Category: MILITARY & DEFENCE

Lufthansa Airbus A340
Lufthansa’s plane with Afghanistan evacuees landed in Germany

Reading Time: < 1 minute The first Lufthansa plane carrying 130 evacuees from Afghanistan landed in Frankfurt early on Wednesday, reported Reuters.  The Airbus A340 picked up passengers who had been taken by the German air force from the Afghan capital of Kabul to the Uzbek capital of Tashkent. After dramatic images of throngs at Kabul airport trying to flee […]

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Airlines told to avoid Afghanistan airspace

Reading Time: 2 minutes Afghanistan’s aviation authority said on Monday the country’s airspace had been “released to the military” and advised airlines to avoid its air corridors, prompting major airlines to divert flights in the wake of the Taliban’s takeover of Kabul. The authority did not specify which military, given the collapse of local security forces in the face […]

Russian Military Planes Practice Landing on Busy Road

Reading Time: < 1 minute 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

Reading Time: < 1 minute 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

Reading Time: < 1 minute 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

Reading Time: 2 minutes 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

Reading Time: 2 minutes 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

Reading Time: < 1 minute 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

Reading Time: < 1 minute 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

Reading Time: < 1 minute 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 […]