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Boeing Delivers Last Saudi AWACS With RSIP Upgrades. Analysis

Boeing Delivers Last Saudi AWACS With RSIP Upgrades. Analysis

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Boeing-provided picture of a Kingdom Of Saudi Arabia E-3 AWACS The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's Air Force has become the latest air arm to see its entire fleet of Boeing E-3 AWACS (Airborne Warning And Control System) aircraft undergo Boeing's Radar System Improvement Program (RSIP) upgrade. This follows in the footsteps of the AWACS fleets operated by the United States, NATO, the United Kingdom and France. According to Keith Burns, who manages the Saudi Arabia AWACS fleet upgrade program for main contractor Boeing, the technological effort provides a leap in detection range and sensitivity capabilities for the massive rotodome-mounted AN/APY-2 radar antenna, only made possible after the installation of a “new radar computer” along with an accompanying suite of “modernized software”. Th
Iraq Air Force Sukhoi 25 Accidentally Drops Bomb Over Baghdad Neighborhood Killing 12

Iraq Air Force Sukhoi 25 Accidentally Drops Bomb Over Baghdad Neighborhood Killing 12

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An Iraqi Air Force Sukhoi Su-25 'frogfoot' attack plane returning from a bombing mission against ISIS targets on Monday July 7th 2015 accidentally dropped a bomb while overflying Baghdad.  The bomb fell on inhabited properties causing the death of 12 residents among which at least three were children and two women. Another 25 people were also wounded. An Iraqi official General Saad Maan Ibrahim speaking to the Associated Press evoked the possibility of a technical malfunction as the cause of the accidental ordnance release.   The Iraqi Air Force first received a batch of ex-Russian Air Force Sukhoi Su-25 on June 28th 2014. By July 1st another 7 Su-25 had been transferred from Iran to help Iraq's defense against the Islamic State. The 7 aircraft sent from Iran were reportedly from dozens
Indonesia Air Force C-130 That Crashed Into Neighborhood With 135 On Board Was Built 54 Years Ago

Indonesia Air Force C-130 That Crashed Into Neighborhood With 135 On Board Was Built 54 Years Ago

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The Indonesian Air Force Lockheed C-130B aircraft that crashed into a neighborhood on Tuesday June 30th 2015 and was carrying near maximum payload had been built in 1951. While no one from amongst the 122 passengers nor 12 crew members survived the air disaster, another 7 people on the ground had also reportedly been killed. The Lockheed C-130B carried the registration number A-1310 with construction number 3616 and had just taken off from Soewondo Air Force Base bound for a set of remote Indonesian islands at a 7 hours flight distance. The aircraft did not stay airborne more than 2 minutes following its take-off. Onlookers observed that one of the aircraft propeller was not rotating properly when the airplane started veering to its right, plunging towards a neighborhood in the town of M...
Tragic Death Of Iraqi Air Force General While Training In F-16 In Arizona Signals Program Setback

Tragic Death Of Iraqi Air Force General While Training In F-16 In Arizona Signals Program Setback

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by Karim Toure The crash of a lone F-16 flying a night training mission over the Arizona desert  Wednesday June 24th 2015 did not initially hint of a setback for a major security program between the US and Iraq. The following day, a Iraq Defence Ministry spokesperson Brigadier General Tahseen Ibrahim revealed that Iraqi Air Force Brigadier General Rafid Mohammed Hassan was at the control of an Iraqi Air Force-owned F-16 Fighting Falcon that had crashed the previous evening a few miles from the town of Douglas, Arizona. Confirmation of the death of Brigadier general Rafid Mohammed Hassan came on June 26th when after battling an intense fire ignited following the accident, rescue teams recovered his body from the crash site. Iraq Air Force general demise over the Arizona desert The trag
Egypt Air Force Acquires 24 Rafale Fighter Jets, The Aircraft’s First Export Client

Egypt Air Force Acquires 24 Rafale Fighter Jets, The Aircraft’s First Export Client

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In a surprise move, the Egyptian government has announced it had agreed with French aircraft maker Dassault on the purchase of 24 sleek Rafale fighter jets. The announcement on February 13th 2015 triggered acclamations from French quarters over the aircraft long awaited first foreign sale. The deal worth Euros 5.2 billion consists of 24 aircraft part of weapons package also including a frigate along with “associated related equipment”. The deal which is rumored to have taken less than 3 months to close will be executed in a similarly remarkably short amount of time with 3 aircraft being delivered before the end of the year and another 3 next year 2016. Credit financing on at least half of the purchase contract has been enacted via Coface, France main credit-risk assessment house, and will
NATO Air Exercise In Spain: Greek F-16D Crashes Onto Parked Aircraft Killing 10 & Injuring 21

