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U.S. B-52, joined by NATO fighter planes, completes Barents Sea exercise

U.S. B-52, joined by NATO fighter planes, completes Barents Sea exercise

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Dec. 4 (UPI) -- A U.S. B-52 bomber joined NATO fighter planes for exercises over the Barents Sea, bordered by Norway and Russia, the U.S. European Command announced. The mission emphasized integration exercises over the remote Arctic sea between the bomber from the 5th Bomb Wing of Minot Air Force Base, N.D., and F-16 fighter planes of Greece and Norway. Advertisement They also practiced refueling operations with the involvement of U.S. and Turkish KC-135 aircraft. The U.S. crews flew to their home base immediately after the exercises. The B-52, known as the Stratofortress, has been in use by the U.S. Air Force since 1955. Regarded as a long-range heavy bomber, the plane is capable of flying at 50,000 feet in altitude. The NATO drill, announced Thursday by the U.S. European Command, was t...
BAE proposes support package for Japan’s next-generation F-X fighter

BAE proposes support package for Japan’s next-generation F-X fighter

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Nov. 5 (UPI) -- BAE Systems has proposed a package to support Japan's F-X next generation fighter development program, the company announced Thursday. According to a company press release, BAE responded to a request for information from the Japanese Ministry of Defense's acquisition, technology and logistics agency with a proposed package that outlines BAE's technical capabilities across a range of key areas. Advertisement "We firmly believe that we can add significant value to the F-X program. We look forward to further progressing our discussions and we are honored to have the opportunity to collaborate with Japan on this program," Andy Latham, Campaign Delivery Director-Japan, for BAE Systems' Air business, said. Last week Japan's Defense Ministry announced that it had named Mitsubishi...
Five female fighter pilots test G-force suits modified for women

Five female fighter pilots test G-force suits modified for women

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Nov. 3 (UPI) -- Five female fighter pilots have recently tested G-force suits modified to better fit the frames of women and other body types besides the typical man, the U.S. Air Force said Tuesday. The women pilots tested the modified version of the Advanced Technology Anti-Gravity Suit, from Oct. 26-30, at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida, according to a U.S. Air Force statement. Advertisement The suits have been in use since 2001 to protect pilots from G-force induced loss of consciousness during maneuvers in fighter aircraft, but it was developed primarily for standard men's body types. Along with women, pilots with "shorter" or "hard-to-fit" frames often struggled with the suits limited adjustability, according to the statement. The suits were modified to include wider lacing panels...
Marines form new F-35B Fighter Attack Squadron in Japan

Marines form new F-35B Fighter Attack Squadron in Japan

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Oct. 23 (UPI) -- The U.S. Marine Corps at Iwakuni, Japan, announced formation of a new attack squadron on Friday in anticipation of the arrival of F-35B fighter planes. Marine Aircraft Group 12 re-designated Marine All Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 242 to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 242, or VMFA-242. The change is part of the Marine Corps' ongoing transition process from F/A-18 Hornet fighter planes to the more-advanced F-35B Lightning II. Advertisement It will be the second overseas Marine squadron, a 1st Marine Aircraft Wing statement on Friday said. The first squadron, also at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, was established in 2017. VMFA-242 was ceremonially dedicated last week, and included a change of command, as Lt. Col. Andrew Kelemen was succeeded by Lt. Col. Michael Wyrsch...
India receives first Dassault Rafale fighter planes

India receives first Dassault Rafale fighter planes

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July 29 (UPI) -- The first five of 36 purchased Dassault Rafale fighter planes purchased by the Indian air force arrived at Ambala Air Station, India, on Wednesday. The French-built planes flew to Abu Dhabi and then to India, the Indian air force announced. Advertisement The aircraft are part of a $ 965 million purchase to upgrade India's military, as it contends with Pakistan on its west and China on its east, officials have noted. "On entering the Indian airspace, the Rafales were given an aerial welcome by two IAF Su-30 aircraft. At AF Stn Ambala, they were accorded the traditional 'Water Cannon Salute," air force officials said on Twitter. The Indian government discouraged media coverage or celebration, opting instead for a "final induction ceremony" in August. "IAF aircrew and groun...