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Greece gets planes, training and support in $1.68B deal with Israel

Greece gets planes, training and support in $1.68B deal with Israel

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Jan. 6 (UPI) -- The Greek Air Force will get a training program and 10 aircraft from Israel in a $ 1.68 billion contract, Israeli defense contractor Elbit Systems announced. The 20-year contract is the largest defense agreement between Greece and Israel, and includes 10 M-346 training planes made by the European defense contractor Leonardo. Advertisement Elbit Systems, based in Haifa, Israel, will construct and maintain a flight school, a maintenance school and simulators, and provide logistics support, in Greece. The contract is a sign of increased cooperation between the Greek and Israeli governments and defense ministries. Greece recently began leasing Israeli drones, and the two countries, with Cyprus, agreed on an undersea pipeline to supply Europe with natural gas from the eastern ...
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...
U.S. Air Force announces next locations for new C-130J cargo planes

U.S. Air Force announces next locations for new C-130J cargo planes

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Nov. 25 (UPI) -- Three National Guard bases and a Navy Reserve base were selected to receive new C-130J Super Hercules cargo planes, the U.S. Air Force announced on Wednesday. Louisville Air National Guard Base in Kentucky, McLaughlin ANGB in West Virginia and Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base in Texas are set to start receiving eight new aircraft each in the coming year. Advertisement Savannah ANGB in Georgia is also scheduled to receive C-130Js "if they become available in the future," officials said in a press release. The Lockheed Martin-built planes are improvements over earlier C-130 variants they will replace, and offer reduced manpower requirements and operating and support costs, providing life-cycle cost savings, the Air Force said. The C-130J climbs faster and higher, flies...
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...
NORAD F-22s intercept 4 Russian spy planes off Alaskan coast

NORAD F-22s intercept 4 Russian spy planes off Alaskan coast

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June 27 (UPI) -- North American Aerospace Defense Command aircraft intercepted four Russian Tu-142 spy planes entering the Alaskan Air Defense Identification Zone on Saturday. According to NORAD, U.S. F-22s, with assistance from KC-135 air refuelers and E-3 Airborne Warning and Control System, intercepted the Tu-142s, which came within 65 nautical miles of the Aleutian island chain off the coast of Alaska and "loitered in the ADIZ for nearly 8 hours." Advertisement The planes remained in international airspace and did not fly into U.S. or Canadian airspace. The interception marks the second incidence of a Russian aircraft near the U.S. border this week and the 10th this year, with multiple incidents taking place this month near the coast of Alaska. On Wednesday NORAD F-22s intercepted two...