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  • The U.S. Air Force Almost Rented a Squadron of A-10 Warthogs to Colombia

    06/22/2017 9:25:10 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    The Drive ^ | JUNE 22, 2017 | JOSEPH TREVITHICK
    When the A-10 Warthog first entered service, its primary job was standing ready to blow up hordes of tanks if the Soviet Union and its Warsaw Pact allies ever invaded Western Europe or if a similar major conflict erupted on the Korean Peninsula. Decades later, after years of flying the jets in a broader close air support role, the U.S. Air Force looked into what it would take to rent a fleet of the blunt-nosed attack jets to Colombia, where they would've blasted leftist guerrillas and drug smugglers. In early November 2003, U.S. Air Force Lieutenant General Randall Schmidt, then...
  • South Africa's Gripen Fighter Jets Will Stalk Rhino Poachers

    06/22/2017 10:37:06 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    The Drive ^ | JUNE 22, 2017 | JOSEPH TREVITHICK
    Rhino poachers operating in South Africa, especially along the country’s border with Zimbabwe, will soon face a new opponent, the Gripen fighter jet, according to a report from FlightGlobal. The revelation followed another announcement that the South African Air Force (SAAF) had finally gotten nearly all of its Swedish-made aircraft out of storage and back onto the flightline. On June 18, 2017, Lieutenant Colonel Josias Mashaba, head of the SAAF’s 2 Squadron gave details about the state of his country’s Gripen fleet during an annual meeting of the Swedish Air Force Fan Club – yes, fan club – in Paris,...
  • Is Lockheed dumping F-16s on India?

    06/21/2017 8:19:46 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 18 replies
    BBC Hindi ^ | 20 June 2017 | Vineet Khare
    LOCKHEED MARTIN HANDOUT Tata and Lockheed Martin bosses signed an agreement in Paris Lockheed Martin and India's Tata Group have formalised an agreement to relocate the manufacturing of the most advanced F-16 fighter jets to India. The effort is aimed at securing a multi-billion dollar deal from Delhi. The announcement comes days ahead of Indian PM Narendra Modi's visit to Washington for a meeting with President Trump. But some defence experts are accusing Lockheed of offloading obsolete aircraft on India. What's in the deal? India will be able to "produce, operate and export the multi fighter F-16 Block 70 aircraft",...
  • Pilot ejects himself from burning F-16 during takeoff at Ellington Field

    06/21/2017 10:12:40 AM PDT · by Snickering Hound · 17 replies
    KTRK Houston ^ | 6-21-2017
    HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- A pilot ejected himself from an F-16 after it caught fire at Ellington Field. According to the Houston Airport System, the jet caught fire in the process of taking off. The Houston Fire Department has crews on the scene to assist with the incident. The condition of the pilot is unknown. He has been taken to the hospital. The airport has been shut down as crews investigate.
  • Blackwater Founder Erik Prince's Armed Crop Duster Is At The Paris Air Show

    06/21/2017 4:34:18 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 26 replies
    The Drive ^ | JUNE 20, 2017 | JOSEPH TREVITHICK
    As the market for crop dusters converted into light surveillance and attack aircraft continues to expand, another contender has appeared on the market at the annual Paris Air Show at the French capital city’s Le Bourget Airport. However, potential customers might be turned off by the company’s already sordid reputation, which involves accusations of dubiously legal business practices, potential violations of international embargoes and sanctions, and a connection to infamous mercenary Erik Prince. On June 19, 2017, the first day of the show, a modified Thrush 510G agricultural aircraft sat out in the sun at Le Bourget. Bulgarian firm LASA...
  • Lockheed nears $37 billion-plus deal to sell F-35 jet to 11 countries

    06/19/2017 12:31:38 AM PDT · by Krosan · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sun Jun 18, 2017 | Mike Stone
    Lockheed Martin Corp (LMT.N) is in the final stages of negotiating a deal worth more than $37 billion to sell a record 440 F-35 fighter jets to a group of 11 nations including the United States, two people familiar with the talks said. This would be the biggest deal yet for the stealthy F-35 jet, set to make its Paris Airshow debut this week. The sale represents a major shift in sales practices from annual purchases to more economic multi-year deals that lower the cost of each jet. The pricing of the jets was still not final, although the average...
  • Italy's Leonardo sees Asia, South American interest in M-346 attack fighter

    06/18/2017 8:27:25 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sun Jun 18, 2017
    Italian defence group Leonardo SpA on Sunday unveiled the new fighter attack version of its M-346 advanced trainer, saying many air forces had already expressed interest in the planes, especially in Asia and South America. Leonardo, which presented the new fighter variant at the Paris Air Show, said the M-346 fighter would be equipped with the Grifo multi-mode fire control radar, also built by Leonardo. It said the new fighter was designed to help different air forces meet their needs rapidly by building on a common base. "The M-346FA is of interest to many international customers, specifically in the Far...
  • Saab's $85m Gripen E fighter to take on the F-35: Swedish jet makes its maiden flight

