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  • 111 Years Ago Today: Man’s First Powered Flight.

    12/17/2014 11:49:14 AM PST · by EveningStar · 46 replies
    Alert 5 ^ | December 17, 2014 | Tom Demerly
    It is equipped with side stick controls like an F-16 Fighting Falcon. It uses an advanced, “mission adaptive” wing that has no seams at the control surfaces. The wing is so unique its design is protected under U.S. patent 821,393. The entire wing changes shape to control the roll axis of the aircraft ... And it is the first successful powered aircraft ever, the Wright Flyer. 111 years ago today Orville Wright became the first man to achieve powered flight. His first 12-second flight, covering only 120 feet, changed the course of mankind. 10:35 Local, Thursday, 17 December, 1903; Kill...
  • Light Combat Aircraft: Need for course correction (India)

    12/15/2014 8:51:27 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    StratPost ^ | December 8, 2014 | Air Marshal M Matheswaran (retired)
    Every major power – and there are just a handful of them – have the capability to aspire to design, develop and manufacture fighter aircraft by themselves. Now, ideally, this would include all critical technologies – aero-engines, aircraft design, metallurgy, radar, sensors and weapons. However, very few countries have mastery and control in all these areas; the early birds or leaders – USA, Russia, UK and France are closely followed by Germany, Japan, Italy and Sweden. Aspirants after the Second World War included Argentina, Brazil, China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Israel, Iran, South Korea and Taiwan, of which only a few...
  • Navy Approves Production of F/A-18 Infrared Tracking Pod

    12/10/2014 7:24:33 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies
    AIN online ^ | December 10, 2014 | Bill Carey
    The U.S. Navy received Milestone C acquisition approval earlier this month to begin low-rate initial production (LRIP) of an infrared search and track (IRST) sensor pod for the F/A-18 Super Hornet. Manufacturer Lockheed Martin and partner Boeing will deliver six pods in the first LRIP lot. The AN/ASG-34 IRST sensor gives the F/A-18E/F a long-range, passive search and tracking capability against multiple targets, supplementing the jet’s APG-79 active electronically scanned radar and other sensors. The pod is mounted on the nose section of the Super Hornet’s centerline fuel tank. It completed a first flight aboard an F/A-18F in February. “Integrating...
  • New tactical rockets keep Russia at forefront of missile development

    12/10/2014 7:16:13 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies
    Russia Beyond the Headlines ^ | December 10, 2014 | Dmitry Litovkin
    The KH-35U Uran Russia’s principal new defense product is the winged KH-35U Uran missile. Its special feature is its unique self-guided head, which is immune to enemy radar interference. It works in two modes: active, when the missile turns on its guiding head for a split second to find the target, and passive, when it does not scan the space around it to detect the target, but merely perceives the impulses emitted by the target. The Americans were very interested in this characteristic and wanted to purchase KH-35U self-guided missile heads for their Harpoon anti-ship missiles. The KH-35U attacks the...
  • F-35, competitors equally capable for most missions: report (Canada)

    12/10/2014 6:52:02 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 19 replies
    Ottawa Citizen ^ | 12.10.2014 | LEE BERTHIAUME
    A highly-anticipated, government-commissioned report on the F-35 and its competitors shows little difference between the four warplanes when it comes to the vast majority of missions they will be required to perform. The only major exception is fighting against another country, though the report says such an event is “highly unlikely” to occur in the future, and even then, “the government is not obliged to undertake such a mission.” The findings are expected to set off another round of bitter debate in the House of Commons and defence circles over whether the government should move ahead with purchasing the F-35....
  • The V-22 Osprey Finally Gets The Missiles And Rockets It Needs

    12/10/2014 4:50:51 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 18 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | December 09 2013 | Tyler Rogoway
    The Osprey has always lacked firepower in its forward hemisphere. Beyond its ramp-mounted gun, various concepts have been tested and fielded in an attempt to provide fire towards where the aircraft is headed, not just where it has been. This issue is compounded by the fact that the Osprey outruns traditional helicopter gunship escorts, but a solution may have finally arrived. Now, the Bell and Boeing consortium that manufacturers the Osprey is looking to overcome this handicap in a big way, through rocket and missiles pods mounted on the Osprey's cheeks. The results of which could change the way the...
  • Unloved Warthog lives to fight another day

