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  • Russia's Once-Mighty Fighter Jet Firm MiG Struggling as Rivals Make Gains

    07/03/2015 10:32:33 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    The Moscow Times ^ | Jul. 02 2015 | Matthew Bodner
    Once one of the world's most famous aircraft designers, Russia's MiG aircraft company has fallen on hard times. Though MiG aircraft continue to populate almost 30 world air forces, the firm has not won a major design competition or aircraft tender in its post-Soviet history. Russia is the world's second-largest arms exporter after the United States, and its aircraft companies made up a substantial $4.4 billion of the country's overall $13 billion in arms exports in 2014, according to data collected by defense industry consultancy IHS. Although MiG has been able to secure a chunk of these exports, its market...
  • F-35 fighter makers leap to its defence after it loses dogfight to 1970s jet

    07/03/2015 5:15:47 AM PDT · by PotatoHeadMick · 50 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 02 Jul 2015 | Alan Tovey
    An extraordinary defence of the troubled F-35 Joint Strike Fighter has been issued by the Pentagon and Lockheed Martin, the lead company building the jet. The response came after influential military blog “War is Boring” published a story claiming the new “5th generation” jet – which Britain is buying a fleet of – was unable to beat a 1970s design F-16 “4th generation” fighter in a mock dogfight. The blog said it had seen a report from the F-35 test pilot on the exercise, explaining how his jet was too sluggish to get the older jet in his sights, and...
  • Test Pilot Admits the F-35 Can’t Dogfight

    06/30/2015 5:50:20 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 81 replies
    War is Boring ^ | 06/29/2015 | DAVID AXE
    A test pilot has some very, very bad news about the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. The pricey new stealth jet can’t turn or climb fast enough to hit an enemy plane during a dogfight or to dodge the enemy’s own gunfire, the pilot reported following a day of mock air battles back in January. “The F-35 was at a distinct energy disadvantage,” the unnamed pilot wrote in a scathing five-page brief that War Is Boring has obtained. The brief is unclassified but is labeled “for official use only.” The test pilot’s report is the latest evidence of fundamental problems with...
  • Airbus Beats Boeing in Contract for South Korean Refuel Tankers

    06/30/2015 5:45:37 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | June 30, 2015 | JEYUP S. KWAAK & ROBERT WALL
    Airbus Group SE beat out Boeing Co. in a $1.33 billion race to supply South Korea with four aerial refueling tankers, dashing the U.S. plane maker’s hopes of securing the first foreign order for a program beleaguered by budget overruns and delays. A spokesman for South Korea’s main arms procurement agency said Tuesday it plans to buy four of Airbus’s refueling planes, called the A330 MRTT, for multirole tanker transport. The first delivery is due in 2019. The European plane maker’s bid became more attractive with euro weakening since the bids were submitted, the spokesman for South Korea’s Defense Acquisition...
  • Rivals in arms, in the sky (Russia's 2 attack helos)

    06/27/2015 5:21:10 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki
    Russia & India Report ^ | June 26, 2015 | Alexander Korolkov
    Helicopters came into being after the major wars of the 20th century were fought. The helicopter had neither the altitude nor speed to work in either of the world wars fought in the last century. But the helicopter has come into its own, with a number of advantages over attack jet aircraft, as a means of battle support. Historic insight The Soviet Union built two attack helicopters in the 1980Â’s. Two Soviet design bureaus, Mil and Kamov, built them as a counter to the American AH-64. Test results till the end of the 80s showed the single-seater Ka-50, built on...
  • Farewell, mighty Prowler!

    06/25/2015 6:59:30 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    Whidbey News-Times ^ | 06/25/2015 | DEBRA VAUGHN
    The EA-6B Prowler isn’t the fastest aircraft or the sexiest. A refueling probe on its nose and two bulging canopies over the cockpit give the jet the look of an overgrown metallic insect. But the Prowler’s ability to deliver a potent crotch kick to the enemy’s air defense systems made it an indispensable asset to the military for more than four decades. Since the aircraft was introduced at the end of the Vietnam War, it’s made significant contributions to every major conflict involving the United States. So important is the Prowler’s role in protecting other aircraft, ships and troops, no...
  • Here's a B-52 Stratofortress and all of its ammunition in one photo