    06/16/2017 10:20:44 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 25 replies
    Sweden's answer to the F-35 has taken its maiden flight, maker Saab has revealed. During the 40-minute flight over the eastern parts of Östergötland, the latest Gripen executed a series of maneuvers to test its systems, including extending and retracting its landing gear. The Gripen E 'Smart Fighter' is aimed at markets not yet cleared to buy the troubled Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. The latest version of the Gripen fighter jet has been unveiled by Swedish aircraft maker, Saab. The E fighter, the sixth variant in the Gripen family, is slightly bigger than previous versions the $85 million...
  • Timing Of Qatar Finally Signing $12 Billion F-15 Deal Is Wildly Controversial

    06/16/2017 4:13:08 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    The Drive ^ | June 15, 2017 | JOSEPH TREVITHICK
    Qatar has finally moved forward with a long-standing plan to buy advanced fighter jets from the United States. This comes amid a massive spat between the small country and Saudi Arabia that has spiraled into a huge political crisis throughout the Middle East and beyond. On June 14, 2017, Bloomberg News reported that the Qataris would sign a $12 billion deal to buy up to 36 F-15QA fighter jets from Boeing. The country’s Ministry of Defense later announced it had reached an agreement, which followed a meeting between Minister of State for Defense Affairs Dr. Khalid bin Mohammed Al Attiyah...
  • The U.S. Air Force’s Next Killer Drone Is Disposable

    06/15/2017 9:47:48 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    War is Boring ^ | June 14, 2017 | David Axe
    The U.S. Air Force’s latest unmanned aerial vehicle is small, stealthy and cheap enough to be essentially disposable. The Low-Cost Attritable Aircraft, or LCAA, could radically change the way the world’s leading air arm wages war. The U.S. Defense Department revealed the first LCAA prototype as part of the annual DoD Lab Day, an official even highlighting the work of various military research institutions. A photo accompanying a Lab Day handout depicts an angular, jet-powered drone with a silvery paint job that could have radar-absorbing qualities. The Air Force wants the LCAA to have a Mach .9 top speed and...
  • Malaysian Air Force Equips Russian Fighters With American Bombs

    06/15/2017 8:15:15 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    Sputnik ^ | 16.06.2017
    The Malaysian Air Force has announced that they have modified their Russian-made Sukhoi Su-30 fighter jets to be able to drop GBU-12 laser-guided bombs, having successfully tested the new platform in late 2016. The Royal Malaysian Air Force put out a video showing their Su-30MKMs, supermaneuverable fighters specifically designed for use by Malaysian forces, dropping 500-pound GBU-12s made by Lockheed-Martin and Raytheon. The video's accompanying caption said that the test occurred in November 2016 at the Air Force's weapons testing range. However, the segment has since been deleted from the video. The GBU-12s are laser-guided, using a passive heat-seeking homing...
  • ANALYSIS: Dassault sets sights on further Rafale sales

    06/15/2017 4:49:07 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    Although its Falcon business jet unit is enduring something of an orders slump, Dassault Aviation’s defence arm is enjoying a bumper time with its Rafale multirole fighter, with production already assured through at least the middle of the next decade. Recent boosts to the programme include a French commitment to launch an F4 operating standard of the jet; confirmation of a long-planned Indian order; and numerous other prospects to add to its list of export buyers. Announced earlier this year under a deal with France's DGA defence procurement agency, the Rafale's F4 evolution will build on its so-called "omnirole" capabilities....
  • Russian Video Of Captured U.S. F-5 Tiger Jet Dogfighting Against MiG-21 in Tests Raises Question

    06/15/2017 12:34:31 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    The Aviationist ^ | Jun 14 2017 | Tom Demerly
    As we have reported previously, it is no secret the U.S. has made and still make use of captured or otherwise acquired Russian aircraft for test, evaluation and training purposes including the development of U.S. radars, countermeasures and early warning systems (earlier this year we published some really rare images of a Russian Su-27 Flanker dogfighting with a U.S. F-16 inside Area 51…) Has Russia done the same with U.S. aircraft? Absolutely. The RT video below contains some quite famous footage of a Northrop F-5 Freedom Fighter formerly stationed at Bien Hoa Air Base in Vietnam being operated in Soviet...
  • USAF and USN Both Come To Terms With Long 4th Generation Fighter Futures

