Archive for May 3rd, 2017

RAAF PC-21s inbound for Singapore

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Two Pilatus PC-21s on their delivery flight to Australia have departed Bangkok, Thailand this morning and are expected to arrive in Singapore later. These are the third and fourth PC-21s to be delivered to the Royal Australian Air Force.

RAAF PC21

JS Izumo’s escort mission is just symbolic

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Japan assigned its largest warship JS Izumo to escort a U.S. Navy supply ship off the coast of Japan on May 1. But Mainichi Shimbun says the deployment is largely symbolic as the helicopter carrier’s weapons are for self-defense purpose only.

DDH-183いずも型護衛艦
By Kaijō Jieitai (海上自衛隊 / Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force) (http://www.mod.go.jp/msdf/formal/jmp/201612.html) [CC BY 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

F-16s are leaving Hill Air Force Base for good starting this month

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Hill Air Force Base will begin its transition to a pure F-35 base starting from this month when the F-16s from 388th and 419th fighter wings are redeployed elsewhere.

F-16 Fighting Falcons from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, taxi down the runway April 21, 2017, at Albacete Air Base, Spain, to participate in the Tactical Leadership Programme (TLP). TLP is an annual NATO Mission Commander’s School training program and is designed to provide joint tactical training with NATO allies to increase NATO coordination and strengthen combined air operations. This type of training is an opportunity for Hill’s active duty and Reserve Citizen Airmen to hone their operational and tactical leadership skills with Allied air forces. (U.S. Air Force Photo by/ Senior Airman Justin Fuchs)

F-16 Fighting Falcons from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, taxi down the runway April 21, 2017, at Albacete Air Base, Spain, to participate in the Tactical Leadership Programme (TLP). TLP is an annual NATO Mission Commander’s School training program and is designed to provide joint tactical training with NATO allies to increase NATO coordination and strengthen combined air operations. This type of training is an opportunity for Hill’s active duty and Reserve Citizen Airmen to hone their operational and tactical leadership skills with Allied air forces. (U.S. Air Force Photo by/ Senior Airman Justin Fuchs)


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Construction started for second Dokdo-class LPH

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Hanjin Heavy Industries & Construction Co. has started construction of the second Dokdo-class Landing Platform Helicopter (LPH) amphibious assault ship.

US Navy 100727-N-6720T-080 The Republic of Korea Navy amphibious landing ship ROKS Dokdo (LPH 6111) is underway in the Sea of Japan with the guided-missile destroyers USS Lassen (DDG 82) and USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93)
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Kenya cleared to buy MD 530F

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The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress on May 1 on a potential Foreign Military Sale to Kenya for 12 MD 530F light attack helicopters.

Afghan Air Force MD-530F helicopter fires machine guns
By Staff Sgt. Perry Aston (USAF) (dvidshub.net) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
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