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Russian Air Force Receives First New MiG-35

Russian Air Force Receives First New MiG-35

Russia’s Air Force has received its first delivery of two MiG-35 fighter jets, the corporation that manufactures the jets has said. Air Force commander-in-chief Viktor Bondarev in 2017 announced the...
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Russia to Showcase Su-57 at Air Show

Russia to Showcase Su-57 at Air Show

Russia is expected to showcase the Sukhoi Su-57 fighter aircraft, the country’s first purported indigenously designed and built fifth-generation stealth fighter jet, at the MAKS airshow, held at the Zhukovky...
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Leaked report: crashed MiG-31 was shot down by wingman

Leaked report: crashed MiG-31 was shot down by wingman

Almost exactly two years ago, a Russian Air Force MiG-31 Foxhound supersonic interceptor went down during an exercise over the Telemba proving grounds in Buryatia, a Siberian semi-autonomous Russian republic...
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F-35s Fully Mission Capable Only 27 Percent of the Time

F-35s Fully Mission Capable Only 27 Percent of the Time

The US military’s F-35 Lightning II stealth aircraft have a problem with spare parts, and it’s keeping the planes out of the sky, according to a new report by a...
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US stops F-35 fighter jet parts delivery to Turkey

US stops F-35 fighter jet parts delivery to Turkey

After months of warnings, the United States has stopped delivery of F-35 fighter jet parts to Turkey in retaliation for Ankara’s decision to move ahead with the purchase of a...
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Search underway for missing Japanese F-35

Search underway for missing Japanese F-35

The radar wake of a Japanese F-35A stealth fighter disappeared over the Pacific Ocean about 73nm (135km) east of Misawa air base on 9 April at 19:27 local time. The Japanese military...
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Russia to Get First Upgraded Il-76MD-90A

Russia to Get First Upgraded Il-76MD-90A

The Russian Defense Ministry will get the first serial Il-76MD-90A military transport plane next week, Russian aircraft manufacturer and design bureau Ilyushin said on Thursday. "The first serial plane is...
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US Navy declares F-35C stealth fighter aircraft mission-ready

US Navy declares F-35C stealth fighter aircraft mission-ready

The US Navy has announced that the F-35C Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter is ready for operational use after meeting all requirements. The F-35C achieved initial operational capability (IOC) after...
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Russian Air Force Receives First New MiG-35

Russia’s Air Force has received its first delivery of two MiG-35 fighter jets, the corporation that manufactures the jets has said. Air Force commander-in-chief Viktor Bondarev in 2017 announced the Defense Ministry’s plans to replace its entire fleet of light fighters with the MiG-35, a modernized version of the ship-based MiG-29K fighters which Russia has used in Syria. Read More ...

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Category: Military Aviation

Russia to Showcase Su-57 at Air Show

Russia is expected to showcase the Sukhoi Su-57 fighter aircraft, the country’s first purported indigenously designed and built fifth-generation stealth fighter jet, at the MAKS airshow, held at the Zhukovky International Airport, southeast of Moscow in late August, state arms exporter Rosoboronexport said in a statement last week. “The delegations from the Air Force and all the guests of the MAKS international aerospace show in the town of Zhukovsky near ...

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Category: Russian Aviation

Leaked report: crashed MiG-31 was shot down by wingman

Almost exactly two years ago, a Russian Air Force MiG-31 Foxhound supersonic interceptor went down during an exercise over the Telemba proving grounds in Buryatia, a Siberian semi-autonomous Russian republic that borders Mongolia. (Telemba was one of the sites for Vostok, Russia’s giant wargames staged last fall with Chinese and Mongolian troops in attendance.) The incident was described by Russia’s Defense Ministry at the time as a simple mishap: the ...

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Category: MiG News

F-35s Fully Mission Capable Only 27 Percent of the Time

The US military’s F-35 Lightning II stealth aircraft have a problem with spare parts, and it’s keeping the planes out of the sky, according to a new report by a government watchdog. “F-35 aircraft were unable to fly nearly 30% of the May-November 2018 time period due to spare parts shortages,” according to an April report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO). The report further notes that during that time, ...

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Category: F-35 Lightning II

US stops F-35 fighter jet parts delivery to Turkey

After months of warnings, the United States has stopped delivery of F-35 fighter jet parts to Turkey in retaliation for Ankara’s decision to move ahead with the purchase of a Russian surface-to-air missile system, U.S. officials said Monday. Top U.S. government leaders have repeatedly threatened to shut down Turkey’s plan to buy the F-35 advanced fighter aircraft if Turkey didn’t abandon efforts to buy the S-400 Russian system. Halting the ...

