Archive for December 14th, 2016

AMTI: China has installed AA guns and probably CIWS on outposts in Spratly Islands

Posted in Air Defense on December 14th, 2016 by alert5 – Comments Off on AMTI: China has installed AA guns and probably CIWS on outposts in Spratly Islands

The Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI) said today that China has installed large anti-aircraft guns and probable close-in weapons systems (CIWS) on the artificial islands it controls in the Spratly archipelago.

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Japan asks U.S. to suspend MV-22 flights

Posted in Marines on December 14th, 2016 by alert5 – Comments Off on Japan asks U.S. to suspend MV-22 flights

Japan’s Defense Minister Tomomi Inada told reporters that she has asked the U.S. military to suspend flights of the MV-22 after one went down in waters off Okinawa on Dec. 13.

MV-22 crash Okinawa
Screen grab from NHK video
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Turkish Air Force F-16 crashes

Posted in Air Force on December 14th, 2016 by alert5 – Comments Off on Turkish Air Force F-16 crashes

Turkey lost a F-16 on Dec. 12 as the jet was approaching an air base in Diyarbakır to land. The pilot was able to eject and was reported to be in good health.

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By Jerry Gunner from Lincoln, UK (Lechfeld Elite 2008 220Uploaded by tm) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Japanese, Spanish aircrew rescue two men in Gulf of Aden

Posted in Navy on December 14th, 2016 by alert5 – Comments Off on Japanese, Spanish aircrew rescue two men in Gulf of Aden

Two men were stranded on upturned skiffs in the Gulf of Aden on Dec. 6. They were spotted by a Japanese P-3 as dawn breaks and soon a Spanish aircraft arrived to relief the JMSDF aircraft while a Spanish warship was dispatched to pick up the men.

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Photo: EU NAVFOR
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TC-90 leased to Philippines will be flown to Sangley Point in February or March

Posted in Navy on December 14th, 2016 by alert5 – Comments Off on TC-90 leased to Philippines will be flown to Sangley Point in February or March

The Philippine Navy says the first of five TC-90 aircraft leased from Japan will be flown to Sangley Point in February or March next year.

Tc-90 04l
By 海上自衛隊 [Attribution], via Wikimedia Commons
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