    12/09/2014 9:00:06 AM PST · by bkopto · 75 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 12/8/2014 | Charles Hoskinson
    The A-10 fighter jet, designed to kill Soviet tanks in Europe, made its reputation instead in America's Middle East wars. Now it's back in the region while its advocates fight off the Air Force's attempts to kill it. A-10s from the Indiana National Guard arrived from Afghanistan last month at an air base in southwest Asia, where they will be used for missions against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, Air Force officials said. The plane, affectionately nicknamed the Warthog, is slow and ugly compared with the Air Force's other fighter jets, especially the stealthy, supersonic F-35 that is...
  • China boasts new J-31 stealth fighter could 'take down' US F-35

    12/09/2014 7:33:50 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 33 replies
    Reuters ^ | DECEMBER 9, 2014 | Megha Rajagopalan
    BEIJING — China's new stealth fighter could certainly "take down" its opponent in the sky, the president of China's top aircraft maker said on Tuesday, referring to its U.S.-made counterpart. Lin Zuoming, president of Aviation Industry Corp of China (Avic), which developed the J-31 stealth fighter, made the remarks in an interview on state broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV). "When it takes to the sky, it can definitely take it down," he said, in a reference to the U.S.-made F-35. "That's a certainty." Lin also emphasized the company's desire to compete with the United States in new markets, particularly countries...
  • Russia Has Gone Ahead And Built The Helicopters For Those French Mistrals

    12/09/2014 4:41:27 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    The Aviationist ^ | Dec. 8, 2013 | JACEK SIMINSKI
    A press release by company Russian Helicopters suggests that the Ka-52K helicopter (K stands for korabielny, which means naval), is ready and the first units of the rotor-craft have already been manufactured and are due to undergo a test-flying program. The naval variant can fold its rotor blades for better space management aboard helicopter carriers. The absence of a tail rotor makes the choppers ideal for use on carriers, even though they are slightly taller than their Western counterparts. The company's announcement is noteworthy considering France's suspension of the delivery of the Mistral vessels which were meant to be fielded...
  • We Remember (song, video)

    12/07/2014 10:46:21 AM PST · by EveningStar · 7 replies
    YouTube ^ | December 13, 2011 | Uploaded by ICASHQ
    Uploaded on Dec 13, 2011 Country music recording artist Dwayne O'Brien performed his song "We Remember" (available on the CD "Song Pilot" at www.flightsongrecords.mybigcommerce.com) at the annual convention of the International Council of Air Shows last December in Las Vegas, Nevada. And he produced this video to be projected on the screens behind him while he sang. We hope that you'll share this link widely with friends and family who appreciate America's aviation legacy and all that our country's airborne warriors have done to defend our country. Many thanks to Dwayne O'Brien for both performing his wonderful song and producing...
  • Pakistan looks to boost military export with revamped JF-17

    12/07/2014 2:26:48 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    Agence France Presse (AFP) ^ | December 7, 2014
    A revamped version of JF-17 jet fighter took centre stage at 8th International Defence Exhibition and Seminar (IDEAS) in Karachi this week as the country looks to boost its role as a military exporter on the world stage. Pakistan’s military has long been a major importer of defence equipment, particularly from key ally China. But the country is hoping the updated JF-17, conceived and initially developed with the help of China, along with Pakistani-made tanks and surveillance drones, will help grow military exports and bring in much-needed foreign exchange revenue. The country’s forex reserves are slowly recovering after falling to...
  • China mounts third hypersonic 'Wu-14' missile test, US report says

    12/05/2014 6:51:13 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 18 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | Saturday, 06 December, 2014 | Mimi Lau
    The People's Liberation Army conducted a third flight test of a new hypersonic missile this week after the weapon's second test failed in August, according to a US report. The hypersonic glide vehicle, dubbed the "Wu-14" by the United States, was spotted by US intelligence agencies on Tuesday during a flight test in western China, US-based online newspaper the Washington Free Beacon reported, citing US defence officials. The US officials said the test was part of China's strategic nuclear programme and efforts to develop delivery vehicles capable of penetrating US defences. The tests indicated that China's development of a strike...
  • The Navy's Smart New Stealth Anti-Ship Missile Can Plan Its Own Attack

