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  • Su-30 MKI Conducts First Flight with BrahMos Supersonic Cruise Missile

    06/25/2016 10:47:20 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies
    Defense Update ^ | Jun 25, 2016 | Tamir Eshel
    India tested today an air-launched version of the BrahMos-A supersonic attack missile on an Indian Air Force (IAF) Sukhoi Su-30 MKI aircraft. The missile was not launched on this test, as the carriage flight was designed to test the weapon’s aircraft integration. Following the initial flight tests on board the Su-30 MKI aircraft the first air-launch of the BrahMos-A missile is expected later this year. If successful, this planned flight test will verify the developer’s simulations, assuring the safe separation and initiation of the missile. “A single test-fire from the aircraft will be enough. BrahMos has demonstrated its capability multiple...
  • AF Commander Wants 75 F-35 Jets, Some with Vertical Takeoff, and Home-Made Tweaking

    06/25/2016 10:43:46 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    The Jewish Press ^ | June 24th, 2016
    IAF Chief Brig. Gen. Tal Kelman, who participated on Thursday in the rollout ceremony for the first F-35 “Adir” single-seat, single-engine, all-weather stealth multirole fighter at the Lockheed Martin factory in Dallas, sees the first 50 jets Israel will be receiving over the next few years as only a beginning. “We want to reach 75 jets,” Kelman told the IAF blog. “The Israeli F-35 is the first fifth generation fighter to arrive in the Middle East, and it will allow us to open a significant gap in our abilities when facing all of the elements in the area.” According to...
  • Michigan National Guard A-10 Warthogs practice landing on Estonian highway

    06/21/2016 6:35:58 AM PDT · by snarkpup · 22 replies
    Michigan National Guard attack aircraft practiced landing on and taking off from the Jägala-Käravete Highway, a portion of the longer road known as Piibe Highway, in Northern Estonia on Monday. The maneuvers were conducted as a part of international military operation Saber Strike wherein pilots practiced operating in a region with few actual airstrips and where alternatives would have to suffice. “No A-10 as far as we know has done this since the 1980s,” explained Brig. Gen. Doug "Odie" Slocum, commander of the 127th Wing at Selfridge. “We practice short-field landings, we practice landing in 'austere locations' — is what...
  • China’s Own Airlifter Enters Service

    06/20/2016 10:43:19 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 33 replies
    AINonline ^ | June 20, 2016 | Mike Yeo
    China has taken delivery of the first two Xian Y-20 strategic airlifters, according to photos published on social media. They show the aircraft in full People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) markings at an undisclosed airbase. However, the serial numbers on the aircraft (11051 and 11052) indicate that they are assigned to the PLAAF’s 4th Transport Division, 12th Air Regiment based at Qionglai in Sichuan Province. The division comprises of three regiments based in the PLA’s Western Theatre Command, operating the Shaanxi Y-7, Y-8 and Y-9 transports. The Y-20 is a high-wing, T-tail four-engine design capable of strategic airlift. It...
  • As 10-year war anniversary nears, Israel to receive new stealth fighter jets

    06/20/2016 7:00:41 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | Jun 19, 2016 | YAAKOV LAPPIN
    The Israeli defense establishment calls it a game changer, and views it as the plane that will provide the country with unparalleled aerial capabilities against its enemies. On Wednesday, the IAF will move a step closer to deploying the F-35 Lightning II, one of the world’s most advanced stealth fighter jets, when the first of its fifth-generation warplanes is officially rolled out by manufacturer Lockheed Martin. Defense officials say the jets will transform Israel’s combat capabilities and significantly upgrade the air force’s ability to confront the threats posed to it, particularly by Hezbollah. Wednesday’s ceremony, to be attended by Defense...
  • U.S. Navy chief warns of costlier Boeing jets if no foreign sales

    06/20/2016 6:51:10 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | Jun 19, 2016 | ANDREA SHALAL
    The U.S. could see the cost of new Boeing Co (BA.N) F/A-18E/F Super Hornets rise unless the government approves foreign sales of the jets soon, U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said on Sunday. Mabus, in Germany for a NATO exercise in the Baltic Sea, told Reuters he was frustrated by delays in approving the sale of the Boeing jets to a close U.S. ally, warning that this could affect the cost of jets the U.S. Navy still wants to buy. U.S. Navy and other defense officials have said they support the sale of 28 Boeing F/A-18E/F jets to Kuwait for...
  • EGYPT REPORTEDLY CONSIDERING PURCHASING MORE RAFALES

