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  • Saudi deploys advanced fighter jets in Yemen

    03/27/2015 8:14:48 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    Al Arabiya News ^ | 27 March 2015
    Saudi Arabia on Thursday deployed its vast array of fighter jets to bomb Houthi targets in Yemen, in an offensive known as “Operation Decisive Storm.” The three primary jet fighters used in the offensive are European-made Eurofighter Typhoons, U.S.-made F-15s, and UK-made Tornados. Introduced in 1988, The F-15 has been deployed for military operations in much of the Middle East, including Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya. Saudi’s air force has the largest fleet of F-15 fighters after the U.S. and Japan, with a stock of 152 of the Strike Eagle variant. In 2009, Saudi air force F-15s, along with Tornados, bombed...
  • Infrared Search And Track Systems And The Future Of The US Fighter Force

    03/27/2015 7:43:39 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | 27 March 2015 | Tyler Rogoway
    Lockheed has a new modular sensor system for combat aircraft dubbed the "Legion Pod" that aims at plugging a major hole in US air warfare capability. It provides a bolt-on Infrared Search and Track (IRST) system for optically hunting down enemy aircraft, especially stealthy ones, that our radars have trouble detecting. The Legion Pod is pitched as a plug-and-play system that can be rapidly adapted to suit different aircraft and customers needs. Presumably, different sensors could end up being carried in the 18 inch thick pod system, not just the IRST and the data-link alone that the pod was unveiled...
  • The Mirage 2000 Upgrade: What Makes India's Fighter Jet Better

    03/26/2015 4:46:20 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    NDTV ^ | March 26, 2015 | Vishnu Som
    The 'new' Mirage 2000, redesignated the Mirage 2000 I, is almost incomparable with the original jet courtesy a host of new systems onboard. NEW DELHI: 16 years ago, I flew onboard Mirage 2000s of the Indian Air Force over Tiger Hill within days of India handing Pakistan a humiliating defeat in the Kargil war. It remains, what I consider, the biggest exclusive in my career as a journalist. I had actually been cleared to fly in an operational sortie during the war by the then Defence Minister George Fernandes, but in July 1999, Pakistani forces were shell-shocked by wave after...
  • Russian Deputy PM Says Country's Combat Helicopters Are the Best

    03/23/2015 6:27:16 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 30 replies
    Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin has touted the country's combat helicopters as the best such vehicles in the world. Russian-made combat helicopters are the best such vehicles in the world, according to Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin. He gave the thumbs-up after flying on board the next-generation reconnaissance and combat helicopter Ka-52, which he touted as a "flying tank". "Today I was cruising around aboard this flying tank", Rogozin tweeted, referring to the Kamov Ka-52 "Alligator" copter. According to him, the helicopter "is easily controlled and it is packed full of advanced automated systems." Rogozin described the Ka-52...
  • Mystery Threat to American Warships Is Likely North Korean

    03/20/2015 11:49:18 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    War is Boring ^ | MARCH 19, 2015 | KYLE MIZOKAMI
    In 2013, the U.S. Navy’s Pacific Fleet hinted at a mysterious and “newly discovered threat” to American warships. Whatever it was, it was serious — and had America’s admirals spooked. We knew the threat was probably a missile, because the Navy’s only mention of it was inside a contracting request for a new electronics countermeasures system designed for surface ships. The Navy awarded a $65-million contract to the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory to develop the system within a “critically short” time frame. Military & Aerospace Electronics, which first noticed the request, suggested that the threat was a radar-guided anti-ship missile from a...
  • Now the U.S. Air Force Wants to Replace A-10s With F-16s

    03/20/2015 7:12:27 AM PDT · by C19fan · 108 replies
    War is Boring ^ | March 19, 2015 | Joseph Trevithick
    Eventually, the U.S. Air Force wants to replace the low and slow-flying A-10 Warthog with the fast-moving F-35 stealth fighter. But it’ll take years before the troubled jet fighters are ready for duty. In the meantime, the Air Force still needs a plane for dedicated close air support missions — something the A-10 excels at. So what does the flying branch propose? Not keeping the Warthog. Instead, the Air Force wants to replace the Warthog with a modified F-16 fighter jet — an old concept that failed to live up to expectations decades ago. The F-16s would fill in temporarily until the F-35s can...
  • Wow, China Has a Lot of Different Early-Warning Planes

