Friday, November 27, 2020

Air Forces

Acquisitions And Upgrades Could Give Greece’s Air Force A Formidable Edge Over Turkey

Greece’s goals to acquire new fighter jets and upgrade its existing air force could see the Hellenic Air Force (HAF) attain a very formidable qualitative edge over its Turkish rival by the end of the 2020s.

Taiwan grounds entire fleet of US-made F-16 fighter jets after crash

The air force said a single-seat F-16 flown by a 44-year-old pilot disappeared from radar at an altitude of some 6,000 feet (1,800 metres) two minutes after taking off from Hualien air base in eastern Taiwan on Tuesday night. The F-16s represent about half of Taiwan's fighter fleet.

Iran planning to acquire J10c or Mig35

Iran is reportedly planning to acquire new fighter classes from abroad, with leading contenders being the Chinese J-10C and Russian MiG-35 ‘4++ generation’ platforms.

Armenian SU-25 fighter jet shot down

A spokesman for Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan denied Yerevan’s claim to Bloomberg. Azerbaijan’s defense ministry has also denied that a Turkish F-16 jet has shot down an Armenian warplane. “The claim that Turkey shot down an Armenian fighter jet is absolutely untrue. Armenia should withdraw from the territories under its occupation instead of resorting to cheap propaganda tricks.”

US eliminates export restrictions for drones to boost drone sales to allies and compete...

Sidestepping the accord would allow U.S. defense contractors General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc and Northrop Grumman Corp to break into new markets currently dominated by less sophisticated offerings from China and Israel, which do not participate in the MTCR. The Trump administration is pressing ahead with its revamp of drone export policy under pressure from American manufacturers and despite objections from human rights advocates, who warn of the risk of fueling instability in hot spots including the Middle East and South Asia.

U.S. Air Force awards Skyborg contracts to four companies

Four companies were selected to build the U.S. Air Force’s next autonomous attritable unmanned aircraft for the Skyborg Vanguard program.The Boeing Co. General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc., Kratos Unmanned Aerial Systems, Inc., and Northrop Grumman Systems Corp.

Plane with US soldiers filmed in Bucharest, Ro, while crash landing

A plane carrying US soldiers from Afghanistan to the United States crash landed on an airport in Bucharest, Romania.

How is the Egyptian Air Force able to operate its fleet of mixed origin?

“However, data is being shared between the different-origin aircraft through the command-and-control centers that are equipped with dedicated systems capable of linking the various radar, aircraft, sensors, reconnaissance and electronic warfare systems, and integrating all the information and data...