    06/17/2016 8:59:12 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 23 replies
    Conflict News ^ | June 15, 2016 | Derek Bisaccio
    A year after completing an order for the Dassault Rafale, Cairo has reportedly reentered negotiations with France regarding the procurement of additional fighter jets. On June 15, La Tribune reported that Egypt is in discussions with Dassault Aviation for the acquisition of 12 more Rafales. La Tribune reports that some sources believe it is possible a contract could be reached before the end of this year, while others are more cautious about the timeframe for completion. As of yet, no side has commented on the reports of ongoing negotiations. Egypt and France formally signed an agreement worth 5.2 billion euros...
  • Iran and Its Airlines Nearing Tentative Deal to Buy 100 Boeing Planes

    06/17/2016 6:32:27 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | June 15, 2016 | JON OSTROWER and ROBERT WALL
    Iran and its airlines are nearing a tentative agreement to buy about 100 Boeing Co. jets following the easing of trade sanctions, according to people briefed on the discussions. The Islamic Republic is expected to buy jets directly from the U.S. plane maker in what would be one of the highest-profile deals between a U.S. company and Tehran since the West lifted nuclear sanctions on the country in January. It could also lease Boeing-made aircraft as part of a broader fleet renewal effort that includes acquiring Airbus Group SE planes, according to one of the people briefed on the discussions....
  • Rolls-Royce LiftFan Adds STVOL Operations to F-35's Capability

    06/17/2016 1:54:41 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    AINonline ^ | June 16, 2016 | Richard Gardner
    Assuming its planned appearance at the Farnborough International Airshow goes ahead, the Lockheed Martin F-35 will be the most significant new military aircraft to be seen in the skies of southern England for many years. It has been a long wait for British eyes, the nation being the first overseas partner to sign up to the Joint Strike Fighter program, as it became. Britain joined following the signing of a government-to-government memorandum of understanding way back in 1995. It was a momentous decision for the UK government at the time, as the JSF design and configuration was yet to be...
  • Vietnam paddles its own Kayak (missile system)

    06/09/2016 6:35:22 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    THE INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR STRATEGIC STUDIES ^ | 05 June 2016 | Douglas Barrie and Tom Waldwyn
    Vietnam is believed to be embarking on a programme to produce its own variant of a missile based on the Russian Zvezda-Strela 3M24 Uran (SS-N-25 Switchblade). While the details of how it will be produced are not yet clear, the programme would be a boost to local industry. It would also be likely to simplify logistics support for the 3M24s already being operated by the Vietnam People’s navy, write Douglas Barrie and Tom Waldwyn. Vietnam has become the second Asia-Pacific nation, it would appear, to embark on the indigenous production of a missile based on the Russian Zvezda-Strela 3M24 Uran...
  • PM Modi’s US visit: India asks US for Predator C drones

    06/09/2016 4:58:08 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    India has formally asked the United States for Predator C Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicles (UCAVs), a leading defence journal says. Reliable sources told India Strategic that the Predator C requirement has been mentioned at a very high level during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s just-concluded visit to Washington. Now that India is getting into the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR), President Barack Obama will ask the State and Defense Departments to consider the Indian request. Predator C is made by General Atomics Aeronautical System Inc. (GA-ASI), which has already offered an unarmed version, Predator XP, to the Indian Air Force (IAF)...
  • New Video Appears To Show Deadly Blue Angels Crash In Tennessee

    06/08/2016 12:32:58 PM PDT · by Yo-Yo · 22 replies
    The War Zone ^ | 6/8/16 | Tyler Rogoway
    Until now, there has been little quality video that show the events leading up to the tragic loss of Captain Mike Kuss in Blue Angel #6 on June 2. This new video was posted by what appears to be an onlooker checking out the Blue Angels practice flight from near Smryna Airport’s tower. You can clearly see the solos departure at the beginning of the demo, with #5 executing the dirty roll and #6 executing a low transition and high performance climb, after which it comes falling back to the ground. The camera briefly breaks away to catch the four-ship...
  • Putin’s New Stealth Jet Is on a Mission: To Prove Russia Can Still Fight