    03/17/2015 6:37:32 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    War is Boring ^ | March 16, 2015
    New photos recently emerged of China’s KJ-500 airborne early-warning and control plane. It’s Beijing’s fifth unique fixed-wing AEW&C aircraft. Which is kind of a big deal. While hardly glamorous, these all-seeing planes are incredibly important to any modern air force. They transmit instructions and data — such as the presence of enemy fighters — with their powerful radars and sensors. If an air-to-air battle was an office, AEW&C planes would be the managers. An air force with one of these planes in the air can see far more — and at much longer ranges — than an enemy without one. But by any measure, five different types of...
  • Airbus Wins $1.5Bn Korean Contract

    03/16/2015 6:22:54 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    PARIS --- Airbus Helicopters has signed a contract with Korean Aerospace Industries (KAI) to develop and manufacture 314 light helicopters in South Korea, a company official confirmed March 16. The contract was signed by the two companies’ chief executives in Seoul, Korea, earlier today. The contract, worth an estimated $3 billion, calls for joint development of 214 Light Attack Helicopters (LAH) and about 100 Light Civil Helicopters (LCH), based on the technology of the latest version of the Airbus AS365B1 Dauphin twin-engined medium helicopter, now re-designated H155. The two companies will share revenues from the contract on an even basis....
  • Could This Airplane Replace the A-10 Warthog? (Textron Scorpion)

    03/15/2015 5:15:56 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 112 replies
    The Motley Fool ^ | March 15, 2015 | Rich Smith
    After more than four decades in service, the A-10 Warthog is due for a replacement. So says the U.S. Air Combat Command. What's more, ACC says it's already "thinking about" fielding such a replacement. But what might that replacement be? Last week, we got a clue. As reported by Reuters, the Air Force has recently begun evaluating Textron's Scorpion fighter jet as a potential 21st-century replacement for the 20th-century Warthog.
  • Twin crash prompts Turkey to order RF-4E retirement

    03/11/2015 10:59:35 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    flightglobal.com ^ | 03/11/2015 | TOLGA OZBEK
    After the latest incident involving McDonnell Douglas RF-4E/TMs, in which four crew members were killed when two of the aircraft crashed in southeast Turkey, the nation has decided to retire the type after a 35-year service life. On 24 February, two RF-4Es crashed during an approach for landing. According to information released by the Turkish air force, the aircraft were flying in cloud during the night-time approach. The crash area was about 7.5nm (14km) from the runway at Malatya/Erhac air base. An F-4E was also lost in Konya province on 5 March. Turkey received its first batch of RF-4Es in...
  • Boeing-Saab Team Demonstrate Ground-Launched Small Diameter Bomb

    03/11/2015 6:19:47 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    National Defense Magazine ^ | 10 March 2015 | Valerie Insinna
    Boeing and Saab in February demonstrated a new version of Boeing’s small diameter bomb that can be safely fired from a ground artillery system. Now, they have to find their first customer, executives said March 10. The companies completed three successful launches of the weapon last month during tests in Vidsel, Sweden, said Beth Kluba, Boeing’s vice president of weapons and missile systems. They could deliver the capability as early as 18 months after the first contract is signed. "We did a series of shots over a couple of weeks and had success with each one of them,” she said....
  • The fastest plane in the world

    03/10/2015 4:49:57 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 46 replies
    CNN ^ | Tue March 10, 2015 | Thom Patterson,
    In 1976 they smashed the world aviation speed record by blasting across the Western United States in America's super spy plane, the Lockheed SR-71.
  • CHINA SHOWS OFF ITS DEADLY NEW CRUISE MISSILES

    03/10/2015 6:57:09 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 37 replies
    Popular Science ^ | MARCH 10, 2015 | Jeffrey Lin and P.W. Singer
    DH-10 Launch Xinhui, via China Defense Forum This clear image of a TEL vehicle launching a DH-10 provides us with a detailed look at the cruise missile; while the tailfins have deployed, the air intake and wings have not. The debris is from the breaking open of the canister, while the short cylinder attached to the missile's rear is its integrated rocket booster that brings the missile into flight before the turbofan engine starts. A DH-10 land attack cruise missile (LACM) launches out of its canister, heading for parts unknown. Weighing about 1-1.5 tons (about the same size as the...
  • Russian Navy new Ka-52K Hokum B Naval Attack Helicopter Conducted its First Test Flight