    06/24/2015 1:12:53 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 66 replies
    Yahoo! Finance ^ | June 24, 2015 | By Alex Lockie
    This photo shows the entire arsenal of a B-52 Strartofortress. The standard loadout for this plane includes eight AGM-84 Harpoon missiles, four AGM-142 Raptor missiles, 51 500lb bombs, 30 1,000lb bombs, 20 AGM-86C conventional air-launched cruise missiles (CALCM), 12 joint stand-off weapons (JSOW), 12 joint direct-attack munitions (JDAM) and 16 wind-corrected munitions dispensers (WCMD), according to Airforce-technology.com. In 1955, when the first Boeing B-52 Stratofortress became operational, nobody would have imagined that the plane would likely remain in service for nearly 100 years. Today, that's exactly what the US Air Force has in mind for this iconic aircraft. Around 750...
  • Exposure: Will the flight range of the F-35 be extended in the Israeli version?

    06/24/2015 5:53:03 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    IsraelDefense ^ | 24/06/2015 | Amir Rapaport
    Lockheed Martin and the IAF are in negotiations to examine the possibility of extending the flight range of the Israeli version of the future fighter aircraft F-35 by 30%. The issues was discussed during the Paris Air Show, attended by a delegation of senior representatives of Lockheed Martin (who arrived in Israel this week for another round of talks). At the same time, it is known that a team of the IAF is currently in Fort Worth, Texas, to work on the aircraft, in preparation for its arrival in Israel at the end of 2016. According to current knowledge, Israel...
  • British Pilot Becomes the First to Test F-35B Ski-Jump Launch

    06/24/2015 4:55:49 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 19 replies
    SEAPOWER ^ | June 23, 2015
    LONDON — BAE Systems Test Pilot Pete “Wizzer” Wilson became the first pilot to launch the Lockheed Martin F-35B short take-off and vertical-landing variant of the Lightning II from a ski-jump, BAE Systems said in a June 23 release. The launch took place at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., on June 19 from a land-based ski jump and marks the start of an initial testing phase expected to last two weeks. The trials demonstrate the aircraft’s ability to take off safely and effectively from a ski-jump ramp similar to that which will be used on the United Kingdom’s new...
  • Why Don't The Newest US Air Force F-16s Use These High-Tech Fuel Tanks?

    06/23/2015 4:57:10 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 27 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | 6/22/15 | Tyler Rogoway
    Fuel is the ever-present specter that looms over every pilot. It’s great when you have enough of it, and terrifying when you don’t. This is especially true for notoriously fuel hungry tactical fighters. Conformal Fuel Tanks (CFTs) have become an increasingly popular way to add range to existing fighter designs, such as the F-16, without making a large impact on the jet’s speed and agility. Many overseas operators utilize CFTs on block 50/52 and later Vipers, but why don’t America’s late model F-16s have a similar luxury? Conformal Fuel Tanks are not just the domain of late model F-16s, the...
  • F-35B Completes First Release of a U.K. Paveway IV Bomb

    06/19/2015 8:20:13 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    SEAPOWER ^ | June 19, 2015
    WASHINGTON — The F-35 Lightning II program made aviation history June 12 as Royal Air Force (RAF) Test Pilot Squadron Leader Andy Edgell released two inert 500-pound dual mode Paveway IV precision-guided bombs over the Atlantic Test Ranges, the U.S. Navy reported. The inaugural weapons separation test of the Paveway IV conducted by the F-35 Lightning II Patuxent River, Md., Integrated Test Force (ITF) was a major milestone for the U.K. Royal Navy and RAF F-35 program. The test brought together the multi-role short-takeoff-and-vertical-landing (STOVL) variant of the F-35 fifth-generation stealth fighter and the Paveway IV — an advanced weapon...
  • Canada accepts first six Sikorsky CH-148 Cyclones

    06/19/2015 7:46:08 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    Flightglobal.com ^ | 19/06/2015 | JAMES DREW
    The Royal Canadian Air Force has accepted delivery of its first six Sikorsky CH-148 Cyclone maritime patrol helicopters, marking a major step forward for the Sea King replacement programme that has a “torturous history”. Two more helicopters are due to arrive at the Shearwater operating base in Nova Scotia this December, and the full tranche of 28 Cyclones will be in place by 2021, Canadian defence minister Jason Kenney said at a ceremony 19 June. The first six choppers arrive amid a hurricane of displeasure in Canada over the handling of the various Sea King replacement efforts, the latest of...
  • Neutral Sweden, arms pedlar extraordinaire

