Category: MILITARY & DEFENCE

NASA: Green Aviation Technology Could Save Industry $255 Billion

Reading Time: 3 minutes A six-year NASA mission to advance green aviation has wrapped up and the results are in: If U.S. airlines embrace certain technologies to reduce fuel burn, noise and air pollution, they could save $255 billion over 25 years. That’s the upshot of the Environmentally Responsible Aviation project that was led out of NASA Langley Research […]

Philippines Looks to Arm Its New Fighter Jets

Reading Time: 2 minutes Manila is moving forward with purchasing ammunition for its new jets from South Korea. The Philippine military will look to purchase more than 100 million pesos ($5.77 million) worth of ammunition for two of its new fighter aircraft from South Korea, defense officials confirmed this week. As I reported for The Diplomat in December, the […]

Experts From China, UK and US Participate in Su-24 ‘Black Box’ Decoding

Reading Time: 2 minutes Experts from China, Great Britain and the US have participated in decoding of the flight recorder of the Russian Su-24 jet downed by Turkey over Syria, the Russian Defense Ministry said. Foreign experts have no complaints over Su-24 “black box” decoding, the Defense Ministry added. The decoding of the “black box” from a Russian warplane […]

Four Russian Fighter Jets to Escort President Assad’s Plane

Reading Time: < 1 minute Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s plane will be escorted by four Russian fighter jets during his upcoming visit to Iran, reports said, adding that the US coalition has been alerted to stand down as the Russian jets will have the permission to fire at will at any incoming aircraft. “Four strategic Russian fighter jets will accompany […]

India May Purchase Russia’s Newest S-400 Air Defense Systems

Reading Time: 2 minutes New Delhi has given the green light to purchase several Russian-made S-400 air defense systems, local media report. Indian military could become the second country in the world after China to procure state-of-the-art S-400s. On Friday, the Defense Acquisition Council (DAC) chaired by India’s Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar cleared the purchase 5 regimental units of […]

Turkey Not Planning to Compensate Russia for Downed Su-24 Bomber

Reading Time: < 1 minute Turkish Foreign Ministry said that Ankara has no plans of compensating Russia for the downing of the Su-24 Fencer bomber jet. Turkey has no plans of compensating Russia for the downing of the Su-24 Fencer bomber jet in November by the Turkish Air Force over Syrian territory, Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman Tanju Bilgic said Wednesday. […]

Syrian Rebels Shot Down Russian Drone

Reading Time: < 1 minute Syrian rebels from Free Syrian Army shot down russian Orlan-10 drone in Sheikh Miskin Of Daraa. The Orlan-10 is an unmanned aerial vehicle reported to have been produced for the Russian government at the Special Technological Centre of Saint Petersburg. The system can observe above –ground environment, it is used for country borders protection and […]

Russian Jet Fighters in Asia: Why Politics Still Matters

Reading Time: 4 minutes Moscow faces competition in attempting to sell its most modern jet in Asia. Its best selling point is still politics. Russia is known for exporting combat aircraft throughout the world. From the beginning of the Cold War onward, Soviet and Russian MiGs, Sukhois and Yaks have formed the backbone of many air forces throughout the […]

Flight Tests of Russia’s 5th-Generation Fighter Jet

Reading Time: < 1 minute The tests confirming the flight characteristics of Russia’s fifth-generation PAK FA (Prospective Airborne Complex of Frontline Aviation) fighter jet have been actually completed, Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov said in an interview with Rossiya 24 TV Channel on Monday. “Several planes are now primarily testing airborne avionics. The tests proving the aircraft’s flight characteristics have […]

Bangladesh Air Force Gets Yak-130 and AW 139 Helicopters

Reading Time: < 1 minute Russian-made Yak-130 combat trainer aircraft and Italian AW 139 helicopters have been inducted into the Bangladesh Air Force (BAF). Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina handed them over to the Air Force on Sunday at the BAF Bangabandhu Base in Dhaka. The Yakovlev Yak-130 is a subsonic two-seat advanced jet trainer and light attack aircraft or lead-in […]