    03/10/2015 6:20:42 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 10 March 2015
    Pictures have emerged on Russian social networks showing the first test flight of the new Ka-52K Naval Attack helicopter. Based on the Ka-52 "Alligator" the K version has been specifically modified for the Russian Navy to operate the helicopters from the Mistral class LHDs. Russian Navy's new Ka-52K Hokum B Naval Attack Helicopter during its first test flight The navalised version of the Alligator features a folding rotor head and folding stub-wings. Other modifications are rumored to include the ability to launch Kh-31 (AS-17 'Krypton') and Kh-35 (AS-20 'Kayak') anti-ship missiles. Some reports also reported the installation of a Mig-35...
  • That One Time Lockheed Hated on the Taiwanese Air Force

    03/07/2015 6:04:13 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    War is Boring ^ | MARCH 07, 2015 | JOSEPH TREVITHICK
    Five years ago, Lockheed Martin told U.S. Air Force officials that Taiwan’s air force was on the verge of collapse and no other defense contractor in the world could help. Eager to sell F-16s, the company went on a PR blitz. The pitch—Washington and the Pentagon needed to sell fighter jets to Taiwan … or else. “China has been aggressively modernizing their forces,” Lockheed warned in a briefing to the U.S. Air Force’s headquarters for the Pacific region. “By 2015, they will outnumber Taiwan by … an almost four-to-one majority.” War Is Boring obtained the briefing’s notes and slides via...
  • Is This The Shape Of Russia's Next Generation Long-Range Bomber?

    03/03/2015 5:10:23 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | 03/02/2015 | Tyler Rogoway
    While America's aerospace industry is hard at work creating the USAF's next generation bomber, Russia has a similar ongoing program known as the the PAK-DA. Now, after years of requirements changes, it appears that a blended wing, subsonic design, much like the one pictured above, will be the new jet's overall configuration. The PAK-DA, which literally means "prospective aviation complex for long-range aviation," is Russia's next generation long-range bomber project and it aims to one day replace the Tu-95 Bear and the Tu-160 Blackjack, and possibly the Tu-22M Backfire fleets. Much like America's next generation bomber, which has gone from...
  • A-10 Thunderbolt (photo essay)

    03/02/2015 8:39:28 AM PST · by rktman · 35 replies
    nationalreview.com ^ | 3/2/2015 | Unknown
    Even as the Pentagon plans for warfare on distant battlefields, it is engaged in a budget battle to retire the Air Force’s venerable A-10 Thunderbolt. But the “Warthog” has many supporters in the military and on Capitol Hill, and the fight to keep the aircraft flying continues. Here's a look.
  • Argentine technical mission to China to assess the purchase of jet fighters

    03/02/2015 7:23:45 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    MercoPress ^ | March 1st 2015
    It's official: in the coming weeks a technical delegation from Argentina's Air Force will be travelling to China to assess the convenience of purchasing Chinese jet fighters to replace the obsolete French made Mirages. Only a month ago president Cristina Fernandez was in Beijing where she sealed an “integral strategic alliance” with China. Negotiations remain secret but according to Argentine sources the purchase could range between 14 and 20 aircraft, basically the FC-1/F-17 'Thunder' which is manufactured by Chendu Aircraft Corporation in association with Pakistan. The single engine fighter is considered modern, affordable for developing countries, and has been tested...
  • Su-25: Old warrior is future of Russian attack aviation

    03/02/2015 5:09:27 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 23 replies
    Russia & India Report ^ | March 2, 2015 | Vadim Matveev
    Forty years ago, an attack aircraft Su-25 (GrachRook) took off from an airfield in Moscow suburb Kubinka for its maiden flight. Time has not dimmed its lustre. This aircraft remains a fearsome fighting machine, and can be called the future of Russian attack aviation. At the beginning of 2015, there were 14 air assault squadrons, composed of 150 Su-25; 60 Su-25SM; 52 Su-25SM2 /SM3; and 15 Su-25UB. Of all these storm-troopers 80 more machines will be upgraded to the SM version by 2020. About 100 more of this type of aircraft are parked at the long-term storage bases. Shock and...
  • Britain's new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth sighted in River Forth as fitting-out continues