    12/04/2014 7:48:05 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | 12/05/2014 | Tyler Rogoway
    America's primary anti-ship missile, the Harpoon, has been in service now for close to 40 years and the Navy has been very reluctant to evolve when it comes to its anti-ship capabilities. Times are changing, with China's Navy on the rise and Russia flexing its muscle, the Cold War staple just won't do. Enter Lockheed's ninja-like Long Range Anti-Ship Missile to save the day. The Harpoon was once the 'gold standard' of anti-ship cruise missiles, but its subsonic flight profile, limited range, less than stealthy design, and relatively simple targeting and navigation methodology have left it as almost an afterthought...
  • Pentagon Worries That Russia Can Now Outshoot U.S. Stealth Jets

    12/04/2014 3:20:25 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 39 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 12/04/2014 | Dave Majumdar
    High flying and fast, the F-22 Raptor stealth jet is by far the most lethal fighter America has ever built. But the Raptor—and indeed all U.S. fighters—have a potential Achilles’ heel, according to a half-dozen current and former Air Force officials. The F-22’s long range air-to-air missiles might not be able to hit an enemy aircraft, thanks to new enemy radar jamming techniques. The issue has come to the fore as tensions continue to rise with Russia and a potential conflict between the great powers is once again a possibility—even if a remote one. “We—the U.S. [Department of Defense]—haven’t been...
  • Great Britain Almost Got to Keep Its Harriers

    12/03/2014 4:35:10 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    War is Boring ^ | 12/02/2014 | David Axe
    The United Kingdom’s 2010 Strategic Defense and Security Review—a budget drill, really—imposed devastating cuts to what had been one of the world’s best militaries. The British Army, Royal Air Force and Royal Navy each had to give up weapons and manpower in the interest of saving money. But arguably the most damaging reductions fell on the navy, which had to surrender both of its remaining Invincible-class light aircraft carriers years earlier than previously planned. And the Harrier jump jets that flew from the flattops went, too—leaving the navy without carrier-launched fighters for the first time since a plane took off...
  • How China Will Track—and Kill—America’s Newest Stealth Jets

    12/02/2014 3:46:48 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 34 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 02/12/2014 | Bill Sweetman
    A gang of advanced missiles and a bleeding edge radar unveiled at a Chinese air show could mean big trouble for the Pentagon’s best fighters. Once, no magic act was complete without the magician’s revealingly dressed assistant. Her job was not merely to be sawn in half but to dominate the mostly male audience’s attention at moments when a focus on the whereabouts of the rabbit might blow the gaff. That was a useful lesson to bear in mind at last month’s Zhuhai air show—China’s only domestic air and defense trade show, held once every other year. If anything at...
  • Heeding defense needs, China’s aircraft carrier ambitions appear to move closer to reality

    12/01/2014 7:52:46 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    Global Times ^ | 2014-11-30
    Since China deployed the Liaoning, an aircraft carrier purchased from Ukraine and later refurbished and relaunched by the Chinese navy as a training carrier, speculation has swirled around the construction of a homegrown aircraft carrier. Although Chinese authorities have never openly confirmed whether a homemade carrier is underway, they have also never denied it. China's military officials have given some clues, however. Ministry of National Defence spokesman Yang Yujun said last August that although the Liaoning is China's first aircraft carrier, "there will surely be more in future." He said that China will consider the development of aircraft carriers in...
  • Post-Soviet Aircraft Graveyard Discovered on Abandoned Far East Russian Air Base

    11/28/2014 5:06:48 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 26 replies
    Urban Ghosts ^ | 7 September 2011 / 6 | Urban Ghosts
    During the Cold War CIA and U.S. Air Force pilots risked life and limb to spy on the Soviet Union. Today, we too can peer behind the former Iron Curtain, all from the comfort of our personal computers. Intriguingly, such virtual exploration has revealed abandoned military bases in the far reaches of Russia that – even today – house the rusting remnants of the feared Soviet bomber force. Littered with at least 18 gutted Tupolev Tu-22M Backfires of the 444th Heavy Bomber Regiment, Vozdvizhenka air base resembles a post-apocalyptic landscape. Entering this barren place, located near Ussuriysk in the Primorsky...
  • British F-35B Begins Weapons Testing in the US

