FIGHTER JETS

  • Russian TV channel says photos show MH17 shot down by fighter jet November 15, 2014

    Moscow: Russian state-controlled TV has broadcast what it called "sensational" photographs, which it said supported Moscow's theory that Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down by a Ukrainian fighter jet. Several commentators who have examined the photographs have described them as forgeries, however. The photographs, said to be taken by a Western...
  • China unveils sophisticated J-31 stealth fighter aircraft November 13, 2014

    Beijing: China unveiled a sophisticated new stealth fighter jet at an air show on Tuesday, a show of muscle during a visit by US President Barack Obama for an Asia-Pacific summit. China hopes the much-anticipated J-31 stealth aircraft, developed by the Aviation Industry Corp of China (Avic), the country's top aircraft...
  • IAF fighter jet Su-30MKI crashes near Pune October 14, 2014

    Pune: An Indian Air Force fighter jet Su-30MKI crashed at village Theoor near Pune on Tuesday evening. Both the pilot and the co-pilot have ejected safely. The plane was on a training sortie when it crashed into a field. It crashed while coming in for landing at a distance of approximately...
  • Japan developing first fighter since World War II September 22, 2014

    Tokyo: The Japanese government has begun working on a jet fighter, the first such aircraft to be built in the country since World War II, the Nikkei newspaper reported on Monday. The prototype is a joint venture between the Japanese government and defence contractors Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and IHI. It is still...
  • MH17 tragedy: Who is the real culprit? July 24, 2014

    The MH17 tragedy has several roadblocks in the investigation. The blame game continues with Russia denying any direct involvement in the attack. Instead, Russia continues to suggest a Ukrainian fighter jet responsible for the tragedy. ...
  • Ukraine says proRussia rebels shoot down two fighter jets July 23, 2014

    Kiev: ProRussian rebels shot down two Ukrainian fighter jets on Wednesday, not far from where a Malaysian airliner was brought down last week in eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 passengers on board. A spokesman for Ukraine's military operations said the planes were downed near Savur Mogila, a burial mound in the...
  • PM Modi to inaugurate naval flight test facility in Goa June 9, 2014

    Panaji: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will this week inaugurate the flying decklike Shore Based Test Facility (SBTF) for naval aircraft at the INS Hansa, a naval base in Goa, officials said. Modi is expected to inaugurate the facility on Friday, according to Indian Navy officials. The SBTF at INS Hansa has both...
  • Fighter jets escort small plane out of Washington June 8, 2014

    Washington : Authorities say two F16 fighter jets escorted a small airplane out of restricted airspace in Washington, an apparently inadvertent intrusion that prompted evacuations at the US Capitol and surrounding buildings. North American Aerospace Defense Command spokesman Master Sgt Chuck Marsh says jets escorted the plane to an airport in...
  • MiG jets designer Rostislav Belyakov dies at 94 March 1, 2014

    Moscow: The maker of MiG fighter jets says that its chief designer Rostislav Belyakov has died. He was 94. The company said in a statement that Belyakov died on Friday in Moscow following an unspecified illness. Belyakov became the MiG chief designer in 1969, succeeding the firm's founder, Artyom Mikoyan, and led...
  • India to finalise Rafale deal by March: IAF official October 17, 2013

    India will finalise a $15 billion deal to buy 126 Rafale fighter jets from France's Dassault Aviation by March 2014, an Indian air force official said on Thursday, after the deal had been held up by differences over local manufacturing. New Delhi picked the Rafale for exclusive negotiations in January 2012...
  • UK fighters escort Pakistan plane to airport; 2 arrested May 24, 2013

    London: British fighter jets escorted a Pakistan International Airlines passenger plane to Stansted Airport near London on Friday, where police went on board and arrested two men on suspicion of endangering an aircraft. Passengers were leaving the plane and no one was hurt in the incident, a spokesman for the...
  • UK: Fighter jets escort a Pak passenger plane in British airspace May 24, 2013

    London: Britain launched fighter jets on Friday to escort a Pakistan International Airlines plane carrying 297 passengers from Lahore after it was diverted from Manchester, a spokesman for the Defence Ministry said. Flight PK709 from the city of Lahore in Pakistan was due to land at Manchester Airport in north west...
  • China deploys Su27 fighters in Tibet, can target key Indian air bases May 20, 2013

    New Delhi: China's allweather fighter base in Tibet is now widening its range of options in the event of a conflict with India. Intelligence intercepts and satellite monitoring has confirmed that China may have to some extent overcome Tibet's extreme altitude and temperatures to operationalise an allweather airfield near the...
  • US F22 stealth jets join South Korea military drills April 1, 2013

    Washington: The United States sent F22 stealth fighter jets to South Korea on Sunday to join military drills aimed at underscoring the US. commitment to defend Seoul in the face of an intensifying campaign of threats from North Korea. The advanced, radarevading F22 Raptors were deployed to Osan Air Base, the...
  • US to 'rebalance' its military in Asia Pacific: Pentagon March 22, 2013

    Washington: As part of its "rebalance" in the Asia Pacific region, the US is all set to deploy additional military resources, including more aircraft careers and fighter jets, a top Pentagon official has said. "Our rebalance means that a higher proportion of our assets will be in the region," the...
  • Iran unveils its own stealth fighter jet Qaher F313 February 4, 2013

