July 28, 2014
The United States will give two Lockheed C-130 "Hercules" planes to the Philippines, newly appointed Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief-of-staff Lt. Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang revealed.In a state report, Catapang disclosed the impending donation in a visit to the 1st Air Division headquarters in Clark Field, Pampanga, citing American military officials."I just talked to our US counterparts [and] they told us they are making available another two C-130s to address our humanitarian assistance disaster relief concerns," Catapang said.
The United States military has deployed a humanitarian mission to the Visayas after the onslaught of deadly typhoon Yolanda, which took thousands of lives and destroyed countless homes.Catapang said that the Americans extended the offer after learning of President Aquino's plans to acquire new cargo aircrafts for the military.The existing C-130 planes of the Air Force figured heavily in the transport of relief goods for victims of typhoon Yolanda and equipment needed by government troops involved in the efforts last year.In November last year, former AFP chief Gen. Emmanuel Bautista announced that the country seeks to procure two more C-130 planes to improve disaster relief operations."We are in the process of acquiring two more C-130s. As you very well know, we only have three C-130s. In terms of strategic lift, C-130s are very important," Bautista said.Ideally, he said the Philippine Air Force should have at least nine C-130s.
More than half of China's military airfields have flight paths that are obstructed by tall buildings, causing accidents and airport closures, Chinese state media reported on Friday.Nearly 100 accidents have occurred at military air bases due to high-rise buildings and development in the past 20 years, the website of the ruling Communist Party's mouthpiece, the People's Daily said.The problem has become so great that more than 10 military airfields have been forced to close or move."With the continuous expansion of the scale of cities, a relatively large number of military air bases have merged with new city districts and development zones, leading to a deterioration in clean airspace," the website said.
Requirements for "clean" airspace around military airports are more strict due to special training demands, it said, citing the People's Liberation Army General Staff Headquarters.There are more than 1,000 buildings that violate height restrictions near military air bases across China and some structures are built on landing and take-off flight paths, leading to serious safety problems, the news agency said.China's military frequently expresses concerns about urban development infringing upon its bases. China approved a law to strengthen protection of military bases in June.But China also recently relaxed restrictions on low-altitude flying in its mainly military-controlled airspace in a boost to the growing helicopter industry.Air safety has been in focus internationally after a series of deadly crashes around the world in recent weeks.
July 27, 2014
Deputy Commander of IRGC Ground Forces Brig. Gen. Javad Azimifar said in Tehran today that ISIL and its allied insurgent groups “do not dare to come close to the (Iranian) borders.”“Groups like the ISIL don’t dare to approach the Iranian borders; they are not present in areas even thousands of kilometers away from the country's borders because Iran's borders are the most insecure place for their presence and moves,” Gen. Azimifar said. (Fars News Agency/ 26 July)Azimifar added that Iranian Armed Forces are ready to give a crushing response to the ISIL-led insurgents if they “dare to even think of making an aggression against the borders.Meanwhile, Iran’s Defense Minister General Hossein Dehqan told Iranian news agency ISNA that ISIL poses “no threat to Iran.”
“The members of the terrorist organizations are mercenaries, and want to instill fear in the region,” Dehqan said. (ISNA, 26 July)It was not clear why Gen. Azimifar made the threat against the Islamic State at this time; if they have detected IS movements toward the Iranian borders. Also it's interesting that the Iranian defense minister calls ISIL “mercenaries.” Interesting in the sense that IRGC’s Quds Force has setup, funded and operates several Shia militias of different nationalities fighting in Iraq and Syria, or mercenaries. Perhaps Dehqan believes there are differences between Sunni mercenaries and Shia mercenaries. The Islamic State is operating in Northern and Northwestern Iraq near the country's borders with Turkey and Syria, and a few hundred miles to the Iranian borders.
A MiG-29 fighter of the Russian Air Force crashed near Astrakhan on Sunday. The fighter’s pilot was killed in the crash, Air Force Commander-in-Chief Lieutenant General Viktor Bondarev told reporters.“A pilot has been killed in a fighter crash,” the commander said. “We are investigating this incident and, according to preliminary data, the crash was caused by air equipment failure,” General Bondarev added.There has been no destruction on the ground as a result of Sunday morning crash of a MiG-29 fighter near Astrakhan, spokesman for the Russian Defence Ministry Major General Igor Konashenkov said.
