As the weakly protected U.S. diplomatic compound in eastern Libya came under attack the night of Sept. 11, 2012, the deputy head of the embassy in Tripoli 600 miles away sought in vain to get the Pentagon to scramble fighter jets over Benghazi in a show of force that he said might have averted a second attack on a nearby CIA complex.
Hours later, according to excerpts of the account by [...]
Iranian military aircraft targeted a U.S. Predator drone over the Persian Gulf this week, administration officials said. It was the latest in Iranian efforts to thwart the U.S. military’s airborne intelligence collections efforts in the region.
Three administration officials have separately confirmed details of the incident, although the Pentagon has not publicly acknowledged it.
Officials say it’s unlikely to be Navy, Air Force aircraft
As the federal budget goes off the rails, Joe Biden’s getting back on — with Amtrak.
The looming sequester is forcing the veep to once again take the train — as opposed to military aircraft — to his weekend trips home to Delaware.
Biden said Wednesday he initiated the change, calling it the one thing about the sequester that’s working to his “benefit.”
Speaking at the National Association of Attorneys General, Biden said [...]
The latest escalation in the seemingly neverending saga over a strategically located rock in the East China Sea, came hours ago, when Xinhua reported that Beijing has scrambled two J-10 jets to counter “Japanese military aircraft disrupting the routine patrols of Chinese administrative aircraft.”
This came out yesterday…
According to Japanese media, the Japanese government is considering permitting Japanese self-defense forces’ fighter jets to fire tracer bullets as warning shots against Chinese [...]
WASHINGTON—The Pentagon is preparing to notify its entire civilian workforce to prepare for furloughs if Congress and President Barack Obama are unable to reach a deal before Jan. 2 to avert automatic spending cuts.
A senior defense official said Sunday that the Pentagon would notify 800,000 civilian workers to brace for furloughs in the new year, meaning the workers would be ordered to take mandatory leave without pay for a certain [...]
On the Internet appeared the video, on which shows, according to the author of the video, as over a territory of the U.S. state of Nevada at November 20, 2012 flies with a supersonic speed, a very unusual military aircraft, which has six wings, THE VIDEO:
It looks like a “test bed” for something. The military, and NASA, often creates strange looking aircraft so as to test out unique airfoil confingurations [...]
In a post on his blog, Ilya Kramnik today made a set of predictions regarding upcoming procurement plans for the Russian air force. Here’s a translation:
a second contract for 48 Su-35s in 2014 or 2015, with deliveries in 2016-20.
a second contract for 24-32 Su-30SMs for naval aviation in 2013-2014, with deliveries in 2015-18.
accepting the option on 16 more Su-34s, in addition to 124 already ordered, with deliveries through 2020. An [...]
Air Force and Coast Guard aircraft will fly “intercept and identification” exercises over Washington tonight as part of efforts to prevent suicide aircraft attacks or other threats to the capital, a military spokesman said.
The latest exercise of what the North American Aerospace Defense Command calls “Falcon Virgo” involves Civil Air Patrol Cessna-182 light aircraft and a Coast Guard HH-65 Dolphin helicopter between 11:30 p.m. Monday and 5:30 a.m. Tuesday, NORAD [...]
Russia’s air force will get 1,600 new warplanes and choppers by 2020, announced President Vladimir Putin. The program will cost Moscow some US $723 billion.
“We are talking primarily about providing our forces with state-of-the-art modern technology,” Putin said at an air show in the Moscow Region ahead of the 100th anniversary of the country’s air force. “Over 600 new warplanes and 1,000 helicopters will come into service by 2020 – not mentioning [...]
A vast “raft” of volcanic rocks covering 10,000 sq miles (26,000 sq km) of ocean has been spotted by a New Zealand military aircraft.
A naval ship was forced to change course in order to avoid the cluster of buoyant rocks, located 1,000 miles off the New Zealand coast.
The unusual phenomenon was probably the result of pumice being released from an underwater volcano, experts said.
One navy officer described it as [...]
Egyptian Air Force deployed fighter jets in the Sinai Peninsula on Monday in the wake of the Kerem Shalom attack, for the first time since the Egypt-Israel peace treaty was signed in 1979, Egyptian news agencies reported.
Two fighter jets, armed with attack missiles, arrived in El Arish early Monday morning to assist in the effort to track down the fugitive terrorists responsible for the killing of 16 Egyptian soldiers on [...]
July 19, 2012
The US Navy was recently lambasted by Republicans for spending $26 a gallon on biofuels during the recent RIMPAC international naval exercises; all part of its Great Green Fleet Demonstration. However little note was taken when last month the US Air Force spent $59 a gallon on biofuels to prove that alternative fuels can be used in its military aircraft; once the small price difference issue has [...]