    06/19/2015 10:34:01 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    POLITICO ^ | 19/6/15 | ELISABETH BRAW
    Peter Hultqvist, Sweden’s defense minister since last October, maintains a hectic schedule trying to supply his pared-down armed forces with enough equipment, manpower, and skills to mount a credible defense against a certain neighbor across the Baltic Sea. And earlier this month, the affable minister traveled to India on a different mission: promoting Sweden’s JAS Gripen fighter jet to the Indian government, which had seemed more keen on France’s Rafele as it looks to boost its air force. “What’s happening with regards to a Sweden-India fighter jet deal right now is that there are talks,” explains Sam Perlo-Freeman, head of...
  • JF-17 Secures First Confirmed Export Deal, But To Whom?

    06/17/2015 6:27:56 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    Forecast International ^ | June 15, 2015
    NEWTOWN, Conn. --- According to media reports coming out of the first day of the Paris Air Show, the Chengdu/Pakistan Aeronautical Complex JF-17 Thunder jet fighter has secured its first confirmed export deal with an unnamed Asian country. The lead sales and marketing official for the JF-17, Pakistan's Air Commodore Khalid Mahmood, declined to specify the customer and number of aircraft ordered due to client request, divulging only that deliveries will begin in 2017. This prompts the natural question: Who is the buyer? To begin with only a handful of countries in the Asia-Pacific Rim region procure military hardware from...
  • FelxIS – A Missile That is More Than the Sum of its Parts

    06/17/2015 6:25:13 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    Defense Update ^ | 14, 2015
    MBDA is introducing today at the Paris Air Show a new, modular approach to missile design, as part of its traditional ‘Concept Vision’ theme. The new design dubbed ‘FlexIS’ is designed in standard diameters and comprises a common bus and flight control system, modular, contactless interface linking the seeker bay in the front and modular processor bank, providing the missile’s brain, located at the center. The rear part is also modular, accepting a variety of propulsion modules – miniature turbojet, single or dual pulse rocket with different propellant capacity supporting a broad range of applications. Different warheads can be used,...
  • Sagem Hammer Could Arm Hercules (French weapon for C-130)

    06/17/2015 1:28:33 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    AIN online ^ | June 17, 2015 | David Donald
    Sagem’s AASM (armament air-sol modulaire) rocket-boosted weapon family, also known as the Hammer, is being proposed as armament for the Lockheed C-130 Hercules. The weapon would be carried on a rack that fits under the wing pylon of the C-130 in a quick installation that requires no intrusive modifications. Nor does it require integration with the aircraft’s navigation system. Known as SSA-1101 Gerfaut, the rack system is the brainchild of the AA/ROK company, which specializes in developing advanced defense technologies. Pylon and weapons rack specialist Rafaut joined the team, supplying its AUF2 twin-launcher that is in routine use on the...
  • Hungarian Pilot Punches Out Of His Saab Gripen During Emergency Landing

    06/13/2015 7:44:14 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 43 replies
    The Hungarian Air Force had its second Saab JAS 39 Gripen crash in less than a month. The latest accident three days ago was caused by the malfunctioning landing gear, which led the pilot to make an emergency landing. He stayed with the jet as long as possible, only ejecting as the stricken fighter tipped on its side, careening down the runway. During ejection, the pilot’s malfunctioning seat put him in hospital with a vertebral fracture. Squadron leader Sándor Kádár had hit the ground pretty hard since his seat didn’t detach after leaving the cockpit, weighing down his parachute by...
  • Boeing Dreamliner produces near-vertical takeoff ahead of Paris air show

    06/13/2015 4:43:31 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 23 replies
    indianexpress.com ^ | June 13 2015 | Vishnu Varma
    For aviation enthusiasts, this is a video that is un-missable. It serves as a reminder that planes, commercial or military, can do wonders and perform magic in the air. Not to forget those tiny humans, sitting in the cockpit, maneuvering these giant metal birds. On Thursday, Boeing released a spectacular video, showing it’s flagship 787-9 Dreamliner performing a near-vertical take-off and then some really great gliding and swerving movements before returning to the ground. The video was a rehearsal ahead of the Paris Air Show where Boeing’s expert crew will be doing some superb flying.
  • F-16 Durability Testing: 25,000 Hours and Counting