    11/28/2014 5:05:02 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    Defense Update ^ | 27/11/2014
    The F-35B carrying two ASRAAM missiles on outboard pylons. Photo: BAE Systems In recent test series, US Marine Corps F-35B Lightning II the combined test force configured to carry weapons load operated by the Royal Air Force completed initial aircraft handling trials carrying ASRAAM and Paveway IV weapons. The tests were carried out at Patuxent River Naval Air Station, MD in the USA by a test team including personnel from the UK BAE Systems. Two F-35B Short Take Off / Vertical Landing (STOVL) aircraft, flown by Billie Flynn, Lockheed Martin’s F-35 test pilot, and Squadron Leader Andy Edgell from the...
  • China signs $3 billion S-400 Triumf contract with Russia

    11/26/2014 10:04:55 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    Interfax ^ | November 26, 2013
    The first-ever contract for exports of the S-400 Triumf air defense missile system has been signed. "A contract between Rosoboronexport and the Chinese Defense Ministry was signed at the beginning of this fall for the delivery of at least six battalions of S-400 air defense missile systems worth of more than $3 billion," Vedomosti reported on Wednesday. Negotiations on the delivery of S-400 systems to China had been in progress for several years and the Russian Defense Ministry said in 2011 that exports might begin no earlier than 2016 because the Russian Armed Forces would have to be provided for...
  • FAA Takes Issue with Stadium Flyovers

    11/25/2014 10:38:02 AM PST · by EveningStar · 20 replies
    Flying Magazine ^ | November 24, 2014 | Stephen Pope
    Remember that record flyover of 49 Van's RVs at last season's Chiefs-Raiders game in Kansas City? The FAA remembers too. In the wake of that sanctioned overflight, some pilots of Experimental-category airplanes are now receiving letters of investigation from the agency for other flights that may have run afoul of regulations.
  • Can’t keep waiting for stealth fighter, India tells Russia

    11/25/2014 4:31:03 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    The Times of India ^ | Nov 25, 2014 | Rajat Pandit
    NEW DELHI: Ahead of President Vladimir Putin's visit here early next month, India has told Russia to come back with a plan to substantially reduce the delivery timeframe for the stealth fifth-generation fighter aircraft (FGFA) if it wants to seal the futuristic project by next year. The plan till now was that India would begin inducting the stealth fighters only 94 months — at the earliest — after the two countries inked the final design and R&D contract, which itself has already been delayed by over two years by now. "Russia has now been told that India cannot wait for...
  • Airfield puts Australia in reach of China’s strategic bombers: Reports

    11/25/2014 4:23:08 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 18 replies
    NEWS CORP AUSTRALIA NETWORK ^ | NOVEMBER 25, 2014
    AN air base being built on a disputed island chain is raising eyebrows as its puts Chinese strategic bombers in range of Australia for the first time. Defence Publication IHS Janes says analysis of satellite photographs shows China is turning Fiery Cross Reef in the contentious Spratly Islands into a land mass big enough to hold a military air base. The construction work shows China is enforcing its claim on the mineral and oil-rich chain of islands which are also claimed by Taiwan, Malaysia, Vietnam, Brunei and the Philippines. Beijing claims nearly all of the resource-rich South China Sea. The...
  • China And Russia Team Up To Build World's Largest, Most Powerful Chopper

    11/21/2014 11:35:49 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | 11/21/2014 | Tyler Rogoway
    Currently, the largest and most powerful helicopter to have ever entered production is the gargantuan Mi-26 'Halo' of Russian origin, of which many still serve in governmental and commercial roles around the globe. After decades of the 'Halo' being on top, a new record holder is now said to be on the way, with Russia and China joining forces to make it happen. This new super-heavy lift class chopper was originally thought to be an outgrowth of the existing, all-weather capable and highly modernized Mi-26T2, but now it seems that it will only borrow a few elements from it, and...
  • PAF wants to buy Chinese stealth aircraft: minister (Pakistan)

    11/21/2014 7:54:23 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    The Pakistan Air Force (PAF) has expressed interest in procuring fourth generation stealth fighter aircraft FC-31 from China. Minister for Defence Production Rana Tanveer Hussain told Dawn on Friday the matter was being discussed with Chinese authorities. It is for the first time that a senior government functionary has confirmed talks with China over purchase of the longer-range stealth aircraft — an issue that has been a subject of speculation in defence circles since the 10th edition of the Zhuhai Air Show (China) held earlier this month, when the aircraft was unveiled. The Jane’s Defence Weekly had quoted an unnamed...
  • France to buy 12 Airbus aerial tankers

