Archive: International

USAFE: Russian Bomber Flights Off European Coast Raise Safety Concerns

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany–The recent resurgence of flights by Russian Tupelov Tu-95 Bear and Tu-160 Blackjack long-range bomber aircraft in international airspace off the coasts of NATO countries, while not viewed as threatening, does raise safety concerns, since the Russians have not been following accepted international protocols, senior Air Force generals said here. The Russians, […]

U.K. MoD Orders More Lockheed Martin Desert Hawk UAS

The United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence awarded Lockheed Martin [LMT] a $4.8 million contract to procure additional Desert Hawk III Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), the company said Nov. 28. With a $6.3 million award in April, the contracts are directed at increasing the capability of the British Army. The Desert Hawk III UAS consists of […]

U.S. Growth Drives QinetiQ’s First Half Results

Britain’s QinetiQ recently posted strong first-half results led by the company’s QinetiQ North America (QNA) division, which saw its revenues soar due to acquisitions and strong organic growth. Sales increased 19 percent to $1.3 billion for the six months ending Sept. 30 from $1.1 billion in the same period a year ago, with organic growth […]

F-22s Stay Away, For Now, From Coalition Air Training Exercises In Middle East

The Air Force has put off the debut of its new F-22 Raptor stealth multi-role fighter aircraft in the coalition air-combat training exercises held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) until the Raptor fleet is more firmly established in the United States, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Michael Moseley said. Originally, the Air Force […]

Hunter Calls For President To Meet With Lawmakers About China

The ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee is imploring the president to meet with key lawmakers to discuss future defense investments in light of China’s recent military buildup and its refusal to allow U.S. ships to port In Hong Kong. China’s decision to block the USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) aircraft carrier strike group […]

U.S. Forces Need More Persistent ISR, Ability To Move Data Across Battlefield, Official Says

By Geoff Fein U. S. forces operating in Iraq and Afghanistan need more persistent intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) as well as the ability to move data and images across the battlefield, according to the head of the Marine Corps’ special operations command (MARSOC). Marine Corps special operations forces have a limited persistent ISR capability, […]

Moseley: Despite Enduring Activity, No Need To Beddown Aircraft In Middle East

Despite the Air Force’s large and enduring presence in the Middle East and Near East and its extensive activities each day in support of anti-insurgent operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, the service has no plans to permanently assign aircraft to the region, Chief of Staff Gen. Michael Moseley said earlier this month. The Air Force […]

Elbit’s M&A Activities Bear Fruit, Contribute To Record Financial Results

TEL AVIV, Israel– Elbit Systems [ESLT] on recently reported its consolidated results for the third quarter ending Sept. 30 with the company’s president and CEO saying recent acquisitions helped generate record revenues, backlog and cash flow. "We are pleased to report another strong quarter of growth, which was based on organic revenue growth of 19 […]

Large Number of Aegis Ships Would Be Needed To Shield Europe: Admiral

It would take a large number of U.S. Navy Aegis weapons system ships to shield Europe against enemy missiles from the Middle East, if the United States attempted to use the sea-based system to guard Europe instead of the Ground-based Midcourse missile Defense (GMD) system proposed for the Czech Republic and Poland. That was the […]

USAFE Head: Lajes In Azores An Appealing Site For F-35 Training, Joint Exercise

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany–Lajes in the Portuguese Azores is an appealing location to host a training range for the F-35 Lightning II stealth fighter as well as additional modern aircraft and weapon systems due to the vast airspace and sparsely inhabited areas around it, the Air Force’s top general in Europe said here. “I have […]