    06/12/2015 6:52:17 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    Lockheed Martin ^ | June 11, 2015
    FORT WORTH --- Lockheed Martin recently completed 25,000 hours of simulated flight time on an F-16C Block 50 aircraft, demonstrating the safety and durability of the F-16 well beyond the aircraft’s original design service life of 8,000 Equivalent Flight Hours (EFH). Further testing is being conducted to identify a definitive, safe flight hour limit for the aircraft. The F-16 Full Scale Durability Test (FSDT) applies stress to the aircraft’s structure to represent actual aircraft usage and identify potential fatigue issues. FSDT results will be used to help design and verify Service Life Extension Program (SLEP) structural modifications for the U.S....
  • World’s Most Sophisticated Bomb Ready for Production

    06/12/2015 6:48:22 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 29 replies
    AIN online ^ | June 12, 2015 | Chris Pocock
    A brace of Raytheon small diameter bombs hang from a U.S. Air Force F-15E. The Strike Eagle will be the first operational platform for the second edition SDB II. After a six-month delay caused by a couple of test failures, the world’s most sophisticated air-launched bomb is back on track. The Raytheon GBU-53/B Small Diameter Bomb II passed the Pentagon’s Milestone C review last month, and will soon enter low-rate initial production. The SDB II has a ”tri-mode” seeker that allows simultaneous attacks in adverse weather and against moving targets at up to 40 nm range, from a subsonic launch...
  • Boeing Shrinks Toilet Area to Add 14 More Seats

    06/11/2015 10:38:50 AM PDT · by lbryce · 71 replies
    AOL News ^ | June 10,2015 | AOL News
    Boeing just announced plans to make their bathrooms smaller so they can fit more seats on the plane! So if you're claustrophobic, you might want to hold it. Boeing is shrinking the toilet area on the 777-300ER models to make them more marketable to airlines who will want extra seats on the plane, but passengers, would probably rather the extra leg room. Boeing says they'll be able to cram 14 extra seats on the triple seven with the tiny toilet model. It's all part of a plan to make the planes lighter. Another way Boeing will lighten the plane by...
  • Vietnam Seeks Western Warplanes to Counter Potential Chinese Threat

    06/05/2015 10:05:18 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 34 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 05, 2015
    SINGAPORE: Vietnam is in talks with European and US contractors to buy fighter jets, maritime patrol planes and unarmed drones, sources said, as it looks to beef up its aerial defences in the face of China's growing assertiveness in disputed waters. The battle-hardened country has already taken possession of three Russian-built Kilo-attack submarines and has three more on order as part of a $2.6 billion deal agreed in 2009. Upgrading its air force would give Vietnam one of the most potent militaries in Southeast Asia. The previously unreported aircraft discussions have involved Swedish defence contractor Saab , European consortium Eurofighter,...
  • Russia developing aircraft carrier with no world analogs

    06/03/2015 9:52:41 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 42 replies
    TASS, Russia ^ | June 2, 2015
    Russia’s defense and industrial sector is developing a promising aircraft carrier for the Navy worth up to $5.6 billion, which has no analogs in the world, Northern Fleet Commander, Admiral Vladimir Korolyov said on Monday. The new aircraft carrier will enable the Russian Navy to operate more effectively, the admiral said, referring to the developments by the Krylov Research State Center in St. Petersburg but gave no estimates for the new ship. The center’s developments are known under the codename Project 23000E Storm. "Considering that the Northern Fleet forces perform a great variety of missions in the distant Oceanic zone,...
  • The FBI is operating a small air force to spy on Americans

    06/02/2015 6:05:32 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 55 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Jun. 2, 2015 | Jack Gillum, Eileen Sullivan and Eric Tucker
    The FBI is operating a small air force to spy on Americans Associated Press Jack Gillum, Eileen Sullivan and Eric Tucker, Associated Press Jun. 2, 2015, WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI is operating a small air force with scores of low-flying planes across the country carrying video and, at times, cellphone surveillance technology — all hidden behind fictitious companies that are fronts for the government, The Associated Press has learned. The planes' surveillance equipment is generally used without a judge's approval, and the FBI said the flights are used for specific, ongoing investigations. In a recent 30-day period, the agency...
  • Carter to face Indian demand for engine technology

    05/31/2015 10:19:51 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    Business Standard ^ | June 1, 2015 | Ajai Shukla
    The US-India defence relationship needs an engine to drive it, say leaders on both sides. But there are different perceptions on what that engine might be. Americans believe the engine should be the "Defence Trade and Technology Initiative" (DTTI), a high-level committee of officials from both sides that moots projects for working together, and removes bureaucratic roadblocks. In January, when President Barack Obama met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi, they "emphasised the ongoing importance of the (DTTI) in developing new areas of technology cooperation", according to a joint statement issued at that time. Indian officials are focused on...
  • Why China’s Air Force Needs Russia's SU-35

