The Chinese People's Liberation Army Air Force is strengthening the intensity and difficulty of its combat exercises to improve its capabilities. In those well-orchestrated exercises Chinese pilots will train not only air to air combat, but they will also practice air to ground attacks and other type of missions.

Chinese  Air Force Headquarters organizes four large exercises each year for different units. They are: the Red Sword advanced aerial combat exercise, Blue Shield aircraft and missile defense exercise, Golden Helmet freestyle fighting exercise and Golden Dart land attack exercise.

Single-seat and single-engine combat aircraft fifth generation which has been designed by Lockheed Martin to perform ground attack and air defense missions. It is a first fighter which has the most robust communications suite of any fighter aircraft. And on the other hand is a perfect example of milestone in aircraft innovation and one of most expensive projects. What are we talking about? F-35 Lightning is our hero today.

Shortly saying F-35 Lightning II has 3 faces:

F-35 A - makes convencional take off and landing, dedicated for traditional air force bases. Advanced sensor package has been designed to gather and distribute more information than any fighter in history, giving operators a decisive advantage over all adversaries. Its tremendous processing power, open architecture, sophisticated sensors, information fusion and flexible communication links make the F-35 an indispensable tool in future homeland defense”[1]

What could be a connection between Czech Republic and Iceland? Firstly, both of those countries are NATO members. Secondly, Icleland does not have an army and most important – the air force. That is why NATO countries are participating in the NATO air policing mission over Iceland. The Czech Air Force were the last participant of the mission from the beginning of October till November this year.

The Czech Air Force has completed a month-long NATO air policing mission in the skies over Iceland. The Nato’s ‘Airborne Surveillance and Interception Capabilities to Meet Iceland’s Peacetime Preparedness Needs’ mission was conducted by four SAAB JAS-39 Gripen multirole fighters.

During almost all of the 150 flight hours, the crews had been monitoring airborne objects, practising low-flight manoeuvres over the sea, and carrying out joint exercises with the naval forces of the NATO countries. The Gripen fighter planes were equipped with medium range air-to-air missile (AMRAAM) which increases their intercepting capabilities.

Due to growing capability of Chinese military, Taiwan if increasing funds allocated on defence projects.
Taiwan’s defence expenditure is expected to grow from the current $9.9bn to $10.9bn by 2021, witnessing a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 2.38%, according to a report by Strategic Defence Intelligence (SDI).The report further forecasts that the defence budget as a percentage of the nation’s GDP will average 1.8%, while the average capital expenditure allocation will grow from the historic 16.9% to 18.8% over the forecast period.
Procurement contracts related to multi-role aircraft and their maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO), missile defence systems, corvettes and diesel-electric submarines will drive the capital expenditure allocation.

US and Russia brokered a deal for cessation of hostilities in Syria. The truce, however, failed as Russian or Syrian warplanes fired missiles in the neighbourhoods of al-Mowasalat, Karm al-Jabal, Karm al-Biek, al-Sakhur and Sheikh Khader in Aleppo city, killing and injuring civilians. The Syrian regime forces also used so called barrel bombs dropped from helicopters.

The first airstrikes have been launched on September 19th against ISIS in the Syrian city of Aleppo, since a truce came into effect under a US-Russia deal.

The US-led coalition confirmed that a mistaken airstrike killed at least 62 Syrian soldiers fighting ISIS.

According to the statement of the US Central Command: "Syria is a complex situation with various military forces and militias in close proximity, but coalition forces would not intentionally strike a known Syrian military unit."

The Japanese Air Self-Defense Force has reportedly scrambled its fighter jets on 25 September, after eight Chinese military aircraft flew near islands in the East China Sea. The Chinese fighters and bombers flew between Okinawa’s main island and Miyako-jima island near Taiwan in a show of force.

According to Chinese military, the aircraft performed outine patrols and drills. The aircraft including H-6K bombers, Su-30 fighters and air tankers also conducted surveillance, sudden assault and aerial refuelling exercises in the region.

The Chinese action was a respond to the planned joint US - Japanese exercises.

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