    06/07/2016 10:53:18 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 06.07.2016 | DAVID AXE
    Russia’s new stealth fighter made an eyebrow-raising surprise appearance on June 5—soaring over the Crimean Peninsula, which Moscow ripped from Ukraine in early 2014. The T-50—Russia’s answer to the U.S. Air Force’s F-22—is far from war-ready. Indeed, the twin-engine, radar-evading warplane is suffering such serious design, quality-control, and financing problems that it might never enter frontline service in large numbers. But practical realities may very well be beside the point. The T-50’s flights over territory that once belonged to Russia’s bitter rival Ukraine sends an apparently powerful message, albeit one that doesn’t necessarily hold up to close scrutiny. After flying...
  • The US may restart production of the world's most lethal combat plane

    06/07/2016 11:42:00 AM PDT · by bkopto · 55 replies
    Business Insider ^ | May 26, 2016 | Alex Lockie
    US Air Force Gen. Mark Welsh made comments at an Air Force Association event on Thursday that were uncharacteristically bullish on the prospect of restarting the F-22 program. Lockheed Martin shuttered the F-22 program almost five years ago. Since then, the top Air Force brass has been focused on the troubled F-35 program as well as looking decades forward to the Next Generation Air Dominance program. In April, however, Rep. Mike Turner of Ohio said in Congress: "In light of growing threats from a resurgent Russia and an aggressive China, further exploration into restarting the F-22 line is deserved." Welsh's...
  • Egypt To Receive Advanced Fulcrum Fighters from MiG

    06/07/2016 11:00:31 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    AINonline ^ | June 7, 2016, | Vladimir Karnozov
    An initial batch of Advanced Fulcrum lightweight multirole fighters for Egypt is in production at the Russian Aircraft Corporation “MiG” (RAC MiG), according to industry sources. The number on order and the exact type of aircraft is not yet known. A couple of aircraft are to be ready for flight tests by the year-end. Russian media reports have given a contract value of $2 billion. Neither Moscow nor Cairo have revealed the status of the deal. This is mainly due to its complex nature, arranged by Egypt and Saudi Arabia with the latter granting funds under government-to-government agreements of a...
  • Report Says Canada Will Buy Super Hornets As An Interim Fighter Solution

    06/07/2016 8:25:03 AM PDT · by Yo-Yo · 15 replies
    The War Zone ^ | 6/6/2016 | Tyler Rogoway
    Over the past decade, Canada has lived through its own unique F-35 saga. It even crept into this TV spot where little kids compare their fighter jets. The conservative government of Stephen Harper had a fixation on buying just 65 examples of the stealth jet to replace the country's overextended fleet of 80 CF-18A+ Hornets. When liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took power early last winter, he made it clear that the F-35 deal was not going to happen. Now Trudeau’s cabinet has reportedly decided to order a batch of F/A-18 Super Hornets as an interim fighter solution, pushing off...
  • SpaceX to Boeing: Thanks for All the Free Money!

    06/06/2016 3:35:03 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 1 replies
    The Motley Fool ^ | 6/4/2016 | Rich Smith
    Delays in prepping the CST-100 crew capsule could cost Boeing millions -- or more. "History doesn't repeat itself, but it does rhyme." -- attributed to Mark Twain And over at Boeing (NYSE:BA), "history" looks like it's about to rhyme with "misery" for the one-time space monopolist. As you may recall, Boeing (in the form of United Launch Alliance, its joint venture with Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT)) was forced to bow out of an Air Force competition to launch a GPS III satellite into orbit last year. ULA's withdrawal was partly Congress' fault, inasmuch as Congress had briefly enacted a law forbidding...
  • Vietnam, South Korea may buy Lockheed planes amid Chinese buildup

    06/05/2016 10:25:48 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | 06 Jun 2016
    BERLIN: Vietnam and South Korea are looking seriously at buying refurbished Lockheed Martin Corp P-3 and S-3 maritime surveillance planes to counter China's military buildup and repeated North Korean missile launches, the company said. Vietnam is expected to request formal pricing and availability data on four to six older U.S. Navy P-3 Orion aircraft in the next few months, Clay Fearnow, a senior executive with Lockheed's aeronautics division, told Reuters at the Berlin air show last week. The Obama administration's move to completely lift its arms embargo on Vietnam last month paved the way for such a sale, but any...
  • Another Boeing Tanker Delay; How Long, Oh Lord?

