Japan Scrambles Aircraft to Intercept 2 PLAAF Spy Planes in East China Sea

This marks the first intercept of two Shaanxi Y-9J maritime patrol aircraft in 2019. The Japan Air Self Defense Force (JASDF) scrambled fighter jets on March 20 to intercept two Chinese People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) Shaanxi Y-9JB (GX-8) electronic warfare and surveillance planes in the East China Sea. Japan’s airspace was seemingly not violated, the MoD reports. The last JASDF scramble against a Y-9JB aircraft took place on February 23, which constituted the first intercept of a Chinese aircraft following an eight-week hiatus. Another intercept of a PLAAF military…

What aircraft does the US Air Force need to beat China and Russia? This new study has an answer.

WASHINGTON — Last September, the U.S. Air Force revealed that it will need a total of 386 operational squadrons to take on future threats posed by Russia and China. A new congressionally mandated study posits that number may not be enough. Further, the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments study — which has been obtained exclusively by Defense News — goes on to recommend that the Air Force begin developing a handful of new technologies not in its plans, including a stealthy weaponized drone, a new unmanned reconnaissance plane that…

Comeback: France’s Only Nuclear Powered Aircraft Carrier Is Ready for War

“They still aspire to be a major player,” Michael Shurkin, an analyst with the California think tank RAND, told The National Interest in reference to the French. “Having a nuclear carrier really supports that ambition.” The French navy’s only aircraft carrier is back in action following an 18-month, $1.5-billion overhaul that compelled French aviators to practice aboard an American flattop. (This first appeared last month.) The Marine Nationale accepted the 42,000-ton-displacement, nuclear-powered Charles De Gaulle from the Direction Générale de l’Armement — the French procurement agency — in early November…

Indonesia amid Asia-Pacific’s aircraft carrier growth

Jakarta (ANTARA) – In December last year, Japan announced its intention to convert its Izumo-class “helicopter destroyers” into full-fledged aircraft carriers, capable of handling F-35B short-takeoff, vertical-launch stealth jets. This news comes as no surprise since suspicion over the true purpose of Japan’s “helicopter destroyer” has been on the minds of neighboring countries and military analysts alike ever since the vessel’s commissioning in 2015. But, apart from all the controversy surrounding Japan’s decision, this latest news has highlighted the growing trend of aircraft carrier construction in Asia Pacific. As one…

Singapore’s careful F-35 fighter aircraft purchase

Singapore has finally decided to acquire four F-35 aircraft with options for eight more, initially for evaluation purposes. The purchase appears cautious, well-timed, and cost-effective. Cautious, in that development remains ongoing with a full rate production decision not likely until late 2019. Singapore plans to sign a contract about then. Well-timed, in that it means Singapore will buy the fully-developed F-35 version, the Lot 15, Block 4 Standard. Any F-35s bought before then will need upgrading to that standard; most of Australia’s F-35s, those delivered and on order, will need upgrading.…

Battleships, Aircraft Carriers and More: How the Royal Navy Helped Crush Japan During World War II

British naval operations in the Far East in World War II started badly and went downhill from there. Years of underfunding in defense meant that Britain simply did not have the means to defend its huge empire, and for 18 months prior to the Japanese attack on the American naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, it had stood alone against Nazi Germany. The Royal Navy was primarily committed to the Battle of the Atlantic, keeping open the all important sea lanes upon which the island nation’s survival depended. In the…

New aircraft ‘to gather intel in S.China Sea’

A shotscreen of the new type of electronic warfare aircraft shown in CCTV report Photo: Sina Weibo China has reportedly developed a new type of electronic warfare aircraft with extra antenna installations.  A military expert said that it would gather intelligence on whatever comes near the South China Sea and East China Sea to gain an advantage in case of conflict. A photo of the aircraft was featured in a China Central Television (CCTV) report on Wednesday, which called the warplane “a new type of special mission aircraft,” without giving…

Parts of Yellow Sea Blocked as China’s New Aircraft Carriers Drill Together

Chinese authorities said Wednesday that parts of the Yellow Sea will be closed to traffic next week while the as-yet-unnamed aircraft carrier Type 001a and its progenitor, the carrier Liaoning, conduct their first tests together. From March 3 through March 6, folks seeking to pass through parts of the Yellow Sea, which sits between parts of China and the Korean Peninsula, will need to make other plans: The Liaoning Maritime Administration said there will be a “no-go” zone there, to be used for “military purposes,” the South China Morning Post reported. Both ships have new capabilities to test out.…

Australia bolsters capabilities, training opportunities for its P-8A aircraft

MELBOURNE, Australia — Australia is continuing to ramp up its capabilities of and training on the Boeing P-8A Poseidon multimission aircraft, even as it takes deliveries of more aircraft and looks at future growth for the system. Speaking to media at the Avalon Airshow in Victoria, Australia, Group Capt. John Grime, the head of the Royal Australian Air Force No. 92 Wing, which handles maritime operations, said a main differences between the P-8A and the Lockheed Martin AP-3C Orion that it replaced is the amount of information the new aircraft…

French aircraft carrier set for lengthy patrol of Mediterranean, Indo-Pacific – News

French aircraft carrier set for lengthy patrol of Mediterranean, Indo-Pacific France will soon send its Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier on a “long-term deployment” through the Mediterranean, northern Indian Ocean and the Pacific, the French Ministry of Defense announced Friday. Two frigates, a nuclear-attack submarine and an oil tanker will join the carrier in a strike group, which will be “occasionally reinforced in some areas” by a new type of multi-mission frigate, or FREMM, an anti-submarine frigate and a maritime patrol aircraft. The deployment will last several…