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Russia’s military to receive upgraded An-124

Russia’s military to receive upgraded An-124

The military transport aviation division of the Russian Aerospace Forces plans to receive three new Il-76MD-90A strategic airlifters and one An-124 Ruslan heavy transport aircraft, which will be delivered after
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China teases its H-20 stealth bomber

China teases its H-20 stealth bomber

The state-run Aviation Industry Corporation of China, or AVIC, may have given a first look at the long-rumored H-20 stealth bomber in a promotional video that apes Northrop Grumman’s famous
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10 MIG-31 jets fitted with Kinzhal missiles on test combat duty

10 MIG-31 jets fitted with Kinzhal missiles on test combat duty

Ten MiG-31 fighter jets (NATO reporting name: Foxhound) fitted with the air-launched Kinzhal (Dagger) hypersonic missile are on test combat duty, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov said in an
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Three U.S. senators move to block F-35 transfers to Turkey

Three U.S. senators move to block F-35 transfers to Turkey

Three U.S. senators introduced a measure on Thursday aimed at blocking the transfer of Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighter to Turkey, a NATO ally and one of nine partner
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As F-35 production increases, cost per fighter to drop

As F-35 production increases, cost per fighter to drop

The F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter program’s goal of driving down costs is becoming a reality as the production of all three versions ramps up. As the program reaches full
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J-20 stealth fighter’s capabilities to be enhanced

J-20 stealth fighter’s capabilities to be enhanced

China will continue to improve and upgrade its cutting-edge J-20 stealth fighter jet, giving it more capabilities than merely penetrating an enemy's air defense networks, according to its chief designer. Yang
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Spending bill would add an extra 143 aircraft for the military

Spending bill would add an extra 143 aircraft for the military

Congress seems to have come to an agreement on spending for fiscal year 2018, and military aircraft procurement is slated to receive a major bump, funding an additional 143 aircraft
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Russia will receive 14 Su-30SM and 10 Yak-130 in 2018

Russia will receive 14 Su-30SM and 10 Yak-130 in 2018

Russia’s Defense Ministry will receive 14 Su-30SM fighter jets and ten Yak-130 jet trainers in 2018, Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov said on Thursday. Russia to create Su-30SM fighter aircraft squadron
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Russia’s military to receive upgraded An-124

The military transport aviation division of the Russian Aerospace Forces plans to receive three new Il-76MD-90A strategic airlifters and one An-124 Ruslan heavy transport aircraft, which will be delivered after being upgraded, this year, Mikhail Kozlov, the division’s chief engineer, said on Wednesday. “This year we should receive three Il-76MD-90A aircraft and one modernized An-124 Ruslan aircraft,” Kozlov said. Earlier in the day, the leadership of the aviation engineering service ...

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Category: Russian Aviation

China teases its H-20 stealth bomber

The state-run Aviation Industry Corporation of China, or AVIC, may have given a first look at the long-rumored H-20 stealth bomber in a promotional video that apes Northrop Grumman’s famous Superbowl ad teasing what is now known as the B-21 Raider. The clip, which highlights the consortium’s various civil and military products, as well as those from its subsidiaries, has a number of other significant nods to the country’s strategic ...

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Category: Military Aviation

10 MIG-31 jets fitted with Kinzhal missiles on test combat duty

Ten MiG-31 fighter jets (NATO reporting name: Foxhound) fitted with the air-launched Kinzhal (Dagger) hypersonic missile are on test combat duty, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov said in an interview published on the Zvezda TV channel website on Saturday. “It is a cutting-edge weapon, namely a hypersonic long-range missile capable of overcoming air and missile defenses. It is invincible, having serious combat might and potential. The MIG-31 is its ...

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Category: MiG News

Three U.S. senators move to block F-35 transfers to Turkey

Three U.S. senators introduced a measure on Thursday aimed at blocking the transfer of Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighter to Turkey, a NATO ally and one of nine partner nations involved in producing the high-tech, radar-evading aircraft. The bill, by Republicans James Lankford and Thom Tillis, and Democrat Jeanne Shaheen, comes at a time of deteriorating relations between the United States and Turkey, which supported the fight against Islamic ...

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Category: F-35 Lightning II

As F-35 production increases, cost per fighter to drop

The F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter program’s goal of driving down costs is becoming a reality as the production of all three versions ramps up. As the program reaches full production during the next couple of years, the cost per-jet is expected to drop below $100 million for all three versions, said Vice Adm. Mat Winter, director of the JSF program, during a presentation at Navy League’s Sea Air ...

