November 17, 2017

Japan Air Self-Defense Force Aircrafts at Gifu Airbase

"Blue-Flag" 2017 Has Ended

The largest international aerial training exercise in the IAF’s history has come to an end. 1,200 participants, including aircrew members, maintenance, administration and support personnel and about 80 fighter jets from all over the world participated in the two-week long “Blue-Flag” 2017 exercise.

The exercise’s goal is to simulate extreme combat scenarios and coalition flights as realistically as possible. Eight countries participated in this year’s exercise, the third overall - Israel, the United States, Poland, Italy and Greece, and for the first time, Germany, France and India.

“We learn from international air forces and the experience they have gained from aerial activity around the world – this is how we improve our combat doctrine over the years”, stated Maj. Gen. Amikam Norkin, IAF Commander. “If we want to influence the reality we see in a decade, we must prepare together, create common solutions and establish an international plan”.

The Israeli participants included a “Baz” (F-15) squadron, a “Sufa” (F-16I) squadron and two “Barak” (F-16C/D) squadrons alongside heavy transport squadrons, helicopters, RPAVs (Remotely Piloted Aerial Vehicles) and electronic warfare. The US, Hellenic and Polish Air Forces arrived with variants of F-16 jets, the French Air Force with “Mirage 2000” jets, the German Air Force with “Eurofighter Typhoon” jets, the Italian Air Force with two variants of the “Panavia Tornado” and the Indian Air Force with a C-130J Super Hercules Transport Aircraft.

“The situation in the region is very unstable, and the arrival of seven countries who say that they believe in the State of Israel, the IDF and IAF, is a significant statement”, said Brig. Gen Amnon Ein-Dar, Head of Training & Doctrine Division.

While the fighter aircraft trained in Ovda AFB, Indian aircrew members and commandos participated in an Aerial Special Forces exercise in cooperation with the 103rd Squadron (“Elephants”) from Nevatim AFB and SAR Unit 669. The exercise was viewed by observers from countries nominated to participate in the "Blue-Flag" 2019 exercise. "Every division has international exercises, but the 'Blue-Flag' connects them all. This exercise is the climax of the IAF's international program", noted Brig. Gen. Ein-Dar.

“The ‘Blue-Flag’ exercise is a central event in the IAF, as part of which we operate and train a vast aerial force for two consecutive weeks”, stated Col. Itamar, Ovda AFB Commander. “The ability to host seven air forces, train and debrief together, cooperate, reflects our international status and national resilience. In the world we live in today, a state must have the ability to create coalitions and we want to learn from other air forces, strengthen our deterrence capability and exhibit the IAF to our participants”.

Attacking Together, Defending Together

The “Blue-Flag” training exercise simulated a continuous combat scenario, with 100 sorties flown each day, adding up to about 1,000 flights overall. Every day different targets were destroyed and, every action, success or failure affected the rest of the exercise. Throughout the exercise, the participants performed border protection, air-air battles and two-sided "Blue vs. Blue" sorties, in which the participating aircraft are divided into attackers and defenders and fight each other.

Hard Work
The IAF has hosted the "Blue-Flag" exercise twice before: once in 2013, when four different air forces were hosted in Ovda AFB, and the second time in 2015, in which five countries arrived.
The 133rd squadron, the exercise’s leading squadron, dictated the content of the “Blue-Flag” 2017 exercise. “We began working on the exercise a year ago; it is a massive exercise, of an extent that has never occurred here before. As the leading squadron, we’re responsible for the aerial aspect of the training – what the participants rehearse, which scenarios and missions they perform and what their rules are”, added Lt. Col. Nadav, Commander of the 133rd Squadron.

Aerial Ambassadors
Some of the exercise's main goals include improving operational capability, mutual learning and setting the infrastructure for the upcoming "Blue-Flag" exercises. Besides the tactical benefit the IAF gains from training with hundreds of international aircrew members, aircraft and weapons, there is also a strategic benefit.

"The 'Blue-Flag' helps position the IAF's status. We see each participant as an ambassador", elaborated Lt. Col. Guy, Head of the Training Branch in the IAF Air Division. Lt. Col. (Res’) Tal, Head of the “Blue-Flag” Management Team added: "The IAF is Israel's 'display window' and the direct encounter between the air forces is an inseparable part of forming strong, continuous relationships with other countries, near or far".

Around the World
The exercise has become a focal point of international interest, and the cooperation with the participating air forces has improved significantly “We’re very grateful for the opportunity to train with so many countries at once as we usually train with one country at a time. There's no way better way to learn how to do something than to have different perspectives”, shared Lt. Col. Benjamin S. Freeborn, Commander of the United States Air Force’s 510th Fighter Squadron (“Buzzards”), Aviano Air Base, Italy. “Because we generally don’t fight alone in the USAF, we focus on interoperability, meaning the ability to understand each other and work towards the same objective. It’s very important for us to arrive at an unfamiliar place and learn how to support each other”.

"The differences between flying in Israel and flying in Italy is the operational environment", said Lt. Col. G' from the Italian Air Force. "In Israel, we practice low-altitude flight against a variety of threats and scenarios which are very complex to perform in Italy. The fact that this year's 'Blue-Flag' has a large amount of countries enables us to share more information, learn more and improve our capabilities. The Italian Air Force has already trained a number of times in Israel, and the current exercise continues to strengthen our relationships".

Greece also participated in the exercise, arriving with F-16 fighter jets from the 335th "Tigers" Squadron, the Hellenic Air Force's oldest squadron. The Greek pilots learned that their participation in the exercise also has a historic meaning: the squadron was established in Israel 78 years ago, in Ekron AFB (now known as Tel-Nof) as a part of the British RAF. At the end of the exercise, the HAF pilots will visit the home of the squadron's original commander, who is 97 years and old and the oldest living Greek fighter pilot. As they celebrate, they will tell him of their experiences in Israel. "We feel honored to be here again, flying over Tel-Nof AFB escorted by Israeli F-15s. We can go back home and tell him about our experience", said Capt. Vassilios Kalogridis, an aircrew member from the squadron.

Tesla New Products --> Semi + new Roadster

Chinese PLAAF J-20

Chinese PLAAF J-20s get new hangers

America's 44th kill vehicle-armed Ground Based Interceptor being installed at Fort Greely, Alaska

Tesla Semi

Incredible Boston Dynamics robot back flip

Airbus at Dubai Airshow 2017: Event highlights

F-16 Viper Demo At The 2017 Dubai Airshow

Drone and mobile phone technology have finally merged

November 16, 2017

Islamic State Releases Picture Of Its Fighter ‘Marwan Khorasani’ Who Carried Out Suicide Bombing In Kabul

First Tu-160M2 during the rollout ceremony at S.P. Gorbunov Aviation Plant in Kazan, Russia

Japanese Kawasaki C-2 airlifter is making its Dubai Air Show debut

Alenia Aermacchi M346FA at Dubai Air Show 2017

J-11B carries KL-700A ECM pod to further enhance its ECM capability

What Remains For Kurdistan

MQ-9 Demonstrates Anti-Submarine Mission Capabilities in U.S. Naval Exercise

Airbus C295 at Dubai Air Show 17 is an ISR version that can also be weaponized to conduct effective Close-Air-Support operations

Saab GlobalEye - all of AEW&C, maritime surveillance and signal intelligence aircraft combined

British and Indian soldiers on a Sherman tank and a elephant, on the road to Meiktila, Burma, March 1945

75 Years: Air Force Plant 4’s Enduring Legacy

China's missile frigate Yuncheng on Wed set off for Bangladesh for a multilateral exercise organized by the Indian Ocean Naval Symposium

Blue Flag 2017 participants react to Israeli food

November 15, 2017

Indonesia - South Korea to Continue Enhancing Defence Industry Cooperation

South Korean President Moon Jae-in and his host President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo spent some time at a shopping center in Bogor, West Java, after their inaugural bilateral meeting.

