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Aero Report September 24th, 2014

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September 24th, 2014

Saudi pilots receive online death threats after air strikes on Isis

Eight airmen involved in US-led operation, including the crown prince’s son, threatened on Twitter after photographs released...

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Analysis: Expectations for deployment of fifth-generation fighters

The entry into service of the US F-22 Raptor in 2005 marked the unofficial arrival of the era of the fifth-generation fighter. In the coming years, as the American F-35 Lightning II and foreign competitors such as the Sukhoi T-50 and Chengdu J-20 enter the market, the fifth-generation fighter will become an important element of the global fighter market..

AFRL Seeks Drag-Reduction Technologies For Mobility Aircraft

How do you improve the fuel economy of aircraft that have been in service for years, or decades? Reengining is expensive and unlikely to pay off within the lifetime of older airframes...

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MiG-31 interception near North America suggests Russia changing offensive air ops

The appearance of two Mikoyan MiG-31 fighter interceptors in a group of six Russian Air Force (VVS) military aircraft intercepted by Canadian and US air force aircraft on 17-18 September suggests a change in Russia's approach to offensive operations...

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Iran unveils indigenous combat drone armed with missiles

Iran has unveiled its first indigenous unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) armed with air defense missiles suitable for aerial combats...

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Decommissioned US F-16s to challenge China's fighter exports

The F-16 and other fourth-generation American-built fighters are considered major competitors to Chinese fighters in their traditional overseas markets, according to Ma Zhiping, the general manager of state-run China National Aero-Technology Import & Export Corporation, in a report on Beijing-based China Aviation News...

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Russia shows military pointing finger to Japan

The Russian armed forces are showing off their military pointing finger to Japan and other nations in or with interests in Asia during the large-scale strategic exercise Vostok-2014. Starting on 19 September it involved military operations on the Kuril Islands – a disputed group of isolated pieces of land that Japan claims as well...

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When the French "Shot Down" an F-22

Evidence released last year confirms that a French fighter pilot once “killed” an American F-22 Raptor stealth fighter in mock combat...

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