    05/31/2015 10:12:33 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | June 01, 2015 | Jesse Sloman and Lauren Dickey
    Last April, Chinese airplane manufacturer Shenyang Aircraft Corporation surprised military observers by test flying its new J-11D fighter jet, an upgraded version of the J-11, China’s indigenous copy of the Russian Su-27. The D-model J-11 is believed to include such advanced features as an active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar, a relocated infrared search and track (IRST) system, and the expanded use of composite materials to reduce the plane’s weight and radar signature. This first flight indicates that the J-11D is further along in its development cycle than many experts predicted and is poised to provide a new and deadly...
  • Stealth Ability Neutralized! Russia’s T-50 Jetfighter to Rule the Skies (Brag Alert)

    05/29/2015 6:18:50 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    An active defense system developed for Russia’s fifth-generation T-50 jetfighter is also able to neutralize enemy planes’ stealth capability, RIA Novosti reported Friday, citing the press service of the Himalaya system’s designers, the Radioelectronic Technologies Concern [KRET]. The Sukhoi PAK FA fighter jet, also known as T-50, is ready to go into production next year, and boasts innovative technology which renders the pilot one part of the plane’s control system. “The PAK FA is already to some degree a flying robot, where the aviator fulfils the function not only of pilot, but is actually one of the constituent parts of...
  • UK Based F-15Es Flew A Secret Long-Range Mission Over Africa On Monday

    05/29/2015 6:15:15 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | 5/27/15 | Tyler Rogoway
    A pair of RAF Lakenheath based USAF F-15E Strike Eagles that were bristling with live bombs and air-to-air missiles, along five KC-135R tankers, flew on a secretive and grueling 12 hour mission over the Southern Mediterranean on Monday, May 25th, Memorial Day. Multiple radio interceptors and plane spotters state that four F-15E’s, callsigns ABLE 01 through 04, took off from their home base at RAF Lakenheath laden with yellow banded (live) AIM-9M sidewinders, AIM-120 AMRAAMS and no less than seven 500lb Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAMs). These aircraft were accompanied by five KC-135Rs tankers, callsign QUID 91 through 95, that...
  • Embraer Delivers First Upgraded A-4 Skyhawk to Brazilian Navy

    05/29/2015 6:03:47 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 29 replies
    AIN online ^ | May 28, 2015 | Chris Pocock
    Officials from Embraer and the Brazilian Navy line up in front of the first modernized A-4 Skyhawk during delivery ceremony. In a ceremony at Gaviăo Peixoto on May 26, Embraer Defense and Security delivered the first of 12 A-4 Skyhawk combat jets that it is modernizing for the Brazilian Navy. Originally built by McDonnell Douglas, and nicknamed ‘the Scooter,’ the Skyhawk is designated AF-1 by the Brazilians. Embraer will upgrade nine AF-1 single-seaters and three AF-1A two-seaters to the AF-1B configuration for service on the Navy’s aircraft carrier, the NAe Sao Paulo. “This is the first contract for systems integration...
  • Putin made decision to revive production of Tu-160M strategic bomber — Air Force commander

    05/28/2015 4:46:59 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 23 replies
    TASS, Russia ^ | 28/05/2015
    Russia’s Air Force will purchase at least 50 Tu-160M strategic bombers, Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Air Force, Gen.Viktor Bondarev said on Thursday. "The supreme commander [president of Russia - TASS] and the Russian defense minister have taken a decision on reviving production of the Tu-160M aircraft [NATO reporting name: Blackjack]," he stressed. The industry "has confirmed its possibilities" on restarting the production of these bombers, he said. "The production of the aircraft will be restarted. To cover all the outlay of the production, at least 50 aircraft will be purchased in course of time," Bondarev said. The decision on reviving...
  • After years of setbacks, the embattled F-35 fighter jet could soon be ready for combat

    05/27/2015 11:43:33 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 20 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 27, 2015 | By Christian Davenport
    ABOARD THE USS WASP — It has wound a tortured path to get here. The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter has been derided as a trillion-dollar boondoggle, the “plane that ate the Pentagon,” a failed project billions over budget and years behind schedule that should be killed. And yet here it was Tuesday, the sun glinting off its wings on a beautiful day as it approached this amphibious assault ship for a landing 100 miles off the North Carolina coast. It nestled in undaunted, touching down vertically like a helicopter onto the deck. Crews rushed around in a well-scripted choreography, getting...
  • Wedgetail aircraft declared fully ready (Australia's AEW&C aircraft - final operational capability)

