Archive for December 18th, 2016

H-6K off the coast of Taiwan

Posted in Air Force on December 18th, 2016 by alert5 – Be the first to comment

According to Chinese netizens, the photo published by the PLAAF on Sept. 22 shows the H-6K close to Orchid Island off the coast of southern Taiwan. The coast of Taiwan could be seen in the background as well.

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Photo: PLAAF

Orchid Island H-6K

Indonesian Air Force C-130 crashes

Posted in Air Force on December 18th, 2016 by alert5 – Be the first to comment

A Indonesian Air Force C-130H has crashed near Wamena today at around 06:05 CET. The former RAAF transport plane had crashed into terrain with 12 on board.

Tentara Nasional Indonesia-Angkatan Udara (TNI-AU) air crew stand with maintainers and RAAF Base Richmond senior leadership in front of TNI-AU's newly acquired C-130H Hercules A-1334. *** Local Caption *** A handover ceremony at RAAF Base Richmond on February 8th saw the first ex-RAAF C-130H Hercules being sold to the Indonesian Air Force (TNI-AU) being handed over to its new owner. Commanding Officer of the TNI-AU's 31st Squadron, Lieutenant Colonel Wisoko 'Wish' Aribowo, received the key for the aircraft from Senior Australian Defence Force Officer for RAAF Base Richmond, Air Commodore Richard Lennon. The aircraft, which was serialled A97-005 in RAAF service, is now serial A-1334 in TNI-AU service, and underwent maintenance and modification work by Airbus Group Australia Pacific at RAAF Base Richmond. The RAAF retired the last of its 12 C-130Hs in November 2012. The Federal Government offered four of these aircraft for transfer to the TNI-AU, and as of 2016, three of these airframes are in service with the TNI-AU. Another five C-130Hs, along with simulator and spare parts, are being sold to the TNI-AU at a discounted rate. These C-130Hs will further enhance Indonesia’s capacity to respond to natural disasters and humanitarian crisis.

Tentara Nasional Indonesia-Angkatan Udara (TNI-AU) air crew stand with maintainers and RAAF Base Richmond senior leadership in front of TNI-AU’s newly acquired C-130H Hercules A-1334.


Photo: Australian Department of Defence
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Raytheon to supply new F-16 mission computer to USAF

Posted in Air Force, Industry on December 18th, 2016 by alert5 – Be the first to comment

Raytheon has been selected by the U.S. Air Force for the F-16 Modular Mission Computer Upgrade program.

F-16 Jastrząb (45)
By Ministerstwo Obrony Narodowej (http://mon.gov.pl/pl/galeria/1138) [Attribution], via Wikimedia Commons
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Azerbaijan to buy Iron Dome

Posted in Air Defense, Industry on December 18th, 2016 by alert5 – Be the first to comment

Azerbaijan’s Minister of Defense Industry Javer Jamalov told reporters that the country has reached an agreement with Israel over the purchase of the Iron Dome anti-missile system.

Flickr - Israel Defense Forces - Iron Dome Battery Deployed Near Ashkelon
By Israel Defense Forces (Iron Dome Battery Deployed Near Ashkelon) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
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MV-22 assisting in rescue of Osprey that went down had to land on padding

Posted in Marines on December 18th, 2016 by alert5 – Be the first to comment

A MV-22B with VMM-262 was forced to land on padding after its landing gear failed to work as the Osprey return to Futenma after assisting in the rescue effort of another Osprey that went down off Okinawa on Dec. 13.

MV-22 Korat
By Alert5 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons
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