    06/03/2016 8:05:23 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies
    BREAKING DEFENSE ^ | May 31, 2016 | COLIN CLARK
    WASHINGTON: When Boeing really, truly and finally won the airborne tanker competition by underbidding what was then EADS North America (now Airbus) by at least 10 percent, the chairman of the losing company, Ralph Crosby, said he believed it important that Boeing be watched closely to make sure they delivered at that price and on schedule. “If they aren’t, then they should be held accountable,” he said at the press conference announcing EADS would not protest the win. Well, Boeing’s KC-46 is quite late and very over-budget. It was supposed to be ready for a spring 2017 arrival at Altus...
  • Pilot parachutes to safety after Thunderbird crashes [Colorado]

    Local news reporting a Thunderbird crashed and the pilot safely ejected.
  • Air Force: Thunderbird jet crashes after flyover of academy commencement attended by Obama

    06/02/2016 12:49:02 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 43 replies
    fox news ^ | June 02, 2016
    Thunderbird jet crashed Thursday after a flyover of the academy's commencement, which was attended by President Obama, the US Air Force said.
  • Pakistan Fails to Seal F-16 Deal

    06/01/2016 7:08:47 AM PDT · by mac_truck · 11 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | 5/31/2016 | Franz-Stefan Gady
    Pakistan failed to move forward with the purchase of eight U.S.-made F-16C/D Block-52 fighter aircraft following a dispute over financing, Dawn reported on May 28. According to an unidentified source Pakistan failed to provide a so-called Letter of Acceptance for the procurement of the eight fighter jets by May 24 and the offer expired. “Pakistan decided not to fully fund the case with national funds, so the terms of sale have now expired,” the source told Dawn. U.S. lawmakers have been blocking financing for the eight F-16s under the so-called Foreign Military Financing (FMF), with the result that Pakistan would...
  • bertrandpiccard just landed

    05/31/2016 10:10:44 PM PDT · by Rabin · 12 replies
    BREAKING @bertrandpiccard just landed in #LehighValley at the gates of #NYC after a 0 fuel flight.
  • US army may soon use Israeli-designed ‘suicide drones’

    06/01/2016 2:26:41 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 06/01/2016 | YAAKOV LAPPIN
    Will the United States start using Israeli suicide drones? It might, after Israeli defense company UVision teamed up with US defense giant Raytheon, to adapt the Israeli-designed Hero-30 remotely-operated loitering munition to US military requirements. Now, both companies are jointly offering it to American infantry forces for use on future battlefields. Yair Dubester, Director of UVision, told The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday that the Hero 30, if acquired by the US, would appear in potential future combat zones around the globe. Unlike larger suicide drones, the Hero 30 is designed for individual soldier use. Each soldier can carry up to...
  • PLA Air Force: J-20 fighter has not been deployed

    06/01/2016 1:29:22 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    People's Daily Online ^ | June 01, 2016
    The PLA Air Force refuted the rumor that the J-20 fighter has been deployed to troops on May 31. Since May 30, some media has been reporting that "J-20s are in service in the Southern Theatre Command" and that "J-20s and J-10s are being used in military drills together". According to the official Weibo account of the PLA Air Force, those reports are not true. So far, J-20s have not been used to equipped the air force. A TV station mistakenly used the image of a J-20 when reporting an air unit of the Southern Theater Command on May 29....
  • MoD poised to award £2bn Apache deal to Boeing in new blow to UK defence industry

    05/29/2016 4:38:59 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies
    The Telegraph, U.K. ^ | 28 MAY 2016 | Alan Tovey, industry editor
    The Ministry of Defence is poised to hand another major deal to a US company, with a £2bn contract for new Apache helicopters set to be awarded to Boeing. Leonardo, the Italian aerospace manufacturer until recently known as Finmeccanica, had been battling to land the deal, which would have seen the refitted helicopters produced at its base in Yeovil, Somerset, where 3,700 staff are employed. Such an agreement would have provided a significant long-term boost to UK jobs and skills. However, it is understood the MoD has decided to hand the 50-aircraft contract, worth £2bn over its lifetime when servicing...
  • How long can Britain's combat aircraft industry fly high for?