    Tehran: Iran on Saturday unveiled its newest combat jet, a domestically manufactured fighterbomber that military officials claim can evade radar. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said in a ceremony broadcast on state TV that building the Qaher F313, or Dominant F313, shows Iran's will to "conquer scientific peaks." The Qaher is one of...
  • Iran unveils new indigenous fighter jet February 3, 2013

    Tehran: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Saturday unveiled a new indigenous fighter jet, media reports said. Iran's advancement in military sector does not aim at "expansionism and violating others' rights", however, it will be utilized for "defensive and deterrence" purposes, Ahmadinejad was quoted as saying by semiofficial ISNA news agency...
  • Indian armed forces' plans on hold ahead of defence budget February 1, 2013

    New Delhi: The armed forces may have to trim some of their ambitious weapons procurement plans after indications that the defence budget could be cut by around four to five per cent if not more, as part of Finance Minister P Chidambaram's plans to lower the deficit. This could delay the...
  • India, US finalise Rs 3000 cr deal for jet engines January 21, 2013

    New Delhi: India and the US have finalised a Rs 3000crore deal for supplying 99 jet engines to be used in the indigenous Light Combat Aircraft 'Tejas' being developed by the DRDO. Around two years ago, India had selected the American company General Electric over its rival European Eurojet 2000...
  • Russia to seek big arms deals with India December 20, 2012

    Moscow: Russian President Vladimir Putin hopes to conclude deals on the sale of fighter jets and aircraft engines to India next week which could be worth more than $7.5 billion, defence industry sources said on Wednesday. Putin, who visits India on Monday, has his sights set on selling 42 Sukhoi...
  • Russia's Putin seeks big arms deals in India December 19, 2012

    Moscow: Russian President Vladimir Putin hopes to conclude deals on the sale of fighter jets and aircraft engines to India next week which could be worth more than $7.5 billion, defence industry sources said on Wednesday. Putin, who visits India on Monday, has his sights set on selling 42 Sukhoi...
  • Japan sends fighters up after China plane flies over disputed islands December 13, 2012

    Chinese planes have allegedly entered disputed airspace over disputed islands in the East China Sea. Reports suggest that Japan scrambled eight F15 jets in retaliation. It is unclear what aircraft China used. China's Foreign Ministry has said Japan should stop entering the disputed territory. China and Japan both claim ownership over...
  • Russia delivers 3 upgraded MiG29 jets to India December 11, 2012

    Moscow: Russia has delivered the first three upgraded MiG29UPG fighter jets to India under a USD 900 million contract to modernise the ageing fleet of MiG29 aircraft with the IAF, the MIG corporation has announced. "The MiG corporation has started deliveries of upgraded MiG29UPG fighter jets to the Indian Air...
  • IAF planning to phase out MiG27 by 2017 October 3, 2012

    New Delhi: Concerned over recurring problems in MiG27 combat aircraft engines, Indian Air Force is planning to phase out these Russianorigin planes by 2017. IAF operates about 80 (four squadrons) of these aircraft in its fleet and due to the recurring problems in their engines, it had to ground all...
  • India to unveil fifth generation fighter jet by 2014 August 20, 2012

    New Delhi: The initial version of a fighter plane, being jointly developed by India and Russia and tipped to be one of the mostadvanced in the world, will be unveiled in India in 2014. The Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA) with stealth features is slated to be inducted in the...
  • Syria shoots down Turkish fighter jet June 23, 2012

    Ankara: Syria shot down a Turkish warplane over the Mediterranean on Friday and Ankara warned it would respond decisively to the incident that threatened to open a new international dimension in the 16month revolt against Syrian President Bashar alAssad. Syria said the Turkish aircraft was flying low, well inside Syrian territorial...
  • Sourcing MIG spares from outside Russia wrong: Envoy March 27, 2012

    New Delhi: Indian Air Force's efforts to procure spare parts for its Sovietera aircraft from global market were "wrong" and after using these "fake" equipment, the service should not be surprised if its fighter jets meet with accidents, Russia said on Monday. "It is wrong as all those spare parts are...
  • Rafale fighter selection for IAF final: Pallam Raju March 3, 2012

    Bangalore: Selection of French fighter Rafale as the multirole medium combat aircraft (MMRCA) for the Indian Air Force (IAF) was final and the price negotiations were under way, Minister of State for Defence MM Pallam Raju said on Friday. "The decision to purchase Rafale is final and we are in the...
  • Sukhoi to remain top combat jet seller till 2015 February 25, 2012

    Moscow: Russia's Sukhoi aircraft maker will remain among the top three exporters of fighter jets until at least 2015, the Moscowbased Centre for Analysis of World Arms Trade (CAWAT) said on Friday. "Sukhoi will export 109 fighters in the next three years, while US Lockheed Martin will export 110 aircraft, and...
  • India upgrades its military with China in mind February 9, 2012

    New Delhi: India has decided to buy 126 fighter jets from France, taken delivery of a nuclearpowered submarine from Russia and prepared for its first aircraft carrier in recent weeks as it modernizes its military to match China's. India and China have had tensions since a 1962 border war, and New...