    11/20/2014 8:06:16 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    Reuters ^ | Nov 20, 2014 | Tim Hepher
    France has confirmed the selection of 12 Airbus A330 refueling tankers for the French Air Force, Airbus Group said on Thursday. First delivery is expected in 2018, followed by a second in 2019 and then at a rate of one or two per year, Airbus Defense & Space said in a statement. India and Qatar are in the "final stages of contractual negotiations" for six and two aircraft respectively, Airbus said. Airbus said France is the sixth country to order the tanker after Australia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates and Britain.
  • Brazil Plans To Buy More than 100 Gripens

    11/20/2014 2:43:19 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    AIN Online ^ | November 19, 2014 | Chris Pocock
    Brazil is planning to acquire approximately 108 Saab Gripen NGs over the next 18 years, according to Bg. Gen. Jose Crepaldi Affonso, head of programs office, Forca Aerea Brasileira (FAB – Brazilian air force). He told the International Fighter Conference in London, organized by Defence IQ, that his air force intends to eventually replace all three of its existing combat aircraft with the Swedish jet. Crepaldi also described, in some detail, the industrial participation (IP) programs that are linked to the Gripen deal. The contract that was signed last month covered only the first batch of 36 aircraft, and Saab...
  • Eurofighter Typhoon jet to get new one billion euro radar

    11/19/2014 7:52:51 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki
    Reuters ^ | Wed Nov 19, 2014 | Sarah Young
    Britain, Germany, Italy and Spain have through their Eurofighter project signed a 1 billion euro (0.83 billion pound) contract to provide their jointly backed Typhoon jet with a new sort of radar, in an effort to secure new orders. The fighter is produced by Eurofighter partner companies BAE Systems (BAES.L), Airbus (AIR.PA) and Finmeccanica (SIFI.MI), and BAE said it signed a contract worth 365 million pounds ($572 million) to integrate the new radar onto the jets. Under the deal signed in Edinburgh, Scotland, on Wednesday the Typhoon jet will in future be available with the "Captor E-Scan radar". The four...
  • Nigerian Air Force Interested in Textron’s Scorpion Combat Jets

    11/19/2014 4:58:52 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Nov 18, 2014 | ROBERT WALL
    LONDON–The Nigerian air force is concerned that efforts to acquire new combat aircraft from Textron Inc.TXT +1.56% and AirLand Enterprises LLC to battle Boko Haram militants will be blocked over concerns about the country’s human rights record. “We are really handicapped in attacking the enemy where we want,” Air Vice Marshal R.A. Ojuawo, the director of operations for the Nigerian air force, said Tuesday. “We need capabilities for a timely response.” Nigeria has battled the Islamic insurgent group Boko Haram over control of the country’s northeast. Nigeria in recent days retook the area of Chibok, where the insurgents kidnapped nearly...
  • Modernised IL-76 set for take off

    11/17/2014 6:54:11 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 30 replies
    Russia & India Report ^ | November 17, 2014 | Vladimir Shcherbakov
    The Ilyushin IL-76 first took to the skies in 1971, and since then the aircraft is regularly used in Russian aviation. Now, however, the requirements for aircraft of this class have changed somewhat (mainly involving more rigorously matching industry standards), and new equipment and systems have been developed. As a result, the decision was made to launch a series of highly modernized machines. The program to create a new transporter was given the code name Project 476, and the military transport aircraft was designated the Il-76MD-90A. First customer: the military Engineers have finalized the airframe, making a number of significant...
  • Israel may trim second order of F-35 fighters - newspaper

    11/17/2014 4:47:19 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | Nov 17, 2014
    Israel is likely to place a second order for between 12 and 15 U.S.-made F-35 fighter jets, around half the number previously mentioned by defence sources in both countries, an Israeli newspaper reported on Monday. A reduced Israeli purchase may dent international confidence in the Lockheed Martin Corp plane and set back Israeli efforts to get a lower unit price because of advance orders. Israel bought 19 F-35s for $2.75 billion in 2010, with delivery scheduled between 2016 and 2018. Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon, who visited the United States last month, agreed a preliminary deal for 25 to 31 more...
  • American F-16s Aren’t Supposed to Dogfight MiG-29s and Su-27s (Restricted training)