    05/28/2016 8:44:08 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    The Telegraph, U.K. ^ | 28 May, 2016 | Alan Tovey
    The silhouette of one of the British Army’s Apache attack helicopters in the skies over Afghanistan is a reassuring sight for coalition forces on the battlefield. Its ungainly shape projects a menacing power that foes are unlikely to stand up to – if they haven’t already fled at the sound of its approaching rotors. But this symbol of British military power won’t be quite so British in the future. It’s almost certain that a forthcoming order for 50 updated Apaches will go to Boeing, the latest in a spate of major defence deals to go to the US. Three weeks...
  • The Navy has a shortage of fighter jets — will it hurt our ability to fight future wars?

    05/28/2016 8:39:40 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | May 27, 2016 | Mike Hixenbaugh and Courtney Mabeus
    A Navy captain from Virginia Beach was testifying before Congress on Thursday about the shortage of flyable fighter jets at Oceana Naval Air Station. As he spoke, word came to military officials seated behind him: A pair of F/A-18F Super Hornets from Oceana had “a mid-air mishap” off the coast of North Carolina, forcing four aviators to eject and sending their $57 million aircraft hurtling into the Atlantic Ocean. Capt. Randy Stearns, commodore of Strike Fighter Wing Atlantic, was briefed on the training accident involving two of his jets during a short recess from the hearing, then returned to the...
  • Could Russia's Cold War Super-Jet Last 100 Years?

    05/27/2016 7:33:09 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    The National Interest ^ | May 27, 2016 | Robert Farley
    Military aircraft can have notoriously short lifespans, especially during periods of technological ferment. The most elite aircraft of World War I could become obsolete in a matter of months. Things weren’t much different in World War II. And at the dawn of the jet age, entire fleets of aircraft became passé as technologies matured. The advanced fighters that fought in the skies over Korea became junk just a few years later. But a few designs stand the test of the time. The B-52 Stratofortress first flew in 1952, yet remains in service today. New C-130s continue to roll off the...
  • Beijing’s Armed Fighter Jet of the Future Filmed In-Flight

    05/27/2016 3:30:20 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    Sputnik ^ | 27.05.2016
    The Hongdu Aviation Industries Group celebrated its 65th anniversary by unveiling an advanced L-15 Falcon trainer jet equipped with bombs and radar, thought to be a passive electronically scanned array (PSEA), that will help accuracy in airborne combat. The Falcon has not been known to carry weapons, until the Hongdu video was released and made the rounds on Chinese websites earlier this month. In the video, the jet can be seen with a centered-fuselage pod carrying a 23 mm cannon, PL-5II air-to-air missiles, and underwing fuel tanks. Hongdu, a subsidiary of the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC), had originally...
  • Two US Navy F-18s crash in the Atlantic off North Carolina’s Outer Banks

    05/26/2016 2:17:54 PM PDT · by Java4Jay · 10 replies
    Two of the US Navy’s F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter jets have crashed off the coast of North Carolina on Thursday, the US Coast Guard confirmed. Their crews have been recovered and taken to a hospital.
  • GE to Supply Engines for South Korea’s New Fighter Jets

    05/26/2016 6:27:20 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | May 26, 2016 | IN-SOO NAM
    SEOUL— General Electric Co. has clinched a deal to supply engines for South Korea’s next-generation fighter jets. The U.S. conglomerate beat Eurojet Turbo GmbH, a European engine maker, to provide the F414-GE-400 engines, South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration said Thursday. A final contract will be signed next month, it said. The agency didn’t disclose the deal value, but a person familiar with the matter estimated it at $3.5 billion. The deal is part of one of South Korea’s most ambitious weapons-development programs. The project, Korean Fighter Experimental, or KF-X, is part of Seoul’s plans to replace its decades-old fleet...
  • During the Vietnam War, the U.S. Sent Updated World War II Bombers to Hit Laos

    05/24/2016 10:59:57 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 100 replies
    War is Boring ^ | May 23, 2016 | JOSEPH TREVITHICK
    More than four decades after the fall of Saigon, Washington is still holding on to various classified details about its fight in Southeast Asia. Among the Pentagon media arm’s still-secret records are photos and video of updated World War II-era bombers the U.S. Air Force sent to hit Laos. In May 1966, pilots and crews from the 603rd Air Commando Squadron brought eight B-26K Invaders from their base in Louisiana to Nakhon Phanom Air Base in Thailand. Desperate to stem the flow of troops and supplies flowing down the Ho Chi Minh Trail from North Vietnam, the flying branch had...
  • UAE deal drives interest in Saab's GlobalEye

