Archive for December 24th, 2016

India may abandon Nirbhay cruise missile program

Posted in Research on December 24th, 2016 by alert5 – Be the first to comment

The New Indian Express disclosed that India is reviewing the indigenous Nirbhay cruise missile program and might give up its development following a string of failures over the past four years.

nirbhay
Photo: DRDO
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This could be the last time the Harrier visits Chitose Air Base

Posted in Air Force, Marines on December 24th, 2016 by alert5 – Be the first to comment

VMA-542 has completed its Aviation Training Relocation Program at Chitose Air Base, Japan on Dec. 22. With the F-35B being deployed to Japan next year, this could be the last time the AV-8B Harrier visits Hokkaidō.

A U.S. Marine Corps AV-8B Harrier with Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 542 taxis to the runway during the Aviation Relocation Training Program at Chitose Air Base, Japan, Dec. 14, 2016. VMA-542 is conducting training at Chitose Air Base in an effort to increase operational readiness between the U.S. Marine Corps and the Japan Air Self Defense Force, improve interoperability and reduce noise concerns of aviation training on local communities by disseminating training locations throughout Japan. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. James A. Guillory)

A U.S. Marine Corps AV-8B Harrier with Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 542 taxis to the runway during the Aviation Relocation Training Program at Chitose Air Base, Japan, Dec. 14, 2016. VMA-542 is conducting training at Chitose Air Base in an effort to increase operational readiness between the U.S. Marine Corps and the Japan Air Self Defense Force, improve interoperability and reduce noise concerns of aviation training on local communities by disseminating training locations throughout Japan. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. James A. Guillory)

Quadcopter shot down in Tehran

Posted in Air Defense, UAV on December 24th, 2016 by alert5 – Be the first to comment

Iran’s Khatam al-Anbia Air Defense Base, which defends the capital Tehran, said it shot down a quadcopter on Dec. 23.

Aeryon Scout With Camera
Dkroetsch at English Wikipedia [CC BY 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
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China could be preparing to send HQ-9, LD-2000 to South China Sea again

Posted in Air Defense on December 24th, 2016 by alert5 – Be the first to comment

Two U.S. officials told Fox News that China could be preparing to send air defense systems to its outposts in the South China Sea.

HQ-9 at the China's 60th anniversary parade
By Voice of America [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
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India’s first Rafales could bed down at Sarsawa air base

Posted in Air Force on December 24th, 2016 by alert5 – Be the first to comment

The first 12 Dassault Rafale fighters for the India Air Force could be bed down at Sarsawa air base in Uttar Pradesh.

Rafale - RIAT 2013 (12326930024)
By Tim Felce (Airwolfhound) (Rafale – RIAT 2013) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
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