Tag Archives: F-16

Is Cairo cosying up to Moscow?

by Paul Iddon Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi’s rise to power was not warmly welcomed by Washington. The ex-army chief had deposed his predecessor, Mohammad Morsi, in July 2013 leading to a series of bloody crackdowns during that summer. US … Continue reading

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Turkey’s eternal search for an adequate air defense system

Following Turkey’s controversial downing of a Russian bomber over its border with Syria last November Russia deployed advanced S-400 air defense missile systems to its main airbase in Syria’s coastal Latakia province. Turkey had reason to fear this deployment, variants … Continue reading

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Will Iraq’s new F-16’s police the ‘One Iraq’ policy?

by Paul Iddon. The Iraqi government is really insistent that if any armed groups in the country want guns — the Kurds, mainly — they must go through Baghdad first. Now Iraq is getting the means to enforce that policy through … Continue reading

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China’s Expert Fighter Designer Knows Jets, Avoids America’s Mistakes

by Robert Beckhusen There’s aircraft designers, and then there’s ace designers. There are thousands of engineers around the world producing planes, but ace designers only come along once every few decades. The United States had Kelly Johnson, the designer of … Continue reading

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Mind the Gap: Airpower in the Asia-Pacific Region

by Paul Pryce. Paul Pryce is a Junior Research Fellow at the Atlantic Council of Canada. With degrees in political science from universities on both sides of the pond, he has previously worked in conflict resolution as a Research Fellow … Continue reading

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F-16 Support Area Confirmed in Pekanbaru

The latest satellite imagery on 12 July 2014 acquired by DigitalGlobe shows a new aircraft support area at Indonesia’s Pekanbaru Airbase. The Indonesian Air Force received the first three of 24 Lockheed Martin F-16C/D upgraded aircraft on 25JUL14. The US transferred … Continue reading

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ISIS: Here to Stay! – Part 1/3

by Sascha Bruchmann. Sascha Bruchmann studied International Law and International Politics in Germany and in the US. He worked as an analyst, covering the MENA region. A geopolitical analysis of the larger situation in the Middle East reveals that the … Continue reading

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South Korea’s Air Force: Does It Have a Coherent Strategy?

by Jeong Lee, a freelance writer. This commentary is adapted from his speech to the 7th Asia Pacific Security Conference (APSEC 2014) held in conjunction with the Singapore Airshow and was originally posted at the S. Rajaratnam School of International … Continue reading

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Raptor Grounding Exposes Air Force Risk

by DAVID AXE For two months, the U.S. Air Force has been without its newest jet fighter. But the situation could be far worse — and likely will be in coming years as the Air Force trades the robustness of … Continue reading

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