    05/24/2016 10:55:23 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    Flightglobal.com ^ | 24 MAY, 2016 | CRAIG HOYLE
    Saab has begun work to modify a pair of Bombardier Global 6000 business jets to its “swing-role” GlobalEye configuration for lead customer the United Arab Emirates. “We are building as we speak,” Saab chief executive Håkan Buskhe told journalists during a 17 May briefing in Stockholm. “It’s full speed ahead in our workshop.” The Swedish company signed a $1.27 billion deal with the UAE at the Dubai air show in November, with the heavily adapted Global 6000s to be capable of conducting airborne early warning and control (AEW&C), maritime and land surveillance and electronic intelligence duties. Saab Speaking during a...
  • The future of the RSAF? (Singapore and F-35)

    05/22/2016 5:05:16 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    THE STRAITS TIMES ^ | MAY 22, 2016 | Jermyn Chow
    Welcome to Dallas Fort Worth, where production of what has been labelled the world's most advanced fighter jet is continuing apace. The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter can travel at nearly twice the speed of sound, has stealth features that make it tough to detect by enemy planes and radars, and high-tech systems which let it strike the enemy first before being spotted. But the plane, which Lockheed Martin started developing in 2001, has also become a lightning rod for criticism. It has faced delays, ballooning production costs and a series of production flaws, such as a fuel tank prone to...
  • All-Seeing Eye: Russia Flies Out Bleeding-Edge A-50U AWACS Aircraft (VIDEO)

    05/22/2016 4:15:38 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 28 replies
    Sputnik ^ | 21.05.2016
    The plane is meant for detecting and tracking a number of aerial (fighter jets, bombers, ballistic and cruise missiles), ground (tank columns) and surface (above-water vessels) targets, informing command centers about the developments in the air and sea, and directing fighter and strike aviation. It can also serve as a command center itself. The A-50 plane is in essence a giant flying data processing center. It is literally stuffed with equipment which is operated by 10 men. The aircraft can also protect itself by means of electronic warfare. It has an aerial refueling system. The main feature of the aircraft...
  • Boeing’s Budding Business Ties to Iran Face Congressional Review

    05/20/2016 4:18:18 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    The Washingon Free Beacon ^ | May 20, 2016 | Adam Kredo
    Lawmakers want company to stay away from terror regimeMembers of Congress have summoned the heads of airplane giant Boeing to a meeting to encourage the company to stop spearheading efforts to reenter the Iranian marketplace, a business pursuit that is jointly backed by the Obama administration, according to a letter sent Friday to Boeing leadership and obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.Boeing, like its French rival AirBus, has been working to woo the Iranian government following last summer’s comprehensive nuclear agreement.Officials at Boeing—a top U.S. government contractor—opened discussions with Iran last month. The company is hoping to sell its aircraft...
  • Meteor introduction transforms Swedish air defence

    05/19/2016 7:52:21 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    Flightglobal.com ^ | 19 MAY, 2016 | CRAIG HOYLE
    Sweden’s air force has begun fielding the new MS20-standard software for its Saab Gripen C/D fleet, representing a significant increase in operational capability. The process of introducing the standard began recently, with MS20 adding MBDA’s Meteor beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile and Boeing’s GBU-39 small diameter bomb to the single-engined fighter’s suite of weapons. Other enhancements include enhanced Link 16 capability for situational awareness, a new data link added to enhance capability during close air support missions, expanded functionality for the pilot’s helmet-mounted sight, an infrared reconnaissance pod and an automatic ground collision avoidance system. Saab Speaking at Saab’s Linköping site on...
  • Saab unveils new version of Gripen fighter jet