Mules and Donkeys won't like this.
Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) Participates in Air Combat Exercise with USAF and FAF in Nevada
The Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) is participating in the United States Air Force (USAF)-hosted Exercise Red Flag - Nellis at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, United States, from 14 to 26 Jul 2014.
The RSAF has deployed 8 F-15SG and 8 F-16C/D fighter aircraft, 3 CH-47 helicopters, and about 290 personnel from its Peace Carvin II, Peace Carvin V, and Peace Prairie detachments in the United States, to participate in this air combat exercise. They are exercising with 83 other aircraft, including the USAF's F-22, F-15, F-16 and EA-18G fighter aircraft, and the E-3 airborne early warning aircraft, and a C-130 from the French Air Force (FAF).
Exercise Red Flag - Nellis is a combat training exercise that allows participants to execute air combat and strike operations in a realistic, high-threat environment to enhance their combat readiness and operational capabilities.Highlighting the significance of the RSAF's participation in the exercise, Lieutenant Colonel Tham Yeow Min, the RSAF Peace Carvin V Detachment Commander, said, "We value the opportunity to train alongside our USAF and FAF counterparts in this large-scale exercise as it allows us to hone our operational competencies. This high-end exercise provides the RSAF with an opportunity to benchmark itself against other leading air forces. The RSAF has always done well at Exercise Red Flag - Nellis, and the RSAF F-15SGs will continue to uphold the high standards."
This is the inaugural participation of the RSAF's F-15SGs in Exercise Red Flag - Nellis, which the RSAF has been taking part in since 1982. The exercise also underscores the excellent and long-standing defence relationship between the United States and Singapore.
Recently photo of a new T-50 FA is circulating on the internet. The new T-50 appearantly has a light gray paint but does not have a tail number.
Some experts believe this to be number 056 aircraft, the seventh in the series of aircraft produced by Russia. According to information available in the public domain, there are 6 T-50 aircrafts produced - two for static and system testing and integration and four for flight and avionics testing.
Blurry video shows MQ-1 Predator drone carring Hellfire AGM-114 under its left wing.
At the end of the 50th second in the video Hellfire under the right wing also become visible as the drone navigates a right turn.
July 26, 2014
Russia has begun supplying military helicopters and fighters jets to Iraq, a report said Thursday, as Iraq's defense minister visited Moscow to press for equipment to thwart a jihadist offensive."A number of contracts with Iraq have entered into force and are being fulfilled," the Interfax news agency quoted a source in Russia's defense export establishment as saying.Deliveries of Mi-35 helicopter gunships and Su-25 fighters that provide close air support for ground troops have begun, added the source.Iraq also has contracts for Mi-28 attack helicopters and mobile Pantsir-S1 surface-to-air and anti-aircraft artillery systems.
Russia's ambassador to Baghdad Ilya Mogunov had previously said he believed up to 10 Sukhoi fighter jets would be delivered by the end of the summer.Russia and Iraq in 2012 signed contracts worth $4.2 billion (3.1 billion euros) to supply 36 of the Mi-28 attack helicopters and 48 of the Pantsir units, according to Russian Technologies (RosTec) which controls their producersLater it signed contracts for six Mi-35 helicopters and Su-25 fighters.Iraqi officials said Wednesday that Defense Minister Saadun al-Dulaimi had left for Moscow in a bid to step up military cooperation."Dulaimi will meet the Russian defense minister and other officials to urge them to provide Iraq with weapons, equipment and modern military aircraft," Staff Lieutenant General Mohammed al-Askari told AFP.
