Archive for May 24th, 2016

Hidden-in-plain-sight: RSAF’s new UAV squadrons

Posted in Air Force, UAV on May 24th, 2016 by alert5 – Comments Off on Hidden-in-plain-sight: RSAF’s new UAV squadrons

Last weekend on May 21 and 22, hundreds of thousands of people descended upon Paya Lebar Air Base for the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) Open House. While members of the public escaped from the scorching heat by lingering in the two massive exhibit halls, everyone probably failed to notice the insignia of 4 new squadrons that are making their appearance at an open house for the first time namely: 129, 138, 801 and 811 Squadrons.

RSAF 138 Squadron
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USAF can’t afford to have 1,900 fighters after 2021

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The U.S. Air Force will struggle to find the budget necessary to maintain 1,900 fighter aircraft – as mandated by law – after 2021, Lara Seligman reports.

KC-10 Extender (2151957820)
By U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jerry Morrison (KC-10 Extender) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
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Israel’s CH-53s getting MAW system

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The Israeli Air Force is installing a Missile Approach Warning (MAW) system on board its CH-53 helicopter fleet as part of a comprehensive upgrade program to keep them flying till 2025.

Hatzerim 240615 Yasur 01
By Oren Rozen (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
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Did India lied about ballistic missile intercept test?

Posted in Air Defense, Space on May 24th, 2016 by alert5 – Comments Off on Did India lied about ballistic missile intercept test?

The Hindu said the ballistic missile intercept test carried out by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) on May 15 was a failure because the interceptor was not launched in the first place.

AAD Launch Crop
By Sniperz11 [CC BY 2.5 in], via Wikimedia Commons

F-15E forced to divert to RAF Brize Norton

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Those working at RAF Brize Norton encountered a pair of rare visitors on May 23 when a U.S. Air Force F-15E, assigned to RAF Lakenheath, had to make an emergency landing there. The jet was accompanied by another F-15E.

F15 Eagles - RAF Lakenheath July 2009 (3717333794)
By Tim Felce (Airwolfhound) (F15 Eagles – RAF Lakenheath July 2009) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
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