    05/27/2015 4:18:17 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 9 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 27th May 2015
    ONCE in danger of being branded a costly turkey, the RAAF's Wedgetail aircraft are now flying high. AFTER more than 1200 hours directing Australian and coalition aircraft in strike missions against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, the six E-7A Wedgetail airborne early warning and control aircraft have been declared fully operationally ready. Defence Minister Kevin Andrews said Australia now had the most advanced air battle space management capability in the world. But this didn't come easy. A succession of technical problems with the aircraft's advanced radar raised concerns that the entire project could be cancelled. US aerospace company Boeing...
  • Russia's Landmark $2Bln Deal With Egypt for MiG Fighter Jets

    05/25/2015 6:31:57 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    Russia has agreed to deliver 46 MiG-29 air superiority fighters to Egypt and is soon expected to sign a deal worth approximately $2 billion, what might become the largest order since the fall of the Soviet Union, Russia’s business daily Vedomosti reports, quoting a source close to the aviation industry. Russia has agreed on a contract with Egypt to deliver 46 Mikoyan MiG-29 air superiority fighters (NATO reporting name "Fulcrum"). The deal is slated to be signed in the nearest future and is expected to be worth as much as $2 billion, the newspaper quotes an aviation industry source as...
  • Navy Pilot Ejects After Jet Runs Off Runway Near San Diego

    05/23/2015 9:53:32 AM PDT · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 44 replies
    NBC-4 LA ^ | 5/22/2015 | Andie Adams
    A military plane has gone off the runway at Naval Air Station North Island into the San Diego Bay, officials confirmed Friday. A Navy pilot, flying in a T-45C aircraft, overshot the runway while landing during a training exercise at 2 p.m. (5 p.m. ET) a Navy spokesman said. The pilot was able to eject from the aircraft before it ran into the water. According to Harbor Police, a civilian boater pulled the crew member out of the water. After being evaluated at UC San Diego Medical Center, the pilot was released and is in stable condition, Navy officials said....
  • Sikorsky Test Flies New Chopper as Parent Mulls Sale

    05/22/2015 8:45:51 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies
    DoD BUZZ ^ | May 22 2015 | Brendan McGarry
    Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. on Friday flew for the first time its next-generation light-attack helicopter, the S-97 Raider. The test flight took place at the company’s developmental flight center in West Palm Beach, Florida. It comes as its parent company, United Technologies Corp., mulls a possible sale of the 90-year-old rotorcraft manufacturer. The chopper’s coaxial design features counter-rotating rotor blades and a push propeller, among other innovations, that will allow it to fly much faster and farther than today’s choppers. The Raider was initially designed to target a potentially $16 billion U.S. Army weapons acquisition program called the Armed Aerial Scout...
  • Commemorative Battle of Britain Eurofighter Typhoon unveiled

    05/22/2015 8:18:39 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    BBC News ^ | 21 May 2015
    A specially painted Eurofighter Typhoon commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain has been unveiled. The jet has been painted in the colours used at the time of the battle, which ran from July to September 1940. It also bears a red devil emblem in honour of the only RAF Fighter Command pilot awarded a Victoria Cross in the conflict. It was revealed during a ceremony at RAF Coningsby, Lincolnshire. The Battle of Britain was the German air force's attempt to gain air superiority over the RAF. Their ultimate failure was one of the turning points of the...
  • Chinese Military Using Jamming Against U.S. Drones

    05/22/2015 6:08:21 AM PDT · by McGruff · 17 replies
    THE WASHINGTON FREE BEACON ^ | 5/22/2015 | Bill Gertz
    China tried to electronically jam U.S. drone flights over the South China Sea in a bid to thwart spying on disputed island military construction, U.S. officials said. Global Hawk long-range surveillance drones were targeted by the jamming in at least one incident near the disputed Spratly Islands, where China is building military facilities on Fiery Cross Reef. Disclosure of the jamming came as a U.S. Navy P-8 surveillance flight on Wednesday was challenged eight times by the Chinese military to leave the same area. “This is the Chinese navy … This is the Chinese navy … Please go away …...
  • US, Israel exploring arms package to 'compensate' for Iran deal (more F-35s?)

