Friday, October 9, 2015


Two F-35C Lightning II carrier variants conducted their first arrested landings aboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) off the coast of the eastern United States yesterday. The operations are part of the second Developmental Testing (DT II) test phase, the second of three at-sea test phases planned for the F-35C.

Facing the pressure of economic sanctions imposed by Western countries, the Russian civilian aviation market has experienced reduced business volume, due to dropping demand from domestic airlines. Against this background the military aviation market took center stage at the MAKS 2015 airshow at Zhukhovsky near Moscow, Russia. Despite the absence of new military aircraft, Russian manufacturers unveiled a number of new systems and capabilities at the airshow, positioned as the largest aerospace event of the Eastern bloc.

The Royal Air Force ( RAF) will extend the service of no. 12 (Bober) Squadron operating   Tornado GR4, which currently takes part in the air campaign against ISIL in Iraq. The squadron's Tornados will will be maintained in service for an additional year, until March 2017 the British Defence Secretary has announced during a recent visit in Baghdad.

India is likely to recompete the Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) program, inviting bidders to compete on the production of 90 fighter jets for the Indian Air Force at a cost of around $30 billion. The RFP will likely recompete all the types that have already been evaluated by the IAF

The multi-billion dollar tender for the 126 Medium Multi Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA), for which Rafale was shortlisted in 2012, has been withdrawn by the government, after New delhi committed to buy only 36 of the aircraft in April this year. India planned to buy 126 jet fighters for the replacement of its aging MiG-27, MiG-27 and Jaguar fighter jets. According to the plans, 108 of the aircraft would be produced in India and 18 to be imported. The procurement of 36 Rafales, to be built in France will meet only a small part of gap the Indian Air Force has in its fighter jet fleet

The U.S. Marine Corps' F-35B Lightning II aircraft reached initial operational capability today with a squadron of 10 F-35Bs ready for world-wide deployment. Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 (VMFA-121), based in Yuma, Arizona, is the first squadron in military history to become operational with an F-35 variant, following a five-day Operational Readiness Inspection (ORI), which concluded July 17.

Indian Air Force Su-30MKI and RAF Typhoon aircraft are operating in mixed formations as part of the fourth Indradhanush exercise, a 10 day deployment demonstrating trans continental air power projection. This year the deployment includes 190 personnel operating Su-30 fighters, IL-78 tankers, C-17 strategic and C-130J tactical airlift aircraft

Dassault Aviation officially delivered today to the Egyptian Air Force the first three Rafale fighter jets. The official ceremony was held today at the Dassault Aviation flight test center in Istres. Egyptian pilots, trained by the French Air Force, will fly the first three aircraft to Cairo. The new fighters are expected to take part in the inauguration of the expanded Suez Canal, August 6th.

"With the Friday at RIAT traditionally being the quietest day of the weekend (as quiet as it can be with jet aircraft zipping around!) it gave us the opportunity to ease ourselves into the show." BAE Systems' staff reported from RIAT yesterday. Read the full report on their page, linked here.

A Russian Tu-95 (NATO Reporting name 'Bear') crashed today in the Russian Far East region of Khabarovsk, while flying on a training mission. The aircraft was unarmed and all seven crew members abandoned the aircraft before it went down, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

Boeing has recently released images depicting weapon configurations developed for the F-15, that are likely to support the F-15SA, the most advanced variant of the F-15E fighter aircraft for the Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF). The aircraft depicted in these photos carry 26 weapons of six different types.

Airbus Defense and Space has won a US$1.3 billion (1.488 trillion won) tender for the supply of four aerial refueling tankers for South Korean, beating competing offers from its U.S. rival, Boeing, and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI).

More news photos from the Paris Air Show 2015

Second photo report from the Paris Air Show 2015 highlighting some of the Innovative systems spotted here from around the world

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