Dozen A-10 aircraft and hundreds of Idaho guardsman head to Southwest Asia – Defence Blog

The Idaho Air National Guard recently sent one of biggest deployments in State’s history, amid the COVID-19 pandemic.As nearly a dozen A-10 Thunderbolt II Aircraft from the 124th Fighter Wing based at Gowen Field departed for Southwest Asia in support of combat operations.“This is what our people signed up for and they are excited for the opportunity to answer the nation’s call,” said...

NATO conducts live-fly training flights over Baltic – Defence Blog

On April 20 and 21, air forces from four Allies and two Partners and a NATO E-3A AWACS plane conducted live-fly training flights in segregated training areas and international airspace over the Baltic Sea.The goal of Exercise Ramstein Alloy 20-1 is to practice procedures and coordination processes among Allies and Partners. Belgium and Poland F-16 fighter aircraft, as well as Lithuania C-27...

South Korea receives first RQ-4B spy unmanned aircraft – Defence Blog

South Korea military received its first advanced high-altitude unmanned aircraft, RQ-4B Global Hawk, according to the Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF).The first RQ-4B Block 30 landed at a military airbase in Sacheon, South Gyeongsang Province on Monday.The aircraft is the first to arrive in the country of the four RQ-4B Global Hawk aircraft South Korea has purchased from the U.S. The...

Ankara threatens to close down U.S. Air Force base in Turkey – Defence Blog

A senior Turkish official said that Ankara threatening to close down the U.S. Air Force Incirlik Air Base.Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said in a statement that Ankara may insist that the U.S. leave Incirlik air base if Washington goes ahead with the sanctions it has threatened in response to Turkey’s purchase of S-400 air defense systems.“We will assess the worst-case scenario...

Vermont Air National Guard receives next three F-35 Lightning II aircraft – Defence Blog

The Vermont Air National Guard, the air force militia of the State of Vermont, has received the next three F-35 Lightning II aircraft, which landed at the Vermont Air National Guard just after 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, Dec., 5, 2019.These aircraft are part of the 20 total aircraft assigned to the Vermont Air National Guard, with the full complement arriving by summer 2020.The aircraft departed...

U.S. Air Force shows us a day in the life of a Pave Hawk in Dolomites – Defence Blog

The U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Ericka Woolever spent 24 hours photographing the daily life of special mission aviators from the 56th Rescue Squadron at Aviano Air Base, Italy.He demonstrated an ordinary day for HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter pilots, from the 31st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, 56th Helicopter Maintenance Unit, at Aviano Air Base, Italy.The Aviano Air Base, this is a NATO base...

Lockheed Martin receives almost $1 billion for new hypersonic weapon system – Defence Blog

Pentagon’s No.1 weapons supplier Lockheed Martin Corp. has received a $988,8 million U.S. Air Force contract modification for the next-generation hypersonic weapon system, U.S. Department of Defense reported on Monday.The modification to the previously awarded contract covers critical design review, test and production readiness support of the Air-Launched Rapid Response Weapon, or ARRW,...