    03/02/2015 2:33:12 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 22 replies
    mail Online, UK ^ | 27 February 2015 | JENNIFER SMITH
    The next phase of work on the Navy's largest ever warship is underway, with the upper decks of the huge vessel gradually taking form. Workers were seen on board HMS Queen Elizabeth in Rosyth Dock in Fife, some seven months after being first floated on the River Forth. She was unveiled by the Queen in 2014 after the ordinarily dry dock was flooded with water. The ship is Britain's largest ever maritime vessel weighing 65,000 tonnes and measuring 918ft from bow to stern. At almost 230ft, she stands as tall as Niagara Falls from the keel to the masthead. Once...
  • Pakistan Inducts China-Built Eagle AWACS Into Air Force

    03/01/2015 7:37:46 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    Press Trust of India ^ | February 27, 2015
    ISLAMABAD: Pakistan air force on Thursday inducted the advanced China-built Karakoram Eagle AWACS aircraft, capable of detecting hostile aerial and sea surface targets far before ground-based radars regardless of their height. Pakistan Air Force (PAF) said the new aircraft were inducted into its premier No 4 Squadron at ceremony held at an operational PAF base in Karachi. "With the addition of AWACS, Pakistan air defence is now able to look deeper in enemy territory, be it land or sea," the air force said. The Karakorum Eagle Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) can detect aerial as well as sea surface...
  • Anti-IS mission puts hardened French pilot on new flight path

    02/25/2015 8:27:21 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    AFP ^ | 02/25/2015 | Valérie Leroux
    After flying missions over Afghanistan and Libya, French Rafale fighter pilot "Sharpy" now faces fresh challenges on his new assignment against the Islamic State jihadist group in Iraq. "We are well-trained, we know all the procedures but you still need to get used to the territory," he said after landing his fighter on the carrier Charles de Gaulle following a nighttime sortie. French warplanes have formed part of the US-led coalition carrying out raids against IS jihadists in Iraq for several months. As in Afghanistan, the enemy is extremely mobile and often elusive. IS fighters embed in towns among the...
  • South Africa Asks Israel if it Can Have its Missile Blueprints Back

    02/25/2015 8:22:48 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    When South Africa found out that Israel had obtained stolen anti-tank missile technology in 2010, the South Africans politely asked for their ball back, according to a Mossad secret service document. Rather than suffer embarrassment on a global stage, or be labeled a tattletale, South Africa suffered in silence and covered up the theft, according to the secret document, which was leaked to Al Jazeera. In 2010, South Africa arrested two men for stealing blueprints for the Mokopa air-to-ground missile, along with other secret weapons technology, and attempting to sell them to intelligence police posing as Russian buyers in a...
  • Lockheed F-35 heads for the ski jump in next key round of tests

    02/24/2015 5:54:19 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 28 replies
    Reuters ^ | 2/24/2015 | ANDREA SHALAL
    Feb 24 (Reuters) - Lockheed Martin Corp's F-35 Joint Strike Fighter will start "ski-jump testing" at a Maryland air base this week, while another B-model jet wraps up six months of tests at temperatures as low as minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 40 Celsius) to as high as 120 F (49 C). Two UK pilots will test the ability of the new warplane to take off from upward-sloping ski-jump ramps used on aircraft carriers like those operated by Britain and Italy. The ramps launch the jets forward and upward, reducing the thrust needed. Sylvia Pierson, spokeswoman for the Pentagon's F-35...
  • Here's why Lockheed is pulling the curtain back on Skunk Works

    02/23/2015 4:09:45 PM PST · by ckilmer · 35 replies
    Washington Business Journal ^ | Feb 23, 2015, 2:25pm EST | Jill R. Aitoro
    Sponsored by: FedBiz Daily Here's why Lockheed is pulling the curtain back on Skunk Works Feb 23, 2015, 2:25pm EST Updated: Feb 23, 2015, 4:40pm EST   Enlarge Photo   The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is one program that emerged from Lockheed Martin Corp.'s Skunk Works, which has pulled back the curtain in an effort to attract talent and get credit for contributions to defense and aerospace.   15 photos Home of the DaySponsor Listing Jill R. AitoroSenior Staff Reporter- Washington Business JournalEmail  |  Twitter  |  LinkedIn Lockheed Martin Corp.'s Advanced Development Programs group, better known as Skunk Works,...
  • Raytheon Unveils Extended Range AMRAAM

