Contents tagged with Aircraft

  • Syrian opposition forces say they shot down one of Assad’s aircraft

    Syrian rebels shot down a Syrian military aircraft 50 km (31 mi) from Damascus, as reported to Reuters by a representative of the group Lions of the East Army, which is supported by the international coalition.

    “We shot down a Syrian jet plane in the Tel-Dakwa area, near Damascus. We are looking for a pilot,” the source said.

    As reported by Reuters, the opposition media posted photos on their websites of the remains of a pilot and an aircraft, allegedly shot down by the Syrian opposition …

  • Russia: Unidentified aircraft helping ISIS in Afghanistan

    The Russian Foreign Ministry issued a statement on the flights of an unidentified aircraft which provides assistance to ISIS in Afghanistan.

    The ministry drew attention to reports of regular flights of an aircraft without identification marks in various regions of Afghanistan. In particular, the reports contain information about instances where boxes with weapons and other supplies were dropped for ISIS units.

     “This naturally raises a question to the above-mentioned representatives of NATO …

  • The Russian Ministry of Defense commented on the presence of Russian aircraft off the coast of Alaska

    A Tu-95MS long-range strategic bomber accompanied by Su-35S multi-purpose fighters carried out a scheduled flight off the coast of Alaska on Thursday, May 4, to RIA Novosti reported citing the Press Service of the Russian Ministry of Defense.

    "In the course of training flights, pilots of Su-35S aircraft performed elements of complex aerobatics, flight along a given route, and piloting of a combat aircraft at extremely low altitudes and maximum permissible altitudes," the commentary on the …

  • F-35 fighters arrive in Estonia accompanied by NATO reconnaissance aircraft

    On April 25th, two US F-35A fighter aircraft and a 100 ARW KC-135 Stratotanker arrived at the Ämari Air Base in Estonia, accompanied by NATO RC-135 air reconnaissance aircraft, according to the Estonian newspaper Postimees.

    “When the fighters entered Estonian airspace, there were three NATO reconnaissance aircraft, which is unusually high,” the newspaper noted.

    The purpose of the NATO planes was to collect data on the activities of Russian radar systems tracking the arrival of the F-35s, the …

  • Russia transfers Su-25 fighter aircraft to Tajikistan for exercises

    Russian SU 25 SM fighter aircraft have been relocated from the Kant Air Base in Kyrgyzstan to Tajikistan, where they will take part in joint anti-terrorist exercises. The aircraft are to support the Special Forces and mechanized infantry while carrying out operations in mountainous terrain.

    “The aircraft will reinforce the aviation group at the Ayni Air Base, 30 km from Dushanbe,” Russia's TASS news agency reported citing the Central Military District’s press report.

    The joint exercise will …

  • Ukroboronprom to modernize 60 aircraft for the Ukrainian Air Force

    The Ukrainian military will receive approximately 60 upgraded and modernized aircraft this year from Ukroboronprom, Ukraine’s state-owned defense enterprise, reported.

    According to Lieutenant-General Sergei Drozdov, the Deputy Commander of the Ukrainian Air Force, the military will receive, “about 60 renovated and modernized aircraft. It includes MiG-29 and Su-27 fighters, Su-25 attack aircraft, Su-24 bombers, and L-39 combat trainers.”

    Drozdov also noted that the Ukrainian military …

  • The U.S. raises concerns about a dangerous maneuver by Russian military aircraft near its destroyer in the Black Sea

    U.S. naval forces counted at least three flights of Russian military aircraft over its destroyer, the USS Porter in the Black Sea according to the U.S. Department of Defense.

    Lieutenant-Colonel Michelle Baldanza claimed that all of the incidents occurred on February 10 and were considered by the Porter’s commander to be unsafe and unprofessional.

    "The destroyer Porter was sending requests to all of the aircraft and received no answer. The Russian planes disabled their transponders," Baldanza …

  • Serbia will soon receive MiG-29 fighters and other weapons from Russia

    On the 12th of February, the Minister of Defense of Serbia, Zoran Đorđević, stated that Belgrade will soon receive a batch of Russian military aircraft. According to him, six Russian MiG-29 fighter jets will arrive in Serbia in the near future. The Russian Federation will also send its experts to modernize the Serbian Air Forces, whose aircrafts were mostly purchased from the reserves of the Russian Air Force.

    “The MiG-29 fighter jets will be equipped with modern weapons, radars, optics, and …

  • Japan scrambled fighters to intercept Russian bombers

    During the second half of the day on January 24th, Japan's air force scrambled their fighters in response to three Russian bombers Tu-95 approaching the borders of the country.

    Russian planes flew along the borders of the country in the north and then flew over the Sea of Japan, the Ministry of Defense of Japan stated. A map with the route of the Russian bombers’ flight and their photos were published on the ministry's website. Two bombers flew to the south of the island of Okinawa, flew …

  • Media: One in five Sukhoi Superjet-100s were grounded due to a defect

    Every fifth Sukhoi Superjet-100 (SSJ100) passenger plane has been temporarily taken out of service due to a defect in one of the parts of the tail. Vedomosti newspaper reported this on Wednesday, January 19. Defects were detected in 19 out of 87 planes belonging to different airlines.

    The publication estimated that 14 of the defective aircraft belong to Russian airlines. Mexican company Interjet found defects in 11 out of 22 of their SSJ100 aircraft, Reuters reported. After repairs, six of …