Category: Military & Defence

Russian Military Planes Practice Landing on Busy Road

Drivers had to wait for hours as the army blocked the road for a military drill on a so-called ‘airfield section’, specifically designed for aircraft landings. The highly unusual stunts were part of the ‘Vostok-2018’ military drill, which involved Su-25 attack aircraft, Su-30 and Su-35 fighter jets, MiG-31 interceptors, and various cargo planes. Such sections […]

MiG-31 Fighter Jet Performed a Non-Stop 4,000-Kilometer Flight

The MiG-31 fighter jets operated by the Russian Pacific Fleet’s naval aviation have performed a 4,000-kilometer long-haul flight to the Arctic Region. During the flight tactical exercise in the Kamchatka Region (in Russia’s Far East), the pilots of the mixed regiment of the Pacific Fleet’s naval aviation have performed a long-haul flight to the Arctic […]

Hong Kong Receives First H175s in Public Services Configuration

Hong Kong based Government Flying Service has received three H175s in public services configuration, becoming the world’s first operator of this new variant which enlarges the H175 mission capacity to search and rescue, emergency medical services, law enforcement, firefighting as well as land and maritime border control operations. In 2015, GFS became the launch customer […]

Pentagon and Lockheed Martin Deliver 300th F-35 Aircraft

The F-35 Joint Program Office and Lockheed Martin  delivered the 300th production F-35 aircraft, demonstrating the program’s continued progress and momentum. The 300th aircraft is a U.S. Air Force F-35A, to be delivered to Hill Air Force Base, Utah. “The F-35 weapons system is a key enabler of our National Defense Strategy and is providing […]

Pentagon Looks To Replace F-35 Parts Makers

The Pentagon is embarking on a comprehensive effort to examine the entire F-35 supply chain from top to bottom for opportunities to compete components and repair work, according to a top Department of Defense official. The move is aimed at incentivizing suppliers to reduce cost and increase efficiencies, as the F-35 enterprise faces severe parts […]

UAE Files Official Complaint over Actions of Qatari Fighter Jets

The UAE said on Monday it has filed a formal complaint with the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) following repeated incidents where Qatari fighter jets intercepted Emirati civilian aircraft. Saif Mohammed Al Suwaidi, director-general of the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) said in comments published by state news agency WAM that the UAE had filed […]

Russia to Renew Tu-160 Supersonic Bombers Fleet by 2030

The entire fleet of Tupolev Tu-160 supersonic strategic missile-carrying bombers with new weapons is expected to be renewed by 2030, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov said on Wednesday. “We are going to purchase the entire fleet of our strategic Tu-160 bombers in their new version and carry out heavy upgrade of operational aircraft where […]

UAE Says Qatari Fighter Jets ‘Intercept’ Passenger Plane

The United Arab Emirates accused Qatari fighter jets of “intercepting” a passenger plane en route to Bahrain on Monday, in an ongoing row over alleged airspace violations. “Qatari fighter jets intercept an Emirati civilian aircraft during a routine flight to Manama in a flagrant threat to civil aviation safety and in a clear violation of […]

Boeing Receives Contract for Japan KC-46 Tanker

Through the Foreign Military Sale process, the U.S. Air Force has awarded Boeing a $279 million contract for the Japan Air Self-Defense Force’s first KC-46 tanker and logistics support, marking the aircraft’s first international sale. Japan chose Boeing’s KC-46 tanker over competitors following its KC-X aerial refueling competition. The KC-46 adds to the JASDF’s current […]

Boeing to Modernize Six Netherlands CH-47F Chinooks

Boeing and the Netherlands Ministry of Defence signed an agreement that will upgrade six Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) Chinook helicopters to the latest F-model configuration, ensuring commonality of systems for their entire fleet of 20 F-model Chinooks. Deliveries of the six modernized Chinooks are planned to begin in 2021. “The Netherlands’ Defence Materiel Organisation […]