    02/22/2015 5:50:23 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    PR Newswire ^ | 2/22/2015
    ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, Feb. 22, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) has begun development on an extended range variant of the combat-proven Advanced Medium Range Air to Air Missile (AMRAAM®). Designed specifically for ground-based air defense, AMRAAM-ER will enable intercepts at longer range and higher altitudes. "With AMRAAM-ER, Raytheon is rewriting the book on ground-based air defense. The new missile will be even faster and more maneuverable than the current AMRAAM," said Mike Jarrett, Raytheon vice president of Air Warfare Systems. "By leveraging many existing AMRAAM components, Raytheon can deliver AMRAAM-ER quickly and affordably with very low...
  • The B-52 Is Becoming A Terrifyingly Intelligent Smart Weapons Truck

    02/20/2015 8:08:21 PM PST · by lbryce · 53 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha Jalopnik ^ | January 16, 2015 | Tyler Rogoway
    The B-52 has only been able to carry smart weapons on its external pylons, with its internal weapons bay being relegated to nuclear and dumb bombs, as well as some older cruise missiles. Now, the iconic 60 year old Stratofortress is finally getting a new 'smart' rotary weapons rack and other upgrades that will more than double its smart weapons punch. You could say that the B-52's empty weapons bay has been the most under-utilized real estate in the entire USAF. Even as the B-52's utility morphed over the decades (from a nuclear interdiction option, to a carpet bomber,...
  • Lockheed prepares to usher F-16 through 12,000h service life

    02/19/2015 6:36:51 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    Flightglobal.com ^ | FEBRUARY 19, 2015 | Dan Parsons
    The US Air Force has all but scrapped a plan to install advanced radars on its Lockheed Martin F-16 fighters, but Lockheed is pressing forward with plans to outfit other nations’ aircraft with the capability in hopes the US will eventually purchase the capability. USAF officials scrapped a comprehensive upgrade effort for F-16 Block 40 and 50 aircraft called the combat avionics programmed extension suite (CAPES) in its current fiscal year budget but preserved money over five years to replace the aircraft mission and display computers. “Those are the foundational systems that need to be installed to support an active...
  • I’ll Be Damned, These Boneyard B-52s Can Still Fly

    02/19/2015 8:02:37 AM PST · by C19fan · 79 replies
    War is Boring ^ | February 18, 2015 | Joseph Trevithick
    The Air Force is working to get a B-52 bomber back into service after it sat collecting dust for seven years at the famous Boneyard at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona. On Feb. 13, the B-52H—with the serial number 61–0007—left the desert for its new home with the 2nd Bomb Wing at Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana. This is the first time the Air Force has “regenerated” one of these bombers from the Boneyard back to active duty.
  • France Sells Egypt 24 Rafale Fighter Jets

    02/16/2015 8:20:38 PM PST · by Nachum · 7 replies
    inn ^ | 2/16/15 | Ben Ariel
    France on Monday signed an agreement with Egypt for the first foreign sale of its Rafale fighter jet, in a deal that will boost Cairo’s military as it tackles jihadists, AFP reported. Paris hopes the 5.2 billion euro ($5.9 billion) deal for 24 Rafale fighters to be delivered later this year will prompt others to snap up its latest combat jet. For Egypt, the agreement is a show of support for President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, who overthrew his Islamist predecessor in 2013 and wants to break a U.S. monopoly over Egypt’s arms supplies. In October of 2013, three months after Islamist...
  • Rafale proposal 'effectively dead' as Dassault bid not cheapest

    02/16/2015 2:39:23 AM PST · by IndianChief · 11 replies
    Business Standard ^ | February 16, 2015 | Ajai Shukla
    Even as three Rafale fighters line up in Bengaluru for eye-popping aerobatics displays at the Aero India 2015 exhibition this week, senior ministry of defence (MoD) sources say the proposal to buy the French fighter is "effectively dead".The reason: During three years of negotiations between Dassault and MoD officials in the so-called "contract negotiation committee" (CNC), it has emerged that Dassault's bid was actually higher than that of the Eurofighter Typhoon, not lower as the MoD had announced on January 31, 2012. Dassault had submitted a sketchy commercial bid, and when the CNC obtained details from the French company to...
  • Replacing Trident with jets ‘would save Ł13bn’ (U.K.)

