COVID-19: F-35’s Initial Operational Test and Evaluation Put on Hold

March 26, 2020 @ 06:35 AM

The F-35 Lightning II stealth jets Initial Operational Test and Evaluation (IOT&E) has been put on hold as the hosting Californias Edwards Air Force Base (EAFB) records four cases of COVID-19 novel coronavirus infection. The tests, if conducted, would have certified the Lockheed F-35 for full production

Russia Loses L-39 Trainer, Su-27 Fighter in Crashes

March 26, 2020 @ 04:48 AM

The Russian military lost two aircraft in crashes on Wednesday- an L-39 light attack aircraft and a Sukhoi Su-27 fighter. The L-39 trainer crashed at the Dmitrievskaya settlement in the Krasnodar Region on Wednesday morning, killing the pilot

Rheinmetall NIOA Munitions, Australia to Manufacture Ammunition for US F-35

March 25, 2020 @ 06:33 AM

Australian based Rheinmetall NIOA Munitions (RNM) has secured a contract to produce and export ammunition for the US F-35 Joint Strike Fighter programme. RNM will begin production of 25mm Frangible Armoured Piercing (FAP) projectiles at the federal government-owned Benalla plant in Victoria

Boeing Suspends Airplane Production in Puget Sound, Washington State over COVID-19

March 23, 2020 @ 05:03 PM

Boeing announced a temporary suspension of production at its Puget Sound area facilities in Washington state, its largest plant worldwide, over the accelerating spread of the coronavirus in the region. “Boeing is working to minimize this suspension's impact on the company's ability to deliver and support its defense and space programs,...

Russia to Offer MiG-35 Jet with Auto Landing, G-Force Protection for Indian...

March 23, 2020 @ 10:47 AM

Russia will offer an upgraded MiG-35 fighter jet equipped with an automatic landing and G-force protection systems as its entry for the Indian light fighter jet competition, sources told Russia had received a request for information in 2019 and is awaiting a request for proposal ...

Su-35 Still In Indonesia’s Jet Race Against F-35

March 19, 2020 @ 09:08 AM

Indonesia is still mulling over its procurement project in which Russias Su-35 is being pitted against US F-35, and has not yet rejected the former as reported in the media. “Russia has not received official notification of termination of Indonesian contract where it was to supply 11 Su-35 fighters to the country,” sources ffrom Russias aviation industry were quoted as saying by

China Modifying JL-9 Trainer for Aircraft Carrier Pilot Training

March 19, 2020 @ 07:23 AM

The Chinese Navy is modifying the JL-9 Mountain Eagle trainer jet to train aircraft carrier jet pilots on an actual in-service aircraft carrier, one of two that the Chinese Navy has. The JL-9's developer, Guizhou Aviation Industry Corporation released images involved the JL-9 and an aircraft carrier operating together in edited pictures, leading to speculation that the JL-9 could eventually be modified into a carrier-based jet trainer, reported Weihutang, a column on military affairs affiliated with China Central Television, on Tuesday

Indonesia May Purchase US-made F-35 Jets Instead of Russian Su-35s

March 18, 2020 @ 11:13 AM

Indonesia has made a case for purchasing US-made F-35 fighter jets instead of Russian Su-35 aircraft, the countrys Deputy Defence Minister Sakti Wahyu Trenggono said. However, the Su-35 deal had not been canceled and Jakarta is under no pressure from Washington to walk away from the deal, Trenggono said today in comments made to CNN Indonesia

India’s Advanced Tejas Jet Completes Maiden Flight

March 17, 2020 @ 11:15 AM

The advanced version of Indias Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas, SP-21, with features such as air-to-air refuelling and Beyond Visual Range Missile system completed its maiden flight on Tuesday. The Final Operational Clearance (FOC) standard variant of Tejas flew for 40 minutes, after taking off from Bengalurus

All New Chinese Warplanes to Have Low-visibility Paint

March 16, 2020 @ 06:27 AM

China has issued new guidelines according to which all of its new fighter aircraft must be coated with low-visibility paint to reduce the chances of being visually spotted by adversaries. The regulations issued by Chinas PLA Air Force consists of 5 chapters and 16 articles sets clear standards for painting and marking of its aircraft

Indonesia, Russia Still Negotiating Su-35 Deal

March 16, 2020 @ 05:55 AM

Indonesia is still negotiating a deal to buy 9 Su-35 fighter jets with Russia and has not abandoned it under pressure from the United States. However, negotiations have remained struck over the last two years over issues such as price calculation for barter goods and the two countries not being able to negotiate a currency swap deal to replace the US dollar to fund the cash part of the deal

First Pakistani F-16 Crash in 11 years Raises Questions about Maintenance

March 11, 2020 @ 12:43 PM

The Pakistani F-16 jet that crashed today is the first in 11 years and has come after the United States sold a $125 million technical support and end-use monitoring package to Pakistan in July 2019. “Pakistan had requested a continuation of technical support services; US Government and contractor technical and logistics support services to assist in the oversight of operations in support of the Pakistan Peace Drive advanced F-16 program