Aero Report September 19th, 2014


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September 19th, 2014

Rafale multi-role combat planes conduct first French air strike in Iraq

Two Rafales, one C-135FR Tanker were involved in a 7-hour mission from Al Dhafra to Iraq (1,700 kilometers) to destroy an ISIS  target in northern Iraq on Sept. 19. Four GBU-12 LGB (Laser-Guided Bombs) were dropped by the two multi-role planes to hit a munition and fuel depot near the town of Zumar...


NATO report highlights UAV limitations

NATO’s Joint Air Power Competence Centre (JAPCC) has released a study into the vulnerabilities that the alliance's in-use unmanned air vehicles have, claiming that the nature of UAV operations to date may have limited their development...


Dutch to increase defence spending

The Dutch government has decided to increase the Netherlands' defence spending, reversing 24 years of declining defence expenditure. Dutch Defence Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert said on 16 September that the funds would be used generally to "enhance the clout" of the armed forces...


Higher and Faster in the X-15

Fifty five years ago this week test pilot Scott Crossfield flew the North American Aviation X-15 rocket plane on its first powered flight. Conceived as a hypersonic research vehicle, the X-15 would go on to pave the way for space shuttle operations and provide a wealth of data about high speed flight, systems, structures and aerodynamics...


Fighter jets land on Taiwan highway in ‘China attack’ war games

Taiwan displayed how its fighter jets and early warning aircraft could land, refuel and take off on a closed motorway on Tuesday, in a scenario simulating a Chinese attack that wiped out the island’s air force bases...