    02/15/2015 5:51:33 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 27 replies
    The Scotsman ^ | 2/15/2015 | ANDREW WHITAKER
    REPLACING Trident with a nuclear deterrent dropped from the air would save up to £13 billion for priority defence equipment spending, a think-tank has claimed in a new report. Trident nuclear submarines at Faslane are an “expensive and excessive” solution to the UK deterrence requirements and would have been ineffective even during the Cold War, CentreForum said in its analysis. Instead, the UK’s forthcoming F-35 Joint Strike Fighters – a stealth aircraft bought for conventional missions – should be adapted to deliver a “minimum nuclear deterrent” based upon a stockpile of 100 British built B61-12 nuclear bombs, the “independent liberal”...
  • Israel's F-16 With The Most Air-To-Air Kills Ever Has Been Retired

    02/14/2015 3:26:44 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | 02/12/2014 | Tyler Rogoway
    A star ace of the Israeli Air Force is finally being put out to pasture. F-16A 'Netz' (Hawk) tail number 107, one of the first delivered to the IAF, has no less than 6.5 confirmed air-to-air victories, as well as a partial kill on one Iraqi nuclear reactor as part of the daring and historic Operation Opera. Its air-to-air record remains unmatched by any F-16 ever built. Israel's love affair with the F-16 started upon the type's initial deliveries in 1980. Israel's Block 5 and Block 10 F-16A/Bs were originally destined for Iran, but after the Shah fell and in...
  • Egypt’s Rafale Jet Order A ‘Triumph’ For French Industrial Policy, Hollande Says

    02/12/2015 5:51:45 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Feb. 12, 2015 | WILLIAM HOROBIN
    BRUSSELS—French President François Hollande said Thursday Egypt will buy 24 of Dassault Aviation SA ’s Rafale in a contract worth around EUR5 billion ($5.7 billion), the first foreign order for the combat jet. Egypt will buy 24 Rafale and an accompanying frigate, Mr. Hollande said at a news conference after a European summit in Brussels. The French-made Rafale, which exists in land-based and carrier-based versions, has been in service with the French military for more than a decade, but repeatedly lost out to foreign competition and never been sold for export. The jet has seen action in Afghanistan, Libya, Mali,...
  • Russia claims it's in the early stages of developing an aircraft carrier that can hold 100 planes

    02/11/2015 5:27:03 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 67 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 10 February 2015 | Jeremy Bender
    Russia's government-owned Krylov State Research Center is on its way towards developing Russia's latest aircraft carrier, according to Russian media. The aircraft carrier is in a very rudimentary stage of its development. It's still under conceptual testing in Krylov's laboratory. But if the tests prove successful and the carrier's design is deemed plausible, the research center will follow through with a 1:1 scale metal mock-up of the carrier (China may have just constructed its own mock-up of a new carrier). According to Russia's TV Vezda, the carrier would be able to stow 100 aircraft onboard. The body of the carrier...
  • Egypt's Sisi approves deal to buy French Rafale fighters: Le Monde

    02/10/2015 5:22:35 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | Feb 10, 2015
    (Reuters) - Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has approved the purchase of 24 Rafale fighters, a Fremm frigate and MBDA missiles from France in a deal worth more than 5 billion euros ($5.64 billion), Le Monde newspaper reported on Tuesday. The arms contract could be officially signed on Wednesday or Thursday, Le Monde reported without saying where it obtained the information. Officials from Egypt's army and the presidency could not immediately be reached for comment. A French government official also declined comment. Dassault Aviation, which builds the Rafale, declined to comment. This would be the first export deal for the...
  • Fascinating photos reveal how they built the SR-71 Blackbird

    02/07/2015 10:23:21 AM PST · by rey · 97 replies
    SPLOID Gizmodo.com ^ | 7 Feb 2015 | Jesus Diaz
    Built and designed in the 1960s after the A-12 Oxcart, the SR-71 Blackbird is still the fastest, most vanguardist air-breathing airplane in the history of aviation. These once classified photos reveal how Lockheed built both birds in secret, in California. They look taken at the Rebel base in Hoth. "Everything had to be invented" The A-12 and the SR-71 were a completely different design from anything else before it—and everything after, as time has demonstrated. At the time, many of the technologies needed to make these airplanes were considered "impossible." And yet, thanks to Kelly Johnson and the amazing team...
  • TransAsia Pilots Apparently Shut Off Wrong Engine

