Posts tagged as Air Force

Virtual reality-heavy course speeds up Air Force helicopter pilot training by six weeks

Thursday, October 17, 2019

The first six new Air Force helicopter pilots to train on virtual reality flight simulators recently pinned on their wings at the Army’s Fort Rucker, Ala. Late last week, the pilots graduated a redesigned course that prepared them to fly the UH-1N Huey, HH-60G Pave Hawk and the CV-22 Osprey six weeks earlier than the 28-week traditional pilot training program run by the 23rd Flying Training Squadron. Called Rotary Wing…

Lithuanian Air Force tests new air-defence system manufactured in Norway

Friday, October 4, 2019

Experts from the Lithuanian Air Force have started testing the NASAMS medium-range air-defence system manufactured for Lithuania at the Kongsberg factory in Norway, the Defence Ministry said. “Components of the weaponry system produced specifically for the Lithuanian Air Force will be first tested at the factory and then put to field trials once the air defence systems are brought to Lithuania,” the ministry said in a press release. “The trials will assess technical…

Increased activity of the Russian Air Force over the Baltic Sea

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

It has now become something of a tradition that August and September are a time of increased activity of the Russian Air Force over the Baltic Sea. This is mainly the result of intense military exercises conducted by the Russian army at this period of the year. An interception of a group of Russian aircraft performed by Belgian fighter jets, which took off from Lithuania, on September 17 confirms that…

US Air Force chief to visit Estonia, mark Estonian Air Force centenary

Saturday, July 13, 2019

General David L. Goldfein, Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force, is to visit Estonia July 13-14, marking the 100th anniversary of the formation of the Estonian Air Force (Eesti Õhuvägi). The visit will include meetings with Estonian Ministry of Defence personnel, as well as those from the Estonian Defence Forces (EDF), according to a U.S. Embassy press release. “I want to congratulate the Estonian Air Force on…

1 missing, 6 dead in storm in northern Greece

Thursday, July 11, 2019

A search and rescue operation was underway in northern Greece Thursday for a fisherman missing after a powerful storm left six people dead, including two children, and injured about 140. The violent storm in the northern Halkidiki peninsula on Wednesday night ripped up trees and power pylons, tossed vehicles and left swathes of debris across the coast. The 62-year-old fisherman took his fishing boat out in the afternoon and had…

Defmin thanks Estonian troops who served in Mali

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Estonian Minister of Defense Juri Luik awarded mission medals to the approximately 50 members of the Estonian defense forces who served as part of the French-led anti-insurgent mission Barkhane in Mali. “Mali is one of the most remote places where our soldiers, with weapons in their hands, have protected Estonia’s interests. However, with this choice, we have affirmed our membership of a unified Western security space,” Luik said at a ceremony held at…

German Air Force jets to conduct training flights in Estonian airspace

Monday, February 4, 2019

German fighter jets stationed at the Amari air base in northwestern Estonia as part of NATO’s Baltic air policing mission will perform training flights in Estonian airspace from Monday to Friday. The German Eurofighter jets will be flying at an altitude of at least 152 meters and preferably away from populated areas, spokespeople for the Estonian defense forces said. A second air detachment of the NATO Baltic air policing mission…

De-icing equipment to be bought for the Lithuanian Air Force Air Base in Šiauliai

Friday, February 1, 2019

The Lithuanian Air Force Base in Šiauliai will get de-icing equipment for aircraft. It will be acquired according to an agreement signed by the Ministry of National Defence and the AF Security Assistance and Cooperation Directorate (AFSACD) on behalf of the Government of the United States of America. The new equipment – a de-icer car – will be capable of removing ice from aircraft at the necessary height which will…

Lithuanian president couldn’t fly to Riga due to plane’s altitude system failure

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite could not fly out to Riga on Sunday due to a failure in a military Spartan’s altitude management system, the Air Force said. Its commander, Colonel Dainius Guzas, says a plane becomes unmanageable due to such a failure but it was fixed in a day. “After the trimmer fails, the plane become unmanageable, you cannot manage its altitude,” the commander told BNS Lithuania on Monday. “It…

Japan and US Jointly Conduct Air Force Drills Over East China Sea

Friday, September 28, 2018

The Japan Air Self-Defense Forces (Koku-Jieitai) have conducted joint drills with the US B-52 strategic bomber over the East China Sea and the Sea of Japan, the Japanese military said on Friday. “Koku-Jieitai and the U.S. Air Force conducted the bilateral training … over the vicinity of the East China Sea and the Sea of Japan … The bilateral training contributed to enhancing the Japan-U.S. joint response capabilities and improving…