Archive for May, 2017

Switzerland could be in the market for 20 to 70 new fighters

Posted in Air Force on May 31st, 2017 by alert5 – Comments Off on Switzerland could be in the market for 20 to 70 new fighters

A new study by the Swiss Ministry of Defense is proposing options to buy up to 70 new fighter aircraft or buy as few as 20.

McDonnell Douglas F-A-18C Hornet, Switzerland - Air Force AN1987891
By Konstantin von Wedelstaedt [GFDL 1.2 or GFDL 1.2], via Wikimedia Commons
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India cancels SR-SAM contest, buying more Akash instead

Posted in Air Defense on May 31st, 2017 by alert5 – Comments Off on India cancels SR-SAM contest, buying more Akash instead

The Indian government has decided to cancel the Short Range Surface to Air Missile (SR-SAM) contest and buy more of the indigenous Akash air defense missile systems instead.

Akash missile Aero India 2011
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GMD intercepts ICBM target for the first time

Posted in Air Defense, Space on May 31st, 2017 by alert5 – Comments Off on GMD intercepts ICBM target for the first time

A Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) interceptor has successfully taken out a ICBM-class target – launched from the Reagan Test Site on Kwajalein Atoll – for the first time on May 30.

The U.S. Missile Defense Agency, in cooperation with the U.S. Air Force 30th Space Wing, the Joint Functional Component Command for Integrated Missile Defense and U.S. Northern Command, today successfully intercepted an intercontinental ballistic missile target during a test of the Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) element of the nation's ballistic missile defense system. During the test, an ICBM-class target was launched from the Reagan Test Site on Kwajalein Atoll in the Republic of the Marshall Islands. This was the first live-fire test event against an ICBM-class target for GMD and the U.S. ballistic missile defense system. Visit https://www.mda.mil for more info.

The U.S. Missile Defense Agency, in cooperation with the U.S. Air Force 30th Space Wing, the Joint Functional Component Command for Integrated Missile Defense and U.S. Northern Command, today successfully intercepted an intercontinental ballistic missile target during a test of the Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) element of the nation’s ballistic missile defense system. During the test, an ICBM-class target was launched from the Reagan Test Site on Kwajalein Atoll in the Republic of the Marshall Islands. This was the first live-fire test event against an ICBM-class target for GMD and the U.S. ballistic missile defense system. Visit https://www.mda.mil for more info.


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Israeli Apache squadron CO candidate failed lie detector tests

Posted in Air Force on May 30th, 2017 by alert5 – Comments Off on Israeli Apache squadron CO candidate failed lie detector tests

The Israeli Air Force chief is starting a fresh search for a candidate to lead its AH-64D attack helicopter unit after the first choice applicant,known as Lt. Col. ‘A,’ failed lie detector tests repeatedly.

Israeli AH-64D
By Alexey Goral (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
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HAF Mirage 2000 crashes

Posted in Air Force on May 30th, 2017 by alert5 – Comments Off on HAF Mirage 2000 crashes

A Mirage 2000 fighter assigned to the Hellenic Air Force’s 332 Squadron crashed during a training flight on May 29. The pilot ejected and was picked up by a Super Puma helicopter.

HAF Mirage 2000-5 - Low Pass
By stefg74 from Larisa, Greece [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons