Archiv: air forces


15.01.2020 - 10:14 [ theHill.com ]

Democrats clash at debate over keeping US troops in Mideast

The United States has about 5,000 troops in Iraq leading the fight against ISIS. There are also about 800 U.S. troops fighting ISIS in Syria. Meanwhile, about 14,000 U.S. troops are in Afghanistan helping Afghan forces fight the Taliban and conducting counterterrorism operations against groups such as ISIS.

Outside of combat zones, the United States has also deployed about 14,000 more troops throughout the Middle East since the summer in an effort to deter Iran.

11.01.2020 - 13:38 [ HUB ]

Hajizadeh Takes Full Blame For Ukrainian Plane Crash توضیحات حاجی‌زاده درباره هواپیمای اوکراینی

Amirali Hajizadeh, The head of Iranian Aerospace has taken full responsibility for the Ukrainian plane crash. Amirali Hajizadeh, The head of Iranian Aerospace has taken full responsibility for the Ukrainian plane crash.
توضیحات مهم سردار حاجی‌زاده درباره هواپیمای اوکراینی
سردار امیرعلی حاجی‌زاده فرمانده نیروی هوافضای سپاه پاسداران در پی مشخص شدن علت سقوط هواپیمای اوکراینی سخنرانی کرد.

سردار حاجی‌زاده در صحبت‌های خود گفت: بعد از شنیدن خبر سقوط هواپیمای اوکراینی آرزوی مرگ کردم. اکنون هر تصمیمی مسئولان بگیرند مطیع اجرای آن هستیم

09.01.2020 - 18:29 [ Kathimerini Cyprus ]

Cyprus ready to accommodate US army unit in emergency

State-funded broadcaster RIK News aired Thursday morning video footage of a C130 airplane and 5 or 6 Chinook helicopters over Paphos, saying the aircraft landed and were on stand-by at Andreas Papandreou AFB, an active air base adjacent to Paphos International Airport.

07.01.2020 - 17:49 [ Guardian News / Youtube ]

Defence secretary Ben Wallace makes statement in the Commons on Iran – watch live

Defence secretary Ben Wallace updates MPs – returning to the House of Commons after their Christmas break – on the latest in the Middle East, following the assassination of Iran military leader Qassem Suleimani last week. He makes the statement in place of Boris Johnson, who is chairing a meeting of the UK national security council to discuss the crisis.

07.01.2020 - 17:46 [ Independent.co.uk ]

Jeremy Corbyn accuses Boris Johnson of providing ‚cover‘ to Trump over assassination of Iran general

Mr Corbyn branded the drone strike on the leader of Iran’s feared Quds Force an “assassination” and told the House of Commons that it was widely regarded as illegal.

And he accused the prime minister of hiding away from scrutiny after Mr Johnson sent defence secretary Ben Wallace to answer MPs’ questions on the 3 January killing in Baghdad.

07.01.2020 - 17:46 [ German Foreign Policy ]

Die Kulturzerstörer

Die Bundesregierung schweigt dazu. Klar Position bezieht sie hingegen zu Maßnahmen Irans. So erklärte etwa Außenminister Heiko Maas nach der Mitteilung der iranischen Regierung, man werde die Beschränkungen des Atomabkommens erst dann wieder in vollem Umfang akzeptieren, wenn alle anderen Vertragsparteien ihre Verpflichtungen einhielten: „Das, was Iran jetzt angekündigt hat, werden wir nicht einfach so achselzuckend hinnehmen können“. „Achselzuckend nimmt die Bundesregierung freilich nicht nur die Ankündigung des US-Präsidenten hin, im Falle eines iranischen Gegenschlags mit der Zerstörung iranischen Kulturguts mutwillig ein Kriegsverbrechen zu begehen. Schon den völkerrechtswidrigen Mord an Soleimani und an weiteren hochrangigen Militärs hatte Berlin nicht als Verbrechen klassifiziert.

07.01.2020 - 17:42 [ Express.co.uk ]

‘US entitled to defend itself’ Britain backs Trump over Iran strike that killed Soleimani

(05.12.2019)

In the absence of Mr Johnson, who is on a Caribbean holiday with his girlfriend Carrie Symonds, Defence minister Ben Wallace said Washington has a right to respond to earlier attacks from Iran that resulted in an assault on the US embassy in Baghdad.

07.01.2020 - 17:36 [ Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the Labour Party / Twitter ]

I’ve written to Boris Johnson requesting an urgent Privy Council briefing and answers to questions following the US assassination of Qassem Suleimani.

(03.01.2019)

25.12.2019 - 22:02 [ KBS ]

USA schicken vier Aufklärungsflugzeuge gleichzeitig zur koreanischen Halbinsel

Es ist ungewöhnlich, dass vier US-Aufklärer gleichzeitig zum Einsatz kamen. Laut Aircraft Spots, einer Website zur Flugverfolgung, waren die vier Flugzeuge der Typen RC-135W Rivet Joint, E-8C Joint STARS, RQ-4 Global Hawk und RC-135S Cobra Ball gleichzeitig über der koreanischen Halbinsel und dem Ostmeer im Einsatz, um Aktivitäten in Nordkorea zu überwachen.

21.12.2019 - 10:45 [ New York Times ]

Syria Says Possible Drone Attacks Hit 3 Oil, Gas Facilities

Near-simultaneous attacks believed to have been carried out by drones hit three government-run oil and gas installations in central Syria, state TV and the Oil Ministry said Saturday.

No one claimed responsibility for the attacks, which targeted the Homs oil refinery — one of only two in the country — as well as two natural gas facilities in different parts of Homs province.

07.12.2019 - 11:29 [ Babak Taghvaee, Author, Historian,Defense Analyst / Twitter ]

Last week exercise „Game of Thrones“ was hold by #IDF for simulation of war against #IRGC proxies. Total 300 commandos of #Israel Defense Force & almost 40 airplanes, helicopters & #UAV of #IsraelAirForce participated in the exercise.

My reports & pictures soon in @PtisiMagazine

01.12.2019 - 14:00 [ Standard.co.uk ]

‚Loud explosion‘ heard across London was sonic boom from two RAF jets scrambled on emergency alert

An RAF spokesperson said: „Two Typhoon fighter aircraft from RAF Coningsby were scrambled at 0409 this morning, as part of the UK’s Quick Reaction Alert procedures, after an aircraft lost communications in UK airspace.

„The aircraft was intercepted and its communications were subsequently re-established.

30.11.2019 - 14:51 [ Jerusalem Post ]

Joint Chiefs Chairman Milley visited Israel, met IDF chief Kochavi

(25.11.2019)

The general’s trip comes as part of a series of visits by several high ranking military chiefs including the head of the US Air Force Gen. David Goldfien, USAFE (United States Air Forces in Europe – Air Forces Africa) Commander Gen. Jeffery L. Harrigian and the Commander of US Central Command (CENTCOM) Gen. Kenneth McKenzie.

26.11.2019 - 17:00 [ CNN ]

White House was briefly on lockdown after aircraft entered restricted airspace

Two US Capitol Police sources said the situation is being classified as an „aircon,“ which is an as yet unidentified incoming aircraft.

20.11.2019 - 19:38 [ MENAnalyst ‏ / Twitter ]

… So its really interesting to see how Syrian air defense [S-300s protect Damascus AP] was whistlin dixie while IAF F35s were doing slam dunks & the Russians [S-400 range covers this area] were out to lunch ? “ #SYRIA

16.11.2019 - 21:50 [ Manu Gómez ‏/ Twitter ]

Interesting since the start of the #Trump – #Ukraine scandal and the the Impeachment all USAF intelligence flights over the #BlackSea and Ukraine have disappeared. Not a single flight in the last days

01.11.2019 - 13:52 [ Tulsi2020.com ]

Tulsi 2020: Join me in demanding the truth

What was Saudi Arabia’s involvement in the 9/11 attack? Americans deserve an answer to this question. Join me in calling on the Trump Administration to declassify and release all information regarding the 9/11 attack. Add your name to our petition.

01.11.2019 - 13:50 [ apnews.com ]

Tulsi Gabbard: Release documents related to Saudis and 9/11

(29.10.2019)

“Our government should not be invoking secrecy to keep its own mistakes hidden from the American people and should certainly not be used to protect the Saudis from embarrassment or, worse yet, accountability,” said Terry Strada, a Sept. 11 widow and the chairwoman of 9/11 Families and Survivors United for Justice Against Terrorism. “Until there is an accounting, we will never go away.”

31.10.2019 - 20:59 [ China Daily ]

Japan’s Okinawa protests US military’s parachute training

The latest training drill marks the fourth time this year that such drills have been held in locations outside the stipulations in the 1996 bilateral agreement, with the latest exercise involving 20 US military personnel parachuting down to the Kadena base by 8 pm on Tuesday, according to the prefectural government.

Further inflaming the incident, earlier Tuesday two US paratroopers landed off-target in a village on private land, 600 meters from a private residence in the village of Ie, which now plans to lodge its own complaint.

27.10.2019 - 23:38 [ TASS ]

First joint Russian-Egyptian air defense drills kick off in Egypt

The first Russian-Egyptian air defense drills, the Arrow of Friendship-2019, kicked off at a practice range of the Egyptian air defense troops’ training tactical center on Sunday, the press service of the Southern Military District has said.