Suspected military plane wreck, bones found on Alaska glacier By Chris Klint, Channel 2/KTUU.com and msnbc.com news services ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Possible military aircraft debris, along with material that may be bone fragments, has been discovered in the Knik Glacier area, north-east of Anchorage, according to officials. Alaska Army National Guardsmen on board a UH-60 Blackhawk flying a routine training mission discovered the debris at about 1 p.m. local time [...]
People in the D.C. area are buzzing after pictures began popping up online showing what many believed to be a ‘UFO’ in transport along the Capitol Beltway.
The spotting took place around 11:00 p.m. Wednesday when drivers first saw the craft being hauled on a flatbed truck on I-270, then on I-495.
Maryland State Police confirmed that the strange craft was actually a drone aircraft made by Northrup Grumman that was [...]
Eyewitnesses on the ground near the media-blacked-out elevated radiation zone near the border of Indiana and Michigan, where radiation levels hundreds of times higher than normal were quickly removed from public viewing by the EPA, are now sending in a large number of photos and videos documenting massive explosions accompanied by unmarked helicopters, A-10 Thunderbolts, and military personnel. These reports come after a Department of Homeland Security hazmat fleet was sent out to the location [...]
China hopes to sell up to 300 Chengdu/Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) JF-17 Thunder fighters in Africa and the Middle East over the next five years.This target was revealed by a spokesman from China National Aero-Technology Import & Export Corporation (CATIC), the country’s military aircraft export agency, in an email to Flightglobal.
So far, only Pakistan has ordered the JF-17, with firm orders for 150 examples – Pakistan has said it could [...]
The Ministry of Defence is to abandon plans to buy the preferred fighter for the Royal Navy‘s new aircraft carriers, in an embarrassing U-turn for David Cameron.
The prime minister personally endorsed the decision to equip the over-budget carriers with “cats and traps” so they could catapult and recover a version of the F-35 joint strike fighter (JSF) from their decks.
But the cost of converting the carriers has already reached £2bn, [...]
May 2, 2012
Over the last few years, we’ve noticed that nearly every victory the FBI celebrates against terrorism is actually about stopping its own terrorist plots that it feeds to hapless individuals, often nudging them and pushing them down the road to “become” terrorists, despite commonly displaying little to no aptitude for actual terrorism.
Add the NY Times to the newspapers who are beginning to question the FBI’s penchant for setting up its own plots for the sake of a high [...]
4/27/2012 — Russia’s defence exports rose steadily from 2006 to 2011, helping to maintain its position as one of the world’s leading arms suppliers, but increased competition from Western suppliers in Asia combined with continuing structural challenges means that Russia’s ability to maintain its strong record is anything but certain.
Both outgoing president Dmitry Medvedev and president-elect Vladimir Putin have committed to boosting defence spending until 2020. Medvedev outlined procurement plans [...]
It’s turning out to be a costly commute home for Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.
The Pentagon chief has traveled on military aircraft to his home in northern California more than two dozen times since he took the defense post in July – trips that have cost the government about $32,000 each.
Panetta, in turn, has reimbursed the government about $630 per roundtrip for the personal flights, based on longstanding formulas dictated by [...]
Greece concluded a complex debt restructuring with private sector creditors on Friday, leading to the declaration of a “credit event” that will trigger about €3.5bn of credit default insurance payouts.
There were doubts over the exact impact of the credit default swaps, as Austria said it would need to inject up to €1bn into a state-owned bank as a result.
Even as ECB policymaker Ewald Nowotny hailed Greece’s debt restructuring a “clear [...]
January 12th, 2012
We may be pulling people out of war zones, but our dependence on robotic weapons systems is growing rapidly, with sales of drone related technology rising significantly over the last decade, and especially in the last year. According to the CEO of AeroVironment, a government contracted drone manufacturer, sales “actually increased as troops were drawn down from Iraq, supporting our notion that a drawdown is not necessarily unfavorable [...]
Japanese Self-Defense Forces’ (SDF) reconnaissance flights over waters near China have increased sharply. Japan’s SDF scrambled fighters 83 times in the first half of the year to investigate China’s military aircraft. During the first nine months of 2011 the number of such flights increased 44 percent from the same period last year, Yang Yujun, a spokesman at China’s National Defense Ministry said in comments carried by the official China Daily. [...]
Unidentified plane crashes in China: reports
(AFP) – 21 hours ago
SHANGHAI — An unidentified plane has crashed to the ground and exploded in eastern China, state media reported on Tuesday, but the accident remains shrouded in mystery and potential casualties remain unknown.
The crash happened in Zhejiang province near Lishui city on Monday evening amid heavy fog, the state-run China National Radio said, but local residents told AFP police quickly sealed the [...]
“During the early morning hours of April 17, 2011, an air traffic controller at the Cleveland Air Route Traffic Control Center was watching a movie on a portable electronic device while working a radar position. For a little more than three minutes, the controllers microphone was inadvertently activated, transmitting the soundtrack of the movie over the radio frequency for that airspace. The problem was brought to air traffic controls [...]