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Category: F-35 Lightning II

J-20 stealth fighter’s capabilities to be enhanced

China will continue to improve and upgrade its cutting-edge J-20 stealth fighter jet, giving it more capabilities than merely penetrating an enemy’s air defense networks, according to its chief designer. Yang Wei, a deputy director of science and technology at Aviation Industry Corp of China and an academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, told China Daily in an exclusive interview that designers will develop variants of the radar-evading J-20 ...

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Category: Military Aviation

Spending bill would add an extra 143 aircraft for the military

Congress seems to have come to an agreement on spending for fiscal year 2018, and military aircraft procurement is slated to receive a major bump, funding an additional 143 aircraft above the services’ requests. That’s great news for major defense primes like Lockheed Martin and Boeing, both of which stand to make billions more from the additional sales. A caveat before diving in: Although the omnibus language marks a big ...

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Category: Military Aviation

Russia will receive 14 Su-30SM and 10 Yak-130 in 2018

Russia’s Defense Ministry will receive 14 Su-30SM fighter jets and ten Yak-130 jet trainers in 2018, Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov said on Thursday. Russia to create Su-30SM fighter aircraft squadron on western flank “This year’s production program includes only 24 planes: ten Yak-130 planes, 12 Su-30SM jets for the Russian aerospace forces and two for the navy,” he said. “As for Yak-130 planes, ninety-two are already operating. We have ...

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Category: Russian Aviation

MiG completes trials of new-generation fighter jet

Russia’s MiG Aircraft Corporation has completed factory trials of its next-generation MiG-35 multirole fighter jet, the corporation’s press office told TASS on Friday. “The factory trials of the MiG-35 multirole fighter jet produced in the interests of the Defense Ministry of the Russian Federation have been completed. The certificate of the trials completion was signed in December 2017,” the press office said. During the trials, the MiG specialists checked the ...

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Category: MiG News

Another two Su-57 jets reportedly land in Syria

Russia’s Su-57 fifth-generation fighter jet is specifically designed for air superiority and attack roles. Two such planes were reportedly spotted in the skies above Syria earlier this week. Two more Russian fifth generation Su-57 stealth fighters have arrived at Syria’s Hmeymim Airbase, Sputnik Arabic reported, referring to local media outlets. Wael Al Hussaini tweeted that the Su-57s were escorted by Russian 4+ generation Sui-30SM multi-role fighter jets before landing at ...

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Category: Russian Aviation

China’s J-20 comes online with inferior engines

China’s first fifth-generation fighter, the J-20, is finally operational, but the jet already has one known flaw: it uses engines that produce less thrust than originally anticipated. The engine meant for the stealth fighter has experienced serious developmental delays, forcing the use of a less powerful engine. The result is an airplane that can’t quite live up to its potential, for now. The Chengdu J-20 was first seen by the ...

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Category: Military Aviation

Russian Su-27 passes 5ft in front of US surveillance plane

Russian Su-27 fighter jet intercepted a US surveillance plane over the Black Sea on Monday, prompting the American government to protest the manoeuvre as “an unsafe interaction”. The US State Department said the Russian jet closed to within five feet and crossed directly in front of the EP-3 Aries II plane. The encounter, first reported by Russia’s RIA news agency, cited the defense ministry as saying the US Navy aircraft, ...

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Category: Russian Aviation

Russia to supply six SU-30 fighter jets to Myanmar

Myanmar has confirmed its commitment to purchase six new Russian-built Sukhoi Su-30 multi-role advanced tactical aircraft. Russian news agency TASS quoted the Russian Deputy Defense Minister, Lt. Gen Alexander Fomin, as saying the new Su-30s will, “become the main fighter aircraft of Myanmar’s air force”. Myanmar, bordered by China, India, Laos, Thailand and Bangladesh, currently operates a significant number of MiG-29 aircraft, quoted as being around 39 aircraft with little ...

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Category: Russian Aviation

Did Yemen Rebels Shoot Down an F-15 Fighter Jet?

The civil war in Yemen appears to have claimed an American-made F-15 Eagle fighter. Over the weekend, Houthi rebels released a video in which they claim to have shot down a Panavia Tornado fighter, but later changed their story to an F-15. In response, the Saudi government reported the loss of a “twin seater fighter jet” to a “technical malfunction. The truth of the matter will be hard to get ...

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Category: Military Aviation

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