25.10.2019 - 01:36 [ UPI ]

Air Force F-15Es arrive in United Arab Emirates

In a statement on Wednesday, U.S. Air Forces Central Command said the deployment is a „in support of ongoing operations to maintain air superiority, defend forces on the ground, enhance regional partnerships and demonstrate a continued commitment to regional security and stability.“

18.10.2019 - 14:07 [ Hurriyet ]

Clash in safe zone out of question, disinformation: Erdoğan

Clash in safe zone between Turkish forces and YPG/PKK terrorists is out of the question, and disinformation, Turkish president said on Oct. 18

18.10.2019 - 14:02 [ Mustafa Bali, The head of SDF Press Office in northern Syria / Twitter ]

Despite the agreement to halt the fighting, air and artillery attacks continue to target the positions of fighters, civilian settlements and the hospital in Serêkaniyê/Ras al-Ayn. Turkey is violating the ceasefire agreement by continuing to attack the town since last night.

12.10.2019 - 10:04 [ Pentagon ]

DOD Statement on Deployment of Additional U.S. Forces and Equipment to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

At the request of U.S. Central Command, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper authorized the deployment of additional U.S. forces and the following equipment to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia:

12.10.2019 - 10:02 [ theHill.com ]

US to deploy additional troops, aircraft, missile systems to Saudi Arabia

Defense Secretary Mark Esper had authorized the deployment last month at the request of U.S. Central Command and informed Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and the country’s defense minister of the action earlier Friday.

06.10.2019 - 11:52 [ North Press Agency ‏/ Twitter ]

A U.S. patrol of seven armored vehicles heading from Tal Abyad to Ras al-Ain, adjacent to the Turkish borders within the proposed areas of security mechanism, accompanied with Coalition fighter-jets and reconnaissance aircraft overflights.

03.10.2019 - 01:50 [ defenceWeb ]

Islamist insurgent attack in Somalia repelled

Cameras picked up two white trucks carrying bombs and fighters to Somalia’s most secure military base, home to US Special Forces, foreign trainers and Somali Special Forces they mentor. … The second truck was hit by a US air strike. The explosion captured on video footage was provided to Reuters.

26.09.2019 - 16:15 [ BBC ]

Saudi Arabia says military response to Iran is possible

While Saudi Arabia wanted to avoid war and escalation, Iran would be held accountable for the drone and missile strikes, Adel al-Jubeir told the BBC.

A US assessment claiming Iran was behind the attacks was backed up by the UK, France and Germany this week.

26.09.2019 - 16:12 [ Politico.eu ]

Macron, Merkel and Johnson blame Iran for Saudi oil attack

(25.09.2019)

NEW YORK — The leaders of France, Germany and the United Kingdom on Monday blamed Iran for an attack on oil facilities in Saudi Arabia earlier this month.

“We condemn in the strongest terms the attacks on oil facilities on Saudi territory on September 14th, 2019 in Abqaiq and Khurais, and we reaffirm in this context our full solidarity with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and its population,” French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in a joint statement after meeting on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly.

24.09.2019 - 14:53 [ telesur ]

Germany, UK, France Blame Iran for Saudi Attack, Urge New Nuclear Deal

(23.09.2019)

“The time has come for Iran to accept negotiation on a long-term framework for its nuclear program as well as on issues related to regional security, including its missiles program and other means of delivery,” the three countries added

24.09.2019 - 06:15 [ Vox.com ]

France, Germany, and UK say Iran is responsible for attacks on Saudi Arabia

“It is clear for us that Iran bears responsibility for this attack,” the leaders of the three European powers said. “There is no other explanation.”

19.09.2019 - 11:09 [ KDAL610.com ]

Pompeo says attack was ‚act of war‘ on Saudi Arabia, seeks coalition

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia (Reuters) – The United States wants to build a coalition of European and Arab partners to deter Iran after an attack on Saudi Arabia that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo described on Wednesday as „an act of war“ against the world’s top oil exporter.

13.09.2019 - 13:42 [ Wall Street Journal ]

Israel Tiptoes Toward Conflict With Lebanon’s Hezbollah

From drone strikes to psyops, Israel’s widening campaign to weaken Iranian ally escalates tensions

11.09.2019 - 11:31 [ New York Times ]

Declassified Papers Show Anti-Castro Ideas Proposed to Kennedy

(19. November 1997)

“We could blow up a US warship in Guantanamo Bay and blame Cuba,“ the memorandum said.

“We could develop a Communist Cuban terror campaign in the Miami area, in other Florida cities and even in Washington,“ it continued. “The terror campaign could be pointed at Cuban refugees seeking haven in the United States. We could sink a boatload of Cubans enroute to Florida (real or simulated).“

The records show that on March 13, 1962, the Joint Chiefs of Staff endorsed these ideas as “suitable for planning purposes.“ No evidence exists that they were carried out.

