. The WS-10 Taihang is China's first high-performance, high-thrust turbofan engine with intellectual proper...
  • 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 ...
  • New Transport Aircraft from Russia
    New Transport Aircraft from Russia 11 November 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...
  • Embraer Delivered first KC-390 to the Brazilian Air Force
    Embraer Delivered first KC-390 to the Brazilian Air Force 5 September 2019
    Embraer delivered the first multi-mission airlift KC-390 to the Brazilian Air Force (Força Aérea Brasileira /FAB) at a ceremony held at Anápolis Air Base.  The KC-390 was developed as a joint project between the Brazilian Air Force and Embraer. In 2014, FAB signed a firm order for 28 units of the KC-390 aircraft and initial logistical support. The aircraft are produced at the Gavião Peixoto factory, in São Paulo state. In order to maximize the...
  • Japan Step by Step in Fifth Generation 17 April 2019
    Japan continues to work on creating fifth-generation stealth aircraft. Footage aired on national TV. Mitsubishi Electronics-led team proceeded to test, active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar based on the F-2 fighter aircraft. Allegedly, Japanese AESA radar is similar to US-made AN/APG-81, used in F-35 aircraft. Showcased for the first time footage of test prototype of a low-bypass turbofan (XF9-1) engine, developed by IHI Corporation. The new engine is about 4.8 meters in ...
  • Indian Training Jets fitted with Inferior Engines
    Indian Training Jets fitted with Inferior Engines 4 November 2018
    Pilots training to join the Indian Air Force (IAF) and the Indian Navy are flying jets fitted with inferior engines and “Category B” or “second-hand components” that seriously affect the “quality of the aircraft”, a recent audit by the Comptroller General of Defence Accounts (CGDA) according to Hindustan Times. India bought 123 Hawk - 106 for IAF and 17 for the Navy from British company BAES in 2004. 28 of these 123 jets were to be bought in flyaw...
  • Worldwide F-35 Fleet Grounded Temporarily
    Worldwide F-35 Fleet Grounded Temporarily 12 October 2018
    The worldwide fleet of F-35 Lightning II aircraft was grounded for inspections after a problem with the aircraft’s engine fuel tube was discovered, which is believed to be related to the first crash of the stealth fighter a few weeks ago. The F-35 Joint Program Office (JPO) requested on 10 October that the US Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps inspect the aircraft’s Pratt & Whitney F135 turbofan before flying again. Some aircraft have already resumed flights after insp...
  • Motor Sich Defends AI-222 Turbofan Trade With China 22 August 2018
    Ukrainian jet engine manufacturer, Motor Sich, has countered an article published by The Washington Times on the former’s export of its AI-222 turbofan engine to China. On August 15, the daily published an article where the author, mentions that "critics say the Trump administration should pressure Ukraine to halt the engine sales along with other military transfers to China." The publication reportedly criticizes Motor Sich's 2016 contract on the supply of 250 e...
  • 20 Years Modernisation: C-5M Super Galaxy
    20 Years Modernisation: C-5M Super Galaxy 8 August 2018
    Lockheed Martin completed the process of upgrading the C-5A / B / C Galaxy strategic transport aircraft to the C-5M Super Galaxy standard. The last modernized C-5M Galaxy also completed the US Air Force / USAF's Reliability Enhancement and Re-engining Program (RERP). The C-5M program, which started in 1998 and lasted for 20 years, has progressed in two phases. Within the first phase of the Avionics Modernization Program (AMP), the C-5s were fitted wit the more modern versions of...
  • Chinese Aircraft Aims Taiwan
    Chinese Aircraft Aims Taiwan 7 August 2018
    China, conducted a combat readiness training with J-16 aircraft. Different battle scenarios were implemented in the training along with the Su-30, J-10 and J-11B aircrafts. With this training, the J-16 arcraft have gone a step further to complete the combat readiness training. The J-16, one of China's most recently developed aircraft, was developed on J-11. The plane was introduced for the first time around 2012-2013, but officially seen during mili...
  • China Increased Production Rate
    China Increased Production Rate 9 July 2018
    China is increasing the production volume of its Y-20 transport aircraft. The image captured by a commercial satellite on July 12 revealed that the production rate of the aircraft has rised. In addition to the nine newly produced Y-20s, six newly painted Y-20s and several engine-assembled yet unfinished Y-20s appear in photo. According to some reports, some of these flights will be converted into AEW aircraft and some will be converted into aerial refueling aircraft. ...