    02/06/2015 12:24:51 PM PST · by McGruff · 51 replies
    ABC News ^ | Feb 6, 2015 | DAN GOOD
    One of the engines on TransAsia Airways Flight 235 went idle soon after takeoff, and the pilots apparently shut off the other engine before the plane crashed, according to Taiwan’s top aviation official.
  • NTSB: Taking selfies likely caused fatal Colorado plane crash

    02/04/2015 9:47:16 AM PST · by GulliverSwift · 11 replies
    CNN ^ | Updated 6:35 PM ET, Tue February 3, 2015
    Distraction caused by taking selfies is likely to blame for a plane crash that killed a pilot and his passenger in Colorado in May, according to the National Transportation Safety Board. Investigators found an undamaged GoPro video camera near the wreckage and recovered its data card. Video from the card showed the 29-year-old pilot with several passengers on flights the previous day, and one nighttime flight shortly before the fatal trip, taking photos of himself with his cell phone, according to investigators. "The camera's flash was activated and illuminated the cockpit area," the report said. The fatal flight, on May...
  • How To Win In A Dogfight: Stories From A Pilot Who Flew F-16s And MiGs

    02/04/2015 5:19:06 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 22 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | 03 February 2015 | Tyler Rogoway
    Lt. Col. Fred "Spanky" Clifton is one of the most experienced aggressor pilots ever, having flown the F-15, F-5, F-16 and the notorious MiG-29. He's been in dogfights with pretty much every fighter out there and he's an instructor at the prestigious Fighter Weapons School. Now he's here to share his expertise with you. How in the hell did you end up becoming the first USAF fighter pilot to fly the Russian-built MiG-29 Fulcrum as an exchange pilot? First – a little (actually, a lot of) background. I earned a degree in aerospace engineering in 1979 and worked for Boeing...
  • Saudi Arabia reportedly bought MBDA's Meteor air-to-air missiles for its Typhoon fighter aircraft

    02/04/2015 5:17:03 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    Air Recognition ^ | 03 February 2015
    The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and European missiles manufacturer MBDA have signed the first export contract of the Meteor active radar guided beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM), for an estimated amount of $1 bn, reports today French newspaper La Tribune. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and European missiles manufacturer MBDA have signed the first export contract of the Meteor active radar guided beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM), for an estimated amount of $1 bn, reports today French newspaper La Tribune. MBDA's Meteor active radar guided beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile and Advanced Short Range Air-to-Air Missile fitted on an Eurofighter Typhoon The Meteor missiles...
  • Balloon crew nearing North America surpasses duration record

    01/31/2015 3:49:09 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 1 replies
    Rapid City Journal ^ | 5 hours ago 2015-01-30 | Associated Press (AP)
    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. | The pilots of a helium-filled balloon flying across the Pacific Ocean surpassed a duration record Friday by spending more than 138 hours in the air, marking a historic day for the team that already has eclipsed a distance milestone as they approach North America. Pilots Troy Bradley of Albuquerque and Leonid Tiukhtyaev (too-kh-TY'-yev) of Russia were headed south along the California coast when they surpassed the duration record of 137 hours, 5 minutes and 50 seconds aloft in a traditional gas balloon. The pair launched from Saga, Japan, shortly before 6:30 a.m. Sunday Japan time, eclipsed the...
  • NASA, Boeing and SpaceX to Launch 1st Commercial Crew Ships to Space Station in 2017

    After a hiatus of six long years, US astronauts will finally launch to space in a revolutionary new pair of private crew capsules under development by Boeing and SpaceX, starting in 2017, that will end our sole source reliance on the Russians for launching our astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS). Two years from now, crews will start flying to space aboard the first US commercial spaceships, launching atop US rockets from US soil, said officials from Boeing, SpaceX and NASA at a joint news conference on Monday, Jan. 26. The human rated spaceships – also known as ‘space...
  • The A-10's Last Fight?