11.09.2019 - 11:22 [ smeggys.co.uk ]

Operation Northwoods

Operation Northwoods was a 1962 plan by the U.S. Department of Defense to stage acts of simulated or real terrorism on US soil and against U.S. interests and then put the blame of these acts on Cuba in order to generate U.S. public support for military action against the Cuban government of Fidel Castro. As part of the U.S. government’s Operation Mongoose anti-Castro initiative, the plan, which was not implemented, called for various false flag actions, including simulated or real state-sponsored acts of terrorism on U.S. and Cuban soil. The plan was proposed by senior U.S. Department of Defense leaders, including the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Lyman Louis Lemnitzer.

11.09.2019 - 09:35 [ US Government Publishing Office ]

Hearings before the Committee on Armed Services, United States Senate, One Hundred Eighth Congress, Second Session, August 16 and 17, 2004

(15./17. August 2004)

The following five exercise hijack events included a suicide crash into a high-value target. Synopses of exercise results are not available. They were discarded in accordance with DOD directives.

Exercise Name: Vigilant Guardian 01-1
Exercise Date: 23 Oct 00
Participants: HQ NORAD/Continental U.S. NORAD Region (CONR)/Sectors
Scenario: Weapons of Mass Destruction directed at the United Nations–an individual steals a Federal Express aircraft and plans a suicide attack on the United Nations Building in New York City.
Synopsis of actions: Conducted an interception, exercised command and control and coordinated with external agencies.

Exercise Name: Vigilant Guardian 01-1
Exercise Date: 16 Oct 00
Participants: HQ NORAD/Cheyenne Mountain Operations Center/CONR/
Canadian NORAD Region/Sectors
Scenario: Due to recent arrests involving illegal drug trafficking in Maine, an individual steals a Federal Express plane and plans a suicide attack into the United Nations Building in New York City.
Synopsis of actions: Exercised command and control, coordinated with external agencies and followed hijack checklists.

Exercise Name: Falcon Indian 99-3
Exercise Dates: 5 Jun 00
Participants: CONR/Sectors
Scenario: Learjet hijacked maintaining tight formation with Canadair airliner, loaded with explosives. Learjet planned to crash into the White House.
Synopsis of actions: Exercised command and control, coordinated with external agencies and followed hijack checklists.

Exercise Name: Falcon Indian 00-1
Exercise Dates: 5 Jun 00
Participants: CONR/Sectors
Scenario: Communist party faction hijacks aircraft bound from western to eastern United States. High explosives on board. Intends to crash into the Statue of Liberty.
Synopsis of actions: Cross-sector hand over. Exercised command and control, coordinated with external agencies and followed hijack checklists. Federal Aviation Administration requested assistance.

Exercise Name: Falcon Indian 00-1
Exercise Date: 6 Nov 99
Participants: CONR/Sectors
Scenario: China Air from Los Angeles to JFK airport hijacked east of Colorado Springs by five terrorists. If not intercepted, intends to crash into United Nations building.
Synopsis of actions: Cross-sector hand over. Exercised command and control, coordinated with external agencies and followed hijack checklists.

29.08.2019 - 08:11 [ DailyStar.com.lb ]

Army fires at Israeli drones as leaders rally support

Lebanese Army soldiers Wednesday evening opened fire multiple times on Israeli drones that crossed into southern Lebanon just days after an Israeli drone attack on Beirut’s southern suburbs raised the specter of war.

26.08.2019 - 17:02 [ DailyStar.com.lb ]

More Israeli drones reported over south and east Lebanon

Multiple Israeli drones were reported to have flown over Lebanese airspace Monday, hours after Hezbollah Secretary-General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah warned that his party would bring down Israeli unmanned aircraft entering Lebanese skies.

25.08.2019 - 09:50 [ DailyStar.com.lb ]

Hezbollah: Israeli drone falls, another explodes over Beirut

BEIRUT: An Israeli drone went down over Beirut’s southern suburbs, and another exploded in the air overnight Sunday near Hezbollah’s media offices, a source from the party told The Daily Star.

Throughout the morning, following the incident, Israeli reconnaissance hovered over south Lebanon and the capital’s southern suburbs – a Hezbollah stronghold.

Hezbollah Secretary-General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah is expected to comment on the issue in a speech scheduled for late afternoon.

03.08.2019 - 16:59 [ theIntercept.com ]

How Israeli-Designed Drones Became Russia’s Eyes in the Sky for Defending Bashar al-Assad

(16.07.2019)

Though Russia has been instrumental in protecting the Assad government, which appeared to be on the brink of collapse four years ago, it has also carefully cultivated a military relationship with Israel over the past decade.