  • China's New UAV Concept Unveiled in Singapore
    China's New UAV Concept Unveiled in Singapore 7 February 2018
    China's new low-observable surveillance and strike unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) Star Shadow concept has been unveiled at the Singapore Airshow 2018. Envisioned to have a maximum take-off weight of 4,000 kg, the UAV will have a length of 7,3 metres and a wingspan of 15 metres. According to the Chengdu-based developer of the UAV, Star UAV System Co Ltd, Star Shadow will feature a radar cross section characteristic in the range of 0.1 m².&nb...
  • Second Su-35 Delivery to China
    Second Su-35 Delivery to China 4 January 2018
    Russia delivered the second batch of 10 Su-35 fighter jets (NATO reporting name: Flanker-E) to China under a contract signed back in 2015, TASS reports. Russia and China inked a deal for 24 Su-35 fighter jets in November 2015. The contract also covers the ground equipment and spare engines. The first four fighter jets had been delivered in late 2016. The Su-35 is a fourth++ generation, twin-engine, multirole fighter aircraft powered by two AL-117S turbofan engines. The air...
  • New Engine & Modernization to  B-52: $11,9 Billion
    New Engine & Modernization to B-52: $11,9 Billion 27 December 2017
    The US Air Force allocated a budget for its plans to modernize the iconic bomber of the Cold War era, B-52 Stratofortress. The B-52 performed its first flight on April 15th, 1952. B-52H model, the latest version of the aircraft, will benefit from the program. First, the engine which the 76 Boeing B-52H aircraft in the US Air Force inventory will be fitted with will be decided on. Instead of the 8 Pratt & Whitney TF33 turbofan engines providing the necessary power to the aircraft, 608 new ...
  • Chinese Fighter Flies with TVC Engine
    Chinese Fighter Flies with TVC Engine 26 December 2017
    Chengdu J-10B/C (NATO reporting name : Firebird)  fitted with WS-10 TVC engine performed its maiden flight this afternoon in Chengdu. The Shenyang WS-10 codename Taihang, is a turbofan engine designed and built by the People's Republic of China. Thrust vectoring, TVC, serves to manipulate the direction of the thrust from its engine in order to control the attitude or angular velocity of the vehicle. The J-10A is normally powered by a single Russian Lyulka-Saturn AL-31FN turbofan engi...
  • New Theatre Level Missile
    New Theatre Level Missile 21 December 2017
    Russia introduced a new long-range cruise missile. The system, called the Kh-50, shares a similar sub-system with the Kh-101 strategic cruise missile but has a smaller cross-sectional area than its predecessor. The system, designed to fit the bomb bays of the Tu-22M3, Tu-95MS and Tu-160 strategic bombers, is six meters long. The system is propulsing by OMKB izdeliye 37-04 turbofan engine and it weighs 1600 kilograms. The 1500 kilometers range missile can cruise up to 950 kilometers ...
  • C-2 On Display in Dubai
    C-2 On Display in Dubai 13 November 2017
    Kawasaki Heavy Industries' C-2 transport aircraft made its debut at the Dubai Airshow. Powered by twin CF6-80CK1F turbofan engines, C-2 was designed to meet the requirements of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF). Since March, Kawasaki has delivered three aircraft to the JASDF, with a fourth plane coming this month. Japan is in talks with several potential customers about the C-2, and expects to expand its customer range in the international arena.&...
  • C-2 Is On Course For Export
    C-2 Is On Course For Export 15 October 2017
    The Japanese company, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, is preparing to make its first military export to the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The company is trying to market the C-2 heavy-duty transport aircraft to UAE in this framework. The firm's effort is based on the Japanese Defence Ministry's strategy to enter global defence industry market. The company also markets the P-1 Maritime Patrol Aircraft in this frame. The Japanese Nikkei Asian Magazine notes that Japan has reached a c...
  • India Requested Sales of C-17
    India Requested Sales of C-17 28 June 2017
    India has requested a possible sale of C-17 transport aircraft from the US, announced by the US Defence Security Cooperation Agency on 26 June. According to the release, India wants to acquire one C-17 with four Turbofan F-117-PW-100 engines along with one AN/AAR-47 Missile Warning System, one AN/ALE-47 Countermeasures Dispensing System, one AN/APX-119 Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) Transponder, precision navigation equipment, spare and repair parts, maintenance, support an...