    05/18/2016 10:58:49 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 18 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | May 18, 2016
    STOCKHOLM (AP) — Swedish aircraft maker Saab has unveiled the latest version of its Gripen fighter jet. About 500 people, including Swedish Defense Minister Peter Hultqvist and Brazilian air force commander Nivaldo Luiz Rossato, watched the rollout of the new Gripen E on Wednesday in Linkoping, about 170 kilometers (105 miles) southeast of Stockholm. The E fighter is slightly bigger than previous versions, has a stronger engine and updated radar systems. It has been in development for about 10 years. The first test flight is expected later this year. Brazil has ordered 36 Gripen fighters for delivery between 2019 and...
  • F-35 Beats Every Other Fighter Jet In Scandinavian Air Force Evaluations

    05/16/2016 1:01:34 PM PDT · by Yo-Yo · 21 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | 5/13/16 | Andrew P Collins
    After evaluating the Eurofighter Typhoon, Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet and Lockheed Martin F-35 as Denmark’s next primary fighter jet, the country’s government is recommending the F-35 “unequivocally” as superior in “strategic, military, economic, and industrial aspects.” Is this a needed win for this troubled jet? That’s the exact language from the Danish government, which has posted an entire website explaining how they decided that the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is far and away the best possible plane to replace the country’s current fighting fleet of F-16s. Those jets have been flying for about 35 years, and are approaching the end...
  • 'Wiped Out': Air Force losing pilots and planes to cuts, scrounging for spare parts

    05/14/2016 5:08:16 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 78 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | May 14, 2016 | Jennifer Griffin, Lucas Tomlinson
    EXCLUSIVE: It was just a few years ago, in March 2011, when a pair of U.S. Air Force B-1 bombers – during a harsh winter storm – took off from their base in South Dakota to fly across the world to launch the air campaign in Libya, only 16 hours after given the order. Today, many in the Air Force are questioning whether a similar mission could still be accomplished, after years of budget cuts that have taken an undeniable toll. The U.S. Air Force is now short 4,000 airmen to maintain its fleet, short 700 pilots to fly them...
  • Boeing backs extended-range Harpoon to stave off Kongsberg threat

    05/12/2016 11:30:35 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 20 replies
    Flightglobal.com ^ | 12 May, 2016 | JAMES DREW
    The US Navy will wrap up developmental free flight testing of the datalink-equipped Boeing Harpoon Block II+ sea-skimming, anti-ship missile next week, ahead of fielding on the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet sometime between June and August of 2017. The latest variant of the 45-year-old Harpoon weapon type expands on the satellite-aided navigation system introduced in Block II by adding a datalink radio ported across from the C-1 variant of Raytheon's AGM-154 Joint Standoff Weapon (JSOW) for in-flight retargeting against enemy surface vessels in cluttered coastal regions. The Harpoon missile successfully struck its first ship target during a test in December 1971,...
  • Marines To Add ‘Harvest Hawk’ Weapons Kit to Entire C-130J, V-22 Fleets

    05/12/2016 4:00:06 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    USNI News ^ | May 11, 2016 | Megan Eckstein
    THE PENTAGON – The Marine Corps intends to add improved sensors and precision-strike capability to its entire KC-130J Super Hercules tanker/transport plane and MV-22 Osprey tiltrotor fleets, applying the “Harvest Hawk” concept to make both aircraft more multi-mission, the deputy commandant of the Marine Corps for aviation told USNI News this week. Lt. Gen. Jon Davis said the Marines’ next aviation plan would include upgrading all 79 C-130Js into Harvest Hawk-capable platforms. The Hercules Airborne Weapons Kit (HAWK) includes both modifications to the plane – the installation of a new MX-29 sensor ball with a laser designator on the nose...
  • Danish government expected to recommend Lockheed Martin F-35 jet

    05/12/2016 1:40:10 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | MAY 11, 2016
    COPENHAGEN, denmark • Denmark’s government will recommend the purchase of at least 27 F-35 stealth fighters built by Lockheed Martin Corp., people familiar with the matter said on Wednesday. Denmark would be the 11th country to buy the radar-evading jets, joining the United States, Britain, Australia, Turkey, Italy, Norway, the Netherlands, Israel, South Korea and Japan. The selection by Denmark’s minority Liberal government follows intense public debate about the cost of modernizing the country’s air force, but it can still be blocked by parliament, where opposition politicians are urging budget restraint. Danish Prime Minister Lars Loekke Rasmussen called a press...
  • The Russian Air Force Was Always Behind the West in One Key Area (Until Now)