    05/19/2015 11:31:24 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    i24 News ^ | May 20th 2015
    Israel has put out feelers to the US about increased military aid in the form of fighter aircraft and missile defense systems to offset the expected deal with Iran on its nuclear program, according to reports in Israeli media. The reports range from speculation to concrete news of “preliminary” and “unofficial” talks. Ronen Bergman of the mass circulation Yediot Ahronot, a journalist specializing in defense and intelligence issues, cited an unnamed senior American source as saying that "the White House is willing to pay a hefty price to get some quiet from the Israelis at this point. We are surprised...
  • One Marine killed, 21 others hospitalized after Osprey aircraft's hard landing in Hawaii

    05/18/2015 7:56:56 PM PDT · by Rabin · 32 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 18, 2015 | Derrick Perkins
    One Marine was killed and 21 others were hospitalized Sunday after an Osprey... had a "hard-landing mishap" at approximately 11:40 a.m. local time. Built by Boeing Co. and Bell, a unit of Textron Inc., the Osprey program was nearly scrapped after a history of mechanical failures and two test crashes that killed 23 Marines in 2000.
  • ANALYSIS: Saab targets fresh export deals for Gripen

    05/18/2015 6:25:30 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    Flight International ^ | 05/18/2015 | CRAIG HOYLE
    Next year, a Gripen fighter will emerge from the assembly line at Saab’s Linköping site in the south of Sweden, following more than 200 others before it. But in contrast to its forebears, this aircraft will embody a raft of new features, which the company believes will ensure the type’s continued production towards – and perhaps even into – the 2030s. Currently in the early stages of assembly, aircraft 39-8 is the first of three prototypes to be manufactured in support of the Gripen ­E/NG programme, including one for static testing. While it will closely resemble the ­single-­engined design first...
  • China's MIRVs: Sign of a Cold War to Come?

    05/18/2015 6:19:43 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | 05/18/2015 | Robert Farley
    Big news hit the front page of the New York Times on Saturday, in the form of a long article on China’s efforts to miniaturize its nuclear arsenal. The article, using the annual Pentagon report on Chinese military capabilities as its primary source, noted that the decision to tackle the technical problems associated with miniaturization suggest (but only suggest) a larger shift in nuclear weapons doctrine. As the Times article notes, China has long had the latent capacity to MIRV its nuclear missiles, a step that the United States, the Soviet Union, France, and the United Kingdom took long ago....
  • Why It's Sad That The F-22 Just Fired Its First Guided AIM-9X Sidewinder

    05/18/2015 5:39:38 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | 5/16/15 | Tyler Rogoway
    34 years ago, the USAF set out to build a fighter that could guarantee American air superiority for decades to come. $75B, 563 less aircraft than planned, and a decade after being declared operational later, the F-22 still doesn’t have what some MiG-21s have, a Helmet Mounted Sight and a missile to go with it. Helmet Mounted Sights (HMS) and High-Off Bore-Sight (HOBS) short-range air-to-air missiles have been around for a long, long time. Helmet Mounted Sights, in their most basic form, allow pilots to just look at their target in order to slew their weapons onto it and engage...
  • Russian rocket pieces may crash on land after launch goes awry

    05/16/2015 1:45:19 PM PDT · by Lurch Addams · 31 replies
    CNN ^ | 5/16/15 | Ben Brumfield and Brian Walker
    A glitch in a Russian space launch may have sent part of a rocket and its payload -- a satellite -- plummeting down onto southeastern Siberia, according to Russian state-run media reports. It is the second space mission failure for the Russian Federal Space Agency, Roscosmos, in less than a month. And the mishap occurs on the anniversary of a similar loss in 2014.
  • Chinese Aerospace Industry Started Research on a STOVL Naval Jet

    05/15/2015 7:38:38 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 20 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 15 May 2015
    According to China Daily, China's aviation industry is working on the development of aircraft with short takeoff and vertical landing capabilities needed for an important role in the Chinese navy's future operations, military experts said. "Research and development on components of STOVL aircraft, such as the engine, have started," Wang Ya'nan, deputy editor-in-chief of Aerospace Knowledge magazine, told China Daily. Artist Impression ("Fan Art") of a J-26 STOVL Aircraft of the PLAN "The aircraft's principles are not new. They have been known for more than 40 years, so our aircraft designers should be able to develop the plane on their...
  • White House Says F-35s Not For Sale to Gulf Arab States