Jokowi and Moon bought batik shirts before sipping hot jasmine tea from a small beverage stall at Bogor Trade Mall.

The blusukan (impromptu) visit on Thursday reflected the closeness of the two countries, which have agreed to enhance their ties.

The two countries signed a strategic partnership agreement in December 2006.
Earlier during their meeting at Bogor Palace, both leaders pledged to work for closer ties, targeting US$30 billion in two-way trade by 2022, and they urged North Korea to stop its nuclear program.

The presidents agreed that trade and investment are important vehicles for development in South Korea and Indonesia.

After the meeting, the presidents witnessed the signing of three memoranda of understanding (MoU) in transportation, industrial and medical sectors. The MoU were signed by the relevant ministers from both countries.

Jokowi and Moon also agreed that the special strategic partnership would involve the political and security sectors.Moon and Jokowi reaffirmed that cooperation in the defense industry was a symbol of mutual trust. They said they were determined to continue enhancing defense industry cooperation, with stronger emphasis on capacity building, research and development and joint production.

Moon also said South Korea would “continue to support” development of the KFX/IFX jet fighter that is under development by the two countries.

The KFX/IFX is a twin-engined 4.5 generation fighter jet, described as having capabilities above the venerable F-16 Fighting Falcon, but below the stealthy F-35 Lightning II, both of which are made by US defense company Lockheed Martin.

Indonesia bears 20 percent of the development cost and the remainder is covered by South Korea.Indonesia is also the first foreign user of South Korean-made single-engined KT-1B Woong Bee turboprop trainers and singleengined T/A-50 Golden Eagle advanced jet trainers.

For its part, Indonesia has sold CN-235 medium transport aircraft to both South Korea’s air force and coast guard.

Other defense industry cooperation includes the acquisition of three submarines made by Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering, the third of which is to be assembled at the state-owned PT PAL shipyard in Surabaya.Previously, South Korea provided transfer-of-technology in the construction of four landing platform docks (LPD). Two LPDs were made in South Korea and the other two in Surabaya.

South Korea, Indonesia agree to elevate ties to special strategic partnership Two-way trade projected to reach $30b by 2020.

South Korea is seeking to enhance its economic relations with Indonesia, particularly in trade and investment, as it tries to exert greater influence in Southeast Asia.

CETC Scans for Asia Pacific Radar Opportunities

China’s leading electronics and radar systems developer China Electronics Technology Group Corporation (CETC) is eyeing opportunities to expand its regional customer base with its range of long-range air surveillance, counter-stealth, and weapon locating radars.

The company’s latest radar systems include the S-band phased array SLC-2E weapon locating radar (WLR), which is designed to support counter-battery missions against hostile artillery and rockets, as well as airborne threats with its air defence function.For long range air surveillance, the company has developed the SLC-7 radar wthich operates in the IEEE L-band range of 1-2 GHz. The radar is claimed to be capable of detecting stealthy aircraft or unmanned aerial systems at distances of over 450 km with a high degree of success. It can also be used to track ballistic missiles.

Meanwhile, its new YLC-8B 3D surveillance radar operates in the ultra-high frequency range of 300 Mhz-1 GHz to detect and track aircraft that are over 500km away as well as missile threats out to ranges of over 700km.CETC highlighted that these radar systems have been designed to be mobile and can be readily deployed with minimal set up and teardown times. The company is the primary supplier of advanced radar systems to the People’s Liberation Army.

Singapore Commissions Two Littoral Mission Vessels (LMV)

Singapore's Seaward Defence Strengthened with Commissioning of Two New Littoral Mission Vessels

Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen officiated at the commissioning ceremony of the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN)'s Littoral Mission Vessels (LMVs) RSS Sovereignty and RSS Unity at RSS Singapura - Changi Naval Base today. The commissioning of RSS Sovereignty and RSS Unity marks a significant milestone in the RSN's continued transformation to strengthen its capabilities, as the two LMVs join the rest of the Navy to safeguard Singapore's waters, protect its sea lines of communication and contribute to regional peace and security.