  • Plot Twist By The US
    Plot Twist By The US 16 June 2017
    Qatar has signed a $12 billion contract for 36 Boeing F-15QA fighter aircraft, according to the country's Ministry of Defence announcement on 14 June. The deal was finalised in Washington by Qatari Minister of Defence Khalid Al Attiyah and US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis. The US has approved the possible sale of up to 72 F-15QA aircraft to Qatar for $21,1 billion in November last year and the recent contract marks the first order in this scope. This acquisition wi...
  • Offer To Turkey: "More Than Typhoon"
    Offer To Turkey: "More Than Typhoon" 13 May 2017
    The Eurojet consortium competing in Turkey's National Combat Aircraft project F-X, announced the content of its proposal. During IDEF fair, Clemens Linden, Chief Executive Officer of the consortium, reminded that the Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft is powered with the EJ200 turbofan engines produced by the Eurojet consortium. Linden stated that they offered this engine to the Turkish Air Force. A joint production of four countries - the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy and ...
  • New Fighter from Ukraine
    New Fighter from Ukraine 20 March 2017
    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko announced his country is working on a new fighter aircraft design. The first data that emerged after the explanation of the President was related to the motor of the aircraft. Accordingly, the aircraft will feature two Ivchenko-Progress / Motor Sich AI-322F turbofan engines. The type of the engine also revealed the possible mission description of the aircraft. The same engine is also used on the L-15 fighter aircraft which the Chinese A...
  • China Took Delivery of First Four Su-35s
    China Took Delivery of First Four Su-35s 10 January 2017
    People’s Liberation Army Air Force has taken delivery of first four Sukhoi Su-35 fighters, announced by Chinese media. China signed a $2 billion contract with Russia for the acquisition of 24 Su-35s in 2015. The Su-35 (NATO reporting name: Flanker-E) is a fourth generation, twin-engine, multirole fighter aircraft powered by two AL-117S turbofan engines.
  • B-52 Bomber Dropped Engine During Training
    B-52 Bomber Dropped Engine During Training 6 January 2017
    The US Air Force (USAF) revealed that on Wednesday, a B-52 Stratofortress bomber had dropped engine during training flight. Reportedly, the aircraft, powered by eight Pratt & Whitney TF33-P-3/103 turbofan engine, had dropped one of its engines due to a yet-unknown reason, right after it took off from Minot Airbase. The parts of the engine was found approximately 46 km northeast of the airbase. The bomber landed safely thanks to its remaining seven engines. USAF stated that ...
  • Chinese J-20 Seen With Drop Tanks For The First Time
    Chinese J-20 Seen With Drop Tanks For The First Time 26 December 2016
    Chinese Chengdu Aerospace Corporation's fifth generation J-20 'Black Eagle' stealth aircraft was seen carrying four drop tanks for the first time. Having made its first flight on 11 January 2011, J-20 has an operational range of 3 thousand 400 kilometers without the additional fuel tanks. Powered with two Xian WS-15 turbofan engines, J-20 will significantly extend its range with drop tanks.
  • China Received First Batch of Su-35s
    China Received First Batch of Su-35s 26 December 2016
    China took delivery of its Russian-made Sukhoi Su-35 (NATO reporting name: Flanker-E) multirole fighter jets earlier than expected. The People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) has received the first batch of four Su-35 fighter aircraft on 25 December. The country has an order for 24 Su-35 'Flanker-E' multirole fighters. Reportedly, the Komsomolsk-on-Amur Aircraft Production Association (KnAAPO) would deliver all 24 Su-35s between 2016 and 2018. T...
  • Pakistan Confirmed the Number
    Pakistan Confirmed the Number 19 December 2016
    Pakistan’s National Assembly Standing Committee on Defense Production confirmed on 7 December that the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) currently operates 70 JF-17 Thunder fighter aircraft,  developed jointly by the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) and the Chengdu Aircraft Corporation (CAC) of China. PAF plans to purchase 150 JF-17s in total. The JF-17 Thunder is a lightweight, single-engine, multi-role combat aircraft, developed to replace PAF’s Dassault Mirage III/5 fighter jets...
