JASDF intercepts KJ-200 over East China Sea

Posted in Air Defense, Air Force on July 31st, 2015 Be the first to comment

Japan Air Self Defense Force fighters have encountered a PLA KJ-200 AEW aircraft over East China Sea on Jul. 30. It is the first encounter of the early warning aircraft by Japanese warplanes.

KJ200 East China Sea
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Embraer will deliver first KC-390 to Brazilian Air Force in 2018

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Embraer says it will deliver the first KC-390 to the Brazilian Air Force in the first half of 2018 rather than the end of 2016.

Apresentação KC-390 (15576572716)
By Ministério da Defesa (Apresentação KC-390) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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South Korea to deploy M-SAM this year

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South Korea has completed testing of the Cheongung or M-SAM air defense system and will deploy it by end of the year.


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Tu-160M2 will incorporate avionics derived from PAK FA

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Russia’s Radio-Electronic Technologies Concern (RETC) will incorporate technologies from the PAK FA fighter program and use it in the upgrading the avionics of the Tu-160M2 bomber.

Tupolev Tu-160 cockpit Beltyukov-3
By Alex Beltyukov [CC BY-SA 3.0, CC BY-SA 3.0 or GFDL 1.2], via Wikimedia Commons

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Israel to active first F-35I squadron next week

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The Israeli Air Force will activate the first F-35I (“Adir”, Hebrew for Mighty) squadron at Nevatim Airbase next week.

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Plan for an exhibit of Mitsubishi Zero fighter divides town

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Residents living in the town of Toyoyama, Aichi Prefecture, Japan are split over a plan by the Aichi prefectural government to display a Mitsubishi Zero fighter as part of an aviation industry exhibit.

Mitsubishi A62M Zero USAF
By USAF [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
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Boeing assigns vice president of airplane development to oversee KC-46 program

Posted in Air Force, Industry, KC-X on July 31st, 2015 Be the first to comment

Boeing’s new CEO Dennis Muilenburg has appointed Scott Fancher, vice president of airplane development, to oversee the troubled KC-46 aerial tanker development program.

KC-46A
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AFSOC receives first AC-130J

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U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command received its first AC-130J Ghostrider gunship at Hurlburt Field on Jul. 29.

AC-130J Ghostrider arrival
U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Kai White
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India cancels MMRCA tender

Posted in Air Force, Industry, MMRCA on July 31st, 2015 Be the first to comment

India has officially withdrawn the Medium Multi Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) tender for 126 Rafale fighters, Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar told the Upper House of Parliament in a written reply.

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By USAFE AFAFRICA from Ramstein Air Base, Germany (150621-F-RN211-305) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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Japan high court bans JMSDF night, early morning flights at Atsugi

Posted in Navy on July 31st, 2015 Be the first to comment

The Tokyo High Court has upheld a lower court’s decision to ban the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force from operating flights at Atsugi late at night and early in the morning.

JMSDF P-3C (5056) @RJTA (3273849839)
By Yamaguchi Yoshiaki from Japan (JMSDF P-3C (5056) @RJTAUploaded by russavia) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
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