The Russian defense industry source told Interfax that given the increased tensions following the downing of a Malaysian passenger jet over a region in Ukraine controlled by pro-Russia rebels, Washington may pressure Baghdad to cancel its orders for Russian weaponry.Despite the billions of dollars spent on training and equipment by the United States during its eight-year occupation, Iraq's million-strong army completely folded when insurgents attacked last month.Within days, the Islamic State jihadist group and allied Sunni factions conquered Iraq's second city of Mosul and large swathes of the north and west.The front lines have since stabilized and Baghdad has already received intelligence assistance from Washington and Sukhoi warplanes from Russia and Iran.
The Japanese Navy will showcase before the Indian Navy a seaplane and its operations during the ongoing trilateral Malabar maritime exercise, also involving the US Navy, off Nagasaki’s Port Sasebo in western Pacific Ocean.The seaplane, which the Navy wants to procure and deploy in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands for maritime patrol, is built by Japanese firm ShinMaywa. US-2, as the amphibious plane is called, can take off from and land on water and is a suitable platform for operations between island territories. The Japanese Navy would operate the US-2 sea-plane during the Malabar exercise, a Navy officer said here in New Delhi.
The Indian Navy is keen on getting around 20 of these sea-planes.During the exercise, the Navy personnel from India, the US and Japan would interact between Thursday to Saturday at Port Sasebo and later their warships would venture to the deep sea for at-sea training.The Japanese Navy would also deploy two destroyers along with a P3C Orion maritime reconnaissance plane during the exercise.
China on Wednesday said it successfully conducted a land-based anti-missile test, stated to be the third of its kind, as part of its efforts to build a missile shield to intercept incoming warheads.Chinese military forces conducted a "land-based anti-missile technology experiment," the Ministry of National Defence announced.
The experiment "achieved the desired objectives," it said, without giving details, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.
Last January, China conducted its second interceptor missile test.Xinhua reported at that time that "the test has reached the pre-set goal" and quoted experts as saying that the test could build shield for China's air defence by intercepting incoming warheads such as ballistic missiles in space.Wednesday's anti-missile test came as Chinese military was preparing to conduct major defence exercises which already affected air traffic in 12 airports.Flights in and out of airports in the country's east - including Shanghai, Nanjing and Wuhan - would be affected from last Sunday until August 15 by the "high-frequency drills of another user", Hong Kong based South China Morning Post quoted the China Civil aviation regulator as saying.
In the last two days more than 290 flights at Shanghai's two airports were delayed or cancelled.Shanghai-based China Eastern Airlines alone had cancelled 22 flights in and out of the affected airports early Tuesday morning, the company said, according to the Post report.Ni Lexiong, a Shanghai-based military affairs commentator, said large-scale military drills centred on the east of the country were needed because it would probably be the first target of any foreign forces attacking China.
China currently involved in a political showdown with Japan over the disputed islands as well as Tokyo's plans to rescind on its pacifist constitution.The navies and military planes of the two countries were aggressively patrolling the disputed Diaoyu islands.Disrupting the operation of 12 civilian airports meant the drills had to be very large-scale, Ni said.The other affected airports are in Hangzhou, Hefei, Jinan, Wuxi, Ningbo, Qingdao, Lianyungang and Zhengzhou.Chinese military flight drills could hurt airlines and drive airfares up, analysts say Xinhua reported that the People's Liberation Army had organised 10 live ammunition drills for its ground forces at six bases around the country since July 15.
Seven IAF personnel including two officers were killed on Friday when an ALH Dhruv helicopter in which they were flying from Bareilly to Allahabad crashed in Sitapur in Uttar Pradesh.The pilot of the chopper had given a 'May Day call' (emergency call) before the crash and lost radio and radar contact after that, IAF spokesperson said in Delhi .The IAF aircraft had on board two pilots and five air warriors. There are no survivors, he said.
The chopper had taken off from Bareilly at 1553 hours and crashed approximately around 1657 hours, the spokesman said.The IAF has ordered a Court of Inquiry and teams have been rushed to the crash site in Sitapur. Bareilly is home to the Snow Tigers, the 111 Helicopter Unit. The station received 10 ALHs, the first batch of the Dhruv Mk-III, in February 2012.
The flight data recorder has been found and the IAF has ordered a court of inquiry to determine the cause of the crash. Rescue teams recovered the bodies from the crash site.