    11/17/2014 3:08:42 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    War is Boring ^ | Nov 17, 2014 | David Axe
    Automatic budget sequestration cut deeply into the U.S. Air Force’s training in 2012. Air Combat Command got just $3,1 billion—three-quarters of what it needed to fully train the thousands of pilots flying the command’s 1,600 F-15, F-16 and F-22 fighters, A-10 attack jets and B-1 bombers. So the command did something radical—and with far-reaching consequences as American air power retools for fighting high-tech foes following more than decade bombing insurgents in Iraq and Afghanistan. Air Combat Command stripped certain airplanes of many of their missions, thus cutting back on the number of flight hours a particular pilot needed to be...
  • PAK FA aircraft to have latest missiles

    11/14/2014 7:58:24 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    VPK News, Russia ^ | 14/11/2014
    The Tactical Missiles Corporation (TRV) is concluding tests on the Kh-58USHK missile designed to equip the PAK FA, also known as the 5th generation fighter or the T-50. “This is absolutely the newest product that has nothing in common with the old X-58, apart from the index: it is half the size of the X-58, and it is equipped with a completely different homing,” TRV Chief Executive Boris Obnosov told TASS. “We are completing the state tests for it just now, and this includes test launches of the T-50 experimental aircrafts.” He added that the PAK FA “is the only...
  • China’s Stealth Fighter Could Get a Lot Better

    11/14/2014 7:42:30 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 26 replies
    War is Boring ^ | Nov 14, 2014 | David Axe
    We don’t know much about the FC-31, China’s other stealth fighter prototype. But a non-flying model of the FC-31 that appeared at the Zhuhai air show in southern China in early November offers some compelling new clues. That’s because the model is different than the flying FC-31 prototype—which also attended the Zhuhai show and put on a spirited aerobatic display on Nov. 12. Comparing the model and the plane could reveal Shenyang Aircraft Corporation’s ambitions for its new stealth jet. The model boasts better stealth features, new engines and a wider range of sensors. If Shenyang adds all these enhancements...
  • China's Selling the J-31, But Who's Buying?

    11/13/2014 7:57:38 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 18 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | November 14, 2014 | Robert Farley
    Who’s going to buy the J-31? The recent appearance of the aircraft at the Zhuhai airshow, as well as the comments of a smattering of Chinese officials, led to a spate of articles suggesting that China was interested in the J-31 primarily as an export model. Conceivably, the J-31 could occupy a low-end stealth fighter niche that currently has no other entrants. Some have billed the J-31 as China’s answer to the F-35, as if that represented some sort of compliment. It’s hardly a stretch to suggest Pakistan would be a major customer, and perhaps Egypt as well. Beyond that?...
  • FAB Purchase Agreement of the Gripen NG will benefit the Navy of Brazil

    11/13/2014 10:05:11 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 13 November 2014
    The Brazilian navy (Marinha do Brasil) issued a statement regarding the aquisition of Gripen fighters: On 24 October, the Brazilian Air Force (FAB) signed with the Swedish company SAAB the contract for the purchase of 36 Gripen NG fighter aircraft. The first aircraft will be delivered in 2019 and the last one in 2024. The investment of approximately US $ 13 billion involves the training of Brazilian pilots and mechanics in Sweden, logistical support and technology transfer to Brazilian industries. Embraer will take a leading role in the local manufacture of aircraft, with the participation of other Brazilian companies, providing...
  • With a Stealth Fighter, China Tries to Gain Attention

    11/10/2014 7:55:30 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 33 replies
    The New York Times ^ | NOV. 10, 2014 | CHRISTINA LARSON
    BEIJING — Amid the whine of high-performance jet engines at the start of an air show in Zhuhai, the Chinese government is hoping to generate a different sort of buzz: admiration, and perhaps purchases, of its shadowy J-31 stealth fighter, which is expected to make its first public appearance. For almost 20 years, the event, Airshow China, has been a showcase for the country’s homegrown hardware, and a marketplace for those interested in selling to the world’s most populous country. As the country tries to climb into the high-end arms market, it has been eager to display fighters, missiles and...
  • Intercept test validates Barak 8 air defense system maturity

    11/10/2014 10:41:52 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    Defense Update ^ | Nov 10, 2014
    Barak 8 missile launched from a test rig in the Negev, on one of the recent flights that tested the missile’s propulsion system. Today’s test evaluated the entire system’s performance – sensors, command and control, communications and intercept. Photo: IAI Today at 07:20 (Israel time), Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), in collaboration with the Israeli Ministry of Defense (IMOD), conducted the first successful flight test of the Barak-8 Air & Missile Defense System. On this test, held at the weapon test range in the Negev desert the system employed all the elements related to the naval and land-based variants of the...
  • Chinese Espionage, Weapons Shift Asian Power Balance

