Archive for August 14th, 2017

RTAF officers might have to man immigration counters at Thai airports

Posted in Air Force on August 14th, 2017 by alert5 – Comments Off on RTAF officers might have to man immigration counters at Thai airports

Thai Prime Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha has instructed the Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) to help the Immigration Bureau in opening up more immigration counters at international airports.

BKK Suvarnabhumi WD2
By Wolf-Dieter (Own work) [Public domain or Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
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Russia to recruit female military pilots

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The Russian Air Force will recruit female pilots to join its ranks for the first time since the World War Two, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said.

Mariya Dolina
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Airbus Helicopters declares a unsafe condition for all Tiger variants

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Airbus Helicopters has issued a safety bulletin on Aug. 11 declaring all variants of the Tiger attack helicopter as unsafe. The bulletin came after a German Tiger crashed in Mali.

Airbus Helicopter Tiger (35056042490)
By Clemens Vasters from Viersen, Germany, Germany (Airbus Helicopter Tiger) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
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Thai PM says Harpoon purchase not set in stone

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Thai Prime Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha says the country has yet to decide whether to buy the five RGM-84L Harpoon Block II missiles from the United States.

AGM-84 Harpoon launched from USS Leahy (CG-16)
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First F-35B ski-jump take-off with Paveway IV and ASRAAM

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A F-35B loaded with Paveway IV laser-guided bombs and ASRAAM air-to-air missiles has taken off from a ski-jump for the first time. Peter “Wizzer” Wilson was at the controls during this test at NAS Patuxent River.

F-35B ski
Photo: Arnel Parker