Speaking at the ceremony, Dr Ng highlighted the need to adapt and prepare for future challenges as the range of threats and spectrum of missions have expanded. He said, "Today, the RSN already contributes to regional and global security efforts… Going forward, the demands on our RSN will increase. Part of this reflects both the rising trade as well as the military build-up of regional navies in our surrounding waters." Dr Ng added that the LMVs are future-ready ships built to respond to these different mission requirements and fulfil the RSN's role in keeping Singapore's sea lines of communication secure and accessible for the nation's economic growth and prosperity. He added,

"The LMVs represent a quantum jump compared to its predecessor, the Fearless-class patrol vessels. Whether it is speed, endurance, anti-air or Command, Control, Communications and Computers (C4) capabilities, the LMVs outperform by leaps and bounds the Patrol Vessels that were built in the 1990s… With today's commissioning, RSS Sovereignty and RSS Unity will join RSS Independence to expand the range and effectiveness in missions."

Jointly developed by the RSN and the Defence Science and Technology Agency, the Independence-class LMVs are equipped with smarter technology and sharper capabilities to enable the RSN to operate more efficiently and effectively. The network-centric ships possess advanced radars and sensors, as well as a 360 degree out-of-window view and improved sense-making systems to enhance situational awareness and accelerate decision-making. The LMVs also have lethal and non-lethal options to deliver calibrated responses to deter and defend against various threats. Their mission modularity further allows the ships to be configured for a wide spectrum of operations.

RSS Sovereignty and RSS Unity are the second and third ships out of eight LMVs that will replace the ageing Fearless-class Patrol Vessels which have been in service for more than 20 years. The first-of-class LMV RSS Independence was commissioned on 5 May 2017 and the remaining five LMVs are expected to be operational by 2020.

Also present at the ceremony were Senior Minister of State for Defence Dr Mohamad Maliki Bin Osman, and senior officials from the Ministry of Defence and the Singapore Armed Forces.

Argentine Air Force new pilots of the IA-58 Pucará

C-5M Galaxy

Thousands without electricity in Netherlands after Apache hits transmission cable

A Dutch Apache helicopter – participating in exercise Decisive Thunder 2017 – struck a electrical transmission tower and high-voltage cables on the night of Nov. 13.

B-1 Bombers Nighttime Ordnance Load And Takeoff

B-52 Stratofortress at Royal Air Force Fairford

November 14, 2017

Indian Air Force commandos train with Israeli Air Force SAR Unit 669 special operators during mutual training exercise

Sukhoi Su-35 performs maneuvers at Dubai Air Show 2017

Pakistan Army Captain and Solder killed by Taliban

Two Pakistani servicemen, among them a captain, were martyred and up to 10 terrorists were killed in a cross-border attack from Afghanistan on Pakistan Army check posts in Bajaur Agency on Monday, the military said.

The assault by marauding terrorists set off a gunfight. “During the exchange of fire Captain Junaid Hafeez and Sepoy Raham were killed while four soldiers got injured

Indian Air Force at Israeli "Blue-Flag" training exercises

The Indian and Israeli Air Forces took a significant step forward in their cooperation when the Indian Air Force arrived in Israel for the "Blue-Flag" 2017 training exercise. This is the first time the Indian Air Force participated in an aerial exercise in Israel

2017 marks the first time that the Indian Air Force participated in the "Blue-Flag" training exercise, which began last week in Ovda AFB. The Indian delegation landed a week and a half ago in Nevatim AFB with a C-130J "Super Hercules" tactical transport aircraft carrying 50 "Garud" Commando Force (the Special Forces unit of the Indian Air Force) operators and aircrew members. The cooperation's focal point will be an aerial special forces training exercise held at Tel-Nof, Palmahim and Nevatim AFBs alongside the Israeli 103rd Squadron (“The Elephants”), which operates the "Shimshon" (C-130J) aircraft and SAR Unit 669.