    11/10/2014 10:09:13 AM PST · by raptor22 · 1 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | November 10, 2014 | Investor's Business Daily
    Military Superiority: China's new Shenyang J-31 stealth fighter could be the equal of our F-22s and F-35s, U.S. pilots say, and is just one of the weapons that may thwart America's "pivot" to the Pacific. The J-31, a fifth-generation stealth fighter, will make its official debut at the Zhuhai International Air Show Nov. 11-16 in southern China's Guangdong province. As one U.S. pilot with F-35 experience told USNI News of the J-31 and other new Chinese fighters: "I think they'll eventually be on par with our fifth-gen jets — as they should be, because industrial espionage is alive and well."...
  • China has its own copy of BrahMos Supersonic cruise missile Now

    11/09/2014 4:14:10 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    IDRW News Network ^ | 11/07/2014
    China has showcased a dummy model of new CX-1 anti-ship missile at Zhuhai Air Show. Missile looks similar to Russian P-800 Oniks , its the same missile upon which Indo-Russian Brahmos cruise missile has been based . Chinese forums puts specification of the missile has Supersonic Cruise missile with range of 50 km to 290 km . Missile will be supersonic speed on all phases of flight, and will be able to use wide range of platforms (ships, submarines and land-based launchers), will have low profile flight (sea-skimming), possible use of the missile in electronic countermeasures environment and under enemy...
  • Taking Off In A MiG-29K From A Carrier At Night Is A Fiery Thrill

    11/07/2014 2:26:10 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 26 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | November 7, 2014 | Tyler Rogoway
    The Indian Navy's young and potent MiG-29K fleet gives their long-awaited aircraft carrier, the INS Vikramaditya, a serious punch. India remains committed to simpler ski-jump instead of catapult configured carriers, and what is not great for a fighter's range and payload is fantastic for visuals, as you can see in the video below. In many ways, the MiG-29K is the ultimate comeback kid. The earliest version of this MiG-29 Fulcrum derivative first flew in 1988. After the fall of the Soviet Union there were no funds available to field two carrier fighters for what was then Russia's rusting navy. Mikoyan...
  • Sukhoi Su-35S: Capabilities Out of This World

    11/07/2014 9:16:08 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 60 replies
    Rostec ^ | Nov 06, 2014
    A demonstration of Russian aircraft at the 2013 Le Bourget air show stunned spectators. The air show visitors were amazed to see the handling of Sukhoi Su-35S, as the jet performed aerobatics that no other jet fighter in the world could touch. Engineer Christian Kunovski offers a taste of a knowledgeable spectator’s first-hand impressions: “I have been in the industry for 22 years, I have seen a lot, but this flight was simply incredible. This is not a fighter jet, this is a UFO!” This was the first public demonstration of a Su-35S overseas, and it went on to be...
  • Israeli ministers oppose acquisition of more F-35 fighter jets

    11/06/2014 10:19:57 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    Haaretz ^ | Nov. 6, 2014 | Amir Oren
    Several ministers, headed by Strategic and Intelligence Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz, strongly objected to purchasing more F-35 fighter jets at the ministerial committee for defense purchases’ meeting Wednesday. The Defense Ministry and Israel Air Force submitted to the committee a proposal to buy a second squadron of the advanced fighter jets at the expected cost of some $4.5 billion. Steinitz spearheaded the objection to buying 31 jets, which will be added to the 19 ordered in the first deal. Steinitz is in favor of buying numerous cheap missiles to be launched from the sea, surface and air, and for increasing...
  • Virgin Galactic pilot defied the odds to survive crash

    11/06/2014 8:49:16 AM PST · by rktman · 11 replies
    latimes ^ | 11/6/2014 | Ralph Vartabedian, Melody Petersen
    The Virgin Galactic rocket plane had just broken the sound barrier and was shooting toward the heavens when it began disintegrating, battered by powerful aerodynamic forces. The pilots were strapped into their seats as entire pieces were torn from SpaceShipTwo. At more than 10 miles high, with fingers no doubt numb from the cold, Peter Siebold somehow escaped from the hurtling wreckage.
  • Fighter jet drones move closer as BAE and Dassault link up