    01/29/2015 7:15:03 AM PST · by Reverend Saltine · 75 replies
    AmericanThinker.com ^ | January 29, 2015 | Richard Pecore
    I am...a fan of the A-10 Warthog. I believe in the mission, and I believe that there is no other weapons platform out there that can do the job the A-10 does, with the same efficiency, effectiveness, and confidence that it provides to our troops on the ground. It’s big, ugly, and slow. It’s also rugged, durable, and extremely deadly. The Air Force likes new toys. Other than the venerable B-52, the A-10 is the oldest plane in the inventory. The F-35 was not built solely for the specific mission of ground support as was the A-10. The F-35 is...
  • What Couldn’t the F-4 Phantom Do?

    01/23/2015 9:11:46 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 70 replies
    Air & Space Magazine ^ | March, 2015 | Stephen Joiner
    First, they tried an F-104. “Not enough wing or thrust,” recalls Jack Petry, a retired U.S. Air Force colonel. When NASA engineers were launching rockets at Florida’s Cape Canaveral in the 1960s, they needed pilots to fly close enough to film the missiles as they accelerated through Mach 1 at 35,000 feet. Petry was one of the chosen. And the preferred chase airplane was the McDonnell F-4 Phantom. “Those two J79 engines made all the difference,” says Petry. After a Mach 1.2 dive synched to the launch countdown, he “walked the [rocket’s] contrail” up to the intercept, tweaking closing speed...
  • Expert: China's J-10B Fighter Superior to Main Fighters of Neighbors

    01/20/2015 7:42:03 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 19 replies
    BEIJING --- Pictures showed that 14 J-10B fighters painted with the mark of the Air Force of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLAAF) were on the parking apron at the airport of the Chengdu Aircraft Industrial Co., Ltd. under the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC), meaning that this type of modified fighter will possibly be deployed to the aviation troops of the PLAAF, according to a recent report on the website of the Jane's Defense Weekly. Zhang Zhaozhong, a military expert at the National Defense University (NDU), said in an interview with reporters from the China Central Television (CCTV)...
  • Infographic: The greatest turning points in aviation Excellent Graphics)

    01/19/2015 10:44:45 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 60 replies
    BBC ^ | 19 January 2015
  • Op-Ed: The significance of Iraq's acquiring of Mirage jets

    01/19/2015 9:31:18 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    Digital Journal ^ | 01/18/2015 | PAUL IDDON
    The United Arab Emirates has a significant vested interest in the security of the Iraqi state against the notorious Islamic State (IS, ISIS) terror group which has wrecked havoc across the north of that country. Accordingly it has offered the Iraqi government some of its air force's (under ten apparently) French-made Dassault Mirage 2000 jets. Iraq's Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi is expected to be in the UAE in March whereby he will discuss the delivery of these jets and accompanying armaments. This is quite significant. For one thing Iraq's Air Force has been waiting for some time to refurbish its...
  • Mission impossible: How one man bought China its first aircraft carrier

    01/19/2015 9:20:46 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | 19 January, 2015 | Minnie Chan
    It was a mission like no other. In the aftermath of the Soviet Union's collapse, one businessman armed with cash and a casino cover story scooped the world to buy the unfinished hulk of a Ukrainian aircraft carrier that would become the centrepiece of the PLA Navy. Speaking to the media for the first time, the Hong Kong-based businessman at the heart of the undertaking reveals in a two-part series the details of the little-known, behind-the-scenes odyssey to realise China's long-held dream of owning such a warship. Xu Zengping disclosed that the militarily sensitive original engines of the carrier were...
  • This photo shows all the weapons the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is designed to carry

    01/17/2015 5:51:36 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 25 replies
    The Aviationist ^ | David Cenciotti | Jan 16 2015
    Top image shows an F-35A, at Edwards AFB, California,nexto to its F-35 Systems Development and Demonstration Weapons Suite the aircraft is designed to carry. According to Lockheed Martin, the Joint Strike Fighter can carry more than 35-hundred pounds of ordinance in Low Observable (stealth) mode and over 18-thousand pounds uncontested. The Lightning II is conducting testing required for full weapons certification through a campaign which included validating 2B weapons software and successfully executing several weapons separation and engagement tests. “Comprehensive flight test on the F-35A variant GAU-22 25mm gun system is scheduled to begin mid-year at Edwards AFB, Calif., and...