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    According to a report published in these hours by the UN Commission of inquiry on Libya, the coalition of NATO and non-NATO members, operating within Operation Unified Protector to enforce the UN Security Council resolutions 1970 and 1973, may have violated the law of war in some air strikes that caused the death of civilians. […]

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    On Sept. 22, 2006 after 36 years of service, the last F-14 Tomcat was retired by its main operator, the US Navy, at NAS Oceana. Although six years have passed since then, there are many unknown facts to be told or simply to be remembered about the last Grumman’s (now Northrop-Grumman) fighter. One of these […]

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    The Italian Air Force has set a new service record in December 2012, when one of its Predator drones deployed to Herat flew for 24 hours, supporting four different ground missions in Afghanistan. Image credit: ItAF The MQ-1, with the Task Group “Astore”, initially fllew over the Bakwa district to support a ground patrol of […]

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    ATL2 FranceThe following images were taken at RAF Lossiemouth by The Aviationist’s contributor Alessandro Fucito, during the recent Exercise Joint Warrior 2013. They show one of the two French Atlantique II maritime patrol aircraft sporting two LGB (Laser Guided Bomb) markings. Five French Navy’s Atlantique II (ATL2) MPA (Maritime Patrol Aircraft) were deployed to Dakar, Senegal, […]

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    For the second time in three days, strike aircraft of the Israeli Air Force (IAF) attacked targets in the vicinity of Damascus International Airport.  The targets are alleged to have been shipments of Syrian ballistic missiles bound for Hezbollah fighters in Lebanon.  U.S. Intelligence sources and open-source reporting have claimed that Israeli jets struck these […]

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    Twice between May 3 and 5, the Israeli Air Force conducted air strikes in Syria using Precision Guided Munitions. The first raid hit a convoy believed to be moving Fateh-110 missiles destined to Hezbollah, whereas the second one hit several ground targets located near Damascus:  the Jamraya scientific research centre (the only one officially confirmed […]

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    Reaper drone attackWe have seen several videos showing U.S. Reaper drones attacking Taliban in Afghanistan with rain of Hellfires. But, since the RAF (Royal Air Force) operates just five of them, it’s much more difficult to find footage showing MQ-9 UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) do what they do better: spying on ground targets and individuals and kill […]

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    Rafale from cockpitThe French Air Force has conducted the first air strike on a terrorist target 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 […]

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    Rafale two seatYesterday two Rafale jets conducted the first French air strike in Iraq. And here’s a video which shows the mission from beginning to end. On Sept. 19, two Rafales of the EC 3/30 “Lorraine” supported by a C-135FR Tanker of the GRV 2/91 “Bretagne” were involved in the first air strike on an ISIS  target […]

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    F-16 AAR ISIS strikeFully armed F-16 takes fuel from KC-135 at night. First videos of U.S. and allied partners air strikes on ISIS targets are being released. Here’s footage of an F-16 armed with AIM-120 AMRAAM and AIM-9X Sidewinder air-to-air missiles and GBU-12 Paveway II 500-lb LGBs (Laser Guided Bombs) taking fuel from a KC-135, as seen through […]

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    RAF Tornado GR4 MODTwo Royal Air Force Tornado GR4s performed a mission over Iraq. Although they carried some Laser Guided Bombs, the two British attack planes didn’t use them, as they did not find suitable targets. On Sept. 27, two RAF Tornado GR4s, deployed at Akrotiri airbase, in Cyprus, performed an armed reconnaissance mission in company with other […]

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    F-15 Sniper Targeting PodAn interesting point of view: from an F-15E Strike Eagle Advanced Targeting Pod Designated AN/AAQ-33, the Lockheed Martin Sniper Advanced Targeting Pod (ATP), equips several U.S. and foreign attack planes including the B-1B “Lancer” and the F-15E Strike Eagle. The pod, equipped with a Laser designator used to guide LGBs (Laser Guided Bombs) and a […]

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    Hornet Ball 2014Once again, Hornet Ball is the best naval aviation video of the year. The Hornet Ball (Strike Fighter Ball Pacific) is an annual event consisting of all the West coast Naval F/A-18C Legacy Hornet and F/A-18E/F Super Hornet squadrons, their pilots and guests. Each year the event features a video, produced by “Wingnut”, a Hornet […]

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    F-35B trialsUK F-35B has conducted first tests with ASRAAM and Paveway IV weapons at Patuxent River Naval Air Station in Maryland, United States. A British test team, has successfully completed initial trials with ASRAAM (Advanced Short Range Air-to-Air Missile) missiles and Paveway IV LGBs (Laser Guided Bombs) on the F-35B, the STOVL (Short Take Off Vertical […]

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    According to a report published in these hours by the UN Commission of inquiry on Libya, the coalition of NATO and non-NATO members, operating within Operation Unified Protector to enforce the UN Security Council resolutions 1970 and 1973, may have violated the law of war in some air strikes that caused the death of civilians. […]

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    On Sept. 22, 2006 after 36 years of service, the last F-14 Tomcat was retired by its main operator, the US Navy, at NAS Oceana. Although six years have passed since then, there are many unknown facts to be told or simply to be remembered about the last Grumman’s (now Northrop-Grumman) fighter. One of these […]

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    The Italian Air Force has set a new service record in December 2012, when one of its Predator drones deployed to Herat flew for 24 hours, supporting four different ground missions in Afghanistan. Image credit: ItAF The MQ-1, with the Task Group “Astore”, initially fllew over the Bakwa district to support a ground patrol of […]

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    The following images were taken at RAF Lossiemouth by The Aviationist’s contributor Alessandro Fucito, during the recent Exercise Joint Warrior 2013. They show one of the two French Atlantique II maritime patrol aircraft sporting two LGB (Laser Guided Bomb) markings. Five French Navy’s Atlantique II (ATL2) MPA (Maritime Patrol Aircraft) were deployed to Dakar, Senegal, […]

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    For the second time in three days, strike aircraft of the Israeli Air Force (IAF) attacked targets in the vicinity of Damascus International Airport.  The targets are alleged to have been shipments of Syrian ballistic missiles bound for Hezbollah fighters in Lebanon.  U.S. Intelligence sources and open-source reporting have claimed that Israeli jets struck these […]

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    Twice between May 3 and 5, the Israeli Air Force conducted air strikes in Syria using Precision Guided Munitions. The first raid hit a convoy believed to be moving Fateh-110 missiles destined to Hezbollah, whereas the second one hit several ground targets located near Damascus:  the Jamraya scientific research centre (the only one officially confirmed […]

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