    11/06/2014 4:24:12 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | 05 Nov 2014 | Alan Tovey
    Drones that could eventually replace the current generation of jet fighters have moved a step closer after BAE Systems and Dassault Aviation won a £120m contract. Britain’s BAE and France’s Dassault have signed a two-year joint contract with the UK and French governments to look at what would be needed to build such an aircraft. The deal confirms the Anglo-French agreement announced at the Farnborough Air Show in July, and is the next step towards unmanned jets that could replace the current fourth-generation fighters - the Typhoon in Britain and the Rafale in France. The contract will focus on developing...
  • How to survive in a dogfight, alone against six MiGs

    11/05/2014 6:09:32 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 41 replies
    The Aviationist ^ | Nov 05 2014 | Dario Leone
    An incredible air-to-air engagement, where one U.S. pilot alone survived to six North Vietnamese MiGs. A true milestone in the progress of naval aviation, the Vought F-8 has been one of the few carrier-based fighters that could outperform most land-based counterparts. Being the first genuinely supersonic naval aircraft, the Crusader, was a single seat, single engine swept fighter that introduced an unusual feature, the variable incidence wing. Armed with four Colt Mk 12 cannons, the F-8 was called “The last gunfighter”: these guns combined with its high thrust-to-weight ratio and with its good maneuverability, made of the Crusader a good...
  • U.S. Pilots Say New Chinese Stealth Fighter Could Become Equal of F-22, F-35

    11/05/2014 11:10:21 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 19 replies
    USNI News ^ | November 5, 2014 | Dave Majumdar
    China’s new Shenyang J-31 stealth fighter — making its debut next week at the Zhuhai international airshow — could eventually become more than a match for American stealth fighters in battle, several U.S. military and industry officials told USNI News. The J-31 is China’s latest crack at developing a modern so-called fifth-generation stealth fighter — equivalent in ability to Lockheed Martin’s F-22 Raptor or F-35 Lighting II Joint Strike Fighter. “They’re still in the glossy brochure phase of development, so they still look ten feet tall and bulletproof,” one senior U.S. fighter pilot familiar with the F-35 program told USNI...
  • U.S. Marines to Retire Harrier Fleet Earlier Than Planned, Extend Life of Hornets

    11/03/2014 10:39:47 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    USNI News ^ | November 3, 2014 | Dave Majumdar
    The U.S. Marine Corps will phase out the Boeing AV-8B Harrier II jump jet by 2025 — about five years earlier than planned — and will instead extend the life of its fleet of aging Boeing F/A-18 Hornet strike fighters, according to the service’s recently released 2015 aviation plan. In previous years, the service had said it would replace its increasingly older fleet of original model Boeing F/A-18A – D Hornet strike fighters before retiring the Harriers before replacing both fighters with the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lighting II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF). Now, the Harrier will be retired in 2025...
  • Report: UAE, Textron in discussions about Scorpion jet

    11/03/2014 10:37:51 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    THE WICHITA EAGLE ^ | 11/03/2014 | MOLLY MCMILLIN
    The United Arab Emirates is in serious discussions with Textron AirLand about buying the new Scorpion jet, sources told Defense Daily. The Scorpion, designed and built in Wichita, is in flight testing. The plane was designed to be an intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance airplane with strike capabilities, Textron officials have said. But sources told Defense Daily that the UAE is considering the Scorpion for its aerobatic squadron Al Fursan, which flies the Alenia Aermacchi MB-339. A purchase for Al Fursan would be a first step in a larger relationship, the report said. Textron’s policy is not to comment about possible...
  • F-35C Makes First Arrested Landing on U.S. Navy Carrier

    11/03/2014 6:49:41 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 66 replies
    AIN Online ^ | November 3, 2014 | BILL CAREY
    The U.S. Navy conducted the first arrested landing of an F-35C Joint Strike Fighter carrier variant on November 3. Cmdr. Tony Wilson, a Navy test pilot, landed test aircraft CF-03 on the flight deck of the carrier USS Nimitz off the coast of San Diego after flying from Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz. The first arrested landing came at the start of initial at-sea developmental testing of the F-35C, which is expected to last for two weeks. The carrier testing involves test aircraft CF-03 and CF-05, both fitted with a redesigned tail hook after problems with the initial design...