"Flying in the 'Blue-Flag' isn't like a regular training flight. The rules of the game change in an exercise as large as this one and the aerial playground is designed so that the scenarios are as effective for the participants as possible", explained Capt. Itamar, the exercise leader from the "Elephants" squadron.

Extensive Training

The air forces' cooperative training exercise will include both ground and aerial missions such as urban warfare, navigation and downed pilot search & rescue. At the end of each week, the commandos will perform a conclusive training session including various scenarios such as raids on tactical facilities, extraction, airborne transportation via “Yanshuf” (Black Hawk) helicopters and mutual formation flight. "This is the first time that the Indian Air Force is participating in the 'Blue-Flag' training exercise, so this cooperative interaction is of major importance", said Capt. Itamar. "This is a very large-scale exercise, larger than we've ever experienced. We are rehearsing scenarios that we don't get to rehearse every day as they are complex and involve aerial threats. An exercise of this scope and quality requires extensive preparation, infrastructure and planning".

Sea View Of 3 U.S. Carrier Strike Group Near North Korea

Boeing 777X Flight Deck Reveal

SpaceX | McGregor, TX

South Korean AH-64Es carried out first live-firing of AGM-114

Eight South Korean AH-64Es participated in the first live-firing of the AGM-114 air-to-surface missile at a range off the western coastal city of Gunsan on Nov. 13.

November 13, 2017

13-Nov Russian forces train against biological and chemical warfare

When you really love your job

1st Beihang Sky Eagle/天鹰 UAV rolls off the assembly line today in Taizhou

This is not a Volvo brake ad

Great footage of the 7th Brigade - Australian Army in action

The Blue Flag Exercises

Boeing & Aurora Flight Sciences - Unmanned, Unmatched, Unleashed

B-1 Bomber and F/A-18 Flyovers - Three-Carrier Strike Force

ROK Air Force - ADMS Live Firing Competition 2017

US & ROK Navy - 3 Carrier Strike Group Formation In Western Pacific Ocean

Blue Flag 2017 - Another day, another takeoff

November 12, 2017

AOE Hulunhu & CV Liaoning, docked side by side

Iran’s Su-22 fighter jet crashes – IRGC

A pilot of an Su-22 airplane of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) was killed as the plane crashed in the Iran’s south-western province of Fars.
A Su-22 airplane of the IRGC Air Forces crashed at 08:00 a.m. [local time, 05:30 GMT] during military exercises in the south of the country, killing the pilot, the IRGC said Saturday in a statement.

Iran has faced a number of military planes’ crashes in recent months. In December 2016, IRGC’s light military aircraft crashed in Saravan airport, according to Trend news agency. In October, another military aircraft crashed while on a reconnaissance mission, killing the pilot and the co-pilot.

The Su-22 is an export modification of Su-17M2 fighter-bomber produced by the Soviet Union’s Sukhoi manufacturer in 1970-1980s. It is widely used by the air forces of Syria, Poland, and Vietnam, alongside Iran and Arab countries. Iran has both Russian and US-made planes.

Last video of Saudi Prince Mansour bin Muqrin, officials before helicopter crash

Defense and Security Thailand 2017 Bangkok

November 11, 2017

Bell V 280 Valor 75° Rotor Tilt

The Bell V-280 Valor prototype aircraft has successfully achieved controlled conversion from 95 to 75 degree pylon and back – allowing for full hover and low speed agility maneuvering. The aircraft will continue ground run testing at the Bell Helicopter Amarillo Assembly Center where it will undergo a series of functional tests running all aircraft systems and flight controls in preparation for first flight this fall.

F-35 Official Arrival at Ørland Air Base

Exercise Dawn Blitz

November 10, 2017

SU-34 Hell Duckling

French Army Opération Barkhane in 47 degree heat

International participants of the Blue Flag 2017

Refueling at Dingxin AB, where is holding Gold Helmet 2017 air combat competition

JF-17 overhaul project started at AVIC Changsha

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...