Ares Aviation Week editors blog their personal views on the defense industry. en Anti-ISIS Allies Achieve Aerial Milestones <div class="node-body blog-body"><div>European air forces participating in coalition operations against the so-called Islamic State achieved two milestones this week.</div></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Blog Defense Ares Fri, 24 Mar 2017 15:35:00 +0000 1600961 at First Benelux Air Policing Scramble <div class="node-body blog-body">Two Belgian air force F-16s intercepted a Hungarian civil aircraft which did not react to air traffic control March 7. The aircraft, with three people on board, was detected over German airspace and crossed the southeastern Netherlands.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Blog Defense Ares Wed, 08 Mar 2017 11:00:00 +0000 1592491 at Para-Commandos Hone Skills During Exercise Belgian Beast <div class="node-body blog-body">Belgian para-commandos are honing their skills during Exercise Belgian Beast in the Arizona desert Feb. 13 to March 12. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Blog Defense Ares Thu, 02 Mar 2017 15:23:00 +0000 1589781 at AAF Conducts Majority Of Air Missions In Afghanistan <div class="node-body blog-body">The Afghan Air Force is conducting more air missions and air strikes than the U.S. Air Force in Afghanistan, Brigadier General Charles S. Cleveland, spokesman for NATO's Resolute Support training mission, revealed March 1.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Blog Defense Ares Thu, 02 Mar 2017 09:25:00 +0000 1587781 at Afghanistan Requests Close Air Support <div class="node-body blog-body">Afghan National Security Advisor Mohammad Hanif Atmar requested support from NATO and its partners in the alliance's Resolute Support training mission during a special meeting with the North Atlantic Council at NATO headquarters in Brussels Feb. 7.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Blog Defense Ares Tue, 07 Feb 2017 15:46:00 +0000 1578521 at Royal Netherlands Air Force Do Double Dutch Intercept <div class="node-body blog-body">Royal Netherlands Air Force F-16s made their first two intercepts Jan. 26 since they were deployed to Lithuania for NATO's Baltic air policing mission at the beginning of the month.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Blog Defense Ares Fri, 27 Jan 2017 14:56:00 +0000 1571991 at Belgian Navy Shadows Kuznetsov <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>The Belgian navy escorted Russia&#39;s Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier naval group through Belgium&#39;s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) between the</p> <p>English Channel and North Sea Jan. 24-25, in cooperation with neighboring countries.</p> <p><img alt="" src="/site-files/" style="width: 595px; height: 454px;" title="Belgian Defense photo" /></p> <p>The Russian naval group, which includes the cruiser Piotr Veliky, two Udaloy class destroyers, the tanker Osipov and the tugboat Nikolay</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Blog Defense Ares Wed, 25 Jan 2017 17:10:00 +0000 1571041 at Trump Probably Won’t Cancel F-35. Just Ask Jim Mattis <div class="node-body blog-body">Donald Trump's nominee for Secretary of Defense, retired Gen. James Mattis, provided a simple explanation for the President-Elect's muddled comments about the F-35. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Blog Defense Ares Thu, 12 Jan 2017 21:27:00 +0000 1566261 at Russian Ships, Drones Comb Tu-154 Crash Site <div class="node-body blog-body">Russian ships, submarines, drones and divers are working day and night off the coast of Sochi to recover 92 victims and aircraft debris from the Dec. 25 Tupolev Tu-154 military transport aircraft crash.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Blog Defense Europe image Ares Mon, 26 Dec 2016 16:15:00 +0000 1561371 at <p>This Tu-154B-2 (registration RA-85572)&nbsp;operated by the Russian air force crashed shortly after takeoff from Sochi on Dec. 25. All 92 on board are presumed dead.<br /> Credit: WikiCommons/Alexander Usanov</p> Last Of The Bohicans <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>The Bundeswehr has released a <a href="!ut/p/z1/hY_NCsIwEITfqJtG-ndsCYpaitpSTS4SmlAjNSkhFg8-vClCb-IeBnZm91sWGFyAaT6pnjtlNB98T1l8LdKyKXGGcRNhgvIsPrYt2WO0w9DC-d8I8zH6UTmCWkignpH8ZiRQAwMmZNAZLd2sTmqnvPaWO2OD0Vg3zMnTWp8ESgBFISnCZDkVvvNNSzIapSuyLU4z8M4n_lp2eTc_DfTGtRjkwXT51xgf67Sqov4DOYdTPQ!!/dz/d5/L2dBISEvZ0FBIS9nQSEh/#Z7_B8LTL2922T52D0A96QVVDK20J7">video</a> of 18 Bo-105 helicopters bidding farewell by flying in formation from their base in Celle, northern Germany, Dec. 13.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Defense Ares Fri, 23 Dec 2016 15:01:00 +0000 1560801 at