After more than seven years of war, the skies over Syria are saturated with aircraft from multiple militaries and armed groups, each pursuing their own goals, including using the country as a weapons-testing ground.

03.08.2019 - 10:57 [ theDrive.com ]

Cluster Bomb Toting F-15Es Are Patrolling The Persian Gulf To Counter Small Boat Swarms

Beyond the cluster munitions, the released pictures show that Strike Eagles from the 336th have been ready to take on individual moving targets with laser-guided bombs, as well. In one case, a pair of F-15Es each carried at least two 500-pound class GBU-12/B Paveway II bombs and one of them had a 2,000-pound class GBU-24/B Paveyway III on its centerline station. The latter weapon is capable of disabling or destroying any ship in the Iranian Navy.

20.07.2019 - 13:59 [ NBC News ]

U.S. military has begun reestablishing air base inside Saudi Arabia

In June the U.S. military began moving equipment and hundreds of troops back to a military base in Saudi Arabia that the U.S. deserted more than 15 years ago, according to two U.S. officials familiar with the deployment.

Over the coming weeks the deployment to Prince Sultan Air Base, intended to counter the threat from Iran, will grow to include fighter jets and Patriot long-range missile defense systems, the officials said.

18.07.2019 - 10:42 [ defensenews.com ]

Turkey officially kicked out of F-35 program, costing US half a billion dollars

In a statement, Lockheed Martin, the prime contractor on the F-35 program, said, “This is a government-to-government matter, and as always, we are following official U.S. Government guidance as it relates to delivery of the F-35 to Turkey and the export of goods from the Turkish supply chain.”

07.07.2019 - 11:18 [ Straits Times ]

US asks Germany to send ground troops into Syria to aid anti-ISIS fight

„We want ground troops from Germany to partly replace our soldiers,“ Mr Jeffrey told dpa and the German weekly Welt am Sonntag. He said he expects an answer before the end of the month.

04.07.2019 - 12:12 [ Wikipedia ]

February 2015 Egyptian airstrikes in Libya: French jet deal

The beheadings came a day before Egypt signed a $5.9 billion arms deal to purchase 24 Dassault Rafale warplanes from France, making it the first foreign sale for the French jet. Egypt also bought a FREMM multipurpose frigate as well as missiles. The deal is believed by analysts to be an attempt by Sisi to both upgrade Egypt’s military hardware and to diversify its suppliers. Patricia Adam, president of the French parliament’s defense committee, said that Egypt needed planes quickly. „You just need to take a look at what’s happening at its border. They are especially worried by what’s happening in Libya,“ she said. French defense minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, said that the Copts‘ execution was one of the reasons why the Egyptian government wanted to boost its security.

04.07.2019 - 11:58 [ Middle East Eye ]

Libyan militia building mercenary air force, rivals claim

(04.05.2017)

From February 2015, the Ukrainian Glissada company, specialising in the supply of spare parts for airplanes and helicopters of various nations, began looking for pilots and technicians with experience on the Mirage F1 for full-time jobs in Africa.

The final client was Libya Dawn, via the Caravana Middle East company based in Jordan and directed by a US-Jordanian, Rami Ghanem Najm, according to MEE’s source. Najm was arrested in December 2015 in Greece on an international arrest warrant and extradited to the US on arms trafficking charges.

The first two foreign mercenaries appeared in Misrata in June 2015. One of them refused to bomb LNA troops and left. The other – an Ecuadorian, reinforced by technicians of the same country – carried out several air strikes against LNA forces, then Islamic State militants in the Sirte region.

24.06.2019 - 16:42 [ Asahi.com ]

ASDF scrambles jets after Russian bombers enter Japan’s airspace

(21.06.2019)

The Air Self-Defense Force scrambled fighter jets on June 20 after two Russian TU-95 bombers intruded into Japanese airspace on two separate occasions on the Pacific coast, the Defense Ministry said.

The ASDF jets were deployed from several bases to order the Russian bombers to leave Japanese airspace.

Foreign Ministry officials filed a formal protest with the Russian Embassy in Tokyo.

21.06.2019 - 21:24 [ Maleshov ‏/ Twitter ]

USAF SOCOM C146 Wolfhound 11-3016 MAGMA11 over Persian Gulf now flight from Bahrain to Abu Dhabi

21.06.2019 - 21:23 [ Maleshov ‏/ Twitter ]

USAF E3 AWACS 76-1607 SHUCK82 over Persian Gulf today change their callsign from WSLR, may be flight to their US home nest :-)))

21.06.2019 - 16:51 [ radiofarda.com ]

Russia Refuses To Sell S-400 Air Defense Missile System To Iran

(01.06.2019)

Reports from Russia also picked up by media in Iran’s neighbour Turkey say Putin has rejected the request over concerns about rising tensions in the Persian Gulf region where several Arab leaders voiced their concern about Iran’s military ambitions.