  • Korea Takes Delivery of New Missiles
    Korea Takes Delivery of New Missiles 15 December 2016
    The Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) has received 40 air-to-surface Taurus missiles, announced on 12 December, and currently being inspected at the K2 Air Base in Daegu. After the missiles pass inspections, they will be deployed on F-15K Slam Eagle fighters. The country already ordered about 170 Taurus missiles to be delivered within 2017. Powered by a Williams P8300-15 turbofan engine, German/Swedish made Taurus missiles have a range of over 500 kilometers. 
  • Endurance of UAVs to Increase
    Endurance of UAVs to Increase 13 November 2016
    The first flight of an extended range Predator C Avenger has been completed on 27 October. The unmanned combat air platform has extended wings of 23,2 meters and an improved endurance of 15-20 hours. Powered by a PW545B turbofan engine, the Avenger can reach 400 knots. The manufacturer General Atomics Aeronautical Systems has also extended MQ-9 Reaper’s (Predator B) range in February 2016 by refitting 20 meter-wings which increased its endurance approximately 13 hours to proivde almost ...
  • First Taurus Cruise Missiles for Korea
    First Taurus Cruise Missiles for Korea 14 October 2016
    Republic of Korea has received its first lot of KEPD 350K cruise missiles according to a statement made on 14 October. A ceremony was held at the headquarters of Taurus Systems in Germany for the delivery of the missiles, under a contract signed in November 2013. Featuring a Multi-Effect Penetrator Highly Sophisticated and Target Optimised (MEPHISTO) penetrator warhead and a turbofan engine, Taurus KEPD 350 missiles has a 500 km-range and is able to fly at extremely low altitudes. KEPD 350K, ...
  • J-20s to be Ready in 2018
    J-20s to be Ready in 2018 14 October 2016
    The first Chinese Air Force J-20 squadron is expected to be operational in 2017-2018. By the end of 2016, the stealth aircraft will be delivered to the China Flight Testing Evaluation regiment to bring the J-20 to combat readiness. Powered by a Russian AL-31 series turbofan engine,  Chengdu J-20’s other parts are all indigenious. 
  • New Engine for Jaguars
    New Engine for Jaguars 6 October 2016
    The Indian Air Force (IAF) confirmed that the twin Rolls Royce Adour Mk821 engines of IAF’s Jaguar aircraft fleet will be replaced by Honeywell F125IN engines. The fleet consist of 120 Jaguars, and by replacing the engines, IAF aims to improve mission capabilities with lower operating costs. The F125 turbofan engine is produced by the International Turbine Engine Company (ITEC), LLC, a partnership of Honeywell and AIDC. 
  • New Tejas Ready in 2021
    New Tejas Ready in 2021 6 October 2016
    India is developing an upgraded version of Tejas aircraft, called Tejas Mark1-A, with an estimated initial production date as 2021. The Tejas Mark1-A is an advanced aircraft, with a better radar, weapons and avionics. Designed by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), aircraft utilize General Electric F404-GE-IN20 turbofan engine with an afterburner. The maximum take-off weight of the aircraft is 13,5 tonnes. It will also have a mid-air refuelling probe to enhance its endurance and operational ...
  • Tanker Doping to Arm Wrestling in Pasific
    Tanker Doping to Arm Wrestling in Pasific 22 September 2016
    Under the US Foreign Military Sales programme, Japan received approval of US State Department for the procurement of four KC-46A aerial refuelling aircraft. Including one additional spare Pratt &Whitney PW4062 turbofan engine, the contract amount was estimated as $ 1.9 billion. The deal also covers AN/ARC-210 radios, APX-119 identification friend or foe transponders, repair parts, engineering, technical assistance, training resources, publications, depot maintenance, contractor representa...
  • L-39NG Completed First Phase
    L-39NG Completed First Phase 20 September 2016
    Aero Vodochody's Aero L-39NG’s completed its first phase of development, which contains an installation of the new Williams FJ44-4M turbofan engine and the L-39NG avionics. Based on  Aero L-39 Albatros, the aircraft made its maiden flight on 14 September 2015. The first customer for L-39NG upgrade LOM Praha, a state-owned enterprise, will use the L-39NG at its Flight Training Center at Pardubice Airport in the Czechia.