Category: Military & Defence

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, Lenta.ru reported with ref to a source in Russian military structures. Ground tests of aircraft equipment began in autumn 2016. “The new fighter […]

Navy F-35C Pilots Test New High-Tech Helmet

The Navy has been training with and testing high-tech adjustments to the stealthy carrier-launched F-35C’s Helmet Mounted Display to better enable targeting, sensor data viewing and pilot awareness of flight information such as airspeed, heading and altitude, service and industry developers explained. Development and operational pilot training of the aircraft is underway after four F-35C […]

F-35 To Make Paris Air Show Debut

In a rapid reversal, the US Air Force plans to take the stealthy Lockheed Martin F-35 to the Paris Air Show after all. Only two weeks after the Joint Programme Office declared the F-35 would not make a debut appearance at the international marketing event, the air force announced on 6 May that the stealthy […]

Russia Stopped To Use Its Air Force In Syria Since May 1

Russia stopped to use its air force in Syria under the memorandum on de-escalation zones in Syria from May 1, Sergei Rudskoi, chief of the main operation department of Russia’s General Staff, said – TASS reported. “From 00:00 on May 1, Russia stopped to use its air force in area designated as de-escalation zones in […]

Boeing Demonstrates Airborne Networking System

Boeing and the U.S. Air Force recently demonstrated that multiple aircraft and ground stations can efficiently and securely communicate using the Boeing-developed Talon HATE airborne networking system. During flight testing at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Talon HATE pods on two F-15C aircraft enabled test pilots to share information through the military’s Link 16, Common […]

Polish F-16s Make Baltic Air Policing Debut

Poland’s air force has for the first time deployed its Lockheed Martin F-16s to support NATO’s Baltic Air Policing mission, with the service assuming lead status for the activity on 2 May. Four F-16C Block 52+ multirole fighters from the 31st Tactical Air Base at Poznan-Krzesiny landed at Šiauliai air base in Lithuania on 28 […]

Boeing KC-46A Tanker Joins Flight Test Program

Boeing now has six aircraft in its KC-46 tanker test program, expanding its ability to complete ground and flight-test activities as it progresses toward first deliveries to the U.S. Air Force. The newest KC-46 aerial refueling aircraft, the second low-rate initial production plane, completed its first flight April 29. Its test activities will help ensure […]

Israel Seeks Automatic Collision Avoidance For F-16s

Israel’s air force is negotiating the purchase of Lockheed Martin’s automatic ground collision avoidance system (AGCAS) for its F-16 fleet. The system was developed to address the problem of accidents caused by distracted or incapacitated pilots flying into the ground in an otherwise fully functioning aircraft. Components of the AGCAS update include modifications to the […]

F-35 Will Not Attend Paris Air Show

The Lockheed Martin F-35 will skip an appearance in June at the Paris air show, the joint programme office confirms. With the event less than two months away, the JPO has not received an invitation to attend and is not aware of any F-35 participation in the show, a JPO spokesman tells FlightGlobal. After an […]