This comes while according to Hurriet daily newspaper, the delivery of S-400 missile defense systems to Turkey is going ahead according to schedule,

18.06.2019 - 05:42 [ CNN ]

US sending 1,000 additional troops to Middle East amid Iran tensions

„In response to a request from the US Central Command for additional forces, and with the advice of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and in consultation with the White House, I have authorized approximately 1,000 additional troops for defensive purposes to address air, naval, and ground-based threats in the Middle East,“ acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said in a statement.

16.06.2019 - 18:58 [ US Air Forces Central Command ]

US builds intermilitary relationship with RSAF

Royal Saudi Air Force F-15C Eagles fly in formation with U.S. Air Force F-15Cs in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility, June 2, 2019. The flight was conducted as part of a larger effort to continue building military-to-military relationships and interoperability

18.05.2019 - 17:41 [ Fool.com ]

Look Who’s Buying Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Now!

(07.05.2017)

Here’s a quick rundown of the major players to date, and how many F-35s they’re planning to buy:

Australia: 72 F-35As
Belgium: No decision yet made
Canada: 65 F-35As planned, but may buy Boeing (NYSE:BA) F-18s instead
Denmark: 27 F-35As
Israel: 50 F-35As
Italy: 60 F-35As, 30 F-35Bs
Japan: 42 F-35As
Netherlands: Up to 37 planned, but only 8 authorized so far
Norway: 52 F-35As planned, but only 22 authorized so far
South Korea: 40 F-35As
Turkey: 100 F-35As
United Kingdom: 138 F-35Bs
United States: 1,763 F-35As, 353 F-35Bs, and 327 F-35Cs

18.05.2019 - 17:10 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Hi-tech coating which makes RAF’s new £100million F-35 fighter jets ‚invisible‘ to enemy radar is allegedly wearing off quicker than expected – but the force said the aircraft is a ’significant success‘

(09.12.2018)

An RAF source told The Express: This situation obviously has to be rectified before the plane enters operational service.‘

The source also told the paper that defence secretary Gavin Williamson and RAF Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen have always known about the issue.

18.05.2019 - 17:10 [ Wikipedia ]

Potential applications of carbon nanotubes

Radar absorption

Radars work in the microwave frequency range, which can be absorbed by MWNTs. Applying the MWNTs to the aircraft would cause the radar to be absorbed and therefore seem to have a smaller radar cross-section. One such application could be to paint the nanotubes onto the plane. Recently there has been some work done at the University of Michigan regarding carbon nanotubes usefulness as stealth technology on aircraft. It has been found that in addition to the radar absorbing properties, the nanotubes neither reflect nor scatter visible light, making it essentially invisible at night, much like painting current stealth aircraft black except much more effective. Current limitations in manufacturing, however, mean that current production of nanotube-coated aircraft is not possible. One theory to overcome these current limitations is to cover small particles with the nanotubes and suspend the nanotube-covered particles in a medium such as paint, which can then be applied to a surface, like a stealth aircraft.[64]

In 2010, Lockheed Martin Corporation applied for a patent for just such a CNT based radar absorbent material, which was reassigned and granted to Applied NanoStructure Solutions, LLC in 2012.[65] Some believe that this material is incorporated in the F-35 Lightning II

18.05.2019 - 17:05 [ flightglobal.com ]

Lockheed Martin reveals F-35 to feature nanocomposite structures

(26.05.2011)

Meanwhile, the same carbon nanotube reinforced polymer (CNRP) material is being considered to replace about 100 components made with other composites or metals throughout the F-35’s airframe, he said.

The shift to CNRP as an airframe material has been anticipated ever since carbon nanotubes were discovered in 1991.

18.05.2019 - 17:02 [ Technology Review ]

Nano Paint Could Make Airplanes Invisible to Radar

(05.12.2011)

However, it’s not yet practical to grow forests of nanotubes on the surface of an airplane directly—growing such forests is a high-temperature, high-pressure process done in chambers much smaller than an airplane. But Guo says it should be possible to grow the nanotubes on the surface of tiny particles which can then be suspended in paint.

18.05.2019 - 17:00 [ Yahoo.com ]

Britain at UN presses Russia to answer for Idlib hospital attacks

At least 18 hospitals and clinics have been destroyed or damaged by air strikes and shelling over recent weeks, several of which were on UN „no target“ lists that detail exact locations of the health facilities to the warring sides, the UN aid chief told the council.

