Iran Threatens to Shoot Down US Planes

FOX NEWS Iran threatened to shoot down two US Navy surveillance aircraft flying close to Iranian territory in the Persian Gulf over the weekend, the latest in a series of recent provocations between Iran and the US military in the region, three US defense officials with knowledge of the incident told Fox News. On Sept. 10, a Navy P-8 Poseidon with a crew of nine and an EP-3 Eries with a crew of roughly 24, were flying a reconnaissance mission 13 miles off the coast of Iran, through the Per...
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China Tests Electronic Warfare Variant Of J-16 Fighter Jet

A new electronic warfare variant of the Shenyang Aircraft Corporation J-16 twin-seat strike fighter made its first flight on December 18, IHS Jane’s reported, citing Chinese sources. The aircraft would add significant offensive capability to the People's Liberation Army Air Force. Images of the new aircraft emerged on several Chinese military web pages, including a December 21 video report on the popular Ifeng web page. © AFP 2015/ Mark RALSTON Noteworthy modifications include...
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Iraqi F-16 Fighter Jet Crashes in Arizona near Mexico

The F-16 fighter jet that crashed in Arizona overnight was actually owned by the Iraqi Air Force, an Air Force official confirmed to ABC News today. Local law enforcement is on the scene, but Air Force officials have yet to get to the crash site and therefore they have not confirmed the identity of the pilot, who they suspect is an Iraqi trainee. The crash caused a large grass fire and it’s likely the pilot did not survive, authorities said. Officially, the Air Force is saying only that th...
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Russian Jet Comes Within 10 Feet of US Spy Plane

In a dangerously close encounter, a Russian fighter jet zipped past a U.S. Air Force reconnaissance aircraft in international airspace over the Black Sea late last month, a report said Thursday, citing several U.S. military officials. The two planes reportedly came within 10 feet of each other while flying at high speed. The Russian jet flew next to the U.S. spy plane at the same altitude, broke off and then followed the American aircraft before leaving the area in the May 30 incident, CNN re...
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Russia to Buy 50 Strategic Tu-160 Bombers

The Russian Defense Ministry will purchase no less than 50 new Tu-160 (Blackjack) heavy strategic bombers when production is renewed, Russian Air Force Commander Col.Gen. Viktor Bondarev said Thursday. “No less than 50 aircraft over time will be purchased in order to cover the costs that will go into production,” Col.Gen. Bondarev said without specifying when production would begin. Earlier Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu announced the need to renew the Tu-160s production. ...
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Russian Jets Scrambled to Intercept US Warship

Russia has scrambled military jets in response to an American navy destroyer which, it has been reported in Russian media, was acting “aggressively” in the Black Sea. The Russian defence minister, speaking at a security summit in Singapore, said US missile ships operating near Moscow’s territorial waters “pose a danger to strategic stability” between the two countries. State news service RIA Novosti quoted a military source as saying the USS Ross was sighted heading straight for Russ...
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US National Guard sends 12 F-15 interceptor Jets to Europe

Florida Air Guard is to deploy 12 F-15C jets and about 200 airmen to Europe as part of Washington’s military build-up, which it claims is necessary to protect European NATO members from ‘Russian aggression.’ The fighters and troops from the 125th Fighter Wing of the Florida Air National Guard are to go to Europe in mid-April, the US Air Forces in Europe reported this week. The F-15C Eagles are equipped with advanced air-to-air radar and sniper targeting equipment that allows visual tracking a...
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Russia’s New Fighter Jet is ‘almost a Flying Robot’

Innovative technologies used in the Russia’s fifth generation T-50 fighter jet, which is currently undergoing tests before the start of production in 2016, makes it more of a flying robot than a plane, the developer said. The Sukhoi PAK FA fighter jet, also known as T-50, is “already to some degree a flying robot, where the aviator fulfils the function not only of pilot, but is actually one of the constituent parts of the flying apparatus. That is, the reaction of the aviator is a part of the...
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US Considers Sending Jets near China Islands

That would be the next step," Pentagon spokesman Colonel Steven Warren told reporters on Thursday. US officials say American surveillance planes and naval vessels have not yet ventured within 12 nautical miles of the man-made islands--the standard territorial zone around natural land. Washington does not recognize China’s sovereignty in the disputed areas and is weighing sending surveillance aircraft and warships to test its territorial claims. The Pentagon’s announcement came as an Ame...
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China eyes Airspace above South China Sea

China has mooted the possibility of controlling the airspace over the disputed South China Sea, as it ratchets up rhetoric in response to a US overflight of an island claimed by China earlier this month. A senior foreign ministry official spoke on Wednesday about the possibility of implementing an Air Defence Identification Zone over the sea, a move that would be widely regarded as an effort to stamp its sovereignty over a series of islands it claims. An ADIZ requires all aircraft flying thro...
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China & Russia put Japan’s Defenses on Alert

Japan's air force said on Wednesday said jet fighter scrambles have reached a level not seen since the height of the Cold War three decades ago as Russian bombers probe its northern skies and Chinese combat aircraft intrude into its southern air space. In the year ending March 31, Japanese fighters scrambled 944 times, 16 percent more than the same period the previous year, the country's Self Defence Force said. That is the second highest number of encounters ever recorded over the 12-mont...
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US Designs New Jets to Keep up with the East

The Chinese Chengdu J-20 and the Russian Sukhoi T-50 PAK-FA are becoming a real threat to the US Air Force and Navy, according to The National Interest, an international affairs magazine.   “When you see these next-generation fighters, the PAK-FA out of Russia and the J-20 out of China, and some of their new missile technology, our advantage is dwindling,” the magazine quotes one senior industry official as saying, without disclosing his name.   Neither of the two j...
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Russian Jet Almost Collides with US Spy Plane

A Russia Su-27 jet fighter flew dangerously close and nearly collided with a U.S. reconnaissance aircraft this week in the latest aerial provocation by Moscow, defense officials revealed to the Washington Free Beacon. The Su-27 conducted the close-in intercept of an RC-135 reconnaissance aircraft in international airspace over the Baltic Sea on Tuesday, said officials. The incident prompted a diplomatic protest. “On the morning of April 7th, a U.S. RC-135U flying a routine route in interna...
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US & Russia Expand War Games throughout World

Russia is so close that the F-16 fighter pilots can see it on the horizon as they swoop down over a training range in Estonia in the biggest ever show of U.S. air power in the Baltic countries. The simulated bombs release smoke on impact, but the M-61 cannon fires live ammunition, rattling the aircraft with a deafening tremor and shattering targets on the ground. The four-week drill is part of a string of non-stop exercises by U.S. land, sea and air forces in Europe — from Estonia in the n...
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Russian Military Jets Boost Presence Near U.S.

The air is frigid and the wind is howling as Air Force Col. Frank Flores lifts a pair of foot-long binoculars and studies a hazy dot about 50 miles west across the Bering Strait. "That's the mainland there," he shouts above the gusts. It's Siberia, part of Russia, on the Asian mainland. Named for an old mining camp, Tin City is a tiny Air Force installation atop an ice-shrouded coastal mountain 50 miles below the Arctic Circle, far from any road or even trees. The Pentagon took over the...
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