    06/14/2017 10:55:22 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    The Drive ^ | June 14, 2017 | JOSEPH TREVITHICK
    The U.S. Air Force is looking to extend the life of hundreds of F-16C/D Vipers, even more than we previously reported. At the same time, the U.S. Navy seems to have come to a similar conclusion with plans to buy more and better F/A-18E/F Super Hornet derivatives. Suffice it to say that the 4th generation fighter will be alive and well within the Pentagon's inventory for a long, long time to come. On June 12, 2017, the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC) posted a presolictation notice on the U.S. government’s main contracting website, FedBizOpps regarding production of upgrade...
  • Thunderbird! Pakistan’s JF-17, Ten Years On

    06/14/2017 1:06:58 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    LIVEFIST DEFENCE.COM ^ | June 14 2017 | By Mihir Shah
    In early 2007, when the first production JF-17 “Thunder” fighter was unveiled to the Pakistani public, it failed to make much of an impression outside the Indian subcontinent. And for good reason. As a twenty-first century fighter aircraft, it appeared rather unremarkable; pedestrian, almost. It boasted neither the sleek lines of the F-16, nor the raw power of the MiG-29. Its capabilities could best be described as middle-of-the-road. Ten years on, the aircraft has acquired a history that belies its purported mediocrity. It has performed at air shows in Paris and Dubai; flown ground-attack sorties against the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan in...
  • Navy Wants to Buy 80 More Super Hornets for $7.1B Over the Next Five Years

    06/13/2017 9:28:08 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    USNI News ^ | June 13, 2017 | Megan Eckstein
    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Navy intends to buy at least 80 more Boeing F/A-18E-F Super Hornets over the next five years to address its fighter shortfall, a change from its previous on-the-books plan to zero out the aircraft program beginning next year, service officials said in congressional testimony today. The Navy’s written testimony to the Senate Armed Services seapower subcommittee notes the “Fiscal Year 2018 President’s Budget requests $1.25 billion in [the Navy’s aircraft procurement account] for 14 F/A-18E/F Super Hornet aircraft” and that, “with the support of Congress, we will also procure a minimum of 80 additional Super Hornets...
  • Now That The F-35A Is Also Having Oxygen Issues A Solution Is More Likely

    06/13/2017 9:16:13 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    The Drive ^ | JUNE 13, 2017 | TYLER ROGOWAY
    The F-35 is getting slammed hard once again, this time due to the sudden grounding of 55 of the stealth jets based at Luke AFB following a series of in-flight life support issues. These issues included bouts of hypoxia and other incidents that made it hard for pilots to breathe. The truth of the matter is that the F-35—still a relatively new weapons system that remains deep in testing regardless of how the USAF portrays its status—is the least flagrant offender when it comes to operational aircraft that manifest these anomalies. But the fact that the prized jet is now...
  • This new ramjet engine could triple the range of Chinese missiles

    06/13/2017 9:00:41 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    Popular Science ^ | June 12, 2017 | Jeffrey Lin and P.W. Singer
    KILLS OF THE FUTURE This 2014 computer-generated image shows a J-31 stealth fighter launching a long-range ramjet BVRAAM (beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile). via errymath China's developing a hypersonic weapon that has triple the range of existing Chinese air-to-air missiles. The premise: a ramjet engine that can turn already deadly missiles into weapons that have greater range, maneuverability, and speed. LONG SHOTS China's PL-12 and PL-21 are long-ranged missiles usually mounted on aircraft. But with ramjet engines to improve maneuverability (not to mention some covert modifications), the PL-12D and PL-21 would make deadly ground- and drone-launched surprises. CASIC In a May...
  • Boeing, Dassault racing for Rs 50,000-cr Navy deal for 57 fighter jets (India)

    06/09/2017 9:03:39 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    Business Standard ^ | June 10, 2017 | Arindam Majumder
    American aerospace giant Boeing and France's Dassault Aviation are among the four entities that have responded to he Indian Navy’s 'Request for Interest (RFI)' to provide 57 multi-role carrier borne fighters, industry sources said. The other two are Sweden's SAAB and Rosoboronexport of Russia. While Boeing has pitched its F/A-18 Super Hornet, Dassault has briefed the navy on its Rafale. SAAB has offered the maritime variant of its Gripen single-engine fighter jet. Naval Chief Sunil Lanba confirmed the development. "We will examine the RFI and take it forward," he told this newspaper. The deal is valued over Rs 50,000 crore....
  • Airbus calls on France to join European future fighter effort

    06/09/2017 8:34:50 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    A week before the Paris air show, the head of Airbus Defence & Space's military aircraft division has called on France to participate in the development of a new airborne weapon system proposed by Germany and Spain to succeed the Eurofighter Typhoon. "I really hope that France will be involved," says Fernando Alonso, speaking to reporters on 9 June at Airbus media day. "We have to do this in Europe. There's no place to do two or three different systems." The objective of a single European fighter programme first arose 25 years ago, but Germany and France pursued different paths:...