„Russia and Syria are the only countries that fly planes in the area,“ British Ambassador Karen Pierce told the council. „I think we need answers today.“

17.05.2019 - 13:44 [ The Aviationist ]

USAF F-16 Crashes into Building at March Air Reserve Base, Pilot Ejects, Injuries on the Ground.

This accident is the first U.S. Air Force flying accident in 2019 following 11 accidents for Air Force and Air Force Reserve/National Guard aircraft in 2018. Two USAF F-16s crashed last year, including a fatal accident involving the U.S. Air Force flight demonstration team, The Thunderbirds that occurred on April 5, 2018. The other USAF F-16 accident in 2018 happened when an aircraft overran the runway on emergency landing and the pilot ejected safely at Lake Havasu City Airport in Arizona on April 24, 2018.

15.05.2019 - 08:27 [ taskandpurpose.com ]

CENTCOM corrects British general: US forces in Iraq and Syria on heightened alert for Iranian attacks

„There’s been no increased threat from Iranian-backed forces in Iraq and Syria,“ Maj. Gen. Chris Ghika, a deputy commander for the U.S.-led coalition against ISIS, told reporters at a Pentagon news briefing. „We are monitoring the Shia militia groups carefully and if the threat level perceives to go up them we will raise our force protection levels accordingly.“

But after being pressed by reporters on the matter, Ghika engaged in verbal gymnastics to try to say he was on the same page as the White House by saying the coalition monitors a range of possible threats and it raises and lowers security levels appropriately.

15.05.2019 - 08:25 [ Washington Times ]

Saudi crown prince holds quiet meeting with head of U.S. Central Command

(14.04.2019)

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met quietly Monday with the head of U.S. Central Command, Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie, and the two men discussed continued “cooperation” between the two nations in fighting terrorism, according to Riyadh’s state-run news agency.

15.05.2019 - 08:20 [ Stripes.com ]

Bomber task force completes first CENTCOM mission as Iran warns US forces to leave region

(13.05.2019)

B-52H Stratofortress aircraft assigned to the 20th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron from Louisiana’s Barksdale Air Force Base took off from Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar, U.S. Air Forces Central Command said in a brief statement Monday. Additional bombers in the task force had been deployed to an unspecified base in the Middle East.

“They’re here to defend our forces and interests,” said Lt. Col. Christine Millette, a spokeswoman for Air Forces Central Command. Millette did not provide further mission details.

06.05.2019 - 19:49 [ Robins Air Force Base ]

Air Force Research Laboratory completes successful shoot down of air-launched missiles

During the series of tests at the High Energy Laser System Test Facility at White Sands Missile Range, the Demonstrator Laser Weapon System (DLWS) (Figure 1), acting as a ground-based test surrogate for the SHiELD system, was able to engage and shoot down several air launched missiles in flight. The demonstration is an important step of the SHiELD system development, by validating laser effectiveness against the target missiles. The final SHiELD system, however, will be much smaller and lighter, as well as ruggedized for an airborne environment.

06.05.2019 - 19:44 [ theVerge.com ]

The US Air Force successfully tested a laser system to shoot down missiles

SHiELD also not the only laser technology that’s in testing by the US military — the US Army tested a system mounted on an AH-64 Apache attack helicopter last summer, and the US Navy is working with Lockheed Martin on its own systems to install on warships.

21.04.2019 - 15:13 [ theGuardian.com ]

Airstrikes hit Tripoli as Haftar steps up assault on Libyan capital

Residents had reported drone strikes in recent days, but there has been no confirmation and explosions heard in the city centre this time were louder than in previous days.

Residents counted several missile strikes, one of which apparently hit a military camp of forces loyal to the UN-recognised government in the Sabaa district in the south of the capital – scene of the heaviest fighting between the rival forces.

13.04.2019 - 12:13 [ HistoryCommons.org ]

Context of ‚(6:30 a.m.) September 11, 2001: NORAD on Alert for Emergency Exercises‘

This is a scalable context timeline. It contains events related to the event (6:30 a.m.) September 11, 2001: NORAD on Alert for Emergency Exercises. You can narrow or broaden the context of this timeline by adjusting the zoom level.

13.04.2019 - 11:45 [ US Government Publishing Office ]

Hearings before the Committee on Armed Services, United States Senate, One Hundred Eighth Congress, Second Session, August 16 and 17, 2004

(15./17. August 2004)

The following five exercise hijack events included a suicide crash into a high-value target. Synopses of exercise results are not available. They were discarded in accordance with DOD directives.

