Category: Military & Defence

Qatar Signs $12 Billion Deal to Buy F-15QA Jets

Qatar has signed a deal for 36 Boeing F-15QA fighter aircraft. The deal is reportedly worth $12 billion, according to media reports quoting official Qatari sources. The deal was finalised in Washington DC by Qatari defence minister Khalid Al Attiyah and US defence secretary Jim Mattis. Attiyah says the deal reflects increased Qatari and US […]

F-35 Paris Performance Will ‘Crush Years Of Misinformation’

Not as agile as the Super Hornet nor as fast as the Typhoon? Don’t you believe it, says Lockheed Martin test pilot Billie Flynn. He will put the F-35A through its paces at Le Bourget this week, proving that the aircraft is more maneuverable than any he has flown, he says, including Boeing’s F/A-18, the […]

Malaysia Adapts Russian-Built Jets to Drop US-Made Bombs

Malaysia has adapted its Russian-built Sukhoi Su-30 multi-role combat aircraft to drop U.S. laser-guided bombs, with a successful release of a live weapon at the end of last year. A video by the Tentera Udara Diraja Malaysia, or Royal Malaysian Air Force, to celebrate its 59th anniversary showed a brief clip of a Su-30MKM dropping […]

Boeing to Deliver the U.S. Navy’s First Deployable P-8A Poseidon Trainers

Boeing will deliver the U.S. Navy’s first deployable P-8A Poseidon trainers, allowing aircrew and operators to improve their mission readiness even while serving away from home. Under a recently signed contract, Boeing will provide seven Deployable Mission Readiness Trainers (DMRTs) to the Navy, starting in 2019. “Training ensures the Maritime Patrol Reconnaissance community is proficient […]

Air Force in Europe Gets Big Boost Under Budget Plan

The U.S. Air Force is slated to get a more than 150 percent boost of $600 million in the Pentagon’s proposed 2018 budget for operations in Europe, the sharpest increase among the services as the military seeks to intensify efforts aimed at countering Russia. Under the European Reassurance Initiative (ERI), the U.S. Army in Europe […]

Mitsubishi Rolls Out First Japanese-Built F-35

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries has rolled out the first Japanese-assembled Lockheed Martin F-35A fighter aircraft. This is Tokyo’s fifth F-35A, with the first four examples delivered from Lockheed’s Dallas Fort-Worth factory, says the F-35 joint programme office in a statement. “Seeing the first Japanese built F-35A is a testament to the global nature of this program”, […]

China Denies Intercepting US Navy Surveillance Aircraft

China’s Defense Ministry on Sunday denied intercepting a US Navy surveillance aircraft, saying its fighter jets were verifying the US aircraft and that the operation was lawful, professional and safe. Two Chinese J-10 fighter jets tried to intercept a US Navy surveillance aircraft over the South China Sea on Thursday, US officials said. Meantime, China’s […]

President Trump Signs $110 Billion Arms Deal With Saudi Arabia

In his first international trip as US president, Donald Trump arrived in Riyadh bearing a record-setting arms deal for Saudi Arabia that features integrated air defense systems, Black Hawk helicopters – including local assembly – and precision-guided munitions, in a multi-billion contract bonanza for Boeing and Lockheed Martin. On 20 May, President Trump signed an […]

USAF Lifts Ban On Lightweight Pilots For F-35A Ejection Seat

The US Air Force has removed a nearly two-year-old restriction in the Lockheed Martin F-35A cockpit that banned pilots lighter than 61.9kg (136lb) over concerns that an ejection could cause a severe neck injury. The approval means the Martin-Baker Mk16 ejection seat meets the original USAF specification for the F-35A, which requires the manufacturer to […]

9th Prototype Of The PAK FA Flew Into The Air

In Komsomolsk-on-Amur, the 9th prototype of a fifth-generation fighter T-50 (T-50-9), created as part of the program of the advanced aviation complex of front-line aviation (PAK FA), was launched into the air, reported with ref to a source in Russian military structures. Ground tests of aircraft equipment began in autumn 2016. “The new fighter […]