Archive for December 27th, 2017

American pilots now in Taiwan to test 4 upgraded F-16Vs; AIM-9X Block II delivery next year

Posted in Air Force, Industry on December 27th, 2017 by alert5 – Be the first to comment

A report by Taiwan’s Storm Media says Aerospace Industrial Development Corp’s (AIDC) has finished the modernization of four Republic of China Air Force (RoCAF) F-16s to the V-model and American test pilots have arrived on the island to carry out ground testing.

Taiwan F-16 Debate - Flickr - Al Jazeera English
By Al Jazeera English (Taiwan F-16 Debate) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
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NH90 crashes in Oman

Posted in Air Force on December 27th, 2017 by alert5 – Be the first to comment

A NH90 helicopter belonging to the Royal Air Force of Oman (RAFO) crashed on Dec. 25, killing a navigator on board the rotorcraft.

One of two NH.90s for Oman undergoing flight test at the Eurocopter factory (4729240607)
By Jerry Gunner from Lincoln, UK [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
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For a start, Japan wants JS Izumo to be able to refuel USMC F-35Bs

Posted in Navy on December 27th, 2017 by alert5 – Be the first to comment

Yomiuri Shimbun says Japan is planning to refit the Izumo-class helicopter destroyers so that it can operate as a floating refueling carrier for American F-35Bs.

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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
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South Korea wants to test M-SAM air defense system in UAE

Posted in Air Defense on December 27th, 2017 by alert5 – Be the first to comment

JoongAng Ilbo reports that South Korea is in talks with the UAE to test the former’s M-SAM air defense missile system in the Gulf State.


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Pantsyr-ME testing to start next year on Project 22800 Karakurt corvette

Posted in Air Defense, Navy on December 27th, 2017 by alert5 – Be the first to comment

TASS says Russia will commence the testing of the Pantsyr-ME naval air defense system next year. The trials will start on land before switching out to sea.

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Photos: Michael Zherdev
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