    05/12/2016 12:35:14 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    The National Interest ^ | MAY 11, 2016 | Dave Majumdar
    The Kremlin’s air war over Syria demonstrated that Russia’s once dilapidated military has recovered from its low-point in 1990s in the aftermath of the Soviet collapse. But while the Russian Air Force showed off new precision-guided weapons and new high-performance aircraft like the Sukhoi Su-30SM Flanker-H, Su-34 Fullback and the Su-35S Flanker-E, it was evident that Moscow still lacked certain capabilities. One such gap was the lack of a targeting pod like Northrop Grumman’s LITENING G4 or the Lockheed Martin Sniper. However, Russia seems to be rapidly closing that gap with the development of its own indigenous targeting pod under...
  • Last flight of hero married to his machine

    05/12/2016 12:30:50 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    The Telegraph, India ^ | MAY 12, 2016 | Sujan Dutta
    Arun Prakash (left) and Shikker Raj Pillai Naval Air Station INS Hansa, Goa, May 11: Blessed are lives like Captain Shikku Raj Pillai's: fighter pilot, naval officer, a hero here this morning, the last on planet earth to land the Sea Harrier. Soon, this afternoon, he would formally hand over command of his squadron, the INAS 300 "White Tigers", to Captain Harshveer Singh. Harshveer is younger and flies the much younger MiG29K. Pillai is moving from Goa to New Delhi. He is delighted to be the hero today but his sunburnt features pale in contemplating the immediate future. As of...
  • SpaceX Dragon Space Capsule Splashes Down in Pacific Ocean

    05/11/2016 3:29:59 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    Space.com ^ | May 11, 2016 05:50pm ET | Mike Wall, Senior Writer |
    SpaceX personnel will recover Dragon by ship and then haul the spacecraft to Long Beach for processing. Dragon is the only robotic cargo vessel currently flying that's capable of bringing material safely from the ISS down to the ground. The other freighters — Orbital ATK's Cygnus spacecraft, Russia's Progress vessel and Japan's H-II Transfer Vehicle — are all designed to burn up in Earth's atmosphere and therefore are packed with garbage, not cargo, when they depart the orbiting lab.
  • What It Was Like Flying And Fighting The F-16N Viper, Topgun's Legendary Hotrod

    05/09/2016 11:20:25 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 25 replies
    THE DRIVE ^ | MAY 9, 2016 | PAUL NICKELL AND TYLER ROGOWAY
    I the late 1980s, F-14 Tomcat pilot and Topgun instructor Paul Nickell found himself strapping into the cockpit of a brand new Navy jet that would never land on an aircraft carrier. Instead, it was built specifically to challenge the skills of the best fighter crews the Navy had to offer. It was a stripped down, up-engined, exotically painted variant of the already nimble F-16. General Dynamics built only 26 of them, and the fleet served less than a decade before being controversially retired, but the impression the jet made was legendary. For part one of a multi-part, in-depth series...
  • Requiem for the 'Jump-Jet'

    05/09/2016 10:21:48 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    Indo-Asian News Service ^ | May 9, 2016 | Arun Prakash
    The Indian Navy (IN) will bid farewell to its carrier-borne jump-jet the Sea Harrier on May 11 in Goa. It will be a nostalgic moment for those who were associated with this very distinctive fighter aircraft. When the navy's elegant, first-generation Sea Hawk fighter grew old and weary in the late 1970s, having proved its mettle in the 1971 war for Bangladesh, a search was mounted for a suitable replacement. Since most of the contemporary fighters were either unsuitable or unavailable, the future of naval aviation, and of our sole carrier INS Vikrant, looked bleak. Coincidentally, the Royal Navy (RN)...
  • Should America Resurrect the Lethal F-22 Raptor? (I think so, just my opinion)

    05/05/2016 9:25:42 PM PDT · by cba123 · 27 replies
    National Interest Blog ^ | May 05, 2016 | Kris Osborn
    Several prominent leaders in the national defense community are calling upon the Pentagon to re-start production of the high-speed F-22 Raptor stealth fighter jet which began air attacks against ISIS targets in Iraq and Syria. Citing Russian and Chinese stealthy fighter jet advances, Rep. Randy Forbes, R-Va., and former Air Force Secretary Michael Wynne wrote an OPED in the Wall Street Journal describing the current fleet of F-22s as massively insufficient to address today’s fast-changing global threat environment. (article continues, please see link)