Contents tagged with Aircraft

  • NATO AWACS reconnaissance aircraft will arrive in Lithuania

    A new NATO reconnaissance aircraft with long-range radar detection and AWACS (Airborne Warning and Control System) will land at the Lithuanian Air Force airbase in Šiauliai this week, the Lithuanian authorities reported.

    “It will be a symbolic visit of the NATO E-3A reconnaissance aircraft to Lithuania, one of more than a thousand flights conducted by its crew members to ensure the security of NATO’s eastern borders since the beginning of the Russian Federation’s aggressive actions in Ukraine," …

  • Russia deployed another fighter jet to the Crimea

    Russia deployed another - the ninth - Su-30SM multifunctional fighter jet to the Crimea as part of the separate Naval Assault Aviation Regiment of the Russian Black Sea Fleet, Crimea News reported, citing the press service of the Southern Military District (SMD). The crew of the fighter jet underwent combat training at the Yeysk Naval Aviation Training Center.

    “The aviation regiment will be equipped with several more Su-30SM’s by the end of 2016,” the Agency stated. According to servicemen, …

  • Russia is completing formation of new bomber division in the Far East

    The Russian Defense Ministry is completing formation of a new Heavy Bomber Air Division in the Far East. The division, which consists of Tu-95MS strategic missile carriers and Tu-22M3 long-range bombers, will be tasked with patrolling the Pacific Ocean in the region of Japan, Hawaii and Guam islands. According to experts, the formation of a new air division will show the seriousness of Russia's eastern aspirations to the countries of the Pacific region and the USA.

    “At present, formation of …

  • French fighters escorted Russian bombers off the coast of Brittany

    On the 22nd of September, two French Rafale fighter jets were scrambled to escort two Russian Tu-160 bombers that were intercepted 100 kilometers from Brittany’s coastline (Atlantic coast) as they were approaching the borders of France, the Ministry of Defense of France reported.

    This is at least the third incident involving Russian bombers making forays into Europe. Previously, Russian Tu-160 bombers were spotted in the north of Norway, then in the west of Ireland and after that near France.

  • Russian Tu-22 bombers fly close to passenger plane near Iceland

    Two Russian Tu-22 M bombers were spotted flying near a passenger plane, which was travelling from Reykjavík to Stockholm. This was reported by the Morgunblaðsins newspaper.

    The incident occurred on Thursday over Iceland's air control zone, which is near the border of Norway’s air control zone.

    The bombers, which are capable of carrying nuclear missiles and flying at supersonic speed, were flying with their transponders switched off. In addition, they did not provide a flight plan. Based on …

  • Russia to design replacement for Ukrainian An-124 aircraft

    Russia is planning to develop an analog of one of the largest transport aircraft in the world, the An-124 Ruslan, over the next two years, stated Andrey Boginsky, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation, on the sidelines of the Gidroaviasalon 2016 forum.

    “There are no specific timeframes for when the project will be ready. Such work is proceeding primarily with the Defense Ministry because they will be a customer of the aircraft. The work is proceeding proactively. The …

  • An American reconnaissance plane flew over Russian warships near the Syrian shores

    An anti-submarine warfare plane from the US Navy P-8A Poseidon made a reconnaissance flight on Friday morning in the eastern Mediterranean Sea, where Russian ships from the permanent task force in the region are supposedly deployed. Another US reconnaissance plane approached the coast of the Crimea.

    According to Interfax, which refers to websites that track the movement of military aviation, the Poseidon, tail number 168 761, circled for more than two and a half hours over the eastern …

  • Japan scrambles fighters to escort Russian military aircraft near its borders

    As reported by Interfax, referring to the self-defense headquarters of Japan, two Russian Tu-142 long-range anti-submarine aircraft were flying over the Sea of Japan from south to north along the coast of the Honshu and Hokkaido islands. Afterwards, they allegedly turned around and followed a similar route back. Japan did not register any airspace violations.

    In June, it was reported in Tokyo that Japanese fighter jets took off to intercept two Il-38 anti-submarine warfare aircraft from the …

  • NATO fighters escorted Russian military aircraft over the Baltic Sea four times

    Last week, fighters from the air forces of NATO, on a patrol mission in the the Baltic States, took off four times to accompany Russian military aircraft flying in international airspace over the Baltic sea, Delfi reports.

    As the Ministry of Defense of Latvia states, the NATO fighter jets escorted Russian transport and reconnaissance aircraft. Most of the aircraft were flying in accordance with a flight plan and stayed in touch with the mission control center; however, their radar responders …

  • US reconnaissance aircraft flew near Russia's Baltic exclave of Kaliningrad

    On Tuesday, August 9, 2016 another U.S. Air Force plane designed to identify and intercept anti-aircraft radar radiation systems flew to the border of Russia near the Baltic Sea.

    Following the U.S. strategic reconnaissance aircraft RC-135U, which on Tuesday, August 9, 2016 approached to the Kaliningrad region, another electronic intelligence aircraft of the United States Air Force (USAF) RC-135W few to the Russian borders in the Baltic Sea, to track the movement of military aircraft. …