Exercise Name: Vigilant Guardian 01-1
Exercise Date: 23 Oct 00
Participants: HQ NORAD/Continental U.S. NORAD Region (CONR)/Sectors
Scenario: Weapons of Mass Destruction directed at the United Nations–an individual steals a Federal Express aircraft and plans a suicide attack on the United Nations Building in New York City.
Synopsis of actions: Conducted an interception, exercised command and control and coordinated with external agencies.

Exercise Name: Vigilant Guardian 01-1
Exercise Date: 16 Oct 00
Participants: HQ NORAD/Cheyenne Mountain Operations Center/CONR/
Canadian NORAD Region/Sectors
Scenario: Due to recent arrests involving illegal drug trafficking in Maine, an individual steals a Federal Express plane and plans a suicide attack into the United Nations Building in New York City.
Synopsis of actions: Exercised command and control, coordinated with external agencies and followed hijack checklists.

Exercise Name: Falcon Indian 99-3
Exercise Dates: 5 Jun 00
Participants: CONR/Sectors
Scenario: Learjet hijacked maintaining tight formation with Canadair airliner, loaded with explosives. Learjet planned to crash into the White House.
Synopsis of actions: Exercised command and control, coordinated with external agencies and followed hijack checklists.

Exercise Name: Falcon Indian 00-1
Exercise Dates: 5 Jun 00
Participants: CONR/Sectors
Scenario: Communist party faction hijacks aircraft bound from western to eastern United States. High explosives on board. Intends to crash into the Statue of Liberty.
Synopsis of actions: Cross-sector hand over. Exercised command and control, coordinated with external agencies and followed hijack checklists. Federal Aviation Administration requested assistance.

Exercise Name: Falcon Indian 00-1
Exercise Date: 6 Nov 99
Participants: CONR/Sectors
Scenario: China Air from Los Angeles to JFK airport hijacked east of Colorado Springs by five terrorists. If not intercepted, intends to crash into United Nations building.
Synopsis of actions: Cross-sector hand over. Exercised command and control, coordinated with external agencies and followed hijack checklists.

13.04.2019 - 11:26 [ scribd.com ]

NORAD Exercises Hijack Summary

(2004)

A document entitled „NORAD Exercises Hijack Summary“ from the 9/11 Commission’s files. It lists air defense training exercises involving hijackings for approximately four years before 9/11. The exercises included a version of ‚Vigilant Guardian‘ in which a suicide hijack targeting New York took place two days before 9/11; the document details 9 versions of Vigilant Guardian which took place the week before 9/11, all of which involve hijacking. A version on 9/6/01 involved a shoot-down by fighter jets. The document is from the Neads Trip 2 of 3 folder, Box 20, Team 8 files, Miles Kara Work Files series. On his blog, Miles Kara confirmed that he created the document, saying it is „one of many work papers I created during my work on the 9-11 Commission Staff“ and „The document was prepared to list what we knew about exercises before we traveled to NORAD Headquarters.“

13.04.2019 - 10:51 [ New York Times ]

Declassified Papers Show Anti-Castro Ideas Proposed to Kennedy

(19. November 1997)

“We could blow up a US warship in Guantanamo Bay and blame Cuba,“ the memorandum said.

“We could develop a Communist Cuban terror campaign in the Miami area, in other Florida cities and even in Washington,“ it continued. “The terror campaign could be pointed at Cuban refugees seeking haven in the United States. We could sink a boatload of Cubans enroute to Florida (real or simulated).“

The records show that on March 13, 1962, the Joint Chiefs of Staff endorsed these ideas as “suitable for planning purposes.“ No evidence exists that they were carried out.

13.04.2019 - 10:48 [ smeggys.co.uk ]

Operation Northwoods

Operation Northwoods was a 1962 plan by the U.S. Department of Defense to stage acts of simulated or real terrorism on US soil and against U.S. interests and then put the blame of these acts on Cuba in order to generate U.S. public support for military action against the Cuban government of Fidel Castro. As part of the U.S. government’s Operation Mongoose anti-Castro initiative, the plan, which was not implemented, called for various false flag actions, including simulated or real state-sponsored acts of terrorism on U.S. and Cuban soil. The plan was proposed by senior U.S. Department of Defense leaders, including the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Lyman Louis Lemnitzer.

10.02.2019 - 15:27 [ theGuardian.com ]

RAF veteran `admitted 1961 killing of UN secretary general`

(12.1.2019) Exclusive: Cold case documentary casts new light on mystery of Dag Hammarskjöld’s plane crash

05.04.2018 - 05:55 [ RT ]

F-16 jet crashes at base outside Las Vegas

This is the third crash of a US military aircraft just this week. On Tuesday, four crew members died when a Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter crashed during a routine training mission in California along the US-Mexico border. A Marine Corps Harrier jet also crashed in Djibouti. Its pilot ejected and has been reported in stable condition.