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Category: F-35 Lightning II

Search underway for missing Japanese F-35

The radar wake of a Japanese F-35A stealth fighter disappeared over the Pacific Ocean about 73nm (135km) east of Misawa air base on 9 April at 19:27 local time. The Japanese military has commenced a search mission for the aircraft and its single pilot, though the country’s air force offered no details on suspected causes of the disappearance. The Lockheed Martin F-35A was engaging in night-time training with three other F-35A jets, ...

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Category: F-35 Lightning II

Russia to Get First Upgraded Il-76MD-90A

The Russian Defense Ministry will get the first serial Il-76MD-90A military transport plane next week, Russian aircraft manufacturer and design bureau Ilyushin said on Thursday. “The first serial plane is fully ready. It is expected to be handed over next week,” a company source told reporters. The company confirmed that no Il-76MD-90A planes have been handed over to the Russian Armed Forces since 2014. Prior to that, the military transport ...

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Category: Russian Aviation

US Navy declares F-35C stealth fighter aircraft mission-ready

The US Navy has announced that the F-35C Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter is ready for operational use after meeting all requirements. The F-35C achieved initial operational capability (IOC) after the Navy’s first F-35C squadron, Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 147, completed aircraft carrier qualifications aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Lockheed Martin is the prime contractor for the F-35 fifth-generation stealth fighter programme, which is regarded as the country’s most ...

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Category: F-35 Lightning II

Pakistan “Shoots Down Two Indian jets” over Kashmir

Pakistan has conducted airstrikes over the ceasefire line in disputed Kashmir and claims to have shot down two Indian jets that responded by entering Pakistani airspace, capturing both of the pilots. India confirmed that one of its pilots is missing in action and said it shot down one of the Pakistani jets as it escaped over the heavily militarised border separating the two. The skirmishes, a day after India flew ...

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Category: MiG News

Moscow claims new A-100 superior to E-3 Sentry

Moscow has touted the capabilities of its new Beriev A-100 airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft as being far superior to domestic and international rivals. The Russian defense ministry made the claim in a recent release about the type’s launch of preliminary flight tests pending acceptance by the country’s military. “The A-100 was developed in connection with the advent of new classes of targets and the creation of new ...

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Category: Russian Aviation

First Tu-160M Strategic Bomber to Enter Service in 2021

First Tu-160M modernised strategic bomber is to enter the Russian Armed Forces in 2021. It was announced by Defence Minister General of the Army Sergei Shoigu during his working visit to the Gorbunov Kazan Aviation Plant, a branch of the Tupolev PJSC. “We are working on upgrading the Tu-160M and giving its a new outlook in accordance with the schedule. The first aircraft which will have no analogues in the ...

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Category: Russian Aviation

Su-34 Jets Accidentally Collide In Far East

“On 18 January, at 8:07 (Moscow time), while performing a planned training flight over the Sea of Japan, 35 kilometers from the coast, two Su-34 planes of the Far Eastern Air Defence Forces made contact in the air while manoeuvring,” reported the Department of Information and Mass Communications of the Ministry of Defence of Russia. According to the ministry, the search-and-rescue operation involves Tu-142, An-12, An-30 aircraft, Mi-8 helicopters. Another ...

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Category: Russian Aviation

Tu-22M3 Strategic Bomber Performs Debut Flight

Russia’s latest modernized Tupolev Tu-22M3M long-range missile-carrying bomber has performed its debut flight, a source in the domestic defense industry told TASS on Friday. “The first upgraded Tu-22M3M made the debut flight from the airfield of the Kazan-based Gorbunov Aircraft Enterprise on Friday. This flight started the missile-carrying bomber’s flight tests,” the source said. “There were no weapons aboard the aircraft and the flight was brief,” the source said. The ...

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Category: Russian Aviation

Russia Tests MiG-35 Fighter Weapons

Russian pilots have tested the weapons and on-board equipment of the advanced MiG-35 fighter, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement Wednesday. “Pilots of the aviation center, together with experts from the MiG Corporation, have evaluated the performance of a number of air-to-air and air-to-surface weapon systems,” the statement said. They have also tested the performance of the on-board electronic equipment, integrated avionics control system and the aerodynamic stability ...

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Category: MiG News

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