    05/15/2015 5:52:10 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    DoD BUZZ ^ | May 13th, 2015 | Richard Sisk
    President Obama’s Camp David summit with the Gulf Arab states on Thursday will seek to boost arms sales to the Gulf neighbors but the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter has been taken off their wish list. White House officials on Monday sought to tamp down speculation that King Salman of Saudi Arabia canceled his attendance at Camp David when the U.S. made clear that his country would not be permitted to buy F-35s. “We do not and never anticipated this to be a summit that only focused on one capability, like the F-35, for instance,” said Ben Rhodes, the deputy National...
  • India Blesses Major Russian Helicopter Deal After Putin Charm Offensive

    05/15/2015 4:55:40 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    The Moscow Times ^ | May. 14 2015 | Matthew Bodner
    Allocer / Wikicommons After years of delays and false starts, the Indian Defense Ministry has finally approved a major $471 million deal with Russian Helicopters to establish localized production of the Kamov Ka-226T light helicopter. The deal, approved by the Indian Defense Ministry in a late-night session on Wednesday, focused on settling a wide range of standing contract proposals, newspaper The Times of India reported. The move came on the same day as a phone call between President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Narendra Modi concerning, among other things, "several large joint trade and economic projects," according to a brief...
  • Saudis to design, manufacture new model of the Antonov-32 transport

    05/14/2015 6:15:17 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    UPI ^ | May 13, 2015 | Richard Tomkins
    KIEV, Ukraine, May 13 (UPI) -- A Saudi Arabian company is to locally modernize and manufacture an Antonov light cargo aircraft for Saudi and international military and civilian markets. The work comes under a new agreement between Taqnia Aeronautics Company, a subsidiary of Saudi Arabia's Taqnia investment firm and the Antonov Company of the Ukraine. "The purpose of this agreement is to achieve a number of objectives, to include transfer of aviation industry technology to the Kingdom and to qualify ... Saudis to enter the aviation industry, where Saudi staff will be trained by Ukrainian experts," Taqnia said. Taqnia said...
  • The Russian Navy seeks to re-acquire Mi-14 sub killing helicopters armed with nuclear bombs

    05/14/2015 4:53:18 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies
    Ground Report ^ | 05/13/2015 | Robert Tilford
    The Russian Navy is seeking to re-acquire at least “100 nuclear-capable Mi-14 anti-submarine helicopters for deployment within the Black and Northern Sea Fleets over the next two – five years”, according to sources in the Russian Ministry of Defense. The Mil Mi-14 is a shore-based amphibious helicopter armed with (optionally) a torpedo, twelve 64kg or eight 120kg depth bombs. This submarine killer also has a very special ammo in its arsenal: a 1 kiloton nuclear antisubmarine bomb weighting 1,600kg, capable of scuttling any underwater target within a radius of 800 meters. The helicopter not only has a unique capability of...
  • New Heavy Helicopter Deal Symbolizes Closer Russia-China Ties

    05/12/2015 6:22:24 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    AIN online ^ | May 12, 2015 | Vladimir Karnozov
    A Mi-26 led the flypast over the Victory Day parade in Moscow, followed by Mi-17s. A successor heavy-lift helicopter will be jointly developed by Russia and China. (photo: Vladimir Karnozov) Russian Helicopters and Avic on May 8 signed a breakthrough deal on joint development of the Advanced Heavy Lift (AHL) helicopter. The ceremony took place in the Kremlin and was witnessed by President Vladimir Putin and Chinese leader Xi Jingping, who was in Moscow for the parade to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe. In a sign of closer ties between Russia and...
  • USAF F-22 Raptor successfully test fired AIM-9X Sidewinder short-range air-to-air missiles

    05/12/2015 6:16:18 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    USAF ^ | 11 May 2015
    US Air Force's 411th Flight Test Squadron and F-22 Combined Test Force successfully test fired two guided AIM-9X Sidewinder missiles this year as part of the latest phase in getting the Raptor closer to using the missile operationally. The AIM-9X is an advanced infrared missile and the newest of the Sidewinder family of short-range air-to-air missiles carried on a wide range of fighter jets. The first guided launch of the AIM-9X from an F-22 Raptor was Feb. 26, 2015, by Maj. Christopher Guarente, 411th FLTS assistant director of operations and F-22 test pilot (Credit: Lockheed Martin) The first guided launch...