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7/23/2016
IAF's AN-32 aircraft plunged from 23,000 feet before vanishing from radar, massive search on
A massive search and rescue operation is currently on in the Bay of Bengal to locate an Indian Air Force's AN-32 aircraft which went missing today morning with 29 people on board. The plane was on a routine weekly flight from Chennai to Port Blair.
7/23/2016
The Future of Warfare: Fighters and Bombers with No Pilots?
After the Abbott government approved the purchase of 72 F-35 Joint Strike Fighters for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), its fast jet capability was locked in for years to come. From around 2020, the F-35s will join 24 Super Hornets (delivered from 2010) and 12 Growler electronic attack aircraft (delivered from 2015). Project AIR 6000, under which the F-35s are being acquired, still has one squadron of aircraft to acquire in the future.
7/23/2016
Modernized Tupolev Tu-95MS: The Old Russian 'Bear' That's Still Got Spunk
Russian military analyst Vladimir Tuchkov explains why the Russian Defense Ministry continues to order new Tupolev Tu-95 turboprop-powered strategic bombers, which entered into service in the Soviet (and then Russian) air forces over 60 years ago.
7/23/2016
India Constructs Special Dock to Build High-Capacity Aircraft Carriers
India is constructing a special dock for high-capacity aircraft carriers at the existing premises of Cochin Shipyard Limited. According to official sources, the new dry dock will cost an estimated $270 million.
7/22/2016
The Air Force fifth-generation team takes shape
During the past two days at Langley Air Force Base, key fighter wing commanders have been brainstorming over a question that, for security reasons, they can't discuss in detail. They command pilots who fly the two most modern fighters in the nation's inventory: the F-22 Raptor and the F-35 Lightning, fifth-generation stealth aircraft designed to take on other superpowers.
7/22/2016
Air Force to Certify Scorpion Jet, Broadening Its International Appeal
For the first time, the Air Force will test the airworthiness of an aircraft that is currently not planned to be in its inventory, a move that could increase the plane’s chance of success in the international market. The Air Force announced on Wednesday that it had signed a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with Textron AirLand, under which the service will conduct an airworthiness assessment of Textron’s Scorpion aircraft.
7/22/2016
Lockheed Martin Team Achieves First PC-21 Flight under Australia’s Air 5428 Pilot Training System Program
Lockheed Martin and Pilatus Aircraft Ltd have successfully completed the initial production test flight of the first PC-21 aircraft destined for the Australian Defence Force under the AIR 5428 Pilot Training System program.
7/22/2016
USAF not settled on number of B-21s
The US Air Force will determine how many Northrop Grumman B-21 bombers are needed for the fleet after the first aircraft is fielded in the 2020s, according to the service’s deputy chief of staff for strategic deterrence and nuclear integration.
7/22/2016
China Hints at Economic Costs After India Deploys Tanks, Troops to Border
On Wednesday, reports surfaced that New Delhi deployed nearly 100 Russian-made T-72 tanks to the Chinese border, in the northern region of Ladakh. Indian military officials cite a Chinese buildup on its side of the border as necessitating the move.
7/21/2016
Final plane in billion-dollar deal with Italy lands in Israel
Two years after the first of Israel’s new top-of-the-line trainer jets rolled onto the tarmac, the last batch of planes — acquired in a multi-billion dollar deal with Italy — landed in Israel Wednesday morning. The three Aermacchi M-346s, known in the Israeli Air Force as the Lavi, complete a 30-plane, $1-billion deal inked in 2012 with the Italian government. Rome, in exchange, purchased an equivalent value of Israeli aerospace technology, including satellites and surveillance planes.
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