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December 2016

China confirms it is developing H-20 bomber

The Science and Technology Daily of China published an article titled Conjecture on China’s Strategic Bomber Performance on December 4, saying that China’s Air Force Commander Ma Xiaotian revealed that China is developing next-generation long-range bombers at an open day activity on September 1, confirming the “legendary” “H-20” bomber. Recently, a China Central Television (CCTV) program also showed a suspected CG graph of China’s H-20 bomber, which further made a ...

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Category: Military Aviation

Kuwait plans to buy 28 Boeing F-18 jets

Kuwait plans to buy 28 Boeing F-18 Super Hornets, a military official said on Monday, 10 days after the U.S. State Department notified Congress of the possible sale of 40 of the warplanes to the Gulf Arab state. Major General Lafi al-Azmi, chief of the military’s Armament and Procurement Authority, also said Kuwait planned to return a number of outdated F-18s in its inventory as part of the purchase deal, ...

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Category: Military Aviation

Su-34 to get state-of-the-art overhaul

The next few years will see the further modernization of the Su-34, a Russian strike fighter; the warplane will get new armament and electronic warfare systems, according to the Russian news network Zvezda. The Russian Defense Ministry first announced plans to modernize the Sukhoi Su-34 multipurpose strike fighter, designated by NATO as Hellduck, in July 2016, Zvezda recalled. Based on the Su-27 fighter, the Su-34 is a 4++ generation jet, which can accelerate to a maximum ...

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Category: Russian Aviation

F-35 begins integrated training with F-16

In October, pilots of the 56th Fighter Wing began flying integrated direct support practice sorties in the F-35A Lightning II and the F-16 Fighting Falcon for the first time as a regular component of the training curriculum at Luke Air Force Base. The integrated training comes as part of the next step in the development of F-35 training and tactics, and helps pilots become efficient in conducting futuristic mission sets ...

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Category: F-35 Lightning II

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