Category: Military & Defence

British Parliament Votes to Authorize Airstrikes in Syria

British lawmakers on Wednesday voted to approve bombing raids in Syria targeting Daesh, also known as ISIL/The Islamic State. Members of Parliament voted 397 to 223 in favor of launching an air campaign in Syria. Following the approval, two Tornado warplanes and six Typhoon attack jets are set to take to the skies from British […]

Russian Aircraft Breached Israeli Airspace Without Confrontation

Israeli defense minister Moshe “Bogey” Ya’alon confirmed Sunday that Russian military aircraft, on at least one occasion, have breached Israeli airspace–without confrontation. “When we understood that the Russians were planning to act inside Syria, we immediately met–also the prime minister–with [Russian President Vladimir] Putin, including the [Israeli] chief of staff and the assistant chief of […]

Final Boeing C-17 Globemaster III Departs Long Beach Assembly Facility

The final Boeing C-17 Globemaster III military airlifter at the company’s plant in Long Beach, Calif. departed on Sunday, Nov. 29, marking the official end of aircraft production in Long Beach. The airlifter flew over a crowd and the facility before heading to the company’s San Antonio location, where it will remain until delivery to […]

Russia Moves Air Defense System Near Turkish Border

President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday ordered state-of-the art air defense missile systems to be deployed at a Russian air base in Syria following the downing of one of its warplanes by Turkey, a move that raised the threat of a military confrontation between the NATO member and Moscow. The S-400 missile systems will be sent […]

Russia Signing Contract With China on Su-35 Jets

Russia and China have signed a contract on the delivery of 24 multirole Su-35 Flanker jet fighters, Rostec’s director of international cooperation and regional policy Viktor Kladov said Thursday. “The long negotiations have ended with the signing of a contract on the delivery of 24 multirole Su-35 fighters to China,” Kladov told RIA Novosti. He […]

Russia Long-Range Bombers and Navy Will Work With France

Russia has deployed its fleet of strategic bombers to double the volume of airstrikes on Islamist targets in Syria, Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu has announced. Vladimir Putin has ordered a cruiser to coordinate operations with French naval forces in the Mediterranean. “We are conducting a mass airstrike campaign against Islamic State targets in Syria. We […]

First KC-46 Pegasus Headed For Fuel Dock Testing

Boeing officials are shifting their attention to a second round of fuel dock testing with the first KC-46 aerial refueler following successful initial airworthiness certification for the aircraft outfitted with its wing-mounted pods and centerline refueling boom. The team completed initial airworthiness testing for the first KC-46, also known as EMD-2, in the aircraft’s 20th […]

Airbus Group Receives Order For 12 New Helicopters For U.S. Army

The U.S. Army has exercised $65.8 million in contract options for 12 additional UH-72A Lakota helicopters and associated mission equipment packages from prime contractor Airbus Defense and Space, Inc. The UH-72A is manufactured on the same Airbus Helicopters Inc. production line in Columbus, Miss., that has delivered almost 350 Lakotas to the Army, Navy and […]

Russia to Complete Construction of Military Bases on Kuril Islands in 2016

The four Kuril Islands — Iturup, Kunashir, Shikotan and Habomai — have been administered by Russia since the end of World War II, but Japan still lays claim to them. “Russia’s Spetsstroy companies are carrying out massive work on construction of two military bases on the Kunashir and Iturup islands” the ministry said in a […]

X-47B Passes Unmanned Refueling Test

The U.S. Navy’s X-47B is the first unmanned aircraft to successfully refuel midflight—a feat test pilots found more challenging than landing it on an aircraft carrier. The aircraft only had a matter of inches in which it could moveversus a number of feet on the aircraft carrier,” said Lt. Cmdr. Jeff McLean, Air Test and […]