NATO Air Exercise In Spain: Greek F-16D Crashes Onto Parked Aircraft Killing 10 & Injuring 21

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Karim Toure Ten people were killed and twenty one were injured Monday January 26th 2015 when a Greek Air Force F-16D crashed at a Spanish Air Force Base. The Los Llano Air Base located at Albacete in Central Spain was hosting NATO's Tactical Leadership Program, a top training exercise attended by the Air Forces of 10 NATO member nations. The aircraft which reportedly was in its take off phase crashed onto other military jets parked at an adjoining section of the base. Picture of the accident showed a plume of smoke rising near parked fighter jets including a Tornado, a F-15 , Rafale and a F-16. The fatalities consisted of the 2 Greek personnel operating the destroyed F-16 in addition to 8 ground personnel at the base. The French newspaper Le Monde quoting one of its journalist Nathali...
French Air Force Rafale First Strikes On Islamic States Targets In Iraq (pictures)

French Air Force Rafale First Strikes On Islamic States Targets In Iraq (pictures)

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Two Rafale fighter jets of the French Air Force conducted the first French air strikes in Iraq against ISIS on September 19th 2014. The target was identified by the French Defense Ministry as a logistical depot located at Daech in Iraq's north east. The two rafale from the 3/30 “Lorraine” Fighter Squadron were in fact operating from Al Dhafra Air Base in United Arab Emirates. There, the French Air Force maintains 4 additional Rafale fighter jets as well as supporting aircraft. The strike package consisted of the 2 Rafale, one single seat C-model and one two-seat B-model each equipped with the Damocles laser designator/ targeting pod attached to the right of the aircraft's centerline. The armament on each aircraft consisted of 4 GBU-12 Paveway II (500 lbs) Laser Guided Bomb, with a pair of
L3 Communications Corp. Awarded $61 Million For Systems Integration on 2 MC-12W ISR Aircraft For Saudi Arabia

L3 Communications Corp. Awarded $61 Million For Systems Integration on 2 MC-12W ISR Aircraft For Saudi Arabia

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The $61 million contract awarded to L3 Communications Corporation, Integrated Systems Group of Greenville, Texas on August 22nd 2014 will see 2 Hawker Beechcraft Super King Air 350 aircraft be modified with the addition of "... sensors, a ground exploitation cell, line-of-sight and satellite communications datalinks, along with a robust voice communications suite", according to the US Air Force MC-12W description. The system integration project, part of Foreign Military Sales contract with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is stated to conclude by December 31st 2015. The ISR adaptation of the C-12 cargo aircraft (military designation for the Hawker Beechcraft Super King Air 350 and the -ER Extended Range version) has a range of 1,500 nautical miles (2,00 nm for the ER version), cruising at 31
Crash Of Indian Air Force Lockheed C-130J-30: 5 Airmen On Board Killed.

Crash Of Indian Air Force Lockheed C-130J-30: 5 Airmen On Board Killed.

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A Lockheed C-130J-30 belonging to the Indian Air Force crashed Friday morning about 72 miles from Gwalior Airbase while on a routine flight, causing the death of the 5 IAF personnel on board. The Air Force it seems had no initial explanation regarding the cause crash of the aircraft whose flight to Gwalior had originated at Agra Airbase. A Court of Inquiry has been set up to help determine what may have caused the brand new 'Super Hercules' C-130J-30, one of six aircraft delivered brand new throughout 2011, to crash. Following its induction into Indian Air Force service on February 5th 2011, the Lockheed Martin C-130J-30 has earned notoriety by being involved in events of national significance, cementing both an endearing and enduring presence in the nation's service, to a point where ea...
US Marines Aviator Killed As F-18 Crashes During Training Mission At NAS Fallon

US Marines Aviator Killed As F-18 Crashes During Training Mission At NAS Fallon

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A U.S. Marine Corps F/A-18C attached to the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center crashed on Saturday while conducting a training flight about 70 miles east of Naval Air Station Fallon in Nevada. The death of the single pilot on board the aircraft was only confirmed by the US Navy Sunday night after rescue crews finally gained access to the wreckage following a snow storm in a mountainous remote area, the Navy announced. The Largest Training Complex For Aerial Combat NAS Fallon presents the US Navy with the largest most comprehensive tactical air warfare training facility in the nation known as the Fallon Range Training Complex (FRTC), permitting the employment of a full carrier air wing thanks to the presence of the US Navy's longest active runway at 14,000 ft, and access to more than 1...